With Friends Like That, Who Cares About Enemies? by Steve Wagers

With Friends Like That, Who Cares About Enemies?
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Mark 2:1-12
September 21, 2005

Sermon Format
1. The Company that Intrigued the Lord!
A. Their Interest in This Man!
B. Their Influence on This Man!
2. The Crowd that Interested the Lord!
A. A Crowd of Hurting People!
B. A Crowd of Helpless People!
C. A Crowd of Hindering People!
3. The Confidence that ImC Cpressed the Lord!
A. Compassionate Faith!
B. Costly Faith!
C. Courageous Faith!

1. As his UCLA football team suffered through a poor season in the early 1970s, head coach Pepper Rodgers came under intense criticism and pressure from alumni and fans. Things got so bad, he remembers with a smile, that friends became hard to find. "My dog was my only true friend," Rodgers says of that year. "I told my wife that every man needs at least two good friends-and she bought me another dog."

2. In a survey of more than 40,000 Americans these qualities were most valued in a friend:

1. the ability to keep confidences
2. loyalty
3. warmth and affection.

2. Jackie Robinson was the first black to play major league baseball. Breaking baseball's color barrier, he faced jeering crowds in every stadium. While playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, he committed an error. The fans began to ridicule him. He stood at second base, humiliated, while the fans jeered. Then, shortstop Pee Wee Reese came over and stood next to him. He put his arm around Jackie Robinson and faced the crowd. The fans grew quiet. Robinson later said that arm around his shoulder saved his career, because he knew that he had a friend.

3. Someone has said that a friend is "someone who walks into your world when everyone else walks out." E. C. McKenzie said, "Some people make better enemies than friends because it is less trouble."

4. G. Campbell Morgan commented that "a friend is someone who can take the wheat and the chaff; and, with the breath of kindness, remove the wheat." In o ...

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