The Soul Doctor’s prescription for depression:
During the Christmas season we are subjected ad nauseam to articles and stories about depression increasing during the holidays. We have to hear the usual calls to pray for those who are depressed, lonely and anxious.
Christmas is a festive season, not a time for sadness or melancholy. Get into the Christmas Spirit. What is the Christmas Spirit, but the Spirit of Christ?
Two millenniums ago God took upon human flesh (The Incarnation) to save us from our sins and give us a peace of mind which passes all understanding.
The church has given us wonderful hymns to help us get into the Christmas Spirit. Those of you, who are tempted with depression or the blues sing yourself into a state of joy and hope. What better place to start than the Isaac Watts hymn, “Joy to the World”?
Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart
Prepare Him room
When you allow Jesus to take over the room of your heart there will be no place for downheartedness.
Gen 12: “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will MAKE OF THEE A GREAT NATION, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Like God’s obedient and faithful servant, Abraham, the father of our faith, President Trump is an unabashed nationalist. He said, “A globalist is a person that wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much. And you know what? We can’t have that. You know, they have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, really, we’re not supposed to use that word. You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, OK? I’m a nationalist.”
The Arbella was one of eleven ships carrying over a thousand Puritans to Massachusetts in 1630. It was the largest original venture ever attempted in the English New World. On ship John Winthrop, penned the Arbella Covenant, stating that our Puritan fathers were to be an example for the rest of the world in rightful living. He defined their purpose clearly: “We shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us.”
The passengers were determined to be a beacon for the rest of Europe, “A Modell of Christian Charity,” in the words of the Governor Winthrop.
President Ronald Reagan in his January 11, 1989, farewell address to the nation affirmed the Arbella Covenant:
“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.”
President Trump’s determination to build that wall is in keeping with Winthrop’s and Reagan’s vision of city walls with gates allowing those with ambitions to contribute to the American experiment to enter the country and work to build a greater America.
God is clearly a nationalist, who made covenant with Abraham to MAKE A GREAT NATION. Our forefathers considered America to be the New Israel. Reagan endeavored to renew the covenant of our Puritan fathers. Trump is striving to defend the borders from the hordes from without and from within, who have a godless and contrary globalist vision.
Pilgrim ECONOMICS!!💰Although religious freedom was a Pilgrim priority, it was not their primary reason for coming to the New World. 🧐They had fled the persecutions of England and lived in Holland with freedom to worship for a decade. 🙏 So why leave Holland?? 🤨 Two issues that concern us all, motivated our Pilgrim fathers: children and economics. Even in the 17th century, the morals of the Dutch were very low and were a terrible influence on the youth. The Pilgrims had been farmers but they were forced to work long and gruesome hours in the Dutch textile industry. They were aging prematurely and barely making ends meet. The Pilgrims were willing to risk all for a better life for their offspring and the hope for economic prosperity for all! Their faith and industry laid the foundation for the country and economic system that has provided the highest standard of living for the most amount of people with the greatest religious freedom know to man! Let us thank God and follow the example of our forefathers👏 What are we doing to make it better for the next generation?👶
The Tower of Babel represents godless man’s vision of globalism, which is one world humanistic government, as opposed to nationalism, which acts as a restraint upon men.
After the Deluge, “God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” This was a renewal with his covenant with Adam,
God wanted the sons of Noah to establish godly nations throughout the world. However, men disobeyed. They said, “Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”
Men did not want to be scattered; they wanted to be unified as a people “with one language and one speech.” They sought to make a name for themselves, instead of glorifying the name of the Lord. God perceived that men desired to compete with him and be like him by making a tower reaching towards heaven.
This prideful attitude was nothing new. It was the original sin of Lucifer, who thought he knew better than his Creator and wanted to be like the most high God. Alas, he did not want to be like God in character, which was legitimate, but he simply wanted to be godlike in power.
The serpent enticed our mother, Eve, to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil by promising that she would be “as gods.” Had she and her husband passed the test, they would have learned to be holy like God.
Alas, even after losing Paradise, men continued with the insolence of Lucifer and Adam, which result in the Great Flood.
As the people of Shinar were building up to heaven; God humbled himself and came down to confound their language.
Like in the days before the flood, men’s imaginations were only evil and God knew if they continued in their rebellious unity, there would be nothing restraining them in their evil intentions and imaginations. God did not destroy the tower; it was not the problem. The high-mindedness of the men was the problem.
“So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city,” which God had commanded Noah’s descendants to do, instead of building one world government with man as supreme, not God.
On the Day of Pentecost God reversed this judgment by enabling Christians “to speak with other tongues, as the spirit gave them utterance.” This was a baptism of power and boldness to strengthen them to evangelize the world and bring the nations under God. They were not to build a tower; they were to build the Kingdom of Heaven.
In these last days God raised up America to be the epicenter to evangelize the world. Making America great again will be the catalyst and the result of renewing the Pilgrim and Puritan mission to disciple the nations. Alas, consider the godless condition of Massachusetts today, one of the most pagan states in our Union with a would-be Indian Squaw representing the state in the U.S. Senate.
One might wonder whether the utter burning of Paradise, California, could not be a sign of God’s displeasure over men ignoring the lesson of the Tower of Babel. After all, Paradise, California had the right name, but did they have the right behavior? If so, who knows what’s next on God’s hit list? Could it be the UN, which is the epitome of one world government?
