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"Liberation From Loneliness" 2 of 6
May 5, 2002 FBC, Chester, Illinois Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A A recent Gallop poll said 4 out of 10 Americans admit to frequent feelings of intense loneliness.
*The Beatlesís song "Eleanor Rigby" describes Father Mackenzie, a lonely priest, wipes the dust from his hands after a funeral, feeling the emptiness of life..Eleanor Rigby is the lonely church custodian, picks up the rice from the sanctuary floor after peopleís wedding and "lives in a dream." These two lost souls have gone their lives almost elbow to elbow, inhabiting the same world without connecting-until one buries the other.
a Adults handle their loneliness food, drugs, strained relationships, move, churches, jobs......
b Teens handle their loneliness is different ways....Suicide/Kill others.
*Last Week in Erfurt, Germany
Robert Steinhaueser (19 year old gun enthusiast went to his school and killed 13 teachers (1/3 the faculty), 2 students and a policemen before he turned his 9mm Glock on himself.
*The chief investigator said, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,51322,00.html
He said Steinhaeuserís mother told police she had not noticed any unusual behavior in her son, described by officials and acquaintances as a loner with few, if any, close friends.
Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado 3 years ago...Eric Harris/Dylan Kleighbolt
*Killed 12 students and themselves. Harris kept a diary....http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,40146,00.html
The journal entries flesh out the picture of Harris as a teen who felt excluded by other kids and frustrated with women.
"I hate you people for leaving me out of so many fun things," he wrote. "You people had my phone #, and I asked and all, but no no no no no donít let the weird looking Eric kid come along."
B Loneliness isnít a sin-itís a by-product of being human. (We are made in Godís likeness. Why did He make us? He wanted our fellowship.
a Loneliness becomes a sin when...chose to indulge in it, posses us and ruins our lives, ignore the biblical prescription for it. (Oh yes, the bible talks about loneliness.)
King David: Ps. 102:3, 6-7, 142:4 (If a man like King David-A man after Godís own heart can be lonely...I donít feel near as bad about my loneliness.)
The Apostle Paul: Started countless missionary churches, spoke multiple languages, well educated, went everywhere, knew everyone, wrote the greatest theological treatise in the book of Romans. Senior Adult/Single......2 Timothy 4:9-11, 16
*Paul felt the icy chill of loneliness. He may be THE Apostle Paul...but he knows your pain.
*I hope youíll help alleviate the epidemic of loneliness. (Objective)
*What are you doing to stop loneliness? (Probing Question)
*There is a biblical prescription for loneliness. Letís look!
The Prescription for Loneliness
A Acknowledge the reality of your loneliness.
a Loneliness isnít a sin. (Let no one tell you it is!!)
b Some pious crispy may tell you different. Give you pious answer #437 "Christians are never alone. The bible says "And lo I am with you, even to the end of the world."
*Loneliness happens. Acknowledge the reality of it. (King Dave/ Paul)
B Accept Godís provision for your loneliness.
a Why did Jesus die on a cross?
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