Southern Baptist Convention

Cheryl Derbyshire

SOUTHEAST ASIA

Here is a question: Does God still speak to people through dreams as He did in ancient times? Yes. There are many stories from the mission field about God speaking to people through dreams. Today we're going to Southeast Asia to hear one such story as told by missionary, Cheryl Derbyshire, one of the many missionaries our church supports through the Cooperative Program. Cheryl went to a new village with two white mobile medical clinic vans. We'll call the first man in line Kamon, and he could hardly wait to come in. He told Cheryl that the night before he had dreamed about two white vans coming to his house. He dreamed a doctor gave him water, and when he took it the van shook! He was told, yes, he would be shaken, but he would be healed. So when the two white Baptist vans showed up right in front of his house, he couldn't wait to go inside! That day he came to faith in Jesus Christ, brought by a dream from God about people who would give him Living Water. Today, let's pray for Cheryl and ask God to give thousands more people dreams so they can be saved.

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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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