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All The Lonely People

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July 26, 2020
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Dr. Jack Graham's mission is to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ to as Lord to all people.

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  • Take your Bibles andturn with me to Psalm 102. In
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  • the first seven verses... it's aprayer, it's a cry to God, and
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  • here's what David says. I'mgoing to actually read it from
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  • the Living Bible, but I hopeyou'll look in your copy of the
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  • Scriptures as well. Here's whatit says: 1) Lord, hear my
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  • prayer! Listen to my plea! (It'san exclamation... a cry to God.)
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  • 2) Don't turn away from me inthis time of my distress. Bend
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  • down your ear and give me speedyanswers, That's like most of us,
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  • isn't it? "God, answer me andanswer me right now!" Why? 3)
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  • for my days disappear likesmoke. My health is broken, and
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  • my heart is sick; it is trampledlike grass and is withered. My
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  • food is tasteless, and I havelost my appetite. 5) I am
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  • reduced to skin and bonesbecause of all my groaning and
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  • despair. 6) I'm like a vulturein a far-off wilderness or like
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  • an owl (some translations say apelican) alone in the desert. 7)
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  • I lie awake, lonely as asolitary sparrow on the roof.
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  • Have you ever felt like that?Sure, you have, because
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  • loneliness is a part of thehuman condition. Paul McCartney
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  • wrote the song. "All the LonelyPeople." Paul grew up in the
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  • projects of London and heactually enjoyed visiting with
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  • the older ladies in thecommunity and tell their stories
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  • of the Second World War. And sohe had a... he had a heart for
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  • some of these older ladies. Andwhen he began to write a song
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  • which is a story, this EleanorRigby song, and the name is made
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  • up... Eleanor Rigby... but it'sa portrait of an older
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  • churchgoing lady who "keeps herface in a jar by the door" and
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  • "picks up the rice to a weddingwhere she'd been." She's lonely
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  • and at the church. And thenanother lonely person is in the
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  • song by the name of FatherMcKenzie, preparing "words to a
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  • sermon that no one would hear;no one came near." Two lonely
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  • people... "Eleanor Rigby whodied in the church and was
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  • buried along with her name." AndFather McKenzie, working on that
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  • sermon, "darning his socks inthe night, and no one was
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  • there." And when he preachedthat sermon at Eleanor Rigby's
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  • service, "no one was saved... noone was saved." Paul wrote it
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  • but it is, in fact, the story ofall the lonely people in the
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  • world. All the lonely people.You know, you can be lonely
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  • anywhere and everywhere. You canbe lonely at church. People in
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  • this room, right now... Youbrought your loneliness to
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  • church. And even though there'sa great crowd, people singing
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  • songs, and everyone seems sohappy, you feel lonely and
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  • estranged. You just don't feel apart of this. You can be lonely
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  • at work. You're just not a partof what's going on. And you can
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  • certainly be lonely in your ownhome, in your own family. You
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  • may be a couple and you're...you're living together but
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  • you're lonely. You're roommatesbut you're not soulmates. You
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  • don't really share life and lovetogether anymore. Lonely. All
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  • the lonely people. Nowloneliness is not a sin, in and
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  • of itself, but lonelinessultimately is the result of sin.
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  • Sin, which is the effort to liveyour life in your own way
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  • without God, making decisionsthat disobey God, will
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  • ultimately leave you lonely andabandoned. Ask the prodigal son
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  • who took his inheritance, wentto the far country, Jesus said
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  • (Luke's Gospel, chapter 15.)Again, another story of a lonely
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  • boy who goes, and as long as hasmoney, parties on, plenty of
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  • friends. But when the money runsout as it always does in the
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  • prodigal's life... when the funis done, his friends abandon him
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  • and he's left alone in the farcountry. With all the sparkling
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  • lights and with all the promisesof a great future, and now he's
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  • abandoned. He's left thefather's house where he belongs
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  • and his friends are gone. Andhe's so lonely and he's so
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  • desperate for money that he goesand gets a job feeding the pigs.
