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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Take heart,have hope!

THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of
               witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off  and  throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and
               that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to  and
               entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance  and
               steady  and  active persistence the appointed course of the
               race that is set before us,  For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems
               grievous  and  painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable
               fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit
               which consists in righteousness--in conformity to God's will in purpose, thought,
               and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God].  So then, brace up  and  reinvigorate  and  set right your slackened  and
               weakened  and  drooping hands and strengthen your feeble  and  palsied  and  tottering knees,   And cut through  and  make firm  and  plain  and  smooth, straight paths
               for your feet [yes, make them safe and upright and happy paths that go in the right
               direction], so that the lame  and  halting [limbs] may not be
               put out of joint, but rather may be cured.

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