sermon: How to Combat Future Shock
Preparing for the Future
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 02-Jul-94; Sermon #136; 70 minutes
John Ritenbaugh focuses upon a phenomenon described by Alvin Toffler as Future Shock, a stressful malady caused by an inability to accommodate or adjust to rapid change. Over-stimulation and rapid change (accompanied by the death of permanence) eventually produces apathy and future shock. The antidote to future shock (or attaining the way back to permanence) includes (1) becoming goal oriented toward permanent things (Matthew 6:33), (2) making sure of permanent values (Deuteronomy 4:40; Hebrews 13:8) (3) working to build wholesome habit, custom or routine (Exodus 31:13), and (4) building quality human relationships (Proverbs 17:17; 18:24; 27:10; Ecclesiastes 4:9)
Alvin Toffler Anxiety Change Choices Death of permanence Drifting Eternal things Explosion of knowledge Flood of distractions Friendships Future Shock Goal oriented Habit Jet lag Manna Marriage Permanence Permanent values Spice To and fro Variety in food
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