by Jeff Strite

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A Friend After Your Own Heart (3 of 13)
Series: A Man After God's Own Heart
Jeff Strite
1 Samuel 18:1-18:5

OPEN: I sang "You've Got A Friend" (a song by James Taylor and made popular by Carole King - if you'd like a copy of the words with guitar chords e-mail me at
APPLY: Several years ago the song "You've Got A Friend" was extremely popular. And it was popular because it caught the very essence of what friendship was all about. Friendship is a powerful thing, and almost everyone senses that is a necessary part of their lives.

ILLUS: Years ago I attended the North American Christian Convention (a gather of our brotherhood churches) at Indianapolis. I thought it would be fun and educational. I walked into the Hoosier Dome (now the RCA Dome) and was surrounding by 1000's of people… but I was surprising lonely. I had no one to talk to. No one to share with. No one who was "my" friend.

Friendship is a powerful need in our lives. How many of you have a friend? (almost everyone raised their hand). So you know the satisfaction of having someone you can share with and count on.
In fact, a person without friends is a person in utter poverty… even if that individual has all the wealth in the world.

ILLUS: Just recently, Hollywood released a film called "The Aviator". Does anyone know who that movie was about? That's right Howard Hughes. When he died, Hughes was one of the wealthiest men who ever lived - worth approximately 2.5 BILLION dollars. He owned a private fleet of jets, hotels and casinos. He had everything a man could possibly desire… except close friends or relatives who knew him and cared about him.
When asked to claim his body, his nearest relative, a distant cousin, exclaimed: "Is this Mr. Hughes?"
When he died, not a single acquaintance or relative mourned his death. The only honor he received was a moment of silence in his Las Vegas casinos. Time magazine put it this way: "Howard Hughes' death was commemorated in Las Veg ...

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