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“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.”

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.” Matthew 13:44.

“But seek his kingdom…Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” Luke 12:31a,32,34, 13:18-19.

“God…was pleased to reveal his Son in me…Christ lives in me…I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 1:15-16, 2:20, 4:19, 5:25.

“…God, who tests our hearts…the Word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe…May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts…” 1 Thessalonians 2:4,13, 3:12,13.

“…that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11.

“…God has been making it grow…God…makes things grow…the Holy Spirit, who is in you…But God has put the body together…you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it…follow the way of love.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-7, 6:19, 12:24,27, 14:1.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7.

“…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus…it is God who works in you to will and act in order to fulfill his good purpose…the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…” Phlippians 1:6, 2:13, 3:8.

“…if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you…his Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:10-11.

“…that you may know him better…that you may know…the riches of his glorious inheritance in his people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe…God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ…he might show the incomparable riches of his grace…the boundless riches of Christ…I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” Ephesians 1:17-19, 2:4,5,7, 3:8,16-17.

“…God has chosen to make known…the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory…in Christ you have been brought to fullness…Christ, who is your life” Colossians 1:27, 2:10, 3:4.

” ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.’…See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks…we have a clear conscience…” Hebrews 3:15, 12:25, 13:18.

“God’s work…is by faith. The goal…is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith…take hold of the life that is truly life.” 1 Timothy 1:4,5, 6:19.

Verses from Today’s New International Version.

Words on Losing the Soul Life

From the last section of Hebrews 10 I have been led to other passages related to the soul life and God’s desire to express Himself by saving, preserving, obtaining, and possessing our soul life by His Spirit through His body. There is a lot to chew on here and I have been doing so for many weeks.

I have purposefully left much of the passage to help in understanding of the context, but of course like any letter it should also be viewed in the wider context of the letter or teaching given.

After Hebrews sections I have the provided the passages in the Thessalonians and Ephesian letters and then the gospels. I have inserted in the text the original meaning of some of the words from the NASB.

Hebrews 10:

32 But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, 33 partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated. 34 For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one. 35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.


39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving (possession or obtainment) of the (soul life).

Hebrews 4 (I have capitalized the Divine Word of God):

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. 12 For the (Word) of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of (soul life) and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Hebrews 6:

9 But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way. 10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

13 For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.” 15 And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. 16 For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. 17 In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the (soul life), a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, 20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

1 Thessalonians 5:

4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. 8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

2 Thessalonians 2:

13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. 14 It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain (obtain) the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, 17 comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.

Ephesians 1:

11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

Matthew 10:

37 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who has found his (soul life) will lose it, and he who has lost his (soul life) for My sake will find it.

40 “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. 41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”

Matthew 16:

21 From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. 22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 For whoever wishes to save his (soul life) will lose it; but whoever loses his (soul life) for My sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his (soul life)? Or what will a man give in exchange for his (soul life)? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.

28 “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”

Mark 8:

31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And He was stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and *said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

34 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his (soul life) will lose it, but whoever loses his (soul life) for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his (soul life)? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his (soul life)? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Luke 9:

21 But He warned them and instructed them not to tell this to anyone, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.”

23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24 For whoever wishes to save his (soul life) will lose it, but whoever loses his (soul life) for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 25 For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”

Luke 17:

28 It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; 29 but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to keep his (soul life) will lose it, and whoever loses his (soul life) will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. 35 There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left. 36 [Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.”] 37 And answering they *said to Him, “Where, Lord?” And He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will be gathered.”

John 12:

20 Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast; 21 these then came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and began to ask him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip *came and *told Andrew; Andrew and Philip *came and *told Jesus. 23 And Jesus *answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 He who loves his (soul life) loses it, and he who hates his (soul life) in this world will keep it to life eternal. 26 If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

27 “Now My (soul life) has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, “An angel has spoken to Him.” 30 Jesus answered and said, “This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes. 31 Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” 33 But He was saying this to indicate the kind of death by which He was to die.

“…Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;…”
August 7, 2009, 2:49 am
Filed under: C Gospel According to Luke

I finished reading the book of Luke this morning. In each of the gospels there is always a sense of gloom and darkness and then an exploding light in the end! Jesus gives people hope when there seems to be no hope!

This morning I picked up on a couple things that God was telling me. When Peter disowned Jesus, before Jesus’ crucifixion, he “remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him.” When the women met the angels at Jesus’ empty tomb “they remembered his words.” When two disciples met Jesus on the road and invited Him to their home for a meal “their eyes were opened and they recognized him.” And later that evening when the disciples met Jesus “he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.”

