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If the world is progressing toward greater well-being due to all the advances in technology, health, wealth, social issues, science, then why are people reporting greater amounts of depression? It's because we're not progressing toward greater well-being as we distance ourself from the original purpose for our existence, which is love of God, self and others. This is the good news in the midst of all the bad news.

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The Good News [September 11th&12th, 2021]

  1. 1. Depression now ravages teenagers: fifty years ago, the average age of a person’s first depressive episode was about thirty. Now the first one is below age fifteen. Martin Seligman, PhD
  2. 2. You have to be blinded by ideology not to see that almost everything is better in every wealthy nation than it was fifty years ago. Martin Seligman, PhD
  3. 3. Progress in the last 50 years… •We now have about three times more actual purchasing power in the United States. •The average house has doubled in size from 1,200 square feet to 2,500 square feet. •In 1950 there was one car for every two drivers; now there are more cars than licensed drivers. •One out of five children went on to post–high school education; now one out of two children does.
  4. 4. National happiness in the last 50 years… •The average person from Denmark, Italy, and Mexico is somewhat more satisfied with life than fifty years ago, but the average American, Japanese, and Australian is no more satisfied with life than fifty years ago, and the average person from Britain and Germany is less satisfied. The average Russian is much unhappier.
  5. 5. So, what’s up???????? •It has everything to do with the failures of the Modern Age, and perhaps with what we mistakenly call “prosperity.”
  6. 6. So, what’s up???????? •Positive life meaning, is the foundation of happiness. So, the pursuit of happiness is based in the discovery of a positive life meaning.
  7. 7. So, what???????? •Secularization has failed. I’m suggesting to you that what you, me and the world need is not more progressive secularization, but a renewed sense of practical sacredization.
  8. 8. Sacredization… •Sacredization – The recognition that positive life meaning transcends any individual or societal sense of success. But comes exclusively from the God of the Bible who loves and wants you, in spite of you.
  9. 9. The way to meaning… •You’re going to have to leap from poor scientific reason, to rich spiritual reason.
  10. 10. The Christian good news… •Your life matters, because your life matters to God.
  11. 11. How much you mean to God •“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Christ…”
  12. 12. How much you mean to God •And to all who believe in Jesus, and accept him, he gives them the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human biology, passion, or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
  13. 13. The ABC’s of living with God •“A” admit to God through a personal prayer that you don’t really know God, and that you would like to.
  14. 14. The ABC’s of living with God •“B” believe, tell God through prayer that you believe Jesus died and rose from the dead to reconcile yourself and God.
  15. 15. The ABC’s of living with God •“C” commit your life to getting to know God better and better every day of life. •“A” admit, “B” believe, and “C” commit, it’s as simple as that.

If the world is progressing toward greater well-being due to all the advances in technology, health, wealth, social issues, science, then why are people reporting greater amounts of depression? It's because we're not progressing toward greater well-being as we distance ourself from the original purpose for our existence, which is love of God, self and others. This is the good news in the midst of all the bad news.

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