From the Pastor's Desk

From the Pastor´s Desk December 2010

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK — Isaiah 9:6 says “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called wonderful Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Romans 8:29 - For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son.
     God sent His Son so that we could become like Him and this brings Him glory.  God’s purpose is that we bring Him glory among the nations. All that we do, say or think should bring Christ glory among the nations.  God sent His Son so that He could be glorified in you. Take for instance retired Cuban Baptist pastor Víctor González, who is a "walking evangelist" along the rugged roads of Cuba's mountainous countryside. Last year Víctor made 2,640 home visits – all on foot – to share the gospel with rural Cubans. A 90-year-old widower, Victor shows no signs of slowing down. "Pray that the Lord will lengthen my life to be able to keep on working in His service" he says. "Pray that Cuba and the whole world will be won to Christ." Víctor's zeal for evangelism is typical among Christians in Cuba, who are seeing one of the fastest rates of church growth in the world. Cuban Baptist churches numbered 210 in 1960. In the 1990s, a church-planting movement began. Today, there aren't enough churches to hold all the believers. Cuban Baptist churches, missions, and house churches number more than 6,200; most meet in houses, garages, yards or on rooftops. This growth has created a demand for more church leaders. To help meet that need, a team of IMB missionaries travels frequently to Cuba to help Cuban Baptists train leaders. Your gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering support this ministry. "This is God's time for Cuba," says one of these missionaries.
     Christmas is a time for giving.  Give generously so that others may hear about Jesus, God’s gift for all men. 
I am praying for you.  Bro. Keith