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June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017 Issue #135

Go to church; reconnect with God

One of the greatest advantages of the single life is you can do whatever you want. One of the greatest disadvantages of the single life is you can do whatever you want.

We singles have less oversight than married people, but we don't always use that opportunity wisely. I want these newsletters to help you grow wiser. That's why this month's featured article is about going to church.

If you're still reading (and about half have moved down the page), you can't honestly say you love God if you don't attend church services regularly. You can make excuses, but that's just shifting the blame. Man up, or woman up, as the case may be.

The best reason to go to church is because God wants you to. And contrary to how it seems some days, God always wants what's best for you. He knows you need the companionship of worshipping with other people. He knows when you show gratitude for what you do have, you're less worried about what you don't have.

I feel very strongly about this not just because it's a commandment of God ("Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy."), but because you will get so much out of it.

If you're already attending church services regularly, terrific! Keep it up. If not, let's see if I can convince you to go to church.

Go ahead on

Do I exist or don't I?
I ask myself every day.
Ignored, neglected, scorned, rejected.
But it won't make me go away.

There's a way forward
when my strength is gone.
God whispers to me:
"Go ahead on."

He says, "Stand firm,
be brave and courageous,
when the lines of battle are drawn.
I am with you always,
so keep moving forward.
Take heart, go ahead on."

I put on my armor,
I take up my sword.
I start at the first gleam of dawn.
With the Spirit inside me
I draw on his power.
I conquer.
I go ahead on.

~ Jack Zavada, 2017 ~

Albert Schweitzer: Spot-on with June's QOTM

June's Quote of the Month comes from Albert Schweitzer, medical missionary, author, musician, and lecturer:

Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
~ Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) ~

One of the bad things about being a single person is feeling alone. When we neglect worship in church, we do feel like orphans. We lose our connection with our Father that is only possible in group worship.

God commands us "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." Here's one thing I've learned about the Ten Commandments: God gave them to us to keep us out of trouble. But the best reason for going to church is to show God how much you love him.

Mad at God? Tell him what's bothering you. Happy with God? Sing your heart out. Confused by God? Ask him for understanding. When you take your life to church, God pours his life into you.

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The beauty of being peculiar

When you belong to a church as a single person, you may feel peculiar. Many of the sermons and activities are geared toward married couples. In fact, most married pastors are unable to relate to the unique problems we singles deal with every day.

But instead of letting that frustrate you, I ask you to remember the King James Version of the Bible's use of the word "peculiar": "for thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." (Deut. 14:2) In the KJV, this meant a special people, a treasured possession. And that's what we singles are, regardless of the insensitive treatment of other human beings. We have to overlook their blunders.

Singleness is not a curse, but neither is it a blessing. It's a mystery, to me. I've given up asking why.

What we have to keep reminding ourselves is that we are powerfully and passionately loved by God. Each of us is peculiar--specially treasured--by him, set apart for his love. With that knowledge, we can endure difficult situations with a smile. God is for you.

As our poem in the June issue said, you are his treasure, fellow single.

Let's hear your concerns -- anonymously

One of the neat features about our secure contact form is that it allows people to submit comments anonymously. At the top of the form are places for name and email address. Simply leave those blank and there are NO identifiers on your comment.

This month I'm asking you, Inspire-O-Gram readers, to anonymously submit your concerns as a single person. What bugs you? What do you like about it? What do you wish you could change? I'll use that information to write future articles and to make more relevant to visitors.

Thanks for your help -- whoever you are!

The big news from hereabouts is I'm turning my most popular ebook, Hope for Hurting Singles, into a PAPERBACK BOOK!!

It's in the early stages right now, but I hope to have it available this fall from What's more, I spent all last year completely updating and revising it.

I'll have more news on that as it develops. Stay tuned, fellow singletons!

So there's your June Inspire-O-Gram. Don't forget to send me your anonymous gripes and comments about the single life, using our secure

Thanks for reading, single friend. See you again in July,

PS: That's not me above. It's an anonymous subscriber emailing me his gripes!

Jack Zavada
401 Indiana Ave
Streator, IL 61364 USA

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