Wow – I really fell behind in all of this, huh? I began with the best of intentions, but here I am, almost a week after the Feast ended, and I am finally wrapping up this series of posts! Oh, well — I had good intentions. 🙂
The last few days of the Feast in Branson were every bit as marvelous as the first part. The Behind the Work video “Feed My Sheep” (click the link to watch) was moving, and I know of a number of people who had tears in their eyes during some portions. My thanks to Mr. Rod McNair, Mr. Dylan King, and the others who helped to put it together for all of us. Mr. Aitchison’s sermon the next day on Millennial changes to laws related to finance, agriculture, et al. was wonderful, and really highlighted how differently God will run things compared to today’s governments (including both sides of the aisle here in America). What a blessing it will be to have right government–and righteous government–in Tomorrow’s World! And what a blessing it is, today, to experience a taste of that government in the Church.
It was a privilege to give the morning sermon on the Last Great Day and to discuss the marvelous and encouraging truth of the general resurrection. As for Dr. Meredith’s concluding sermon, I’m afraid I missed much of it due to the need to take care of something unexpected but I plan to take advantage of the Church’s online resources to watch it by the end of this week (and you can too, by clicking here).
The sermonettes were also very inspirational and educational, and the final sermonette of the Feast, given by Mr. Adam West, did a fantastic job of summing up all we had learned there in Branson and reminding us that we need to do something with this knowledge.
In many ways, it was sad to see the Feast end. It was a beautifully Millennial time, and one of the most uplifting Feasts my family and I have experienced in recent memory. Yet, at the same time we all felt that it was time to go. The Feast had been so spiritually filling and motivating, it left us wanting to get home and begin acting on all we had been given. The passage that came to my mind was Christ’s words of Luke 12:48 — “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required.”
After the Feast and the Last Great Day, we stayed in the area through the weekend. We spent the Sabbath in Springfield, Missouri, where Mr. Ciesielka gave a helpful sermonette on the Church’s scripture-based traditions (cf. 1 Cor. 11:2, 2 Thess. 2:15), and Mr. West delivered a powerful sermon on the nature of rebellion against God, why it is as witchcraft in His eyes, and what steps to take to move from rebellion to deliverance. It was wonderfully crowded, and the brethren there were just as warm and friendly as I remembered them!
Sunday was spent doing some fun Bransonish things with our family and friends who were still there, awaiting Monday when I could conduct our final business matters in Branson before leaving. Among those things, I wanted to be sure I thanked the Presleys for once again allowing us to use their beautiful, spacious theater for our services, as well as our liaison with the fantastic Branson Convention Center who helped us coordinate spaces for almost all of our Festival activities.
Our thanks to God for a remarkable Feast! It will take some time to finish digesting the spiritual food He provided, and I look forward to doing so in the days to come. I pray that all of you reading this (quite belated) wrap up had a wonderful Feast of Tabernacles, as well!