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From the Pastor’s desk…

January 15, 2018

“You make more friends by becoming interested in other people than by trying to interest other people in yourself.”……Dale Carnegie

How many very close friends do you have?  I don’t mean casual acquaintances,  I mean intimate friends.

Those who do have intimate friends have only one or two at the most. Why?  Because intimate friendship requires much time and effort.

I am very fortunate to have several intimate friends. They have my permission to ask me anything. They are permitted to interfere when I seem to be “out of sorts.”  Just recently one of those friends talked to me about a personal concern. Two days before our conversation, the Holy Spirit spoke to him about me and the issue I was concerned about.  Our loving Heavenly Father used my very close friend as His spokesperson to me. My friend and I rejoiced and thanked God together for His love and for our friendship.

The Lord Jesus is also that kind of friend to me. He can be to you as well. As we all have experienced, life can be very difficult and complicated at times. There are days that we experience fear, doubt, and anxiousness. And it is in those times that our best friend, the Lord Jesus, will speak and bring comfort to us through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

“What a friend we have in Jesus.  All our sins and grief  to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer. In His arms He’ll take and shield you. You will find a solace there.”

Be sure to take time today to cultivate your friendship with Jesus.  Become interested in Him. He is very interested in you.

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

(Proverbs 18:24).