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FIRST-PERSON: Living a compassionate life

When a man I know was a young pastor, he was given a trip to the Holy Land. When his tour group was in Jerusalem, he ventured into the Old City. As he walked, he was shocked by a figure coming toward him. She was tiny, thin and frail, covered in a dirty black robe, with only her hands, eyes and bare feet showing. It was obvious from her creased and leathery skin that she was old -- or perhaps her hard life had aged her beyond her years. Read More...

Cooperative Program giving highest in three months, down only 1.47% for year

Gifts to the national Cooperative Program Allocation Budget for June 2020 were below budget by almost $1.3 million, but the deficit was much less than projections for the month as the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to impact churches financially. The $15,106,500.79 given through the Cooperative Program was 4.11 percent less than the same month last year. Read More...

Highland Avenue engages next generation in missions

The purpose of Highland Avenue Baptist Church is to spread the Gospel, Pastor Dwight McDaniel said. This starts with allocating 13 percent of its undesignated offerings to missions through the Cooperative Program, the way Southern Baptists work together worldwide in missions and ministries to advance God's kingdom work. Read More...

Today's Devotion

From the Book of Psalms:

David's prayer for Solomon; his love for the Sanctuary; the wicked and proud rebuked; God's majesty praised.

But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked (Ps. 73:2-3).

In self-pity the psalmist had complained: For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning (73:14). During one point in his life, the psalmist became critical as he saw those who blasphemed God enjoying life while those who worshiped God were having great difficulties. When Christians let their minds become centered on earthly things, it can become a huge stumbling block to their faith. That is why it is of great importance to all of God's children to concentrate on things from above. Remember that things of earth are temporal. But the Lord tells us that His thoughts and ways are much higher than ours and are eternal. - Continue...

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