Monday's Musings: I am always overwhelmed during the Christmas season. Saddened by the world's efforts to remove Christ from Christmas with the "happy holidays" and many other works of darkness, but more awed at the wonder and miracle of Christmas. With the time of emphasis on international missions, I am reminded that God is the foremost missionary as He came to seek us and bring us our salvation. I can't understand how any believer could not be sold out to missions.
I just can't fathom, God becoming a man for the select purpose of dying for my sins. I know Christmas and Easter cannot be separated for neither has meaning or purpose without the other. i cannot imagine the feelings and estacy of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the angels, Simeon, Annas, the wise men, and others as they came to realize the fulfilled promise of God in providing a Savior. How absolutely impossible it is to even imagine all the emotions, the wonder, and the miracle of incarnation.
I pray God will allow each of us to spend these days moving toward the celebration of our Savior's birth in complete awe and wonder. I pray He will place in our hearts such peace and love that lives are changed. I pray we will catch His missionary spirit and tell the wolrd (even if just our part of that world) of the Savior. I pray joy will well up within to such fullness it cannot be contained and we will share it with all with whom we come in contact. I pray humbleness will capture our attitudes as we understand how little we deserve this great GIFT, and overpowering gratitude that it has been given anyway.
May this Christmas season be one that lifts your heart, encourgages your spirit, enlightens your mind, and saturates you with God's love. May the awe come back and wonder be atonishing. May you be blessed beyond measure in the awareness of the birth of the King of kings and Lord of lords in the midst of darkness, and may LIGHT truly permeate all your being. God bless and Merry Christmas, Derrell
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Keep the Son in your eyes,
Derrell Monday, Director of Missions
The first board meeting of the new Bi-Fork Baptist Association will be December 16 at 10:30 A.M. it will be held in the BSM building next to the associational office in Vernon. Every pastor is urged to attend as we begin this new phase of ministry.
Faith Comes by Hearing Military Biblestick Program: This program provides military chaplains with free audio bibles for distribution to our servicemen and women upon their request. These are ultra-compact and ultra-rugged audio MP3 portable players pre-loaded with the complete NT (ESV), and includes select portions of Psalms as well. A $25 donation will provide one player to a military member. This would make a great SS or mission group project or even a family project. Call 800-800-2555 or go to the web site at www.MilitaryBibleStick.com for more information and/or to make a donation.
The annual staff/spouse retreat will be Feb. 13-14 at Chaparral. Dr. Richard Ross will be the featured speaker for the retreat. The theme will be "An Awakening to the Enthroned Jesus: In your heart, home, and your church." This is going to be a great retreat, so please make every effort to attend. Registration deadline is Feb. 4.
A call to prayer for revival and rain has been issued. Every Wednesday from noon to 12:30 PM, wherever you are, please join in an area-wide time of prayer until the revival and sufficient rains come.
Calvary BC Vernon, Dec. 1; 6:30 P.M.
FBC Seymour, Dec. 2; 6:30 P.M.
Take advantage of area opportunities for individuals, families, and groups to do missions. Volunteer to help at Chaparral by contacting Charles Hill at 940-885-4182. Take a trip to Possum Kingdom Lake and help in the ministry around the lake each Saturday by contacting Don Blair at 940-329-1048. Faith Mission in Wichita Falls usually has volunteer opportunities. Be a missionary this summer and help one of these area ministries or others you may know about.
For infromation on this challenge ministry project go to www.gobgr.org and click on projects. Click Bucket Project. The Bi-Fork office is a collection site for the buckets.
Note: you can now go online and order a filled bucket shipped directly to Houston for about $85 including shipping. www.bgr.gostorego.com. You can also order bulk items here if you want to have a bucket packing party at your church. Please notify our office if you send buckets in this manner so we can keep record of those going from our area. Thank you.
Ship buckets (if you do this online) to First Baptist Church of San Jacinto City, 10701 Wiggins St., Houston, TX 77029.
Currently there are three trips planned to Ecuador in 2015: one will be in April and another in November. There will also be a ladies team going in June (not limited to women, but focusing on ministry to the ladies where the team is working).
A team of at least 14 ladies (age 18 and above) is needed to lead a girl's camp in Alaska the last of June and first of July.
Church-to-church partnership evangelistic work in Venezuela July 30 - August 9.
The following churches are currently seeking pastors: IB Jerusalem Graham; Calvario Vernon, New Hope BC Vernon, Second BC Vernon, Red Springs BC, FBC Vernon, and South Bend.