THE CHURCH MUST GET TO WORK! More Than 100,000 Americans Died Due to a Drug Overdose in a One-Year Period for the First Time

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This is a horrible situation………Our nation has been torn apart by Satan in so many ways. It breaks my heart. The Church is going to have to change its mode of operation of it wants to make a difference for Jesus! It is going to have to have its doors open 24/7 to help all people with food, showers, shelter, drug addiction, etc….this situation is not going away. The Church needs to take responsibility, it is to be the hospital for all. You can talk about crime and homelessness all you want….but its time to get to work Church! Think of Mother Tereasa! Fancy dancy does not cut it, I saw coming years ago, much Church fell in love with itself years ago and became a social club, many Churches became a business. When is the last time your Church was filled with homeless people, drug addicts, mentally disabled people, physically disabled people???????????? Many love their buildings and all the toys. THE GREAT COMMISSION is being missed by many Churches. On the street ministry, don’t talk about it, do it! People forget that THE GREAT COMMISSION it is a command from the LORD, not a suggestion. Many have left the Churches in America because they see that the Church has lost its influence in America. I KNOW! I HEAR IT TOO MANY TIMES AND IT HAS BROKEN MY HEART! We all need to show the world JESUS makes the difference NOT US!!!!!!!

My Daddy taught me as a little boy, to look into the mirror. He taught me that I was responsible for most of the problems I will face in life and not to rely on others to solve my problems. The Church must look into the mirror, stop blaming others! It is our problem! Jesus gave us all the answers in His Word. We need to share it with the world, it is called THE GREAT COMMISSION. Stop preaching to the choir so much! Open your doors to the 3,000 homeless children that attend APS! For those of you in other cities and towns in America, open your doors to the homeless.

Gotta dig dipper for strength and courage Pastors and all. This is the time for God’s people to shine not hide! Call on Jesus, He will help you in this time of need for His people….Don’t quit, don’t compromise God’s commands……..

Dr. Jim Denison:

A Barna Group survey released Tuesday reports that 38 percent of US pastors have considered quitting full-time ministry in the past year. This percentage is up nine points since Barna asked church leaders the same question at the beginning of 2021.

Barna official explains: “All the chaos, all the pressure, the magnifying glass of social media, the pandemic, the politics, the hyperdigital context, it makes sense that you have a lot of pastors saying, ‘Is this really what I signed up for? Is this what I was called into?’”

The nation’s COVID pandemic made the nation’s drug overdose epidemic worse. Issue brief: Nation’s drug-related overdose and death epidemic continues to worsen

More Than 100,000 Americans Died Due to a Drug Overdose in a One-Year Period for the First Time, CDC Reports

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Statistics On Addiction In America

Whether it’s a problem with alcoholOpioidsCocaine, or any other substance, addiction kills thousands of Americans every year and impacts millions of lives. Addiction, or a substance use disorder (SUD),  is a chronic mental health condition. Because it affects the brain’s normal functions, an SUD compels someone to repeatedly use substances or engage in behaviors even though they have harmful consequences. Addictions can destroy marriages, friendships, and careers and threaten a person’s basic health and safety.

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Connecting The Dots Devotional
November 18th, 2021
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
PSALM 46:1

The apostle Paul speaks of a thorn in his side that he pleaded with God three times to remove (2 Cor. 12:7–10). Biblical scholars aren’t sure exactly what Paul’s thorn was, but I can tell you mine: bipolar disorder. I was diagnosed as an adolescent and have pleaded with God more than thrice to remove this from me.

It took me longer than Paul to hear God telling me that his grace is sufficient.

Mental illness can still be a highly stigmatized topic in the church. For those who do not have such struggles, suicidal ideations and the extreme despair that come with clinical depression can be difficult to understand. Although many Christians know the trial of occasional anxiety or depressed feelings, people with a diagnosed mental illness face unique challenges.

Charles Spurgeon once said, “The mind can descend far lower than the body, for in it there are bottomless pits. The flesh can bear only a certain number of wounds and no more, but the soul can bleed in ten thousand ways, and die over and over again each hour.” Mental illness is not a new phenomenon.

And the same biblical truths that have encouraged Christians for centuries can encourage those who suffer with mental illness today:

1. You Are Not Alone

God’s people have suffered—mentally, emotionally, and physically—since the fall.

You are almost certainly not the only one in your congregation dealing with issues arising from mental illness. Speaking openly about your mental-health issues will allow others to share their own struggles and will enable you to care for one another.

2. It’s Not Your Fault

Though mental illness is a result of the fall, my affliction—like that of the man born blind (John 9:3)—isn’t punishment for my sins or the sins of my parents. Mental illness may not be my fault, but it can be my opportunity to speak truth about Christ’s love to others.

3. God Sees You and Is with You

We have a personal Savior who experiences emotions. As you suffer the effects of mental illness, you can remember the nearness of Christ. He weeps with you, as he wept with Lazarus’s family (John 11:35). He knew the resurrecting work he was about to do, but he sobbed with anger anyway. Likewise, he knows how he is going to work in and through your life, and he is with you in the midst of it.

Dear God, as I battle the bottomless pits that mental illness plagues me with, remind me that you are with me in my pain and will never break a bruised reed. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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