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Friending God - The Proverbial Friend, Pt. 2


May 19, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair shares the second half of the message "The Proverbial Friend" in the Series "Friending God"

During my preparation time this week, I read an academic article called, "When God Is Your Only Friend" that was published in the Journal of Personality, the June edition, so it's hot-off-the-presses, 2019.  The article talked about the importance of Social Connectedness, which is a synonym for Friendship, with regards to feeling purpose in life.  The bottom line of the article is this, Studies show that people derive purpose in life primarily through Social Connectedness - staggeringly, even more than religious beliefs.



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Friending God - The Proverbial Friend


May 12, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair shares the third part in the Series "Friending God" with the message "The Proverbial Friend"

Did you know there is a web site called RentAFriend.com?  You can literally rent a friend for about $20 an hour.  No time to make a friend?  Now you can rent one!

How can a service like this be for real?  The more I think about it, the more it becomes obvious to me why a service like this could catch on in our culture today; it's because many people are basically lonely, and too busy, and have few opportunities or time to meet people and cultivate friendships.



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Friending God - Friend of Jesus


May 5, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair shares the New Series "Friending God" with the message "Friend of Jesus"

It's been over 14 years since that hit sitcom, "Friends," shut down production of new episodes.  But it has not stopped its appeal or diminished its popularity, or lessened its financial growth.  What makes the show so enduring, I think everyone of us can relate in some way, shape, or form to one or more of the characters on that show.  I think what makes the show so enduring is we all want a tight, enduring, band of close friendships to grow up with and to grow up around.

We are in a series of messages that I am calling Friending God, and we are taking a deep look at whether that can even happen, is that something that is even available?  And if so, how?  What would it look like?  How would it function?

Today, I want to turn our focus to Jesus.



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Friending God - Abraham My Friend


April 28, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair starts the New Series "Friending God" with the message "Abraham My Friend"

In a video blog this past week, Casey Neistat who has over eleven million subscribers to his YouTube™ channel, took an informal poll asking, "Do you think real intimacy can take place on Social Media alone?"

I watch Casey Neistat's video's.  I watch his YouTube™ channel, I'm a subscriber.  I don't always agree with everything he says or stands for, but he's kind of a social commentator in a way to the millennial age group.  So he asked the question, and I was shocked to discover the overwhelming response was No!

For true intimacy to exist, there has to be some sort of physical component.  Now that could be just a voice; in fact, I fell in love with my wife over the phone.



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Myths About Jesus & The Resurrection


April 21, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair shares the Easter message "Myths About Jesus & The Resurrection"

One of the most unfortunate characters in the death and resurrection narrative of Jesus is the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate.  Here is a man caught in the middle.  He is in a Catch-22 place.  He's truly between a rock and a hard place.  Here's a guy who can't get it right.  He's in a lose-lose situation.  It's his job to
adjudicate in the matter of Jesus of Nazareth versus the Jewish Religious State.  And though often portrayed as a bad guy, I truly believe, from my reading of the Gospel accounts, that Pilate was a conscientous leader.  I believe Pontius Pilate was really trying to get it right.



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