Friends

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What value do we put on friendship? In John 15 verse 15: Jesus tells us we have become His friends.

“I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is doing, I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father”.

The price of that friendship, we could never afford, but it is a free gift, for ‘any whosoever’ in, John 3 verse 16:

That is the ultimate friendship to be called a friend of God, but what about our friendship with others. What value do we place on them. We are said to have many acquaintances and fewer friends, but what is stopping us from turning that statement around.

At this point in time, i would like to honor all the people who have become friends of the ministry, you are all very dear to us, and we look forward to reading your articles as well.

To the people who write guest articles for us and keep in regular contact, Pastors Tony and Helen, Lorraine for her wonderful poems, John H for his articles and coming around and the wonderful devotions, My cousin Ruth, who left a cult to follow Jesus as Her Lord and her Friend, for her articles and her help in helping other who have been through what happened to her. To K L Harney who has her own ministry, for helping with articles at times.

Then there are the friends that just encourage us on a regular bases, they carry a Barnabas ministry of encouragement. Just to list a few a good friend of mine, asked me if there was a special gift I wanted, I am a generally self sufficient type, with things i need, and get by with what have. This person is a very private person, and I respect that but she bought me a lovely fountain pen, because that is what asked her for. I don’t think she realized the significance of the gift to me, The pen was made by a company called ‘Cross’, fountain pen, so I could be a fountain of sharing more about what My Lord and My Friend means to me. A ‘Cross’ pen, to share the great love He poured out through the cross. An extremely lovely gift, which had deep meaning for me. I also have the privilege of being friends with her wonderful family, for which I will mention no names, for that is the way they want it, but they are a blessing to me.

Thank you to Michael aka The Kid, for help getting us off the ground, and now for all the background work He does, even though more of his front-line work, would always tremendous encouragement to many.

If we could all just add more friend to our list. because there are many lonely people out there, and most just want a listening ear, and when we have that we have the chance to witness, what a wonderful friend we have In Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Our Friend.

There is an Old Hymn, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”. If He is our Friendship. let us share more about His friendship with others.

God Bless, and Thank you All.

OFJ.

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