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Bibliography
Allen,c Jasonc K.c Discerningc Yourc Callc toc Ministry,c Howc toc Knowc forc Surec andc Whatc toc Doc Aboutc It.c
Chicago:c Moody,c 2016.
Footnotes
[1]c Jasonc K.c Allen,c Discerningc Yourc Callc toc Ministry,c Howc toc Knowc forc Surec andc Whatc toc Doc Aboutc
Itc (Chicago:c Moody,c 2016),c 18.
[2]c Ibid.,c 20.
[3]c Ibid.,c 23.
[4]c Ibid.,c 23.
[5]c Unlessc otherwisec noted,c allc biblicalc passagesc referencedc arec inc thec Englishc Standardc Versionc
(Wheaton,c IL:c Crossway,c 2008).
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