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People1We live in a world increasingly characterised by individualism, loneliness, isolation, and consumerism. Many people in society today lack true relational connection. In the midst of busy lives, overcommitted schedules, and congested cities, many people still feel alone. We are often surrounded by people but often we don’t really know them and they don’t know us. We are a culture craving relationship.

We can easily live life around many people, but possibly not experience life deeply with anyone. No wonder so many people feel alone and isolated, experiencing a kind of ‘crowded loneliness’. Our sense of community is under siege.

This is not good. We were never meant to live in a state of isolation. We were created to be relational beings. As author John Ortberg says, ‘I have never known anyone … who was isolated, lonely, unconnected, had no deep relationships – yet had a meaningful and joy-filled life.’

We were designed to be connected to other people in meaningful relationships. Doing life alone is ‘not good’.

Be counter-cultural! Invest generously in your family and friendships. Develop quality relationships characterised by kindness, sensitivity, warmth, closeness, openness, transparency, encouragement, forgiveness, and support.

Community … Think about it.

Comments

Hi Mark,

I have been chatting to a local taxi driver in our community. He believes that he has researched the bible thoroughly and that through it he can disprove the existence of God. In particular he directed me to a website called: www.GodIsImaginary.com

The website contains the top 50 reasons as to why it is irrational to believe that God exists. The first 2 reasons in particular target prayer.

I was wondering if you were able to provide some insight and a brief response to any of these 'reasons' or beliefs as to why God doesn't exist demonstrated on this website, or where would be a good place to research a response to these statements.

Thanks.

Refer the local taxi driver to read Lee Strobel's book "Case for Christ" and let the Holy Spirit convict him through our prayers.

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