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Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” ~ Matthew 12:38 +++

For some time now I have been in the habit of posting three crosses when I am posting Scripture from the New Testament, when I’m praying for somebody or something to happen, or whenever I am writing something that makes me think of our Lord Jesus. When I sign a copy of my book for someone I will always write:

Luke 15:24

Philippians 4:13 +++

And then I will sign my own name below the above verses mentioned. I do not write what the Scripture actually says though. I do that for a purpose and that purpose is that the reader, if they cannot recall what the verses say to them, that they will open their Bible to look them up. I want people to use their Bible, to open it, and to read from the Word of God.

Some might have questioned why I have done that in the past and if you also have wondered about the +++ now you know the answer. But maybe you might be wondering what the significance of the three plus signs are. After all, they are nothing more than a plus sign on my keyboard but I use them as the sign of the cross. And three of them should be deemed of some importance. One cross for you, one cross for me, and one cross for all of us.

The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” ~ John 2:18 +++

I use the sign of the cross to try to help others know that the cross can help them recognize the love that we all need to have for our Lord Jesus. I pray that by doing this I can help them understand and to learn more about Him as I also walk that path with them. And when a friend asks me to help them in prayer I will try to let them know that I do have them in my prayers by typing the three crosses in my message to them.

Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. ~ Acts 2:22 +++

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About David Christenson: He is a lifelong resident of South Dakota, grew up on a farm north of Claremont and attended school in Amherst and Britton, graduating from Britton in 1977. David married Gretchen Tisher in 1984. Gretchen is also a graduate of Britton and teaches math and drama at Britton-Hecla high school. David and Gretchen have two children. Zach is an engineer for Continental Ag in Norfolk, Nebraska and his wife Amanda is a nurse. Margo lives in Denver and works as a Marketing & Outreach coordinator for MyLifeLine.org, a cancer support not-for-profit entity. David started a cow/calf operation in the 1980s and farmed on the family farm after his high school graduation until December of 1994 when he accepted a sales position at the John Deere store in Britton. David left the John Deere sales position in March of 2006 and became a licensed crop insurance agent in May of 2006. David also started a rental business in 2010 and remained in the cattle business until January of 2012. David, age 55, has had some extraordinary circumstances in his life. He was run over by a farm tractor before age 6 and had three heart attacks a few months before turning 40. Then he suffered life threatening injuries a few months after turning 50 in a hit and run incident. David was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012 and skin cancer in 2014. David started writing his recovery experiences on Facebook in December of 2009. Over the next four years those Facebook notes became what would become chapters in his book, “Why Are You Here?” which was published in December of 2013.

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