Course Catalog

Course Catalog

The following table presents the general schedule for our two-year program. Each quarter is 9 weeks in length. Between quarters, there is typically a two week break during which we schedule a “How to Study” seminar. Our summer break typically lasts 9+ weeks.

Key Inductive Classes Topical Classes

Quarter Topics

YEAR 1
QUARTER 1 QUARTER 2 QUARTER 3 QUARTER 4
Genesis: Creation Genesis: Noah’s Flood Genesis: Life of Abraham Genesis: Life of Joseph
Philippians Ephesians Gospel of John Thessalonians
Early Church History Old Testament Survey New Testament Survey Servant Leadership
Names of God Modern Church History Spiritual Gifting Women and Family
YEAR 2
QUARTER 1 QUARTER 2 QUARTER 3 QUARTER 4
Exodus Numbers Joshua Judges Period
Pastoral Epistles 1st Peter Hebrews I Hebrews II
Systematic Theology Empowered to Love Topics How to Teach
Holy Spirit Doctrine Grasping God’s Word Guidelines of Genre Precepts of Prayer / Evangelism

All classes will be conducted with the Equipped For Life Study System. The student will use marking, listing, cross-referencing, word studies and background research to familiarize themselves with what the Word says.

Seminar Topics

One Another’s Hebrews
“Hall of Fame”
Ruth Women in Ministry
 OT Story NT Story Esther Hearing God’s Voice

Names of God

God uses His names to introduce us to the varied aspects of His character. We will look at nine of God’s names and the circumstances surrounding His introduction of each name. We will also use the New Testament to see how the character of each of God’s names manifest in Jesus’ personality.

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Precepts of Prayer

Prayer is the ultimate expression of partnership with God. What an honor it is to co-labor with Him! In this course we will embark on an adventure into the heart of God through prayer. This class will be an experiential journey and Scripture, as always, will guide our learning. Come with expectant hearts for what God will do in us and through us as we pray.

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“How to Teach”

Throughout this course, the student will see that God has intended believers to teach. Students will see that they are equipped to teach (whether they feel like it or not), and will gain comfort seeing themselves as teachers. The objective is that the student will become a disciple [noun] as well as a disciple [verb] through practical application to prepare students to become teachers. We’ll see what the Bible says about teachers, the encouragement and warnings that God gives to teachers, and practice what we learn in class.

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“Topics” Class

What does the entire Bible say about righteousness? …or forgiveness? …or sacrificial giving? These questions are the launch of a topical study. This course will tackle the subject of studying topics throughout Scripture. The boundaries and procedures for effective topical study will be explored, and the Bible study tools most useful will be introduced. We’ll learn why a methodical approach is so important, and how to avoid the ditches that are common to topical studies. The students will be given opportunity to hone their research skills and learn how to create an accurate topical study! In addition to those already mentioned, we’ll do topical studies on dreams and visions, angels, covenant, heaven, and more.

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Philippians

The study of Philippians will look at the background of the book, which includes the Acts account of Paul’s visit to Philippi on his missionary journey, and his trip to Rome. The student will find what the book of Philippians meant to the original audience, determine what differences exist between them and the original audience, the similarities between their situations and those of the original audience, and apply those principles to the students’ lives.

The students will practice marking, listing, cross-referencing, word studies, and background research. Weekly homework will hone those skills and engrain a habit of studying in the student.

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Ephesians

The study of Ephesians will look at the background of the book, which includes the Acts account of Paul’s visit to Ephesus on his missionary journey. The student will find what the book of Ephesians meant to the original audience, determine what differences exist between them and the original audience, the similarities between their situations and those of the original audience, and then apply those principles to their lives.

The students will practice marking, listing, cross-referencing, word studies, and background research. Weekly homework will hone those skills and engrain a habit of studying in the student.

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Thessalonians

The study of the two Thessalonians letters is one of the most thrilling studies that we do! We will look at the circumstances that made Paul sit down and write these letters and the relationship that existed between Paul and the Thessalonians before he wrote. Using giant sticky notes, we’ll compile an “End Times Order of Events” using information from both of these letters, Jesus’ teaching, Daniel’s vision, and John’s vision in the book of Revelation. We’ll leave the course knowing how to spend our remaining time here, while looking for and hastening the coming of the Lord Jesus! So fun!!!