I have a lot of commentaries and stuff to try and help me figure out how to understand the Bible, in fact I have some study Bibles that the majority of the book has a lot of information to help me understand the Bible, but in truth while all of that may be helpful, I really can’t understand how to understand and apply the Bible to my life unless Jesus helps me! Oh how I desire for “Jesus himself” to come up and walk along with me and another brother in Christ, to really sense the presence of God, to know Him and let Him show us truth and to live His truth through us!

Throughout this last part of the book of Luke the stress for prayer is constantly before me. I believe Jesus doesn’t want me to just know about Him, but to know Him, in reality. Reading the Bible so that He will speak to me! Listening to another brother in Christ and finding out what God is telling me. Because now Jesus lives IN every believer, to know Him, in reality, must be as we talk together in life, discussing “these things with each other.”

While a lot of man made stuff, some of it really helpful and excellent to read, might be good to help us know about Jesus, they can sometimes prevent us from the best of knowing Jesus in reality. Don’t I know it! Jesus has fulfilled everything that was written about Himself in the Old Testament, we are no longer bound by all of its rules and traditions (that were meant to help us know about Jesus), and now the only real law for a follower of Jesus is to “love our neighbor as ourself.” Jesus live your love through me, live through me!


“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them…”
August 7, 2009, 2:48 am
Filed under: C Gospel According to Luke
Reading chapters 17 to 21 in the Book of Luke this morning I saw again how counter culture Jesus was in His day. Those who were considered irrelevant or least among people Jesus always seemed to lift them to a higher status, the systems or things that hindered full devotion to God He always tore down. Jesus said that “the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” and desires everyone “to enter the kingdom of God” to “be saved.” He found leaders who were preventing people from entering the kingdom of God but also fully realized that not everyone will want to pay the price. I noticed that He focused a lot on nurturing children, wanting parents and adults to make sure they did not cause them to sin and recognized how important they were by saying “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” How am I/you doing at helping my/our own child or children to know and love Jesus, am I/we hindering them? are we causing our children to sin? Lord renew in me a spirit to help my family know more of and love Jesus every day. You said “My house will be a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers.” May my home, my family be a house of prayer, not robbing my family of life with You.

“…there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
August 7, 2009, 2:47 am
Filed under: C Gospel According to Luke
As I read Chapters 15 and 16 in the Book of Luke this morning I saw again how Jesus continues to “seek and find the lost” and His joy when finding that which was lost! In three stories Jesus describes how He feels, I think this means how important it is to God and should be for us. “I tell you in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent…In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents….For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate…But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead is alive again; he was lost and is found.” Like the parable of the lost son have you realized that you need Jesus in your life and come to your senses and decided to be found by Jesus? Seek Jesus! Jesus said how hard it was for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. In Chapter 16 he reiterates that thought that “you cannot serve both God and Money” and in the story of the rich man and Lazarus when the rich man died he found himself “in hell, where he was in torment.” God knows my heart and He knows your heart. Lord help me to focus my life on You and not on stuff, to enjoy having a relationship with You and your people. You desire to celebrate with me and all who turn to you, to enjoy life together!

“…For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
August 7, 2009, 2:47 am
Filed under: C Gospel According to Luke
In Chapters 13 and 14 of the Book of Luke Jesus seems to be on the offensive. Some came apparently to try and inspire fear in Jesus (some “told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices”, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you”), others attempted to try and control Jesus (“There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath”), and still others attempted to humiliate Jesus (he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table). I think of all the bad days I’ve ever had and how I have reacted to them, most not very pleasant, sad to say. As a follower of Jesus I know I will have people who will try to cause me fear, who will try to control me with their religious traditions, and others who will try to humiliate me. I guess these are others attempts at being defensive. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to do in those situations, most the times the course of action is to attack verbally (become defensive) or do nothing, I don’t always ask Jesus to help me through those times. What comes immediately to mind is what Jesus said on the cross “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” In that light I need Jesus to live through me to pray for and forgive those who attempt to wrong me. As Jesus said “he who humbles himself will be exalted.” At the conclusion of Chapter 14 I think Jesus gives us good warning about being His follower, it’s not suppose to be easy and lazy: “anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” If we think it’s suppose to be easy and lazy Jesus also says: “repent.” Lord bring followers of Jesus into my life who will ask me the hard questions and so let yourself live through me so that I don’t live an easy and lazy Christian life, which is no life at all.

