by Steve Wagers

A Dog Is Not Man's Best Friend!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Proverbs 18:24
March 13, 2005
Friend Day

Sermon Outline
1. The Person that Demands Friendship!
A. It is a Basic Human Requirement!
B. It is a Blessed Human Fulfillment!
2. The Principle that Defines Friendship!
A. How to Make Friends!
B. How to Measure Friends!
3. The Promise that Delivers Friendship!
A. The Promise of an Earthly Companionship!
B. The Promise of an Eternal Relationship!

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

o Albert Camus said, 'Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.' Charles Colton said, 'A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.' G. Campbell Morgan put friendship into perspective when he said, "A friend is someone who can take both the chaff and the wheat; and, with the breath of kindness remove the chaff."

o In Proverbs 18: 24 we find one of the greatest verses in the Bible dealing with the matter of friendship. It describes, defines and denotes friendship in a marvelous way. It reminds us that, contrary to popular opinion, a dog is not man's best friend.

o I recently read of two women who were returning home from a last minute Christmas shopping trip in Tijuana, Mexico. As they returned to their car, one of the ladies glanced down in the gutter and noticed something moving and squirming in obvious pain. As they bent down, they noticed that what appeared to be tiny Chihuahua struggling for its life.

o It was breathing heavily, shivering and almost dead. ...

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