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I believe my generation has been subjected to a subtle spiritual sedative, and must rely on God and Jesus Christ to overcome it. This sedative was injected into our spiritual veins by words such as, "When the bishop's calling you, you better watch out, cause he'll ask you to speak in church." Another form of injection is in the words, "I didn't have much time to prepare my talk/lesson." And the last I'll mention is in the words, "The DICTIONARY defines (such and such word) as..." The reason these words produce a poison in our minds and hearts is they trivialize the importance of teaching about God and Jesus Christ, they set-up low expectations, and they steer away from doctrinal definitions. We must see the opportunity of teaching and preaching as among the most sacred opportunities, for it is by hearing the word of God that faith is born, strengthened, or reignited in the hearts of women and men. When teaching/learning the word of God is trivialized in the community of faith, it translates into apathetic personal study of the revelations from the Divine. "Holiness to the Lord" can never be written on our hearts with a pen like iron unless it is preached, and unless we study and seek God for His holiness.