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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/13
This period of David’s life was the hardest he would ever face. Yet, face it he did! And, he faced it with the help of his friends. The people God providentially placed within his life made the road easier and the burden lighter. David was a rich man, not because he had wealth, position and power, but because he had friends! Thank God for our friends! They are like fine jewels affixed in the crown of our lives. When God gives us people like He gave David, He has blessed us above measure. Thank God “there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” DID YOU KNOW? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with those you love. Vic.

  
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ANHELIC 6/13/2013 10:39PM

    We are blessed by God sending a few genuine friends in our lives. How blessed we are to have them and hand picked by God.

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FERGSGIRL2 6/13/2013 6:20PM

    Friends are a blessings from the Lord


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SANDRALEET 6/13/2013 10:59AM

    Help carry each others burdens

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NEENSTER1 6/13/2013 10:02AM

   
Yes, Amen!! Thank God for frends and family.


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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 6/13/2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 6/13/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 15:13-23
CLOSER THAN A BROTHER, Lesson 11e

DAVID HAD HONEST FRIENDS

2 Sam. 19:1-8 – Joab

The last friend we will consider is David’s nephew, and the commander of his army, Joab. During the battle to retake Jerusalem and to bring David back to the throne, David’s son Absalom becomes trapped in a tree by his hair, (2 Sam. 18:9-17); ( Absalom – 2 Sam. 14:25-26). Joab finds him hanging there and he and his armor-bearers kill Absalom. When David hears the news, he is devastated and goes off by himself to mourn, (2 Sam. 18:23-33). David is overcome with grief and guilt and cannot comprehend that the kingdom had been returned to him.

When Joab hears how David is acting, he went to David and rebuked him for not praising the people for bringing him back to the throne. He reminds David that there are larger issues at stake. David is still king and as king, he has a responsibility to the people. He reminds David that he has a job to do! David sees his error and goes out to meet the people. Joab was a friend because he told David the truth! He would not stand by and watch his friend make a mistake that he would later regret.

That is what a friend does! They will tell you the truth about your life and your decisions. They do so not to hurt you, but to help you avoid the pain that comes with foolish errors. Here is what the Bible says about that kind of friend, (Pro. 27:6). David had a friend like that in Joab, and he had a friend like that in Nathan the Prophet, (2 Sam. 12:7). If you have a friend who loves you enough to tell you the truth, then you are a blessed individual. Real friends pull not punches, they tell us the truth!

Thank God that Jesus is the kind Friend Who tells us the truth! He tells us that we are sinners in need of a Savior. He warns us to avoid the fires of Hell. He confronts us about the way we live our lives and He does all this because He loves us, (Rev. 3:19; Job 5:17-18).

Conc: This period of David’s life was the hardest he would ever face. Yet, face it he did! And, he faced it with the help of his friends. The people God providentially placed within his life made the road easier and the burden lighter. David was a rich man, not because he had wealth, position and power, but because he had friend!

Thank God for our friends! They are like fine jewels affixed in the crown of our lives. When God gives us people like He gave David, He has blessed us above measure. Thank God “there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

What are we to take away from this message? There are a couple of truths I will point out in closing.

We are all blessed to have friends. We need to ask the Lord to help us recognize who they are so we can be thankful for them; so we can cultivate our relationship with them and so we can be a friend to them in return.
We need to find someone to be a friend to. There are lonely, hurting people all around us. We can demonstrate the love of Jesus to them by being a friend.
The greatest Friend of them all is named Jesus. He is the ultimate Friend. He gave His life to save us, (John 15:13). He is always with us, (Heb. 13:5). He doesn’t mind it when we come to Him with our problems, (1 Pet. 5:7). He hurts when we hurt, (Heb. 4:15). He has the will and the resources to meet our needs, (Heb. 4:16; Phil. 4:19). He will never let us down!

If the Lord has spoken to your heart about this matter of friendship, then I challenge you to come before Him.
You might want to come and thank Him for your friends.
You might want to come and ask Him who you can be a friend to.
You might want to come and thank Jesus for being the ultimate Friend in your life.
You might even want to come and be saved.
Whatever the needs, this altar is open.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 27:9 (New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Ointment and perfume delight the heart,
And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Jesus! What A Friend To Sinners” By: J. W. Chapman (1910)

Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.

Refrain
Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.

