LOTTIE MOON — the namesake of Southern Baptists' international missions offering — has become a legend. But in her time, Lottie was anything but an untouchable hero. In fact, she was like today's missionaries. She labored tirelessly so her people group could know Jesus.
The late Dr. Adrian Rogers said, "The church is not the way to heaven but it is the sign that points to heaven." As churches begin to reassemble, I encourage you to build the church and support your pastor. The world is now discovering that the church is essential.
Thanksgiving is such a special time for the Patterson family, rich with tradition. Every year our extended family of aunts, uncles and countless cousins gather in the little log cabin where my father was raised. No one lives there now. No one could. But many years ago, when my grandmother was still with us, we tore out some walls, strengthened a few supports, and patched the leaks in the roof … well, most of them.
No matter how wealthy one is in the things of this world, those material possessions are worthless in eternity. Jesus says, "Do not store up treasures on earth" (Matt. 6:19). Is that because accumulated wealth is bad? No! It is simply because it will not last. Any accumulations of wealth must keep that truth in perspective.
The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is considered unique from other mission offerings. That's because 100 percent of gifts help meet the needs for Southern Baptist missionaries across the globe.
When I think of Kentucky Baptists, one word that rises to the top is generosity. Kentucky Baptists are generous people who have a vision to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people everywhere.