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August 15, 2016
Friendship

The church is to be a society of friends.  The church is to be a place where you can go when you are discouraged and leave feeling encouraged.  It is to be a place where you can find people who care for you.

As the Apostle Paul wrote: "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" (Gal. 6:2)

Perhaps this tells you something about my reading level, but I’ve found a wonderful example of this very thing in a book about Winnie the Pooh.  One day Pooh Bear is about to go for a walk in the Hundred Acre wood. It's about 11:30 in the morning. It is a fine time to go calling--just before lunch. So Pooh sets out across the stream, stepping on the stones, and when he gets right in the middle of the stream he sits down on a warm stone and thinks about just where would be the best place of all to make a call.

He says to himself, "I think I'll go see Tigger." No, he dismisses that. Then he says, "Owl!" Then, "No, Owl uses big words, hard-to-understand words." At last he brightens up! "I know! I think I'll go see Rabbit. I like Rabbit. Rabbit uses encouraging words like, 'How's about lunch?' and 'Help yourself, Pooh!' Yes, I think I'll go see Rabbit."

The church is to be a place where you can find friends who listen and say, “How’s about lunch?” and “Help yourself!” and “Tell me more about it,” and “How can I help?”  That’s what the church is supposed to be.

With Love,
Mike

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