Intentional Christian Initiation

By Merritt Robinson

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In seventh grade, I took Russian as part of my Junior High foreign language requirement.  It was extremely difficult…it was difficult because I was not a great student but secondly, I did not spend enough time engrossed in the language.  Time and dedication is required to be efficient in any discipline.  During the early portion of the Christian Church, the leadership of the church understood this dynamic of time and engagement.  Time, patience and purposeful intent was necessary to assist Christian converts in the transitional period from paganism to sainthood. 

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