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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Our Mutual Friend (not about the book) (09/15/11)

By Barbara Green



What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear; What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer. Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear – All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer. Most of us are familiar with this, timeless hymn which encourages us to pray, communicate with God. Philippians 4: 6 – 7, NAS reminds us: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. What a beautiful promise made by the apostle Paul, who was inspired by our, mutual friend.

Have we trails and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged, Take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful, Who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; Take it to the Lord in prayer. 1 Corinthians 10:13, NAS records: No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. Our, mutual friend declares: This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. (John 15: 12 – 14, NAS) Proverbs 18:24, NAS advises us: A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Jesus, our mutual friend, sticks closer than a brother. Without Him who can live a meaningful life?

Are we weak and heavy laden, Cumbered with a load of care? Christ, the Savior, is our refuge; Take it to the Lord in prayer. Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer; In His arms He’ll take and shield you; You will find a solace there. Our, mutual friend educates us in Matthew 11: 28 – 30, NAS: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy–laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Such a deal can’t be duplicated in the world!

When life gets tough, in addition to praying, it’s helpful to meditate on supportive scripture. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23, KJ) We, as well as David, are comforted by our, mutual friend. Hallelujah!

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/23/11
This is a great message and definitely fits the topic.

You may want to put scripture and song lyrics in italics. I think you might be surprised at how many of the words are someone else's. If you quote a song lyric, make sure you credit the composer. Also put in some personal information about how the song or Bible verses impacted your life.

It's obvious you are passionate about spreading the Good News to as many people as possible. It's important to follow God's calling even though at times it can be scary. I appreciate you sharing the song and Bible verses that impacted your life. Keep writing!
PamFord Davis 09/25/11
Beautiful article. Our "mutual friend" loveth at all times!
Linda Goergen09/27/11
Your message is a very good one but it would have been nice to SEE more personal examples of what you wrote…give an example of where Jesus was there through someone’s trials and temptations, show a personal example of Jesus being there when someone was forsaken by everyone else, etc. SHOW me Jesus’ friendship, don’t just tell me. You end by saying, we too, like David are comforted by Jesus - give us at least one example - that is what makes your message come alive off the page, what makes a sermon grab people as they can visually see the sermon, not just hear the words. God bless and look forward to more of your work!
Jennifer Hill09/28/11
I agree, you need to put in your story or a story. A non-Christian is going to block you out right away, more than likely. Jesus told stories to relate His teaching to the people He was speaking to. By doing so you will make the reader remember your message, relate the scripture to their own lives. They will be more likely to know where to apply the truth you are thying to share with them. Keep working! The passion is there!!!!
Jennifer Hill09/28/11
trying, not thying- SORRY!