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Matthew 3:1

John 15:13-15

How are you known among men?

John, Jesus’ cousin was known as John the Baptist.

My husband is known as Trae the Preacher.

My sister can be referred to as Cassi the Teacher.

Why? Because that’s what they do for Jesus, or in John’s case, did for Jesus.

What is the title that describes what you do for Christ?

Jenni the Singer.

Pam the Music Director.

Maybe you are Ann the Lady with a Smile on Her Face Who Pushes the Second Walmart Buggy to the Vehicle for a Worn Out Mom of Three.

(Thank you to the several “Ann’s” out there. You were Jesus in disguise to me. :))

But the greatest title that any of us can have: Friend of God.

Because you are for Him. You do as He has commanded.

But not just that. Because the friendship began when Jesus died for you. He loved you so much that He laid down His life for you, His friend.

What a blessed friendship to take part in.

…Codi the Friend of God.

Influential People

Joshua 24:15

Matthew 26:31-35

Matthew 26:69-75

Peter was in shock. How could his beloved friend and teacher think that he would ever deny Him? Wasn’t his loyalty to help serve with Him, to support Him, to always be there with Him enough proof that He would never deny Him?

But just as Jesus had said he would Peter denied Him three times.

Why would Peter confidently say that he would never deny Christ and then boldly deny Him on three separate occasions?

There is a stark difference in the situations in which Peter spoke: the people.

When Peter said he wouldn’t ever deny Jesus, Jesus was with him. Peter was also surrounded by other disciples that were living their lives for Jesus too.

Fast forward to the night of Peter’s denial. Christ wasn’t with Peter, He had been taken away. None of the fellow disciples were with Peter, he was alone.

To avoid faltering like Peter we need to accept Christ into our daily walk and choose to surround ourselves with those that are likeminded.

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