Jesus! what a Strength in weakness!
Let me hide myself in Him.
Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,
He, my Strength, my victory wins.
Refrain

Jesus! what a Help in sorrow!
While the billows over me roll,
Even when my heart is breaking,
He, my Comfort, helps my soul.
Refrain

Jesus! what a Guide and Keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
Storms about me, night overtakes me,
He, my Pilot, hears my cry.
Refrain

Jesus! I do now receive Him,
[or Jesus! I do now adore Him,]
More than all in Him I find.
He hath granted me forgiveness,
I am His, and He is mine.
Refrain

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father God, Mighty in Power and in Love!
Because You care about us, help us to care for others with the same kind of care. Teach us how to be a best friend just like Jesus. You called all of humanity to come to Jesus, because He is the way to righteousness, he brings us truth that sets us free, and He brings us life that is eternal and everlasting. Some have never heard the “Call”; others have heard the call but ignored it; few have heard it and responded by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. What a friend You have given us, in Jesus. Let the mind that is in Christ be in us, so we may live and worship You, do Your Will and the Work Your Way, to Your glory. These things we pray in the blessed name of Jesus. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/13/2013 10:44PM

    I love the hymn "What a friend we have in Jesus". How true this is, we can not have a friend more faithful and secure to be with. Just remember that our friends are priceless and we are rich when we have them. Thank you God for the truly faithful friends I have met on SparkPeople. Thank you Vic for the goodie, note and your great lessons you deliver to us. Thank you my friend.

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    Amen, thanks
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    Friends are indeed a blessing from God.

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NELLIEH1 6/13/2013 7:44AM

    Indeed! HalleluJAH! What a Saviour! Friend of sinners; GOD over all.

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SANDRALEET 6/13/2013 7:16AM

    @ friend tells the truth in a kind way

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/12
One of the all-time greats in baseball was Babe Ruth. His bat had the power of a cannon, and his record of 714 home runs remained until Hank Aaron came along. The Babe was the idol of sports fans, but in time age took its toll, and his popularity began to wane. Finally the Yankees traded him to the Braves. In one of his last games in Cincinnati, Babe Ruth began to falter. He struck out and made several misplays that allowed the Reds to score five runs in one inning. As the Babe walked toward the dugout, chin down and dejected, there rose from the stands an enormous storm of boos and catcalls. Some fans actually shook their fists. Then a wonderful thing happened. A little boy jumped over the railing, and with tears streaming down his cheeks he ran out to the great athlete. Unashamedly, he flung his arms around the Babe's legs and held on tightly. Babe Ruth scooped him up, hugged him, and set him down again. Patting him gently on the head, he took his hand and the two of them walked off the field together. That is the kind of Friend the saints will find in Jesus! He came in when we had no hope. He gave us just what we needed when we needed it. He did, not the work of an angel, but the work of a Savior in our lives. DID YOU KNOW? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with those you love. Vic.

  
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TXMEMAW6 6/12/2013 11:03PM

    So true! "What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear, what a privilege to carry everything to Him in prayer"! Thank you for sharing and pointing others to Jesus' love.

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ANHELIC 6/12/2013 10:58PM

    This is certainly the kind of friend we have with Jesus. He will never let us down or leave our side.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/12/2013 7:42PM

    Very nice story. Thank you!

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JOANIE69 6/12/2013 10:08AM

    Hi Vic...I once had an online friend from the US who was a niece of this great athelete.
And what a Friend we have in Jesus...bless His Holy Name.

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SANDRALEET 6/12/2013 9:08AM

    The world can reject us Good never dose

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    emoticon for this story to take us from here and point us to Jesus!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 6/12/2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 6/12/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 15:13-23
CLOSER THAN A BROTHER, Lesson 11d

DAVID HAD HELPFUL FRIENDS

2 Sam. 17:27-28 – Shobi, Machir and Barzillai

These three men were nobodies who became somebody’s in the life of David. They walked in when most everyone else walked out. When they came, they came in at the right time and they came with exactly what David needed. Let’s look at these men a little closer.

Shobi – He was an Ammonite. His father, Nahash the king of Ammon was cruel beyond words, (1 Sam. 11). His brother Hunan had embarrassed David’s messengers, (2 Sam. 10). But, Shobi became an ally of David and stood by him through these difficult days. David had fought against his people. But, Shobi did not allow the past to cloud his love for David.

Machir – He was the man from Lo-debar who gave shelter to Mephibosheth. He was the kind of person who had a tender heart and seemed to want to reach out and help others. He may have thought that he had already given enough, but he gave more because he was David’s friend. He never forgot what David had done for Mephibosheth.

