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“Cooking for A Man You Do Not Trust!” – The Conversion of Paul, Ananias and Judas of Damascus

Making Dinner For Someone You Don’t trust

Acts 9: 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.  

  1. Have you ever cooked for someone you did not trust?
  2. I have heard stories of people who had hot grits thrown in their face
  3. I knew a waiter in New Orleans during segregation, who told stories of waiters who spiced hot coffee with spit
  4. There are a lot people in the world today who do not trust or like each other:
  5. At a party the other night, a man told me he thinks his brother in law is strange because he is fervent in his support of “The big lie” and Trump…
  6. 36 years ago, an 80 year old man told me he could not support me to be the pastor of the church because I was to young…
  7. In the Bible, there is a story about a man named Judas who let Paul stay in his home for 3 days, and on the 3rd day, prepared a meal for the Apostle Paul…(Tell the story)
  1. This is a story that has a message much deeper than cooking dinner
  2. Judas of Damascus allows a group of men he may not have known to bring Paul into his house – But I suspect Judas may have been an “Inside Man”
  3. Judas did not know Paul and he may not have known the men who brought Paul
  4. Or, who knows. Perhaps, Judas was part of an inside plan to hunt down believers in Jesus Christ?
  5. Ananias knew where to find Judas on a street called Straight
  6. Remember, Paul was on a self-appointed mission to round up Christians in Damascus.
  7. Paul had guards with him to help with his mission
  8. Without cell phones, email and text messages, Judas, for some reason, provides hospitality to Paul
  9. How did Paul find Judas?
  10. Who knows, maybe Judas was a Jew who was working with Paul to round up believers in Jesus?
  11. Lesson:  Life can be strange
  1. The man who has received the most attention is Ananias…
  2. Ananias is directed by God to find Paul, Pray for Paul, and welcome Paul into the Christian faith
  3. Ananias does not want to do what God is directing him to do
  4. Ananias argues with God!
  5. Has there ever been a time in your life when you did not want to do what God was directing you to do?
  6. God tells you to go one way, and you go in another!
  7. God blesses you in one way, but you go in another!
  8. God blesses you with an acumen for business, but you decide to go into art!
  9. God blesses you with someone who really loves you, but you want someone else
  10. God makes it possible for you to go to California, but you choose New York
  11. My problem has not been so much arguing with God, but listening for the will of God!
    1. More often than not, I just wish God would slap me and say, “Nick, don’t do that!”
  1. In the end, Judas and Ananias end up helping Paul
  2. The Bible does not say another word about Judas and Ananias
  3. Lesson: No matter how blessed you may be, if you are not careful, God can take it away
  4. The last thing I want to do is to blow my blessing!
  5. The thing I wonder about is what must it been like to fix food for Paul?
  6. Ananias did not trust Paul
  7. Judas, probably did not trust Ananias and now, Paul
  8. Who made the food?
  9. The wife of Judas, or maybe Judas himself?
  • I leave you with this question:  What are You doing with the blessing of God?
  • Has God called you to go one way, but you are going in another way?
  • Are you building on the blessing of God, or wasting the blessing of God?
  • Are you a builder or a person who tears things down?
  • Are you like Ananias, disagreeing with God?
  • Or you like Judas of Damascus, trying to tear down the church of God?
  • Have you ever been like Ananias, not wanting to pray for someone you did not trust?
  • Are you like Judas of Damascus, caught red handed in a plot to tear down the church?
  • Is God directing you to seek and find someone you do not trust or like?
  • When you find the person you do not trust, what will you do?
  • I can relate to Ananias
  • There have been times in my life when over the years, I ran into people I did not trust
  • I did not trust their intentions
  • Did not trust their politics
  • Did not trust their love
  • But through it all, I pray for them
  • I pray for Clarence Thomas
  • I pray for Donald Trump
  • I pray for people who have been deceitful
  • I pray for people who are mean
  • I pray for people who have a politics that is different from mine
  • I pray for people I do not understand
  • And guess what, I pray for you!
  • And if I ever have the opportunity, I will cook for you!

I Am In Your Hands Lord!

Brother Steve and my father

I am in your hands, Lord! I give myself to you.  I have no where else I can turn.  There is no human who is like a “guardian angel” I can look to and lean upon.  I am in your hands!  Talk to me.  Walk with me.  Direct me. As this new day unfolds, I need you to be my inspiration , my motivation, my contemplation.  Today, I commit myself anew to you.  Look beyond my shortcomings.  Look beyond my mistakes.  Take me, shape me and mold me.  Smooth out my big, hard, head. I am ready to step into the deepest of space.  The sky is dark, but the moon and stars are bright.  Bless me through out this new day.  I am in your hands, Lord!  I give myself to you!  Grant me your favor.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts about this prayer?
  2. What is your prayer for this day?

