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Worthen Lineage and Ancestry

ancestryWorthen’s of Manchester -Goffstown, New Hampshire, USA

http://connect.ancestry.com/Profile/018a08b0-0001-0000-0000-000000000000

The Worthen’s of Manchester, NH & Rev. War Major Ezekiel Worthen dates back to 1641 and England on my father’s side; and we are all registered in DAR in Washington, D.C. The first immigrant ancestor, George Worthen, was born at or near Bristol, England, who died in 1716 at 64. Major Ezekiel Worthen (DAR# A130615), Revolutionary War, (3rd Ezekiel in line after George) The French Indian War, King George’s War and the Siege of Louisburg, was born March 18, 1710, and died in Kensington, NH in 1783. He also served under General John Stark and helped start Roger’s Rangers in 1757. His company of Roger’s Rangers was a part of the Garrison of Ft. William Henry at Lake George, NY. He was 65 when the Revolution broke out, and made Major. He was a member of the Provencial Congress of NH. He was also an engineer. He was married to Abigail Carter who died, then to Hannah Currier, who bore him 4 sons, Samuel,Jacob,Ezekiel,and Enoch. They all fought in the Rev. War, & 3 were Major’s. Through Harold F.Blake’s Kensington records, Enoch was also in the Rev. War, as was his brother, Major Jacob Worthen. It is through this very accomplished man that I am proud to be a DAR member, and past regent of the New Boston, NH (Goffstown) Chapter. The gun he used escaping the Indians in the French Indian War is with Bunker Hill Assoc. and may be seen in that building at the foot of the monument. Records, on file in DAR Washington, DC, copies of births, deaths, divorce, etc. from records at Pine Grove Cemetery,Piscatesqua Cemetery, Manchester, NH and Bureau of Vital Statistics, Concord, NH, Reverand Roland Sawyer’s “History of Kensington” (NH) covering the years from 1663-1944, 282 years; Farmington ME, D.H. Knowlton, UNH Library. Records also from Canada, and from Stackpole’s History of NH, French Indian War 1754-1763, then Captain Worthen, Also on here is German lineage of the Schertels, Schneider’s and Pvt. Thomas Shirley,(DAR# 837104) of NH who also served in the Revolutionary War.

Major Ezekiel Worthen booklet:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7YyojHY_y4AS2NiTFVNOTA0blE/view?usp=sharing

I decided to share some of the old family photos history that I love.. Links on here also of my ancestor who I gave his own site.  One day when God takes me home, besides seeing my son BJ again, I hope to see my Major Ezekiel Worthen.  He did us proud!   On Ancestry, if anyone is a member, are over 305 photos, documents, with Lineage.

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With National DAR Writeup of Donation, 2 frames were donated to the Manchester, NH and Goffstown, NH Historical Societies.

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All the pins of one of our members..AMAZING!

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Revolutionary War Cemetery in Kensington, NH where my ancestor Major Ezekiel Worthen is buried.

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Vietnam Wall in Goffstown, NH

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Speaking at State Meeting..Also Chairman of Women’s Issues.

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Giving a DAR report at State Meeting at Radisson Hotel.

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With friend Lili and statue of FDR in Washington DC.

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Receiving Proclamation.

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Selectmen photo op on Constitution Week.

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Guest speakers, one from UNH on conservation.

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In Revolutionary costume, speaking at local elementary school.

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Librarian, on Veterans day.

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Meeting held in my apt when Regent.

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Oil Painting I did donated to President George W. Bush after 9/11 through DAR.

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Trip to Washington DC, 2004, with then NH (R) Senator John Sununu, Jr.

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John & Molly Stark, in costume of course.

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Proclamation National DAR to New Boston, NH Chapter 3-22-1911

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Photo op, donating a childrens history book to town library.

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Witih Goffstown selectmen on Constitution Week.

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My Aunt Ima Worthen who left me all the lineage before she died in 82, so I might join the Daughters of the American Revolution. I thank her..It opened an amazing journey to the past.

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My Installation as Regent in Goffstown, NH 2007

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Worthen Ancestry, donated to both Manchester, NH Historical Society.

