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Synoptic GospelsTuesday, Oct 17, 2017

Synoptic Gospels

Coming Down the Mountain

They lifted their eyes and looked around. The brilliant, luminous cloud had dissipated. "They looked around here and there but did not see anyone else except for Yeshua alone with them" (Mark 9:8). The mysterious visitors had vanished with it. Only the Master remained.

They lifted their eyes and looked around. The brilliant, luminous cloud had dissipated. "They looked around here and there but did not see anyone else except for Yeshua alone with them" (Mark 9:8). The mysterious visitors had vanished with it. Only the Master remained.

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