December 15, 2018

Meet the Author

Hey Everyone,

Today I thought I would do something a little different than what I usually write and let y’all get to know me a little bit! I just wrote 25 random facts about me so you can get an idea of the girl behind the blog post. 🙂 If you see a shared interest comment and let me know!

1. I wear reading glasses, but I wear them all the time.
2. I have a very diverse taste in music: everything from Casting Crowns, Joshua Radin, Billy Joel, Taylor Swift, instrumental hymns, Alabama, Chicago, Frank Sinatra, etc. 😀 *I told you it was diverse*
3. My favorite color is eletric blue.
4. I actually enjoy writing and never minded writing research papers in school.
5. Some of my favorite books of the Bible are Psalms, James, Ruth, and 1 & 2 Samuel.
6. My favorite place to go on vacation is Savannah, GA
7. I love listening to and watching thunder storms.
8. If I could go anywhere in the world I would want to visit Scotland
9. My favorite snack is Ritz Crackers (they are really good with Nutella on them!)
10. If I could I would wear jeans, cowgirl boots, and a t-shirt or plaid shirt every day. 🙂
12. I do web design
13. I was homeschooled for all of high school using the A Beka Academy video curriculum
14. I am facinated by Civil War, WW1, and WW2 history as well as ancient egyption and myan history.
15. Some of my favorite movies include Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibiblity, Remember the Titants,  Gods and Generals, The Sound of Music, Rocky IV, Hoosiers, and My Fair Lady.
16. I’m not sure of the exact date I was saved but it was when I was about 8 or 9 years old.
17. I hate seeing or hearing about medical things (blood, body fluids, needles, etc.)
18.  I am trying to teach myself to play the guitar.
19.  I am a big reader
20.  Some of my favorite books are: The Missionary Call, Heaven Taken by Storm, The Soul Winner, Hearts of Fire, The Crown and Covenant Series, Do Hard Things, and Peace Child
21. Most people know I play basketball, but I did actually play volleyball in the 8th and 9th grades. I probably would have continued if I had not hurt my knee in a game.
22. I like playing card games: particularly lier and rummy (probably the only two card games I know anyway.) Oh, and Uno! 🙂 I usually do prefer card games though over board games. It depends.
23. My favorite meal would consist of country fried steak, oakra, mac & cheese, and sweet tea (that’s not the most healthy meal and I don’t eat it often, but when I do it is good!)
24. There is no #11 on this list, but because I didn’t feel like changing all of then after #10 so I didn’t. Did you notice until now?
25. The only bracelets I ever wear are hair bands. 🙂

I know some of the things on that list are pretty random, but I do hope it helps you to know where I’m coming from and am just an 18 year old girl sharing my thoughts and I go through my Christian life.

My Favorite Hymn: Rock of Ages

Hey everyone!

Recently I saw another Christian blogger post her favorite hymn on her blog and I thought I would share mine. Mine is Rock of Ages; it has always been such and encouraging, powerful hymn to me. While most people do not know it, there is a different, newer version of the song that I actually prefer to the original tune. You can listen to it below as well as read the lyrics:

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law’s commands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.

I pray this song is a great encouragement to you and a reminder of the great salvation we have in the Lord Jesus Christ. As the song says, nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling. I would love to hear what your favorite hymn is! Comment below and share your own thoughts and comments!

Kind David – A Man After God’s Own Heart?

Today I wanted to write on a subject that I have been thinking about for a couple of weeks. The topic is how can it be that the scripture calls David a man after God’s own heart when he committed adultery, murdered a man, and was responsible for the death of others as well? One would think that after falling into such sin as that he could never be used of God or have a godly testimony, but the scripture shows us different.

Summary of 2 Samuel 11 & 12

David saw Bathsheba bathing from his roof top, he  sent to find out who she was, and then sent and laid with her! After this Bathsheba goes home but becomes pregnant and sends and tells David. Rather than repenting of his sin, now David schemes how he can cover it up. So he decides to send for Uriah who is away at war (where David should have been) and let him stay at home so people would think it was Uriah’s baby. The problem: Uriah wouldn’t go home because his countrymen were away at war sleeping in tents. David finally decides to send him back to the war but to kill him by putting him in the hottest part of the battle and then pull back from him. This occurs and other men as well as Uriah die. David then takes Bathsheba to be his wife. David thinks he has covered his sin and that no one knows, but God sends Nathan the prophet who rebukes David and tells him God’s judgement.

