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"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." - Colossians 3:1-4 

 

The Last of the Independents

Jan 20, 2019

Mark 2:1-12
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 

Aelred of Rievaulx wrote a fascinating book on Spiritual Friendship. In it, Aelred says, "though challenged, though injured, though tossed into flames, though nailed to a cross, a friend loves always." Close your eyes and think of your friend. Think of friends past and present. Where have they given you life? When where they there when everyone else had gone? Are you a friend like that? Do you pray for a friend like that? How has the community of faith helped, or hindered those kind of friendships? The Pretenders put out a song that speaks to a level of friendship and love that has a lot to say about the kind of loyalty we see in Christ and through other friendships that we see in the Bible.

**This sermon was not recorded due to all House Church Sunday.**