|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Laugh Again”
Our Bible verse for today: “God sets the lonely in families …” Psalm 68:6 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “You need other people”
Our church (Oak Hill Baptist) is a very active church. We have mission trips and community service projects that take us, as a congregation, outside the walls of the church buildings to do things together for others. We also go kayaking and hiking together, we have a group of motorcycle riders, and we have lots of fun social activities. My point is that our church life is vibrant and alive. We’re actively on-mission with Jesus in the world and we have a lot of fun together in the process.
That’s actually an important aspect of church life and it helps us to understand why it’s so important for every Christian to be part of a good church family. Gathering with the church should be a time of spiritual nurture, healing, encouragement, blessings, laughing, loving, and fun. If your church isn’t like that then I encourage you to take the initiative to begin turning it into that. And if you don’t have a church home then visit with us. It won’t be long before you’ll feel right at home.
Psychologists tell us that one of the most troubling and saddest maladies that people suffer from is loneliness. Lonely people are much more likely to be unhealthy and to die younger than those who have lots of family and friends. Church should be a haven for lonely people. God leads lonely people to church so they will have friends and so they will be part of a family environment. And also, so they will have good reason to be upbeat, joyful, and to laugh a lot. If you want a good laugh, just hang around Oak Hill Baptist Church for a little while. We’ll fix you right up!
I read a statement recently that really caught my attention and helped to convince me all over again that we all need to be part of a good church family. It was a health study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School. They tracked 7,000 people over nine years, studying their overall health and evaluating the conditions that produced that health in that person. Here’s what it said, “People who had bad health habits (such as smoking, poor eating habits, obesity, or alcohol use) but strong social ties lived significantly longer than people who had great health habits but were isolated.”
Do you understand what that means? Eating Twinkies with friends is better than eating broccoli alone! It’s true! The research proves it!
At Oak Hill Baptist Church the first Sunday of every month is “Donut Sunday” (I’m being serious, this is real – we feed everyone donuts on the first Sunday of every month). So there you have it, if you want to be happy and live a long life you need to come and eat donuts with us on Sundays.
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