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  • Can you imagine? This boy thathad so much, he lived in luxury
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  • in the father's house, now he'sliving like an animal, wasted,
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  • wanton in the far country. Hewasted his life. He throws it
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  • away and ends up in a pig pen.That's what sin will do to any
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  • of us. Why? Because you weremade for the Father by the hand
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  • of God, by the hand of theFather. You were made in His
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  • image; you were made by God andfor God! You're not made to live
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  • with the pigs like an animal!Sin is a terrible companion, and
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  • yet people somehow begin tothink because they're lonely
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  • that ... that sinful choices andbad behavior will somehow
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  • satisfy you. Ultimately you endup isolated and separated. Why?
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  • Because you're not in theFather's house, you're not where
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  • you belong spiritually; made forGod and to be restored into His
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  • image. One of the principlecauses of alcoholism and
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  • addictions of all kinds isloneliness, and so often people
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  • drink alone because sin willtake you farther than you want
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  • to go, keep you longer than youwant to stay, and cost you far
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  • more than you want to pay. Whatwe all need is a relationship
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  • with God through Jesus Christ.Sin separates a person from God.
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  • Cuts us off from His blessing.Sin is the breaking of God's
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  • commandments. It's the doing ofmy will rather than God's will.
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  • We are all born broken by sin,bent toward sinful behavior, and
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  • therefore, we are isolated. Andpeople who don't know God...
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  • people who have no relationshipwith God live with this ache,
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  • this loneliness, this need forGod! This is why Jesus came;
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  • because God loves you!Ultimately loneliness is a lack
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  • of love. God loves you and youand you and you... each one of
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  • you, and those of you watchingonline. You are loved by God! To
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  • the degree that Jesus came andHe went to the cross and He died
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  • on the cross, and He rose againto provide eternal life... an
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  • abundant life to all who willbelieve in Him! Some believe
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  • that this psalm... Psalm 102 isa Messianic psalm. In other
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  • words, it's a picture... it's aportrait... an illustration, if
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  • you will, of Christ the Messiah.And when it speaks of... of that
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  • lonely sparrow and that pelicanin the desert, of the bones
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  • sticking out; he's so hungry,he's dying. A picture of despair
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  • and death. When Christ went tocross, His body exposed, hanging
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  • between heaven and earth,suspended. Rejected by man and
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  • forsaken of God because even onthe cross Jesus cried out,
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  • [Matthew 27:46] "Eloi, Eloi,lama sabachthani? - My God, My
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  • God, why have You forsaken Me?"And in that moment... it's a
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  • mystery that we can't reallyunderstand... that God was
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  • forsaken of God. Jesus, bearingour sins on the cross, paying
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  • the full payment, the weight ofthe wrath of judgment, [2
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  • Corinthians 5:21] "He who knewno sin became sin for us." I've
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  • told you many times, Jesus notonly died for you, He died as
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  • you. I deserved the death; itwas my judgment that He
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  • suffered, and yours as well. Andso when you read this sad song
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  • of Psalm 102, it does point toJesus who was forsaken! He was a
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  • sparrow on a rooftop, and He didthat for you. He took your
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  • loneliness. [Isaiah 53:3] "Hewas a man of sorrows acquainted
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  • with grief." [John 1:11-12] "Hecame unto His own and His own
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  • received Him not. But to as manyas received Him, to them gave He
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  • the right to be called thechildren of God." Yes, there's
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  • the loneliness of sin, and thesolution is salvation and
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  • forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Andif you're a prodigal today... if
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  • you're a prodigal child and ...and you've wondered far away
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  • from God and you feel nowabandoned, you can come home to
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  • Him.
