Loneliness: The Uninvited Guest of the Soul (1 of 8) by Rick White

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Loneliness: The Uninvited Guest of the Soul (1 of 8)
Rick White
2 Timothy 4:6-18
January 10, 1993 am

Notes: People who need people are the luckiest people in the world, the song proclaims. But the lyrics don't go far enough. The fact is, people who need people are the only people in the world.

The Body of Christ is supposed to be the place where people know the names of the family members. A part of the work of Christ is to introduce Christians to Christians- by name. The church should be the one place where everyone knows your name, where no one has to go it alone. I know that isn't always the case, but it can be and it ought to be and the solution begins with you and me. (Jumping Hurdles, Steve Brown p.131)

To Verify: Percentage of Americans who ate dinner last night, the percentage who ate alone was 22%.

Lonely People All: Sine 1970 the number of married people has increased by only 19% while the number of singles has grown 85%. The one thing most of the people in this category have in common is the desire for companionship. Singles dating services are doing a booming business because churches and schools no longer serve their traditional function as meeting places. (American Demo as quoted in CTT).

Introduction: What would you say is the number one problem that the average American faces in today's world? Some might suggest nuclear holocaust, economic collapse, or other catastrophic events. However according to two best selling authors: Louise Bernikow, author of Alone in America, and Leo Buscaglia, author of Bus Number Nine to Paradise, the number one problem facing Americans is loneliness.

A. Listen to what one author says about the subject:
"It is the most desolate word in all human language. It is capable of hurling the heaviest weights the heart can endure. It plays no favorites, ignores all rules of courtesy, knows neither border nor barrier, yields no mercy, refuses all bargains, and holds the clock in utter contempt. It ca ...


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