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Mark 2:18-22 Fasting and the bridegroom - Day 30

Good evening friends, So this is the last day for this section of the blog.  Here is the road map to help you navigate if you have started the M'Cheyne reading plan on your own after October '21. Days 1-30 are the most recent entries as the blog was not up and running initially and I had to come back and post them.  Since the blog goes by the most recent entires, just scroll down too Day 1.  Then once you finish Day 30, go all the way back to the first entry at the "bottom" of the blog.  Unfortunately, I didn't start with day numbering until day 100 but there is an entry for every day. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me in person at church, make a comment, call me at 860-381-9557 or email me at Blessings, Jeff So why don't I fast?   How does this fit with John passage that it is better for us that Jesus leaves so  that the Spirit will come?  In that sense, believers still have the bridegroom and would no
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