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December 2016 Ministry Partner Letter!
December 2016 Prayer Letter
45 Men at a recent "Rock Solid Reality Conference"
and his family escaped Somalia and became US citizens
several years ago. They also became citizens of heaven.
Neighbors shared God’s love and the Good News with them.
They were baptized, joined Bella Vista Church. Max has been
praying to be equipped to reach others. “I want you to
mentor me so I can share these things with others.” He is
now in the mentoring process, and recently attended the RSR
conference for multipliers.
for more of what God is doing!
February 2016 Prayer Letter
Ginger and I recently celebrated our first date, our first
kiss, at Hope College. Who could imagine all that would come
from those first steps; ministering with youth and couples,
missionaries at campuses in Buffalo NY, Marquette, and Eau
Claire, WI, City Ministry in W. Michigan, and beyond… Kids,
Grandkids… We also visited a classroom where I met the first guy
I ever discipled in 1970. I recalled how I had refused to
until I read John 12:24, “Unless a kernel of wheat goes
into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies it
produces many seeds.” God’s word cut through my resistance. I
knew I had to die to some things in order to bring life to
others. At midnight I surrendered to God’s call to make
disciples. The very next morning Dave introduced himself and
asked, “Do know where I could find a Bible Study?”
February 2016 Prayer Praise Updates
OPEN DOORS: COMING OUT FROM THE CAVE,
FROM MEDICAL AND MONETARY TO MORE MINISTRY : I feel like
a bear coming out from his cave after hibernation ; I'm
still a little weak and woozy, but I am hungry! Hungry for a
deeper walk with God, for fruitfully serving and enjoying
Him. Hungry to enjoy more life.
7 PRAYER TARGETS,scriptures,
details 2 Thessalonians 3:1, 2 .. Brothers, pray for us that
the message may spread rapidly and be honored...and pray
that we may be delivered... Would you pray f or God to stir
our hearts, and many others ,That He’d "hit us on the head"
in these 7 areas?
December 2015 Prayer Letter
God is opening doors for
2016. 2nd, 3rd and 4th
generations are poised for more fruitful ministry.
revising our entire outreach and discipleship process and tools
(January ’16 Prayer Letter)
these will be greatly affected by the next 15 days. This is way
beyond any solutions I can produce.
PRAYERS WILL HELP MORE THAN ANYTHING I CAN SAY OR DO;
1. Our hearts, bodies, extended
families, experiencing the fear of the Lord and His favor
2. Increasing fruit, here, around the
world, Overflowing resources for life, ministry,
3. That people would
sense HIS call to pray for us, to invest in our ministry.
4. That these resources would come in
fully and soon so we can begin 2016
with no delays
(We have not had a full
paycheck since Oct.9)
August 2015 Prayer Letter
6/13-16 Ginger and I
equipped 15 counselors/staff at Gitche Gumee Bible Camp.
June 17- July 31,
Hospitals, Surgeries, Recovering 6/17-19, Calumet and
TRUST: Now I feel the pain of cancelled summer
plans, the challenges of a long recovery, and big changes
for this fall.
THANK YOU for "sharing in our troubles."
Please join us in trusting Him to give wisdom, strength,
healing, help, for:
May 2014 Prayer Letter
To those who pray and sacrifice for Kurt and Ginger and their
ministry: God is working through Kurt to bring our men's
ministry to a new, fresh level of the most important of all
things: how to be a disciple of Jesus and how to make disciples
of others. My men have greater clarity of who God is, what the
Bible is and says, and how we were lost but now saved. Kurt's
deep love of The Lord and people, his devotion to prayer, his
wacky sense of humor and his great ability to communicate the
Bible in a "down-to-earth" manner are helping so many of our men
(of all ages) make serious and significant gains in their
Christian walk. I assumed that our men had "the basics" clear in
their minds and hearts. I'm finding out that this was not the
case in many. So when they are clear, I'm watching a new level
of joy and confidence and openness to growing in their faith
like I've not seen before.
