Jesus is not a Fair Weather Friend by Steve Wagers

Jesus is not a Fair Weather Friend
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Hebrews 13:8
October 3. 2010
Friend Day Celebration

1. His Position is Untakeable!
A. His Name cannot be Rivaled
B. His Nature cannot be Reversed
2. His Promise is Unbreakable!
A. A Provision that Satisfies Us
B. A Presence that Surrounds Us
3. His People are Unshakeable!
A. We Have Help from the Lord
B. We Have Hope in the Lord

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. Those that were on the bandwagon when they were winning had evacuated the bandwagon like rats leaving a sinking ship. Rogers said of that year, "My dog was my only true friend." One day he said to his wife, "Every man needs at least two good friends." That afternoon, she bought him another dog.
E. C. McKenzie was right, "Some people make enemies instead of friends because it is less trouble."
Someone has said that a friend is "someone who walks into your world when everyone else walks out."
I think of a group of friends who went deer hunting and paired off in twos for the day. That night one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under the weight of an eight–point buck. One of the friends asked, 'Where's Henry?' He replied, 'Henry had a stroke of some kind. He's a couple of miles back up the trail.' The friend asked, 'You left Henry lying out there and carried the deer back?' The man said, 'Yes. It was a tough call, but I figured no one is going to steal Henry.'
We all know what it’s like to have fair–weather friends. Fair weather friends are takers, not givers; and seek to manipulate the friendship until they decide they can no longer benefit from the friendship.

If you have friends that you can count on one hand, that have stuck with you through thick and then and love you jus the way you are; ...

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