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    One of the great things I love about the Christian faith is its universal appeal.

    Contrary to common perception in America, the Church is growing rapidly in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  While some might be defensive about the diminishing number of confessing Christ followers across the West, God is on the move in places as far as China and Rwanda.

    Contrast this good news with other world religions.  To be Muslim means that one must essentially immerse themselves in the Arabic culture.  Reading the Quran in Arabic is an incredibly important thing to those in the Islamic faith, and the Islamic religion is centered on Arabic history and culture.*  Contrast this with Christianity, where anyone can discover the Gospel in their own language.  The catholic Church (catholic means universal) exists in different cultures, but fortunately it is not limited to the cultures of the ancient Greco-Roman world.

    The good news is that Christianity can flourish anywhere in the world.

    It can even flourish in the lives of the broken.

    *While Islam might be popular outside of the Middle East, Indonesian and African Muslims must travel to the homeland in order to follow the tenets of the faith.  Christianity, on the other hand, does not require a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

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