Devotional for Saturday and Sunday January 9-10

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name. For the Lord is good, and his faithful love endures forever; his faithfulness, through all generations.” Psalm 100:4-5 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Feed your soul”
 
It’s been a tough week for us here in the USA. We’re still in the middle of a surging pandemic; the economy is still struggling, with millions unemployed; and a very nasty Presidential election cycle came to disastrous conclusion with an angry mob actually storming the halls of Congress. Virtually all Americans are grieved that it came to that. Some feel strongly that the election was stolen from their candidate, others feel just as strongly that it wasn’t. Either way, as a nation we are all hurting and we need to heal.
 
First, we need spiritual healing – we need to feed and nurture our souls. We need to take some steps to reorient ourselves. The social, economic, and political issues of our day are vitally important and we should be concerned about them. And yet, there’s a higher and more important reality to consider. As Christians we are citizens of whatever country we live in on earth, but we’re citizens of the kingdom of God first. We should be concerned about and involved in the issues of the day in whatever society we live in, but we should be more focused on the Kingdom of God.
 
And therein lies the good news for us. Despite what’s happening in the USA at the moment, the kingdom of God, which we’re a part of, is doing just fine. In Matthew 16:18 Jesus told us that He would build His church and all the forces of hell would not prevent it. That has proven to be true. The Church has survived and thrived for over two thousand years. It has transcended cultures, borders, languages, generations, and changes in government. Today there are more Christians in the world than at any previous time in history. This is what the Psalmist was referring to in Psalm 100:5 when he wrote, “For the Lord is good, and his faithful love endures forever; his faithfulness, through all generations.” “Through all generations …” That’s why regardless of social, political, economic, or any other issues of the day, God’s people throughout the generations have joyfully gone to their places of worship to praise God, to engage in discipleship, to fellowship with one another, and to grow spiritually.
 
Resilient Christians stay resilient by nurturing their souls. They come together with brothers and sisters in Christ in their houses of worship and they feed their souls on praise, worship, study, and fellowship. That keeps them strong and it keeps the Church growing despite all turbulence, the ups and downs, and sometimes even chaos, of events in the world.
 
I encourage you to do that this Sunday. You need it. Your soul needs it. Attend your own church, or join us at Oak Hill Baptist Church in-person, or online on Facebook, or on the church website at http://www.oakhillbaptist.net. The worship service begins at 10:00. In the sermon I will talk more about what happened this past week and how we as the Church can most effectively help our nation to heal. I hope you’ll join us.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim  
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