Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: April

Holy Days

Greetings in Christ Jesus,

     As always, our prayer is that this will find you doing well and rejoicing in the goodness of Jesus Christ. He is the Bread of Life and in Him we hunger no longer. He is the Water of Life and in that refreshing fountain, we will never thirst again. In the physical body we get hungry and thirsty; that is the physical world. But in the spiritual world, Jesus Christ satisfies us completely in Himself. Psalm 36:7-9 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. 8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. 9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

     By the time that you read thisr, Easter will either be upon us or it will be a day or two past. In terms of the calendar, the last major holiday of Christian significance will have taken place until Christmas 2018. That is what the world thinks. Sadly, that is what many within the church also think. But that’s not true at all.

     The word ‘holiday’ is actually a new spelling of the words ‘holy day’ and with this updated spelling of the word(s), there is an updating of the way that we look at certain dates on the calendar. Every Sunday is a ‘holy day’; a holiday if you will. It is the day set aside by the Church to recognize and remember that on that Sunday morning after Passover, Jesus Christ rose from the grave in complete victory. Every Lord’s Day is a holy day.

     “What about churches like Cowboy Churches or churches that meet on other days of the week? Are those days holy days too?” Absolutely! In Mark 2:27 Jesus said that the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. In other words, Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath’s rest 7 days a week. The Pharisees said that only one day a week was a holy day; the Sabbath Saturday. Jesus said that was wrong. Every day that we as believers enter into the perfected work of salvation through Christ’s sufferings and sacrifice is a holy day; a holiday; every day!

     Every day we should remember what He did for us and what our salvation cost when Jesus died for us on the cross; every day. God’s challenge for us every day is, “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Now, if we live daily by that one concept alone, why should holy days (holidays) ever stop?

     Quickly, the Re-visioning of Park Place has begun. If you haven’t been here in a while, come on back and see what God is doing here in your church.

 Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell