Southern Baptist Convention

Jonathan Todd

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

More than a million people live in Birmingham, England. It's England's second largest city after London. But listen to this: Almost half of all those people are younger than 30, and they need to hear and respond to the gospel of Christ. Jonathan Todd, our missionary for today, has stepped up to the task. God has enabled Jonathan to do some remarkable things in Birmingham. For example, he has been able to speak at a number of high school assemblies, presenting the gospel to students and teachers alike. One school was in a community that is predominantly Muslim, yet Jonathan was able to give New Testaments to 48 students. The principal of another school agreed to start an after-school Christian club because of the gospel presentation Jonathan made. Part of the money our church gives through the Cooperative Program goes to support Jonathan in this wonderful ministry there in England. Since he is our missionary, can we pray for him now?

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December 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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