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Revolutionary War Re-enactment.

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My beautiful mother and I ..my 1st marriage.

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My wonderful Dad, Elgin Fremont Worthen.

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The house I loved so much and grew up in.

 

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My Dad I was so proud of, Worthen Lab at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, an electronic engineer.. Still miss you.

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Photo in Manchester Union Leader 1948 ..First TV in the State of New Hampshire. My Dad zoomed up from WBZ Boston.

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My Gandmother Elizabeth Worthen, my Aunt Ima and my Dad.

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My beautiful mother, Elsie Elizabeth Schertel Worthen 1934 before they married.

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My mother, me, and Dad Christmas 1939.

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My grandfather Elgin Norman Worthen, who died in the 1918 flu epidemic, leaving my grandmother with 3 young children, my Dad, his sisters Ima and Florence. No Social Security or Medicaid back then. My dad was 13 only.

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My maternal grandpa Wolfgang Schertel who came to America from Ahouweis Germany and my grandmother from Hoff Germany in 1903 on the Kroonland out of Belgium. My grandmothers maiden name was Marguerite Elizabeth Schneider/nee Schertel.

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Edward and Annie S. Schneider Brendle. Annie was my maternal Grandmother’s sister. Two of the Schneider sisters married Brendle brothers.

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Children of Annie and Edward. Edward, Madelaine, and Dorothy.

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One of my maternal grandmother’s other sister, Lizzie (Elizabeth) married to another Brendle brother.

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Dorothy (Dottie) Brendle Cooper, myself, and Madelaine Brendle sisters, Easter 2010. They both died in 2015, exactly 3 mos of each other. I still miss Dot so much.

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My mother, Elsie Schertel and Anna Dryer, her brother Wilheim’s wife to be around 1932.

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My aunts Florence ,Ima, and my dad as children after their father died. Now I know where I got the love of cats.

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The Worthen clan, in 1940’s. Joe Edwish, married Florence’s daughter Eleanor, Virginia, Florence, Eleanor, my grandmother, and Ima..little Donna if front.

A Little Wine?

bibleThe Bible says drunkenness is a sin (Galatians 5:21). But is occasional social drinking OK for Christians?

  1. Lawrence Burkholder

“Although alcohol is by no means a central scriptural issue, the Bible alludes to its use. The problem emerged in Jewish experience after the conquest of Canaan. The land of Canaan flowed not only with milk and honey but with wine as well. The hills of Judea were ideal for vineyards, and so the Hebrews, whose nomadic past had shielded them, had to come to terms with alcohol as a part of ordinary life. In general, they regarded wine as a gift, and they praised God for it (Psalm 104:14-15), but saw excessive drinking as foolish (Proverbs 20:1).

 

It is fair to say that both total abstinence and moderate use were acceptable to Jesus. Following the parable of the children at play (Matthew 11:16-19, NRSV), Jesus added these words: “For John [the Baptist] came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ ” Clearly, Jesus intended the parable to show what he thought of debates about eating and drinking. They were petty and distracting. They drew attention from the real issues facing the nation.

 

The apostle Paul warns repeatedly against drunkenness. A candidate for the office of deacon must not be addicted to much wine (1 Timothy 3:8). He admonished members of the church at Corinth not to keep fellowship with a member who is a drunkard (1 Corinthians 5:11). But Paul was prepared to accept as brothers and sisters those who drink and those who do not drink. He also spoke favorably of using wine for medicinal purposes (1 Timothy 5:23).

 

The principle governing his attitude appears at the conclusion of a section in 1 Corinthians where Paul addresses himself to varying attitudes toward eating, drinking, and marriage: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God” (10:31).

But what about current attitudes and practices? Shall we simply extend the biblical advocacy of moderation to our present times? To the contrary, certain scientific, historical, and cultural conditions make personal and corporate decisions regarding drinking more complicated than in antiquity. Attitudes today must be informed by both contextual and theological considerations.

