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When Christianity Cost Me My Friendship

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Back when we were in secondary school, I had invited Ava, my best friend of nine years, to church. Ava accepted Christ into her life and began attending weekly cell group meetings and services on a regular basis. I was elated that my dear friend had come to experience God’s love, and thrilled at the prospect of spurring each other towards Christlikeness. However, things ended as quickly as it had begun. After a few months, Ava told me that she no longer wished to attend church gatherings. My heart sank when she admitted that she had only done so because she did not want to disappoint me and my cell group with her constant refusals.

Are You A Friend of The World?

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A few years ago, I worked freelance for a horse-racing magazine. Everything went well at the start, but after a few assignments, I realized there was more to horse-racing than simply which horse finishes first (pardon my naivety).
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How to Grow a Deeper Friendship with God

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We love the idea of telling Jesus whatever’s on our hearts, of having someone to share in our burdens or comfort us when we’re lonely. But how often do we think about how we’re being friends to Jesus? Here are some ways to help us grow in our delight of seeing God as a perfect, constant friend.
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3 Types of Friends We All Need

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I’m sure we’re all familiar with broken relationships. Perhaps these negative experiences might have tempted us into thinking that maintaining true and deep friendships are unnecessary and bothersome. But the Bible tells us that we are made to relate to others, and not live in isolation (1 Cor 12:12-27), as is evident from what we have experienced during the lockdowns around the world.

To the One Who Feels Lonely

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Do you ever imagine what it’s like, having people who care about you? Wouldn’t it just brighten up your day, knowing that there are people eagerly waiting to greet you when you get to school or work? I wish that were the case for me too.
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How to Walk with a Friend Who's Doubting the Faith

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It can be stressful when someone we love starts to doubt God. We worry that we won’t have the answers to convince them to stay in the faith, and fear what will happen if they were to leave God completely. But doubts are a perfectly normal part of a Christian’s journey. And God is more than capable of helping us figure out what faith means in the face of life’s difficult realities.
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Confessions of a People-Pleaser

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Even though I’ve always been familiar with the term “people-pleaser”, I’ve never thought of myself as one. Perhaps it was because I had never truly reflected on my actions and motivations, but I saw people-pleasers as ones whose lives completely revolved around other people—something that I did not think applied to myself.

4 Ways to Pray God-Centred Prayers for Your Friends

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When in the company of a fellow brother or sister-in-Christ, I believe there are few things more loving than to pray with them. But oftentimes, we can be so caught up in our busy schedules that we might not be in the right frame of mind to pray intentional prayers. Here are four ways we can pray for our friends more boldly and relevantly—putting the focus of the prayer time on God and not on our own words and wisdom.

6 Ways to Be a Better Friend

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Recently, my friend shared that he doubted if he would still be a Christian if it weren’t for the friends who were there for him in 2018. That was the year he had lost a very dear cousin to sickness. And then, barely two months later, the rest of his cousin’s family members died in a tragic road accident. My friend was devastated, and struggled to understand why God allowed for it to happen.