Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Don’t Miss the Point

The season of Advent is a time where Christians can focus on something that is really important: JESUS. Its purpose is to prepare believers for the coming of Christ as a little tiny baby. You know how we have a tendency to say things like, “Man, Christmas really crept up on us this year.” Advent prepares us so Christmas doesn’t creep up on us.
We are some bombarded by everything around us that we have tendency to miss the point of Christmas. We are so focused on everyone around us that we forget the One who it’s all about.
I fear that some of us will go throughout the Christmas season without ever really thinking about Jesus.
We’re concerned about the presents under the tree, but not with the One who hung on a tree.
We’re too busy thinking about which family’s house we are going to on which day, but we fail to think about Jesus as the greatest Gift to the world.
We look forward to the time off work and school, but not Jesus.
This is why I love Advent. It allows us to slow down and see Jesus. The season of Advent helps us not miss the point. Jesus is the point of Christmas. Christmas is about Jesus!
Celebrate Jesus this Christmas.
Grace & Peace, Marc

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Philippines Relief

This is an email that was sent by Kris Yeomans, International Coordinator Short-Term Ministries for General Baptist.

Hi Everyone,

As some of you may have heard, a devastating Typhoon has hit The Philippines, and has impacted many of our students at General Baptist Bible College. At least 50 General Baptist Churches have been destroyed (not counting the many other churches that have been affected) and one death from our churches has been confirmed so far. Many homes have been washed away in the floods, entire farms have been devastated, and thousands of people are homeless and are in great need.

As a short-term mission trip leader for the General Baptist denomination, I am contacting you and asking for you to contact people you know, as well as your own churches and families, and asking for a special, sacrificial financial gift to support our relief efforts for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines. We are looking for churches to take up special, sacrificial offerings this upcoming Sunday and for individuals to send in support for relief efforts.

If you or someone you know can give to the relief efforts, you can donate securely online at
www.generalbaptist.com or www.gbimissions.org. You can also mail checks (payable to GB Ministries with "Philippines Relief" on the memo line) to:

General Baptist Ministries
Philippines Typhoon Relief
100 Stinson Drive
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Thank you very much, and have a Merry Christmas!

We will be taking up an offering THIS SUNDAY (December 9, 2012). I ask you to prayerfully consider what you are about to contribute to this specific need.
Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Grace & Peace, Marc

Monday, December 3, 2012

Xmas // Holiday

Ignorance is bliss, they say. But just in case you kind of like being informed, here is a little tidbit of information for you.
I am sure your Facebook feed and emails will soon be bombarded with people telling you to stand up for putting Christ back in “Christ”mas.
They will try to persuade you that using the word "Xmas" is a secular attempt to take Christ out of Christmas.
This is silly and completely bogus.
The “X” in Xmas is a Greek letter know as a chi (Χ), which just happens to represent...wait for it…wait for it...JESUS.
Using an X is not crossing out Christ, but rather using the Greek symbol to represent Christ. Knowing this helps us to see the beauty in Xmas.  
Oh, also, saying, "Happy Holiday's" doesn't mean you don't love Jesus. Holiday = "holy day." And if you’re anything like me, the day in which we celebrate the birth of the Messiah of the world is kind of a big deal. In fact, I'd even say it's “holy.”
Christmas is a holy-day.
This year // Don't get caught up in all the silliness of the holiday season, but remember to celebrate Jesus. And the best way to celebrate Jesus is by loving Him and His people.
Merry Xmas and Happy Holiday!