Dear Friends and Family of Life Connection Church,

In case you didn’t know, today is 11/11/11.  I am not sure it means anything.  But, I did find out there is a word for people who are looking seriously for what it means. 
Apophenia: the urge to find patterns in seemingly random data.
Go figure. 
Also today is Veterans day.  Thanks to all of you who have served in our Armed Forces.  Please take a moment today and pray for those who are in harm’s way now.  I saw a sign today that read, “Home of the free because of the brave.”   Never take our freedoms for granted.  We are still the best country in the world no matter how messed up it may be sometimes.  Pray for protection for our troops, for peace, and for the families who are waiting for them to come home safe.  Send up a special prayer for those who have lost loved ones who were fighting for our freedom. 
I think Americans need to stop fighting with each other and unify in our gratitude for what we have.
I mentioned Sunday that one of the things I liked about studying and teaching psychology is that when people study people they find out some truths that are already in the Bible.  God knew what we were like way before surveys and studies revealed who we are.
A new study just came out and was reported by CNN. 
A new study shows that attending religious services regularly can mean a more optimistic, less depressed, and less cynical outlook on life…

According to the report, to be published this week in the Journal of Religion and Health, those who attend services frequently were 56% more likely to have an optimistic life outlook than those who don’t and were 27% less likely to be depressed. Those who attended weekly were less likely to be characterized by cynical hostility, compared with those who did not report any religious service attendance.  You can find the rest of the article by clicking this link …. 

Study links regular religious service attendance, outlook on life

The apostle Paul wrote over 2000 years ago: the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Gal 5:22-23
The more you are connected to God the more emotionally fit you will be and the longer you will live.  How about that.  Obviously, the more you attend church and worship God the easier it is to stay connected to the Holy Spirit. 
So….  I am looking forward to seeing you guys at church on Sunday with a smile on your face. 
And bring a friend.  It will change their life for the better.  That’s what friends are for.