by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

"Living Under The Influence Of--Real Friends"
1 Samuel 18:1-4, 19:4-5, 23:15-18

Sunday, 4/2/95, 9:30 a.m. Service

He just finished his 40th birthday as they sat waiting for the order to
come in. He took a napkin, and on the napkin he drew something,
and he shoved it over to Darcy, and he said, "Darcy, what does that
look like?" And she said, "Well, it looks like a casket," and he said,
"Well, it is." He said, "If I were to die tomorrow, who would be my
pallbearers?" And she said, "What a thought!" He said, "Well, just
think about it. I don't want to be gruesome or anything, but you
know how many people it takes to be pallbearers?" She said,
"Well, usually--six." He said, "What six of my friends would you ask
to be pallbearers? I'm not talking about the friends who would do it
if they didn't have another appointment. I'm talking about the
friends who would drop everything to drop me."

Many of you...have you ever thought about that? Who are your
real friends? An outstanding counselor and psychologist said that,
for the American male, only 10% of them have real friends. This
seems to be a little different from Jesus. Jesus, in His three years
that He walked among us in His earthly ministry, had twelve men
that He gathered around Him; and of those twelve, He had three
that He really bared His soul to. In our culture with its stresses and
demands, and some of the things that have been passed on from
generation to generation and the American "psyche," for some
reason it is very, very difficult for men to have real friends. But
there are some in the Bible, and there are some around us.

Open your Bibles to 1 Samuel, chapter 18, verse 1. There are two
men named Jonathan and David who are real friends. While you
are looking that up, I want you to meet a couple of guys who are
real ...

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