“But seek his kingdom…”
August 7, 2009, 2:46 am
Filed under: C Gospel According to Luke
Reading Chapters 11 and 12 from the Book of Luke this morning I can really see the importance of having a few other followers of Jesus with you on this journey of life. Jesus showed how important prayer was both for Himself and for His followers in the midst of daily life. Lord help me and your followers to pray like Jesus, to grow in our love for you, that praying would be encouraging and helpful. Jesus said “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Shortly Jesus is wrongly accused and slandered by religious people because Jesus wouldn’t follow their traditions. But Jesus speaks the word, speaking truth, resulting in more opposition. How important to have a strong relationship with Jesus and with others who follow Him. Really neat is that following this opposition Jesus speaks words of encouragement to His disciples, I guess because He recognized that with all the flak He was getting, the disciples were probably getting disheartened. I know I need encouragement! Jesus says, in the midst of the trouble they were getting, “be on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy….do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more…Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell…Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions…do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes….But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well…Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” I thank you Lord for You, for finding me, saving me, for givng me life and hope!

“The seed is the word of God…”
August 7, 2009, 2:45 am
Filed under: C Gospel According to Luke
As I read Chapters 8 to 10 from the Book of Luke this morning it was interesting how after having read this parable of the seed and four soils that the Holy Spirit began to show me how Jesus sowed the seed in the soils of peoples lives. I probably would have missed this if I had only read the one chapter. He mentioned that “the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” Jesus reiterates this when he then says a few verses later: “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” To a man whom Jesus removed a bunch of demons from, was sent home in order to “tell how much God has done for you.” By healing a sick woman and raising a child from the dead he demonstrated His power over the evil one but also put into practice what He spoke. He then sent the twelve disciples out “to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” later he “spoke to them (five thousand) about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.” And through Jesus’ travels he continued to speak to His disciples and others about being a servant and the cost of following Him. He later sent out seventy-two others to tell people they meet “the kingdom of God is near” because Jesus was on His way to their town. And then in the home of Mary and Martha, Jesus is mentioned talking to everyone in the house. Am I/you scattering seed, God’s word, to those I/we meet? If not, why not? I think for a follower of Jesus, Jesus gives us a clue why so many who claim to be followers of Jesus don’t. They spent time with Him, they listened to Him, they did what He said, together and immediately, but also met the deepest needs of peoples lives. Do I/we have someone whom we can encourage each other, to spend time with each other listening to Jesus, listening to is word, and doing what he says – scattering His word to people we know and care about, allowing Jesus through me/us to help people overcome their deepest needs?

“But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves…”
August 7, 2009, 2:44 am
Filed under: C Gospel According to Luke
I was caught by these words this morning as I read Chapter 7 of the Book of Luke. Perhaps it is the conflict of truly knowing God’s purpose for my life…especially in the times when I seem like I’m in the desert. But as I read this passage I’m reminded that the Pharisees and experts in the law were a people in contrast to “all the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right.” What is God’s purpose for my/your life? Is God’s way right? What is God’s way? It’s intersting that followers of Jesus were also called “The Way.” Jesus also said “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” Perhaps this is what is being referred to when we acknowledge that God’s way is right….accepting the fact that Jesus is the way to God. Jesus showed that His way was selfless and humble, focused solely on expressing God on this earth. In this chapter Jesus described the incredible faith of a Roman centurion who believed Jesus’ words, comforted a widow by raising her son from the dead, curing “many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind,” and forgiving the sins of a “sinner.” People “were all filled with awe and praised God.” That was the way of Jesus. Jesus, walk your way through me to others, so that others can see You through me…even though it seems like I’m walking in the desert.

“Blessed are you who are poor…”
August 7, 2009, 2:43 am
Filed under: C Gospel According to Luke
Spent some time reading Chapters 3 through 6 from the Book of Luke this morning. It is interesting all the things God can teach you as you read more of God’s word at one sitting! As I read through the chapters a central idea came to mind – “blessed are you who are poor.” John the Baptist undoubtedly preached his “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” to a crowd of poor people along with other classes of people. It seems that where ever Jesus went it was primarily to those who needed help, such as the poor. In Chapter 4 Jesus read from Isaiah how he had come “to preach good news to the poor.” Jesus spent time with those who were poor, who hungered, who were sad, and those who were hated by society. He went where they were, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and shared with them “the word of God.” Jesus spent time with his disciples showing them how He lived. Intermittent through Jesus journeys was time spent in prayer. How is Jesus living through me as a follower of Him? Am I allowing Jesus to express Himself to a small group of followers of Jesus? …to those who are poor around me? Do I try and stay away from those who are poor? Jesus was tempted by the devil and was hated by those who rejected what He said. If I’m letting Jesus live through me have I been tempted, have I been rejected because of His word? If not, why not? Jesus express yourself through me to others! Through me and your body bless the poor, those who hunger, those who are sad, those who are hated, those who are my enemies, those who judge and condemn me/us!