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Colossians and Philemon

The study of Colossians and Philemon will look at the background of these books. The student will find what the books of Colossians and Philemon meant to the original audience, determine what differences exist between them and the original audience, the similarities between their situations and those of the original audience, then apply those principles to their lives.

The students will practice marking, listing, cross-referencing, word studies, and background research. Weekly homework will hone those skills and engrain a habit of studying in the student.

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1st Peter

The study of 1st Peter highlights the benefits that come to a Christian ONLY through the means of suffering. Peter encourages perseverance, sticking together, and long-term thinking as he admonishes his suffering audience. This study will include looking at the background of the book, which includes the life of Peter and the situation that the original audience was facing. We will use word studies and cross-referencing to dig deep and find out the difference between legitimate and illegitimate suffering, and to inventory all there is to be gained by suffering – even in modern America! Our goal is that by the end of the nine weeks you’ll smile and say, “Bring it on!”

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Hebrews Part 1

The study of Hebrews will look at the background of the book, which includes the history of 1st Century Israel and the struggles that they encountered. The student will find what the book of Hebrews meant to the original audience, determine what differences exist between them and the original audience, the similarities between their situations and those of the original audience, then apply those principles to their lives. Part One of Hebrews covers chapters one through seven.

The students will practice marking, listing, cross-referencing, word studies, and background research. Weekly homework will hone those skills and engrain a habit of studying in the student.

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Hebrews Part 2

The study of Hebrews will begin at chapter eight and continue through the book. The student will find what the book of Hebrews meant to the original audience, determine what differences exist between them and the original audience, the similarities between their situations and those of the original audience, then apply those principles to their lives.

The students will practice marking, listing, cross-referencing, word studies, and background research. Weekly homework will hone those skills and engrain a habit of studying in the student.

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Gospel of John

The study of the book of John will will use marking, listing, cross-referencing, word studies and background research to familiarize themselves with what the Word says. The student will find out what the Gospel of John meant to the original audience, determine the similarities between their situation and those of the original audience, and apply those principles to their lives. The student will gather background information on John, determine his audience, and the reason that he wrote this book.

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Genesis: Creation

The Genesis: Creation study will focus on the powerful foundation written in the first few Chapters of Genesis. We’ll discover who wrote the book, why and when. The student will find out what these chapters meant to the original audience, determine what differences exist between them and the original audience, the similarities between their situations and those of the original audience, then apply those principles to their lives.

Genesis: Creation covers the account of creation and will include a look at several theories of non-evolutionary thought.

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Genesis: Noah’s Flood

Genesis: Noah’s Flood covers creation through Noah and his flood. The student will find what these chapters of Genesis meant to the original audience, determine what differences exist between them and the original audience, the similarities between their situations and those of the original audience, then apply those principles to their lives.

We’ll look at the ark, study the names that God gives to Himself in these chapters, and become acquainted with covenant.

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Genesis: Life of Abraham

Genesis: Life of Abraham covers the life of Abraham and the one God chose to cut covenant with. The student will find what the detailed life of Abraham meant to the original audience, determine what differences exist between them and the original audience, the similarities between their situations and those of the original audience, then apply those principles to their lives.

We’ll use maps to follow Abraham’s journeys, become acquainted with the names that God uses for Himself, and continue to study covenant.

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Genesis: Life of Joseph

Joseph is an Old Testament example of how we are to live our lives now. In this, our fourth installment of the Genesis Series, we’ll study Joseph’s response to the difficult circumstances that God used to prepare Joseph for his destiny. We’ll see God’s purpose for difficult times, and we’ll learn to trust that God is always working out His plan. The ultimate definition of a surrendered life is found in Joseph’s story and it will impact our lives in amazing ways.

The student will know Joseph and his story. They’ll recognize the hand of God while the voice of God is silent.

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Exodus

The Exodus class will explore what the book of Exodus meant to the original audience, determine what differences exist between them and the original audience, the similarities between their situations and those of the original audience, then apply those principles to their lives.

The student will continue to become familiar with the names that God uses for Himself, as well as become expert on the Mosaic covenant including the tabernacle.