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  • [Music]
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  • One of the problemspeople are facing as a result of
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  • the Coronavirus pandemic ismental health crisis as well as
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  • physical crisis and anxiety andloneliness and loss and
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  • depression and so many otherkinds of struggles that people
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  • face. You know, it's good totake care of ourselves
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  • physically and we should but wealso need to take care of
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  • ourselves mentally andemotionally and of course
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  • spiritually, so this series,HELP is all about that. It's
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  • about confronting the issuesthat we all face in our lives
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  • whether we're talking aboutloneliness or grief or stress or
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  • anxiety, depression, addiction,that's what this series is
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  • about. And so, I felt the Lordleading me not only to preach a
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  • series like that but to producea book and it's called HELP:
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  • Facing the Challenges of Lifewith Confidence and Hope. This
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  • is not a self-help book, this isa book that comes right out of
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  • the word of God, messages thatwe've delivered on all of these
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  • subjects and I pray that youwill let us know of your need.
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  • This is a great book that youcould give to someone else
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  • because so many people 1 out of3 or 4 people around the world
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  • right now are facing some kindof mental health issue and
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  • certainly there's the spiritualissue. And as always, we take
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  • people right to Christ, right toHis cross and the resurrection
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  • and the hope that we have inJesus. I will also send you my
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  • book, A HOPE AND A FUTURE. It'sa book that you need to read and
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  • give to others. My book, A HOPEAND A FUTURE was written for you
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  • if you're constantly fallinginto sinful temptations and
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  • maybe even have lost hope. Maybeyou're thinking I'm never going
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  • to defeat this sinful habit inmy life. Well, God says to the
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  • contrary, you can live invictory and that's what we talk
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  • about in this book, A HOPE AND AFUTURE. You can live in hope,
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  • there is hope for you! Thesebooks are our gift to thank you
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  • proclaim the life-transformingmessage of Jesus until the whole
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  • world hears.
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  • Every personexperiences pain at some level,
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  • whether it is physical pain oremotional pain. And often this
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  • can cut us off from people, andwe feel alone in our suffering.
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  • When you think about suffering,you think about ... you think
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  • about Job who suffered so muchand he lost everything. Even his
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  • own wife in the midst of hispain and suffering said, [Job
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  • 2:9] "Curse God and die!" That'shelpful. [laughter] And then he
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  • had friends... so-called. Thebook... the book of Job talks
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  • about this conversation that hehad with his friends, and they
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  • were often accusing him andcharging him with sins against
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  • God, thus his suffering and soon. They were... they were not
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  • helpful. In fact, Job said it inJob 19, verse 13: "He has put my
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  • brothers far from me and thosewho knew me are wholly estranged
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  • from me." And all of this was aresult of his suffering and pain
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  • in life. And again, for someit's not physical pain, but it
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  • may be emotional struggle. Andoften people who are wearing
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  • their shame or hurt or pain orwho are depressed... We've
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  • talked about all of thesevarious kinds of emotional
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  • illnesses and struggles thatpeople have in their lives. The
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  • struggle is real whether it bestress or anxiety or... or
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  • grief. Often people whoexperience these emotions
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  • unfortunately may cut themselvesoff from those who will help or
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  • those who will help are notreally there for them. Illness
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  • may cut you off from people atyour work or your church. You're
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  • no longer engaged in the... inthe workforce. You're no longer
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  • involved. You're lonely and...and you're not in church. You
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  • can't even get to church. Youknow we're grateful for
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  • PowerPoint on television andradio, and hear so often from
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  • people who can't get to church.No substitute for church, but
  • 00:15:15.170 --> 00:15:20.075
  • many can't get there and so wehear from people who are lonely
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  • and yet the word of God cominginto their lives through
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  • PowerPoint, through ourmessages, encourages them and
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  • helps them (That's a good thing)online. There are some of you
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  • watching this service right now,you're sick and you're bedfast,
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  • or wheelchair bound, and somewayyou can't get here. And you feel
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  • alone. I wish we could all justput our arms around you right
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  • now and hold you close. But Itell you this: God's Word will
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  • encourage you, and God's peopleare praying for you, and we pray
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  • that we can serve even more. So,you go home and you stay at
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  • home. But God said, [Hebrews13:5] "I will never leave you or
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  • forsake you." God said,[Deuteronomy 33:27] "Underneath
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  • are the everlasting arms." God'sWord, your Bible, filled with
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  • God's promise, and even thebreath of God! I heard... read a
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  • quote this week from BillyGraham, and Billy Graham at the
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  • end of his life basicallyhomebound. But he said, "I never
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  • feel alone when I read myBible." How can someone say
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  • that? "I never feel alone when Iread my Bible." Because the
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  • Bible is the living Word of God!The Holy Spirit moves in our
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  • hearts as we read God's Word,and God's Word reads us! So,
  • 00:16:51.700 --> 00:16:57.473
  • open your Bible and open yourheart! God is with you even in
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  • the deepest valley. And thatbrings me to another kind of
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  • loneliness. There's theloneliness of sorrow... sorrow.
