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Jesus said, “By their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matt. 7:20, NIV). I had the privilege this week of praying with the man who pastors the Arabic Christian Church. He explained to me that in his church he has families from Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, the Sudan and other Arabic nations. If you go anywhere in the world and take people from those same nations and put them in the same room, it would be like putting a bunch of Beta fish and putting them in the same bowl. Sooner or later they will be biting and devouring each other. But not at the foot of the cross. This Egyptian pastor nearly wept as he described how beautiful the relationship was between these believing Arabs. The grace of God produces fruit in those who believe that is discernable from the patterns of this world.

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