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Take up residence... By Pastor Bobby Schuller "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." -Galatians 2:20 All of us have a deep need for friendship. It's a part of how God made us. For a human being, solitary confinement is a type of torture. All of us need to have friends. So, Jesus says to us, I offer you this thing, this friendship. I offer to all of you the ability to be my friends, so that the deep need in your life for companionship, for meaning, when everyone else fails you, when everyone else drops the ball on you, when those that you love hurt you and harm you, I will always love you. I will always be there for you. I will always walk with you. Jesus says that this is where you should live as his disciple. Live in this friendship; just dwell there. The Greek word he uses when he says remain or abide or made in my love, abide in my life, is a word called "menno." And menno is the same word that you would use if you were going to take up residence in a household. Live in your friendship with Jesus

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1 Sarah R = "God made us in His image. Just like He is relational, we are relational beings who long for relation with one another. God has relationship within His triune-ness, so He didn't need us in order to have relationship. But out of His great love, He decided to create humanity, that we might share in His love and have relationship with Him."
2 Sarah R = "John 15:15 "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.""
3 Sarah R = "Matthew 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.""