Devotional for Saturday and Sunday December 23-24

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Living with no excuses”


Our Bible verse for today: “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted. His majesty covers heaven and earth.” Psalm 148:13 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “Treat God like He deserves to be treated.”


The author Stuart Briscoe once observed, “If we knew who God really is, we’d show him a little more respect.” Stuart’s point was that we have an inadequate understanding of God and that results in us treating Him without the honor He is rightly due.


We’re often much too casual in the way we think about God and in the way we approach Him. We’re also sometimes too casual in our worship of Him. The problem isn’t really that we don’t have enough knowledge about God – the Bible tells us everything we need to know about Him. Instead the problem is that we don’t really think deeply about who He is and what He is like. We don’t mediate on His attributes or truly appreciate all that He has done for us and how much He loves us. Our problem isn’t really in the head it’s in the heart.


As I write this it is two days before Christmas 2017. This year Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday. So we will hold our Christmas worship service Sunday morning and our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Sunday night. Christmas is a wonderful reminder of who God is, what He is like, how much He loves us, and all that He has done for us. It’s also at Christmas when our awareness of those truths is most likely to penetrate to the heart level. Our hearts are softer at Christmas than pretty much any other time of the year.


This year in our Christmas sermon at Oak Hill Baptist I’m going to challenge us to take our thinking about God and Christmas to a deeper level. Let’s go beyond the standard superficial focuses (even those that are Christian in nature), and go a little deeper into what it all means and what it teaches us.


If you’re anywhere near Cumberland County, Tennessee then we would like to invite you to join us as at Oak Hill Baptist Church as we celebrate the incarnation of Jesus. Our Christmas worship service will be at 10:00 and our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service begins at 5:00.


We often allow ourselves to become way too casual in our thinking about God and in our worship of Him. We find many excuses for doing so, but it’s never okay. Christmas is an excellent time to renew your heart’s passion for God and to appreciate Him anew for who He really is, and for what He is really like.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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