Presentation on theme: "Saints Lift Your Voices There is none like Him, none can compare; No god is equal, no prince His heir. Lift up your eyes and see His great might. Soar."— Presentation transcript:
Saints Lift Your Voices There is none like Him, none can compare; No god is equal, no prince His heir. Lift up your eyes and see His great might. Soar like an eagle, on wings of flight!
Saint’s Lift Your Voices Have you not known Him? Have you not heard? God is Creator of all the earth. Lift up your eyes and see His great might! Soar like an eagle on wings of flight!
Saint’s Lift Your Voices Some will grow weary; sin they’ll pursue. Servants of God their pow’r He’ll renew Lift up your eyes and see His great might! Soar like an eagle, on wings of flight!
Chorus Saints lift your voices, tho’ dark your days. Lift up your spirits, sing out His praise! Upward the calling, brighter the light! Soaring like eagles on wings of flight!
The Oldham Woods church Family Welcomes You To Our Services
LONELINESS Where do they all come from? Where do they all belong?
SURVEY 15% felt lonely at times 78% felt lonely some of the time Only 6% said never felt lonely
The Crisis of Loneliness Adam -- “Not good to be alone.” David --”My loved ones and friends stand aloof from me.” Jesus –Disciples – Jn 16:32 –On the Cross – Why hath thou forsaken? –Ministry - He chose the 12.. “with him.” Peter James and John
Top Ten Groups Older People Stay at home Moms Men Single and divorced people Those with long-term illnesses
Top Ten Groups New Residents Successful People Righteous –Jer 15: 17 “Because of your Hand, I sat alone.” College Students Lost loved ones
SOLITUDE Jesus often chose to be alone. – Lk 5:16, Matt 14 Forces one to deal with WHO I AM. Helps one to see God more clearly. “Be still and know that I am God!” Ps 46:10
THE CURE II Tim 4:9-21 FOUR DIMENSIONAL INSPIRED CURE: –“Bring my coat” vs Physical Needs. –“Bring my books” vs 13 –Intellectual Needs –“Esp. the parchments” vs 13 – Spiritual Needs –“Bring John Mark with you.” vs 11– Social Needs
Jesus Luke 2:52 “And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” –Wisdom – Intellectually –Stature – Physically –God – Spiritually –Man – Socially
KEYS TO CLOSE FRIENDSHIPS TAKE THE INITIATIVE –Paul did: “Come see me.” –Solomon: Prov 18:24 “A man that hath friends must show himself to be friendly.” –Step out and make the first move!
KEYS TO CLOSE FRIENDSHIPS EXAMINE YOUR ATTITUDE –Book: “Happiness is a Choice.” –“The Four Foul Words that destroy mental health are NOBODY, NEVER, ALWAYS, AND EVERYTHING!”
KEYS TO CLOSE FRIENDSHIPS BE UNSELFISH –Who should we seek out for friends? –Look for people who need friends too! –Ferguson: “God I’ve Got a Problem.” “Many Christians suffer from loneliness because they are sitting instead of serving.”
KEYS TO CLOSE FRIENDSHIPS BE PATIENT –“Short-cuts to intimacy” don’t work! –Must come in stages… –If you try to force…drive folks away!
KEYS TO CLOSE FRIENDSHIPS DRAW CLOSER TO GOD. –Jesus – last words. Turned to Father –Paul – II Tim 4:17 “The Lord stood with me and strengthened me.” –Walk with God and you will never be lonely!
Remember How God Cares: Jn 10:3 “He knows your name!” Matt 10:30 “He has your hair, numbered.” Job 14:6 “He counts your steps.” Ps 139: 2 “He knows your thoughts.” Ps 56:8 “He bottles your tears.” Ps 73: 23 “He holds you hand..” Isaiah 49:16 “He engraves you on the palm of His hand.” Phil 4:19 “He supplies your every need!”
Invitation Matt 11:30 “Come unto Me..” God wants you to become His child! You must make the decision..