Barzillai – He was an old man and had plenty of money, (2 Sam. 19:32). He could have said, “Get someone else! I’m old and I’m tired.” But, he didn’t! He was David’s friend and he rose to the challenge. When he was needed, he came and he gave to his friend.

These men reveal the true nature of friendship. They gave without being asked and they asked for nothing in return. They gave out of love with no hidden agenda. They did what they did because they loved David. He was their friend and no price was too high and no inconvenience too great. They did what they could for their friend!

Notice where David is, when these three men come to him. He is in a place called “Mahanaim”. This is not the first time this place has been mentioned in the Bible. The first time it is mentioned in during the life of Jacob. As Jacob returned home after 20 years in exile, the angels of the Lord met him in “Mahanaim”, (Gen. 32:1-2). Just like the angels came and ministered to Jacob; Shobi, Machir and Barzillai came and did angel’s work in David’s life. Thank God for friends like these!

One of the all-time greats in baseball was Babe Ruth. His bat had the power of a cannon, and his record of 714 home runs remained until Hank Aaron came along. The Babe was the idol of sports fans, but in time age took its toll, and his popularity began to wane. Finally the Yankees traded him to the Braves. In one of his last games in Cincinnati, Babe Ruth began to falter. He struck out and made several misplays that allowed the Reds to score five runs in one inning. As the Babe walked toward the dugout, chin down and dejected, there rose from the stands an enormous storm of boos and catcalls. Some fans actually shook their fists. Then a wonderful thing happened. A little boy jumped over the railing, and with tears streaming down his cheeks he ran out to the great athlete. Unashamedly, he flung his arms around the Babe's legs and held on tightly. Babe Ruth scooped him up, hugged him, and set him down again. Patting him gently on the head, he took his hand and the two of them walked off the field together.

That is the kind of Friend the saints have found in Jesus! He came in when we had no hope. He gave us just what we needed when we needed it. He did, not the work of an angel, but the work of a Savior in our lives. He gave His all and never stopped to consider the cost or to ask for repayment. As the song writer said, “What a Friend we have in Jesus!”

TODAY’S VERSE!
Isaiah 25:9 (New King James Version (NKJV)
9 And it will be said in that day:
“Behold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“What A Friend We Have In Jesus” By: Joseph M. Scriven (1855)

1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

2. Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.


4. Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of Light, God of Love!
What are we that You are mindful of us, that You give us so much attention? It is hard for us to comprehend the depth of Your love and why Jesus wants to be our Best Friend. You care about every detail in our lives. We are grateful that in difficult times You are with us, walking beside us all the way through to the other side of pain and trouble. Forgive us when we blame You for the trouble we bring on ourselves. Thank You for Jesus and for working things out for our good. These things we pray before Your throne of grace in His precious name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 6/12/2013 11:17PM

    Thank you for the great message, hymn and prayer. When we have a faithful friend in Jesus, we have a strong ability to continue and feel secure. Thank you for the goodie and note. Blessings for your continued lessons.

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CANDOIT54 6/12/2013 9:50PM

    Thank you Vic. The hymns are so much better when I find them on youtube and listen to them.

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HONOURIA 6/12/2013 9:54AM

    A true friend indeed.

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SANDRALEET 6/12/2013 9:10AM

    Love like God uncondituly

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NELLIEH1 6/12/2013 8:16AM

    Thank you, Vic, for helping us to dwell on the one Friend we have forever! Jesus is there indeed as our hope wanes. He is always present to/for/with/in us as believers into Him. He has paid all costs eternally for who we are (dead in sin) so we are made alive in Him and totally reconciled with GOD everlastingly!

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TODAY'S THOUGHT!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

TODAY’S THOUGHT
6/11
The saints have such a Friend in the Lord Jesus! He put everything on the line for us His friends. He placed us ahead of Himself. He stormed the ramparts of Hell; defeated the power of sin, death, Hell and grave. He gave us the victory that He had suffered to win. Thank God for a Friend like Him! DID YOU KNOW? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with those you love. Vic.

  
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ANHELIC 6/11/2013 10:58PM

    Praise the Lord. Thank you for your love.

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BLEGNER1 6/11/2013 9:11PM

    Hallelujah, thank you Lord.

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BABY_GIRL69 6/11/2013 7:32PM

    Hallelujah!!!

God bless Brother Vic!!!

Dee

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SANDRALEET 6/11/2013 9:00AM

    Our strenght and wat.

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 6/11/2013 8:35AM

    And to think He planned it all before creation!

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