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December 6, 2017

Hark! Skipping Christmas carol verses discouraged

December 5, 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press
As Andrew Lucius selects songs for Christmas worship, he is considering specific needs of the congregation. Among his conclusions: singing only the first verse of familiar carols could leave worshipers ... READ MORE 

Rick Dunbar to succeed Dilbeck as IMB chair

December 4, 2017 by Baptist Press staff
IMB trustees have a new chairman, Rick Dunbar, replacing Hance Dilbeck, who has been nominated as the next executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. READ MORE

Ministry among Muslims in Moscow

December 5, 2017 by IMB staff
Argun is tough. He and Carlos, a businessman who moved to Russia to share Christ with Muslims, spend many nights at a martial arts club in Moscow. And when they do, Argun doesnt' ... READ MORE

Time ticking to protect Dreamers, Baptists tell media

December 4, 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
Two Southern Baptist leaders urged Congress Nov. 29 to act soon to provide a long-term remedy for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. 

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K. Allan Blume
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The 'up side' of the 'down side' 

Sometimes Christmas is not "the most wonderful time of the year" or "the hap - happiest season of all," as the Andy Williams song describes it. Ideally, we want to enjoy special times with those we love, church and community celebrations, eating seasonal treats and sharing gifts. But the season can introduce a time of overspending, financial pressures, relational stress and grief over family members who are no longer here to celebrate with us. I understand these issues. Maybe you also identify with this description of the holidays.

To deal with the potential "down side" of the season, my experience has taught me to create an "up side" with three simple steps. First, read a daily Advent devotion that injects the biblical meaning of Christmas into the busy schedule of the season. Second, pray for our missionaries. The work they do around the world is the reason Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Third, give generously to international missions. These gifts get more mileage than other gifts we are stressing over. Giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions (LMCO) is an eternal gift.

Since this week is the first week of Advent and the week of prayer for LMCO, I hope this brief reminder will bring a little light to your week and encouragement to your soul. Both occasions can make the season "the most wonderful time of the year," and redirect our attention to things that really matter.

Visit the Biblical Recorder’s Advent page for helpful resources and read stories about your IMB missionaries like this one in Nepal. Many more stories are available at IMB.org.

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