With the Christmas Carols, we can sing our way out of depression. This Advent season don’t allow yourself to be overcome by depression and anxiety.
This hymn dates back to at least the 16th Century:
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay;
Remember Christ, our Saviour,
Was born on Christmas day,
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
According to Merriam Webster, “rest” used, as a verb means “to free from anxiety or disturbance.” The definition of “dismay” is “to cause to lose courage or resolution (as because of alarm or fear).”
Satan goal is to “to kill, and to steal and to destroy” by tormenting men with “mental disorders” even to the place where they lose the will to live. Christ came into the world that “we might have life and life more abundantly.”—John 10:10
The Incarnation of Christ bodes tidings of comfort and joy. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter in times of life’s struggles and challenges; he brings joy as opposed to sorrow.
Students scorn me for suggesting one can overcome “chemical imbalances” by singing.
Well, there is something else required; you must sing from your heart (will), not simply from you mind or emotions. Simply believe!
Resolve to have peace of mind!
In my unqualified support of President Trump many unbelievers and even many Christians have claimed I am hypocritical and inconsistent in holding him up as a brother in the Lord, while I daily condemn sin on campus. They just don’t see how Trump can possibly be regarded as a Christian.
I fear that if they were actually well read in evaluating David’s reign as King, they might well question whether David was a true believer. Most Christians are familiar with the Acts 13:22, where God says, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”
However, God’s judgment of David’s character seems inconsistent at times. A less known evaluation of David says, “But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, You have shed blood abundantly, and have made great wars: you shall not build a house unto my name, because you have shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.”—1 Chronicles 22:8
God considered that David had unnecessarily resorted to war, death and destruction in upholding his Kingdom.
In Gary Greenberg’s book, “The Sins of King David,” the author claims, “David was a corrupt and ambitious mercenary who committed treason against Israel by working with its enemies to seize the throne from King Saul; an ambitious and ruthless politician who initiated, sanctioned, or condoned murder and assassination as a way to eliminate political rivals, royal or otherwise; a Philistine vassal who used an army of malcontents to terrorize and conquer the Kingdom of Judah while Saul was still on the throne; a usurper who went to war against Israel after Saul’s death and imposed himself as king over the nation of Israel by military force; a cruel and unjust tyrant who used foreign mercenaries to centralize power under his direct control and who oppressed the people of Israel with high taxes and forced labor; a military imperialist who waged wars of conquest against his neighbors and exposed the peaceful Israelites to military counter-attacks that left many dead, wounded, or widowed.”
David’s many enemies would have agreed with Greenberg. On the other hand, most serious Biblical students would not be as critical of David as Greenberg is. But for those who judge according to outward appearance and do not judge righteously (John 7:24) upon learning more of King David’s monarchy would likely think he is a candidate for Hell. Many contemporary Christians would not accept King David as a man having the Spirit of Christ, if they really knew all the facts. He did not seem to exercise the ethics of the Sermon on the Mount.
On several occasions David turned the other cheek towards Saul, but with other enemies he could be quite vindictive. His many imprecatory prayers in Psalms do not measure up in the judgment of many Christians to loving your enemies or the principles of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Of course, we all know of David’s adultery with Bathsheba and his murder of her husband, Uriah, by sending him to the front lines of the battle to be killed.
Some may be familiar with David pride, which led him to do a census of Israel, which resulted in God bringing terrible judgments on the people of Israel. The Chronicler considers this sin to have been so bad that the devil himself was behind the census.
David was a weak father, who failed to discipline his children, which resulted in the rebellion of his son, Absalom. David had multiple wives, which resulted in much conflict within his family. Yet, even those who are aware of the faults and failures of David and his sins still regard him as a heroic example of the faith as does the N.T. Book of Hebrews.
What are we to make of the evaluation of 1 Kings 15:5? The scripture says, “David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.”
Notice there is no mention of David’s adultery nor of him numbering Israel. Could it be said that God had forgotten David’s failures and transgressions because of David’s deep repentance? However, his sin against Uriah was so grievous it was still on God’s mind.
After Jesus had forgiven the woman caught in adultery, he said to the Pharisees, “You judge after the flesh, I judge no man.”—John 8:15. There is too much pharisaical judgment against Trump. The pharisees judged by human standards, they did not look beneath the surface and learn to judge righteously.
David’s transgressions in his personal life, some of which carried over into his public life as is virtually inevitable with Christian rulers such as David and Constantine the Great, may not measure up to what men generally expect out of a Christian in our time, nor does President Trump’s life seem to be on the level of the Sermon on the Mount.
President Trump should be judged by a righteous judgment not by hypocrites with a self-righteous censorial spirit, whose overall lives often do not reach the standard by which they are judging others.
For you never Trumpers, can you name any Republican who would have made a better President that Donald J. Trump? Please explain why your candidate would have accomplished more.
What other Republican has the faith (guts), the stamina, the intelligence and unique experience of Trump to stand against the Washington establishment, the deep state, that is “the swamp”? Who else would or could have withstood the phony media and Hollywood? Who would have been better at interacting with international leaders?
Also, who would have made a better First Lady than Melania? What other woman has the quiet dignity and poise of Mrs. Trump? Do any of our American bred women carry themselves better?
Even most of the Trump defenders usually present the caveat that Trump isn’t perfect, that he has made his mistakes, etc., etc. I think he had done everything right since he announced his candidacy. He is the perfect man for the job. No one could have come close to excelling President and Mrs. Donald J. Trump.
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.
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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.