Real Life – March 17, 2023

03.17.23 | Lakeland Times Article | by Steve Rowe

Real Life – March 17, 2023

    Real Life -- Lakeland Times -- March 17, 2023

    Real Life with Pastor Steve

    March 17, 2023

    I get by … with a little help… from my friends! ~ famous line from a song by the Beatles

       It’s a quirky, but catchy little song.  Joe Cocker made a slower, more emotional version several years later.   The song tells the story of what it takes to make it through life, through mistakes, through hard times… that we need somebody, a group of friends you can rely upon. And when you look into the scriptures, you see that God really did create us for fellowship… to connect with one another.  We make each other better, stronger.  We lift each other up.

       At the end of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he uses an analogy of putting on armor…using the various pieces of Roman armor as a metaphor for being fully prepared for whatever life throws at you. One of those pieces… the breastplate (in its Roman version) … was a piece of armor that you could not put on by yourself.  You absolutely needed someone else to assist you.  Without it, your entire upper body was exposed.  But you needed a “friend” to help you put it on.  In the same way, Paul says that the “breastplate of righteousness” … what guards your heart, what keeps you walking with integrity and good character… requires other people in your life to be there to assist.  We need them.  With God’s help, we can all get by with a little help, from our friends!  And that’s…real life.  ~ Pastor Steve – Eaglebrook Church

    Eaglebrook Church
    A Non-denominational fellowship –
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