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Old 05-24-2017, 07:19 PM   #6
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Renton, Washington
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Default Re: Hello: finally sharing something.

Originally Posted by Fuji View Post
How very true...This is also my observation over the years (not just on LC) Many do based their identity not in Christ but in the group that they are in.

Brother Terry, I suppose you are not an official "LC"er now? And it's great that you join their meetings with your parents when you visit. May I ask do they welcome you fully or do you feel there is sometimes a gap in between? Some of my LC friends who know I no longer am actively involved in LC seem to respect my choice (some wish they could "walk away" like I do) while I can definitely feel the disappointment of some and it really stresses me out - I often don't know what to do but to avoid the topic....Not that I need to be approved by everyone, but do you have any advice on maintaining a healthy relationship with those brothers and sisters? I never want to forsake any chances of fellowship.

Thank you!
Not for some time. When I visit the LC ones that have been meeting in that locality more than 30 years remembers me. I've never said anything to them that would make me unwelcome. Each time my family and I visit, one of the elders has me stand and introduce my family since we're visiting.
If we cannot conduct ourselves with humanity and love one another unconditionally it is very difficult to have healthy relationships.
In my opinion when our interaction in the local churches is limited to "ministry peak", it doesn't foster an environment to have a healthy relationships.
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