"You shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart, as when one sets out to the sound of the flute to go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel." (Isaiah 30:29)
One way we express gladness is celebration – a feast of good food, good music, and a glad heart in communion with God’s people.
The Lord did not ordain the church special days or annual festivals. The church herself have made certain days holidays in celebration, for example, Christ’s birth and his resurrection. In the Old Testament God did order several festival days for Israel. (See Leviticus 23-24). These feast days in varying degrees had five purposes – 1. REMEMBRANCE, the feast was related to something the Lord had performed or provided Israel in the past and the feast was for the purpose of never forgetting his care. 2. RITUAL, some kind of offering or practice that symbolized the significance for the feast. 3. TRADITION, the designated day was celebrated throughout the generations, as a statue forever. 4. WITNESS, the celebration would be a teaching moment for children. 5. WORSHIP, because of obedience, reflection, and reciting what the Lord had done, worship ensued with humbled hearts.
Sunday we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the founding of All Nations Baptist Church. For us it should be more than a milestone of years. May it be a memorial in similitude of old. The local church is the work of the Lord and unlike the perpetual existence of the prospective church universal, the Lord sustains or removes local churches according to his will. Therefore we are grateful he has a work yet ahead for us. We are grateful that many have gone out from us as his representatives and of us. Even some, who have gone out without the Lord, left having heard the gospel and having tasted the Christian experience among us. We are hopeful our Lord will bring us others to minister, to disciple, and to send out. Hallelujah Praise God!
--E.C. Malone 08/07/15