When you hear the word friend, what immediately comes to mind? Someone you know well and who knows you well. Someone who has your back even when you mess up. In the Bible, one of the greatest friendships ever was that of David and Jonathan. If ever there was a friendship defined by consistent love, selflessness, and support during times of crisis, it was the bond between Jonathan and David.

You see Jonathan’s father, Saul, became jealous and envious of David and all that God was doing through him. His jealous attitude turned into an obsession with trying to kill David. However time after time God used Jonathan to step in and be David’s friend. When David needed encouragement there was Jonathan, when David needed hope Jonathan brought it to him.

Jonathan protected David and loved him even as his own father plotted to kill him.

Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity”. Do you know who your best friends are? Your best friends are the ones who inspire you to grow in your walk with God, who always love you and stay committed when times are tough. Today, thank God for your friends and don’t forget to let them know how much you appreciate them.

By the way, if your friend is unchurched, there’s no better time to invite them to church than Sunday evening for “The Gift” at 6:00 p.m., followed by a candle light service and then a fellowship in the multi-purpose center.
Julie Cordier was sharing with me that the Food Pantry needs a friend. We need someone with a truck or van to go once a month, either a Monday, Wednesday or Friday, at 1:30 p.m. to pick up food at the Old Forest Rd. Wal-Mart. You can pick the day you want to go. Be a friend to those in our community who need help and volunteer. Contact Julie at cordier6@aol.com

Also–please pray for Perry Burcham, one of our faithful Food Pantry volunteers. He had a mini stroke yesterday at the Food Pantry. Was okay last night but they are running tests to diagnose his issue, so they kept him in hospital last night.

See you Sunday,

Pastor Carl

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