Gems From Pastor Jim 8/28/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.

Friends are good to have. Friends are people that come into our lives that we can lean on. They support us. They encourage us. They help us when we need correction. They defend us against those who would attack us. They love us and try to help us be better people. They do not drag us down or lead us into temptation. Everybody needs friends in their lives.

Friends are necessary for fellowship. We need to be able to spend time with friends and feed off their lives. We need to be able to relax with people who will accept us for who we are and not for who they think we should be. We need people in our lives who make us feel good about being with them.

We should be careful on our selection of friends. We need to befriend those who have good character that we can trust and it takes time to discern those whom we can really trust. Some people will appear to be our friends, but will disappoint us when things go wrong. Some people will betray our trust in them. Some will forsake us when it best serves themselves.

Just as you need genuine, dependable friends in your life, others you know need you to be a friend to them. They need to know that you can be depended on to be a help and not a hindrance to their lives.

Are you good friend material? Only a heart that stays connected to Christ can be counted on to be a true-blue friend. Only Christ can help us to do what is right before God and right by others. A person who is taking care of his soul will take care of others. The Lord needs us to be the real deal. There are people you know who need a godly person in their lives. You will either sharpen or dull the life of others. Stay spiritually sharp and you will sharpen others so that they in turn can sharpen others.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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