FAMILY DEVOTION FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9
Theme: Our History – Our Future
by Cindy Long
Long before 1944, a seed was planted in the hearts of a group of individuals by the Holy Spirit to establish His church on this hill in Northport, Alabama. Land was donated, a small block building constructed, and God’s church, Chapel Hill Baptist Church was on her way.
History is a wonderful subject. It tells the story of the past and from that, one can understand how the present state came to be. If founding members could share their story about the birth of Chapel Hill, they would probably contain statements of fear, and uncertainties, followed by statements of faith. Starting a new church is a venture of faith. Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of the things that are visible.” In other words, when building a church, God is building something out of nothing and for his children this takes great faith. Without the faith of our congregation’s founders, Chapel Hill Baptist Church would not exist.
Faith has been a constant at Chapel Hill. As the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:5, “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you.” Timothy’s grandmother had this faith and was able to pass it on to her daughter, who then passed it on to Timothy. In this example, faith in God was passed down through three generations. Strong faith is a characteristic that has been passed down from generation to generation of Chapel Hill members. How about your faith? Is it where it needs to be? How can one’s faith be made stronger? It starts with (1) Hearing the Word of God, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) As we hear God’s Word at church, study it in private, and trust God to deliver on His promises, we should (2) Pray. Pray for God to open our hearts and minds to truly understand. (3) Trust the Lord rather than fearing. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” (Psalm 56:3) “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21) Job continued to trust God even though he lost his wealth, health, and children. We should strive to have a faith like Job’s.
Will you apply these principles today? Will you pass along your faith to your children as Timothy’s grandmother Lois did? It is our duty as parents to do just this (Proverbs 22:8).
In closing, think on this story. “A church congregation had met to pray for rain to release a long dry spell. The preacher looked at his flock and said, ‘Brothers and sisters, you all know why we are here. Now, what I want to know is — where are your umbrellas?’”
Would you have taken an umbrella?
SEE REVERSE SIDE FOR THIS WEEK’S “FAMILY CONNECT”
Family Connection: Faith Cookies
Just like we have faith that our car will start when we turn the key or the light will come on when we flip the switch we also have to have faith when it comes to baking cookies. 1)Read Hebrews 11:1 and discuss faith. 2) Select your favorite cookie receipt. 3) Mix all the ingredients together. 4) Place on cookie sheet and put them in the oven. 5) Discuss other areas you have to have faith while you are waiting for them to cook. 6) After 10-12 minutes remove cookies and let cool 7) Thank God for the cookies and enjoy!!!