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Kavanaugh confirmation: Prayer, civility urged

Southern Baptist leaders called for prayer and the restoration of civility in public discourse in the wake of the highly divisive battle that ended with Brett Kavanaugh's narrow confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read More...

NOBTS trustee chairman appoints search committee

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary trustee chairman Frank Cox announced the names for the 11-member presidential search committee on October 11 and called on Southern Baptists to pray through the search process. Read More...

Today's Devotion

From the Book of Mark:

Twelve apostles sent out; John the Baptist beheaded; 5,000 fed; Jesus walking on the sea; Jesus heals many.

Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men (Mark 7:7).

The Pharisees were the largest religious group of their day and firmly proclaimed their belief in Scriptures, but Jesus exposed their hypocrisy. He pointed out that their error was even more serious than equal acceptance: Ye reject the Commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition (7:9). And still worse: Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition (7:13). For instance, the Commandment of God taught the necessity of mercy, loving one's enemies, and purifying the heart from worldly desires and sinful ambitions. But instead of realizing the need of their heart being right with God, the Pharisees were satisfied with external observances. - Continue...

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