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33. It honours God. 34. Because gathering is part of what it means to be a Christian. 35. Because it’s good to have your views and opinions challenged. 36. Because we all need regular reminders of our position in Christ. 37. It will help you acknowledge and confess your sins. 38. It helps you to be in the world, but not of it. 39. It will help you end one week, and starts the next, with the right focus. 40. It’s a break from work. 41. It will help you re-order your priorities. 42. It’s where your real friends are. 43. It will help you put your life story, into the grand narrative of scripture. 44. It will remind you that you have nothing to fear. 45. It helps take your focus off yourself and onto God. 46. It helps bring perspective and feeds the soul. 47. Because gathering strengthens your faith. 48. The discipline of going will help you be disciplined across all areas of life. 49. It will allow for support in times of need. 50. It promotes stability in your life. 51. It helps to promote a happy marriage. 52. It gives you something great to do with your kids. 53. It will help you to improve your self-esteem. 54. It will help your interpersonal skills. 55. It will help increase your ability to cope with the trials of life. 56. It will help you to be a happy person. 57. It will positively influence future generations. 58. It will provide you with an opportunity to share in communion. 59. It will allow you to take an active role in missions work. 60. It will help you be a better member of your local community. 61. It will help develop your children’s self-confidence. 62. Your children will learn the Bible. 63. It may keep you out of trouble. 64. It will help give you a sense of purpose. 65. It will shape your vision of the future. 66. It will give you eternal hope. 67. It will help you to know what you believe. 68. It will help you to know what you stand for. 69. It will encourage creativity. 70. It will allow you to be disciplined, mentored and pastored. 71. Because you’ll learn about Jesus and have the opportunity to get to know Him. 72. Because you want to go. 73. It’s a pleasant experience. 74. It will give you the opportunity to express yourself in song. 75. It beats staying at home and being alone. 76. You get to put your Sunday best on… (or your skinny jeans depending on the church). 77. You’ll find acceptance. 78. You’ll be loved. 79. You can love others there. 80. Real forgiveness is found there. 81. The gathering of God’s people will help draw you closer to God. 82. You’ll meet likeminded people. 83. Jesus will be there. 84. It will remind you that you’re not alone. 85. It will help the process of sanctification. 86. You’re likely to learn something about God, the Bible, yourself, or others. 87. Growth of the fruit of the Spirit will likely happen. 88. It will bring with it tangible and intangible blessing. 90. It’s a declaration that you’re a Christian. 91. It will give you something interesting to talk about on Monday at work. 92. Because being planted will help your life to flourish. 93. It reflects a life lived beyond yourself. 94. It will bring joy to your life. 95. A miracle you need may come to pass. 96. You’ve been promising someone that you’d go and it’s time to make good on your word. 97. Because it’s the right thing to do. 98. Because faith without works is dead. 99. It will literally change your life for eternity! Why go to church this weekend? You’d be crazy not to go, especially with all these reasons to be there!! Rich October Edition 7