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December 8, 2020
Dear praying friend,
This month we give attention to the incarnation of the eternal Son of God. He who has always has been God—the infinite and perfect spirit in whom all things have their source, support, and end—willingly took upon himself the form of a servant, was made in the likeness of men, and humbled himself by becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. What a Lord and Savior we have and serve! I pray this is not the only time that you give attention to these essential, fundamental truths of Jesus Christ but that you daily go to the throne of grace, adoring, thanking, submitting, and devoting yourself to Christ.
I trust this report encourages you in the work of the American Council of Christian Churches, and gives you specific items for thanksgiving and prayer.
On October 27 the ACCC was able to hold a video business meeting, receiving reports, adopting a financial budget for 2021, and adopting four resolutions. The resolutions are available at these posts:
- Morality and Voting
- Honoring Heroes of the Faith
- Ecclesiastical Separation and the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)
- Alcohol and the Church
I had hoped to start monthly, online video presentations in November, but there were some technical challenges preventing that. I’m thankful to share that my first video seminar, “An Introduction to and Overview of the American Council of Christian Churches,” will be given next Monday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). I hope you can join us for this free presentation! For more information and to register go to this post: Online Video Presentation of the ACCC. Pray for the Lord’s help with and blessing on this effort.
Continue praying for the ACCC chaplain endorser Marshall Tipton. Just weeks after entering this ministry Marshall was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, involving a significant hospital stay and multiple chemo treatments. The Lord has mercifully helped him, though he is not “out of the woods” just yet. Three weeks ago, he also became the pastor of Barker’s Chapel Evangelical Methodist Church. Pray for our brother’s continued healing and ministry for the Lord.
Marshall’s predecessor as ACCC chaplain endorser was Chet Chapman, who served in that capacity for over 25 years. Our brother Chet has been stricken with dementia which has progressed aggressively of late. Please pray for him, his dear wife Gail, and their family.
Last month I shared several health needs among the Council; here is an update on those I listed:
- Dr. Mark Allison (Geneva Seminary), declining rapidly from cancerous tumor
- Dr. Alan Cairns (minister emeritus, FPCNA), went to be with the Lord November 5
- Rev. David DiCanio (missionary in Liberia), recovered from COVID-19
- Lydia Greenfield (my youngest daughter), health is markedly improved
- Pastor Craig Griffith (Open Door Baptist Church, FFBC), went to be with the Lord November, 21
- Pastor Jonathan Smith (Tipton Bible Church), still struggling with heart issues
Thank you for praying!!! Please also pray for the Lord’s financial provision for Council expenses. God bless you this month!
Your fellow servant in the Cause of Christ,