My family and I had a nice visit with our families in Alabama for Christmas, and we are glad to be back in the great state of Texas. It is always nice to get away and also nice to get back home. Thank you for praying for us and for all the support and encouragement that you give to my family and me as I serve as your pastor.
I also thank you for your faithful and sacrificial giving that enabled us to finish 2013 in the black which means we brought in more money than we spent for the year! And thank you for your generous giving to our Lottie moon Christmas Offering. Our total amount given was $77,353.
On Sunday we are going to be blessed to hear one of the finest evangelists in America. My friend, Ronnie Hill, will preach, and I encourage you to invite as many of your lost friends and family as you can. Ronnie is like Billy Graham. He preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ with simplicity and passion, and people get saved. It is a beautiful thing to behold! I look forward to seeing you in church Sunday as we kick off the first Sunday of the New Year 2014.
We will resume our systematic theology class Thursday, January 9. We had a great turnout last semester and I am looking forward to teaching in the winter/spring 2014. Recently, I read the speech delivered by Dr. Al Mohler at Brigham Young University. Dr. Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and one of our finest theologians. He shared the gospel with the Latter Day Saints community and addressed the topic he was asked to address: the importance of the basic building block of our society—the family. He did a splendid job. The statement that stood out to me more than any other was this one: “We may not go to heaven together, but we may go to jail together.” As I read his speech I thought about how if you had taken our fall systematic theology class, you would have been able to understand his message, even though at times it was deep. One of my great passions in life is to teach and equip the church so we can better serve our Lord.
Please be in prayer for me as I prepare to teach the Book of Revelation in 2014. Also, invite your friends and neighbors to join us for this in-depth study of one of the most amazing Books ever written, the Apocalypse or Revelation of Jesus Christ.
See you Sunday.