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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Stay Away From Conflict? No Way!

 When you see divisions in a church, it’s easy to make poor judgements about the members of that congregation—those hypocrites!  No church is perfect no matter how much you want yours to be. 

 When internal strife flows through a congregation, feelings get hurt and then members might make rash decisions that they’re moving to another church where there aren’t any problems.  Well, good luck at finding such a church!

 God calls us Christians to love him and to love our neighbor as ourselves.  When problems escalate out of control, it’s easy to step back and watch from the sidelines.  It’s harder to love your neighbor when you’re standing so far away. 

 In the midst of conflict in a congregation—that is when Christians need to be much more adamant about resolving tension and strife among themselves.  When the going gets tough, we Christians need to stick to it even more so, because we are God’s children.

 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”  (John 3:16-17)

 Everyone needs Jesus—even more so in the midst of conflict and strife.  Join us for worship where we confess our sins and receive forgiveness for our sins every Sunday morning.  Check out the “Our Church” tab on this web page for worship service details.



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