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A Mindless Morning and a Word of Correction

Updated on September 7, 2017

I was doing a little reading this morning from my interlinear Hebrew Bible, Psalm 101 to be exact, After watching a few seemingly innocent television programs on a channel that broadcasts sitcoms from the 70's such as "Family Affair" (you remember Buffy, Jody, and Sissy?), "My Three Sons", and "Petticoat Junction". I did notice subtle social and cultural agendas laced throughout the story lines but they were easily ignored because they were certainly nothing as blatant, blasphemous, and decadent as our modern sitcoms. That makes it ok right? (sarcasm intended)

"A little leaven leavens the whole lump"
— Galations 5:9

I justified my watching them because of their supposed innocence and I was also looking for a mindless activity and distraction from the present stresses of life schedule and conflict. In other words, I had some rare time off after a particularly busy summer and was looking to vegetate.

After coming to my senses that I had now wasted an hour and a half on "nothing" I decided that innocent or not I gained nothing by my self-justified escape and it was time to read the Word! and this is what I read:

I will set nothing wicked before my eyes
— Psalm 101:3

I noticed in this particular verse the Hebrew word translated wicked is "belial" which means worthless, unprofitable, useless, fruitless and nothing. and not the usual Hebrew word "ra" most commonly used to translate wicked.

A personal paraphrase could read"

I will set no worthless, unprofitable, useless, and unfruitful thing before my eyes

I couldn't have thought of a better way to describe secular television programming, the very thing we set before our eyes as worthless, unprofitable, useless, unfruitful, and amounting to absolutely nothing but wasted time and a warped and deluded mind no matter how seemingly innocent.

The Psalmist appeals to the Lord to...

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way

— Psalm 119:37

The Hebrew word worthless in this verse means empty and deceitful things. What we don't realize is that television is the world evangelist of lies and deceit.

The English word deceive comes from a Latin root "ceive" meaning To achieve understanding or apprehend. The prefix "de" means to take away remove or reverse. The agendas and ways of this world take away our understanding of God's ways and turn us away from what we have already apprehended.

I also thought of how precious God is to speak to me from His Word so specifically and personally. It really was "Manna" from heaven at a particularly dry season in life.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness
— II Timothy 3:16

What is truly profitable is to spend time in His Word. Hallelujah for His reproof and correction. I also just read the other day in Luke that

"He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed" ~ Luke 5:16.

Jesus was a busy guy more busy than myself I would suspect. People followed Him everywhere wanting and needing from Him. He didn't withdraw often to watch television like me. Luke says He escaped in prayer. If Jesus had to take time away from the business of life to pray how much more do I?

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

— Matthew 11:28

Truly without Him, I can do nothing! (John 15:5)

He Alone is Worthy

© 2011 Tamarajo


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      shofarcall 5 years ago

      Thanks for info....

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Hello shofarcall, Hebrew is a fascinating language and well worth the study to learn it for biblical purposes. I have found it so useful in clarifying many scriptures that sometimes seem vague, shallow, and even sometimes generic. If nothing else buy a "Gesenius" Lexicon that is "Strong's" coded. In conjunction with that, has an interlinear reading of the Old Testament with the "Strong's" numbers listed right above the words. Makes looking up words and definitions slick. Priceless tools. Message me if you want any more info on these

      The t.v. battle always rages. My husband and I refuse to pay for t.v. so it is a great help only having local stations to pick from and includes several PBS stations. If I watch I try to make it either educational or spiritual.

      Thanks again for stopping by

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      shofarcall 5 years ago

      Hi Tamarajo,

      I am blessed by your hub. Oh how I wish I too understood Hebrew so well and had a fuller interpretation of His word. Beautiful.

      Although I do have television, I watch it less and less - it is used mainly to keep up with the news so that I can bring what is happening across the world into my prayer life, precisely because of what you have revealed to us so eloquently here. Most of what is available to watch, is detrimental to our life with God.

