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Value of Friendship 

“We should hang out sometime. We really should keep in touch.”    Conversations like these are often when we realize that a once-vibrant friendship is faltering. Circumstances have changed, and as much as we speak of the desire, neither of us is willing to go out of our way to maintain the relationship. But while it […]

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Friends with Non–Protestant Reformed People

Is it spiritually dangerous for a young believer to have friends from other denominations/faiths? How should we interact with family members we value who hold different faiths, for example Roman Catholics?  Spiritual danger really amounts to this: Is it a temptation to sin? Is friendship with a non–Protestant Reformed person an enticement to sin? Undoubtedly, […]

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Making Friends of Unrighteous Mammon

In Luke 16:9, Jesus says, “Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.”   This was a passage our family came along in family devotions, and it confused all of us. Obviously, it is inconsistent with Jesus’ holy character that he would encourage friendship […]

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David – A Man after God’s Own Heart

Few figures in Scripture are better known to us than David. The better part of three books in the Bible (1 and 2 Samuel and Psalms) were either written by or about David, not to mention the extensive Old Testament history that follows his descendants and their rule over the kingdom of Judah. The importance […]

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Seeking friends after God’s own heart

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be friends with someone whom God calls “a man after my own heart”? Would that sort of friend be desirable for you? Or would it be a bit too intimidating to hang around with someone whom God holds in such esteem? After all, such a […]

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Church Unity and Friends

Most of us have friends. Many of us have close friends. Some of these friends are true and sincere friends. Most likely, however, many of those whom we consider to be “friends” are actually just loose connections from Snapchat or Instagram, rather than someone we would consider to be a close friend.  So, what do […]

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Unity in the Church

Among the first casualties to occur during times of controversy is church unity. Active efforts to “seek peace, and ensue it” often fall by the wayside when other matters in the church seem more pressing. But the admonition to pursue unity found in 1 Peter 3:8–11 is not presented as optional. Unity is something we […]

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Choosing Our Companions

Psalm 119:63  Many of you have graduated this past summer. Some will go on to college, others to the work place. Who will be your     companions? Where will you seek them? What difference does it make? May the Psalmist’s confession be ours: “I am a companion of all that fear thee, and of them that […]

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Dealing with Difficult People

What does the Bible say about dealing with difficult people? Considering when the Bible was written, it is hard to think that its authors would have taken the time to write about such petty issues. God in his eternal wisdom and providence knew that as a result of the fall, his people would struggle with […]

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Friends and Friendships

Friends and friendships are very important parts of everybody’s lives and though we do not realize it we often take them for granted. Without friends there would be no one to talk to about personal problems, except for your parents. Not many people like to discuss personal problems with their parents, but that is a […]

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Recipe for Friendship

1 cup trust 1/2 cup fun 1/2 cup seriousness ¼ cup laughter 2 tsp. tears 2/3 cup patience 3/4 cup kindness 1/3 cup hope 3/4 cup humbleness 1/2 cup reliability   Blend well in a large container of love, sprinkle some memories on top. Make some every day for a life full of happiness. Serves […]

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