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jLife Philippians 1:21-30


AT&T Wireless is advertising an innovative approach to life in which you'll be connected in new, more wonderful ways to all the people and things you care about. Sounds strangely similar to the new life that Paul is pitching to the
Philippians, and to us.

[For an alternate approach pertaining to Matthew 20:1-16, see Kinko Church.]

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