      Meaningless escapism. Full of lies and deceit. A good Christian movie or documentary is so much more fulfilling and worthy. God Bless

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Hi James. I occasionally watch a film if I know there is something of morality or substance to it. Those are tough to come by these days.

      Thanks for coming back and responding.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      femmeflashpoint, I think your right wasting time can be a bad habit and like you the older I get the better I get at using it more wisely. Television is only one of many ways I suppose we can waste the precious time He give us.

      Blessed to have you stop by and comment.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Wow. Your response to my comment is even more powerfully persuasive. You wrote:

      "Media is a powerful and persuasive tool and I know not many may share my extreme conservative view on it. It really is a personal conviction and was not intending to make my conviction someone else's but wrote more to share on what I felt was a revelation to me."

      I hear you. I think your view is not at all extreme. I believe you are absolutely right. I have cut out television a long time ago. I guess films will be next. Though I am quite the film buff, I should let them go. Thank you.

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      femmeflashpoint 6 years ago


      I've been way guilty of loosing time by wasting time ... more than once. :)

      However, the older I've gotten, the less likely these days I am to do it.

      I think it easily becomes habit, and I'm glad I broke it a good while ago.


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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Hi James. I know it seems like a radical view on the culture of entertainment and it probably is. It was more of a personal conviction of what I want to fill up my heart and mind with and what I wish to be persuaded by. Even if I figured it was all innocent entertainment I discerned it as a certain waste of time that I could have been doing something more significant.

      I to enjoy documentaries and educational media and much of it isn't necessarily Christian based at least with that I am learning something rather than vegetating and most educational stuff I do watch always shows me God behind the scenes anyway.

      Most movies and television I find to be riddled with the cultural agendas that are so conflicting to my spiritual values. One example is this last Sunday I had only one student in my Sunday School class and decided to join up with the older kids class. The teacher decided to bring a movie that day knowing we would have a smaller crowd. (New Year Day - imagine that) I thought we watch a movie for one Sunday what's the big deal? The movie we watched was Cars2 a supposed children's movie. It begins with the cars meeting at the bar and ordering their usual while the bar tender shakes up their drinks and pours them into what looks like martini glasses. Next scene a romance with a female car begins and the male car is upset because she is admiring features of another male car and He begins to wonder out loud what is wrong with his parts. This was all in the first 15 minutes. Meanwhile the other teacher and kids are snickering and giggling at various times seemingly unaware and unmoved by the subject matter. I don't watch a whole lot of that kind of stuff so I found it shocking to be honest with you that adult dialogue and subject matter was so blatantly portrayed and no one seemed to care or notice. What I saw was how I think it works with all of us. We just become so desensitized to it we don't even notice what is in there and we really aren't sure how it maps our minds and thoughts nor do we really care.

      All in all I wish I had invited their class to mine instead and done the planned lesson.

      The little bit of adult material I have seen seems so riddled with the cultures liberal agendas to the point of it seeming somewhat evangelistic about its causes and values or lack thereof. I may not behave in every way that observe from media but I am not sure how that works with my attitudes and how I view life and the world or what is moral or not.

      Murder mysteries have always been entertaining to me but I have to ask myself why am I entertained by murder? And why is it ok with me that I find murder entertaining? Even if I don't go out and kill someone the fact that I am entertained by it disturbs me.

      Media is a powerful and persuasive tool and I know not many may share my extreme conservative view on it. It really is a personal conviction and was not intending to make my conviction someone else's but wrote more to share on what I felt was a revelation to me.

      Anyways that is but a snip it of what goes in that poor little mind of mine all day. It really can be scary place. : )

      Thanks James for your thoughtful comment and consideration of the subject matter. Blessed to have you stop by

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Wow. Much to ponder here. I am not a television guy very much but I do love films, especially documentaries. Some of the films would not exactly be edifying—though I watch every Christian movie I can get my hands on.

