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The friends of Christ

Based on a transcript of a message preached by Rev. Foster in Penticton Free Presbyterian Church on Lord’s Day November 21st, 2010.

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John 15 verses 13 and 14 is my text this morning. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:13-14 AV)

Our subject is: the friends of Christ. Here is an exclusive group indeed! What a blessing and a privilege it is, a rare thing to be among those that are described as the friends of Jesus Christ. Sadly like many other human experiences our notion of friendship has been degraded and devalued in these times. If, for example, we were to base our ideas of what this text means upon the definition of “friend” as used by facebook or some of these other online social networking sites, we would not think very much of what the Savior has to say! In those environments it is possible to have friends that you’ve never seen, know nothing, about care little for; and really they are not friends in the true sense or in the biblical sense of the word as it is used here.

Evaporating holiness

Based on the transcript of a message preached by Rev. Andy Foster on November 14th, 2010 in Penticton Free Presbyterian Church.

I would like to concentrate on the words of Hosea 6:4: “O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness [is] as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.”

The prophecy of Hosea has as one of its notable features a number of illustrations. Simple, natural pictures that are used by the prophet to convey profound spiritual truth. We have one of those pictures in two parts set before us in the words of our text. Your goodness is (1) as the morning cloud and (2) as the early dew it goeth away. Two natural illustrations are brought together to impress upon his hearers spiritual truth that they needed to pay attention to.