From The Director’s Desk
I am just back from the Alabama State Convention in Huntsville and I will tell you our state missionaries are doing a great job in helping the churches all over our state to grow and mature in God’s Kingdom work. It is always good to get together with other Director of Missions and Pastor's from all over the state to share and laugh and pray together. This year theme was, Disciple; Be one; Make one. taken from Matthew 16:24. All week long the challenge for God's people was to not only be a disciple but go and make a disciple. This is Jesus command to us and if we are ever going to make a difference in our society we have to get back to living the transformed life. We also need to invest in others by sharing and encouraging others to walk and live the life that Jesus has promised us here if we would simply obey Him.
Another great thing about gatherings like the convention is the music. The Alabama Baptist Singing Men and Ladies come together and sang for us. You would think that this is heaven. It is amazing when the men sing and then the ladies sing. They have some solo parts and all these are great but when you combine both groups together it was out of this world. As I was listening to them, the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “This is how I have planned it all along. Men and women coming together, working in harmony to win the lost to Jesus and give them the hope that all believers have. This is what being a disciple and making a disciple is all about.
It was also shared with us that this years Myers, Mallory State Mission offering to date is: 952,000 dollars. The goal is One million, great work to all who have given to the state offering. In addition to that the amount given this year to disaster relief is $1,200,000 from the State of Alabama. Our state continues to lead the way in Disaster Relief throughout the Southern Baptist convention.
As we come into this very special time of year were we celebrate the greatest gift that anyone could ever receive through the person of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ , I am often reminded over and over again through out the year the hardships people go through here and all over the world. Many years ago, I read a true story about a mother who was divorced and had two small girls and lived in an abandoned home without any electric and heat. On one cold winter night the mother got up and took the front door of the house and carry it into the small little room where they were sleeping. She then put it up against the broken window to stop the wind from blowing in and close the door to the room to provide some relief from the cold winter night for her children and herself. After a short time one of the little girls asked here mother, what are the other children going to do if they don’t have a door to keep them warm?
That story has often touched my heart because I know that this story is true on many different levels because mom’s and dad's and boy’s and girl’s from all walks of life are facing difficult times. This is why I pray that somehow these food bags that we give every month could be bigger, that the shoe boxes that you pack could be bigger, that the backpacks could be bigger, because not only here in America but all across the world, I know that this is the only door that could possibly bring warmth to the hearts of these people because it is done by the tender hearts and hands of Gods people, who loves Jesus and you are doing what God has called you to do.
Galatians 4:4-5-”But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, make of a woman, make under the law. To redeem them that were under the law , that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
In Matthew Chapter 1 we find forty-seven names that we cannot even pronounce, from many different backgrounds that span centuries and the list ends on a star lite night in a stable with the name above all names, Jesus Christ! Christmas began in the heart of God and it is complete when it reaches the heart of man. Merry Christmas .