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Bread or Stones?

Chilly —  January 21, 2016 — 2 Comments

What if you were told that there was a well-researched and statistically proven program that can:

  • Increase the average life expectancy of your children by 8 years
  • Significantly reduce their use and risk from Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs
  • Dramatically lower their risk of suicide
  • Help them rebound from depression 70% faster
  • Dramatically reduce their risk for committing a crime
  • Improve their attitude at school and increase their school participation
  • Reduce their risk for rebelliousness
  • Reduce the likelihood that they would binge drink in college
  • Improve their odds for a “very happy” life
  • Provide them with a life-long moral compass
  • And get them to wear their seat-belts more often

Would you be interested?  Sound impossible? Could there possibly be such a program?

    Yes, there is.

And it is supported by research from Duke University, Indiana University, The University of Michigan, The Center for Disease Control, Barna Research Group, and the National Institute for Healthcare Research.

How much would a program like this be worth to you?

What if I told you it was free, and that it would only take about 2 hours each week?

Take a look at the list again.

It’s not a dream and you don’t need to travel to some exotic location.

You ready for the answer?  OK, here it is (drum roll please)…

The program is called “active church participation.”

That’s right, CHURCH! In study, after study, after study, children & teenagers who actively engage in a faith community on a regular basis are rewarded with SIGNIFICANTLY reduced likelihood of problems and risks, and significantly improved odds of a happier, healthier, longer life. These studies show the same results for adults as well.  Now, add to those specific and proven rewards to our life – the eternal blessings that follow. Wow!

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Does Church Work?

Chilly —  April 13, 2014 — 11 Comments

Courage Church DetroitOk, so by now,  many of us are home from church… unwinding, spending time with family & friends, watching a little TV and beginning to shift our focus to the work week ahead.

This upcoming week will also have additional church focus and involvement as we enter the ‘Passion Week’ and observe Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday in unique, creative and sacred ways.

People fill churches all over the world each week. I’m curious if it’s by habit and routine; or is it to relieve guilt OR is the church truly serving a significant purpose in and through it’s attenders (YOU)? And, if so, WHY?

Would you share your honest feedback and dialog?
please respond in the comments…

 

For those that ARE active parts of a church: Does it Work?
What part is most important to you?

  • Prayer?
  • Praise & Worship?
  • Community / Relationship with others?
  • Bible Study?
  • Small Groups?
  • Special Events (concerts, seminars, etc)?
  • Outreach to city & neighborhood?
  • Preaching?
  • Other?

For those that are NOT part of a church: Why doesn’t it Work?
What keeps you from attending or being part of church?

  • Too busy?
  • You’re not religious?
  • Been burned or hurt by church?
  • seems irrelevant?
  • Other?

Thanks, in advance, for everyone willing to share their thoughts. I look forward to the conversation and the improvements that are sure to follow!

Committed to BE the Church God desires,
Chilly