Posted by Pastor Bob

Weekly Update
December 17, 2017

Pro 15:13 A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.

Now why would I post such an opening verse as this? Especially just one week from the prodigiuos Christmas celebration. First let's define prodigious:

extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.:
a prodigious research grant.
wonderful or marvelous:
a prodigious feat.
abnormal; monstrous.
Obsolete. Ominous.

This definition brings up a lot of thoughts: extrodinary, wonderful, marvelous, abnormal, monstrous, and obsolete. The Christmas celebration can be some of these things for some folks, and yet just the opposite for others.

The Lord showed me, with much clarity that I am to write and video, as a pastor about items #3 & #4 above. You see, my heart cries out in love for those during which this Christmas celebration, this giant feast upon marvelous food, gifts and family, is not within the real world living conditions of so many people, including those whom I am close to. This season for many can indeed be most abnormal and monstrous (atrocious, cruel, dreadful). This season can be most ominous (dark, dismal, gloomy, grim). For some whom have suffered greatly in this sin infested world, this Christmas celebration would become eventually cast into obsolescence, for memories of perhaps once better times have begun to fade as the years go by.

It is known that laughter and good cheer and joy actually add to a man's health and to the length of his life. They bring to life a wonderful dimension that cannot be there if we live in sorrow and pessimism. J. Vernion McGee

We live in a fallen world. There is much hurt and sorrow everywhere. As the result of the ripple effect of sin, each of us are affected in some way or another- even if we think we have it relatively good, at least compared to others.

Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

To surround ourselves among cheerful, enthusiastic people is very welcoming. But there are many broken hearted who lack joy in their lives, whose spirits are broken. A little over half of us have suffered from divorce and broken families. Some have suffered from the "untimely" death of loved ones. And the plight of the suffering goes on and on. This includes Christian Brothers and Sisters as well, and not just the lost souls who do not yet have Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Potentially, this celebration called Christmas brings up emotions-both good and bad.

Proverbs 18:14 The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But as for a broken spirit who can bear it?

You can break your leg and recover from that; but, if your spirit is broken, you are completely broken. Only God can encourage you at a time like that. J. Vernon McGee
So what can we do as Christians to help? That's a really good question, and I wish I had an easy straight answer. I think of all the "good works" programs that we see during this Christmas season. There are several of these programs, several of which operate under the "Christian" umbrella that give toys to children who have few or no toys to celebrate Christmas with. Yet, do these "good works" really relieve a person, child or adult of a broken spirit?

Proverbs12:25 Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.

It is an established fact in medicine and psychiatry that anxiety weighs our hearts down-or put into a more modern term-it causes depression. Clinical depression is an awful debilitating condition. The proverbs tell us that a good word makes one glad. The bottom line is that we need to have Godly discernment in order to help those who suffer this time of year. God will give you just what is needed to help another if you listen to Him for direction. His direction always points to the saving grace of our Lord.

I will close with this verse:
Proverbs12:18 ….But the tongue of the wise brings healing.

I will return next week-on or about Christmas,

Blessings to you!
Pastor Bob

P.S. I have video and audio-I will post these as soon as I have a chance, Pastor Bob