HOME ALONE

February 27, 2000

Genesis 32, Mark 5, Matthew 14

The story of  MC Embassy Guard at Russian Embassy

‘Befriended’ by Russian woman and her ‘Uncle Sasha’

Confessed and was convicted for sharing information to them

Why? – Because he was lonely

The story of Jacob: Genesis 32

Jacob about to meet his brother Esau for the first time in years

Sends his family and all his possession ahead of himself

Did not spend the night alone – but was lonely

Faced the truth about himself – deceiver

Wrestled with God

Loneliness: A universal experience- students, military, dads, moms, rich, poor, black, white. Loneliness knows no bounds. It is a commonly expressed situation in our time and place.

What if it’s true that the creator of the universe is interested in me?

Then we can know that we are never alone even though we experience loneliness.

The story of the burned boy:

Punch line: “They wouldn’t send a teacher to work on nouns and verbs with a dying boy, would they?”

The story of Darius: Mark 5

Darius was a synagogue official – a church leader

Sought Jesus after he had recrossed the Sea of Galilee

Jesus was interrupted on his way to Darius’ home

Was laughed at for not admitting the girl was dead

Girl  was healed

Hopelessness: An agonizing feeling – in the doctor’s office, in the courtroom, in the counseling office, in the kitchen, in the classroom, in the human heart and soul.

What if it’s true that the creator of the universe is interested in me?

Then we can experience hope with out letting the cynicism of our time take root in our souls as we let God show us a hope that is not based on our circumstances or our skill but on God’s power and plan for us!

The story of the Stern Father:

Son jumping off the porch.

The Story of Peter: Matthew 14

The 12 students of Jesus are in a terrifying experience – a storm

They see Jesus – walking on the water

Peter exercises faith and trust – and starts to do the same

But, fear sets in and he sinks

Jesus scolds them for their lack of faith – trust

Trust: A key ingredient in our relationships. One that is easily broken-

Between kids and parents, between parents, between colleagues, between friends – and hard to gain back.

What if it’s true that the creator of the universe is interested in me?

Then we can trust God to help us and be there for us. Caveat, to trust in God does not mean that we will get what we want or the direction of our lives will turn out the way we think that it should.

THE CREATOR GOD IS INTERESTED IN US BECAUSE HE CREATED US TO BEGIN WITH! HE IS MORE INTERESTED IN OUR LIVES, OUR HEARTS, OUR SOULS, OUR FUTURE THAT ANYONE ELSE!

Joshua’s challenge to Israel

Close with Choose Life by Big Tent Revival

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