A SHORT DEVOTION
Tonight as I was sitting at my desk looking at some Bible Verses we were considering for a message, I looked up and out the east window across from my desk. We noticed the full moon was coming up and what a beautiful sight it was! We shot a picture and posted it! Let me tell you, with the clear sky, and just dusk, one could not by help just sit in awe at the handy work of our creator! God, who hung the sun, moon and stars still shows He is alive and well! The beauty was overwhelming, the picture God painted tonight was nothing short of spectacular! Then the thought came to me we want to share below!
I was remembered what we learned in school, so many years ago, that the moon has no light of it's own, but in only a dark blob of substance that reflects the light from the sun! The bright shinning light we see is nothing more than a reflection of the real light, which comes from that sun, a force also created by God! As the moon reflects that light, we thought how we as Born Again Christians are to reflect the True Light, from God's SON, Jesus Christ. As the scripture shares, speaking of Jesus Christ , He is the True Light!
John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Our prayer this month, as we remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, that we will watch what we say, where we go, what we do; that in our life, we will reflect the love and Light of Jesus Christ!!
WHERE WE BEEN
Our team, which included J.D. and Lucinda Couch, Bob and Donna Whitchurch, and of course Mary and I, returned last week from Balmorhea, Texas. We shared in our last blog post about the trip! We had been praying for several things concerning the meeting. One was for us to see someone from the influx of oil field people come to Christ, another was for new members be added to the church membership, and for attendance be great for the scheduled Cowboy Christmas Program! God answered the prayers! We saw one man saved, who is there working in that oil boom area, we saw a man, his wife and son join the membership of the church, and we had nearly 50 people there on Sunday morning, and nearly 40 on Sunday evening, even with a special scheduled concert by the school which was held at the Community Center! God blessed, we had a great trip, and our team missed all the snow and ice, and enjoyed beautiful weather and fellowship with the great folks from FBC, Balmorhea!
WHERE WE ARE GOING
Since it is that time of year when most churches are busy with Christmas events, revivals are put on hold! As a result, the months of December and January are normally slow for us. Sometimes we get to do some supply preaching, but overall, we spend a lot of time in Bible Study, prayer, and planning for the next year.
One of the things we have been in much prayer about is the mission work we do each year. When we say mission work, we are speaking about those meetings where the income is no where near what it takes to travel there and back. We do several of those each year. We have been asking the Lord two things concerning those meetings. Places to go and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the means to get there and back! Believe me, He has taken care of both of those things! As we write, we have either already scheduled, or have good prospects of doing about 30 meetings in 2019! Some of those are indeed mission meetings, but God has already provided the means for us to do the ones we have scheduled! GOD IS GREAT! As most of you know we never write, call or ask for any financial help for SCM. We go, take what is given, and is some cases, nothing is given, because again, they are often mission type meetings. We have never gone without, never faced a time when there was not enough, and never had to cancel anything because we could not afford to go! God has used so many wonderful people and churches to help us, and every year, and including 2019, unless something unexpected happens, we will have enough to complete what we have scheduled! Praise be to His Name!
Mary and I pray each of you will have a great and blessed Merry Christmas! None of us know what 2019 will bring about. We are blessed right now with lower fuel prices, several meetings, and all looks great thanks to the Lord! Our prayer is at this same time next year, we can look back and say, "indeed this has been a blessed year"!
We had said in our first blog last month, we were going to try to send something weekly, well, maybe we should have said, monthly! Thanks for all you do, your love, care, and prayers! Until later, we will remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus!!