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We anticipate traveling perhaps hundreds of miles to hear God's truth taught to us. Many of us start to plan for the next Feast shortly after keeping the current Feast. A tradition in our household is to get the suitcases out of the attic the day after Trumpets. Then, the packing begins.

We start setting aside clothing items that we want to take with us. Our suits and dresses are dry-cleaned so they will look their best. Items such as our toothbrush and comb are essential for daily preparation. What we pack to appear before our Father on His Holy Days is important. However, our spiritual preparation and our conduct during the Feast are much more important.

There is one item that can help remind us that we are preparing to be kings and priests for the coming Kingdom of God. Socks. Yes, remembering the five-letter word SOCKS can be an important key to keeping the Feast.

Study. The Feast is a training seminar for God's truth. Those speaking at the Feast have spent much time and prayer in preparation for their messages. We should plan to use these eight days to also spend time in additional study. Take the time to study scriptures about the Kingdom and Millennium.

Review the messages taught each day. If a particular sermonette or sermon strikes an interest, spend time studying the topic further in personal study. Maybe purchase a special study resource that you can take with you. Leave time for studying, as 2 Timothy 2:15 2 Timothy 2:15Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
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says we should "be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

Outlook. Our outlook on the Feast should be much more than that of a vacation. While work and life often become hectic prior to the Feast because of distractions initiated by Satan, we should do our best not to come to the Feast worn out and exhausted. We should try to focus on the great hope that mankind has because of God's mercy in sending Jesus Christ back to the earth to establish His Kingdom. We need to strive to live righteously so we can be an instrumental part of the Kingdom.

If we are Kingdom-focused, it should help us keep the Feast with a positive attitude. God commands us to rejoice at His Feast in Deuteronomy 14:26 Deuteronomy 14:26And you shall bestow that money for whatever your soul lusts after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatever your soul desires: and you shall eat there before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you, and your household,
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. Our citizenship is in heaven and we should constantly strive to focus on God's Kingdom (Philippians 3:13 Philippians 3:13Brothers, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before,
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to 4:1).

Conduct. Our daily conduct before, during and after the Feast is extremely important. We should strive to live in a Christ-like manner. Do we maintain our patience at restaurants when service may not be quite to our liking? Are we still courteous and thankful? Remember that we are witnesses of God's Kingdom as we strive to set an example every day. "Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ," as Philippians 1:27 Philippians 1:27Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
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reads. With God's help we are to purify ourselves with godly character so that we can be servants in the Kingdom (Hebrews 13:20-21 Hebrews 13:20-21 [20] Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, [21] Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
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Knee time. Prayer is important every day of our lives, but especially during the Feast. This is our communication with our Father. We should be striving to become closer to Him during His Holy Days.

We should pray for the safety of the brethren. We should pray for those planning and serving at the Feast site. Thank God for their sacrifice of time and energy since we are probably benefiting from it in some way. Pray for those on the speaking schedule, including the song leaders and those performing special music. Reflect upon the words of the songs and how they relate to the messages. Pray for guidance, friendliness and openness in your fellowship.

Pray for an open mind that will hear the messages and not wander to the afternoon activities. Our focus at the Feast should be to learn God's truth which can only be learned through the help of God's Holy Spirit. We should stir up that Spirit through dedicated prayer. We should have much to talk about with our Father during this time. Our prayers ascend to God's throne like incense (Revelation 5:8 Revelation 5:8And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.
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Serve. Make the opportunity to serve in some way at the Feast. Many tasks are required at each location for the site to run smoothly. Volunteering before the Feast helps the coordinators plan more efficiently. Serving can involve ushering, parking, handicap assistance, counting the offering, singing in the choir, working on the sound crew or setting up.

However, if you are unable to serve physically, spiritual service is vital to the Feast's success also. Prayer and fellowship are service also. Share time with a new family or widow. Send a card or gift to those who must remain at home. Christ wants us to learn to serve. Re-read Matthew 25:31-40 Matthew 25:31-40 [31] When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory: [32] And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats: [33] And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. [34] Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: [35] For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: [36] Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. [37] Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we you an hungered, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink? [38] When saw we you a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you? [39] Or when saw we you sick, or in prison, and came to you? [40] And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me.
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before the Feast.

The first letter in each of the above points spells the acronym SOCKS. We all pack at least one pair of socks when we travel to the Feast. As you prepare for this year's Feast, let this simple item be a reminder of the tremendous responsibility we have to prepare as the firstfruits for the Kingdom of God. UN

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