Brian Bosscher, Sr. Pastor, Hillcrest CRC
Matt. 9:35-38 “Ask
the Lord of the harvest to raise up laborers for His harvest.”
“Based on MY greatness…Go and make disciples… of all nations…”
is raising up laborers and disciple makers at Hillcrest Church
December 2013 Prayer Letter
YOU are among God’s
greatest gifts to us
Your prayers unleash protection and provision in
our lives. Your encouragement helps us focus on others, and not
our own needs. Your participation in His mission with us
multiplies our effectiveness. Your giving provides everything
for salary, ministry, medical and retirement.
Kurt & Ginger 1974
appreciate you so much! In 2014, we celebrate 40 years in
marriage and ministry.
November 2013 Prayer Letter
ABSALOM AND MELISSA SAY THANK
YOU TO THOSE WHO PRAY AND GIVE;
Thank you to those who support Cru City, Kurt and Ginger. God
worked through Destined to answer our prayers.
We’ve long wanted to serve the Lord in ministry together. Our
marriage has matured. We’ve grown closer to
each other and the Lord as we have applied the Word to our
lives. I have been able to lead my men's group
through it. We’ll be leading our small group
through Destined also. We’re excited about the changes in our
own walk with the Lord. But it is so fulfilling to see
growth in the lives of others.. Seeing their “lights go on”
is awesome! A newer Christian who viewed the
“Courageous” movie asked me, "Is that it? Is that all there is
to being a Christian?" He saw in the Destined Process the “more
about God” he was looking for. He just completed it.
Now he wants to go through it again
so he can teach his wife and kids. Thank
You for helping us to be equipped with the
Word of God in a way that can be easily presented to the world
by someone who feels completely unqualified.
Exploring Hidden Treasures, Hidden Dangers… Series;
Bella Vista Church,
Thursdays, 7 - 8:45pm, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 11/7
Designed for men, and
their sons, 13 and older.
The great adventure
of daily discovering that God is greater than we ever thought.
teamwork, active learning,
not just a class.
October 2013 Prayer Letter
Spiritual Survival Pack;
Transferable to next generations
THEY GIVE HOPE TO OTHERS… Life, Fruit
Tony; 9/14,15 Foundation For Hope Event. These youth and
their caretakers face enormous challenges, physically,
emotionally, and financially. FFH provides an outstanding
hunting opportunity, all expenses paid. Tony and I also
offered them a “Spiritual Survival Pack”. Most
eagerly pursued these, some with tears of gratitude.
Bruce; Was able to help two 9th grade
boys understand what “Savior” means, and personally receive
the Living Savior.
Terry, Was able to ask his small
group, “What foundations will you build your life upon?” and
offer helpful resources.
Dan; Will be speaking at Men of Valor,
asking, “Do we really understand ‘Christ in you, the hope of
glory?’ ” Impacting 100 men.
Mike; 9/21, Men’s Adventure Event, (55
men) Inspiration, Good News, friendships. Used some ideas
from Ready, Aim, Fire event.
Ginger; Melissa, Retreats, mentoring,
leadership for women’s
FUEL FOR THE FIRE: Your
support is like fuel for a rescue helicopter. We can
be where most needed because you supply our salary,
ministry and medical resources.
August 2013 Prayer Letter
This morning Tom said, "For
many years as an active church member, I was six
inches from Heaven....
TOM REPRESENTS THE HEARTBEAT OF OUR MINISTRY:
Reaching and Equiping People!
Why does this matter?... CASUALTIES!
Reversing the cycle; Humble help for leaders
June 2013 Prayer Letter
Jesus went to the
heart of the problems, not just symptoms.
How can you and
I, and our loved ones, communities and others around the world
have hearts more changed like these people?
