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Summary: Be a light in a world that is searching for God but doesn’t realize it. Be engaged in people’s lives.

Community – Relationships

We live in a world where friendships and family relationships can be difficult.

There are stresses and personality conflicts that seem to rip through friends and families and no one knows how to fix them.

Well stay tuned because I have the answer for you.

A study conducted by the Centre for Ageing Studies at Flinders University, the study followed nearly 1,500 older people for 10 years.

It found that those who had a large network of friends outlived those with the fewest friends by 22%.

Researchers have concluded that having few friends or weak social ties to the community is just as harmful to health as being an alcoholic or smoking nearly a pack of cigarettes a day.

Weak social ties are more harmful than not exercising and twice as risky as being obese, the researchers found.

So there is a way to move forward, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

We wonder why we can’t connect with people. I’ve heard people say, it’s hard to make friends. It’s hard to connect etc.

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It’s a real problem and it is hard but we have to take some of the responsibility ourselves.

I want us to look at what scripture says about relationships and community and the importance on them.

I. Honor your Family

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.

~ George Burns

“Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.”

“If you shake your family tree, watch for falling nuts”

“It been said that you can choose your friends but you can’t choose family”

But seriously, if we don’t have family, we don’t have anything. And your family may not be the traditional style family but it’s still your family. Maybe people have brought you in to take care of you…that’s family. And God wants us to value family.

Matt 15:4-9 (quickview) ; Mark 7:6-13 (quickview) 

For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

“‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’”

So what was going on here?

Well, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for shirking their family responsibilities. In earlier verses, the Pharisees had criticized Jesus and His disciples for not practicing ritual Jewish washings before they ate. Jesus responded by calling them hypocrites for trying to get around the Fifth Commandment—to honor their parents—through their tradition of Corban.


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