Devotional for Saturday and Sunday December 19-20

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating is good for us”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel.” Matthew 1:23 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Our world needs Jesus”
 
One of the old hymns we often sing at Christmastime is “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”. It speaks of the Old Testament Jews crying out in their captivity for the Messiah to come and rescue them:
 
“O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel, Shall come to thee, O Israel …”
 
The song then goes on to sing of the deliverance that will be theirs’, and what a glorious time that will be when the long-awaited Messiah comes to rescue them from their suffering.
 
Our nation today is troubled in many ways, and the people of God are crying out for Jesus to be among us in a new, fresh, and powerful way. Our land needs Jesus. We are a people in distress and we need Immanuel – God with us.
 
This Sunday at Oak Hill Baptist Church we will celebrate Christmas. In the sermon I will teach about what Christmas means for us not just historically and theologically, but in a real and practical way as the lessons of Christmas are applied to the world we live in and to the issues we are faced with.
 
If you’re close to Cumberland County, TN, we invite you to join us. The service begins at 10:00. If you aren’t nearby, or if you’re staying home for health reasons, you can join us live online at 10:00. Just click on to the Oak Hill Baptist Church Facebook page. Or, you can view the recorded service on our website later in the day at www.oakhillbaptist.net.
 
The name “Immanuel” means “God is with us”, and that is true in a very real way. Join us for the service and let’s explore that important truth together.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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