Dawn had been trained, certified to restore someone’s life
with CPR. But she couldn’t save her own life. Bad decisions
led toward danger and destruction. When she attended the
“Destined for Security” group at Crossfire, she learned how
Jesus could save and restore her.
Absalom and Melissa are hungry to be more effective in
equipping others with Destined for Security. They met with
Ginger and me for “coaches’ equipping”, then served those at
Crossfire Wednesday nights.
Dan G mentors Travis, who mentors Josh, from Asia. God is
changing their lives, and bearing so much fruit through them
and others in several generations of discipleship, far beyond
February 2013 Prayer Letter
Malachi 4:6 His preaching
will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and
the hearts of the children to their fathers… Otherwise I
will strike the land with a curse.
God wants to restore
fathers and children. The most powerful factor for
men in prison? Not social standing or race. 90% of men in
prison have a father who is broken or absent. God’s solution
for violence and crime? Restored hearts. How does He do
this? Spiritual coaching, Mentoring.
December 2012 Prayer Letter
The true heart of Christmas has never
been so important. His name shall be called,Immanuel; God with
us… “I will come INTO him… “I will never leave you or forsake
you.” Christ IN you, the hope of glory… I chose and appointed
you .., I will bear fruit THROUGH you… 30, 60, 100 fold… But who
really understands “God with us”, “Christ in us”?
Two examples: Last week I saw one
wife weep. She and her husband are not experiencing “God with
us”. Their family could be destroyed because she and “Bart” are
not clear about “Christ in us”. Last week he asked for help. ”I
want you to help me rebuild the very foundations of my life. I
want to learn how to bring blessing, not destruction upon my
Discipleship Retreat, 4 Generations, Multiplying Impact
November 2012 Prayer Letter
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Twice the Fire and Fruit:
What happened since you prayed for the "September
You deserve to know why it was so worth it
to humble ourselves and ask you to pray for those
BUT, you prayed, AND God delivered,
HE doubled the fruit!
HE stirred people to give
HE stirred people to seek Him
HE increased the fire and fruit
TWICE what we would expect in one
September 2012 Prayer Letter
*** Includes an Encouraging
Letter from Pastors Keith, Judy, Dean and Joanne
August 2012 Prayer Letter
June 2012 Prayer Letter
Happy Birthday to Dad (Curt) June 2012
April 2012 Prayer Letter
February 2012 Prayer Letter
December 2011 Prayer Letter
October 2011 Prayer Letter
July/August 2010 Prayer Letter
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Just today, Larry S. described God’s work
through John and his family:
“We met John and his family while camping in
Ludington in 2009. We could see Christ in their family, Ryan’s
singing, their friends, how they encouraged my wife Lynn, me and
our daughter Tori. After a few months John helped Lynn and me with
our questions and doubts. He used “Destined” to help us understand
how to really trust Christ as Savior….
May 2010 Prayer Letter
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OUTREACH: Lance Brew Benefit, sharing
So many people attended, that 40 people had to stand
up most of the time. Their attentiveness during the Rescued story
was amazing, many wiping tears from their faces. They took every
“Rescued” CD and “Target/Treasure” CD we brought, and dozens of
booklets. One couple said with deep emotion, “We really needed to
hear this. We want to share the CD with family and friends who
really need it.” Many auctioned items raised resources badly needed
by the Lance Brew family.
Jan/Feb/Mar 2010 Prayer Letter
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GOD HAS BEEN WORKING; Outreach, Equipping,
Outreach: The Catch of a Lifetime! Joe; seeking, saved, growing
We called him “Jeff” in our September letter. Joe was
in distress when he went on a charter with Capt. Dan Keating. But he
was so eager to know about the gospel that Dan said, “Holy salmon!
This guy is interested! How can I share the good news with him?” Joe
next attended a Men’s Breakfast in September where he described
Dan’s impact in his life… almost ready to receive Christ.
