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Perspective - December 2012
I love history, and am always looking back at the events of past years in my own life. Every time I review historical occurrences, I am fascinated at the turn of events in the grand scheme of things.

I am almost finished reading the life story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor, martyr and spy who stood up to Hitler and his Nazi regime during World War II. One point in his journey brought Bonhoeffer to the United States, and he discovered the fire of true Christian faith in a Harlem church.

Returning to Germany, Bonhoeffer had the moral courage to face Nazism and Hitler, which eventually cost him his life.

Over the centuries, there have been "voices crying in the wilderness" among God's children. Often we look and assume there are no tomorrows. Many today find themselves looking at dark skies, with days filled with stress, and a hopeless future.

Southern Baptists can be effective in times like these because of the hope we have in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world. Southern Baptist history has shown that missions, evangelism and ministry are distinguishing characteristics of our denomination. So, as winter approaches and the cold winds of the season blow, it is good to know there are untold numbers of Christians serving and sacrificing to help others at home and abroad.

Southern Baptist ministry is being lived out in the lives of many burdened by the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the Eastern Seaboard. Fires and flooding have devastated hundreds of thousands of people and the damage has been estimated in the billions of dollars.

In these dark and cold days, it is comforting to know that Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers from throughout the United States are serving faithfully and making a difference in the lives of those affected by the storm.

Our mission and evangelistic zeal also are lived out in the thousands of international missionaries who personally sacrifice to witness for Jesus throughout the world. During this time of emphasis for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, please pray and give generously so the world may know where they can find true hope for an eternity. These men, women and their families confront hopelessness around the globe each day.

As we enter the Christmas season, let us not forget the opportunities to tell the story of Christ, His birth, life, death, burial and resurrection. He came to give us eternal life. Let's use this occasion to share that endless truth with those around us.

Blessings for a Merry Christmas and thanks-filled New Year!
Last Published: December 10, 2012 11:36 PM