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Pastor Post - January 18, 2017

It was great to be back in worship this past week, after the winter storm. We celebrated baptism, and talked about the importance of “Cherishing the Lord’s Day,” studying Hebrews 10:19-25.

Verses 24-25 of that great text give this command: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

The writer of Hebrews is pushing back against a tendency to grow slack in our church attendance. We should cherish the opportunity to meet for weekly worship! It should be the day we look forward to with great anticipation, and pray for with great expectation. By meeting together for Bible Study and worship, we show our love for God, and for others. It is a simple way of “honoring God as God, and giving thanks to Him” (Romans 1). It is also a simple way to connect with and show love for other people. We come to Bible Study and worship not only to be encouraged, but to encourage others.

So in 2017, don’t miss a Sunday unless you absolutely have to. (I say this knowing that there are many people who do have to miss, due to jobs, travel, etc… But that makes it all the more important not to miss on Sundays when you are not working, not out of town, etc…) When you miss church, the church misses you, and you miss the importance of a vital part of spiritual growth.

If you were unable to be there this past Sunday, I would encourage you to listen or watch the recording of this message. I think it will help you understand the biblical importance of cherishing the Lord’s Day.

This week we will continue in our three-week long Reset series, as we talk about “Stewarding the Lord’s Resources.” As Christians, are we owners or managers? The Bible says we are managers of all that God has given us, and that’s everything. We’ll study 2 Corinthians 9:1-15.

I hope to see you this Sunday!

As we gather on Sunday, we will have a new President. As President Trump and Vice-President Pence begin their term, let them do so with your prayers. Our nation and our world have so many needs, and leaders make a huge difference. That’s why God commands us to pray for them. Let us be faithful about doing so!

By His Grace, For His Glory, To The Nations,

Dr. Thurman Hayes, Jr.