by Steve Wagers

Friends Don't Let Friends Die Lost
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Mark 2:1-12
September 27. 2009

1. The Friends that Marveled Jesus!
A. Interested in the Man
B. Involved for the Man
2. The Following that Met Jesus!
A. Desperate
B. Dependent
C. Doubters
3. The Faith that Moved Jesus!
A. Compassionate Faith
B. Costly Faith
C. Courageous Faith
1) Redeemed Spiritually
2) Restored Physically

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.'

E. C. McKenzie said, "Some people make better enemies than friends because it is less trouble."

G. Campbell Morgan commented that "a friend is someone who can take the wheat and the chaff; and, with the breath of kindness, remove the wheat."

Some friends remind me of when The Lone Ranger and Tonto were riding through the Old West one day. Suddenly, they looked up and saw hostile Indians coming toward them from every direction. The Lone Ranger turned to Tonto and said grimly, "Looks like we're in big trouble, faithful companion." Tonto answered, "What you mean 'WE,' white man?"

Jesus said,
"Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." (John 15: 14)

One of His commandments is to,
"Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." (Luke 14: 23)

I think of a man who was walking and fell into a pit. He was all alone in the pit for several hours. Suddenly, a priest walked by. The man shouted, "Father, I'm in this pit, can you help me?" The priest took out a piece of paper, wrote a prayer and threw it into the pit.

Then, a doctor walked by. The man shouted, "Doc, I'm in this pit, all alone, can you help me?" The doctor took out a piece of paper, wrote a prescription, and threw it in the pit." Finally, after several hours, a close friend walked by. The man shouted, "Hey Joe, I'm in this pit, all alone, can you help me?" Suddenly his fri ...

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