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Student of Life. Advocate for Serious Joy in Christ

The tagline says it all.

In many ways I am a student of life. First of all, I have literally been a student my whole life. At completion of Year 12 I jumped ship to university, where I currently study. But when I move into a full time job, I doubt my tagline will lose relevance. I will forever be learning in this life. I don’t boast a ton of knowledge about most things.

Yet despite this, there is something I can strongly advocate.

There’s a lot of things I find joy in doing. Cycling and running are up there. I live pretty close to the beach and love it. Hanging out with mates over rocket league, coffee, sport. As much as I like these activities, they are but temporary joys. As much as I love to do these things, they don’t produce serious and lasting joy.

Cut to the chase – there’s nothing temporary about God.

Nothing beats a relationship with the God of the universe. Nothing beats a life of real purpose beyond the grave. Nothing produces true, lasting joy like having this secure hope (Hebrews 6:19). A glory in store, a destiny prepared, an inheritance reserved.

Now that’s something I can hang my hat on.


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236 thoughts on “About

  1. proclaimunion December 22, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    Thank you for visiting! It’s so exciting to see other university students like me writing about Jesus – gets me so excited! Do you have a Christian Union at your University?

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    • Jonathan Camac December 22, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      No problems! I really liked your post on Clash Royale – was a real unique post. It is heaps cool to see other uni students on the same page hey. We do have a Christian group at our uni, but I’m yet to join, as I’m plugged in with a young adults group from my church which catch up on the same night 🙂


      • proclaimunion April 5, 2017 / 6:31 pm

        Thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed it! That is awesome! My church in Uni also have a young adult group too! We should definitely compare preaching notes and grow our YA circle! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jonathan Camac April 6, 2017 / 2:28 am

        What university are you at in the UK? 🙂


      • proclaimunion April 16, 2017 / 9:51 pm

        I am studying in the University of Hertfordshire. What about you?

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      • proclaimunion April 18, 2017 / 1:04 pm

        I am doing Journalism and Media 🙂


  2. Anastpaul December 23, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    I have to add my thanks to all the above and wish you a Blessed and Holy Christmas! May the coming of the Christ Child fill you with wonder Jonathan. Ana

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    • Jonathan Camac December 23, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      You too Ana! Thanks for your time here. Hope you have an awesome Christmas 🙂


  3. tknot57 December 26, 2016 / 12:01 am

    Thanks Jonathan for stopping by my post! Merry Christmas and joy is Jesus! Al

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    • Jonathan Camac December 26, 2016 / 12:06 am

      No problems – and thank you! Hope your Christmas was good 🙂


      • tknot57 December 26, 2016 / 12:07 am

        Blessed time with family thanks. Hope yours was also. Al

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  4. mariewilliams53 January 2, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Thanks for the like and the opportunity to meet and connect with you Jonathan. I agree with everything you say here. I wish I lived by the sea like you – so lucky! But then again I’m also aware of the adage: be careful what you wish for…:)

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      • mariewilliams53 January 3, 2017 / 5:54 am

        Well it wasn’t so much the sharks, Jonathan, but thanks for pointing out that particular pitfall. I was more thinking that things that you wish for don’t always seem such a good idea when you actually get them.
        But next time I’m by the sea, I will make sure that I’m not involved in a ‘Jaws’ situation … hahahaha

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      • Jonathan Camac January 3, 2017 / 7:22 am

        ahh I see what you mean. I guess my mind was just angled to see the very practical and real danger of the beach, haha. Very true though 🙂


      • mariewilliams53 January 3, 2017 / 2:27 pm

        Thanks Jonathan. I now know where to come when I want practical and real advice about anything. You are the man! hahahaha

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  5. Nancy Burton Wolfe January 11, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Well, dear Jonathan, we couldn’t be more different. Except for that serious joy in Jesus. What a powerful tagline. And “following” you is going to be quite an adventure… all the best…xoxox

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    • Jonathan Camac January 11, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      Appreciate your time Nancy 🙂 All the best to you too!


  6. Rev. Karl Hess January 12, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Thanks for your likes on my posts over the past several months.

