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“Do you really think you can steal, murder, commit adultery, lie, and burn incense to Baal and all those other new gods of yours, and then come here and stand before me in my Temple and chant, “We are safe!”—only to go right back to all those evils again?“ Jeremiah 7:9-10 “Crack!”    The ball went down the first base line.  It wasn’t clear whether it would stay inbounds or turn out.  The batter and the third base runner each gave it all they had. “Safe!” came the call from the umpire at home plate. The home crowd went wild with celebration.  It was the winning score in game seven of the World Series.  The team fought long and hard for years to get there. They had overcome a world of obstacles, naysayers, and challenges to win it all. This team had been losers for years, even to those who supposedly believed in them.  No one ever thought for a minute they’d make it to the World Series, much less win the World Series. Now they had a new identity.  They were winners. In the days that fol

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