PIKEVILLE — Thirty-eight years is a long time to pray for something. Many Christians grow tired when the Lord doesn't answer our prayer after 38 minutes! And yet, for the membership of First Baptist Church in Pikeville, the Lord recently answered a prayer that this congregation has been lifting up for at least 38 years.
During the month of December, Kentucky Baptists not only think about Christmas — but also about missions. Every year Kentucky Baptists receive the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for foreign missions. Lottie Moon — well known for her service in China — along with William Carey, Adoniram Judson and George Liele, are some of the most famous Baptist missionaries. Often forgotten from the list is Isaac McCoy, the "Apostle of the Great Plains," a Baptist missionary to Native Americans.
Life can be complicated. Financial concepts can be so complicated. We all enjoy those little short quotes that cut through complexities of life and remind us how applying some simple principles makes life less complicated.
Christmas may be "the most wonderful time of the year" as the song says — but it is also the time where it is the most difficult to control eating. The propensity to gain weight is evidenced by the reality that the typical adult gains five to eight pounds from the time between Thanksgiving and New Year's. That's the equivalent of eating about 20,000 excess calories.
The work of Oneida is God's work and His love for it and us is evidenced by His miraculous works throughout the past 120 years.
Beginning with the shepherds (Luke 2:8-20), we see people who have heard about Jesus' birth, went to see Him, were changed forever and had to tell others about Him.