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We will learn what Peter meant when he exhorted his countrymen, "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ..." (Acts 3:19 Acts 3:19Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
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). We examine how, beginning with repentance, new converts can turn from a life of sin to become servants of the living God. What does it mean to be converted? By the middle of the 20th century hundreds of millions of people had been politically converted to the atheistic way of life promoted by the Communist Party. The widespread adoption and conversion to communism's social and political ideals made it one of the most powerful belief systems in history. But conversion to that belief system led people away from God rather than drawing them to Him. This should teach us a lesson: Not all conversions are God-inspired. Zealous advocates of almost all ideologies, philosophies and religions regularly attempt to convert others to their own way of thinking. Wanting to convert others to a different way of life can be a noble aspiration. But who has the right or the authority to decide which way of life is best? That right belongs exclusively to the Creator God. As our Maker, He alone can determine the standards we must follow if we are to live in peace and harmony with each other.

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