6-Week Series: Against All Odds



1 Samuel 31:41Sa 31:4 Then said Saul to his armorbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armorbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took his sword, and fell upon it.

1Sa 31:5 And when his armorbearer saw that Saul was dead, he likewise fell upon his sword, and died with him.

2 Sam 23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.

Mat 27:3 Then Judas, who betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

Mat 27:4 saying, I have sinned in that I betrayed innocent blood. But they said, What is that to us? see thou to it.

Mat 27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver into the sanctuary, and departed; and he went away and hanged himself.

"Sometimes I get so lonely it’s unbelievable. Life has been so good to me. I’ve got a great wife, good kids, money, my own health—and I’m lonely and bored . . . I often wondered why so many rich people commit suicide. Money sure isn’t a cure-all." Those were the words of O. J. Simpson in 1978.

Dear Sir, Hi. My name is Carole. I am seventeen years old and a senior in high school. And I want to die.

My name is Brandy. I’m 13 years old and I’ve tried to kill myself six times. I had some problems with my mom and I felt I couldn’t live anymore.

I don’t know what to do anymore. My life has been a nightmare. I’ve lived all my life without love. I hurt everybody around me. I’ve come to the end of the line. I can’t go on anymore. I’ve ruined enough lives. I don’t have anywhere else to go. I hurt so much. I can’t stand it anymore. "Bobby"

I don’t want to die but it’s like the only thing I feel will work. I have so much pressure at home and school. I have so much pressure with friends. No one expects me to have problems because I am always happy. But I’m also hurting inside. I hate my life. I think about suicide. I just know tomorrow brings more pain. Sometimes there is so much hurt I can’t stand it. Why do I feel like my problems are worthless but worth dying for? Signed, "On the Edge"

Lori was 14 years old when she was baptized at Blue Springs Community Church, a one-room country church only a few miles from her house. A few months later, Lori dropped out of the church. The pastor and his wife visited her several times, but failed to persuade Lori to return to church. Everyone was concerned for her, but no one suspected the real reason for her absence. Lori was pregnant. About a month before she was expected to deliver, Lori tidied her room, emptied her school locker, and wrote a note to her mother:

“You kept asking me if I was OK and I kept telling you I was, but I wasn’t OK. I’m sorry, Mom. I’ve got too many problems. I am taking the easy way out.”

Lori left that day before her mother arrived home from work. She walked to the railroad tracks near her house, knelt between the rails, and folded her hands over her little round belly as Amtrak 168 barreled down upon her. The train engineer, a man who had a fourteen-year-old daughter of his own, later said that when he saw Lori, it was too late to stop the train. He watched her cross herself before she died.

People everyday considers “ending it all.” In fact, Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, eighteen teenagers per day kill themselves in the United States. Every 80 minutes another teenager commits suicide. Over a hundred teens per week, and the total comes to a staggering 6,500 lives lost. Not only that, but over 1000 teens per day attempt to take their own lives. That’s almost 1 teen per minute. 73% of kids admit having thought about suicide. How many of you in here know someone who has talked about or attempted or commited suicide? The statistics show that at least 90% of you know someone who has attempted it.

Every suicide or suicide attempt screams these three words… “I NEED HELP.”

Suicide is not a new idea. The Bible records seven suicides.

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Michael True

commented on Nov 27, 2019

I am 54 yrs old and my wife passed 3 years ago and I have been lost and confused every since I have no direction in life I am unemployed and I want to be with my wife I feel that the whole world has turned their back on me I have 2 daughters that I just think they don't care and I have two grandkids I love to death but I know they will be fine without me I really have no reason to go on I am so lonely and depressed I try so hard not to do this bad thing but I am losing the fight I do not think I will be around much longer and it really don't matter so forgive lord if I am not on this earth much longer

Neal Gracey

commented on Dec 24, 2019

Michael, hi...my name is Neal. I just read your letter to my sermon. Please reconsider. I can't think there was ever a suicide where a person was glad they did it just seconds after the act. There is Hope, my friend. I am not a councler but I will be glad to talk with you. Write me back, please. Neal

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