1Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 2His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. 4Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 5A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
6Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. 7He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. 8His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. 9He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. 10The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish
Well no matter where you go people are hustling around buying gifts for one another, some for Christmas and some for Hanukkah. It is a boost for our economy but for others it is a real burden to buy presents that many just cannot afford. I am not trying to tell people not to buy by any means just stating a fact.
While I do not agree with the date of December 25th as being Messiah’s birthday, I do pray that people really do look at the real Messiah and try to extend the seasonal kindness I see so many display to the rest of the year. Loving one another as ourselves is a big job and it is some thing we are supposed to extend 24/7, 365 days a year, not something done in just one month.
Loving our heavenly Father first as Yeshua stated to be the greatest commandment in the Law is something that we need to pursue in each of our lives. Being politically correct and not speaking out when people try to take Yeshua out of the equation is just really against the whole concept of being Christian which means being Christ like or Messiah like.
Do you think Yeshua would turn His head to abortion, Homosexuality, lying, stealing, obscene talk, promiscuity in movies and really in all media and about all things. If He would not then why do believers think it’s okay just to turn their heads and be silent?
Remember we are to be like Him.
Then we come to the giving thing, first and for most the early Church or early believers gathered money to care one for another. The Money was not used for large buildings with such outlandish things inside such as tennis courts or bowling allies, yes there is a church about 7 blocks from the Wichita Mission Church such as this.
Money is supposed to be used to further the salvation of others and to care for the poor, not for cathedrals that stretch into the sky. The House of God should be a storehouse of God so the believers do not want for lack of food and so that the Gospel is furthered. The real poor will not even walk into these places let alone really be found welcome.
There really needs to be some cleaning up in the body of Yeshua in all sects of belief not just Sunday keepers but among the Sabbath keepers alike. As I said people right now are keeping both Christmas and 8 days of Hanukkah the feast of Dedication (most believers celebrate the light of Yeshua coming into the world as Mary was impregnated with Yeshua during this feast) no matter which day or days you keep we should all look deeper into ourselves and make sure that we are indeed being Messiah-like all year round.
On the subject of December 25th, no we do not keep it but we are always open on December 25th. Why? Because most everything and everybody takes that day off. Stores are closed, the library is closed and the agencies that care for the homeless are also closed. So on that day they cannot get in the hangouts to get warm and must stay out side in most cases. This makes and extra day for us which means food, plates, gas etc…each day we are open not counting electric, water, gas bills etc. cost about $300 at the least to open. So we will be open on December 25th as a normal day without any fanfare, when the homeless say Merry Christmas we will wish them Happy Hanukkah but we need to be open!
Oh yes the pictures are last Friday of heavy duty winter, socks, hats, and gloves being given out. They have been shipped to us every year for the last what 7 years? from a family in WI. The homeless really look forward to these it is a great blessing. We gave out about half of what they sent on Friday and tomorrow Tuesday those they did not get them will show up as they will have seen the others with theirs. I pray the father really greatly blesses this family that sent them, as these things are so looked forward to and needed by the homeless.
Also during December we see generally a massive drop in donations, it is generally our worst month for donations. We mailed a newsletter out but have yet to receive much from it. We however are paid up in bills to date due to a large donation of $5,000 that came in and from our online supporters, as well as some mail-in donations that were not reactions from the mail out newsletter. May the Father bless all of you!
We do need to stock food, medications, plates (paper products, mom is praying for $300 to go to Sam’s warehouse for this and stuff like pasta, vegtables..etc) medications I go to the dollar tree and buy. I get great deals on soaps, meds, and tolitries there.
OH yes if you donate by pay-pay and you for what ever reason decide that you need an in the postal mail thank you card, let me know and I will mail you one, email me for the details.
We are still in faith that this ministry is fixing to go through a positive change maybe even still this year, so keep up the intercessory prayers for us and please help if you can!
In His Perfect Peace,
Pastor Dan Catlin Messiah’s Ministry
Wichita Mission Church
900 south Broadway, Whichita, Ks