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Loneliness is Killing People . . . well, Sorta

I wanted to kickoff a series about loneliness as one of the major contemporary curses in our community. A meta-analysis study published in 2015 show an increased likelihood of mortality of 29% for social isolation, 26% for loneliness, and 32% for living alone.1 Loneliness is actually shortening lives. Reflect on Acts 2.46 as you read the statistics below: “Every day they devoted themselves to meeting TOGETHER in the temple, and broke bread from HOUSE to HOUSE.” From a Cigna survey … Continue reading

Mustard Seeds in Israel

LIFE Group leader Julie Gilbreath shares a reflection from her trip to Israel to encourage and challenge us during this series, “Gospel Conversations: You will Be My Witnesses.” During a lesson in Israel, our leader was talking about how the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed (Matt. 13:31-32). Then he pointed out that I was sitting right next to a mustard plant! I had no idea, but as soon as I was told (and after multiple selfies) I … Continue reading

Don’t Forget to Celebrate

Work, work, work; more people, more knowledge, more effort. If you think that’s what exhausts the group leaders mentality, then let me encourage you otherwise: Don’t forget to celebrate! I have a tendency to dig, dig, dig, and then, dig more. Mike Glenn often reminds me to let people come up for air every now and again. Our people get tired. They lose focus. They stray from vision. An antidote to all 3 is to celebrate what the Lord is … Continue reading