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During my formative years I spent time with philosopher gian Dallas Willard, and theolowho often and inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus, (3) in which a group of people commit time and energy to a set of practices, (4)
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memorably told us chat to experience the kingdom of God, "a grOllp of people should get together and simply try to do the things that Jesus instructed his disciples to about or do." We don't enter the kingdom of God merely by thinking it. 'VI" have
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experiment together

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Q &. A WITH ADELE CALHOUN Q: Why did you decide to write Invitations from God? A; I have watched over-optioned people struggle with their choices. So many good things to choose from, so little time. We want to say yes to everything. As I witnessed the toll of ou r yeses and soul-depleted
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