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3                                                                                

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Nick

Prayer for Sweet Dreams

Pastor Nick Hood3

May the Lord bless you tonight with good rest, sweet dreams, and a peaceful spirit . Blessings Nick

Prayer for Sweet Dreams

Pastor Nick Hood3

May the Lord bless you tonight with good rest, sweet dreams, and a peaceful spirit . Blessings Nick
PS watch preview of tomorrow’s sermon https://youtu.be/80FYyqeph88

Prayer – Lord, I Thank you!

Pastor Nick Hood3

Lord, I thank you.  I thank you for all the people I have met, the relationships I have made, the things I have done, and those things I have not done.  I thank you for every stage and age of my life.  For this present sense of awareness and confidence, I thank you.  For my strength and health, I thank you. For every shortcoming, flaw and fault, I thank you.  I thank you for forcing me to be honest with who I am, but also with a glimpse over the horizon of the potential for what I can be.  Consecrate me now in the greatest possible service to you.  Today, I shed the baggage.  Today, I shed shame, and success.  Lord, you have kept me humble, but grateful.  Help me to shed the past as I look forward to a future I cannot see, a tomorrow I can partially envision, a hope that is greater than my dreams.  Make me one with you this day.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. For what do you give thanks to God?
  2. Why?

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3                                                                                

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Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

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Thank you,

Nick

Train a Child in the Way They Should Go

Steve Hhod with Shawnda Warren and youth of Plymouth United Church of Christ- photo by Al Boswell

Proverbs 22: 6   Train children in the right way,

and when old, they will not stray.

For the past 20 years, my brother Steve taught a Sunday School Class for High School and College Students.  I found Steve’s leadership of the class impressive for several reasons.  First, the youth seemed to appreciate what they experienced in the class.  As important as what the youth learned in the class was the benefit to Steve and his partner leaders for the class.  Working with the youth caused Steve to stop drinking and smoking, and when offered an opportunity to have an interest in a marijuana dispensary, Steve’s declined, saying, “How could I explain this to the children?”

In the Book of Proverbs chapter 22, there is a powerful verse which extolls the importance of teaching youth in the way of the Lord:

Proverbs 22: 6            Train children in the right way,

and when old, they will not stray.

I encourage you to seek youth and train them in the way of the Lord.  Start with the youth in your household, your church, your neighborhood.  Children are looking to adults for leadership and role models.  Let the Lord lead you as you lead children in the way they should go!

Blessings,

Nick

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What responsibility do you feel about teaching youth in the way of Jesus Christ?
  2. Other thoughts on this verse?

Prayer:  Lord, teach me a love for instructing youth in the ways they should go. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3                                                                                

Photo by Pastor Nick Hood3                      

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

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New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, 1st Samuel, 2 Samuel, Proverbs, the Gospel of John, Acts of the Apostles, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Colossians, Titus, Revelation and more as well as Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

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Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

Thank you,

Nick

Ananias Angry About Praying For Paul – Video

Pastor Nick Hood3 – sharing thoughts about Ananias Praying for Paul

The Conversion of Saul

(Acts 22:6–16; 26:12–18)

Acts 9 Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

10 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; 16 I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17 So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Saul Preaches in Damascus

For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, 20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” 21 All who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem among those who invoked this name? And has he not come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” 22 Saul became increasingly more powerful and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Messiah.

Saul Escapes from the Jews

23 After some time had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, 24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night so that they might kill him; 25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket.

Saul in Jerusalem

26 When he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples; and they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him, brought him to the apostles, and described for them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 So he went in and out among them in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He spoke and argued with the Hellenists; but they were attempting to kill him. 30 When the believers learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

31 Meanwhile the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was built up. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.

The Healing of Aeneas

32 Now as Peter went here and there among all the believers, he came down also to the saints living in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, for he was paralyzed. 34 Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed!” And immediately he got up. 35 And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.

Peter in Lydda and Joppa

36 Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. 37 At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” 39 So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40 Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. 41 He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. 42 This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43 Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ac 9:1–43). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3                                                                                

Photo by Pastor Nick Hood3                      

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – You Tube Spiritual Videos at Rev Nicholas Hood and on Facebook

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, 1st Samuel, 2 Samuel, Proverbs, the Gospel of John, Acts of the Apostles, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Colossians, Titus, Revelation and more as well as Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

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Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

Thank you,

Nick

Baptizing a Person You Do Not Trust – Ananias and Paul

River Jordan Baptism- Israel

Acts 9: 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

 The 9th chapter of Acts begins with the conversion of Paul on the road to Damascus.  After his conversion, the Lord directs a believer named Ananias to “lay hands upon Paul so that he might regain his eyesight.  Initially, Ananias protests the command of God saying that he had heard much about how Paul was on a mission to round up Christians to do harm.  God informs Ananias to go anyway and pray for Paul.  After reluctantly agreeing to go pray for Paul, Ananias prays for him, his sight is restored, then he baptized Paul and fed him.

