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Practicing Gratitude

My wife and I recently relocated, which led us to visit a half-dozen churches in the past two months. Each seemed to have a downside.

The music wasn’t that great, or the message wasn’t what I wanted to hear, or the attendance left something to be desired. They didn’t take Communion by the method to which I’d grown accustomed. Their greeters seemed to have inauthentic smiles. They didn’t have small groups. They didn’t have much of a missions program.

After several weeks, I shared my frustration with a friend. She said, “Just remember, churches are made by man. Therefore, they will never be perfect. Embrace what they are.” Suddenly, my attitude changed. [Read more].

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