Southern Baptist Convention

Kelly and Brandy Parrish

TIMNATH, COLORADO

For our missionary prayer time today, we head out West to Timnath, Colorado, which is on the east side of the larger city of Fort Collins. That's where Kelly and Brandy Parrish went to start a new church called Living Rock Church. They moved from home in Texas to a place where they knew nobody. But as they made this big change, they also prayed for God to give them a great love for the new people they would meet in Colorado. The Parrishes come up with lots of ways to get to know the people in Timnath. They have invited people in for southern-style sweet tea and taken people fly fishing. They gave out Bible verses with candy at Halloween. At Easter they held Easter egg hunts. Gradually people are coming to faith in Christ and Living Rock Church is growing, one person and one decision for Christ at a time. We are supporting Kelly and Brandy in their ministry through our church's Cooperative Program giving. Now, let's pray for God to bless them as they serve Him. And let's ask that many will come to faith in Christ.

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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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