The Solution to Loneliness

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There was a recent article in the UK’s The Telegraph that stated church attendance (Church of England-Anglican) is at an all-time low. The article goes on to say that only 1.4% of the population of Great Britain goes to church on any given Sunday. The Archbishop of Canterbury (highest cleric in the Church of England) warns of the struggle in an anti-Christian culture.

The day before The Telegraph’s article appeared the New York Times reported that the UK has appointed a Minister of Loneliness.

What is the connection between low church attendance and the UK having the need to appoint a “Minister of Loneliness”?

The quote below by Theresa May, Prime Minister of Great Britain is revealing:

“For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life,” Mrs. May said in a statement.

“I want to confront this challenge for our society and for all of us to take action to address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by those who have lost loved ones — people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with.” (The Telegraph)

The most obvious connection between the two stories is that a Minister of the State is replacing the Minister of the Gospel (and the fellowship of the church) as the primary means of encouraging lonely people.

It is, as the Archbishop of Canterbury noted the struggle in living in an anti-Christian culture. I’m sure the US is not far behind.

I think it may equally obvious that the majority of the people in Great Britain no longer believe the gospel or that the true gospel is even taught since much of “the church” has been given over to post-modernism where truth is a relative concept.

What I mean by this is that the church in Great Britain has few conservative evangelical Christians but  the number is growing. (9Marks article)

It makes perfect sense that once the gospel is abandoned  along with the solid biblical teaching associated with the gospel that people would fall away from the church and look to the state to fill the perceived need.

Depending on how you count there are over 50 “one anothers” in the Scriptures. Below is small sampling:

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The above sampling illustrates how God’s people can minister to one another as a result of their faith in Christ and his finished work on the Cross.

When faithfully practiced, especially in the context of a small group ministry one  outcome is a cure for loneliness. God said it was not good for man to be alone so he created woman, but he also established the church (Matthew 16:18) and provided a broader application so that we can love another by practicing the one another’s.

The Gospel is the solution to lonliness but a person has to believe it and embrace it and of course attend the worship service of the church.

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Parenting the Old Fashioned Way

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A few years ago I was taking my then 3-year-old grandson down to the lake to fish. A man approached me from our condo association and struck up a conversation that went on for about twenty minutes. My grandson patiently sat down on the grass and uttered not a word other than to say hello to the man and tell him his name. At the end of our conversation the man commented on my grandson’s patience. I replied that he was being trained to not interrupt and to wait patiently until the adults were finished talking. The man marveled that it was even possible to train a three-year-child patience and to not interrupt.

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Don’t be a Wackaroo

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Have you ever been so angry you threw something against a wall or smashed it on the floor?

Sadly, I have and most of you probably have as well.

It’s a human problem that dates back to the days of Cain and Abel. Cain was so jealous and angry with Abel that he killed him, probably with a rock or club to the head.

Some of you may be saying there is a big difference between smashing something against a wall and killing someone.

You would be right; there is a big difference…in consequence.

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Do Not Worry

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Three times in 10 verses Jesus tells us not to worry. (Matt. 6:25-34)

So, why do I worry from time to time and what do I worry about?

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Lying, a Good Thing?

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“Lying is nothing unusual in small children. In fact, it’s a sign of healthy mental growth.”
So states an article titled Children’s Lies Are a Sign of Cognitive Progress in the Wall Street Journal.

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Father’s: Disciple Your Children or Someone Else Will

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Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,
but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4  NASB

A link to Al Mohler’s The Briefing led to an article titled Four-Year-Olds Discuss Love and Marriage at rethinkingschools.org.

The author of the article is an educator who works with four-year-olds and observes their conversations.

fathersThe author remarks that four-year-olds discuss things about love and marriage, no doubt parroting what they’ve heard from parents and others.

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So What if Abortion Ends a Life

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This entry is a slight departure from my focus on Discipleship Counseling within the church.

In 2007 my church at the time sent a group of us on a mission trip to Poland. As part of the trip we visited Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp. The Polish government has turned the site into a monument and museum that serves to remind mankind of man’s inhumanity to man. The camp is also A UNESCO World Heritage site.

Simply put; the Nazis decided who was fit to live and who was not. Auschwitz-Birkenau was one of the many consequence of their ideas and agenda.

As millions went to their deaths the Nazis confiscated everything of value. They extracted gold teeth, saved human hair for mattress stuffing and retained eye glasses for anything of use. Whole rooms of these items at Auschwitz-Birkenau testify to the extermination of millions of human beings and the saving that which was “useful” to the Nazi agenda.

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Fast forward to 2015 and a series of videos that exposes Planned Parenthood for the death camp that it is. The videos clearly expose the harvesting of all that is “useful” to forward Planned Parenthood’s evil agenda.  Planned Parenthood harvests for profit the body parts of the unborn. The Nazis would be proud.

Most of the world stood by and watched the Holocaust unfold even though there was evidence of what the Nazis were up to.

Holocaust deniers, then and now turned a blind eye often distorting or denying outright the evidence.

So it is today in our country-a country  I love but am increasing ashamed of because of a calloused leadership and an electorate more interested in what they think they can get free than they are in human life-unless of course that life is a lion shot by a stupid big game hunter. What is wrong with us?

Josh Earnest the mouthpiece for President Obama called the videos fraudulent. President Obama himself ended a speech by asking God to bless the evil that Planned Parenthood is. They are holocaust deniers as are the majority of left-wingers in Congress and the mainstream media. At least now they cannot say “they didn’t know” like so many Nazis did after WW2.

Planned Parenthood attempts to take twisted moral high ground by saying the videos were heavily edited; yet unedited versions are readily available to anyone who has the stomach to watch. Planned Parenthood’s hypocrisy has no bounds as they seek to kill the unborn and harvest their “useful” parts.

Other left-wing politicians and media hacks have taken similar stances or ignored the videos entirely being in obvious self-serving denial.

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The most honest headline I’ve seen comes from Salon.com. It read, “So What if Abortion ends a life.” You can read the whole disgusting article here if you have the stomach for it. Beware if you go the site. My virus protection warned me the site was unsafe. I’ll say.

So what if abortion ends a life has been the unstated response from the so-called progressives. It is precisely what they obviously believe but hate to admit.

Like the Nazis the so-called left-wing progressives have decided who should live and who should die and who should profit from the killing. Millions  of Americans keep voting for these fellow Americans who even a semblance of a conscience thus revealing their “so what” attitude toward the helpless.

The third damning video of Planned Parenthood can be seen here at LifeNews.com 

Sadly, there is little we can do about it given the evil conspiracy between the Obama administration and the mainstream media.

We can support pro-life candidates like Ben Carson,  Rand Paul and Ten Cruz who seek to defund Planned Parenthood. Let the evil pay for their evil out of their own pockets.

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