There are so many good things happening in and through our church that I am not sure where to begin. God continues to bless us in numerous ways and I am so very grateful. We have caught up with our 2014 budget expenses and put money toward our Building Vision campaign. We were able to support all the children through the Angel Tree ministry, and through Operation Christmas Child we collected almost 5,000 shoeboxes for children all over the world. (Thanks again, Fred Erickson!)
I took my annual pilgrimage to Orlando this week and had a blessed time with some wonderful men of God. I learned so much from these heroes of mine and I’m grateful for their influence on my life. We discussed many topics, but the one that spoke profoundly to me was how so many Christians have been martyred and others driven from their homelands by terrorists. It is truly heartbreaking. Two people who are helping the persecuted church in the Middle East are Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. They are leveraging their influence and affluence to make a difference for the gospel. They are also producing a new TV series entitled AD to be shown starting on Easter Sunday 2015. It is a 12-week series on the Book of Acts. NBC will air the series and it should be outstanding.
Sunday will be an amazing day at GHBC. Sunday morning is Missions Sunday, our annual missions emphasis service. We will also officially kick off our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for missions. Just to give you a heads up—Terry Hurt and I will come decked out in our new South Asian clothing. We will don some bright apparel on Sunday! What a blessing it will be to hear the testimonies of our people who have traveled all over the world taking the Gospel to the nations! Then Sunday evening at 6:00 our Great Hills Worship Team will present Joy – A Great Hills Christmas. They have prepared diligently and it is fantastic. I encourage you to come and to invite some unchurched family and friends to join you.
I could go on and on about the things that encourage me that God is doing at our church. I do want to share with you that on Saturday, 83 widows will be coming to our annual Widows Christmas Luncheon. Twenty-six deacons and their families will be helping at the luncheon. My wife Ashley will bring the message. Judy Stone continues to do such a splendid job of ministering to these precious ladies in our church.
Have a blessed weekend. See you Sunday.