Miraculous Signs From God: What Can We Expect?

‘Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.’ (Acts 2:22)

Signs: What are they?

The New Testament Greek word for signs is semeion, meaning a ‘sign, mark or token.’ [1]

A God-given sign is an event that has the mark of God upon it. His Divine power and supernatural intervention is the only explanation for what is taking place.

A sign is like a flashing light proclaiming, ‘God is at work here!’

Many Different Signs from God

When you think of ‘signs’, what comes to mind? In the church today, we tend to use the term ‘sign’ to describe an unusual miracle or manifestation.

However in the New Testament the term is used for many different displays of God’s power, including: miracles (John 2:11), resurrection (John 11:43-47), deliverance (Mark 16:17), provision (John 6:12-14), healing (John 6:2), tongues and prophecy. (1 Cor 14:22-25) John in particular consistently refers to the miracles of Jesus as ‘signs.’ In his Gospel, John made a systematic report of signs that included turning water to wine, the feeding of the 5,000, and Lazarus’ resurrection. (John 2:11, 4:54)

‘…and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick.’ (John 6:2)

In addition to healing and deliverance, remarkable miracles that Jesus performed included:

  • Turning water into wine (John 2:11)
  • An overflow catch of fish (Luke 5:6)
  • Fish with a coin in its mouth (Matt 17:27)
  • Calming the storm with a word of command (Luke 8:24)
  • Walking on water (John 6:19)
  • Transfiguration (Matt 17:1-8)
  • Multiplication of bread and fish (John 6:1-15)
  • Cursing the fig tree (Matt 21:18-21)

Many of these revealed Jesus’ supremacy over the laws of nature.

Signs also accompanied Jesus’ birth (Matt 2:2, Luke 2:12) and death. (Matt 27:45, 51)

No Limit to the Signs God can do

Signs in scripture are diverse, and many miraculous things God did were not repeated. [2] This tells us that there is no limit to the many ways God will reveal Himself to people.

Jesus said that those who believed in Him would perform more and even greater works after His resurrection. (John 14:12-14)

Who can Perform Signs and Miracles?

Signs, wonders and miracles are a special mark of Apostolic ministry in the New Testament (2 Cor 12:12), but are not confined to the Apostles.

Stephen and Philip, who are deacons-turned-evangelists, do great signs and wonders in Jesus’ Name as they preach the Gospel. (Acts 6:8, 8:6) And prophets such as Agabus bring supernatural insights from God. (Acts 11:28)

However, miraculous ministry is not confined to those in the five-fold ministry office. (Eph 4:11-13)

When Paul lists the gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed amongst individual believers (1 Cor 12:7), he includes:

  • Faith (1 Cor 12:9)
  • Healing (1 Cor 12:9)
  • Miraculous powers (1 Cor 12:10)
  • Prophecy (1 Cor 12:10)

Through spiritual gifts, miraculous signs are distributed throughout the body as a part of the regular ministry of the church.

In the New Testament, individual believers, carrying authority as sons and daughters of God also have the ability to pray and see God’s power released in Jesus’ Name (Matt 28:19-20).

Partnering with God

Observing the way that Jesus performed miracles shows us how a supernatural life is sourced in our intimate relationship with God. (John 5:19)

In the miracles of Jesus we see perfect unity between the Father, who ordained them, Jesus who acted in obedience to perform them and the Holy Spirit, whose power produced the miracle.

Peter observed this Divine unity when he stated:

‘…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.’ (Acts 10:38)

Signs can be Public or Personal

Many signs and miracles of Jesus were performed in front of crowds.

However, most of the crowd attending the wedding of Cana was unaware that Jesus was the source of a miracle. Only Mary, the servants and Jesus’ disciples were privy to the truth. (John 2:9-10)

Why did Jesus direct Peter to throw out a line and catch a single fish from the Sea of Galilee to provide the coin that would pay for His and Peter’s temple tax? (Matt 17:24-26)

Healing and deliverance impacted individuals and their families.

