What a wonderful day of worship God blessed us with last Sunday! The praise and worship, the mission testimonies, and the Great Hills Christmas Sunday evening were simply outstanding. The stage was literally packed with singers and musicians leading us in worship as we celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. I simply cannot say enough to thank Terry Hurt and all our worship team for the great job they did. This week Terry told me some of the plans he has for next Christmas and it will be fantastic! I mentioned Sunday night how incredible the orchestra was and want to share with you about our assistant orchestra director, David Mobley. David led the Round Rock High School Marching Band in a national competition in Indianapolis and out of 90 bands across America his band came in fourth place! They were invited to perform in the 2015 New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena! Way to go, David! We are so blessed at Great Hills to have so many talented people who love Jesus.
And while I am saying thank you, allow me to express my deep appreciation to Nelda Miller and all of you who helped put up the Christmas decorations in the worship center. Everything looks festive and beautiful. What a sight it was Sunday night to see our staging area and Christmas trees so beautifully shining and radiating with Christmas colors!
As I shared last Sunday, GHBC is doubling our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal from $50,000 to $100,000. My family and I are doubling the amount we normally give as well, and I invite you to do the same. If we as Southern Baptists give like we have been giving over the last few years, we will have to tell over 900 individuals that we cannot send them to the mission field because we did not give to support them. Please, Great Hills, let us give our most expensive gift this Christmas to helping these missionaries go where God has called them to go and reach people with the good news of Jesus and His love.
On Sunday I am preaching a message from 2 Peter 3:11-13 entitled “New Heavens New Earth.” I cannot wait to share with you the message God has laid on my heart. Please pray for me as I preach Sunday morning. I also ask for your prayers as I speak Friday night at an evangelism training here in Austin. On Saturday afternoon and evening I am privileged to speak to many Indian believers in the city, and I ask for your prayers for that time, also.
‘Tis the season to be busy! However, let us not allow “busy-ness” to prevent us from honoring Jesus in all we do and pointing as many people as we can to the King who is coming again! Please keep in mind: the good news of the Gospel of Jesus is only good news if people hear it before they die.
As I mentioned in my sermon on Sunday, what a blessing it is to see our church family in harmony and unity! We are enjoying some sweet days of fellowship and growth and for that I am most grateful to God. See you Sunday with a message from my heart to yours.