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Joe and Ione Gammon of the Lighthouse Baptist Ministries were guests at Bethany Baptist Church, Sunday. The Lighthouse Baptist Ministries focuses on helping and encouraging missionaries as they serve the Lord around the world. They currently are set up to provide expert help in crating and shipping missionary belonging and supplies to the field, they furnish cars and vans to missionaries who are on furlough or deputation, and can provide emergency automobile repairs. The Lighthouse ministry also provides short term and long term housing for missionaries who are on furlough or deputation.
Joe Gammon asked the individuals of the church each to donate just a quarter a week and what ever amount comes in during the month to send that to the Lighthouse Ministries. They presently have one medium size house for long-term use and a small garage size house for long term use. They have a building project going on a duplex to provide housing for two missionary families. They just do things as the Lord provides.
Joe brought a message from Luke 2 on the birth of Christ. He noted that people all over the United States will celebrate Christmas without knowing Christ. God sent a Savior because the greatest human need is forgiveness for sins, salvation. If you are not saved, God is not your Father. If there had been any other way for the salvation of the human race, God would not have sent Jesus.
The coming Christ was identified in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament account of Jesus’ birth, life, and crucifixion.
When Jesus was born there was no room for them in the inn. Now we could say that there is “no room” for him in the flurry of shopping and festivities surrounding Christmas.
God knew that we needed a savior. We may be hurting and frightened in the world today. People are hurting all around us. We need some good news. The shepherd were told the good news that a Savior had been born.
Don’t be too busy to help someone. Do what you can. And don’t forget to tell them the good news that there is a Savior. Salvation is the best gift. A new car will wear out, but salvation is always new.
Let the hurting world see Christ in you. Let them see that your faith is real. When we face our troubles with cheerful gladness and let our light shine, we may have a part in the rescue of a lost soul. We can share that “Unspeakable Gift.”