Acts 9: 10 Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; 16 I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17 So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Today, I want to share my thoughts about what it must have taken for Ananias to baptize Paul.  The primary sacrament in the Christian faith is baptism.  The sacrament of celebrating the Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, is how the believer reaffirms the commitment taken at their baptism.  We are usually baptized only once.  I say,”Usually,” because there are some times when a person may request to be re-baptized to reaffirm their commitment to God.  For example, for the past 20 years, I have performed re-baptism ceremonies in the Detroit River and the Jordan River in Israel.  These ceremonies are powerful and incredibly meaningful.

Sometimes when performing the sacrament of baptism, my thougnts go back to Ananias, Philip and the Ethiopian and John the Baptist.  While the decision to be baptized is a powerful moment in the life of the believer, it is also a spiritual moment for the one who is performing the baptism, because at that moment, the one who baptizes is acting as an intermediary for Jesus Christ.  We are far from perfect, but in that time and space, we represent as facilitators for the Lord!

Baptism in the River Jordan, Israel

In the case of Ananias, he has deep reservations about praying for Paul, but after praying for Paul, he baptized Paul and then fed Paul.  God did not initially tell Ananias to baptize Paul, but that is exactly what he does!  The minister within Ananias directed him to baptize Paul.  The questions which precede baptism are similar to these:

  1. What is your name?
  2. Do you renounce all sin and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?
  3. Do you believe in God as your father, Jesus Christ as the son of God, and the Holy spirit?
  4. Do you desire to be baptized into this faith?

The words mary vary from preacher to preacher and from one denomination to another, but they are similar.  For Ananias to baptize Paul, he would most likely raised questions similar to the ones I have outlined.  After inquiring of Paul regarding his desire to be baptized, Ananias would have led Paul to water, perhaps a stream, creek, river or lake.  Maybe he baptized Paul with a cup of water in his living room or kitchen, but wherever the baptism was performed, Ananias would have physically had to touch Paul and in a sense, become one with Paul, the new convert to Christianity.  The ritual of Baptism is an intimate experience! I can only imagine what must have been running through the mind of Ananias!  Here I am, praying for a man who persecuted believers in Jesus, and now I am baptizing him as a new convert to the faith!

Life is often strange, but people can change and God changed Paul, and with the help of Ananias, Paul became one of the greatest evangelists the world has ever known!

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts about t Paul and Ananias
  2. Have you ever not trusted the conversion of another person?
  3. Other thoughts about this story?

Prayer:  lord, grant me the courage to trust you, even when I do not trust others. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3                                                                                

Photo by Pastor Nick Hood3                      

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

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New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, 1st Samuel, 2 Samuel, Proverbs, the Gospel of John, Acts of the Apostles, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Colossians, Titus, Revelation and more as well as Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

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Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

Thank you,

Nick

Praying for People You Do Not Like

Acts 9: 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; 14 and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; 16 I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17 So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

The story of Ananias has always facinated me for several reasons:

  1. God comes to Ananias in a vision.  This informs the reader that Ananias had a close relationship with God.
  2. God directs Ananias to find Paul, on a street called Straight.
  3. Ananias protests against the will of God, because he says had heard much about how mean and hateful Paul was.
  4. God tells Ananias to go find Paul anyway and pray over him.
  5. When Ananias finds Paul, he lays hands on him, and stays with Paul until he regains his eyesight.
  6. Ananias instructs Paul in the faith of Jesus Christ and baptizes the new convert.
  7. Paul grows in the faith and as a leader in the Christian community.
  8. Ananias is never mentioned in the Bible again.

This is my quick take-away on the story of Ananias and Paul.  Ananias must have been highly favored by God, because out of all the believers in Damascus, he is the one God chose to pray for Paul and bring Paul into the Christian faith.  I find it amazing that Ananias has the nerve to challenge the direction of God.  I wonder how many other times had God reached out to Ananias in a vision?  What was it about Ananias that caused him to challenge a directive of God?

Has there ever been a time when you did not want to do what God wanted you to do?  Has there ever been a person you did not want to ask a blessing of God?  One of the lessons from this passage of scripture is that no matter how deep our faith, we should never challenge the direction of God!  Another lesson is that God can see things in us that others cannot see.  I hope this reading will cause you to rethink who you pray for.  I also hope it will cause you to pray for those you do not like, because perhaps God has a plan to use people you cannot see much value within.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts about the conversion of Paul?
  2. Why do you think Ananias protested to pray for Paul?
  3. After he follows the direction of God and prays for Paul, we do not hear anything else about Ananias.  Why do you think this is?
  4. Have you ever had difficulty praying for someone who is mean and does not follow the will of God?
  5. Other thoughts on this subject?

Prayer:  God, grant me the faith to follow you, even when I do not understand you.  In Jesus  name I pray.  Amen.

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3                                                                                

Photo by Pastor Nick Hood3                      

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – You Tube Spiritual Videos at Rev Nicholas Hood and on Facebook

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, 1st Samuel, 2 Samuel, Proverbs, the Gospel of John, Acts of the Apostles, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Colossians, Titus, Revelation and more as well as Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

Thank you,

Nick

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