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Hi guys, The Home Group (about 10 of us who get together once a week for worship, study and fun) I go to is currently going through the book “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. We read and then discuss one chapter a week.

The first couple chapters were ….. good. But then, once we hit chapter 3, it got really, really good. There are many challenging thoughts from the Scripture that we have loved digging into and discussion the life application of them. A lot of times I find it disheartening when someone tells me what they feel the Bible says but it doesn’t. Thing’s people were taught growing up or seen in the lives of others but never read for themselves. This is not a book that does that. It is raw and straight forward without being over your head.

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A Gathering Force
By Francis Chan

Is there any logic in believing that God started His Church as a Spirit-filled, loving body with the intention that it would evolve into entertaining, hour-long services? Was he hoping that one day people would be attracted to the Church not because they care for one another, not because they are devoted to Him, not because the supernatural occurs in their midst, but because of good music and entertainment?

Try to imagine what conclusions you would come to if you had no prior church experience. The things in church services might make sense to the American church-attendee, but they don’t make sense biblically.

Picture yourself on an island with only a Bible. You’ve never been to a church-you’ve never even heard of one. The only ideas you have about church are what you’ve read in your Bible. Then you enter a building labeled “church” for the first time. What would you expect to experience as you entered that building? Now compare that to what you actually experience when you attend church.

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