The Gulen Movement Conference Chicago 2010, Panel 1: Hizmet & Spirituality

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The Gulen Movement Conference Chicago 2010, Panel 1

PANEL 1: THE HIZMET MOVEMENT & SPIRITUALITY
CHAIR: Prof. Martin Marty

Core Values of the Hizmet Movement: Worship & Servanthood
Thomas Michel, Ph.D.
Georgetown University
Washington DC, USA

Gulen’s Perspective on Forgiveness
Radhi H. Al-Mabuk, Ph.D.
University of Northern Iowa
IA, USA

Love of The Prophet n Gulen’s Sufism
Zeki Saritoprak, Ph.D.
John Carroll University
OH, USA

 

The Gulen Movement Conference Chicago 2010, Panel 1: Hizmet & Spirituality Transcript

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theme
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are
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on so what are the values that have
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inspired all was a row
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and thousands of other church to sacrifice their time
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talents fans and career
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to a communitarian project a call the his med
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higher surface not this community is inspired by the preaching and writing
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at the Turkish scholar for to login and its Guillen’s particular understanding
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of the teaching at the koran
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and Heidi and his appropriation love the way this message
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has been understood and lived and commented upon
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by Muslims down through the centuries that provide the intellectual content at
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the movement
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and the ideals pursued by the community
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in this paper I want to focus on another central notion
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that motivates and characterizes the activities
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as the girl then gym at this is the important concept I’ll
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the bada which is broadly translated as
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worship and the related concepts have
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hoodia servanthood an or Buddha
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between my chance it is as devotion attila
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Gillard has applied this traditional language
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to the practices Islam in modern situations
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Guillen expands a pint this traditional view
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love a bada to define it very broadly
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as and here I quote him fulfilling God’s commands
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in one’s daily life and fulfilling the obligations
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up being God’s servant when all urs
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teaches physics in kurdistan he is performing
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a bada he is worshiping God when
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a role donates funds so that schools dialogues centers well taking projects
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and publishing houses can be founded
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and maintained he is doing me bada
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his donations I a farm I love define
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worship the teachers and students are worshipping God
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when they undertake a scientific study
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up the universe and its elements
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CNN’s comprehensive understanding
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a four-ship has resulted almost in a kind of sacral is Asian
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a education and helps to account for the emphasis the mod
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the movement has given to opening and operating schools
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now Guillen reaches back to the Sufi tradition
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to note a still deeper stage a worshipful
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involvement that up devotion are
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Buddha now Guillen reaches back to the Sufi tradition
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to note a still deeper stage a worshipful
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involvement that up devotion are
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or Buddha like the Sufis going back to Al has early
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guild and views worship as a way to obtain
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experiential knowledge the truths faith
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that otherwise would remain only
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theoretical postulates no good lawn
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characteristically or Jens even the stage
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%uh or Buddha devotion toward those members
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love the gym at engaged in what he sees to be
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the mission a Islam in the world that is
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serving God by serving others
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he says and I quote him this vital mission
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can only be realized by the devout
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and the godly would never think of themselves
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except in so far as they see their own salvation
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through the Salvation have others
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the stage have devotion is in the viewers give then
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not so much a spiritual achievement
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up the Select fuel who have devoted their lives to the mystical path
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but is rather an attitude that can be achieved by
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any highest miss them who strives to overcome
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their selfish passions to serve God
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and others this ideal up being one
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the devout is when that kill and has held up to countless
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young Muslims and has inspired many of them
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like old was with whom I began this paper
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to devote their lives to the surface his men
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in speaking of servanthood goodland notes there roomies greatest post about
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himself
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is not that he was a great same our personal great spiritual depth
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but simply that he was God’s servant
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the lens sites as a model islamic humility
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enjoy a full service the words have met Lana
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with their famous triple repetition for emphasis
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and so now I quote from Afghan as you then has done in his ratings
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I have become a servant
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become servant become
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servant I have battled and doubled myself up with serving you
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servants or slaves rejoice when they are
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emancipated whereas I rejoice
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when I become your servant missed you can learn he
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he defines worship night in a narrow sense
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%uh ritual activity but is everything we do
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as servants of God so it could be a
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could be teaching physics in kurdistan dats
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when somebody does at their worshiping God if that’s their intention
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it could be contributing a giving money so that schools could be helped I
