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Sunday, December 11, 2022 Sermon by

Bro. Alan Speed

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Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

I can’t tell you how many things I have moved around in the last couple of days, but it’s been a lot. The majority of it has been dealing with getting things lined out. But it has all been good.

The one thing that I’ve dealt with the most is Operation Christmas Child boxes. Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse – Franklin Graham’s ministry. It is something our church family has been doing for several years.

Each year, videos are shown before the morning worship service. This year there were five weeks of videos showing the impact the boxes have on children around the world. It is amazing how much change it can bring to the life of a child that receives a box.

When you see the face of a child so excited as they open a box and pull out a hair brush it just tugs at your heart. Then you see how a shirt, flashlight or even a toothbrush brings a huge smile to their face.

There are guidelines as to what you need to pack in a shoe box, but there are so many things that make a difference. I can tell you Vicki knows exactly what she wants to put in those boxes and shops all the time for the best buys.

After she got all her boxes done, we loaded them in the car and took them to the church so they would be there for Sunday. Of course, others had already dropped theirs off so the front of the church was full of boxes. We put ours right there with them.

After church Sunday morning, they moved the boxes by the front door. Then Sunday evening after the Festival of Praise, several of us went and loaded them in cars. We are going to take them to Calvary Baptist on Monday morning where they are gathered for Pampa.

As I thought about these boxes and the impact they have in the lives of kids around the world it made me think of something. These boxes are intended to share the love of Jesus with kids wherever they may live. As the boxes are given out the message of Christ is shared.

Samaritan’s Purse wants the greatest gift of all to be given to those who are there opening the shoe boxes. It’s hard to imagine that the shoe boxes can make that big a difference, but they truly open doors. The doors opened may not have been opened otherwise.

We know that the greatest gift that God has given us is sending His Son. Jesus came to provide salvation to all who will place their trust in Him and accept Him as their Lord and Savior. He gave His life on Calvary for all who will believe in Him.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians some things that the Corinthians needed to hear as they dealt with the Macedonians and the ministry with them. In 9:13-15 he wrote -- 13 Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all, 14 while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Regardless of whether you’re sending a shoe box, helping a neighbor or just visiting, sharing Christ is the greatest gift we can share. When we share Christ and someone comes to know Christ, it is ‘His indescribable gift’ that changes their lives forever.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul

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Highland Baptist Church
1301 North Banks
Pampa, Texas 79065
Phone (806)665-3300
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Sunday

  • Morning Prayer
    – 7:45 AM
  • Sunday School
    – 9:15 AM
  • Morning Worship
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  • Evening Worship
    – 6:00 PM

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  • Prayer Time in the Fellowship Hall
    – 6:30 PM

Wednesday

  • Prayer Meeting, TeamKids & Youth Group
    – 7:00 PM
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