The coin in the mouth of a single fish may have been a very personal sign from the heart of God, speaking to Peter of His ongoing provision. For in the future, Peter would gain a living, not as a fisherman, but through serving as a leader in the church. (1 Cor 9:4-6)

In upcoming posts I will be considering the questions, ‘What is the purpose of miraculous signs?’ and ‘How can we tell a sign is really from God—and be protected from the ‘deceiving signs’ Jesus talked about?’


Notes:

[1] Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. 1996.  Ref 4592, semeion, sign (also ‘miracle’)

[2] I have focused on the NT in the above study. Signs also have a prominence in the OT, for example signs of covenant, such as the rainbow (Gen 9) and circumcision, the miraculous signs God performed through Moses in Egypt, the miracles of the prophets Elijah and Elisha, and so on.


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8 Keys to a Healthy Prophetic Lifestyle

 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19)

Receiving prophetic guidance about what God intends to do, and then acting upon what He shows us, is foundational to living a supernatural Christian life.

And as Jesus went about doing what the Father showed Him, miracles broke out, healing took place, lives were changed, and people received God’s word and believed in Him.

Prophetic Revelation in Everyday Life

Ways in which we can ‘see what the Father is doing’ can include:

  • Hearing from God through our Bible reading and devotional life,
  • Walking and talking with the Father and receiving insights as to what His desires, plans and purposes are
  • Prophetic dreams
  • Being aware of the prompts and nudges of the Holy Spirit throughout the day
  • Other prophetic means such as visions, impressions, ideas, words, intercession, supernatural knowledge and insights
  • Recognising Divine appointments

The word ‘revelation’ in the NT Greek means ‘uncovering’ or ‘disclosure.’ When we receive a prophetic revelation through any of the above ways, the Holy Spirit is sharing with us something that we could not know by natural means.

You do not need to have a gift of prophecy to lead a supernatural lifestyle and hear God speaking to you. Hearing from God and living in relationship with Him is available to all of His children.

Staying on Track in a Prophetic Lifestyle

Having a close relationship with God in which we receive prophetic guidance (instruction from the Holy Spirit) and then act upon it—or to put it simply, ‘hear and obey’—is foundational to living a supernatural Christian life.

So how can we stay on track, having an effective prophetic lifestyle that is bringing glory to God and drawing people to Jesus? How can we foster an environment in which we continue to grow and develop in our walk with God?

Last week we looked at 3 vital ingredients of living a supernatural life:

  • Knowing and expressing the Father’s love,
  • Staying filled with the Holy Spirit and
  • Following Jesus

Following are 8 more keys to a healthy prophetic lifestyle:

1. Don’t make a Distinction between Spiritual and ‘Non-spiritual’ Times and Places

‘So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.’ (Rom 12:1 MSG)

When you realise that God is present constantly—and have an expectation that He wants to speak to you, and impact people through you wherever you go—it changes the way you live. [1 ]

2. Start in Your Personal Devotional Life

A prophetic lifestyle begins in our own intimate relationship with God. He wants to commune with us and share what is on His heart for our life. Further, if we cannot receive His personal encouragement to us, how can we expect to have it for others?

Journaling is one way to explore what God is speaking to us personally. [2]

3. Be Natural in Your Expression

Jesus related to all types of people and ordinary people loved Him and hung on His words. (Mark 12:37)

In the same way that Jesus shared truth from the Father in a way that people related to it, we also should be natural and culturally relevant (1 Cor 9:20) in our approach when we are sharing about our faith or passing on prophetic insights to people.

4. Look for Good Fruit

The outcome of living a prophetic lifestyle is not only that we draw closer to God, but also that others around us are impacted. We should be able to point to the good fruit—the outcome of what God is doing in others and us. (John 15:8) A true prophetic lifestyle will result in testimonies of God’s goodness.

