Muslim extremist groups continue to grow violent toward Christians in Indonesia

via Mission News Network,

“Indonesia (MNN) — Religious freedom for Indonesian Christians is becoming an issue for the United Nations. Human rights groups note increasing violations that clamp down on religious minorities. Over-the-top responses to sharing the Gospel have been on the rise, too, says the Voice of the Martyrs. They’re referencing the case of a woman named Ribur. After she told the story of Christ, she and a colleague were beaten, arrested, and jailed for 60 days for blaspheming Islam. Pray for strength of faith for Christians.”

Read the entire article here.

Merry Christmas

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:8-12, NIV

Remember the reason for the season.

Holiday Events

Sunday, December 23rd – 6:30 p.m.

An evening of special music, carols, and Christian fellowship to celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord.  If you would like to test your culinary prowess, then bring a dish or two to share at the evening meal.

Monday, December 31st – 9:00 p.m.

Join in for a fun time of games, hymns and conversation.  Ring in the new year with praise and prayer!

Berean Academy Staff Christmas Gifts

Dear Academy Friends:

The happy Christmas holiday season is again upon us.  At Berean Christian Academy, thanksgiving is a way of life, not merely a holiday.  For fifty-eight years we have had cause for gratitude to God for providing us with the means to serve Christian families in the godly education of their children.

At the heart of our thanksgiving are the gifted, dedicated faculty and staff which God has formed at BCA.  It has been our custom each year to give our family the opportunity to provide a monetary Christmas gift to each of these workers. 

If you would like to contribute to that Christmas expression of appreciation to these servants of God, please mark your gifts accordingly and send them to BCA Office at 1000 E. Sixth Street, Irving, TX 75060 by Wednesday, December 19th.

Answer To Prayer

If you have noticed how much clearer the projection of Pastor Adkins’ slides are each Sunday, it’s because the new projector bulb was recently installed!  Thanks to everyone who gave to this important need.

Academy Christmas Program

The BCA Christmas Program will be on two days this week.  The children will perform on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 10:00 AM at the Emeritus Retirement Home located at 820 N. Britain Rd.

Wednesday they will minister at the Silverado Senior Living Center, 8855 W. Valley Ranch Parkway at 1:00 PM.

You are welcome to join us at either location to hear the performance or meet us at BCA 30 minutes before the performance to ride with us or follow us.  Call the Academy office at 972 438 1440 for more information.

Projector Bulb

The projector used to display Pastor Adkins’ weekly sermons is in need of a new bulb.  The replacement cost of $500 may seem excessive, but given the complexity of the equipment and the fact that the prior bulb lasted over seven years, it’s a good investment.

Please make a notation on your check or provide an additional note to earmark your giving to this particular need.  Thank you.