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This is the day that the Lord hath made.

Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad
in it

I have been reminded of the days that we are given upon this earth.  Various scriptures tell us about these days. For example Psalm 39:4 instructs us to remember “…the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am.”  We need to realize that we are decreasing and coming to an end. Then in verse 5 we see that our days are as a “…handbreadth;” at his best state is altogether vanity.”  Our days are short and empty.  Regardless of how long we live in light of eternity it is but a short time.

Now David tells us that we are to ‘rejoice’ and be ‘glad’ in the days that we are given.  These words carry with them some very interesting meaning.  ‘Rejoice’ means to spin around while being happy and smiling.  To be ‘glad’ should cause us to have a smiley face with our chin up.  David is literally telling us that with each new day we meet we should spin around with our chin up and wear a smiley face.  This is quite a request.  There have been many days when this was not hard to do but I have faced some days when this seemed impossible.  But as I read this verse I do not see that we are given a choice but David says ‘…we will…’ rejoice and be glad.  In my dealings with my children when I said that we will do something I was not giving them a choice but a command to follow.  It is the same here.  Regardless of what our day brings, whether happiness or sorrow, we are to rejoice and be glad.  Only our remembrance of who made the day can cause us to follow this command.  The LORD, Jehovah, made this day and we can trust him.

In our English language we have the past tense, future tense, and present tense.  The past being yesterday, the future is tomorrow, and the PRESENT is today.  Our LORD has given us a PRESENT, or a gift of today.  We are to open it with rejoicing and gladness.

Until next time,

Evangelist Tom Gilliam


Upcoming Dates!

MAR 5-8:
Kelly, NC
Haw Bluff Baptist Church, Pastor Dick Wade

MAR 10:
Athens, GA

Athens Christian School

MAR 12 AM:
Hiram, GA
East Hiram Baptist Church, Pastor Ricky Bice

MAR 13-16:
Myrtle, MS

Camp Zion, Pastor Earl Farley

MAR 19-22:
Butler, AL

Lusk Baptist Church, Pastor Dennis Kennedy

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Thank You!

THANK YOU for the many prayers and calls during my Father’s illness.  Dad had a massive heart attack on February 6th and is still in the hospital.  He has made some improvement but not enough to consider rehab. I have been going back and forth on the weekends to Brandon, FL, and will continue to do so until such time that I feel that I am no longer needed. Please pray for him (Eddie), my mother Mary, and for my brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Nancy, as they deal with the day-to-day needs.

I want to thank Dr. Mason Bush at Providence Baptist Church for being so understanding and allowing me to leave the meeting and go to my Father when he became sick. This was very gracious and I will not soon forget it.

We were able to continue with the February schedule and had great meetings with Pastor Keith Arp in Cedartown, GA.  From there I went to Pastor Corky Addison at Mt. Carmel Baptist in Temple, GA.  This week I am with Pastor Ronald McKinney at Pinnacle Baptist in Marion, NC.  I am so thankful for all of these opportunities.  Thank you churches for your kind hospitality.

I also want to thank our friends at Calvary Baptist in Cocoa, FL, and Pastor Jay Frazier who sent a generous love gift.  This was a great help with unexpected expenses during this time. 

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