After the flood God promised not to destroy the world again with water and he put the rainbow in the cloud as a token of his everlasting covenant with men. Perverted men have taken the beautiful sign and turned into a symbol of their perversion and rebellion against the natural order. God’s final destruction of the earth will be by fire. For decades the winds of sin have been blowing from California to the East.
California is burning!
In keeping with the teachings of Jesus and his apostles, Joel Osteen demands excellence and diligence and opposes mediocrity and slothfulness. Many believers wallow in the mire of mediocrity; instead of showing initiative, they oppose Joel’s teachings on the old fashion virtues of profit and industry.
Uninformed Christians accuse Joel of not preaching against sin. The fact is that Joel preaches against sins of the heart, which other ministers tend to ignore. Traditionally, sloth has been regarded as one of the seven deadly or cardinal sins. Few of Joel’s detractors have the energy and smarts that he has to build the Kingdom of God on earth.
Joel’s messages from Lakewood Church in Houston are broadcast world-wide 24/7 via TV and series radio. He has been a best-selling author of books written to encourage men to do great things for God and their fellows. Instead of appreciating his challenging teachings, they demean him by referring to him nor as preacher or pastor, but merely as a “motivational speaker.”
A number of my businessmen friends have told me over the years that they prefer not to hire Christians, because the Christian employee tends to have an entitlement mentality; he thinks that his employer ought to overlook his tardiness and laziness. They expect to be rewarded for their Jesus’ talk more than their productive work. Other Christians are content to be on the dole year after year.
What is behind all the unjust criticism of Joel Osteen? I suspect that Joel’s teachings, personal diligence and success convicts the slackers of their own shortcomings and sins with which they have learned to be content and which they are not interested in changing. The problem is not Joel but their envy of Joel and their lack of faith to do great exploits for God.
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Dictionary.com defines commons sense as “sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training,or the like; normalnative intelligence.”
Engineer and theologian, Harry Conn, used to accuse college students as being “educated away from their common sense.”
Common sense is not usually valued in academia. Students and faculty are fixed on data and the opinion of the experts. To qualify as an expert, one has to have a PhD in a specialized field of knowledge.
In politics you have your “policy wonks,” who never get too far politically as they tend to be boring, like Al Gore and Hillary.
Pundits like to refer to President Trump as a populist. Trump does not call himself a populist. He does describe himself as a believer in and advocate of common sense.
The pundits are often lacking in practical knowledge, which is why they could never imagine a Trump presidency. Trump did not rely on the experts with their endless polling data. He trusted in his instincts.
Alas, even after Trump’s many victories, there are still the “Never Trumpers,” which are mostly the policy wonk types or the ones who think they went to “the best schools.” When will they ever learn?
In appealing to common sense, President Trump is attracting the common man, who responds enthusiastically, because Trump articulates what they intuitive know. But they lack the platform to spread their political beliefs.
Fred Trump used to take his son to his building sights, where the boy learned from his father to value the advice of the working man on sight more than the educated experts in the high office buildings with their abundance of statistics. In learning to value the opinion of the working man over the experts, he saved himself millions of dollars as he built the Trump enterprises.
Prior to my conversion to Christianity, my desire was to be a good liberal. I read John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society and The Industrial State. I remember that his Keynesian economics never made sense to me. I concluded I must not be intelligent enough to understand so I just accepted his views since he was the expert and one of the leading spokesmen for liberalism of the 1960’s.
The Bible, especially the Proverbs, appeals to old fashion virtues like initiative and industry, faith and frugality as the way to affluence. After reading the Bible and studying economists such as Milton Friedman, who pleaded for common sense, I decided that my problem was not lack of intelligence or education. In fact, it was not my problem at all. The problem with liberalism is that it does not make sense. It doesn’t promote prosperity. Capitalism is practical in that it has made Americans the most prosperous people with the most economic freedom in the history of mankind.
After much thought, I have concluded that we need another Punitive Expedition into Mexico such as General John J. Pershing led in 1916 against the Poncho Villa, who had raided Columbus, NM and killed 16 Americans, mostly civilians.
Pershing routed Villa’s forces but failed to capture Villa. Lieutenant George S. Patton was Pershing’s protégé in this border war.
If we allow the mad motley mob of multitudes to reach our border, catch and release laws make it virtually impossible to stop the louses from being released into our general population.
The President should consider drawing a red line a certain distance from the border and not allow the caravan to proceed any closer to our Southern border.
Stop ‘em before they get here!
Do we have another Pershing or Patton in our military?
What should we call the expedition should it become necessary?
After about 15 minutes of preaching at Butler University last Monday, I had no crowd. The police told Bro. Frank that since the lunch break was over, we would not get much attention today. (They were hoping we would leave. Bro Jed was home so it was just the three of us.)
Even though it looked like the police were right because the only people around where the 3 fraternity boys across the street who had brought their stereo to the porch to mock the preaching by blasting Highway to HELL, I commented, that’s what they think. I’m getting a crowd.
I did have some doubts, but preached on in faith. I looked across the street and started calling the fraternity boys out! In a few, three of them marched over to confront me in an intimidating way. The police probably groaned because that was the beginning of a meeting that lasted until 4:30.
In another post I will tell you more of the great things that happened on the day that I ignored the discouraging words, but for now, you’re take away is ignore the “evil report” and step out in faith!! We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!!
Psalm 72 was in my devotional reading today. It is King David’s prayer of blessing upon his son, King Solomon. Our dear President Trump has the same blessing upon him! Notice how David instructs us to pray for our leader! #MAGA
“Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.
The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.
He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth. In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight. And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.
There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.
Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen. The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.”
Psalms 72:1-20 KJV