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Why 9 in 10 Believe in God but not Church

June 9, 2011

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Many in the religious right have been running for the hills because this “godless” nation has become too secular.  The rhetoric of our nation’s direction is flawed by the growth of atheists and secularists is over played.  It seems a recent Gallup study confirmed what has simply is unknown to many: We are still a religious nation.  More than 9 in 10 Americans still say “yes” when asked the basic question “Do you believe in God?” Perhaps even more encouraging is that 84% of 18-29 year-old segment and 94% of 30-49 year-old segment answered in the affirmative.

And this is not a statistical bump, but historically, since 1943, the vast majority of Americans believe in “God”.

godbelieveIt would seem that we are still a religious nation, but obviously church leaders want to know how many of those 90 plus percent are Christian. Logically, many ask the question, “If we are such a God-believing country, then why is church attendance so low?”

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Changing Habits

October 15, 2010

Recently, I had to make some changes in my eating habits. I started to eat different foods and I didn’t like it.  It made me feel different. I was cranky and unpleasant.  It was almost like feeling withdraw symptoms that people with addiction experience.   Though I didn’t like the way I felt, I knew it was necessary to get to a point of change.

Who is ever successful in those New Year’s resolutions?  We usually stop those resolutions sometime around mid-February.  Why? It’s hard.  It is hard to change those habits that we know are not good for us.Organization consultants talk about change all the time.  Many fear the word “change.”  Why?

Change usually involves three areas of focus.  A recent university study found that  three things (pictured right)are required to make a difference.

The study also found some other information that will shock us (not really):

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