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Numbers

What if you found out that your entire life – everything that happens to you – was being lived to teach someone else a lesson? You would hope that person would pay diligent attention and be thankful for the surrender of your life for their benefit! That’s what the Bible says of the book of Numbers. 1 Corinthians 10:6 says that everything that happened to them happened as examples for us!

The book of Numbers tells the story of the Children of Israel’s wandering period as they were suffering a “time out,” wandering aimlessly in the desert, waiting for the last of the disobedient generation to die. This class will explore what the book of Numbers meant to the original audience, and we will glean all we can from their experiences, being careful to heed God’s warnings about what NOT to do! We’ll learn about God’s character as we see how He provided for them, protected them, and operated through their disobedience in patience and long-suffering. We need to understand the impact of their lives in order to fully operate in our lives! What a great book of the Bible!

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Joshua

The Joshua class will focus on the children of Israel’s entry into the Promised Land and the significance of that event to the original audience. The student will then determine what differences exist between them and the original audience, the similarities between their situations and those of the original audience, then apply those principles to their lives.

Maps will be used to show the conquest phase of the Children of Israel, and the student will be familiar with all of the military conquests. God’s protection will be emphasized as each battle is discussed.

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Judges and Ruth

The Judges /Ruth class will find what the books of Judges and Ruth meant to the original audience, determine what differences exist between them and the original audience, the similarities between their situations and those of the original audience, then apply those principles to their lives. Students will become well acquainted with the “downward spiral”, the kinsman redeemer and the blood avenger as well as all the Judges — charting their means of deliverance, duration of judging, and success or failures.

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Modern Church History

This class will chart the history of the Christian church from the Welsh Revival to current times and focus on the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles and the affect that it had on our current denominations. The student will become aware of the relationship between Pentecostal and Charismatic believers, as well as trace those movements and their leaders. Each student will become an expert on a revivalist of the 20th Century, and will share their expertise with their fellow students.

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Old Testament Survey

This class will use the history of the formation and progression of Israel as its primary source of information. The story of the Old Testament is the story of Israel – their quest for a promised land, then their loss of that land. This course will cover each time period and the books that were authored during that time period. We’ll look at each of the prophetic books and put it in the context of its original audience. By the end of the course, the student will have memorized the books of our Old Testament, be able to draw a chart of Israel’s history as told in the Old Testament, and know where each of the prophetic books fall in the history. They will have a wonderful framework for understanding the Old Testament as a history, instead of as a group of random incidents.

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New Testament Survey

This class will use the history of the formation and progression of the church as its primary source of information. The New Testament uses the book of Acts as its spine -the rest of the letters can find their support in Acts. The student will become acquainted with the birth and growth of the church and its progression. They will become aware of Paul, Peter and John’s travels and what messages they wrote to their divinely appointed audiences. The student will memorize the order of the books of the New Testament, be able to draw a timeline of the New Testament era, and know where all of the letters fall into the history presented in Acts and after.

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Hearing God’s Voice

When Samuel heard the voice of God calling to him in the night, he had a mentor in Eli. Despite this, it took them 3 times to realize it was God calling. In John 10:27, Jesus says “My sheep hear My voice”; yet, the reality is that many of us don’t hear Him or we doubt what we hear. In this class we will learn very practical steps to hearing the voice of God.

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Spiritual Gifting

The Spiritual Gifting class is among our most adventurous and fulfilling courses! Using Scripture and some assessment tools, each student will identify their unique gifting and come to realize how that gift works within the body of Christ. The students will work together in encouraging each other, equipping the body, and working toward a body fitly joined! There has been negative influence from our culture that’s seeped into the church, so the students will also work together to counteract the lies and to re-learn God’s vision for the gifts in the body.

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Early Church History

This course is a study of Christianity from the 1st to the 20th Century. It places an emphasis on the uses and applications of church history to life and ministry today. We will trace the key events that changed the church from its original state to its present one. We will look at the origin of current church practices. The course will help the student understand the development of Christian thought and the evolution of doctrine.

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Grasping God’s Word

The text for this class is “Grasping God’s Word: A Hands On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible” by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. This course will cover “rules” for interpreting the Bible such as understanding the meaning as the original audience did, determining the meaning of a text, the role of the Holy Spirit, the levels of meaning in a text, and correctly handling the presuppositions that we bring to the text.

