DECEMBER IS UPON US MARKING THE END OF ANOTHER YEAR and the beginning of a very significant season for us in the church. With December comes our annual emphasis on the birth of God’s Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. The virgin birth of Jesus is foundational to all we believe. The Incarnation of Christ is perhaps the most mind-boggling event to ever occur -- God wrapping Himself in human flesh in the form of a man. Jesus experienced the emotions we experience. He faced the temptations we face. He dealt with life issues just as we do. Yet, He faced all that life threw at Him and did so without once ever sinning. He was the Perfect, Sinless Son of God who came to this earth to model for us and teach us how we are to live so that our lives might bring Him glory.
FURTHERMORE, WE KNOW THAT JESUS WAS BORN TO DIE! His death on the cross was the primary purpose for His coming. The Scriptures point out that “God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Jesus died and rose again so that we might have hope. Because of Jesus we have the promise and hope of eternal life. The angel said to Joseph, “you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU AS YOU CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS 2019 that you not lose sight of what this season is all about. I encourage you to read the Christmas story in Mattthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2. Be blessed and inspired by what the people whom God chose to carry out history’s greatest drama endured. Be in church during these Sundays as together we celebrate the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Get your ticket invitations for Christmas at Old Town, our dinner theatre. It is different this year and you can read more about it elsewhere in the Crier.
Also our Christmas Eve service is a little
different this year. We will share together in a worship service featuring special Christmas music, communion, candle lighting and a Christmas devotion. Share these opportunities with someone who is hurting, lost, without a church home, in need of the message of the gospel by inviting them to come with you! Don’t let this season pass without slowing down long enough to remember God’s greatest gift to humanity – Jesus Christ!
IN ADDITION, BE MINDFUL THAT DECEMBER marks our emphasis on International Missions as we pray for our IMB missionaries and give to support them through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Our church goal this year is $65,000. I am praying that we will meet and exceed that goal. We are thrilled to have a special guest to share with us on Sunday, December 15th.
LESLEY AND I PRAY for you to have a most blessed Christmas season! May you experience the joy, peace and love of the One whose birth we celebrate! We love our church family and thank you for the special privilege that is ours to serve our King Jesus among you! Merry Christmas! See you each and every Sunday in December!
As we approach the end of 2019, God has blessed OTBC in so many ways again this year. We have seen God allow OTBC to be involved in many ministries and missions. Lives have been transformed by the power of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. God has used the members of OTBC to deliver the gospel and His love to many people this year. From a financial standpoint, we are significantly behind in our budget giving. Please pray and ask the Lord how you might be able to give over and above your regular tithes and offerings so that we can finish 2019 strong financially and be prepared to begin 2020 on a firm financial