by Jerry Vines

Come Before Winter
New Year's Message
Jerry Vines
II Timothy 4:19-22

I want to talk with you this morning on the subject "Come Before Winter." Be sure you come before winter comes.

You recognize that these are the words of the Apostle Paul to the young man Timothy. In these words, Paul basically lays before us some of the basic needs of life. In verse 13 he said to Timothy, "The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee," which reminds us that we have physical needs in life.

Then he said, "Bring the books." We have intellectual needs in life. Then he said, "Especially the parchments," referring evidently to copies of God's Word which lets us know that we have spiritual needs in life.

But there is another need in verse 13 and the verses that I have read to you. Paul said, "Bring the cloak, bring the books, and bring the parchments with thee." We have social needs in life.

Paul and the young man Timothy were great friends. Age was no barrier in that. You know the story of Paul and Timothy. Paul led young Timothy to faith in the Lord. He was called to preach under the ministry of the Apostle Paul. He accompanied Paul on the missionary journeys. They had a very marvelous friendship.

Do you have a friend? Do you have a real good friend? If you've got one or two real good friends, then you are especially blessed. Somebody said that a friend is someone who knows everything about you but still loves you. Somebody else said that a real friend is someone who will tell you your faults and follies in prosperity but will be available with his hand and his heart in adversity. Do you have a good friend?

There is a verse in the Bible in the book of Proverbs that says, "There is a friend who sticketh closer than a brother." I have good news for you today that you can have the greatest friend that anybody ever had if you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. He's the greatest friend y ...

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