Preserve your Christian heritage
    November 18 2014 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. Like you, I enjoy the food and fellowship with family and friends who enrich and bless our lives in so many ways.
    In just a few days, we’ll once again gather around the table with those we love to express our thanks and gratitude to God for the abundant blessings that He has bestowed upon us.
    As we anticipate and look forward to being with our loved ones again this Thanksgiving, I am reminded of the importance of passing on a godly legacy within our own families.
    During our recent Annual Meeting a couple of weeks ago in Greensboro, I mentioned that we cannot overlook the mission field in our own homes as we strive to reach and disciple others with the gospel. Could it be that someone sitting beside you or across from you at the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day is that person in your family who needs to hear the good news of Jesus Christ?
    Or perhaps you have been blessed with a godly family heritage because of the influence of a parent, a grandparent, an aunt or an uncle. This Thanksgiving season would be the perfect time to thank God for placing them in your life and thank them for caring about your soul.
    I am thankful because, like many of you, I did experience the blessings of being born into a Christian family who took the responsibility of sharing Christ with the next generation seriously.
    I would not be where I am today without the godly influence of my parents, my grandparents and my great grandparents. I am sure that many of you have similar testimonies.
    Because of this heritage, God has given me a special burden not to break this chain with my own son and his children.
    As I shared with you earlier this year, my father went home to be with the Lord over the summer. I am thankful that he is the one who led me to faith in Christ, taught me how to walk with the Lord and instilled in me the importance of a vibrant prayer life. He modeled for me a consistent and faithful love for his family and service to our Savior.
    I will certainly miss dad’s presence at the Thanksgiving table this year. But because of his faith in Christ, and the faith that he passed on to me, I can rejoice that I will one day see him again at the ultimate thanksgiving feast in glory, the marriage supper of the Lamb.
    So as we gather around our tables with our families this Thanksgiving, let’s be sure to enjoy the love, the laughter and the memories with one another as we give thanks to our great God and glorious Savior. But let’s also do all that we can do in the power of God’s Spirit to make sure that those with us around the table here on earth will also be around the table with us in heaven for all of eternity.

    11/18/2014 9:16:20 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments
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