For one thing, a significant difference between alcoholic drinks of the first century and of today has come with the advent of distilled liquors. In New Testament times the main alcoholic substance was wine (sometimes watered as a substitute for plain drinking water). Today, alcoholic drinks can be much more potent. Very often, such substances are not drunk as a beverage for the sake of taste and refreshment but as a highly concentrated drug taken for “the effect.”

 

Alcohol consumption in North America clearly has reached disastrous proportions. Millions of Americans use alcohol as a drug. It is used by many not to “gladden the heart” (Psalm 104), but to escape reality.

 

Alcohol is the depressant of choice for millions who find it difficult to cope with life. Increasingly, youth use alcohol as an alternative to illicit drugs. Yet its total effect is possibly more disastrous than that of hard drugs.

 

Our society has failed to institutionalize drinking in a way that would place it within a healthful setting and define its limits. Many who drink at bars, parties, and even in the home are separated from the positive elements of life. Alcohol has become both a symbol of tragic loneliness and a factor contributing to it.

 

One’s attitudes toward alcohol are seldom objective, even if one tries to be tolerant. One can be sure that a refined, cultured, gentleman from Burgundy is not likely to be an abstainer. And a wife of an alcoholic is not likely to be convinced that any policy of moderation is wise.

Christians who do not commit to a principle of total abstinence should follow a guideline that would represent both discernment and Christian freedom by allowing limited use, now and then, within the context of family, friendship, religious celebration, and diplomatic protocol.

These limits need not imply the strictness of an absolute principle. Still, they should be taken seriously. Such a policy offers the practical advantages of sobriety, the personal advantages of responsible maturity, and the theological advantages of biblical wisdom.”

  1. Lawrence Burkholder is president emeritus of Goshen College in Indiana.

 

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/april3/little-wine-for-soul-is-social-drinking-ok.html

Note: Hard liquor, is out. You drink scotch, distilled liquor, bourbon, you are not saved, period! You are in the flesh and still in the world.  When the Rapture comes, which looks like soon, you will not make it to Heaven.  You cannot have the Holy Spirit dwell in you if you have these spirits in you.  Doesn’t work that way. Jesus’ wine was not the wine now with 15% alcohol.  No way. 

Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.”

Remember that we are not talking about getting drunk.  We are talking about having a glass (or 2) of wine or beer. If, by drinking a glass of wine, a Christian selfishly causes a weaker Christian (a former addict or one who may have an over proclivity to become one) then the answer is yes.  Don’t guess and don’t go there would be my strong recommendation. Can sometimes have dire consequences.

Romans 14:22-23 “So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.”  http://www.crosswalk.com/church/pastors-or-leadership/is-it-wrong-for-christian-have-drink-alcohol.html

And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household” (Deuteronomy 14:26). The phrase “strong drink” is translated from the word shekar. A Shekar is condemned by Solomon as a “brawler” (Proverbs 20:1). And Isaiah pronounces a woe upon those who “run after strong drink(shekar)” (Isaiah 5:11). Strong drink was also prohibited from the priests (Leviticus 10:9–11) and Nazarites (Numbers 6:2–4Judges 13:3–5). So how could God so clearly condemn the use of “strong drink” in one place in the Bible, and yet approve of it in another place? Like the word yayin (“wine”), shekar is a generic term that could refer to either an alcoholic beverage, as noted above, or to a sweet, unfermented drink as is indicated in Isaiah 24:9. Shekar is also defined by the The Popular and Critical Bible Encyclopedia as: “Sweet Wine or Syrup. Shechar, luscious, saccharin drink or sweet syrup, especially sugar or honey of dates or of the palm-tree” or “Date or Palm Wine in its fresh and unfermented state.” In fact, “sugar” and “cider” are derivatives from shekar. Therefore, since shekar could mean either a sweet unfermented drink or an intoxicating drink, we must interpret the word according to the context of the verse. Would God encourage the use of tithe money to purchase a beverage that causes intoxication, health problems and diminishing of moral capacities? The only reasonable conclusion is that this verse is referring to the sweet palm-wine beverage in its fresh and unfermented state.

