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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
5 Reasons We Don't Develop Meaningful Friendships
Good friends Last month two close friends of mine, Matt and James, drove several hours from South Carolina and Alabama to pray with me about some important decisions I'm facing. They didn't ask me for money for gas or meals. They didn't charge me a consulting fee. They just wanted to do what friends do-they sacrificed their own time to offer love, counsel and support. They know I'd do the same for them.

I've come to learn that good friends are more valuable than money, fame or career success. Yet many Christians I know struggle in the area of relationships. Many people I've met-even pastors-admit they have no friends. And many churches are full of lonely people who are starving for friends but don't know how to make any.

The modern church does not always place a high value on relationships. While the New Testament commands us to "fervently love one another from the heart" (1 Pet. 1:22, NASB), we have developed a cold corporate culture. We are content to herd people into buildings for services and then herd them out. Our main concern is that they occupied a seat and listened to a sermon. But did they connect with each other? Even in churches that try to nurture relationships, only a fraction of the people get involved in small groups.

Personally, I don't believe we will see New Testament revival power or New Testament impact until we reclaim fervent New Testament love. But that realm of love isn't possible without deep healing and serious attitude adjustments. read more
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