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Guidelines of Genre

The text for this class is “Grasping God’s Word: A Hands On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible” by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. This course will look at each literary genre in the Bible, and will thoroughly examine the rules inherent to each genre. Both the human and divine author chose a genre for a reason, and to correctly interpret what was written, we must adhere to the rules of the chosen genre. We will cover letters, gospels, Acts and Revelation in the New Testament. The Old Testament genres are narratives (history), law, poetry, prophets, and wisdom literature.

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Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

This class uses the Bible to discover the Holy Spirit in both Old and New Testaments. Students will spend time in Scripture to determine the relational role of the Spirit in the Trinity, in baptism, life, empowerment, love, the world, the devil, to truth, to being led by the Spirit, to comfort and help, and to the body of Christ. The gifts of the Spirit and the fruits of the Spirit will also be examined. Students will research the attributes of the Spirit. Classes will include Who He Is; What He Does; and What He Means to Us. Questions like “Why are some churches Spirit -Filled and others are not?”, and “How might we grieve the Holy Spirit?” will be explored during the course.

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Kingdom Leadership

This course focuses on developing skills necessary in Kingdom leadership such as relationship building skills, critical thinking, decision making, motivational skills, and management skills. Students will grow in their ability to make disciples and grow the church of Jesus Christ. This is a hands-on course where the students will practice the skills as they are learning them.

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Discipleship Training

The Discipleship Training class looks at the Bible’s guidelines for discipleship and the personal disciplines that accompany a life of devotedness to God. It takes preparation to be a disciple of Christ. Students also learn through this study that “The secret of the easy yoke is simple: It is the intelligent, informed, unyielding resolve to live as Jesus lived in all aspects of his life, not just in the moment of specific choice or action.” – Dallas Willard

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Christian Biography

Persecution is a real condition of Christianity. This course focuses on the study of a 20th Century Christian who has endured intense persecution or oppression and demonstrated “Hupomeno” qualities. Through reading and writing assignments, the class analyzes the conditions our subject endured and what Christ-like characteristics were displayed in their lives.

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Systematic Theology: a Different Topic Every Night

Systematic Theology: a Different Topic Every Night is the study of doctrines. A doctrine is a belief based on a thorough understanding of all the Scriptures related to that topic.  We’ll approach several doctrines from a systematic perspective – knowing that there’s a correct order in which to study doctrines. Some of the doctrines will look at are the doctrines of the Word of God, of redemption, of Jesus Christ, of man and eschatology.  We will also spend a lot of time discussion how the study of doctrine applies to our lives.

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Scarlet Thread: Revealing the Power of the Blood of Jesus
from Genesis to Revelation

This course explores God’s order and heavenly pattern throughout the entire Bible: the Garment of Salvation that God has woven into His Holy Word. We’ll look at the Biblical definition of covenant, the covenant ceremony, Abraham’s beliefs, Old Covenant and New Covenant sacrifices, the role of the High Priest and Passover celebrated in both the Old and New Covenants.

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible tells one story: that God has entered into a blood covenant with Himself for mankind through Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, Messiah of the Jews, and Savior of the Gentiles. The blood covenant is the “scarlet thread” that runs through the entire Bible.” – Dr. Richard Booker

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Women and Family

One of the factors that best determines our success in ministry is family support. This class explores what the Bible has to say about family relationships – how husbands and wives are to relate to each other, what “covering” means and how and it works, and the correct order of priorities when functioning in both ministry and family. Satan has a track record of stopping ministry by attacking minister’s families, so this course will make the learner aware of Satan’s strategies in order to lessen his strength. Included in the course is an in-depth look at the role of women in ministry – tackling the “hard” verses to give both men and women a proper biblical understanding of what a woman’s role in ministry is.

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Servant Leadership: Leading Like Jesus

Where can you find a leadership model that can transform your life? In Jesus of Nazareth! One definition of leadership is “the process of influence.” By this definition, we are all leaders in one or more areas of our lives. A parent influences a child. Friends, co-workers, and/or fellow students influence us and we influence them. When we smile at a cashier and wish her a good day, we demonstrate leadership. Because we are often in situations where we influence others, we will explore what he Bible says about leadership while learning to lead like Jesus. This course will make a difference in your life and the lives of those you influence!

