Southern Baptist Convention

Wes and Adrienne Walls

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

We want to pray for two of our North American missionaries today. Wes and Adrienne Walls have started Dwelling Place Church in Seattle, Washington. We support them through our church's Cooperative Program giving, so of course we want to pray for them. But we also need to pray for them because we have sent Wes and Adrienne to a very difficult place. About 4.7 million people live in the Seattle area and only a small number are Christians. So when Wes and Adrienne start talking to someone, they have to assume two things: that the person does not know anything about Jesus Christ or the Bible and that there's no telling what the person does believe. A while back they talked to a lady working in a coffee shop. She said she wanted to tear down the government and that she was looking to find spiritual enlightenment through Eastern religions like Buddhism and Hinduism. They kept talking to her, and one day she agreed to come to a Bible study. Today, let's pray that the Lord will bless Wes and Adrienne with opportunities to share the gospel with people and that their church will grow quickly.

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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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