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Called To Be Influencers

In Biblical terms, is division wrong? Most people use the word division meaning there is great dissension, hostility or factions developing. You can’t use the term without acknowledging that division can also mean a distinction or set apart. People are tired of the fighting. There is not a single topic that does not seem to bring controversy of some sort. As Christ-followers, that does not mean that we get an out from participating in the conversation. Peace at all costs allows evil to dominate. I believe that is what hate and fear do to people; they cause people to recoil and go silent. Let’s take a journey through the Bible and see what God has to say about division. My hope is at the end you will be able to make an informed decision on how you want to participate in your life. The first story I love is in Exodus 8:22-23, where God set apart His people with the swarms of flies. The plague of flies laid the land of Egypt and Pharaoh’s house to waste, but for God’s people, there were n
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