I know that you are praying for the Singing Christmas Tree. Please pray that all who come will “Receive our King.” Almost all tickets are gone, except for Monday night. If you have tickets that you will not be using, please return them to the church office. Remember that the program begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Monday and at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Because of this weekend of intense ministry, we will not have our regular Sunday Evening Worship service at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday morning, we continue our series on a powerful verse we find in Isaiah 9:6. Specifically, we will consider the title for the Messiah, “Eternal Father.” I think you will come to appreciate both of these words.
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering —“It is impossible not to speak when we have the words of eternal life.” These words are attributed to Lottie Moon for whom our offering for International Missions is named. We are certainly not giving in order to meet a goal; we are giving because we have words of eternal life to speak. If you have not yet given your special offering, please consider giving this coming Sunday. We will hear testimony Sunday morning from Shelby Myers, a student at LSU, who spent last summer on mission with our International Missionaries.
Several of our staff members were recognized for milestone employment anniversaries this year at a luncheon held in their honor this week. These individuals are:
Queenie Lau 30 years Minister to Chinese
Scott McKenzie 10 years Minister of Education
Tell these individuals how much you appreciate them.
Sunday, we will continue our series on a powerful verse we find in Isaiah 9:6. Sunday, we consider the title for the Messiah, “Mighty God.” You will discover that you only recognize God as the “Mighty God” when you need Him to be “Mighty God.”
As you think about the giving of gifts this Christmas season, please pray in earnest about your gift to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. When you give to charitable organizations of any kind, you should always raise the question, “How much of my gift actually gets to the purpose for which I am giving?” With the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, that answer is easy. All of it! The Southern Baptist Convention does not take any of it for administrative or other expenses. If you have questions about this offering, I encourage you to go to imb.org for inspirational stories, current projects, and other resources that help tell the story of the missionary force of the Southern Baptist Convention.
We will hear a brief interview Sunday with Meghan Myers, a college student, who spent her summer working with the International Mission Board and is a missions mobilizer recruiting other college students to spend their summers on mission.
Do you have your tickets for you and your friends for The Singing Christmas Tree, December 14-17? Please be “all in” in praying, inviting, volunteering, and then attending the Singing Christmas Tree.
For Southern Baptists, Christmas season and missions are inextricably linked by the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. In short, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is the major funding source for our overseas missions effort as Southern Baptists.
Lottie Moon, the missionary to China of the 1880s summed up best our reason for giving to missions at Christmas:
“Is not the festive season when families and friends exchange gifts in memory of The Gift laid on the altar of the world for the redemption of the human race, the most appropriate time to consecrate a portion from abounding riches and scant poverty to send forth the good tidings of great joy into all the earth?”
As we enter the month of December, we will join with other Southern Baptists in a season of giving specific for international missions. A few years ago, I heard a missionary say:
“I do not expect you to go with me, but God expects me to go and I will be disobedient if I do not go.”
But, if God expects him to go and not us, should not we assume that God expects us to help him go? Please join me in giving to this year’s offering.
As you think about giving, let me suggest to you some specific ideas about giving this year.
- $25-If you are a new Christian or a new Southern Baptist who has never heard of Lottie Moon, this may be a place to start. I always say “start where you are.” Start with this initial gift representing the days between now and Christmas day.
- $365-Some may consider this gift representing $1 a day for the entire year.
- Empty out that change jar and give it to the Lottie Moon offering.
- Give an amount equal to the average amount that you will spend on a Christmas gift.
- Give an amount that is greater than any amount you have previously given to the Lottie Moon Offering.
Our church goal is $150,000. Give in such a way that will help us to reach our goal.