Southern Baptist Convention

Anna Wilson and June Borg

JAPAN

Today we want to pray for Anna Wilson and June Borg, who are two of our missionaries serving in Japan. Our church supports them through the Cooperative Program. Japan has proven to be very resistant to the gospel. Less than one percent of the Japanese people are Christians, though missionaries have been in the country for many years. Let's just think about one incident that helps explain why missions work in Japan is hard. Anna and June were teaching English to Japanese children in their apartment - of course they were teaching Bible stories. One day they started the class with a prayer that began, "Dear Father in heaven ..." The children immediately began talking among themselves. "Did your father die?" one child asked Anna. They wondered about this because the Japanese are taught from an early age to pray for their dead ancestors. Today, let's pray for Anna and June. They are serving in a difficult place and the Japanese language is very hard to learn. And let us pray that these children will come to understand their true Father in heaven!

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May Devotion

Obedient Giving

DR. ERNEST STANDERFER

"Our blessings find their source in our generous God. He is the Great Giver."

Obedient - law-abiding, submissive, dutiful, surrendering, yielding, disciplined, teachable Obedient giving - giving through one's church with a submissive and disciplined attitude
In some settings, the words obedient giving might evoke negative thoughts of being forced, threatened, or being made to give. For example, in Jesus' day the practice of tithing had faded into a legalistic adherence to religious rules and displays of self-righteousness. The truth is that obedient giving is just the opposite when viewed in a biblical context. We actually have nothing of ourselves. Our blessings find their source in our generous God. To express our gratitude and to remind us that He is sovereign, we obediently tithe our income. Three truths give us clear direction for giving obediently.
Remember the Lord is the SOURCE. "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it" (Psalm 24:1, NIV). Remember His COMMAND. "A tithe of everything ... belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord" (Leviticus 27:30, NIV). Remember the REASON. "The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives" (Deuteronomy 14:23, TLB).
The late evangelist Dwight L. Moody once said, "Never think that Jesus commanded a trifle, nor dare to trifle with anything He has commanded." Lord, help us to be obedient and tithe!

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