 

Some argue that if Jesus partook of wine at the Last Supper, and even employed it as a symbol of His purifying blood, then how can drinking a little wine—even just casually—be wrong? Indeed, the very seeds of the New Testament were watered with wine from the Last Supper. There is no arguing that Jesus used wine at the Last Supper, but it is a mistake to assume that the wine was of the fermented variety.

“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:28–29, emphasis mine). Indeed, here Jesus uses the new wine as a symbol of His new covenant with His people. Jesus also calls wine the “fruit of the vine.” However, after wine goes through the process of fermentation, it is no more the fruit of the vine than yogurt is the fruit of a cow.

 

Alcohol: The Bible Hall of Shame
The first reference to wine is found in Genesis when Noah, after the flood, created the original fermented grape juice. “Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent” (Genesis 9:21). The sad record is that Noah drank and stumbled around naked and shamefully exposed himself to his sons. This first experiment with a new drug ended with a scathing curse falling on Noah’s posterity.

Lot also drank, and he was therefore easily seduced into having incestuous relations with his daughters. “So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose” (Genesis 19:33). The offspring of this relationship became the nations of Moab and Ammon, the mortal enemies of God’s people. And there is no shortage of evidence today that alcohol often leads to sexual immorality—such as adultery, rape, and incest.

Then there is the infamous experience when the children of Israel drank alcohol, stripped themselves naked and worshiped a golden calf (Exodus 32:625). This fermented “church social” ended in a horrible massacre.

Amnon, another drinker and the son of David, raped his half-sister Tamar. Because of this incestuous act, he lost his life at the hands of his enraged brother while intoxicated (2 Samuel 13:28).  http://www.amazingfacts.org/media-library/book/e/63/t/the-christian-and-alcohol

 

Wherefore it is this writers consensus, that wine, or any liquor has no place

in a Christian’s life.  YOU CANNOT HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT LIVING INSIDE YOU, IF YOU HAVE FERMENTED SPIRITS THAT CAN CAUSE EVIL.  IT IS FLESH…NOT JESUS.

 

Christians and Addictions:

https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/christians-and-addictions/

Donald Trump and the Pharisees

DONALD TRUMP AND THE PHARISEES

When you finally come to the conclusion there is a God, you’re likely to try to attempt to please Him.

Max Lucado, Pharisee

Max Lucado, Pharisee

And this is where it can get dangerous.  You might be on your way to the sanctuary for worship, and you see a man curled up by the side of the road, bloody and beaten by robbers.  Something tells you the man needs your help (that’s God talking to you), but you are wearing your Sunday best, and you’re not trained as a first responder, and you’ve been given the honor of opening today’s meeting in prayer, and, besides, this guy is probably a drug addict and you have little children you’re responsible for — so you hurry on to church and you prove that you have the spirit of the Pharisee — that weird inclination to ignore what Jesus called “the weightier matters of the law.”

The #NeverTrump movement is defined by this Pharisee spirit.  It is chock full of it.  Texas pastor Max Lucado is a great example.  Max leads what he calls a “red state” church, but Max has a maxim:  ”I don’t want anybody to know how I vote.”  Max does this to make sure the Democratic voters in his church, the ones who support abortion on demand, Islamo-pandering, and class warfare are not made to feel uncomfortable.   However, Max recently broke his neutrality pledge when Donald Trump called a bimbo a bimbo. According to Max:

I would not have said anything about Mr. Trump, never — I would never have said anything if he didn’t call himself a Christian. It’d be none of my business whatsoever to make any comments about his language, his vulgarities, his slander of people, but I was deeply troubled … that here’s a man who holds up a Bible one day, and calls a lady “bimbo” the next.

Think on that for a moment. Max closes his eyes to another “Christian,” Barack Obama, who stands foursquare for the slaughter of millions of unborn babies, at your expense, but Donald Trump called a lady a “bimbo?”  Intolerable!  Unthinkable!  Impolite! Time to engage the Pharisee warp engines.

Donald is a blunt customer, but it looks like he does have a heart. When asked about abortion, Trump related a story close to home. He said that he knew of a pregnancy that was going to be terminated.  ”That child today,” Donald continued,  ”is a total superstar. It is a  great great child.”

