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10 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Leave the Church Addictions are hard to break, including church. Some of us already know this. Now, the rest of us will. Fear: Fear gripped me when I left. Did I leave God and God’s people? Does Satan own me? Am I going to Hell? We learn this isn’t true. Friends: I lost not all but most friends. We must learn how to make new ones while grieving the loss of old ones. Complicated! Inspiration: It’s inspiring to gather, learn, and sing together. I got refueled for the next week. Learning how to do that by yourself is...

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“Do You Have Deep Dark Thoughts?” It is often during a time of crisis when the deep, dark questions roll in one after the other. Have you had nights like the woman in this cartoon?Nights when you couldn’t get to sleep?You can’t get to sleep because you wrestling with existential thoughts? Thoughts that are answerless.Mysterious.Deep.Unfathomable. And also disturbing.Overturning.Upsetting.Life-changing. Questions that provoke you at the deepest level. But you know they must be followed because you sense there’s something very important at the end of it… Life!Happiness!Peace of mind! I know it’s true.

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Having a little fun. I hope you are are being socially responsible, safe, and healthy! Did you know I have courses available at davidhaywardcourses.com on discount during this pandemic? Go there to check them out. Plus, my Sophia course is FREE right now. Love to all of you!

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"What is Your Theology Box?" The theology box store owner warns his next customer: “Be careful which one you pick. You’ll be in it for the rest of your life.” Living through crises such as the one we're in right now should force us to think outside of our tidy little boxes.  But, people don’t want to change their minds. It’s too uncomfortable. It’s too humiliating. It’s too… hard! If I hadn’t changed my mind I’d still be believing the very same things I believed in as a child. Some people think that’s a virtue… to think like a child…...

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“Are You Lost? Or Just Being Told You Are?” "Not all who wonder are lost." Ya I know. Gandalf said, "Not all who wander are lost." I like this version that I came up with too. I claim questions provoke more wisdom than answers. Questions cause the mind to grow. Answers freeze the mind. Nothing more to do! I was taught in church that questions were bad. It was a sign of doubting, backsliding, and finally being lost. During times of crisis like the one we're in right now... when people are getting sick, when people are dying, when those...

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