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<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span
style='font-size:14.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Friendly
Traits</span></b></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Friends Pt 3 John 11
&amp; 12</span></b></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span
style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Integrity
 Bud Wrenn 2.13.11</span></b></p>

<p><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span></p>

<p><b><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>What to Look
For in a Friend  and Being a Friend</span></b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;
font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>:&nbsp;</span></p>

<p><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>&nbsp;</span></p>

<p><b><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>1) Courage to <i><u>move
forward</u></i> in difficult situations.</span></b></p>

<p><strong><i><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><a
href="http://www.crossbooks.com/verse.asp?ref=Jn+11%3A7-8"><span
style='color:black'>John 11:7-8</span></a> (NIV) </span></i></strong><i><sup><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>7 </span></sup></i><i><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Then he said to his
disciples, &quot;Let us go back to Judea.&quot; <br>
<sup>8 </sup>&quot;But Rabbi,&quot; they said, &quot;a short while ago the Jews
tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?&quot; <br>
</span></i><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><br>
<b>2) Wisdom that leads to <i><u>better decisions</u></i>.</b></span></p>

<p style='margin-bottom:12.0pt'><strong><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
color:black'><a href="http://www.crossbooks.com/verse.asp?ref=Jn+11%3A9-10"><span
style='color:black'>John 11:9-10</span></a> (NIV) </span></strong><sup><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>9 </span></sup><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>Jesus answered, &quot;Are
there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble,
for he sees by this world's light. <sup>10 </sup>It is when he walks by night
that he stumbles, for he has no light.&quot; <br>
<br>
<i><a href="http://www.crossbooks.com/verse.asp?ref=Jn+11%3A11"><strong><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>John 11:11</span></strong></a><strong><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'> (NIV) </span></strong><sup>11 </sup>After
he had said this, he went on to tell them, &quot;Our friend Lazarus has fallen
asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.&quot;</i><u> </u></span></p>

<p><b><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>3<i>)<u>
Healthy emotional</u></i> balance that stays steady when things are tough.</span></b></p>

<p><strong><i><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><a
href="http://www.crossbooks.com/verse.asp?ref=Jn+11%3A21-22"><span
style='color:black'>John 11:21-22</span></a> (NIV) </span></i></strong><i><sup><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>21 </span></sup></i><i><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>&quot;Lord,&quot; Martha
said to Jesus, &quot;if you had been here, my brother would not have died. <sup>22
</sup>But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.&quot; <br>
</span></i><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'><br>
<b>4) An empathetic spirit that shares in others' <i><u>emotional joy and pain</u></i>.</b></span></p>

<p style='margin-bottom:12.0pt'><strong><i><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
color:black'><a href="http://www.crossbooks.com/verse.asp?ref=Jn+11%3A32-35"><span
style='color:black'>John 11:32-35</span></a> (NIV) </span></i></strong><i><sup><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>32 </span></sup></i><i><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>When Mary reached the
place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, &quot;Lord,
if you had been here, my brother would not have died.&quot; <br>
<sup>33 </sup>When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with
her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. <sup>34 </sup>&quot;Where
have you laid him?&quot; he asked. &quot;Come and see, Lord,&quot; they
replied. <br>
<sup>35 </sup>Jesus wept. </span></i></p>

<p><b><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>5) A sense of loyalty
that sticks during the <i><u>tough times</u></i>.</span></b></p>

<p style='margin-bottom:12.0pt'><strong><i><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
color:black'><a href="http://www.crossbooks.com/verse.asp?ref=Jn+11%3A53-54"><span
style='color:black'>John 11:53-54</span></a> (NIV) </span></i></strong><i><sup><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>53 </span></sup></i><i><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>So from that day on they
plotted to take his life. <sup>54 </sup>Therefore Jesus no longer moved about
publicly among the Jews. Instead he withdrew to a region near the desert, to a
village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples. </span></i></p>

<p><b><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>6) A <i><u>time-tested
commitment</u></i> to the relationship.</span></b></p>

<p style='margin-bottom:12.0pt'><strong><i><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
color:black'><a href="http://www.crossbooks.com/verse.asp?ref=Jn+12%3A12-13"><span
style='color:black'>John 12:12-13</span></a> (NIV) </span></i></strong><i><sup><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>12 </span></sup></i><i><span
style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black'>The next day the great
crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to
Jerusalem. <sup>13 </sup>They took palm branches and went out to meet him,
shouting, &quot;Hosanna!&quot; &quot;Blessed is he who comes in the name of the
Lord!&quot; &quot;Blessed is the King of Israel!&quot; </span></i></p>

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