“Friendship” with Jacob Arnold

Podcast 19

Why is friendship important? Is it something that just happens, or something we work out? What can and should friendship look like and include for Christians? This week on the podcast, Dave speaks with Jacob Arnold, a ministry assistant at Gold Hill and a close (but unlikely) friend of his, all about friendship. We hope this is an encouragement and a challenge to prioritise friendship in your life and your faith, and not to be isolated.

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  • Anonymous

    Great podcast today. As someone who has previously had such friendships, I totally agree with everything you’ve said. Unfortunately the people with whom I was close have now moved away and, for a number of years, despite seeking such friendships, I’ve found people in my life situation are reluctant to do anything other than surface and seem to think that kind of deep relationship should be reserved for therapy. You are indeed right that it is a lonely and isolating place to be. I trust God will answer my prayers for those relationships again in time, as moving is not something feasible. I’ve sought mentors and prayer partners but those relationships have not been found. I guess you can’t force someone to open up, even when you are very open with them. It can also often have the effect of pushing people away from you as they feel you want more than they are prepared to give, not in a needy way, but from a place within themselves they are not prepared to go. I’m glad you and Jacob have each other and that those relationships are happening elsewhere in Goldhill. Such as shame so many of the church are not prepared to go there.

    • http://limpingintotruth.blogspot.co.uk/ Dave Criddle

      Thank you for your comment and your encouragement. I am sorry to hear you are in that place of isolation, and find yourself unable to connect with other brothers and sisters in a deeper way. I know that can be very hard. Without knowing your situation, I cannot comment or seek to offer counsel, but be assured of my prayers for you. If you would like to speak in more detail about this or anything else or seek to find some community, please do get in touch. You can do that (anonymously or not) by using the contact form here: http://goldhillonline.com/contact-us/. That goes straight to me. God bless you, and I will be praying for you.