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The S-factor John 14:23-29

It is not as the world gives that Christ gives to us. The Holy Spirit is the difference that makes all the difference in the world.

Thursday nights just haven't been the same. Ever since "Cheers" finally died and went to TV-heaven (syndicated reruns), Thursday nights have been different. For 11 wonderful years, "Cheers" captured the imagination of an entire country.

Why was "Cheers" one of the greatest successes in the history of television? Was it because so few of us have familiar hangouts these days that "Cheers" offered a sense of homey comfort? Did we love that "Cheers" bar because we yearn for a place (or a church) "where everybody knows your name"?

Most of us don't even know our neighbors' names anymore. Most of us care more about what's going on in our neighbor's lawn than what's going on in our neighbor's life. Most of us don't have enough really close friends to fill our kitchen table, much less a whole roomful of comrades who truly care about us and are waiting for us at the end of the day.

"Cheers" offered a nation a slice of the small-town spirit that has disappeared from our hurry-up, don't-ask-...

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