Jake was finishing dressing his shirt. He was going out to church. It's been going on for a while. Jim somehow started to notice a change in his best and only friend, and that's fine with both of them. Jake heard his phone ring before he was going to comb his hair. He needed to go shopping for a Bible. Maybe Jim could go along and they could decide together.

"Hi, Jim. How is your day so far?" Jake greeted his friend.

"So, far, so good. How about yours?"

"Great. What are you doing?" asked Jake.

"Nothing. Just starting to get bored," Jim answered.

Jake had an idea and shared it.

"Jim, I have an idea."

"It better be good," Jim said.

"It is. Since you're bored, why not go to church with me?"

"What time are you leaving?"

"About five minutes. I can pick you up."

"All right. I shall get dressed if I'm going with my best friend."

"That might be a good idea. Since we live in Northern Colorado, we have a lot to do. See you in a few minutes, Jim."

"All right, Jake."

Ed of conversation.

Jake remembered his friend's birthday was on Thanksgiving while his was on Christmas. He'd also be sure to give Jim a birthday gift. Maybe something to do with baseball. They enjoy going to the games. Jim only lived a block away from him, so it didn't take Jake long to pick up Jim.

Jim was at the door when Jake drove up. This was Jim's very first time going to church. Maybe both of them could change together.

Jim got into the passenger seat, and asked, "What church are we going to?"

"It's quite a church, Jim. You might like it. The name of it is Crossroads."

"Cool. I'm ready to check it out. What did the church talk about?"

"Oh, I forgot what we talked about. It's not a series or anything. The minister's name is Tim Mason."

"Cool name. Have you met him yet? You've only been going to church for a month now, so you must've meet a lot of people."

"Kinda. I joined a small group. We're talking about the book of Jeremiah."

"What gave you that crazy idea to join a small group?" asked Jim.

"I don't know. Maybe you could come and check it out too."

"I don't think so. Not interested. What gave you the idea of going to church?"

"Just something different. I wanted a change."

"Of course it is. We're not religious people, Jake. You don't need to change that."

"I know."

They talked about religion the entire ride to church.

"Before I forget, Jim, I need to get a Bible. Maybe you could go shopping with me this week."

"Let me think about it, Jake. I'll get back to you on that."

"All right. We're here," Jake announced.

They both got out of Jake's truck. Both friends are freshmen in high school. Neither of them can wait to be sophomores. Jake had a crazy idea one time, which Jim fell for, so he went along for the ride.

"Where do you normally sit, Jake?"

"In the middle," he answered.

"How did you find out about it?"

"From our classmate in English. He has been going here for about a while. Maybe he's here today."

"Which classmate is that?"

"Do you know Matt Saunders? He's the one who told me. So here I am."

"Nice. Show me where you sit."

So Jake did exactly that.

"Right here."

"Nice," Jim repeated.

"I know. Now I have my best friend with me."

"Jake!"

They both turned and saw Matt Saunders.

"Hey, Matt. How are you today?" he asked.

"Just great. Hi, Jim."

"Hi, Matt."

Jake and Jim both knew Matt, but weren't really friends with him. Maybe that could change, just like Jake told him earlier.

"What do you think of that small group, Jake? Think you'll keep going?"

"I don't know, Matt. It's new to me."

"Of course it is. I heard we're talking about friendship connections."

"Cool topic," Jim told Matt.

"I think so too, Jim. What made you come to church today?"

"Jake mentioned it this morning."

"Good job, Jake."

"Just a question, Matt," Jake said.

"What's that?"

"How much longer is this small group thing lasting?"

"I'm not sure, exactly. Did you find a Bible yet?"

Jake shook his head.

"No. I was thinking of Jim coming along so we can decide together. Jim, what do you think of getting two Bibles? One for each of us."

"Fine with me," Jim said.

"Good, guys. I'd better sit down. Music's going to start."

Jake made sure he wrote a check to the church. He noticed Jim didn't do that. The music started as Jake and Jim continued to stand. They sang a few songs and it was time to sit down.

During the sermon, Jake noticed Jim was getting bored and fell asleep. 'That's rude. I'll talk to him on the way home.' Jake saw that Matt was right about friendship connection. He liked the message. Would going to small group with Matt let him have a friendship like he has with Jim? Just wait and see, Jake told himself.

After the service, Jake and Jim got to the truck.

"I want to talk with you about something, Jim."

"About what?"

"I noticed you did something rude."

"What did I do wrong?"

"Falling asleep, that's what."

"Sorry."

"I accept your apology, Jim."

"Thank you. Remember my birthday's coming up."

"How could I forget your birthday, Jim? We've been friends forever and you know I will never do that."

"I was mentioning it because Mom is taking me to California."

"You'll be missing school."

"I will, but I'll be back in time for Thanksgivign."

"What are you doing in California?"

"Disneyland."

"How fun."

"I know. Sorry you can't come."

"That's okay, Jim. I'll miss you."

"Me too."