by Fred Lowery

Hanging Out with the Wrong People for the Right Reason
Dr. Fred Lowery
Luke 10:25-28; Luke 15:1-2; Mark 2:16; Luke 15:10; 1 John 1:8; Luke 15:3-7; Isaiah 53:6; Luke 19:10; Luke 15:8-10
June 22, 2008

How many of you want to be, you would really like to be more like Jesus, just let me see your hand. Have you ever been accused of hanging out with the wrong people? Jesus was. Have you ever been accused of hanging out with the wrong people for the right reason? Jesus was. You see if you want to be more like Jesus Christ you have to make sure you are just not hanging with your own crowd, that you genuinely care about people, all people. You see Jesus loved people. People matter to God. All people matter to God. Sinful people matter to God. People living crazy lives, irregular people, all people matter to God. Heaven has a whosoever policy and I'm glad because otherwise we couldn't have got in right. So what matters to God the most should matter to you and me the most and people matter to God the most. And the people who have not yet come to Christ are the ones that matter so very much. Because see you belong to Christ but we can't relax with that because there are so many who do not belong to Christ and we must join our Lord in seeking those who do not know Christ. Remember the dynasty of the Green Bay Packers. They, you know just beat everybody for so long there and that legendary coach Vince Lombardi and you've heard the story I know that when the Packers lost the game to the Chicago Bears they should not have lost it was an automatic win for them. Basically if they had just shown up and acted decently they could have won the game, but they lost it and the coach was livid. It was very quiet plane on the way back and when the plane landed he had the team bused back to the field and he had them dressed back up in their sweaty uniforms and had an all night practice. And he began that practice by picking up a football and saying gentlemen this is a f ...

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