Southern Baptist Convention

Caleb and Sarah Walker

SOFIA, BULGARIA

Today we want to pray for Caleb and Sarah Walker, two of our missionaries serving in Eastern Europe. Caleb and Sarah are serving in Sofia (say SOE-fee-ah), Bulgaria, and they demonstrate how the Lord can use the experience and skills we gain at home to minister to people in other countries. Sarah led children's Bible studies back in North Carolina and is now working to do the same kind of teaching in Bulgaria - in the Bulgarian language, of course. Today let us pray that the Lord will help Caleb and Sarah learn the Bulgarian language fluently so they can clearly and simply teach children about the love of Jesus Christ there in Bulgaria. We are supporting them through our church's Cooperative Program giving.

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January Devotion

Redemption is the Ultimate Stone

DR. KEN HEMPHILL

"God will accomplish His eternal purpose through those who follow Christ and invest their lives to advance His kingdom..." In Revelation 2:17, the apostle John wrote that those who overcome will be given a white stone on which will be written a new name that no one knows but him who receives it. White stones were used in several different contexts in the ancient world. They signified acquittal by a jury, whereas a black one signified condemnation. They were used as tickets of admission to public festivals. Both uses may signify that those in Christ are fully acquitted and welcomed to the messianic feast. The stone with a new name conveys both assurance and full blessing for those who receive it. Revelation 21:2-19 tells of a new Holy City. The 12 foundation stones supporting the wall of the city were visible to all. They were gloriously adorned with beautiful jewels. The stones are indicative of beauty and majesty beyond earthly description. Verses 3 and 4 tell us that this city is where God will dwell among us and where we will be His people eternally. As we contemplate the ultimate outcome of all things, we are called to invest our earthly resources in the endless pursuit of establishing missional communities that reflect and foster God's eternal purpose.

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