I just talked to my best friend on the phone this morning.
My friend John Lande was the best man at my wedding and a buddy all through college. We met each other after he’d been saved about four months and I knew right away, “This guy’s CRAZY!”
I like crazy people.
God worked so much in his life his freshman year of Bible college, and I could see in him a friend that I knew would last a long time. I had lots of spiritual growing up to do, but this guy didn’t have a clue. At least I was raised in a Christian home and had a good foundation, but he was the type that didn’t have ANY of that. When he went to college days as a senior in high school, he had a permed-out afro, and he’s a lanky, 6’3” weird white guy! He cut his hair just before college and came just for fun.
When God worked on his heart through all the preaching and the influences around him, he began to make good choices and chose to grow in the Lord. He became a godly influence to ME, and I grew to desire the kind of passion for God that HE had!
Good friends do that for you. Normal friends are just kind of there to hang out… Good friends drive you to passionately seek Christ and know His Word.
What kind of friend are you? What kind of friends do you have?
Maybe your closest friends should be ones that DRIVE you to know Christ more and more, and maybe you should wean yourself off the ones that don’t do you much good.
I can’t wait for you to meet my friend John Lande. He’s now the Heartland Singles Director at Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, and he took Bro. Gaddis’ place when Bro. Gaddis became pastor of the church. John Lande is preaching our 2013 Preaching Rally… hopefully he doesn’t still perm his hair.
YOUTH RALLY – SATURDAY Feb. 4 – 12pm – 7:30pm
Youth Rally costs: $5. ALSO bring money for lunch after doorknocking.
Lighthouse Baptist Church, LaVerne. Bro. Billy Ingram preaching.
CHURCH WORKDAY/BREAKFAST – THIS SATURDAY FEB. 11
Meet in the Fellowship Hall at 8:30 for breakfast. After that, we’ll disperse around the church and property to make everything look great for the upcoming Preaching Rally and GIBF. No doorknocking that Saturday.