You belong here.
We walked into the church . . . and met unknown faces with different traditions.
You know what it’s like to feel like you don’t fit in. You look different. Your background is different. You feel like the groups are set and you don’t know where you belong.
Everyone wants to be accepted, to feel like they belong. But it’s not easy…
It seems the more we want to fit, the more our differences stand out.
Economics. Race. Education.
Work at Home or Out of the Home.
Homeschool. Private School. Public School.
Big Family. Small Family. Married. Single.
Conservative. Moderate. or Liberal.
Everywhere we look there are things that pull us apart and divide us.
We’ve been offered a better way. A way to set aside our differences and enjoy close friendships. In the early church, believers were referred to as followers of “the Way.”
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6
What does it mean to be a follower of the Way?
A follower of the Way is a follower (a disciple) of Jesus, trusting His message is truth and that it gives life. That’s faith.
I love the changeless truth of Jesus.
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:29–31
Love God. Love others.
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That day we walked in to the church as strangers turned out to be a wonderful day. On the surface we didn’t have much in common, but we all loved Jesus and that made us family.
You belong here. We are family and friends.
“Portrait of a Friend”
I can’t give solutions to all of life’s problems, doubts,
or fears. But I can listen to you, and together we will
search for answers.
I can’t change your past with all it’s heartache and pain,
nor the future with its untold stories.
But I can be there now when you need me to care.
I can’t keep your feet from stumbling.
I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.
Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine;
Yet I can share in your laughter.
Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;
I can only support you, encourage you,
and help you when you ask.
I can’t prevent you from falling away from friendship,
from your values, from me.
I can only pray for you, talk to you and wait for you.
I can’t give you boundaries which I have determined for you,
But I can give you the room to change, room to grow,
room to be yourself.
I can’t keep your heart from breaking and hurting,
But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces
and put them back in place.
I can’t tell you who you are.
I can only love you and be your friend.
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“Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34–35
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