5. Remember the Filters

Questions that can help us put any prophetic insights to the test are:

  • Does this agree with what the Bible says?
  • Do I have an inner witness that this is from God?
  • Does it line up with the nature of God? In particular, with the nature of the Father as expressed through Jesus?
  • Am I willing to submit this to spiritual oversight—and would my leadership be comfortable with this?
  • Will responding to this prophetic guidance bear good fruit?

6. Embrace Accountability

Accountability is vital; not only to staying on track in our prophetic gifts, but also to help us to grow in our  Christian life. This means having spiritual oversight that you relate to—an appropriate leader or mentor who:

  • Will encourage you in your prophetic journey
  • Has the ability to speak into your life, and
  • Can bring adjustment in a caring way when necessary.

7. Be Actively Engaged in a Church Community

God designed for us to live in Christian community and for our church life to be a place where we develop and grow in our gifts and maturity. (Eph 4:11-13, 1 Cor 12-14) The benefits of our church life spill over into our everyday life—and what God is doing in our personal lives can feed back into our church life too.

8. Keep it Simple

Living a prophetic lifestyle starts with believing that God is ordering your steps and taking opportunities to share His love along the way. This may be as simple as speaking a word of encouragement, or offering to pray for someone in need. Prophetic evangelism is one expression of this and can occur naturally as we go about our daily life. [3]


Notes:

[1] For more on this subject, read The Secret of Living An Undivided Christian Life

[2] Read more in the journaling category or learn about SOAP journaling here.

[3] See Enliven Blog’s podcast page for the MP3 workshop session ‘Prophecy in the Everyday,’ along with a downloadable PDF worksheet.


Related Posts:

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Jesus Is Lord: What Does This Mean In My Daily Life?

How To Share A Prophecy With Someone Who Is Not A Christian


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The Supernatural Lifestyle Begins Here

‘When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”’ (Luke 3:21-22)

Jesus baptism was an act of obedience and of scriptural fulfilment, as well as an example to us to follow. [1]

Jesus’ baptism was also significant in that it marked the launch of His season of public ministry. And as such, provides us with important keys for living our own supernatural life with God.

3 Keys to a Supernatural Life

1. Know and Live out of Father’s Pleasure

‘And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”’ (Luke 3:22)

At the outset of Jesus’ ministry, the Father declared His love and affirmation over Jesus.

God’s pleasure in His Son was not based upon works of service—the Father’s declaration occurred before Jesus had done any ministry, any preaching, any miracles and healing, and before He faced the cross. The Father’s love and pleasure simply arose from the fact that Jesus was His son.

The power of their relationship was such that Jesus would later say, ‘He who has seen Me has seen the Father.’ (John 14:9) And He went about revealing God’s love and compassion for people.

In the same way, before we can live a supernatural life and share the Father’s love with others, we have to know and experience His love for ourselves.

  • Do you personally know Father’s love and affirmation for you as His child?
  • Can you distinguish His Personal love for you, apart from your service for Him?
  • What does it look like to acknowledge and enjoy the Father’s pleasure in you every day of your life?
  • What does it look like to see others—even those who are bound in shame and sin—as the Father sees you?

2. Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove.’ (Luke 3:21)

Jesus did no supernatural works before He received the Presence and empowering of the Holy Spirit at His baptism. From this time onward, Holy Spirit’s power was the means to fulfil all that the Father showed Him to do. In every word or action of Jesus, we see perfect unity between the Father, and Jesus, and the Spirit.

Jesus said that asking for and receiving the Holy Spirit is a privilege of sons and daughters: “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13)

The experience of the church in Acts demonstrated that Holy Spirit’s infilling and empowering was not a one-off event. It is available to us on an ongoing basis. (see Acts 4:23-31) In fact, Paul instructs believers to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. (Eph 5:18) As we are filled, the life and power of the Spirit flows out from us to others. (John 7:37-38)

  • When was the last time you asked God to fill you with His Holy Spirit?
  • Can you look back on your life and see a difference in the way you live and impact others, during times when you have encountered and been filled with the Holy Spirit?
  • Are you are aware of Holy Spirit as a Person—and His Presence with you?
  • What is the value to you—and to others around you—of remaining filled with Him and deliberately seeking to be so?