Speaker - Steve Sonderman, Full time men’s ministry leader at Elm
Brook Church for over 18 years. Steve knows how to reach out to
Men…. Steve will also be doing one of the breakout sessions on
Temptation. We will have over 16 other speakers and breakout
sessions during the day. See Topics and Speakers Below. Come
yourself or bring a group of men from your church to jump start your
men’s ministry. Cost is only $25 for conference, materials and
Loosenort will be a break-out speaker on
"Life Changing Discipleship and Mentoring"
We will explore and interact about questions like these:
1. MENTORING: How do I keep it simple, “do-able”, personal,
and focused on the Living Savior?
2. LIFE CHANGE: How can your life be more transformed by
making disciples according to Jesus’ blueprint?
3. GAPS: What are some crucial elements too often missing
from how we make disciples?
4. FISHING FOR MEN: How can you be more effective in sharing
the Good News?
5. MULTIPLYING: How can you more effectively share your
core convictions through four generations?
You’ll be able to apply these principles in your own personal
way and ministry setting.
You can also talk with men who will describe how God is changing
lives using PROVEN, EFFECTIVE TOOLS, including:
“Destined”. They will invite you to a one-time visit to check
one of these out first-hand.
God has been using His mentoring process to change Kurt
Loosenort’s life for 40 years.
Kurt has been saying thank you to God by reaching and mentoring
others full-time for 36 years. After serving 8 years in campus
ministries, Kurt and his wife Ginger moved back to his hometown,
Grand Rapids in 1982. Serving with Lifebuilders W.
Michigan, they have worked with staff teams developing follow
up and equipping for events like:
ALIVE ’85, Zig Ziglar, Peter Lowe, Billy Graham, Luis Palau, The
Family Life Conferences, Dad The Family Shepherd, Josh McDowell,
and with organizations like C.B.M.C., Cornerstone U., WCSG-FM,
and many other businesses, churches, and groups.
They have seen God produce fruit in settings of thousands,
hundreds, dozens, and especially, face to face ministry. God has
worked through many of these people to reach and equip four
generations, here, and around the world. Whether it is with
people in a university, an athletic team, a business, a church,
or an outdoor adventure, the message is the same: “God uses
spiritual coaching to reach and equip people in life changing
Corinth Church , 129 – 100th St S.E., Byron Center, Just East off
US131 at the 100th Street Exit
More Info and
Full brochure here
of Lance Brew Benefit - March 12th
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Dear Friends of Lance Brew,
We are happy to announce our fund raiser banquet will
be held on Friday, March 12th, 2010 at the Sparta Civic Center.
The doors open at 6 PM and dinner, (buffet style) will follow at
approx. 6:30. If you’re going to be a little late…no problem, we
will keep the food warm for you! Dinner, including beverages,
is only $5 per person!
This is going to be a great event with door prizes,
silent auction and live auction hosted by Kyle Randall of the
Wilderness Journal television show. Auction items will include an
Ontario bear hunt, Ontario fishing trip, Pine Bluff Resort vacation
on Big Manistique Lake, Charter fishing trip on Lake Michigan, very
special hand crafted long bow, and many other great items. Please
contact us if you have anything worthwhile to donate for the cause.
We will also feature an incredible tale of survival
on Lake Superior by Kurt Loosenort as part of the evening
festivities, which will be fast paced, inspirational and a lot of
FUN… This will not be a boring fund raiser!!!! We plan on finishing
up just after 9PM and promise this will be an unforgettable evening
for all involved.
Want to help??
contact us with donations for the auction / door prizes.
Tom Antor 887-2614 /
Marty Anderson 822-5811 /
Chuck Fussee 696-7356
Invite to Pray
I am inviting you to
pray with us Wed.,
Jan. 27, 7 pm and /or maybe Wed., Jan. 27, 7 am,.
other time that you can pray this week.