    So, you are from Oz? NZ? UK?

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  7. katmtclf January 14, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Appreciate the “like”! Keep up the good work!! I believe as Christians we all should be continually learning more in life, and I don’t believe we will ever reach a point where we shouldn’t. God bless!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac January 14, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      No problems. Check out my latest post if you find the time – is all about being continual learners of life/Christ. So true though! You too 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Abi January 14, 2017 / 9:55 pm

        I’ll check it out!

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  8. Laura Bennet January 16, 2017 / 3:01 am

    Hold onto that as you journey through life. The enemy will be on your back for taking a stand for Christ! I pray you will live abundantly and fully with the joy your photo shows. I’m so glad you took the time to check out my blog. It’s always great to connect with fellow followers.Thank you! Are you in Australia? Just curious since my husband and three youngest kids are and you mention mate, sport and university in the same way he does. 😉

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    • Jonathan Camac January 16, 2017 / 11:08 am

      I am in Australia yeah 🙂 currently in Melbourne to watch the Australian Open actually! What sports of your husband/kids enjoy watching the most? 🙂

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      • Laura Bennet January 17, 2017 / 8:38 pm

        How fun for you! I visited Australia three times when my husband and I were Skype dating. We met online. He’s from the Gold Coast. We have not been back since he moved here 8 years ago to marry me. We miss it a lot and hope to have a second home there some day. My husband played rugby league (gosh I hope I got that right – I still can’t remember union/league differences!!) and cricket. From here in the states, it’s hard to watch, and he misses it so he’s become an avid football (American, not soccer 😉 )and hockey fan. We have a son (21) at the University of Sydney who played football here in high school, but hasn’t taken up sport again seriously since he returned to Australia. Our son here plays baseball and football and our daughter plays soccer. Thanks for the chat 😉

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      • Jonathan Camac January 17, 2017 / 9:34 pm

        wow! You have sport running pretty deep in your family! I’m more of a cyclist/runner myself, but enjoy playing and watching most sports. Funnily enough, this year I’ve gotten into watching the NFL a fair bit. Go the Cardinals! 😉

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      • Laura Bennet January 18, 2017 / 3:19 am

        True! As a runner, you may appreciate a post I have coming up in a few weeks. 😉

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jonathan Camac January 18, 2017 / 5:38 am

        Well, you’ve convinced me with that sales pitch. I’m following you now 😉 looking forward to it!

        Liked by 1 person

  9. PneumaWord January 16, 2017 / 11:47 am

    Thank You, for consistently reading and liking. Much appreciated :). Thought you were British at first until i read through hehe. Nice to see a young man totally set on Jesus; i pray for grace for us run to run our races, finish our courses and keep the faith with Joy, in Jesus name, amen. Regards, Lydia Ndagilaya x

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  10. GrampaDennis January 16, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    Jonathan – Thanks for visiting my blog and for the like on my “Is the New Testament True?” article. I believe I have a dozen articles posted now. I would appreciate any comments you might have.

    Yes, you should be a “Student of Life” for all of your life! The mysteries of God and the Universe go on and on. The more you learn, the more you find that there is more to examine.

    May God bless you, guide you and protect you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac January 16, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      I’ll see what I can do. Exactly right Dennis! We are all lifelong learners 🙂 Appreciate your time mate.

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  11. Ibon Jakuson January 21, 2017 / 10:46 am

    Heya Jonathan. 😆 Thanks for passing by and liking my post on The One. Your passion for Christ is so refreshing and awesome. Keep it up! 👍

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  12. jklarayne January 25, 2017 / 9:18 am

    Many thanks for you taking the time to read my work. I just read Glorious Ruin, quite lovely. I grew up Christian, (though not extremely religious now) my Mother was, especially towards the end of her battle with Cancer. She existed solely for him, as a result there is a richness within me because of her and a channel to God that is strongest at my highest and lowest moments. I try my best to live the way your uncle spoke of, but I’ve fallen victim to projecting a goodness that sometimes isn’t there. Making excuses and justifying the bad in people as I desperately needed to find beauty in ruin. This left me hurt way to often by way too many. So I am trying to balance my seemingly naive faith in humanity with ‘opened eyes’ as well as an open heart. Everyone is doing the best they can, I suppose, given what they’ve had the ability to process. Prayer and love is all I can give in return, even at a distance, haha. Looking forward to reading more of your work. Blessed rest of week to you.

