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Over two centuries have passed since the “three R’s” of education were first stressed as essential for society.  Reading, writing, and arithmetic have long been viewed as the important ingredients in the development of young people.  Of course, in today's classroom a student will encounter a very wide range of subjects.  Similarly, there are many truths for the follower of Jesus to discover for living in the Kingdom of God.  But just like the educational world, we dare not neglect the basic skills.  For the next four weeks we are going to learn about and lean into four essential aspects of our life in Christ.  This is a time for families to wrap up the summer season and prepare for a new school year.  And it is a great opportunity for us to pay attention the “four R’s” of the Christian life:  repentance, reconciliation, regeneration, and reciprocity.