Tuesday, January 2, 2018

FRIENDSHIP

A NEW ADVENTURE IN 2018

Welcome to week 1 of the 52 weeks we get to celebrate in 2018. It is my hope to post something each week which is relevant, encouraging, theologically sound and worth your while. If there is a subject you want your pastor to address, send me a note or comment on the blog and I will see how the Lord leads to your request.


For this week, let’s talk about friends. This subject – FRIEND – is this year’s focus for EBCI. There are so many slogan type things which could be, and probably will be, used this year to drive home this subject. The one that comes to my mind first is… You have a friend at EBCI.

I am so excited about this new year. As I grow in age, I pray I shrink in sin. I do ask that you make praying for your pastor a priority in 2018. For those who are praying already... 

THANK YOU!! -- DON'T STOP!! -- PRAY MORE!!
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I will be preaching a sermon series on this topic but approach it from the idea of doing twelve sermons – One sermon a month. So, this week (January 5), I will be preaching from...

James 2:21-23
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 
22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 
23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.
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Please join us this week as we begin our twelve-sermon journey together. I am so excited about how God will use this to not only build us as His children but encourage the church family to better understand our role in being a friend of God.


PONDER THIS...


What we want in a friend...

SOMEONE…

* Who accepts us as we are...
* Loves us enough to help us be better...
* Sticks with us through the most difficult of times
QUESTION…

Are we this kind of friend?


THEOLOGICAL TRUTH...

This is a perfect picture of the kind of friend God is to us!!!


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