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July 27, 2017

July 27, 2017

"Real Friends Show Up
In A Crisis!"

“A friend should treat a troubled person kindly, even if he abandons the fear of the almighty.”  Job 6: 14 GW

One of the things that struck me as I was reading the newspaper about the Nolan’s fire was the comment by one of the owners, Nick Violas, that his staff was standing there with him on the morning of the fire.  They stayed  until the fire was entirely out.  When you’re in a crisis, what you need is people who will stand by you.  

The next day, as I passed through the intersection, I saw people trying to redeem stuff from the burned down building.  Once again, there were many people there.  I suspect they were employees and friends of the owners.  

Something surprised me in our verse for today.  It said even if a friend abandons God we should stand with them.  We know we should stand with those who are in Christ but should we do it with those who have abandoned Christ?  Yes!  This might be the path for them to return by seeing the love Jesus has for them through us.

In a crisis you need people who will support you.  This is vital.  I pray they will be Christian brothers and sisters who will love, care, comfort, encourage and help to provide for your needs.  I also hope they will offer counsel.  

Where will you meet such people?  I know church is one answer.  I have to be honest with you it takes time to develop that type of relationship.   There may not be enough time at church to do so if all you do is come and go.  Whereas, in a growth group you spend time together so that you get to know people.  You develop friends who, in a crisis, can and will rise up to help you.  

You might also think that the first thing we should do in a crisis is encourage the person to pray.  The dilemma is so often, in a crisis, we’re in such shock that it’s hard to know what to pray for.  Once again, that’s where the people surrounding you come in.  They can be praying.  

They’re the ones who reassure you that they are praying and will stand by you throughout this crisis.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don