What is a Friend & What Is The Line?

What’s Is A Friend?

 Ever had that friend who cheered you on in a fight?

The one who you could always turn to to talk about others you disliked?

The one who bought you one more drink when you already had too many?

That friend who always told you you were in the right when you fought with your girl/boy friend?

The one who encouraged you when you fought with your family?

The one who introduced you to, or joined you in using drugs?

The one who had money to buy you a pack of cigarettes when you were low on cash?

The one who showed up at every crazy party you ever had?

The one who called them self your friend?

 

 

Ever notice how that friend is the same one that disappeared when that fight landed you in trouble?

The same one then talked about you behind your back…

The same one who would abandon you when drinking too many got you wrapped up in some problem…

The same one who tried to talk to your girl/boy friend as soon as you broke up with them…

The same one who went home and slept when you got kicked out of your house and had no where to go…

The same one who labelled you an addict when you fell into addiction…

The same one that never seems to have money when you’re really in need for something important…

The one who never replies when you invite them to church…

The one who you called friend.

 

Jesus is your friend

 I invite you to read the Word of God found in the Bible and attend church with me

Real friends share a common enemy, and it is not a physical one

The real enemy is Sin

Jesus loves you and if you sincerely repent and turn to Him, the Lord our God will forgive you

just as he forgave me

 

The Line

I’ve had the pleasure of running in many different circles in the first thirty years of my life

But I’ve learned that there is a linethat many are not willing to cross.

I admit, It was quite a shock to find out that it wasn’t gossiping/slandering others, lying/cheating, being drunk, promiscuity/sexual immorality, drug abuse, verbal/physical violence or even going to prison…

Instead, the empty seats beside me in church show what it truly is.

But there is hope!

I want you to know that I hold no grudges or resentment for the past because in my lack of knowledge, I too walked according to my own thought up ideas of goodness for much of my life, but these experiences have taught me the hard way how to identify truth as it actually is.

 

I can’t condemn the choices you might make for your future because that authority is given for any of us to do…

 But as your friend, who loves you

I can and must warn you,

Be sure that you aren’tlying to yourself

That line does exist.

 Failing to accept this truth, will hurt you and lead you to

hurt others

 

Forgiveness isa gift that is freely given to those who can simply admit their own faults understanding that we all fall short, but then having faith in that our amazing, loving and gracious Lord Jesus lived and died to pay that debt we all owe so that we are redeemed by His sacrifice!

 Free from the guilt, and free from shame.

 

He then rose from the grave proving He was who He said He was

 The rich and the poor; The well dressed and the unkempt; everyone who is reading this is welcome to receive this gift

 

 Reach out to the only one who could meet the mark in it’s complete perfection.

  The perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world

 

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends
John 15:13

 

If you’re still walking around without this free gift given to the world, well, I love you and I feel I have to be honest with you…

 A day will come when youwill be judged  by that mark

 The one we all  know none of us can reach without Him.

 Repent and turn to Jesus!

 

For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus

 Can we boast then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.

After all, is God the God of the Jews only? Isn’t He also the God of the Gentiles? Of course He is.

Romans 3:25-29

 

I’ve already seen your house
Come visit my Father’s!

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Real friends live in the Truth

Real friends choose God!

Logos Family Church
3535 Dixie Road
Mississauga ON L4Y 2B3

And he said to them, Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Fathers house?”
Luke 2:49

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Epaphras – The Prayer GIANT!

Epaphras [Ĕp’aphrăs]—charming or foamy.

A fellow laborer of Paul and in some sense his fellow-prisoner

 

The Man Who Was a Giant in Prayer

This Colossian is described in many ways. He was Paul’s “fellow-servant” and “servant,” his “fellow-prisoner,” and a “faithful minister.” He was also Paul’s representative at Colossae where he had founded the church (Col. 1:7), and sought under Paul’s advice to combat prevalent heresies there. The apostle had affection for Epaphras, who ministered unto his need and the need of others.