At this point in the story David does what he should have done earlier. He declares that he has sinned against the Lord and repents of his sin. Nathan says that God has put away David’s sin and that he will not die. He must suffer the consequences of his sin, but God forgives David of his sin. When you read of David in the rest of scripture he is not remembered in the scripture after this for his sin, but rather as a man after God’s own heart! David repented of his sin, turned from it and followed after the Lord.

Examples of What David is Remembered For: 

“David did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.” -1 Kings 15:5

“And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.” -2 Kings 22:2

“And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.'” -Acts 13:22

This truth is a tremendous encouragement for the Christian. We learn that our lives do not have to be defined by our sin. When we sin if we will repent, turn away from it, and follow the Lord we will be remembered as people who gave their lives to the Lord. I hope this is an encouragement to you!

The Reality of Revelation

Have you ever experienced a time in  your life where the truths of scripture became a reality to you? Where something you believed and knew in your head became a reality to your heart and life? The psalmist often communicates God’s faithfulness, steadfastness,  protection, etc and he communicates them in a very personal way because he was at the receiving end!

vesuxcExamples from the Psalms
“Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!” -Psalm 117

“But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!” As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!” -Psalm 40:16

“I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.” -Psalm 71:22

Another thing we see in the Psalms is the praise, thanksgiving, glory, and honor ascribed to the Lord for his steadfast love, faithfulness, salvation, etc. When God demonstrates His love to us and makes His revealed word a reality in our lives we should respond with praise and thanksgiving to God because He is worthy to be praised!  We can trust the promises of the scripture that God will always be with His people, strengthening them, and upholding them and it is amazing when you can claim that yourself. I hope this is an encouragement to you!

Work to the Glory of God: A Biblical Work Ethic

Hi everyone, As many of you may know, I started a new (and my first) job this past week. I praise God for his blessings and kindness in providing me this job, in his perfect timing. Today though, I was reminded of an important topic that we often talk about, but may not always consider in a biblical context; I am talking about the idea of a good work ethic and working hard. Many in our culture today are hard workers. They raise the bar, but many have still missed it. Why? Because they are not working to the glory of God.

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31

Some may ask the question, “Why should I work hard?” or “Why does it matter if I just get by?” It matters because we are to do EVERYTHING to the glory of God and as unto the Lord. In my job I am doing a number of different things like setting up for events, doing dishes, sweeping, mopping, etc.  Even in those kinds of jobs my desire is (and should be) to do it to bring honor, glory, and praise to Him and do it as if He had ask me to do it himself.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” -Colossians 3:23-24

Some people may not be asking the questions of why they should work hard. Instead, they do but their work is for for their own satisfaction, self-promotion, or glory. Some people may work hard for a promotion, because they need to keep a job, or to get a raise. God requires more of us! As Christians, we should be setting an example of excellence because we desire to do all that we do we do to our God, our Lord, our savior.

I hope this has given you some things to think about. I want to challenge you to do all to His glory! It’s like the catechism says: Q. What is mans’ chief end? A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

The Youth Sub-Culture By Haley Dempsey

(Below is a paper I wrote for a competitive scholarship called the Wilberforce Scholarship at Covenant College. I had to write a paper and identify something that I saw as wrong in our culture and explain how I would address that problem through my desired career.)

When her father departed for the West Indies, Eliza Lucas was left alone with the daunting task of managing her father’s multiple plantations while also caring for her three younger siblings. Eliza met the task with great determination and eventually became one of early America’s greatest business leaders. Through her innovation she developed strains of indigo that could be exported to England and helped to increase trade in the American colonies. Her achievements with developing the indigo plant, from an unsuccessful crop in the South to the second largest export out of the colonies, earned her the place as the first woman inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. Because of the contributions she made to the American colonies, both economically and during the American Revolution, none other than President George Washington requested to be a pallbearer at her funeral. What is even more amazing is that Eliza Lucas began this remarkable journey at the age of sixteen!

For the first time in history, those who fall between the ages of thirteen and eighteen – rather than experiencing a rite of passage into adulthood – are caught in the cultural norm where little to nothing is expected of them. These years are often wasted by teenagers and seem to be a vacation from responsibility, characterized by a youth subculture that caters to the whims of teens with their own dress, language, music, vocabulary and identity – completely separate from their parents and adult responsibilities.  This mindset has hurt our nation by extending childhood into the adult years and producing a generation of children in adult bodies.  Unlike Eliza, today’s teens are ill-equipped to face the challenges and responsibilities of adulthood.