      I have thought about this before and I must revisit this issue. I learn a lot about the world I am in from secular movies. In my internal dialogue I do not automatically consider that to be a bad thing unless it has a bad influence on my behavior.

      Thank you for a thought provoking Hub.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      RTalloni, How beautiful. I do love this hymn and it is so appropriate for the subject of this hub. that we might not be filled with nor attempt to satisfy through worldly visual stimuli but that He would be our vision, escape, and chief joy. For only He can satisfy as the verse you shared says.

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment and visit.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness,

      Psalms 107:9.

      Your hub reminds me of an old Irish hymn:

      Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

      Naught be all else to me, save that thou art;

      Thou my best thought, by day or by night,

      Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

      Be thou my Wisdom, and thou my true Word;

      I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;

      Thou my great Father, and I thy true son,

      Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

      Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise;

      Thou mine inheritance, now and always;

      Thou and thou only, first in my heart,

      High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

      High King of heaven, my victory won,

      May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Sun!

      Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

      Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      ithabise, I refuse to pay for television either and my viewing is quite limited and selective. For the most part I don't really have a whole lot of spare time to watch it anyways which was brought me to write the article. Time is valuable and we only get so much of it. To have wasted such a precious commodity on something so unedifying and unproductive didn't set will with my spirit.

      I so agree with you the Word is so much more exciting and fulfilling. And prayer is so much more essential.

      I really liked your comment about prayer and deep study to start the day being the frame for the rest of the day. That was beautiful.

      Thank you for stopping by and for your insightful comment.

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      Michael S. 6 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      I was without television for a year when I lived overseas; and I discovered it was the best thing for my soul. I could hardly bare television back here. Today I only use my computer for any viewing, which is very little, by choice, and far, far cheaper than a cable bill! And I've learned that prayer and deep study at the start of my day really does frame the day...dictates all other affairs in the heart. This hub was great, only I was just getting started when you were finishing!

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Hyphenbird..Amen every moment is precious! I am with you on choosing carefully. In fact I have always found time to be so much more precious than money.

      Bless you for stopping by and commenting.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Every moment is precious. I become ever more conscious of that and choose carefully what I watch, read or do. Your reminder is well placed and welcomed.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Hi Tony, Agreed about the idle mind and that is what TV kind of does is hypnotize us via entertainment and it seems like we drift into tolerating anything that it outputs.

      I like what you shared about temptations and distractions that keep us from the ultimate goal which leads to compromise and sin rather than the purposes of God.

      Thank you much for your visit and insightful comment.

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      Tony L Smith 6 years ago from Macon

      nicely said Tamarajo, 'An idle mind truly can be the devils workshop' I've never read 'a purpose driven life' but I bet it's got some good insights in it.

      I listened to an audio book in which was claimed that the purpose of the temptations, distractions, and basicly all the thoughts the scriptures warn against was to get us to drift in our thoughts, not walking in any purpose. This leads to more sinful and negative thoughts, a compromised life. We must cast down any thought that takes us away from the direction our Lord has called us to and for.

      Keep the living(ever increasing) faith


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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Hi Vocalcoach, I agree most of the stuff on tv is junk and such a waste of time and brain space. Every moment truly is a gift and could maybe even consider a precious commodity with the potential of investment. I do value time even more so than money.

      Blessed to have you stop by. Thank you for your complimentary comment and your vote.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Excellent and timely hub, Tamarajo. Time is so precious. Every single minute is a gift from God and we must use it wisely. I rarely watch television anymore. For one thing, most of it is junk. For another thing,I know I need to constantly fill my mind and my soul with "His Word".

      How good of you to share your experience. And He spoke to you through His Word as if to say "Beloved daughter, you have made the right choice and I bless you for it."

      This hub deserves a big vote up! I am a better person because of it. God bless!

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Thank you for you love and support drpastorcarlotta I appreciate your visit commenting and voting.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Love your Hubs as much as I love you! Be Blessed and remember that God will always love you and what you do for the Kingdom! Voted-Up and Awesome!!!!

