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HAVE YOU HEARD THE OLD SAYING, “SHOW ME YOUR FRIENDS AND I’LL SHOW YOU YOUR FUTURE”?

WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN THE TRUTH OF THAT STATEMENT IN YOUR OWN LIFE?

The friends we choose are important. In fact, the right friends can change the course of your life completely! Of course the opposite is true, as well, and the wrong friends can bring you down.

Only 25 years ago the average American had 6 close life long friends, while today the average American only has 2 close friends, if any at all.

God wants more for you than that. He desires that you have close friends to live life with.

Read John 13:34–35

HOW CAN WE REDISCOVER THE ART OF FRIENDSHIP?

The best way to start, starts with you!

Be a friend that is PRESENT.

Be a friend that is not afraid to GET OPEN.

We confess to God for forgiveness and we confess to each other for healing.

Choose to be and OPEN and PRESENT friend and watch who God brings into your life!

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JESUS LOVES YOU RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE,

BUT HE DOESN’T WANT TO LEAVE YOU WHERE YOU ARE.

He desires for you to grow and move forward. This desire causes Him to ask us some life changing questions that aren’t always easy to answer. In John, chapter 6, Jesus has some people hanging around Him for the wrong reasons and He calls them out on it. Some choose to stay and follow Jesus, others run the other way.

Read John 6:1–71

What would your response be to Jesus?

WHEN JESUS IS THE ONLY THING ON THE MENU, YOU FIND OUT IF HE IS THE ONE YOU WERE REALLY HUNGRY FOR.

WHEN YOU REALLY KNOW JESUS AS LORD, YOU DON’T WANT TO LEAVE HIM.

WE DON’T KNOW THE DAY, BUT WE KNOW HIS NAME.

We aren’t always offered the guarantee we want, but Jesus does offer a guarantee.

Jesus guarantees that if you put your trust in Him, He will never fail you.

He guarantees that if you stake your life on His message of truth, He will stake His life on your eternity in Heaven. …


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We’ve all been there, TRAPPED by rules:

“the fifty five mph speed limit where it should be sixty five”

“no jumping or diving when the pool is ten feet deep”

“no shoes, no shirt, no service”

…rules can be so cumbersome and uninspiring!

Rules don’t get you into heaven or make you right with God.

Please understand:

If we know we aren’t perfect and can’t follow the “rules” perfectly…are we doomed?!!

No! God offers us grace!

You cannot earn grace and you don’t deserve grace. It’s a gift.

Read John 8:1–11 HERE

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