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    • Jonathan Camac January 29, 2017 / 5:32 am

      If prayer and love is all you can give, then trust me, you’re giving a heck of a lot. God’s grace flows through them continually! Appreciate your time and words jklarayne 🙂

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  13. smeyer7 February 4, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    You are finding real joy, and I’m excited that you are posting about that journey; it will continue all your life. And we never outgrow being a student of our Lord! So good to see younger people blogging about Jesus, and I’m going to refer my granddaughter, who’s about your age and loves Jesus, to your site. Blessings as you continue this journey.

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  14. choregfirin February 4, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    Hi, Jonathan. Thanks for visiting my post. If you have anything in common with me, it will be a lifelong love of learning, especially about Jesus, His Word, and how that Word applies to one’s life. I have had almost seven decades of doing that and know from experience there is no bottom to that well of God’s riches.

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    • Jonathan Camac February 4, 2017 / 7:06 pm

      I love hearing that sort of stuff! That experienced legends like yourself are still learning from Jesus and are constantly flawed by the grace of God. Thanks heaps for your comment 🙂


  15. stressfreehomeschooling February 5, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    It’s wonderful to see a young man like yourself so passionate about knowing and serving the Lord! May He bless you and use you to influence many for his glory 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  16. RLoy February 6, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Thanks for liking my post on Philippians 4:8-9.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Anna Callison February 8, 2017 / 12:14 am

    Hey from the U.S. of A! Thanks for the likes.
    You’ve got an awesome blog! A joy to read!


    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac February 8, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      Hey Anna! All the way from the USA hey 😉 No problems. Keep sharing your words, poetry and videos! God bless 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Heather February 8, 2017 / 2:15 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog! It’s always encouraging to me to see another young person wanting to live for God and share him with the world. Keep up the good work. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  19. writercaseyflynn February 22, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    Hi Jonathan,
    Thanks for reading through some of my ScholarMonk project. It’s a thread that I feel I need to follow and I enjoy sharing it with others. I have been studying Greek over the last year and am enjoying my current foray into the Gospel of Mark.
    A warm bow to you, Casey.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac February 22, 2017 / 10:05 pm

      No problems Casey. So cool you’re studying Greek with the gospel of Mark! Jesus is Lord. Appreciate your time here 🙂


  20. godposts March 14, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Jonathan, thanks for liking my post, and in doing so, introducing me to the depth of your joy in Jesus. Looking forward to reading many more of your posts.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac March 15, 2017 / 12:18 am

      No problems. Keep sharing your meditations on the Word! Stoked you found yourself here – feel free to have a squizz at any of my past posts anytime 🙂


  21. sciguy7 March 14, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    Thanks for visiting my Witchcraft in the Church post. I am new to the blogging sphere so I appreciate your “like”.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac March 15, 2017 / 12:19 am

      No problems Randy! You had some solid thoughts in that blog mate. Keep wrestling with that stuff bro 🙂


  22. kbendorf April 6, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and sending a like my way. I look forward to checking out more of your posts in the days ahead!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac April 6, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      No problems! Enjoyed your blog on “The Power of Words” too 🙂


  23. cmo94 April 6, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to look at my ramblings of life. I appreciate you stopping by my page.

    I’ve never been a godly person but I’m at a point in my life where I need all the help I can get, you’ve inspired me.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac April 7, 2017 / 2:11 am

      No problems! Feel free to have a look at some of my previous posts. You might like one of my posts titled “Glorious Ruins.” Would hope and pray that it stirs up a deep trust and hope in Jesus 🙂 Thanks for your time!


    • Jonathan Camac April 7, 2017 / 8:16 am

      No problems! Loved some of your thoughts around the equilibrium of the church. “We need to be ready to announce the subversive news that Jesus reigns without neglecting social issues of poverty, injustice, hunger…” Spot on mate!