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Hi Voice I published just a few days ago. It has been an extremely busy summer which has made it difficult to do the studying I was once doing let alone publish. I kind of got out of the habit with the cares of this life and social obligations. That's just about how easy that can happen.

      I'm glad that the article was useful. Good to hear from you as always

      Thanks for visiting and sharing in the commentary.

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      VOICE CIW 6 years ago

      God bless you Tamarajo, I don't know when this hub was published, but I have not read any published hubs from those I follow for quite some time now. But anyways I am happy that I received this hub, it is very beautiful, and encourageing. It is also convicting which makes me know that God touched you, and moved you to write this hub, so others may see that we must have personal time with God, and stop wasting precious time on things that have nothing to do with Kingdom Work. Thank you Sister Tamarajo, because this hub convicted me. You stay blessed, I love you in the Lord.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Hello no body, what a lovely addition and confirmation to the hub from your own personal experience.

      I loved the title of your clock gadget as a continual reminder to make each moment matter. To live deliberately and purposefully and rather than mindlessly.

      I was just thinking how in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus went off to pray and while He comes back He finds His disciples sleeping. With today's culture He would probably find us watching T.V. it really is like sleeping from a spiritual perspective.

      Thank you so much for visiting and thoughtful and insightful commentary.

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      Robert E Smith 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I so appreciated what God showed to you because He has shown me the same thing. I one day realized that the clock was ticking. I was looking at apps for my iGoogle homepage. (I was wasting time) and I found this wonderful clock that looked like one of the old fashioned grandmother's clock with the pendulum swinging and the loud ticking and the chimes. I put it on the homepage and listened to the ticking, ticking and it dawned on me. The time I have here is ticking away. Each second is precious. I could change the color of the clock and the logo and even the title at the top of the gadget. I changed the title to "Time is ticking away" and the logo to "It's later than you think." I realized that never again will we have this opportunity to effect God in this way. From the depths of our sinful condition we can effect the God of the universe and please Him. We can bring others with us and get a reward. We can do what the angels wish to do but can't, only we can. And what had I been doing with this opportunity? I had been watching mindless tv. I had been listening to pointless drivel on the radio. I had wasted so much of my time that was ticking away. Then I read the verse that says that God somehow has a vessel that contains the "prayers of the saints." I asked myself how much of that container could be filled up by me in earnest prayer and communing with my Father. Well, I had 86,400 seconds in a day minus sleeping time that I should be "praying without ceasing." I made up my mind then and there that I would do all I could to serve Him with all my heart and do all I could to fill that daily container to the brim. Each day that I fulfill that resolution in my mind, I find my sin is way down, my focus is way up, my depression and blues is way down, my joy and happiness is way up. I love you Tam. Thank you for the great hub.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Hi ladyjojo, it is true what you say. Television programming has become so filthy and so far from God's intentions for life family and relationship. I am sure it saddens Him to see how deceived so many people are by its agendas and propaganda.

      Blessed to have you stop by and comment.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Minstrel, Glad to have refreshed your zeal for Hebrew. I love His Word. it was what spoke to my very need that morning and why I chose tv over it that morning? who knows. Nothing more satisfying or gratifying than hearing from God.

      Thanks for you visit and comment.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Hi Dave I agree about educational programming. I have learned much viewing education and have been inspired by many documentaries and have even sharpened my reasoning for my biblical perspective. However I was not educated in anyway but the situation comedies I watched and I cant thing of a single benefit from it.

      So agreed with you to be thoughtful, selective, and intentional about tv viewing and no watching for the purpose of escapism.

      Thank you for dropping by and commenting

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Faithful daughter you summed up well the content of the hub. I think the mindless television viewing is an assumed entitlement to most of secular society. I am pleased to see so many with a similar conviction to ask ourselves what is it we are entitling ourselves too and is it useful or beneficial?

      Blessed to have you stop by and comment.

