Southern Baptist Convention

Jason Carmichael

CENTRAL ASIA

Today we want to pray for Jason Carmichael, who is one of our missionaries serving in Central Asia. Central Asia is a region where people have responded to the gospel, but in some areas the government makes it difficult for missionaries to even live there. We support Jason through our church's Cooperative Program giving. Like all our missionaries, Jason is constantly looking for new ways to talk to people about Jesus. He has been studying one of the Asian languages, so he went online to a site for learning that language. He connected with a student we'll call Nesra. Jason started by telling Nesra that Jesus is the most important part of his life, and he told how he had become a Christian. Then he told some stories from the Bible. Nesra understood him and did not object to the Bible stories. But she said she wasn't sure God even exists. She agreed to do more talking over the Internet and said she would read more Bible stories with Jason. Today let's be thankful there are many ways to share the gospel, and let's pray that Jason Carmichael will be able to share the gospel with many people in Central Asia.

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June Devotion

True or False: What's Mine is Mine

DR. ROBERT L. ROSS

"Christian stewardship always begins with acknowledgement of God's ownership and His abundant blessings." In Luke 12:13-21, Jesus tells a story about a man who made such an assertion. The point of the parable is that personal ownership is a fragile and temporary arrangement at best and can be terminated by circumstance or death. In conclusion, Jesus asked: "Then whose shall these things be?" God is the owner of us and all that we have. The apostle Paul reminds us: "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth... and in Him we live and move and exist" (Acts 17:24,28, HCSB). That which we claim comes from the hand of God. He has given us the health and skills to earn an income. "You may say to yourself, 'My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,' but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth in order to confirm His covenant" (Deuteronomy 8:17-18, HCSB). Christian stewardship always begins with acknowledgement of God's ownership and abundant blessings. But it also requires accountability - what we do with what He has given us. In managing the resources entrusted to us, will we generously and faithfully give back a portion to advance His kingdom on earth?

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