Friends in unexpected places

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On days that are sunny
When skies are all blue
Friends aren’t hard to find
They come looking for you

But when nights are as black
As an abandoned coal mine
There are few who show up
With a smile that is kind

But from forgotten old corners
Of our lives shines a light
From unexpected people
God sends grace for the fight

Small people like David
Young fishers like Andrew
Short ones like Zacceus
Blind folks like Bartimaeus

Shy ones like Mary
Bold prophets like John
Wild women like Rahab
Poor farmers like Gideon

From here and from there
From high and from low
From the least of this world
Our Lord sends us hope

So thank Him for angels
He sends in disguise
He knows what we need
When tears flood our eyes

He’s watching our struggles
He walks at our side
The Lord of our vineyard
Sends us friends in the night!

Doorways Part One – Friendship

And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Colossians 4:3

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     At church we often pray for God to open doors. We pray for doors to be opened for a new job, a new home or an opportunity to begin a business. But Paul was concerned about a doorway for the Gospel. Today we are begin a series on doorways starting with the doorway of friendship.

A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for a time of adversity Proverbs 17:17

It is okay to be friends with people outside of our church. In fact Jesus was known as the friend of sinners! He was often scandalously invited to dine with notable sinners and had his feet washed by a woman with the reputation of being a sinner. If we are planning on bringing the gospel message to our communities then we need to be knocking on the doors of all kinds of people. Jesus always seemed to be totally comfortable around people that the religious people did not think highly of. Jesus was often criticized for the company he kept but he was not ashamed.

This is a new week and God will be leading each of us down a pathway known only to Him. Let’s together trust Him to be a friend to those He sends our way and share with them the same hope that He was not ashamed to share with us!

 

Gratefulness Challenge Day 5 Closer than a brother (or sister)

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A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

In the middle of our own battles and spiritual growing pains it is sometimes all too easy to take for granted our friends. My grandmother used to say that friends were special because  you could not choose your family but you could choose your friends. We also need to remember that they must also choose us.

They take our phone calls and listen to our problems. They pray for us, tell us the truth and help us out of various ditches we fall into along the way. Today let’s be thankful for friends who act like family and for family who act like friends.  As we remember our friends then also remember  that Jesus has chosen to be our friend. He washed the feet of His friends. He, shared with them the cup and the bread and then He carried our cross to the top of the hill.

There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus

No not one! No not One!                                    Johnson Oatman