Christmas Oasis

This time of year, with people running around like the White Rabbit and acting like the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, getting caught up in the hype and the materialism of worldly Christmas, there are some who engage in the true spirit of Christmas.  The Marrazzo family will serve the homeless and needy when they spend Christmas day hosting a Christmas dinner, as they’ve been doing every Christmas.

Details: http://www.ahtn.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Marrazzo-Christmas-dinner-flyer.pdf

The meal is an oasis in a desert of incessant ads and jingles, clichés that wear on the nerves. It’s good to know that beyond the surface glitter there is something noble.

Christ was born in Bethlehem to save us from sin and to show us the way – to become more like him. Jesus healed the sick and lame and helped the downtrodden, accepting them for whom they are, a creature made in the image of God.

Christmas is not just about a baby in the manger. It’s about Jesus coming to earth, being one of us, suffering like humans, being tempted but, being perfect, he had victory over sins on our behalf. It was the gift given graciously out of mercy for our fallen state.

The annual Marrazzo family Christmas meal was an act of compassion. Helping those who have nowhere to go for Christmas have the companionship of others, many of whom only see each other’s at the meals shows shares the joy and self-sacrificing love of Jesus, the reason for the season.

Like other community meals hosted by local churches in Bucks County, they are more than just a meal. Man does not live by bread alone. The meals are a place for the homeless and those in need to feel welcomed and where they can socialize with friends. It’s a place where people can be kept up to date with the latest news and what’s happening in their lives. Information in the homeless community is most often passed on by oral tradition, word of mouth.

In the midst of all the surface glitter and manic, worldly ways this season, we need to be reminded what Christmas is about. A Christmas poem illustrates this:

All Christmas Poetry 

The True Meaning of Christmas 

by Brian K. Walters 

In todays day and time,

 it’s easy to lose sight,

 of the true meaning of Christmas

 and one special night.

When we go shopping,

 We say “How much will it cost?”

 Then the true meaning of Christmas,

 Somehow becomes lost.

Amidst the tinsel, glitter

 And ribbons of gold,

 We forget about the child,

 born on a night so cold.

The children look for Santa

 In his big, red sleigh

 Never thinking of the baby

 Whose bed was made of hay.

In reality when we look into the night sky,

 We don’t see a sleigh

 But a star, burning bright and high.

A faithful reminder,

 Of that night so long ago,

 And of the child we call Jesus,

 Whose love, the world would know.

This year we lost two of our sisters who have spent a season in the homeless community. Made in the image of God, we greatly valued them. So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27  They have greatly touched our lives.

As one of the hosts at the last community meal at Restoration Church pleaded, “be kind to one another.”

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.”     John 1:4,5

Christmas is about light, the light the apostle John wrote about where Jesus took humans out of the dark, clueless world and into His light of righteousness. The light leads us to a life centered on God and his ways. Those who follow Christ  become more like him, not thinking of self but of others, putting their interests above theirs, sacrificing the way people do to provide a Christmas meal for the homeless and needy.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Every Thought Captive

Another shooting! This time at the airport in Florida.

Why is this always happening?

Being controlled to murder earthlings by an alien force can certainly be ruled out. But actions begin as a thought: hatred, malice and envy – evil thoughts. We all have evil thoughts; nobody is perfect. But when we entertain these thoughts and hold them captive, we end up acting on them.

“The tongue utters only what is already in the heart (Matthew 12:34). Acts of sin besides what the tongue commits proceed from the same evil heart (Matthew 15:17-20). Matthew 7:16-18 confirms the impossibility of changing an evil heart, as it can never produce good fruit. God must completely replace it with a wholly different nature for it to produce good fruit! Before being changed, it can produce only evil fruit.”  -Matthew 15:17-20

Cops: Mental Health Crisis Led To Fatal Birthday Stabbing reads the headlines of an article on LevittownNow.com about a man who came home at four in the morning  and attacked his girlfriend with a knife. Although the police state that this sudden attack was a “rapid descent into a major mental health problem,” weeks before, the attacker’s parents saw there was a problem with this “peaceful, well respected and generous” man.  http://levittownnow.com/2016/10/15/mental-health-crisis-led-to-fatal-birthday-stabbing/

What fuels evil acts such as mass shootings?

Since the Garden of Eden, humans were tempted.  Satan, in the form of a snake, tempted Adam and Eve, telling them that if they eat the forbidden fruit they would be like God, knowing good and evil and will gain wisdom. The crafty snake also told our first parents that God didn’t mean it when he said they will die if they disobey Him. Since then, people have been following the father of lies.

Lies have been circulating before and after the election of Donald Trump. One common, persistent lie is that Mr. Trump is a racist. Not only is this false witness, not based on any evidence, but is counterproductive and harmful to the black community. Professor of Economics at George Mason University Walter E Williams expounds on this thought: http://walterewilliams.com/blacks-and-politicians/

Just as Dr. Williams urges people to stop tolerating and making excuses for the despicable and destructive behavior of individual blacks, some people have put a lid on bad behavior of homeless individuals who exhibit outlandish behavior at the community meals, particularly coming to the meals drunk, verbally and physically threatening other guests as well as actually attacking people! One such person in now in the Bucks County jail.

As a result of holding people accountable for their behavior, the community meals have been peaceful. People not only eat in peace, but have a wonderful time meeting with friends and edifying one another.

To stop bad behavior, you must understand and act on the root cause. It’s sin. All the King’s Horses and All The King’s Men in government can’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again. We hear the incessant mantra that “drug addiction” is a disease and not a character flaw, weakness. Operating under this premise has exacerbated the epidemic of overdoses, many fatal. Of course, as is the case with liberals, results don’t matter, just as long as people praise their intentions and they get their money!

“Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.”  -Hosea 6:1