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If there is one thing God wants of us very desperately in these days, that one thing is RELATIONSHIP. I sincerely believe God wants to renew our relationship with him and is looking to bridge the distance between us. For some, the first step of bridging the distance is having a relationship with God to begin with. We live in a time when thousands of people are religious but are not in relationship with God. (Batman's foe, Two-Face, is characteristic of their lives where one reality exists on Sunday and quite another Monday to Saturday). They may go to church and sing the songs, but they are not in relationship. They may be involved in all kinds of good deeds for people in their community, but they are not in relationship. Some of them go to youth group, Bible camp, music camp, sponsor children or go on mission’s trips, but are not in relationship. They pay their bills, don’t cheat on their taxes and provide for their families, but they are not in relationship. They care about their neighbors and pitch in where they can to help in any way possible, but they are not in relationship. They live morally and live life fully, embracing a value system that would make us proud to be called their friend, but they are not in relationship. While all these realities are note-worthy and commendable practices, these cannot replace, repair or rectify a life that is not in relationship with God.

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