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Conflict between Friends

36 And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do. 37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. 38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work....

A Life Worth Living

10 I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. Introduction Some time ago a man just dropped in my office who obviously was despairing of life. It did not take long for me to know that he had virtually come to the end of his rope. He had no meaning, no purpose in existence. I had just been teaching to our church the Roman road o...

Helping the Terminally Il...

Learning that one has a terminal illness is about the most shocking experience a person can have. Former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey said, “The worst and most shattering day of my life was the day I learned I had cancer.” Life was never intended to be lived as a solo but as a chorus. We must therefore stand ready to help one another through these di...

Christian Community

We Christians have special responsibilities to one another. The apostle Peter sets out three of these for us in 1 Peter 4:8-11.       1. We are to love one another. Love is the distinguishing mark of a Christian. So we are told to have a fervent or an intense love for one another. This kind of love “covers a multitude of sins.” It causes us...

Disagreements between Fri...

In Paul and Barnabas, we find these two good men, these longtime friends, divided over a very small, insignificant question. The question is bound to come to our minds—how in the world does something like this happen?  It can happen because the best of men are not infallible. You know we need to understand that though a man is a good man, it does not mean...

Confrontation

Several years ago word came to me that a fellow pastor was critical of me. I knew that it had to be something in his own life because we had never had any dealings with each other before. We had never had any conflict; we had never had any differences. We had had very few dealings at all. So I just ignored the first word that came to me. Then there came a second word...

A Real Friend

Stanley Tam said that one day a man visited him and asked him a question that changed his life. “Do you have a friend?” he asked. Stanley said, “Well, sure I have some friends.” The man said, “No, I mean the kind of true friend who will stick with you. Suppose you fell into some great sin. Would he still love you and would he still help y...

Helping Each Other Stay o...

In his book Life’s Sentence, Chuck Colson says this: “We humans obviously have a problem of maintaining a steady level of spiritual fidelity. One solution is the continual checking and encouragement of a Christian friend.” He came to that conclusion when he was going to his first television interview concerning his book Born Again. He began to realiz...

Avoiding Offenses

Some things are harder to repair than to build originally. One of these is a broken friendship. The Bible says, “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city; and their contentions are like the bars of a castle” (Proverbs 18:19). Nothing is more valuable than our friends. Asked the secret of his life, a great man said, “I had a friend.&...

Today's Devotional

Treasures in Heaven

Pat Neff, one-time governor of Texas and later president of Baylor University, once said, “All my life I’ve heard preachers tell me to lay up treasures in heaven, but none of them ever told me how to do it. I had to figure it out on my own.

“The only way to get our treasures into heaven is to put them in something that is going there. Cattle, land, houses, stocks and bonds, all have no life and are not going to heaven. Only men and women, boys and girls, are going there.”

If you want to lay up for yourself treasures in heaven, then you’ve got to invest in people. Give yourselves to feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, healing the sick, and caring for the needy in every way. Oh yes, and share the good news that Jesus saves. That way they can enjoy eternity with you. Where are you investing your treasure (your time and resources) today? 

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