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When our Lord commands us to “confess our sins and pray for each other so that we may be healed,” He is promising us healing to the whole person—physically, spiritually, emotionally, and in of our broken relationships with others. The Holy Spirit moves in small groups such as the Academy for Christian Training and Service to mold us “into the image of Jesus.” One of the first contemporary praise and worship choruses I learned back in the 1980s expresses it so powerfully:


To be like Jesus, to be like Jesus—

All I ask, to be like Him.

All through life’s journey from earth to glory,

All I ask, to be like Him.


This is what God does in our lives as we obey His Holy Spirit and let Him minister to us through our brothers and sisters in our small group each week.