You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf
Colossians 1:7

 

It is in his prayer-ministry, however, that Epaphras is conspicuous. This giant in prayer knew how to lay all before the Lord, and laboring in secret, made the saints to be perfect and complete in their standing through his kneeling. He “strove earnestly in his prayers” for the Colossians. He wrestled in prayer that they might be perfect in the perfection of Christ, and “fully assured in all the will of God.” Paul also testified to the perseverance as well as the prayers of Epaphras. He knew how to toil on behalf of the saints of God. He was practical as well as prayerful.

 

His prayers for the stability and maturity of others were numerous, continuous and strenuous. Epaphras brought to Paul at Rome a report of the Colossian Church where he had ministered in Paul’s stead, an account that cheered his heart and resulted in the writing of the Colossian Epistle which Epaphras took back with him to his flock. Can we say that we are true successors of the devoted servant of God? Like him, do we know how to wrestle in agony of prayer? (Rom. 15:30). Epaphras also manifested great zeal or properly “great labour of anxiety” for those under his care. Too few of us are concerned about the spiritual welfare of others.

I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me
Romans 15:30

 

 

 

to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore
Amen

 

 

Lecrae – Prayin For You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZNEaTWxG_o

All Saints Day – November 1st

One year ago today, the Lord Jesus Christ changed my life!

ALL SAINTS DAY

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Today’s Feast is the result of all that has gone before it. The purpose of all the events in Christ’s life, from His Conception to the Resurrection and the Ascension and Pentecost is to make Saints. That is the purpose of the Church, to make people holy. Today’s Feast is the Feast of the identity of the Church, of Her sacred personality. For a Church that does not make Saints is not a Church, it is merely an institution which abuses the word ‘Church’.

What is a Saint? Firstly, we should understand that Saints are not born, they are made. We are all born potentially to become Saints. The only difference between those who are not Saints and the Saints, is that they are people who are continually picking themselves up after sinning, continually repenting until they attain holiness, whereas most give up.

We should also say that there are two sorts of Saints – Confessors and Martyrs. Some Martyrs led very bad lives but then, when it came to the ultimate sacrifice, they found Faith in themselves, sufficient for them to prefer to confess Christ rather than live, and so sacrificed everything for Christ. We recognize their sacrifice and honor it. However, in our time, in our land, it would seem that we are not called to be Martyrs, but Confessors. What is a Confessor, how do we recognize a Confessor?

First of all, we could ask people who live near the person whom we believe to be a Confessor. They would know that person’s way of life. But this would not be enough in itself. This would tell us only if the person were righteous or not. And holiness is more than righteousness. Holiness is that utter devotion to God, the confession of Christ before men, the taking up of one’s cross and following, to which Christ will bear witness before His Father in Heaven. It is never denying Christ. It is this devotion of which He speaks in today’s Gospel, which is above devotion to husband or wife, father or mother, brother or sister, son or daughter. And we can be even more precise than this.

We have already said that the purpose of the Church is to make Saints. And the characteristics of the Saints are also those of the Church. At every Liturgy and at morning prayers we sing and read, in which we confess that we believe in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. These words which define the Church, One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, are also words that define the Saints.

The Saints are One because they are all together. We speak of the communion of the saints. And in today’s Gospel, our Lord speaks of those who have followed Him who will judge the Twelve Tribes of Israel seated on the Twelve Thrones around Him. The Saints are One, they are united.

The Saints are also obviously holy. The word Saint means holy.

The Saints are also Catholic. This word does not mean Roman Catholic. We mean ‘Catholic’ in the original sense of the word. ‘Catholic’ means the same in all places and at all times. Thus today, on this Feast of All Saints, we commemorate all the Saints of all countries and of all centuries and of all backgrounds. We recall Saints of all ages, of all nationalities, men, women and children, the poor and the rich, the old and the young, the healthy and the sick. They all confessed the same Orthodox Faith. The Saints are universal in time and space; they are ‘Catholic’.

Finally, the Saints are Apostolic, for they share in the same Faith and Tradition as the Apostles.

The way ahead for us is clear.

Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.

All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all

Amen

Philippians 4:21-23

Dre Murray – Only Few Dare To Be Bold