WHAT and WHY: See farther below, and
attached, for details on Pray, Scout, Start…
January 11, 2010
Today and last weeks, have been
talking with Tim Jackson, Men’s Ministry Discipleship committee from
Ada Bible and Dan Keating, (speaker) about Dan speaking there
Jan. 22, 6 pm, Wild Game Dinner.
What kinds of outreach and
follow up will God stir up by this event, which may be
attended by 400 to 500 men?.
Here again, you may
want to a part of these kinds of things.
LifeBuilders West Michigan Ministry Partner
Information December 2009
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BIBLICAL BASIS: We are excited to see how
God has used "support teams" throughout scriptures and church
Imagine being on Jesus’ "support team"…or Paul’s!!
Luke 8:1-3 Jesus began going about…preaching
the kingdom of God, the twelve were with Him, and also some women…
and many others who were contributing to their support out of their
Philippians 4:10 How grateful I am and how I
praise the Lord that you are helping me again… only you Philippians
became my partners in giving and receiving… :16 Even when I was over
in Thessalonica you sent help twice
Ginger, Josh McDowell &
December 2009 Prayer Letter
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FIREWORKS, AND… CHRISTMAS?
As a two year old, Kelly was fascinated with fireworks, and very
impressed by powers she thought I had. I would trace the sparks of
rising fireworks and point to where they would explode. When things
went slower than she liked, she’d grab my arm, lift it high and say,
"Do again Daddy! Do again!" She thought I made those powerful things
happen. But those explosions of beauty were designed and launched by
someone else. I was just fortunate to be near enough to look, point
and say, "Wow! More
September 2009 Prayer Letter
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God worked mightily at CCC National Staff
Training He encouraged us by reminding us of how He has worked.
We heard reports of His work from all around the
world. I was encouraged by people who were students in our CCC
ministries like Joe K, Buffalo, NY, 1974, Joe now directs a city
ministry in NY, NY. Joe K. I saw others from NMU/MTU,1975-78, U.WI-Eau
Claire,1978-82, and Grand Rapids,1982- now. Ross O. was at Counselor
Equipping we provided in 2004. Now he is on CCC staff at La Crosse,
WI. Ross O. God is bearing fruit much through them as CCC staff and
other ministries, here, and all around the world.
June 2009 Prayer Letter
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God worked mightily through the new “Survival/Adventure”
As 16+ men explored the most bedrock issues of our
faith, some were saved, assured, cleansed, committed, empowered or
clear for the first time on many of these things. Others learned to
share these treasured truths with others in a personal way......
June 2009 Prayer Letter
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“I WOULDN’T BE ALIVE TODAY, IF YOUR DAD HADN’T
LIFTED THE CAR,”
Ron Balk said to me and Dad recently at the Men’s
Discipleship Conference. When we were 6 years old, our neighbor’s
car ran over both of us in his driveway. The big Packard dragged us
a ways before trapping us underneath. Bolts from the gas tank
bracket were sticking into Ron’s back. His leg was bent backwards,
broken and trapped between the tire and wheel well......
April 2009 Prayer Letter
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Matt. 9:35-38 Jesus saw people like sheep without a
shepherd. But Jesus called it a harvest. And told us to pray that
God would raise up laborers for the harvest…
Reenacting the Rescue
LOST? RESCUED? WHY should I begin a relationship with
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from our experience, natural principles, and God’s word
1. Share a story of when… rescued, cured, from life
a. You were rescued or saw someone else rescued
b. Someone who needed to be rescued, but wasn’t.
c. Someone needed to be rescued, but didn't
realize it, and.....
December 2008 Prayer Letter
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CHRISTMAS: POWERFUL, PERSONAL
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, the Word was
with God, the Word was God. 1:14 The Word became flesh and made His
dwelling among us. We have seen His glory…
Jesus. What a Savior!
