Friends

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 119:57-64   I.         You can tell much about a person by the friends he keeps             A.        “Wait a minute! I’m my own person!”             B.        Perhaps, but outside our family, our friends hold a strong influence in our lives             C.        You can’t choose your family, but the people you choose to be your companions…

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How to Ruin Your Influence

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Luke 14:34-35   I.         Your reputation, your ability to influence others is valuable             A.        Ecclesiastes 7:1 – Better than expensive perfume             B.        Proverbs 22:1 – Better than great wealth             C.        Christians are expected to influence the world – Matthew 5:13-16             D.        But if we ruin our ability to influence others, what good are we? -…

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Exactly Who is Influencing Who?

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: II Chronicles 13:4-12   I.         Most Americans tend to have an independent streak.             A.        We would like to think that we think for ourselves.             B.        As Christians, we aim to influence those around to do good.             C.        But influence is not a one-way street. II.        Our thoughts are shaped by many things             A.        Parents                         1.         Seth was…

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What Is This Thing Called Love?

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Song of Solomon 8:6-7   I.         We use the word “love” freely today. Perhaps too freely.             A.        I love to have another piece of cake.             B.        Mama loves her baby.             C.        He fell in love with her at first sight.             D.        He loved her through fifty yeas of marriage.             E.        I love my country. II.        The Greek…

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He Who Sows Discord Among Brethren

Text: Proverbs 6:16-19   I.         Some people are not satisfied with the way things are.             A.        They want people to change, but they go about it the wrong way.             B.        They are missing any love for their brethren II.        Gossiping and Talebearing             A.        Talking about other people.             B.        People who engage in it have too much time on their hands                         1.         II…

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Making Friends

Text: Proverbs 18:24 (KJV or NKJV)   I.         I received a note from a fourteen year old boy. He has moved a lot in his short life, attending ten different schools. The school he is currently attending was the first one where he stayed for more than one year. But it has left him with a…

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Imagined Sins

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Proverbs 30:5-6   I.         Certain ideas get repeated in the religious world, often enough that people accept them as truth without stopping to ask if this is really in the Bible or not             A.        “You are saved by faith alone” – despite James 2:24             B.        “Baptism is an outward sign of an inward…

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I found out someone I trusted had lied to me. What do I do?

Question: Sir, I have a friend whom I trusted so much. I always told her the truth, and I was very open with her. But yesterday I found out that she was lying to me about something she told me before. I am so heartbroken presently, and I don’t know how to get over it.…

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Should I warn a friend about her current boss?

Question: My wife and I have been friends with a lady at church and worked with her over the last four years. Over the years I have become this lady’s confidant to which my wife says “back off.” The lady and I have assured my wife that it’s an innocent work ethic between us. In…

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