The question has been raised by many in the church as to why there needs to be genuine unity and connectedness among believers.
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“In a typical congregation of 200 adults, 50 will experience depression at some point, and at least 30 are currently taking antidepressants.” (Dan Blazer, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, in Christianity Today, March 2009). What could that mean for your church's preaching, programming, pastoral care, and congregational care?
I want to remind you of a trusted faith formation resource provider: Faith Alive Christian Resources. The Faith Alive 2014-2015 catalog is full of Sunday school curriculum, Bible studies, and other resources to help people of all ages to grow in faith.
Funerals, like weddings, are family matters. So says, the church order. But it is never so simple. Families are part of communities. We come together, usually in church, to remember a person and comfort each other in the light of the good news of Christ...
We hear a great deal about our Biblical mandate to get the gospel out to the lost. What we see from the earliest days of the New Testament phase of the church is that their outreach was twofold: (1) evangelism and witness, (2) encouragement and comfort.
Try reading Chaucer, Dante, Shakespeare, or other dead poets. Even reading CS Lewis’ work can sometimes give you an appreciation for the short shelf-life of much of what we read. Then consider how much more vastly foreign the Bible is to all of its contemporary readers.