Devotional for Friday September 18th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “But I will sing of your strength and will joyfully proclaim your faithful love in the morning. For you have been a stronghold for me, a refuge in my day of trouble. To you, my strength, I sing praises, because God is my stronghold – my faithful God.” Psalm 59:16-17 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Experience God’s love by praising Him for it.”
 
The Christian calendar year is structured around a series of feasts, celebrations, and special days, all of which are designed to bring the people of God regularly into the presence of God for special times of praise and thanksgiving. Depending on which tradition you belong to within the Christian community, those days may include (beginning in January): The Baptism of Jesus; Saint Valentine’s Day; Ash Wednesday; Saint Patrick’s Day; Palm Sunday; Good Friday; Easter; Pentecost; All Saints Day; Thanksgiving; Christmas; and New Year’s Eve. There are more, but those are the major ones.
 
Actually, we Christians adopted that tradition from our Jewish friends. There are no less than seventeen major feasts and celebrations on the Jewish calendar, and for the same reason. They are scheduled times designed to bring God’s people together to celebrate some particular expression of His great love for us. We do it because intentionally celebrating God’s love is one of the best ways to experience God’s love. At such times our minds are focused on Him, our hearts are drawn back to Him, and we are reminded in powerful ways of how much He loves us.
 
This coming Sunday we at Oak Hill Baptist Church will celebrate our annual Homecoming Day. It’s a Sunday at the beginning of the new church year (which begins in September) when we gather as a church family to celebrate what God has done in and through our church in the past year, and we anticipate with eagerness what He plans to do in the year to come.
 
This year we especially have a lot to celebrate. After eight months of going through a pandemic, we’ve had no major illnesses and no deaths from Coronavirus in our church family. And after three months of being shutdown and not meeting at all, we’re back together again and our church life is slowly returning to normal.
 
Yes, it will be a time of celebration and thanksgiving. It will be a time of loving God and loving each other. It will be a time of remembering how very blessed we are, and of how much God obviously loves us and cares for us. If you’re anywhere near Crossville, TN this Sunday morning we invite you to join us. One of the best ways to experience God’s love is to join with others and praising Him for it.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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