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Author: CBF Personnel/Partner Created: 12/18/2007 1:43 PM
Devotions from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Internationals Center

All of us understand the risky business of financial investments. With each dollar invested, we run the chance of gaining nothing or even losing our investment, even though we hope for a greater return on our money in the end. As uncomfortable as it is, we know that no investment is guaranteed to yield a profit, no matter how “sure” we may believe it to be. In today’s economy, we know this lesson all too well.

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As a little girl in Nicaragua, I always knew that someone in our family was living in United States, earning money to help support us. Now, it’s my turn. We don’t work for luxuries, we work for food.”

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Bible Reading: Matthew 5:1-2

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But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. — 2 Peter 3:18

When I was in college, I remember going on retreats and sitting around the campfire in the evenings. A couple of guys would usually pull out their guitars and we would all sing choruses. One that I have been thinking about a lot lately goes something like this…

“One day Jesus will call my name

As the days go by I hope I don’t stay the same

I want to get so close to him that it’s no big change

On the day that Jesus calls my name.”

As Christians we strive to grow closer to God each day so that when we reach the end of our days and go home to be with Him, hopefully we will know Him well and it won’t be a big change.

We can grow to know Him better each day, by spending time with him in prayer and reading our Bibles.

 

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This year’s Thanksgiving holiday was an especially good one for the Green family. In fact it may have been one of our absolute best. Of course we say that every year. Well, every year EXCEPT last year. It was the year we lost “the heritage angel.”

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Bible Reading: Matthew 5:14a

NIV

You are the light of the world.

The Message

Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.

 

Something to Think About:

Jesus told his companions that they were the light of the world. That was a pretty big thing to say wasn’t it? Each one was unique. Each had their good and bad qualities. And yet he said, “You are the light of the world’. I’m sure that caught the disciples a little off guard because they knew who they were; their true secret self that no one could see.

Light of the World was a figure of speech that Jesus would later use to describe himself (John 9:5). That makes more sense doesn’t it? We would all agree that he has what it takes to light the world’s way. The disciples would learn over time through their relationship with Christ...

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Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. ― I Chronicles 16:8

Often when I wake up in the morning, I find myself thanking God for the many blessings in my life. I am thankful for the home that God has provided for my family – our terrace apartment in southern Spain. I am thankful for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. I am thankful that God has used CBF to send us here to minister to people from West Africa. We have had the opportunities to become friends with people from the places in Africa where we previously lived and learned the languages. It is so much fun to greet these precious people in their language from home. We have had the opportunities to meet people from Senegal, the Gambia, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Cameroon, Mauritania, Morocco, and Algeria, as well as...

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Bible Reading: Matthew 5:14b-15

NIV

A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

The Message

God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand.

Something to Think About:

A city on a hill and a lamp on a stand – these two illustrations were used by Jesus as he was teaching his disciples about shining. Think about it – you don’t build a city on a mountain top if you’re trying to keep it a secret and you’d be missing a few marbles if you unscrewed all the light bulbs in your house at night. He was either being funny or sarcastic.

Have you ever...

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What does tomorrow hold? I am one of those that needs to plan, check it again, repeat it just one more time to make sure, etc. I like everything to be in place and organized. It’s amazing how plans can quickly change no matter how hard we work at it. Things happen!! A few years ago, I read the following by Oswald Chambers in his book My Utmost for His Highest:

Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life – gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow may bring. This is generally expressed with a sigh of sadness, but it should be an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God.

God impressed on me the two phrases: “gracious uncertainty” and “breathless expectation.” Faith is that gracious uncertainty we have in our Lord. It is like the child who knows that his parents' love and care for him are unquestioning, but he doesn’t know what...

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God heard [Ishmael] crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation." – Genesis 21:17-18 (NIV)

All across the Commonwealth of Virginia, and especially in Fredericksburg where we live, stories of Latino immigrants who left children, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and others in their home countries to live and work to the US come to our attention, breaking our hearts and bringing tears to our eyes. Leaving behind a little one, or even an older adult, who depends on you for their needs truly cannot be an easy thing to do. But many have done so, and continue to do so, not out of callousness or cruelty, but just the opposite, out of...

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