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Sunday's Message
November 18, 2018


My mom knew how to celebrate! When my sister and I were young Mom owned a beauty shop behind our house. For our birthdays she would close down the shop and dedicate that day to us. We had special themes. I remember my sister’s Purple People Eater theme, for example, with an appropriate figurine on top of the cake. On the holidays we would have special feasts. The featured item for Christmas was steak, for New Years it was ham and for Thanksgiving, it was a turkey. She always bemoaned the fact the newly cooked turkey was so ugly that it looked like someone pelted it with a shotgun. But it was always great! The feasts inspired in me a spirit of gratitude.
Sunday I’m preaching on “Thank God with a Feast” from Exodus 12:1-14. Israel was enslaved but God had sent nine plagues to convince the Egyptians to let the Hebrews go free. Finally, he sent the angel of death to strike the firstborn of each household except where a family had put the blood of a lamb on the doorposts and lintel. The angel would see that blood and simply pass over. Meanwhile, the spared family would eat the Passover lamb and other elements of a feast. This was like our Thanksgiving. It was a national and religious celebration of God’s saving grace.
When you eat your Thanksgiving meal with family and friends make it a celebration of God’s goodness. Let it announce that you’re going to start all over again and no longer be a slave to anger and selfishness. Let it be a statement that you are ready to do God’s will, that you have been saved by the blood of the Lamb and that you will celebrate that salvation forever. It’s good for families to have traditions. Make sure your tradition celebrates God’s goodness. Let your kids think of you as someone who knows how to celebrate!
With love in Christ,
Dr. Jim Meek


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