What happened in our culture to create such a low standard of expectations for teenagers? In the 1900’s laws were passed that protected children from dangerous work conditions and required them to get an education. While these laws were necessary and the writers had good intentions, they produced unforeseen consequences for the future; they created a new category of people known as teenage adolescents who are stuck in a stage between childhood and adulthood. This group eventually became characterized, for the most part, as rebellious, irresponsible, and juvenile. In the past – in every culture around the world – parents raised their children to become adults who were prepared for life and ready to accept the responsibilities of adulthood. Today, however, many children are encouraged to continue in their childhood for as long as possible and do their best to avoid assuming the responsibilities of an adult.

To reform the thinking of parents and teenagers is a formidable task: it stands in direct opposition to the media, entertainment, educational and societal influences that constantly reinforce the unbiblical idea of the youth subculture. God’s calling on my life, to teach middle school English and history, will enable me to have an impact on the way our society thinks of teenagers – and more importantly the way they view themselves.

The first and most important way to see teenagers become mature young adults is by encouraging parents to lead faithfully in their homes. Parents define standards, enforce rules, set expectations, and can restrict the negative influence of the youth subculture at home. As a teacher I can work with parents to view and treat their children as young adults and bring that same mindset into the classroom. I can also provide newsletters to parents with ideas on adult responsibilities to give to students and organize workshops designed to help parents equip their teens for adulthood.

The most significant way I can influence teenagers to become young adults is in the classroom. Many teenagers – even Christian teens – have never been challenged to consider God’s calling to put away childish things and seriously pursue excellence in everything they do. This was the admonition of Paul to young Timothy in 1 Tim. 4:12 when he wrote, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” This can be applied practically in everything from writing papers, giving speeches or how students converse with each other. Requiring a standard of excellence in the classroom will stretch students beyond their comfort zones – but not beyond their capabilities – and show them that they can achieve more than they would have expected.

Another way to influence my students as a teacher would be by organizing mentoring relationships through the school. These relationships would pair older, responsible young adults with younger teenagers. This would give younger students role models to follow, provide accountability, and give opportunities to be influenced by exceptional young people rather than simply going along with the crowd. This mentoring program would also reinforce the importance of choosing wise friends and counsel as the Bible says in Prov. 13:20, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”

One of the final ways I could have an influence on teenagers through my career would be to require involvement in extracurricular activities that shift the focus of teens from themselves and onto other people and stretch them beyond their comfort zones and perceived capabilities. Examples include volunteering on a political campaign, working on community projects, providing meals for the homeless, spearheading a fundraising campaign for a worthy cause, taking on a home project, running errands for elderly neighbors, or adopting an underprivileged family for the holidays. As teens are involved in activities that help others, they will see beyond themselves and learn that the world does not revolve around them. This is critical in order to overcome the natural self-centeredness of today’s teen. These activities can be coordinated through multiple sources such as parents, schools, churches and community organizations.

The ideas that I talk about are not simply theoretical, but they have been practically worked out in my own life. From the time I was old enough to sit on a pew by myself, my dad took my brothers and me to a local homeless mission where he preached several times per month. We did this every month for almost eleven years. When we would go, we would arrive an hour early to talk to the men and stay an hour or more after the service to eat a meal with them and really get to know them. We went even though there were never other children there. Although I did not realize it at the time, God was preparing my heart to have a desire to help other people and to become more focused on others rather than myself. In more recent years our church has had a ministry at a retirement home where every Lord’s Day evening one of our pastors goes to preach to the elderly. God has given me a great love for this ministry to the elderly folks who I am able to talk to and get to know. The Lord has used these experiences to help shape my thinking and fuel my passion to see teenagers rise up to be godly young adults.

And along with this desire, he has given me several opportunities to be an influence in the lives of many teenagers right now. One of the ways he has done this is through my Facebook page called “I’m A Teenager Living for Jesus.” Through this page I reach over 1,200 fans on a daily basis – and call teenagers to higher aspirations than what the world today expects or thinks they can achieve. Another way God has opened a door for me to have an influence in the lives of teens has been through starting an accountability group with some friends from church. Once a week we email each other what we have been reading in the Bible as well as prayer requests. It has been an encouragement to connect more deeply with girls who have a desire to pursue God and live for Him when so many in the world desire to only live for themselves. And through our example other friends have started similar groups in their own churches. I pray that as I continue to grow, the Lord will open more opportunities for me to encourage others to live their lives as young adults right where God has placed them.

God is calling young people to a higher standard than what the world has set for teenagers. He is calling them to stand against the culture, to be young adults like Eliza, and to demonstrate character, integrity, and a wholehearted desire to pursue the things of God right now.  Through teaching I want to help change the thinking of not only teenagers, but the thinking of parents, schools, churches, and local communities to see that the group between the ages of thirteen and eighteen should be viewed and treated as young adults. If even one community changed its thinking on this issue, it would have radical results.