3. Follow Jesus’ Example

It is time we looked again at that simple statement, ‘What would Jesus do?’ (WWJD)

‘What would Jesus do’ begins and continues with walking intimately with the Father. It requires us to see and act as Jesus did—through the lens of the Father’s love for us and for others. ‘We Love because He first loved us.’ (1 John 4:19)

To ask ‘What would Jesus do?’ but to separate the answer to that question from the Presence and power of Holy Spirit—is to deny the very power of God to change lives. It is through the Presence and power of the Holy Spirit that God’s Kingdom is manifested on earth. (Matt 12:28)

And these three things are the foundation of the supernatural Christian life.


Notes

[1] Some more scriptures on the subject of water baptism: Acts 2:38, Acts 8:35-38, Acts 16:31,33, Romans 6:3-6, 1 Cor 12:13.


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When Non-Christians Encounter God’s Power They Learn Of His Love

Manifest Presence Fire of GodOur neighbours were distraught when their car was stolen from outside our local supermarket on Christmas Eve. At the time they told The Hunk and me about it, we were just on our way out the door for an engagement but we said, “We will pray now as we’re in the car.”

We climbed into our car and immediately started to pray that God would reveal where our friends’ car was, and that it would be kept intact. Suddenly, it was as though I received a gift of faith for this situation. “Thank you Lord that you are revealing where the car is right now!” Instead of asking, we continued to thank Him.

We later learned that at that very time, some other neighbours had been going on an evening stroll, when they decided to turn up a street where they didn’t normally walk. There was our friends’ car!

The answer to prayer was another seed sown into their lives to learn that God cared personally for them.

Praying for the Needs of Non-Christians

As Supernatural Christians, our radars should be alert for whenever a need comes up that we can pray about. When our prayer is answered, Jesus is the only explanation for what takes place. As soon as we offer to pray, we are giving God an opportunity to reveal His love and power to people in need.

I don’t remember ever having a negative response about prayer being suggested. When we offer to pray, we are saying, “we care.”

If a person has a felt need and it is not appropriate for you to pray for them on the spot, you can let them know when you will be praying. That way, they will be able to relate an answer to the prayer itself. As soon as you have an opportunity after speaking to them, send up a quick prayer. If they have a time they particularly need prayer, such as a medical appointment, it is important to remember to pray. I put a reminder alarm signal on my mobile phone if prayer is needed at a certain time.

If the prayer is not answered the way you would like it to, give God room to move in other ways—the way He sees fit. By offering to pray you have exercised the supernatural power of caring. You have asked the Holy Spirit to move in their lives. The miracle of healing or breakthrough may not happen then or there, but the recipients of your prayer witness other miracles: divine peace, God-sized coincidences and provisions are all ways that God answers prayer.

Lose the Jargon

“Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible… To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” 1 Cor 9:19-23

When praying in the hearing of non-Christians, it’s important to pray in a straightforward and seeker-friendly manner, avoiding ‘Christianese’—spiritual jargon, or formula-type prayer.

The person needs to hear in his or her own everyday language, what we’re praying for. This helps them realise that we don’t serve a religious or performance-oriented God, but a loving and relevant God that they can connect with right where they’re at. A side benefit of learning to pray without relying on jargon is that we have to think about the principles behind what we’re praying (I confess I often find this difficult!).

Woman Healed of Cancer in a Supermarket

My friend Bob Leach writes, [2]

‘I needed to get home help for one day a week. A lady called Pam came twice before another lady was sent permanently. After that, I only saw Pam a few times in passing in the shopping mall, and we just said, “Hello.”

