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Fellowship in church

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In most cases, faith is what brings people to church in the first place, and faith is what can help provide answers to whatever church problem you may be facing today.

Faith is at the core of one's being. It's an inner drive strong enough to withstand the challenges brought on by bureaucracy, mismanagement, or even a breach of trust. This is because at its foundation is one's relation to God.

Difficult times can bring you face to face with your Maker. And that's a good thing. Regardless of your religious tradition, God is ready for you. Interestingly enough, communing with God is exactly what can help raise the concept of church to be something people want to be a part of and something they feel supported by.

Communing with God can also guide you to a way to resolve the difficulties or lead you to a path to peace of mind right where you are, or it could impel you to move on to a new place to worship.

I went through a disturbing time when people I deeply loved and respected were firmly taking opposing stands on issues, and I felt I was in the middle of the strife. The severity of the issues didn't come close to those reported in the news these days. But it was very troubling to me.

As I was lamenting the situation to a friend, she pointed out a statement by Mary Baker Eddy – the Founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist – stating that everyone connected with this Church "inevitably love one another with that love wherewith Christ loveth us; a love unselfish, unambitious, impartial, universal, – that loves only because it is Love."

She continues, "Moreover, they love their enemies, even those that hate them.... I am seeking and praying for [this love] to inhabit my own heart and to be made manifest in my life. Who will unite with me in this pure purpose, and faithfully struggle till it be accomplished? Let this be our Christian endeavor society, which Christ organizes and blesses" ("Pulpit and Press," pg. 21).

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