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      ladyjojo 6 years ago

      I agree with you @ my church T.V. watching isn't condone due to the many wicked things there are on T.V. now. Pornography, sexual contents in cartoons, homosexual movies, and the list goes on and on.

      There are very few movies you can gain a lesson from and they date back from in the 60's - 80's now its so ridiculous what they show and things like "FAMILY GUY" and south park that shows when kids are up with cursing and sexual things are just pathetic.

      If we have a close relationship with Christ i think we won't feel like something is lacking.

      Have a bless day

      God be with you

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      The Minstrel 6 years ago from Hawaii

      Great Word Tamarajo

      You inspire me to dust off my Hebrew Bible and read the OT in its original form. Yes, TV is insidious.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      We need not turn on a TV for situation comedy. Often all we need do is to observe our fellow men and women and the laughs and chuckles are right their live and infront of our eyes.

      I do not say this lightly but there are some very educational programs on TV that can help us to learn things about "Nature" and "Science" that are important and that we should know.

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      Evi Lopez 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      There is a sense of guilt in me whenever I spend my time in worthless and meaningless things, and I am reminded that I could use the time to recharge my spiritual battery, a time to feed and nourish my starving spirit and have communion with my Lord. So, I have rid myself of the very distraction that took me away from God... cable TV.

      You are right, TV is not so mindless and harmless a distraction as some may think but a disguised evil that penetrates the spirit of man, the only difference between old sitcoms and modern ones, is that it was very subtle and not as blatant as it is today.

      Beautiful hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Hi lifegate, Some may think there is nothing wrong with television. I find for myself that the vast majority of the time it invites me to compromise my beliefs and behavior by lulling me into an entertainment trance while it crams the worlds agendas and values down my throat then when I become disturbed by what I hear or see there is the old voice that was heard in the garden "What's the big deal? It's just a movie."

      Although I have watched a few PBS specials that were secular science in content that I thought was more reflective of biblical truth than the evolutionary theory. I have a half hub started on it.

      I am not ready to throw my tv out the window yet, but I do believe we should watch what we watch with intention and purpose to grow and learn not to vegetate and be mindless. If it is fruitless and profits us nothing then why waste the time. Life is too short and God is too good to miss out on any of Him and what He as going on for stupid, fictitious, meaningless, waste of time programming. Not to mention the foolishness of constantly exposing ourselves to the anti biblical principles large or small that will eventually numb our own consciences.

      Modern television isn't that difficult to turn off. It is so ugly and obvious you can't miss the anti biblical agendas they practically leap off the screen and slap you in the face but they all began in their less obvious so called innocent forms in the early years of sitcom and it is how many became oblivious to the trash that is being pumped out now.

      Thank you lifegate for your visit and supportive comment

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Hi LIL-ANGEL-WINGS exactly... setting our sights on the things above and not on the things of the earth. What made me the maddest was I had very little time throughout the summer to do a lot of Bible Studying and here I had this opportunity and I squandered it on nothing. I am glad for His nudging me to shut the darn thing off and get to the real stuff.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      William Kovacic 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      I can hear some people say, "Aren't you being just a touch too critical? TV never hurt anybody." I think you've made it plain that it is dangerous even if things look innocent. Thanks for sharing and taking a stand that isn't popular in this 21 Century.

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      LIL-ANGEL-WINGS 6 years ago

      you hit the nail on the true it is that we should set our sights on him... not the useless things of this world

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Great addition Cristina that everything we would do would be for His glory and our spiritual edification. Thank you much for your visit vote and insightful comment.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 6 years ago from Manila

      Wonderful hub voted up and beautiful. How wonderful it is to spend time meditating the Word of God and to receive instruction.Truly we should invest out time on things that will nurture our spiritual life rather than wasting our time on the world's stuff. We should always be reminded that in everything we do we should do it for the glory of God. Thank you for sharing this timely reminder here at Hubpages. I wish you a blessed day today. Best regards.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Yes lea86 He is. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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      lea86 6 years ago

      He is the greatest Doctor that human need.