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dialogue center be billed iPad be meeting people at the airport it could
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be preparing
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preparing lunch fire fire fire visitors
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anything that we do if we do it
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hand with an attitude %uh servanthood that is
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well we want to do it to please God who is a master
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thats tato worship if I were to sum up
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my presentation and one quote from at her like a lawn
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it would be this he said
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forgiving consist of a return to all our
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essence a return our essence
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and finding ourselves again
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this quote is
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very much in line with what therapists
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clinicians educators and
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researchers have found about the benefits of forgiveness
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there was a an interview
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with Nepal seventy I think it was published in 1997
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and she asked fertilize the lawn this question
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you’ve suffered a lot in your life how did you overcome
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events that could have smothered Your Enthusiasm
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and smashed you it would have smashed
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his response which is very picky very brief
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but to me study in the process of forgiveness
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his response is the process for forgiveness that took
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a team in Madison three years
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to to come up with
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he said once I was followed for six years
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as a I were a traitor it bothered me
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but I forgot I didn’t feel hostility toward anyone
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even then I approached the matter logically
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not emotionally up but given the people
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who did this if one day
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I see the faith and the people’s secured and a peaceful
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atmosphere surrounding the world than
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everything will happen worthwhile to me
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the first part when he said it bothered me
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as a human being when something and fear deep
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interpersonal happens it touches our emotions
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K it bothers us that makes us angry we may become resentful
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day for some you know it could
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reach 282 rage
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a so a host of negative emotions
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will be triggered so bother him
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but then he said I forgot it i woulda dismiss this
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as you’re just using repression
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but he said I do not feel
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any hostility toward anyone goal and
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invokes an important implores
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people to forgive because it is
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were instructed to do with religiously
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and ok we really claim that we love
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Prophet Muhammad is be upon him he forgave
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then we should follow his example and I believe a local and
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is a very good example
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up the example of Prophet Mohammed because he himself has forgiven
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those who have wished him Hill so
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hugh offers a recipe how to forgive
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the language of forgiveness the tolerance
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he said that the in conferences we need to talk about it
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in the media we need to talk about it in music
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the lyrics should be a in order like
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tolerance and were where we are it needs to be
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pervasive PCB everywhere the movement is so versatile
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that that you can find connections all over the place
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not now rose spearing their broad install the parlance
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lock for the Masters is essential
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this is because the Masters is seen as a representative
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of the as a tear it function of the profit
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therefore thus of Islam for the master indirectly
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is a lot for the Prophet
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and of course the lot for the profit
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is an expression all the law forgot
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this Muslim sophie’s casa do to let us all law
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for the profit in the islamic tradition also visit
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glenn’s love for the profit stems from these
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reach legacy as well as
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from the koran and from the sayings of the Prophet
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indicating his and isolation in the profit but don’t ask for a new rising
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this is rising these is that is similar to the sort his legacy
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indicated in the saying of the Prophet yes the Sophie
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as the profit says has two DAII
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before he dies so that
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he can spiritually be resurrected I would say that
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in my reading of after vision that Gillard has given to his community
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you remember these two ideas a purity of intention whatever you do
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no matter how small if it’s done for God has a value that’s
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that is infinite and secondly worship
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whatever you do a that dead is dead
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in service service to God servicer by God
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those are the two key ideas as far as I can see in the community
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miss to good and is talking about is freedom
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from the obstacles that that prevent us from accepting God’s grace God wants to
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turner’s all into people fulwood
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would be lovingly and enthusiastically serving God and wanting to do God’s will
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but we are all set up obstacles to this
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her okay but don’t touch this aspect of my life
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don’t do that and so let this
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idea worship could do is to 3 A’s ’em
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fund these obstacles that that that prevent us from accepting
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that Grayson at this being offered to discuss
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this is just as real for Christians as it is for Muslims

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