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I am calling this message "A Christmas Tribute to Our Missionaries." I am aware that most of our missionaries are not here. They are on the mission field. I want this message to get to them. They get all of our tapes of our services. This is my personal Christmas tribute to all of our missionaries who serve the Lord Jesus Christ in many countries of the world.
I have always had the greatest admiration and respect and appreciation for those who serve the Lord in full-time capacity as missionaries. The Lord called me to preach when I was a 16-year-old boy. I went on to college and got my undergraduate degree and then I went on to Seminary for further study.
It was a regular thing for the Seminary to have mission emphasis weeks. In those weeks they would bring missionaries from many places in the world. These were Southern Baptist missionaries. Always, in those missions emphasis week, there would be an appeal made for people to surrender to go to the mission field. Every time those appeals were made, I offered myself to the Lord. I said to the Lord, "If You want me to be a missionary, then I'm willing to be a missionary." I made myself available to the Lord to be a missionary. He did not call me specifically to do that. He called me to be a pastor evangelist.
From the age of 18 until now I have been a pastor. I have been an evangelist, but I have always had a great appreciation, admiration, and respect for those God has indeed called to be missionaries.
Missions are especially appropriate as a topic of discussion during the Christmas season. I don't know who said it, but a number of years ago I remember hearing the statement, "God had only one Son and He made Him a missionary." Think about it. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son." God had only one Son, and He made Him a missionary.
It is appropriate around Ch ...
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