Continuing on last week’s post, there are many reasons that friendships are successful. Sometimes it’s because of shared interests, sometimes it’s because of a mutual threat, but one of the most important is encouragement. Few things are more uplifting than a friend who helps to share your burdens, one who loves you, and takes it upon himself to give you strength when you’re weak. This kind of friendship is praised throughout the Bible, and is nowhere more evident than in the relationship between David and Jonathan.

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Happy Friday everyone! The week is nearly over, and with it comes all the trappings of weekendom: fun, games, laughter, and anime! And what do these all have in common? Nope, not that they can all be experienced over the Internet, but that they are all made way better with friends! We humans are a strange lot. We form alliances and bonds over the slightest of things, and break those bonds at the tip of a hat sometimes. But then, sometimes we form bonds with one another that are nearly unbreakable. Sometimes we form close connections with those around us; connections that are too unique and time-weathered to be shared with anyone else. Why is that?

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Christianity is a strange religion. We have one book we say we live by, one God we say we want to please, but there are so many different variations of what is called “Christian” these days. So many different denominations, sects, and organizations that it’s hard to keep track of them all, so how does the new believer know how to determine the good ones from the bad? How can he know what churches and leaders to follow? How does he know who to look to for guidance? A similar dilemma is faced by Sayaka, in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, when she becomes a magical girl for the first time. As a newcomer to the world of magical powers and mysterious creatures, she is unsure of her goal, other than that she needs to fight witches in order to save the lives of normal people.

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