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Text Box: North Eaton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
35895 Royalton Rd.                                                                                                                                           Grafton, Ohio 44044
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Minister: Dr. Paul H. Durbin
Licensed Minister: Judy Ponting
Christian Ed. And Youth Director: Polly Tallos
Secretary: Londa Blaine				
Pathways Counseling and Growth Center: Dr. Ralph Thompson
Choir Director: Kyle Vander Schrier
Pianist: Carla McElhaney
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Grafton, OH 44044
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Text Box: Paul’s Place—–August 2007
A CHRISTIAN THING TO DO

	There was a time when we looked at the good behavior        of someone and said, “That was very Christian of them”, or, “That was a Christian thing to do.”  That was said in a time when we didn’t think of good behavior as anything but Christian.  We don’t say such things anymore.  
	I have been wondering lately if there is a standard of behavior that we might identify as Christian behavior?  It is not that I am suggesting that our faith is one of rules, laws, and being good people.  However,               can one say they are Christian and then behave in whatever manner they chose?  Christianity is not about rules, but   Christianity is about a                relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  That relationship should              determine how one behaves in the world.  One should be able to look at a Christian’s behavior and determine that the Christian is in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
	There are some rules of behavior about being married.  There are things married people will do and some things they will not do because they are married.  It isn’t that the behavior is determined by rules, but by the relationship.  The point is that those who are married should be recognized as married by what they do and what they chose not to do.  
	Lately, I have wondered about those who say they are Christian and yet whose behavior is no different from anyone else’s.  Is one really a Christian just because they say they are?