When Donald Trump picked the most pro-life running mate in history to be his partner in the quest for the presidency, Governor Mike Pence, he backed up that claim.  He made good on his conversion to the life issue, and, in so doing, he proved to be the opposite of the Pharisee spirit — a man who cares about the “weightier matters of the law.”  Max Lucado may value political fence-sitting in church, a pleasant smile, and a polite manners, but Donald Trump risked the wrath of a baby-killing culture, and even repudiated his own past, by embracing the politics of life.

Who is the real Christian here?  The one who acts like it, or the one who puts on a polite show of neutrality?

Another of my Pharisee correspondents on Facebook wrote this about Donald Trump:

“If you are unconvinced that a foul mouthed, arrogant, strip club and casino owning, philanderer who boasts about being able to shoot people in the streets without losing voters, is immoral then I’m not really sure where to go with this conversation.”

Yet another invoked scripture in his rejection of Trump:

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

I’ve been around church people all of my life.  Even at Stanford, where humanism was the prevailing denomination, I can tell you the religious spirit — whether it is lamenting “gambling” or shaming someone who didn’t recycle his bottle of Pepsi — brings out the worst side of human nature, and it brings ignorance into high relief.

Let’s take a few of these, one by one, starting with wagering.  The Bible, folks, doesn’t say much about gambling.  Our pious ancestors in New England used lotteries to build churches.  If your only objection to Donald Trump rests in casino ownership, you really would feel right at home with the Christ-killing band because you have imbibed legalism as doctrine.

Foul mouthed?  I’m guessing you haven’t read scripture with any real scrutiny, because when God gets angry, He doesn’t hold back.  His prophets call harlots harlots.  His Son called religious hypocrites, “white washed tombs full of dead men’s bones.” “Vipers.”  ”Sons of the Devil.” But even if you value a polite tongue, and that’s your virtue, don’t begin comparing that virtue to being courageous in the face of Islamic jihad.  I will take a foul mouth defender of life over a church-sitting coward any day.

Arrogant?  I always get a kick out of people who spend all day in some corner of the bureaucracy, who never need to make a sale, who never need to appear confident, because they get paid every day, whether they do anything useful or not.  Donald has to convince people a skyscraper is worth building, folks.  You are mistaking confidence, faith even, for arrogance, because you’ve never had to really make a sale.  Try it sometime, and see if you can do it without boosting your confidence and risking looking a little “arrogant.”

Strip clubs and philandering. I won’t make any defense for that, but I would ask you to look to yourselves.  Do you buy television cable services from a company that also offers pornography?  Do you stay in hotels with adult content on their television screens?  Is your stock portfolio scrubbed clean of anyone who profits from soft porn? What’s in your wallet and where are you spending it?  The press has been watching Donald pretty closely now for 18 months.  Have you seen any philandering stories?  I haven’t.

And I would ask you to look to your Bibles again. God uses some pretty gritty characters to work His glorious and sovereign will. Jacob was a trickster who lied to his father. Abraham had wives and concubines.  Samson kept a harlot.  Solomon had hundreds of concubines.  Peter betrayed Christ.  Saul of Tarsus, was a murderous wretch.

You actually know all about that, but when you see a flawed man, in the flesh, you act just like a stoning torch mob, and you won’t even admit it.

Jesus knew all about this dismissive, self-righteous character of ours.  He knew our nature.  He knew there’s a Pharisee spirit in us that takes pride in being faithful to our wives, even as our horn-dog spirit wrestles with Donald Trump’s beauty pageants.  Are we righteous, or just jealous?  When the harlot adorns Jesus’ feet with precious ointment, are we accusing or praising God for forgiveness?

Donald Trump is more righteous than you think.  He wants to protect you from Islamic zealots.  He wants to protect your right to defend your families with firearms.  He even wants to exempt your pulpits from IRS tyranny.   He wants to end the death tax, so you can pass on your farms and your family business to your children.  He wants to lower your taxes.  He wants to protect the lives of unborn children and appoint Constitutional judges.

But you and Max Lucado don’t like his style.

Your priorities are all mixed up, just like the people who killed Christ.

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