Yesterday we showed a video on how the Star of Bethlehem. Here is the website to that video!
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Words from the Pastor
Here we are heading towards Christmas day a very rapid pace! I am never really ready but I always look forward to Christmas day. Family and friends. Food and fellowship. It’s a wonderful time of year for me and my family! But some of folks aren’t as ready or as blessed as I am. I read that the suicide rate really increases this time of year. And that is because people have lost all hope. There is nothing for them, they think, left here. But I hope that you and I know different. Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness! But that doesn’t negate the fact that there are people that need hope, need a friend and they need someone to share the love of Jesus with them. And I don’t mean preaching at them, I mean being a friend to them and loving on them and being a shoulder for them to lean on. It seems that people are more open to the gospel of Christ during this Christmas season then any other season.
Depression is real though brothers and sisters. I have seen how it can affect people first hand. I have seen how it destroys family’s and takes away hope. I read the other day that if you rearrange the letters in the word depression you can spell “I Pressed On.” Paul mentions pressing on in his letter to the Church at Philippi. Philippians 3:14 says, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” And if anyone had the right to suffer from depression it would be the Apostle Paul. He was writing this Epistle from prison, he had been shipwrecked, he had been stoned and left for dead and on and on. But he was still pressing on. Still had his eye on the prize.
I think the best way to stand firm and to stand is found in Ephesians 6:10-18: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Did you read that part? “…so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Paul is saying that if you want to overcome your fear, overcome your depression, over come your anxiety, then put on the full armor of God and STAND! Acknowledge that God can do anything and that He loves you and He wants you to be an overcomer and He wants you to stand. Pray this prayer every morning and allow God to do a work in you. Go through every verse and put on the armor that He has given you to wear as a child of God. I think you will be amazed at what happens!
Please let me know if you need anything. You pray for me and I’ll pray for you. Naomi and I love you all. -Pastor Steve