I Like Adoption Video

The story of the Dennehy family who decide to give the gift of ‘family’ to nine children from around the world.
 

Bearing Christ’s Image

Romans 12:1-2

Romans 12:1-2

Hi everyone! I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! For my first post of this year I wanted to write about how we as Christians are to be image bearers of Christ. When people look at us and our lives they should in us a reflection of Christ and his characteristics in us. I’ll give you a very practical example of this.

A couple weeks ago two of my brothers and I went into a convenient store by ourselves. When we were paying the clerk asked us who our parents were. I told her and she said she knew them and that she asked because Andrew looked like my dad. Because of Andrew’s resemblance to my dad she knew whose family we were a part of. It should be the same way with Christ. People should see us and know we are a Christian because we bear the characteristic of our Savior.

I pray that this year we might be more conformed to the image of Christ so that those in this world might look at us and say, “They are a Christian. They bear the characteristics of Jesus Christ.”  I hope this is your desire for this year! I believe Romans 12:1-2 would be good for every Christian to meditate on daily.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:1-2

Disappointment and The Presence of God

     I’ll admit, I was disappointed. I mean, my Christian life wasn’t supposed to be this way, was it? Here I was, sixteen years old and I had been a Christian for almost a year. I didn’t feel that I had much to show for it. Yeah, I had a (mostly) regular Bible study time, and I prayed whenever I thought about it. But there was little vitality to my personal relationship with Christ. What was I missing? If this was all there was, I was utterly disappointed.

Christian bookstores today are full of books with depressing titles such as “Where is God?” “When God feels distant,” and “Deserted by God?” Modern writers and evangelists spend an inordinate amount of time helping young Christians to cope with the disappointment, disillusionment, and depression that seem to go hand in hand with following Christ these days. Songs such as “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” are sung more often in churches today because people just can’t relate to the joyful choruses of the old hymns.

I thought I might have found the solution to my problems. God spoke to my heart through several scripture passages. It seems God is interested in an intimate relationship with us as well.

“But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.”(Deuteronomy 4:29)
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.” (Proverbs 8:17)
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 19:13)
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

The answers lie in these passages. If we as His children desire His presence, His manifest mercies, His blessings on our lives, and true and lasting joy, this is how we receive them; if we search after Him with all our heart and soul, if we seek Him diligently, if we ask, seek, and knock. These passages are not just talking about salvation–they are promises for believers. If you desire more of God (and you should), this is how you get it.

“Alright,” I reasoned, “Now I know the solution to what has been plaguing me for months. I just have to seek Him.” So I tried to seek Him, without really knowing what “seeking” meant. I thought if I increased my prayer time and tried to behave more godly, that would do the trick. I knew I wanted more of God. My resolve would quickly fade within a week, and I would find myself frustrated and trying to live life on my own terms again. A few weeks later I would be sick of myself and my sin, and I would try and make new resolutions and promises. “THIS time,” I said, “I will search until I find Him.”

I had good intentions, but I was like an arrow fire in no particular direction. I would not hit the target because I wasn’t sure exactly what I was aiming for. God brought a particular message into my life about that time. I loved Paul Washer. I listened to him more than any other preacher or evangelist (and still do). I found his testimony on sermonaudio.com, A Liar and A Coward. I would encourage anyone to listen to it. The first half was very inspiring. It was about his own personal life in sin and then his conversion to Christ as a young man. But the second half of the message was about His journey in seeking the Lord, and it turned my life upside-down. Let me quote at length from his own words;

 

