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Dealing With Darkness. Darkness provides light an opportunity. 4 0 Years of Stress. Vietnam Watergate Abortion legalized in US and around the world Israel - Palestinian conflict – Munich Olympics 1st Mideast Oil troubles – remember when gas went over $1 per gallon? Idi Amin & South Africa

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Dealing with darkness

Dealing With Darkness

Darkness provides light an opportunity.


4 0 years of stress
40 Years of Stress

Vietnam

Watergate

Abortion legalized in US and around the world

Israel - Palestinian conflict – Munich Olympics

1st Mideast Oil troubles – remember when gas went over $1 per gallon?

Idi Amin & South Africa

18% Inflation

Cold War – Nuclear threats

Iran Hostage Crisis

AIDS

1st Iraq War & Bosnia

1st World Trade Center bombings

OJ & Branch Davidians

Somalia

2nd World Trade Center Attack and 2nd Gulf War

Hurricane Katrina

Darfur (Sudan)

Etc.


Personal and local issues
Personal and Local Issues

  • family problems

  • local issues

    • economy downturn in this region, Xenia tornado April 3, 1974

  • church problems

  • health problems


Ways to deal with stress darkness
Ways To Deal With Stress & Darkness

Chicken Little Approach

Doomsday Approach

“Woe is me” Approach

“Quit exaggerating!” Approach

“We’ll fix it” Approach

The Christian Perspective


The christian perspective
The Christian Perspective

  • Romans 13:1-7

  • 1 Timothy 2:1-2

  • Christians are different from the world – regardless of where they live.

  • Matthew 5:14-16

  • 1 Peter 2:11-12, Ephesians 5:8-12


Conclusion
Conclusion

  • Staying the spiritual and faithful course is the call of every Christian in every place and at every time.

    - Public opinion changes.

    - God’s word and His standard of righteousness never change.

  • Christians are called to be faithful, sowers of the gospel and examples of the right kind of life!


Conclusion1
Conclusion

  • People who are interested in serving the Lord are called by Him by the same standards regardless of the time, culture, or experience.

    - No matter how dark the darkness gets let’s all be God’s servants (Habakkuk 3:17-18).


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