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and the people who live in them, saying, “Those bastards don't deserve what they She tried to meddle in matters pertaining to mine and Rob's relationship. and celebrate the lives of everyday Americans by listening to their stories. At StoryCorps, the couple talks about the impact Larry's prior relationship has had. That a boy and his father actually might live like this may seem improbable, but a discussion about the nature of the relationship between stories and reality.
Spurgeon then said, "It is easy to be pulled down, but hard to pull someone up. You must not seek to maintain a deep relationship with an unsaved person. If you do, there can be but one result: You will be pulled down. We must avoid friendships with scoffers and "fools. Scoffers are those who make fun of the things of God and scoff at the Bible. We are to avoid associating with such people. David said, "How blessed is the one who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand in the pathway with sinners, or sit in the assembly of scoffers!
We should not "stand in the pathway with sinners"—that is, we should not go to the places to which they go. And we should not "sit in the assembly of scoffers"—that is, we should not fellowship with those who make fun of the Bible and show contempt for the things of God. We must avoid friendships with those who have certain character defects. The Bible not only warns us against associating with scoffers and fools, but it also warns us against making friendships with people who have certain character defects.
This is the kind of person who always has unfavorable news about someone which he passes on with great delight. The Bible says, "He who goes about as a talebearer [gossiper] reveals secrets: Beware of making friends with those who have a bitter and critical spirit, especially those who are resentful and rebellious toward those in authority.
If you associate with them, they will pass this critical spirit on to you. The quick-tempered person does not know how to control his anger. If you associate with him, you will learn his ways. The Bible says, "Do not make friends with an angry person, and do not associate with a wrathful person, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.
The Bible tells us to avoid associating with immoral people. If I associate with those whose standards and conduct are contrary to God's Word, I am on the pathway to destruction. Over and over again, the Bible brings home this message: We become like those whom we choose as our friends. Learn to say "No" To have the right kind of friends, you must say "No" to the wrong kind of friends.
The great lesson God wants us to learn from the book of Proverbs is this: Do not allow other people to entice you into doing wrong. The Bible says, "My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
When you are asked to do something that would violate your God-given convictions, say "No" and, at the same time, identify with Jesus Christ. That should end the matter. Here is an example of what we mean: Smile "No, thank you.
Lesson 19: Building Right Relationships (Part 1)
Smile "Because I have committed my life to Jesus Christ. Then Tom became a Christian and things were different. He no longer wanted to go to the beer joint. His friends didn't like this. They teased and nagged Tom until he gave in. Soon he was running around with his old drinking buddies again. That gave Satan the chance he was waiting for.
One night Tom and his friends played "chicken. The car rolled over and then smashed. Tom's friends dragged him out of the back seat and stretched him out on the ground. They were too drunk to realize that they should have waited for the medics to move him. Tom's back was broken just below the neck. He spent many days in the hospital with heavy weights on his hips, legs, and arms.
Tortuous days and long dreary nights followed each other in weary succession. Now Tom uses a wheelchair to get around. He will never walk again. He has artificial limbs to try to take the place of the hands that are there but unable to function.
Did he come back to the Lord? I just know how he suffered and how I suffered with him. I was his night nurse in the hospital.
It is also true that the right kind of friends can influence us for good. But how do we get the right kind of friends? We tend to think that having the right kind of friend depends on our meeting the right kind of person. But God's Word shows us that it depends more on our being the right kind of person.
In other words, to have the right kind of friend, I must be the right kind of friend. Let us consider now the qualities we want and need in a true friend.
As we consider each of these qualities, let us ask ourselves, "Am I this kind of person? Do I have this quality in my life? Since we become like those we choose as our friends, we should see to it that our best friends are those who know and love the Lord Jesus.
David, the man after God's own heart, chose his friends wisely. David said, "I am a companion of all who fear You, and of those who keep Your precepts.
One of my deepest needs is that of being loved and accepted by someone who is important to me. A noted psychologist said, At all times in our lives, we must have at least one person who cares for us and whom we care for ourselves.
If we do not have this person, we will not be able to fulfil our basic needs. William Glasser in "Reality Therapy" When we have a friend who loves and accepts us just as we are, it sets us free to enjoy the relationship. To have this kind of friend, I must be this kind of friend. A true friend is willing to become involved with my problems and to share my burdens. If I want this kind of friend, I must be a friend who shares the burdens of others.
The Bible says, "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. One of the marks of a true friend is that he is there when you need him. You can count on him. Am I this kind of person? We all need encouragement. Someone has said, "We live by encouragement and die without it, slowly, sadly, and angrily. Know your product Read and re-read the story yourself so you are familiar with the voices in the story, the places for dramatic pause before you turn the page, where to vary your pitch, tone, speed, accent and volume.
Many picture books have enlarged print as a clue for you to speak louder or small print where the author wants you to be quiet. But you need to know where these come up in the story to have maximum effect and to engage your listener with the action.
Stories About Relationships
Feel comfortable reading out loud. Read aloud with passion because you are engaged in the process of reading too. Be prepared to read and re-read their favourites. Have fun reading yourself and children will pick up on this. Have a time, place or particular chair or couch or cushion for reading time. Be prepared to use this in times of stress for soothing or distracting a child.
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Model a love of reading even if it is simply newspapers, magazines, shopping catalogues, the television guide or recipes. You are modelling lifelong reading as a skill and a natural part of daily living. Libraries have a range of activities including craft days with a book theme. Richard Briggs Love your local library Drop in and let the children browse and borrow without rushing.
By being allowed to borrow, children learn that they are partners in the reading time.