Summary: A message about friendship.

It Is Not Good To Be Alone

VIDEO SERMONSPICE – ‘My Friends And God”

Socrates said; "there is no possession more valuable than a good and faithful friend."

Francis Bacon said, "friendship doubles joys and halves grief’s..."

Mark Twain said; "to get the full value out of joy, you must have someone to divide it with..."

God says;

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down his friend can help him help. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also if 2 lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can on keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

- Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

• 2 are, better than one.

• It is good, to have someone to help you get back up.

• To stand with you as you defend yourself

• A cord of three strands is not easily broken…

In the beginning God created everything. Light, galaxies, starts, sun, moon, planets, earth, land, water, clouds, sky, trees, plants, mountains, rivers, birds, fish, plants, animals… THERE – was nothing… THEN – there was everything! QUESTION – what did God say after each creative act? (it was good).

AND – on day 6 of this creative process God finally (with a huge smile of his faces, no doubt) got down to what was the purpose of everything that he had spoken into existence. “Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…” - Genesis 1:26 CIRCLE - in our image, in our likeness..

QUESTION - what does that mean? NOW – obviously God could not reproduce himself and create another God since He is absolute and therefore unique… BUT – God did the next best thing… He created beings in his own image… AND – to be in God’s image and likeness (involves many things… LIKE – being able to think, reason, plan, dream, feel, choose, create, love)… BUT LISTEN – I am ABSOLUTELY convinced that at it’s core being made in God’s image and likeness IS ABOUT relationships… is about connecting with AND enjoying that awesome divine community (Father, Son & Spirit)… AND - connecting with and enjoying each other…

AND BECAUSE – this is true… God says the following in Genesis 2:18; “And the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion who will help him…"

CIRCLE - "It is not good for the man to be alone… UNDERSTAND – when God created Adam… at first it was just Him. Sure he had a beautiful garden to live in. And all kinds of animals to live with and he even got to name them. (that had to be pretty cool)… AND – even though he looked as if he had all he needed (a perfect world to live in with NO; health problems, financial problems, career concerns, relational turmoil or retirement issues) … There was still something missing in his life… YOU SEE – Adam was alone… AND – God said that this was not good…

WHY? - because man was made in God’s image… AND AGAIN - the very essence, the foundation of being in God’s image and likeness is relationship, is community… UNDERSTAND – man was created not only to connect with God… BUT – also with each other…

“And the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone… AND – Oh how we know this to be true…

There is a little book called, The All Better Book, in it elementary school kids try to solve some of the world’s toughest problem: (what to do about the ozone layer, how to help people stop smoking)… Here’s one of the toughest problems that was handed to this little (but wise ones)… “With billions of people in the world, someone should be able to figure out a system where no one is lonely. What do you suggest?

Kalani, age 8; ‘People should find lonely people and ask their name and address. Then ask people who aren’t lonely their name and address. When you have an even amount of each, assign lonely people and not lonely people together in the newspaper.

Max, age 9; ‘make food that talks to you when you eat. For instance, it would say, ‘How are you doing?’ and ‘what happened to you today?’

Matt, age 8; ‘we could get people a pet or a husband or wife and take them places.’

Brian, age 8; ‘Sing a song. Stomp your feet. Read a book. (Sometimes I think no one loves me, so I do one of these.)

“With billions of people in the world, someone should be able to figure out a system where no one is lonely. What do you suggest? John Orteberg in his book, Everyone is Normal Until You get To Know Them, writes the following in regards to loneliness…

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Jay Henderson

commented on Nov 20, 2013

It is very sad for many of us men that are hoping to meet a good woman to share our life with, especially when God did say that man should never be alone which i certainly agree 100 percent on that. But it is very hard for us men to meet that special woman for us to be very happy with, and with so many women nowadays that are certainly Not so nice at all which really does make it Very Difficult for us men as well since there are really no good women like we had years ago that wanted to get married and have a Family. What would God say about that one since there are so many of us Very Lonely Men out there right now that would want so much to have a Love Life as well?

Michele Yoder

commented on Jan 10, 2014

Jay, it has become a sad situation but there are wonderful girls out there who want to get married and raise a family. I live in a rural area that is very influenced by Godly people. Our public school has a high percentage of Christian teacher, who have a great influence on our children. BUT I see the public school as one of the problems as the school demands that each student pick a career path and go to college. I am not anti-college I just believe that not every one needs to go. So once these young ladies go to college they feel that they need to work and they need to pay off their college debt. Young ladies are made to feel worthless if they don't work. It is the job of the Christians to help them understand that it is a Godly calling to commit their lives to being a wife and mom. My daughters have both chosen to not go to college at this time, one got married at 19, to a wonderful Christian man, has a 14 month old baby, and is a stay at home mom. The other has spent time in Africa at an orphanage and is now a Nannie. Jay place your desires on God, give Him the opportunity to show you the right woman. God wants you to have faith in Him that He will provide. Commit this situation to God and remind yourself daily that God's plan is the best. Surround yourself with Christian friends and focus on God's word, as that is how He shows Himself.

Ryanna Smith

commented on Mar 28, 2014

Hi Jay there are plenty of good women that want to get married and have a family

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