  24. stephaniesolomon April 18, 2017 / 5:36 am

    Thanks for the like Jonathan. Just navigating your psge, it is really inspirational. Keep up the good work!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac April 18, 2017 / 11:27 pm

      No problems. Thanks for your time and words Stephanie! 🙂


  25. Stephanie April 18, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    Hey Jonathan,

    Thanks for checking out my blog. I look forward to learning a few things from yours too 🙂


    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac April 18, 2017 / 11:28 pm

      Not a problem. We sure can learn a lot off each other! Appreciate it 🙂


  26. fictionbypalmer April 20, 2017 / 11:12 am

    Thanks again for following my posts. I’m very happy to be working with a group of new Christians out of a Freedom over dependency group. These very dear people know what darkness is for sure and now they have Christ. I see that you are also in the ‘Fellowship of Christian atheletes’. Good for you. Hope this brings you into situations to stand for Christ.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac April 20, 2017 / 11:23 pm

      No problems. There is no greater testimony than to have known darkness, but to have then found Christ. Powerful stuff! Appreciate it mate 🙂


  27. sciguy7 April 23, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    Thanks for visiting my “Did Jesus Live a Celebrity Lifestyle” post. I appreciate the Like. Always stay teachable and strive for intimacy in your relationship with Jesus!


  28. FRUITSEED April 27, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your tagline! “Advocate for Serious Joy in Christ” God bless you! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac April 27, 2017 / 11:25 pm

      Thanks again FRUITSEED! That part of the tagline was inspired from John Piper’s twitter page 🙂 Just had a squizz of your page – love the prayer request section! God bless you too mate!

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    • Jonathan Camac May 3, 2017 / 1:18 am

      No problems Bobby! Got a lot of research in your blogs, some well covered and backed up points 🙂


  29. nkundagospel May 3, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Hello Jonathan! Thank you for liking my first post on blog, I am very surprised and I won’t step back.

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  30. gmgoetz May 16, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    Hey Jonathan. Great tagline. I love your “nothings” though. 🙂 also love your statement of nothing is temporary about God.
    Keep up the great studying, sharing, living with and for God.
    Looking forward to getting into and reading your posts.
    Thank you for the likes on mine,
    God’s Blessings!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac May 17, 2017 / 2:19 am

      Appreciate it gmgoetz! Spot on – the world can make promises for temporary joy, but only God can make promises for the eternal. Stay tuned for my next post in the next few weeks 😉 God bless!

      Liked by 1 person

  31. briannenicole May 19, 2017 / 12:37 am

    Hey Jonathan,
    Thanks for visiting my site and liking so many of my posts. It’s encouraging!


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      • briannenicole May 21, 2017 / 12:02 am

        Absolutely! Loved your open letter to John Piper, he is definitely a wonderful teacher with a passionate love for the Lord.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Jonathan Camac May 21, 2017 / 5:46 am

        Yeah, he has impacted my faith (and life!) heaps through different forms of his public ministry 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to read it!

        Liked by 1 person

      • briannenicole May 21, 2017 / 11:13 am

        You’re welcome. Have you ever had the opportunity to see him speak live? So much anointing in his words, he oozes Holy Spirit haha.

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      • Jonathan Camac May 21, 2017 / 12:42 pm

        Nah not at all. I’m an Australian. But that’s the beauty of my gratefulness towards Piper – it ultimately draws me into a greater love for Christ! Even though I may never meet John in this short time on earth, what he has directed me into has infinite implications and eternal value 🙂 Looking forward to meeting him one day though!

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  32. Alma Roa May 19, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Thanks for liking my post!
    May the Lord bless your journey with Him!

