Fresh Hope – 21st April 2017

The first black American to play major league baseball was Jackie Robinson. He faced insults and abuse in every stadium while trying to break through baseball’s colour barrier.

One day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, he committed a foul and the fans turned on him. While they jeered, he just stood there at second base, humiliated. Suddenly, one of his teammates ran over, stood next to him, put his arm around him, and together they faced the crowd. Within seconds the fans grew quiet. Years later, when Robinson was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame he said, “it was the arm around my shoulder that day that saved my career and brought me to this moment.”

If God has truly lifted you, you will always reach back for others, it will be as natural to you as breathing.

Luke 22:31 “Simon, stay on your toes. Satan has tried his best to separate all of you from me, like chaff from wheat. Simon, I’ve prayed for you in particular that you not give in or give out. When you have come through the time of testing, turn to your companions and give them a fresh start.”

In prosperity, our friends know us, but in adversity we know our friends. They are the ones who come to us when we are in a fix.

Are you a friend like that?

If you think you’ll ever need one – be one.

Pastor Mark

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