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WHTA REALISTIC OPTIM SM LO KS LIKE Ther aer at lea st eight ways in whi c I beliv we can maek a d i ef r n c . W h a t o l f w s i s n o t a n e x h a u s t i e v l i s t , b u t s o m e arinymelp oughts on woh ew ightm yapl our part. e s h c u r C e r a e h t t e s g r a l r a t y n u l o v o st e i y c t h a s i n g i e l h a c dna uosnifcg ot eth secular idnsmet. Our enotrwk of loca c h u r e s , w i t h e d p C h r i s t a n o c um n i t e s t h a l i e v l i e v s o f h u c m e m o r t h n a e r m c e , i n v o s i l e w p la c e d o t l e a d w i t h te h h l c e a n s g o f t h is t i me . o c u F s o n e t ai v c r y a w s o f eringstm ot eth loca edsn of eth erwid ituny.moc e W s h o u l d o t c n i u e i n p ra y e o r f t h e e s o v r i n c o f m a n y . Ex p ect Go d ot bring many iont his kingdom. Conti ue ot ask God ot od twha eh said eh ouldw o.d e W edn nstiaChr ocmunit es tha aer both di1ernt form the culter but on0 c lytend d-aroutw ocused.f It si tnparomi ot yats 0rm ni eht htur tha ew as a hcur era syawl vonmig drawo f ot a renciat dna suoirlg .eurtf Our eshcur evha a pinlomgec pohe with a stilcear sm.ipto e W end ot ensur Jesu dna hsi agcre dna engisovrf ear e p l d y w k n o s o t h a e w c an s p e a k o t e h a c o te hr i n s h u c a yaw tha Jesu oesd er.tma Matain a tenimoc ot oury loca h,cur erwh ouy nca od elif etrh.og An eacisrngly loeny dna pimsloanerd society estamonrd eth uelav of loca ites,unmoc erwh pleo nca be wnko dna wkno God. p e K n o h t i w e h t l a n o i t e n ig l p c s d f o n e r d l i h c d n a . h t u o y They aer at the oerf nt of a catehism ocnf lict se king to p e r v a s i ve l y s h a p e t h e m i n to co m i t n g to t h e n e w s e c u l a r e l r i g o n . C e a u f r l , t h o u g f l , i et n l g a n d l o v i n g d i s c p l e h i , w h i c ed m o n s t ra e oc n 0 ed nc i n C h r i s t a n ethaicng, is ned orf oueynrg lkof in a ywa tha ew ehva n o t p v e r io u s l y g i e v n t h o u g o t . C h r i s t a n o c m i t e n i s posible outwih ingbsucm ot solcieta ity.orm nfc e W n e d o t m a i tn p at i e n , e 2 r e c t i v im n s t r y p r a c t i e s tha ocusf on eth ontiamlcpr of eth leowh ounselc of God. As ew od ,siht ew dluohs eunitoc ot yltneiap dluib naitsrhC i n s t u io n s t h a w i l l a s t w e l . W h i l e o c m i t e n o t oy u r l o c a h u c r i s p a r m o t u , n t e h l o n g - e t r m m e a c t n i a dn e lv o p d m t n o f eh l a t y C h r i s t a n i n s t u o w i l b e v i t l a . e W ouldsh ervn seilo f em,th or eyth lwi ie.d I yapr tha ew lwi evha nstiaChr itesunmoc of i1 d tenr es,iz eoldtca sorca eht Dioecs, tha era seirdtcah yb ,evol y,crem p e a c a n d h u m i l t y – t h a de m o n s t r a e a e r a l i s t c h o p e a n d a c o n f i d e t m o ve n t t o w a r d t h e f u t e r w i t h p a t i e n u r ge n c y . Thta lwi e,ilvout out-elov dna out-think eth ilnagvepr ecultr of ivdsnluea sfe-l eonx,sipr whic sek ot pimose a secularousigelr dset.inm The teagr seiompr of Sceuript si tha st’Chri hcur si being bu ilt. The h ardeni g a g in st relig ous beli fs mean s we wil e n d o t a d j u s t n ya x e p o n t i a c t h a e w l w i w s o e hm u e t r n o t a ousviepr e.tim The eutrf yma not be daorwigshtf dna lwi euriq hucm er,yap but I am on0 c tend tha if ew tainm twha ew ould,sh it l iw 0 noc mr tha oGd esunitoc ot od thaw Jesu :edsimorp ot dluib shi h.cur SC

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