    Liked by 1 person

  33. Barton Jahn May 19, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Hi Jonathon…what are you studying in university? Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac May 20, 2017 / 11:56 pm

      I am studying a double degree. Bachelor of Health Sciences with a Bachelor of Education. I will come out of university a qualified PE/Outdoor Education teacher 🙂


  34. Helena Davies May 23, 2017 / 12:37 am

    HI Johnathan,
    Loved your post about Jesus the teacher. Great to connect with a fellow believer and thank you for stopping by my blog.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac May 23, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      Hey Helena! Appreciate your taking the time out of your ay to read it! Yeah it is pretty sweet how we can all connect up on here 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac June 27, 2017 / 8:25 am

      Just read it. So true! We need to grieve for the world, yet still respond to it in the love and strength that Jesus provides – not fear and hostility that our weakness produces.


  35. KJ Smith June 27, 2017 / 2:12 am

    Serious joy in Christ – yes!!! The true source of our joy – and SMILES! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for the thumbs up on Smile #176.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac June 27, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Spot on – the true and lasting source of all our joy is Jesus! No problems KJ. Thanks for your time 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  36. Musings of a Wanderer August 7, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Thanks for visiting my page. I’m glad you liked my post but I have to wonder why a Christian like yourself would like something like that that’s not exactly a Christian post?

    Hope to hear from you soon. Have a good day.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac August 7, 2017 / 9:42 pm

      I love the fact that you are asking the hard questions and not willing to shy away from your doubts! So honest and real.

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      • Jonathan Camac August 8, 2017 / 12:12 am

        I could come from many angles to answer this. In part – and as a foundation, I believe the presence of life and the complexity of the universe gives great evidence for a creator, as oppose to the argument of pure chance and everything springing into existence from nothing. But ultimately – I believe there is compelling evidence for the existence, death and resurrection of Jesus. This is something we should all take very seriously, because if Jesus did rise from the dead, this changes everything. Emphasis on everything.

        Furthermore, the works and particularly the words of Jesus are incredible. C.S Lewis stated that you can only call Jesus one of three things – Liar, Lunatic or Lord. I stand by this strongly. Nobody speaks like Jesus and gets the “he’s just a good guy, good teacher” tag. This man was either everything or nothing, flat out loser or Lord over everything.

        That is why I am a Christian. I am not perfect. But I have a Saviour who is, and who died and rose again so that I could have access to every good thing (Romans 8:32). This is my greatest and only hope. Hope that makes sense 🙂 Any questions, feel free to shoot some more.


      • Musings of a Wanderer August 9, 2017 / 5:50 am

        You sound like you’re quite skilled in Apologetics. Though I cannot believe, I respect that.

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      • Jonathan Camac August 9, 2017 / 11:14 am

        I actually have very little experience in apologetics 🙂 If you don’t mind me asking, what part of what I said brings you to a place where you cannot believe?


      • Musings of a Wanderer August 9, 2017 / 2:37 pm

        “I cannot believe” wasn’t said in response to anything you said, just to say where I am right now. My heart is, essentially, dead.

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      • Jonathan Camac August 14, 2017 / 10:50 am

        Well, I don’t want to make you uncomfortable or feel like you are being preached to. But I will say this: Jesus is in the business of promising life where there is only death. The heart that is surrendered to Him finds life, and life to the full 🙂 John 10:10

        Thanks heaps for your time!!


  37. LiveLoveLaugh August 9, 2017 / 12:50 am

    There’s just something about fellowshipping with others in the family. I have always believed that whether we share the same parents on earth if we are born again we share the most important blood and as they say “blood is thicker than water”. The command to multiply and replenish the earth was never taken back by God. He simply needs us (whether we are single ‘in the world’ or married) to multiply and replenish the earth with HIS children. Glad you meet you brother! Keep the Good Word going forth. You will continue to be in my prayers.

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    • Jonathan Camac August 9, 2017 / 2:12 am

      Well said! Definitely agree with you. Love your take in that we can be single, married, widowed – and still be raising, replenishing, and living alongside His children 🙂 Thanks heaps!!


  38. georgetownrose September 27, 2017 / 10:57 am

    Hello, Jonathan! Thank you for visiting my site and for your interest in the excitement in Christ which leaks out of my dusty vessel. Many blessings on you, brother. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” –Ephesians 3.20-21

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jonathan Camac October 2, 2017 / 7:29 am

      No problems Georgetownrose! Always good to run into some brothers on platforms like this. Bless you mate! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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