Church is a Verb – Connecting

Church is a verb and this week’s action word is connecting. John Ortberg in his book, “Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them,” references a study done by Harvard social scientists who tracked the lives of 7,000 people over nine years.

Researchers found that the most isolated people were three times more likely to die than people with strong relational connections. People who had bad health habits (such as smoking, poor eating habits, obesity, or alcohol use) but strong social ties lived significantly longer than people who had great health habits but were isolated. In other words, it is better to eat Twinkies with good friends than to eat broccoli alone. Harvard Researcher Robert Putnam notes that if you belong to no groups but decide to join one, “you cut your risk of dying over the next year in half.”

That’s no surprise to God. Romans 12:5 reminds us, “…we belong to each other and each of us needs all the others” (NLT). You need some like-minded, loving, encouraging people in your life who are committed to you. Why not join a Journey Group? It seems Harvard Researchers would agree – join a Journey Group and you’ll live longer. If you missed my sermon on this Sunday, you can always go back and listen anytime at

Thank you for praying for our leadership this past weekend. We had a great series of meetings with a church consultant to help our Staff and Elders lead Cedar Ridge more effectively in the future. Our leaders are on “information overload” right, but I’m sure after some processing we’ll be sharing some of the things learned.

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