Friendship

Someone wrote, “I think that God will never send a gift so precious as a friend…” Another wrote, “Friendship is a chain of gold linked in God’s own perfect mold; Each like a smile, a laugh, or tear, a grip of the hand or a word of good cheer, no matter how far or heavy the load. Sweet is the journey on Friendship Road.”

A Friend “indeed” is certainly a rare jewel. True friendship makes for an association that will endure throughout the years. What builds these lasting friendships?

A Friend Is Compassionate

“To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend” (Job 6:14). Someone once said, “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

A Friend Can Be Trusted

“Yes, mine own familiar friend, in who I trusted” (Psalm 41:9). Sometimes friends may disappoint us, but a true friend should be trustworthy. A friend is one who steps in when others step out. He never gets in our way except when we are on the way down.

A Friend Is Protective

“He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends” (Proverbs 17:6). A soldier was telling about the wound he received in battle. Someone asked him if he had fallen. “No” he replied, “My buddies saw I was hurt and gathered so closely about me I couldn’t fall!”

A Friend Is Friendly

“A man that hath friends must show himself friendly” (Proverbs 18:24). If we are unfriendly towards others then we will not have the friends we desire. Friendship is a two-way street.

A Friend Is Constructive

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:6). I would rather be criticized constructively by a friend than be praised by a foe – who, as the hypocrite, will not speak his true feelings except behind your back.

A Friend Loves At All Times

“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17). Some “Friends” are only to be found when the sun shines but quickly disappear when the rain starts.

Spend time winning friends and developing enduring friendships. It will be worth the effort and will make your life much better for having made the effort.

They Were Not Growing

A couple told me they felt they were not growing as they should. They did not enjoy the worship, couldn’t sit in Bible classes and all in all they felt they were not getting anything much from their religion. Further discussion disclosed that they were not Bible readers, they did not pray in their home,… Continue Reading

Are You Sure You Are In The House Built On The Rock?

Brother B.J. Clarke was the speaker at our Gospel Meeting August 6-9, 2017.  His lesson Tuesday night, August 8, 2017 was ‘Are You Sure You Are In The House Built On The Rock?’  Attached are slides Brother Clarke provided summarizing that lesson. Are You Sure You Are In The House Built On The Rock Continue Reading

Who Needs Love?

Love is a multifaceted concept. In the English language we use adjectives to make clear what kind of love we are speaking of. The Greeks had four different words to accomplish this differentiation. For physical love they used “eros” which Plato said included the appreciation of beauty. For friendship they used “phileo” and we see… Continue Reading

The Influence of Modern Trends on the Church (Part 3)

Gimmick-based Evangelism Just as the world of denominationalism has been gimmick-driven in recent years, so our people have not been far behind.  We have explored every mechanism under the sun for attracting the public’s attention. We have offered a variety of classes (somewhat analogous to a community college) and a host of public services within… Continue Reading

The Influence of Modern Trends on the Church (Part 2)

The Trendy Church  Over the past several decades there has developed a growing mentality that the church is an outmoded organism.  We have lost touch with the “millennial” generation.  It is, therefore, imperative (they say) that we update the church.  We must make it more trendy. This idea is rooted in a cultural phenomenon that… Continue Reading

The Influence of Modern Trends On The Church (Part 1)

Influence is a powerful thing. Every person both influences and is influenced by others in varying degrees. Jesus stressed the importance of godly influence when he compared his disciples to “salt” (Matt. 5:13), and Paul warned of the power of bad influences when he noted that “evil companionships corrupt good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33 ASV).The… Continue Reading

Father’s Day

A Child’s Image of His Father 4 years – My Daddy can do anything! 7 years – My Dad knows a lot… a whole lot. 8 years – My Father does not know quiet everything. 12 years – Oh well, naturally Father does not know that either. 14 years – Oh, Father? He’s hopelessly old-fashioned.… Continue Reading

Three Facts About the Judgement

“Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, But he that doeth the will of my father who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy… Continue Reading

Consider Yourself

I am often asked my opinion about someone else’s standing with God. “They did so-and-so. If they refuse to repent, will they be lost?” Jesus was asked similar questions. Someone said, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And He said unto them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say… Continue Reading

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