Southern Baptist Convention

Jacob and Jessica Dahl

ELLENSBURG, WASHINGTON

Today we're going to pray for two of our collegiate missionaries who serve in Washington State. They are our missionaries because our church supports them through our Cooperative Program giving. Jacob and Jessica Dahl (say like DOLL) serve in Ellensburg, which is a university town less than a two-hour drive southeast of Seattle. Our missionaries are campus ministers who are working to reach the some 12,000 students who study on the 380-acre campus of Central Washington University. It's a big mission field when you consider that only about one in 10 students is a Christian. Washington State needs new churches, but the liberal/secular mindset in the state makes outreach slow. The busiest time for Jacob and Jessica is in the fall when nearly 2,500 new students arrive to start their studies. They go all out to make early contact with the students before they settle into a church-free routine for the year. Let's pray for Jacob and Jessica and their very challenging ministry.

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June Devotion

Faith is the Foundation Stone

DR. KEN HEMPHILL

"Faithful stewardship of our time, talents, testimony and treasure validates our profession of faith." "Who do you say I am?" Jesus asked of Peter. This question really marks a turning point in Matthew's gospel and in the disciples' understanding of who Jesus is. The first question Jesus asked was an easy one to answer. "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" Some today believe Him to be a great teacher, a prophet or religious leader. But what happens when we are confronted with the question of who Jesus is to us personally? Peter declares, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!" Peter declares that Jesus is much more than a prophet or teacher; He is the very "Son of the living God." Jesus affirms this radical declaration by stating that His Father in heaven revealed this. It is significant that in the very first context where Jesus allows His disciples to profess their faith in Him as King, He declares His intention to build His church upon that foundation. An authentic profession of faith leads to our understanding that Jesus is Lord over every area of our lives. Faithful stewardship of our time, talents, testimony and treasure validates our profession of faith.

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