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  • As a pastor I've been with somany people who have said
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  • goodbye to their loved one,their hearts breaking, burying
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  • half of their own lives when amate... a spouse dies. The
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  • ministry is accompanied with atrail of tears, and we have
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  • walked that trail of tears, thatlonely road of sorrow many, many
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  • times. The many... we watch aswidows go home, or widowers to
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  • an empty house and they sleep inan empty bed and have an empty
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  • heart. Grief... it's sorrow. Sohow do you lose the loneliness?
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  • Three ways I want to mention.Number one, commune with God...
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  • commune with God. There's adifference between loneliness...
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  • hear this... a differencebetween loneliness and solitude.
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  • A lot of us would like to have alittle more solitude in our
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  • lives. Can I get an amen onthat? I mean, you know, the kids
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  • get put in "time-out" becausethey're acting up. Well, I was
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  • thinking when my kids werelittle, "Give me time out!" You
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  • know? Right, mom? "Give me that!Some space and a place! But
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  • solitude is more that just beingalone, of course. It's... what
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  • I'm really talking about issolitude that is good for the
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  • soul. And Jesus often separatedHimself from people and went to
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  • a mountain to pray, or went tothe valley, to the desert to
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  • pray, and He was alone with theFather. Spending time alone with
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  • God in prayer and His Word is anessential spiritual practice in
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  • your life. If you are a believerand many people are alone... or
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  • rather lonely because they'renot alone with God ever in their
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  • life; don't spend time with Him.But when you do... If you have a
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  • daily time with God, a quiettime, a God time in your life,
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  • you will experience Hispresence. Psalm 37:4... One of
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  • my favorites. "Delight yourselfin the Lord and He will give you
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  • the desires of your heart." Ifyou have a desire for
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  • companionship and friendship.Maybe you have a desire of
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  • prayer for a mate or a spouse.You feel lonely; you're a single
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  • adult and you're praying thatGod would give you a husband or
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  • a wife. I always say be theright person and you'll
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  • ultimately in God's will findthe right person. You get in the
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  • presence of God and there'll bea glow about you. There's a
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  • fellowship with God that willtransform the way you live, the
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  • way you think, the way you evenlook. 1 John 1:3- John, the
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  • beloved who bent his ear to theheart of God, laid his head over
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  • the chest of Jesus, heard theheartbeat of God beating for the
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  • world... It was John who said,[1 John 1:3] "Our fellowship is
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  • with Him. We walked with Him, wetalked with Him, and our
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  • fellowship is with you." Jesuscame to earth... our Emmanuel,
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  • God is with us, so that insolitude we can seek Him. I've
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  • been seriously meeting with Godfor decades now, every day of my
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  • life, and it is His presence...His loving presence that fills
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  • my life with meaning and purposeevery single day. So commune
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  • with God. If you don't know Him,come to Him, get to know Him.
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  • Experience His presence. We talkall the time about having a
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  • relationship with God. That'swhat I'm talking about. Jesus is
  • 00:20:58.880 --> 00:21:03.585
  • not someone I just talk about,He's not just someone I think
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  • about; He's someone I know! Iwas captivated as a teenager
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  • with the words of Jesus in John15. [John 15:15] "I call you My
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  • friend." What a Friend we havein Jesus! And then, not only
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  • commune with God... this willhelp you to lose loneliness, but
  • 00:21:27.476 --> 00:21:30.645
  • connect with the church. Jesusgave us the church and the
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  • church is a family of friends, agathering of brothers and
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  • sisters in Christ. The psalmistsaid... Who sets the solitary in
  • 00:21:44.159 --> 00:21:47.662
  • families?... [Psalm 68:6] "Godsets the solitary in families."
