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May 10, 2015 message: “Stranger or Friend?”

Today’s message is based on John 15:9-17.  We hear the term “friend” used for how we relate to one another over social media, specifically Facebook.  “Friend” has become a verb for connecting to one another — sometimes without much investment.  But Jesus proclaim that those who do what he commands are called his friends.  How do we claim this relationship — and confirm (make firm) this relationship daily?  Before reading Pastor Mary’s message, watch “The Labels We Carry.”