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A Balanced Approach to Helping the Mentally Ill

(a letter I sent to someone in response to their words of advice) - it's worth reading!!!!
Thank you for your kindness to me yesterday. I know you care about Glen and me and it means a lot that you took the time from your day to share your wisdom with me. While I do appreciate it immensely and I agree with much of it, I do want to share something with you that I think you probably don't understand. (see my post today on Concerts of Hope wall)

There are a wide range of community services available in todays culture. However, many offer temporary solutions to a long term problem. Mental illness has no cure and therefore people who suffer will face continued set backs, stresses, and life management issues. Offering these people a hand up, not a hand out, is a main goal of Concerts of Hope Inc.

Glen and I are not immune from that scenario. Finding what works for him is not what works for many. And today we cannot and will not abandon ship for a temporary solution which sacrifices the…

Loose the Chains of Injustice

Social Justice has been both overlooked and misrepresented within American church culture. I am not talking about an equal distribution of wealth concept, but rather seeing the heart of the church return to it's roots and understand what it means to be a member of the Body of Christ as recorded in Acts. This account in Acts is clear that is was the mission of the church to look after each other and share ones possessions, meet each others needs to the extent that scripture records no one among them had a need. How beautiful would it be to see this form of justice practiced within the walls of every American church!
If that account is not enough then I would encourage a thorough read of Isaiah 58. The heart of the Lord is that we loose the chains of injustice, untie the cords of the yoke, share our food with the hungry, provide the poor wanderer with shelter, clothe the naked, and not turn away from our own flesh and blood. I am convinced that this account of scripture was not …