“O holy night, the stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth;
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
‘Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.”
Words on the lips of almost every blind and lost sinner you pass on the street this time of year. What a strange season when every secular radio station, tv channel, shopping mall, and car dealership proudly play carols praising the birth, name, and saving power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And the unbelieving masses sing along in droves!
How should true Christians respond to this annual unique event? Certainly with prayer for those who unknowingly sing praises to Christ. But how about a hearty “amen” now and again when your lost neighbor sings, “A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”
Consider the last verse of this popular hymn:
“Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is Love and His gospel is Peace; Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother, And in his name all oppression shall cease, Sweet hymns of joy in grateful Chorus raise we; Let all within us praise his Holy name!”
So much great gospel truth and a resounding invitation to praise God.
We’ve given our own invitations to our neighbors. An invitation to a Christmas party held in our home for those who live on our street. We want to be intentional to “love your neighbor”, build more relationships, and be a witness to those God has placed us among. This is a fun and festive way we can do that this time of year.
We are also praising God as He continues to build our fellowship here in the Boston area.
The Lord has answered prayer in a big way by providing a job for our California friend Jeff Unander who is following God’s guidance to move his family in January and join us in the ministry of church planting. We are so excited and praise God for further affirming His desire for this church plant by supplying co-laborers to this harvest field!
Please pray with us for a seamless transition for the Unander family.
Christmas is wonderful in a big city and we have certainly taken time to enjoy it. Especially before the snow comes! Here are a couple of photos.
And before we close out this post of Christmas celebration I want to share how blessed we have been by the Southern Baptist network of churches we are partnered with. We have formed friendships with other church planters and their families and have been greatly encouraged and supported by this wonderful network. People seem to be eager to offer assistance for anything we need and we couldn’t be more grateful.
We joined with these amazing people recently for their annual Christmas dinner and had a great time laughing together, hearing testimony of how God is working in Boston, and watching the children of every church planter receive gifts. Silas liked that last part the most. 😉
Please take a moment and praise God with us for the faithfulness of these men and women to follow His leading to reach the lost souls of Boston.
Here are some pics of our friends and co-laborers in and around Boston from the recent dinner party.
Until next time…