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I was on a mission trip to North Carolina a few years ago, working on a house that had been flooded by a recent hurricane. A few youth and I were assigned to clean out the pool, which had been filled to the top with floodwaters and creepy-crawlies and sticks that looked liked snakes and made ministers scream like little girls. The youth and I emptied the pool, gave it a good scrubbing, and began to fill it again with fresh, clean, sparkling water. And one of my particularly ornery junior high youth came over and said, “I guess that’s what God does, huh?” What? “He takes the yucky stuff out of us and makes us clean.” A junior high kid. Action is often the way to deeper faith.

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