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Pastoral Epistles

The Pastoral Epistles class will deal with the books of Titus and 1st and 2nd Timothy. These books were written to Paul’s ministry helpers and instructed them how to minister effectively to the church. Because our students are all called to minister to some extent, this course may be one of the most impactful that we offer. We will use inductive procedures as well as cross-referencing and word-studies, and will dive deep to find out what Paul has to say about church ministry.

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Empowered to Love

What does the Word says about love? We will discover that love is a primary characteristic of God and by knowing what His love looks like, increase our ability to receive it. We will learn God’s love language by examining how He feels love from us. Knowing that love is God’s primary value we will learn our responsibility as believers to love others and discover what that looks like in the context of various relationships. Through the revelation of His endless love we will be empowered to love God and love others in a greater way.

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Seminar Topics

Old Testament Story

The Old Testament is the base of all we have in the New Testament. Because the Old Testament books aren’t in chronological order in our Bibles, the actual story line is hard to follow. This seminar will put the books in order and illuminate the story that begins in Genesis and goes to Nehemiah. The student will leave with a clear understanding of the story and with resources to use when they want to study the OT story in more detail.

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 New Testament Story

This seminar tells the history of the early church as related by Luke in Acts. We’ll see how the church grew and matured as it expanded through Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth. We’ll come to understand the mindset of the main characters as their ministries developed and the church grew. This class will also put the letters into the Acts story in the order in which they were written, and discuss the audiences addressed in the Gospels. We’ll also talk about the post-Acts letters and what was going on in the political climate of 1st Century Israel.

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Ruth

The Ruth seminar will use the Equipped for Life Study Method to explore the book of Ruth. We’ll learn about the Kinsman Redeemer in both the Old and New Testaments, see the foreshadowing and discuss the plight of Old Testament Gentiles. We will explore cultural context, word studies and cross-referencing to unlock this book which is the “hub” of the Bible!

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 One Another’s

New Covenant believers have a two-fold purpose: to make disciples and to get along with one another. This seminar will explore the commands regarding getting along with “One Another.” We’ll hone our cross-referencing skills with the Strong’s Concordance, make lists, practice observation, and discuss ways to apply what we’ve learned within the context of the modern church.

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Hebrews “Hall of Fame”

Many of us have heard of the “Faith Hall of Fame” found in Hebrews 11. This seminar will use the Old Testament to explore the people in the Hall of Fame and discover how they got inducted into such an illustrious club! We’ll learn cross-referencing, review Old Testament history, and think Jewish-ly as we delve into this fun topic. Bring your Strong’s and colored pencils – I’ll provide the rest!

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Guidelines of Genre

The text for this class is “Grasping God’s Word: A Hands On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible” by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. This seminar will provide an overview of each literary genre in the Bible, and briefly examine the rules inherent to each genre. Both the human and divine author chose a genre for a reason, and to correctly interpret what was written, we must adhere to the rules of the chosen genre. We will look at letters, gospels, Acts and Revelation in the New Testament and narratives (history), law, poetry, prophets, and wisdom literature in the Old Testament. We will also review the compilation of the Bible and the history and types of translations.

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Women in Ministry

Because I’m a woman in ministry, one of the most-asked questions of me is, “Doesn’t the Bible say that women shouldn’t teach?” In this three-hour course, we’ll look all through Scripture and understand its perspective on women in ministry. We’ll use our Strong’s Concordances for cross-referencing and word studies to decipher what Paul meant when he said that women shouldn’t teach, or that women should remain silent. It will be a very freeing class that will allow both men and women to walk in the fullness of the call of God on their lives.

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Esther

The book of Esther really has a lot of parallels to our lives as New Covenant believers. In this three-hour look at the life of Esther, we will realize that, like her, we are here for such a time as this. We will look at the significance of all the events that happened to her and, through them, realize that God is at work in the “coincidences” of our lives. And we will see the historical significance of the setting of this book. There really is a lot to learn about God — even in a book that doesn’t even mention Him!!!

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