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  • And you may not even have afamily home, you may be
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  • separated from your family. Youmay have moved here to Texas and
  • 00:21:56.138 --> 00:21:58.907
  • your immediate family is a longway away. You may feel alone
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  • here. You may be new here. LetGod bring you a spiritual
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  • family. We think Prestonwood isa church to call home. And the
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  • key to this is to actually gettogether with the brothers and
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  • sisters of Christ. Listen toHebrews 10:24 and 25. The
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  • Scripture says: "And let usconsider how to stir up one
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  • another to love and good works,not neglecting to meet together
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  • as is the habit of some, butencouraging one another..." Have
  • 00:22:31.606 --> 00:22:34.976
  • you encouraged anyone yet today?"... and all the more as you see
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  • the Day draw near." The closerwe get to the return of Christ,
  • 00:22:41.216 --> 00:22:47.556
  • the day we stand before God, themore we're going to need each
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  • other, because have you noticed?It's getting tougher and tougher
  • 00:22:50.659 --> 00:22:54.095
  • and tougher in our times, and weneed one another. So, reach out;
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  • take the initiative. I know itmay be hard. I know you may say,
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  • "Well, I'm an introvert." Okay,well, break through that. Ask
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  • God to help you. Too many peoplehave a "Do Not Disturb" sign
  • 00:23:07.375 --> 00:23:11.746
  • hung around their neck. Takethat off; lose that, and welcome
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  • people who want to encourage youand help you. Here's the fact,
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  • God has given you a spiritualfamily for your life. I know
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  • some people have had badexperiences with church or
  • 00:23:33.802 --> 00:23:39.975
  • churches. Maybe you felt put outby the church or put off by the
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  • church and that's a sad story,and I do regret that and I'm
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  • sorry it happened. But don'tspend the rest of your life
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  • being angry about that... beingresentful. Get back in God's
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  • church. Find a church whereChrist is preached, the Bible is
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  • taught like this one, and giveGod the chance to change your
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  • life. One final thing and thatis care about people... care
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  • about people. Fact is that manypeople are lonely because
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  • they're all into themselves, andthey never reach out beyond to
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  • help somebody out. If you needhelp, help somebody else. The
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  • real reason so many Christiansare lonely is because they're
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  • not serving, they're not workingand doing something productive
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  • with lives. All around us arelonely people who need your
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  • love, who need your help. So getinvolved, visit the sick, serve
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  • the hungry, pray for thehurting, work with children. We
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  • have people today that want togo on a mission trip somewhere
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  • around the world, and they won'teven volunteer to serve in
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  • children's ministry. Servesomebody! Share your faith with
  • 00:24:45.607 --> 00:24:51.780
  • people! The world is filled withlonely people! "Ahh, all the
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  • lonely people. Where do they allcome from?" You don't have to
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  • live and die without God."Eleanor Rigby died and was
  • 00:25:04.759 --> 00:25:16.404
  • buried along with her name;nobody came." That doesn't have
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  • to be the end of your story. Youcan know God. You can experience
  • 00:25:23.578 --> 00:25:30.151
  • the presence of Jesus in yourlife. And even when it comes
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  • time to die, you won't die alonebecause God is with you and
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  • He'll come for you and take youinto His presence.
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  • We're
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  • living in a world in turmoil,our television screens, desktops
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  • and phones are filled withimages and words, sound bites
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  • filled with anger and fear andfinger pointing and loneliness,
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  • our nation has reached a boilingpoint this summer. And though
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  • the coronavirus' spread hasupended our normal way of life I
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  • would suggest that the emotionsthat are spreading like wildfire
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  • this summer are far moredestructive and devastating.
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  • at different times, but onething is certain, the Lord
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