When man reduces God to mere formulas, God says, “Let’s make this
personal.“ “You shall name Him Jesus, (Savior)” “His name shall be
called, Immanuel, God with us.” “Behold I stand at the door and
knock…” “Christ in you, the hope of glory”, Has anyone ever shown
himself as powerful and personal as Jesus Christ? When others preach
from a safe distance, Jesus touches, heals, transforms, up close and
personal. Who else offers salvation from the penalty, power and
practice of sin? Who else backs up his claims with prophecies,
miracles, death and resurrection?
Kurt Kunst in Guatemala
November 2008 Prayer Letter
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New Life, New Family
“Thank you for leading me to Christ 20 years ago!” “Now my
husband and fi ve children have all received Christ and are living for the
Lord.” Debbie introduced herself to me just before our “Survival and
Adventure” session. She and her family then explained how they received
Christ to the class. She described our equipping at her church 20 years ago.
God convicted her that night. She went from being only religious to personal
faith in Christ. She introduced us to her husband and children who are now
living examples of God working through ordinary people.
September 2008 Prayer Letter
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CHANGED LIVES, CHANGED FAMILIES…
Derek and Holly Derek and Holly continue to grow since our last letter
(where we called them “Adam and Mary”). Their story was featured at Ada
Bible Church last week. Derek has now been free from drug abuse for 9 weeks
and loves living “sober”. God gave them courage to take many faith steps,
including being baptized at the small group from Ada Bible Church. Elder Rob
helped set it up, Pastor Jeff did the baptizing, which also included Derek’s
Mom, Liza. What powerful testimonies they each shared. The small group
showed practical love, and shared wisdom to help them grow. Derek and Holly
are back in TX , trying to move away from their former house and
May 2008 Prayer Letter
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4/27/08 a.m. Pastor Joe spoke at
Westwood Church about Jesus setting him free from dangerous things.
Our neighbor JT, his cousin Nick and friend Kevin could relate to
Joe in many ways. He described how God freed him from powerful
addictions and a violent, dangerous lifestyle. Joe and Pastor Tom
announced their new ministry, Freedom Fellowship, beginning May 1.
March 2008 Prayer Letter
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2 Timothy 2:2 Take the things you
have learned from me... God used our staff training to deepen
our faith and sharpen ministry effectiveness. Pastor John Meador
taught us how discipleship helps us put on the armor of God.
He gave powerful examples of how God has used the Destined
mentoring process in his life and church. We heard personal stories from
some of 60 people involved in mentoring and how a seminary is asking them to
mentor some of their freshmen.
December 2007 Prayer Letter
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Dec 2007 Quotes from Donors
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September 2007 Prayer Letter
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July 2007 Prayer Letter
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April 2007 Prayer Letter
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November 30th - Letters
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Listen to Henry Ditmar the 5th's funeral here
Thank you for praying for 1/26 outreach. Here are
“Follow Me and I will make you
fishers of men.”
In May, 07, Scott, Dad and I fished with Capt. Dan Keating. God
opened doors for an outreach to charter captains and fishermen
in Jan. 26,’08.
300 men came to hear Capt. Dan discuss fishing and faith. Many
of these probably would not attend any other type of outreach.
They wrote copious notes as he shared great wisdom about
catching salmon. They listened with intense interest as Capt.
Dan described being trapped in dangerous ways of living. They
paid close attention as he described how Jesus saved him. Just
before I approached the stage to present the Good News I learned
that our nephew Henry Ditmar 5th was trapped in a car
wreck and dying. This added a great deal of heart and passion in
communicating the NOW of responding to Jesus’ invitation. Many
people seemed to be gripped by their need to settle the issue
with God and with each other.
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discipleship process has been used by thousands of people around the
country. Many pastors who have desired to become intentional in
disciple-making have found Real Faith to be a great pathway for their staff
2 pg Intro
four-step discipleship process (25 lessons total) begins with the
basics and equips people for a life-time of ministry. Those who go
through the process are equipped to disciple someone else.
Jesus: Fact or Fiction
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