     “For some reason, a few years after my conversion, God began to work in me a prayer life that I have never been able to duplicate since. It started out an hour a day, then two, sometimes three hours a day…And I know this sounds almost crazy to you, but I decided I would either know God or die. Now I was a Christian. I knew God. I was born again. But there was this thing that I could know Him, and that His power could be a reality in my life. And I would go into my closet and say, “I’m not going to come out until God meets with me”–and I didn’t even know what that meant–“until God meets with me, or I die.” I feel asleep fifteen minutes later and my roommates came in about three hours later and found me asleep in the closet. They thought I had totally lost my mind. So I began to set an alarm clock. Every fifteen minutes…And so the alarm would go off, it would wake me up, and I would set it and start praying again. For months all I prayed was this; “Lord, it’s been 47 days now, and you still have not come. You said if I sought you, I would find you.” And then, “Lord, it’s been 93 days”. And all I would do is sit there and go, “I’m waiting. I am not leaving.” And I would just sit there.
     “Everybody went on…some kind of college retreat that spring. I’ll never forget that. And the Lord wanted me to go into the hill country, away in West Texas. I went out there for three, three and a half days, and if someone had seen me they would have called the authorities. I’m up on top of a hill. I had gotten to the point where I was throwing rocks as high as I can into the sky saying, “Did that hit the door? Did that hit the gate? Did you hear me? I’m still here! Where are you? Where is the Lord God of Elijah?”
     “I went back to school. And one night, I was crying out to God. I didn’t know anything about prayer. I had still been a christian for only about a year or so. Crying out to God, “I’m still here.” I waited there three hours just saying, “Still here. Here I am. Still here.” And all of the sudden I just cried out, “Father, please.”
     “Now, some of you are going to disagree with me. I don’t care. But at that moment, God came into that place in such a way that I was thrown down to the ground. And I don’t know how many hours I laid there in a fetal position, covering my head with my arms, thinking that I had somehow either blasphemed or He was sick and tired of what I was doing. I was so afraid, I laid there and I couldn’t control my body. I was convinced that there were firetrucks and police and everything outside of my apartment complex because there was probably some fire coming down from heaven. And after I don’t know how many hours, I was filled with such joy. And my mouth shot open, and it was like a book of psalms shot out of my mouth…And everything changed from that day…I can tell you honestly that the presence of God is more real to me right now than the presence of all of you put together…God is a supernatural God.”

Another woman I knew of had also experienced the presence of God. She had been a young believer as well, fed up with the compromise in her Christian life. She began to seek God earnestly, giving up anything and everything that distracted her from that goal. God was merciful to her as well, and she found Him. In her own words, “We serve a God who, when His people seek Him, He lets them find Him.”

Neither of these believers are charismatic or miracle-seekers. They are both solid, Reformed Christians, well grounded in the Word. What they experienced was in no way a “second work of grace” or “baptism of the holy spirit” or anything like that. I want what they have. We were made for God. We will never be happy anywhere else but in His presence. When Christ died, the curtain in the temple separating the throne of God from the people was torn in two. We will never be more joyful than when we are doing exactly what we were designed to do–glorifying Him. And, as John Piper’s most famous quote goes, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

I challenge you to begin seeking the Lord today. Seek Him with the desire to know Him even more fully than you do now. When you lose yourself in Him, everything else will fall into place. Don’t just read books, don’t just listen to sermons, don’t just talk to people who knew somebody who knew somebody who knew somebody who knew God. Really experience Him for yourself. Read the words God has written about Himself. Commune with the God who created you. And in everything, desire to know more of Him. It’s what you will spend all of eternity doing, my dear brother or sister in the Lord.

In Christ,
Elizabeth

An Eternal Dichotomy

2 Corinthians 4:18

2 Corinthians 4:18

The dichotomy between a life lived for the glory of God and a life lived with no thought or concern for God could not have been any more clearly illustrated than it was to me this week. In the past month I have attended the funerals of two men. One, whose purpose and goal in life was to become more like Christ and glorify God through his life. The other lived his life to gratify the deeds of the flesh with no concern whatsoever for the things of God. This is an eternal dichotomy between a person whose trust was in Christ and a person whose trust was not in Christ.

The first man I mentioned was a member of our church; his name was Mr. Roney. Christ was the center of his life. By God’s grace alone, because it cannot be mustered up by man, Mr. Roney lived his life in light of eternity. Mr. Roney had Christ, not in some abstract way, but in the reality of a relationship with him. Now his trust, which was once by faith is now by sight. Even in the sorrow of his death, I know that he is with the Lord and have the hope that he will one day rise again from the dead, and have a body like Christ’s. (Phil. 3:20-21)

The second man of whom I spoke was my Grandfather. My grandfather’s life was characterized by a willful rebellion against God and by the gratification of the deeds of the flesh. He did not live with eternity in mind but rather his own pleasure. As far as we know, my grandfather passed away without Christ. To know Christ as your savior and have a relationship with him is the most important thing we can be concerned with because whether or not we do has eternal implications.

There are only two options for people: you are either in Christ or you are not. You either spend eternity with Christ in glory, or you endure the wrath of God forever and ever. The lives these men lived are in stark contrast, and their deaths show us the consequences of their spiritual states. I would encourage you if you are reading this and you don’t know Christ, seek after him! Pray that he would save you from your sins. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” If you are reading this and you are a Christian, I would encourage you to give your everything for Christ. Don’t live your life serving Christ half-heartedly. He has called us to give up everything and follow him.

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