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

We are all about doing as long as we can choose what we will do. As soon as God asks us to do something that will demonstrate true love for him and our neighbor the cost becomes too great and we walk on the other side of the road.

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My in-laws were visiting us in Europe. They honestly had no desire to travel and sightsee. They just wanted to be with the grandchildren and have an idea of what our lives are like here. So we took them to eat Turkish pizza.

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We took our young son to Versailles. As we were leaving, we remarked that most of men selling souvenirs were probably Senegalese. That excited Brandon because he realized that the men most likely spoke Wolof. He asked us to give him courage because he wanted to walk up to the men and say the Wolof greetings he had learned years before while living in West Africa.

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My children recently explained to me that for them and their immigrant friends, constantly moving back and forth between countries and continents is in fact a ‘normal’ way of life. Indeed, world mobilization and communication have changed the strategy of missions. Rather than fear the changes as intrusions upon our own comfort zone, let's embrace them. Let's realize that God is about his purpose of spreading his love to all people.

 

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I remember the first time I clearly realized that the face of America was truly changing. I was returning to the States for a meeting and a short leave. The plane was making its descent to the airport. I saw 3 red brick churches with white steeples just outside the airport grounds. It was a bit of a shock after Europe where the Protestant church is so small. While having something to eat in the airport, I watched the people passing by. I saw several Oriental families, which was not surprising. I had become accustomed to seeing families from the East in the states. But then I saw families in full Muslim dress. “Oh my,” I thought, “do the churches just outside know what is here on the inside? And if they do, are they able and prepared to deal with it?”

 

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Well there it is. The Sunday school answer. Do you see it? It is in verses 17 and 18. The rich young man comes to Jesus and asks that deep probing theological question. You know the kind we ask when we aren’t really searching for an honest response. We just want the answer that is comfortable and we have heard all of our lives.

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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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