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79% of children raised in a Christian home and in church at the age of 10 leave church by age 20.
A recent report states that in 2017 70,000 Americans lost their lives to opiate overdose. In 2018 68,000 more Americans lost their lives to opiate overdose.
In 24 months, 138,000 Americans died of opiate overdose!
What Is the Church Doing to Make a Difference?
If the church is going to make a difference in our culture and in a generation that is quickly being lost to immorality, debauchery, deception, and addiction, she must do these things:
1. Draw near to God
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
This is more than just attending church 2-3 times a month. It is a day-to-day walk with Him.
2. Move from being religious to being a child of God who actively seeks the Lord with all of your heart
“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart,” Psalm 24:3-4
The difference in church then and now is that the church in past knew how to seek God, and when crisis hit, they would seek God on their knees instead of calling a counselor.
It was the few who chose to turn to man instead of to God.
Now this is reversed, and the majority of the church doesn’t know how to look to God and seek His face in times of crisis.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8
What does this look like
- Clean hands
- Pure heart
- Walk uprightly
- They are righteous
- Speak truth in their heart
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