Southern Baptist Convention

Michael Harrington

WESTERN EUROPE

Our missionaries tell us that Western Europe is one of the hardest places in the world to start churches. Europeans often reject Christianity even if they do not know much about it. It usually takes a long time for a European to come to faith in Christ. Today we're going to pray for Michael Harrington, one of our missionaries who serves in Europe. Our church supports him through the Cooperative Program. Michael said he talked for a long time to a man named Alex, and finally he came to a Bible study. But Alex walked out in the middle of it. Those Christians in that room just could not be for real, he said. But our missionary persisted and got Alex into months-long Bible study. Finally, God's truth began to get through to him. He wrote out hundreds of Bible verses in longhand so he could remember them. Finally, Alex was baptized. Folks, we're happy that this one European came to faith in Christ! But how can we reach hundreds? Thousands? Millions? The first thing we need is more missionaries. Let's pray for Michael as he teaches, coaches and works with people whose minds are closed - at least at first.

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April Devotion

Christ is the Capstone

DR. KEN HEMPHILL

"For those who follow Him, He is the capstone that makes all life's efforts cohere and have lasting meaning." The cornerstone described in 1 Peter 2:6 creates a powerful image. The "head of the corner" was a massive stone set, not in the foundation, but in the upper corner of a building to bind the walls firmly together. The huge stone would have been useless in other positions in the building. It lay rejected in the building yard while the walls were being built. Its size would have made it a stumbling block to the builders as long as it lay on the ground unused. But once in place, it became the capstone on which all else in the building depended. Christ is too great to be neglected or rejected. For those who follow Him, He is the capstone that makes all life's efforts cohere and have lasting meaning. But for those who stumble over and reject Him, life will lack purpose and meaning. There will be judgment in the life to come. The first mark of a genuine disciple is the recognition of the gift of salvation graciously offered in Christ. Christian stewardship is marked by the confession that all we are and all we have has been received from God and therefore belongs to God.

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