One day, I was shopping in Woolworths when Pam came to me and said, “I have cancer and I am to have an operation in May.” I said, “I am sorry to hear that, can I pray for you?” So there in the crowded supermarket I prayed for her healing and comfort and added that I would pray for her every day, particularly on the 5th May.

I was back shopping in Woolworths 17th August and there was Pam, hurrying over to me, saying, “You healed me, you healed me!” Of course, I said that I had nothing to do with the healing but Jesus did. I said, “Let’s give thanks to the Lord,” so we held hands and gave grateful thanks and praise to a wonderful God for His healing love. Then I asked if she would like Jesus in her heart and be born again, so she repeated the prayer after me. We hugged, and then I got her a New Testament Bible from my car.

I did not see her again for two years, and again in the same supermarket. She excitedly said, “I have not seen a doctor for two years, I am so well.” She had three scans in six months that clearly showed growths on her uterus, but the operation showed all clear. She said, “They had no answer, but I knew it was the prayer.”

How wonderful is our God! He is everywhere, even in a crowded supermarket ready to answer a simple prayer.’

A Power Encounter does not Guarantee a Changed Heart

It is important to realise that just because someone sees the power of God in action, it doesn’t mean they are going to soften their heart towards God. We’ve had friends who saw demonstrations of God’s power and personal care towards them countless times, yet still refused to yield their lives to Jesus.

In Jesus’ time, multitudes of people saw and were touched by His miracles, but they didn’t necessarily turn to God. Where were those multitudes on the days before Pentecost when a mere 120 believers gathered together? In Matthew 11:20, Jesus denounced the cities in which most of His miracles were performed, because they did not repent.

It is vital that we get our motives right so that we do not get discouraged and give up when people continue to resist God, even when there is supernatural evidence of His existence and love. [1] Here are some reasons why we give God room to move in power in our unchurched, everyday world:

  • Obedience to Jesus (Matt 28:18-20)
  • Love for people (1 Cor 13)
  • Demonstrates the Kingdom of God (Luke 11:20)
  • The Holy Spirit flows through our lives (John 7:38)
  • We were created for this! (John 14:12-14)
  • Jesus gets the credit, the glory, the fame (Acts 3:11-16)

Questions for Reflection or Discussion:

Think of an non-Christian friend in your world. Focus on one area of felt need that they have in their life. Write a prayer that you could pray if you had opportunity to pray with them—avoid using Christian lingo or Christian prayer practices an unchurched person would not understand.

What opportunities can you think of in your everyday life that you can stop and pray when needs arise, great or small?

Do you have any thoughts, questions or experiences to share on this topic? I would love to hear from you–use the comments box at the bottom of this post. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


Notes:

See also:

Pentecost: How God Exploded My Box

Awakening to the Dunamis Power of God

This article is an excerpt from my book, ‘How To Be A Supernatural Christian In Your Everyday World,’ a beginners’ guide to prophetic evangelism.

Find out more about the e-book here:

‘How To Be a Supernatural Christian In Your Everyday World’

[1] See 2 Peter 3:8-9 for a comment on God’s patience towards unbelievers

[2] Bob Leach is now in his 90’s and continues to share about Jesus with people wherever and whenever he can


© Helen Calder 2011  Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church

 

You Don’t Need A Special Gift To Be A Supernatural Christian

Have you ever declined to do something because you are ‘not gifted’ in that area?

I have.

‘I’m not gifted in that area’ is an apology that I have used often, especially when it comes to things like hospitality or evangelism.

And this can be a very good thing!

In the church environment particularly, it is vital that we serve where we are gifted and passionate and called.

‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.’ (1 Peter 4:10)

But—what about in my relationships and my everyday life? Does ‘I’m not gifted in that area’ work as a reason to not speak to someone about Jesus, or not to pray for a family member who is sick, or not to provide hospitality when it is needed?

Don’t be Intimidated by Others’ Spiritual Gifts

We will never truly be fulfilled until we step into the fullness of life that we are designed for—and be comfortable with our own unique expression of spirituality.

