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Friendships and Religion… Do they mix?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a friend as “a person who you like and enjoy being with” or “a person who helps or supports someone or something.”

By that definition, why would we  be “friends” with someone who does not support something we believe-better yet someone we cannot be ourselves around?

If you are truly someone’s friend, having conversations about similar or not so similar beliefs should NOT be a problem. You could possibly have completely different takes on certain situations but a “friend” won’t walk away and not talk to you for that reason alone. If you cannot talk about religion with some of your closest friends then…

 NEWS FLASH: That is not a true friend at all- just a good acquaintance.

I find myself talking to the few ‘real’ friends that I have about religion a lot. It is how we help each other get through many tough situations the “healthy” way. When you can talk to people you like to be around about any topic (like adults should be able to without feeling some type of way later) then you know you have some real friends, like I do.

So I want to hear from you… whom do you call a friend… and do you feel comfortable enough to talk about your religion around them?

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The Church: Half Full or Half Empty

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”-Matthew 18:20

In a recent article on Huff Post Religion, Steve McSwain gives us “7” reasons “Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore.” Especially for those of us who were born in the technology driven era because many times there is no technology in church. Yes, there may be a few “tech savvy” individuals in your congregation but it isn’t being used widespread throughout the church. McSwain suggested that if Pastors and Priests incorporated Social Media into their messages it would get the youth more actively involved and wanting to come to church.

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I have been in a church like this once before in Douglasville, GA. They have an amazing contemporary worship service for all ages and before the service begins everyone is reminded to log on to Twitter to actively engage in the service. Church goers ask questions about the sermon, agree with the sermon, and even “check in” at church. This church, needless to say, has a very large and thriving congregation with a mixture of ages.  The church I am speaking of also uses the popular Bible App “YouVersion” to provide the sermon outline for you to follow along and take notes with. It’s obvious McSwain has a point. To keep members of the congregation involved, technology definitely has it’s place within the walls of church.

Now let’s talk attendance. There are big churches, medium churches, and large churches. Even in some of the large churches on some occasions you wont find large masses of people. Do you know why? It is because the church is just a building. The true worship is inside of the person and it’s between them and the Lord.

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YouVersion Bible App

So, it really doesn’t matter if you have a large church with a large congregation, if the people are just there to say they are a part of a church and not there mentally or spiritually. Jesus says even if it is just a few of you there to worship in His name that he is among you.

Remember that next time you say church attendance is on the decline- maybe it’s just that church attendance by Real Christ Followers is on the rise and the devil has finally found his way out the door.

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