Monday, January 12 Review your notes from yesterday’s messages!
Tuesday, January 13 6:45-8:00 a.m. -Men’s Morning Meditations: Men, warm up your chilly winter mornings with God’s Word, fellowship and a cup of coffee at your Pastor’s home.
Wednesday, January 14 7:00 p.m.– We will continue our “What We Believe” series. The kids will continue their study in the book of Mark. Happy Birthday to Nikki & Tom!
Thursday, January 15 -Have you hidden God’s Word in your heart this week? Happy Birthday to Charlie! Friday, January 16 How about that Sunday School Lesson?!?!
-Have you collected any recycling items (newspapers, cardboard, office paper, ink cartridges, cell phones, etc.) to donate to the Lexington Rescue Mission (to provide medical needs)?
Saturday, January 17 -Have you prepared your heart for worship?
Sunday, January 18 10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (John 16) Devotion: Paul 11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship Ushers: Harry & Donnie (alternates: Paul & Roger) 6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 26)
Missionary of the Month: BFM General Fund
Happy New Year! Anita and I trust that this past year was a year of blessings for you and we pray that this year will be even more! This letter is being written from Florida where I am speaking at the annual Bible Conference of the Jordan Baptist Church, Pastor George Sledd. It is 80 degrees outside and we have the air conditioning going, what a blessing! Anita is traveling with me and we just came from Elliot, Mississippi. From here we head up to speak at churches in North and South Carolina. We take our time and make sure she gets her rest, but she really does enjoy visiting with all of you. December was a very busy month for me; I had the opportunity to travel in Ohio, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, and two churches in Kentucky and give a report of the mission work in Peru. All of the churches have been very gracious in their hospitality and love offerings for which we are very thankful.
One of the high-lights of the month of December was having both our son and daughter and their families with us for a few days. It was the first time we had all been together since the grand kids were born. Anita and I enjoyed so much our time with them. The added bonus was finding out that our daughter-in-law is expecting our third grand-child in June.
But the best news of all was when Anita went to the doctor for her final visit the last week of December and he told her that her tumor marker count was down (even below the accepted normal level). For this great news we are still rejoicing! She does not come back to see him again until September. Sooooo, we are heading back to Peru the 12th of February. Even thought 2008 was a difficult year because of Anita’s cancer treatments we count it a year of blessings for the many life lessons learned and for having our faith strengthened. We thank all of you for your never ceasing prayers and for your generous support during the year. Anita and I are both anxious to return home and get back to the work God has called us to do. May God bless you for your love and concern for the lost souls of Peru. Until next month.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Please pray for Lynn Hatcher McGary, John & Alta Hatcher’s oldest daughter. She has been fighting cancer since 2001 and the battle is now very challenging. She is in Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, TN, with renal cancer in her lungs. Time seems short. Friends are encouraged to send her a video clip or note to her husband at: rossmcgary [at] gmail.com. She founded a ministry called Stone Soup, a program that ministers to people of all ages with special needs. Check out her ministry web-site at www.stonesoupnews.com. The pictures from her latest project, “Holiday Camp,” will give you chills. It is very encouraging to see how the Lord has used Lynn to further the Gospel and spread His glory!
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” -Matthew 5:16
In light of tonight’s BCS Championship Game with Florida vs. Oklahoma, I thought it would be nice to give you one more reason to chant SEC! Florida’s 21-year-old quarterback, Tim Tebow, lives out his faith and his life has been an encouragement to me and countless others.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Tebow discussed how and why he lives out his faith. You should definitely read the whole article to see how Tebow lets his light shine before men for God to get the glory, but here’s just a couple of excerpts to whet your appetite.
” I want to do everything in my power that football gives me to influence as many people as I can for the good because that’s gonna mean so much more when it’s all said and done than just playing football and winning championships,” said Tebow.
James Williams Tim Tebow spends part of his time off the field preaching Christianity to prison inmates.
“Tebow has quarterbacked Florida to its second BCS National Championship Game in his three years at the school. He nearly won the Heisman for a second straight season. If the Gators beat Oklahoma on Thursday and he comes back for his senior year, he has a chance to become the most decorated college football player of all time. Yet none of those are the most important statistics or milestones in Tebow’s life. These are: 11 prison visits to preach Christianity to inmates; annual trips to the country of his birth, the Philippines, to assist his father’s missionary work there; and seven rubber wrist bands on his arms,” writes Pat Forde for ESPN. (What’s up with the wristbands?)
And may God continue to get the glory throughout every aspect of Tebow’s life. “Go Gators?!” Well, sorry Aunt Connie, but I think I’ll just cheer for Tebow and chant, “SEC!”