I have an old Toyota Camry, which is a vehicle that serves my family and me well. If I am driving and alongside me a hot, turbo-charged Ferrari pulls up, I don’t say, “What is the point of me being on the road? My car is not as powerful as that one.”

My car may be ordinary, it may not go as fast, but it is the only one that will taxi my children around, carry my family’s groceries and get me to work.

In the same way, we must not allow the fact that we do not have a spiritual gift of prayer, prophecy, healing and so on, intimidate us, or stop us living the supernatural life that is our rightful inheritance as Christians.

You and I will connect with people in our everyday life that the pastors and gifted people in our church will not, and occasions for prayer will arise when there is no one present but the Lord and us.

Where is the evangelist when the opportunity arises for you to discuss your faith with a neighbour, or work colleague, or lead your child or grandchild in a salvation prayer?

Where is the prophet when you or someone near you is struggling in your daily life, and needs direction or breakthrough, and could benefit from an encouraging word from God?

A Spiritual Gift, or a Characteristic of Christian Living?

It is vital that we grasp the difference between what a spiritual gift is, versus what is a basic characteristic that we should be exhibiting as followers of Jesus.

For the most part, spiritual gifts are turbo-charged, Holy Spirit-boosted versions of attributes that should be present in the life of every Christian believer.

For example:

  • Every Christian is a witness and can share the Good News about Jesus (Col 4:5-6). However, a person with a gift of evangelism will see more people make commitments to Jesus through his or her ministry than the average Christian.
  • Every Christian can pray (1 Thess 5:17, Eph 6:18). In fact, prayer is foundational to our relationship with God. Some Christians will pray more, and experience more miraculous results, because they have a gift of prayer or intercession
  • All Christians can prophesy (Acts 2:17-18)—i.e., hear God’s voice for themselves and others. Some people can prophesy more powerfully, with greater accuracy and at a higher level, because they have a spiritual gift of prophecy

The same is also true of other areas such as healing (James 5:16), helps (Mark 10:43-45), giving (Rom 12:13) and hospitality (1 Peter 4:9).

This is why, in Ephesians 4, Paul describes the 5-fold (‘Ascension’) ministries—not as exclusive ministers in their area of giftedness—but as those whose primary calling is ‘to equip God’s people for works of service.’ (Eph 4:11-12)

The Basis for Supernatural Christian Living is Not a Spiritual Gift

It is true that some people do have a higher degree of giftedness than others in prayer, healing, prophecy, and so on.

But having a gift is not the basis for you being able to share with someone about Jesus, or pray, or receive a message from the Father for yourself or someone else.

Your ability to hear God’s voice is your right as a son or daughter in His Kingdom.

The source of your authority is the Name of Jesus Christ. What He has accomplished on the cross, and the authority that He has given to you as His committed follower, is the basis of your prayer power.

Further—and this is amazing—you and I have the same Holy Spirit indwelling and anointing us, who empowered Jesus to go about His life and ministry in the Gospels.

I have come to realise that there is NO ONE more qualified than you and I

  • to hear from God
  • to offer a prayer
  • to have a Divine appointment
  • to be involved in leading someone to Jesus

wherever we are in our everyday world.

Some Questions to Consider:

  • What spiritual gifts am I aware that I do NOT have?
  • Have I used the absence of a spiritual gift as a reason to not expect that God could use me to help love and lead people to Jesus, or to pray, or to believe God for miracles in my everyday life?

Prayer

Father, I want to be fully alive—to be all you have called and designed me to be.

Help me to be comfortable with my own unique, down-to-earth expression of spirituality and to not be intimidated by the spiritual gifts and strengths of others.

Thank You that Your Spirit anoints and empowers me to be a supernatural Christian in my everyday world—to live a life for which Jesus is the only explanation, and to love and lead people to you.

In Jesus’ Name

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Related post:

How To Be A Supernatural Christian: Turning Your I Can’ts Into I Cans

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The Greatest Evangelist In The World Today


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