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

 There are many in our world today suffering from evil. Whether they are possessed by it or affected by it doesn't really matter. They suffer as a result as do those close to them. They need someone just to cry for them, love them, and then help them.

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I like Peter. He is so very normal, and yet so very spiritual. It is true that Jesus says, “O, you of little faith. Why did you doubt?” But I don’t see this as a put down. To me Jesus is implying, “O, Peter, you could have come so much closer.” Let’s take a look at what Peter did right.

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Does being politically correct mean that we do not call God’s people to pray? Does being politically correct mean that we do not call God’s people to reach out?

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We had just finished breakfast and our teenage daughter began to read for the family devotions. We heard, “Clothe yourselves with Gucci, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton.” It took a moment to register what she had said. As we stared at her she replied, “Well, that’s what I wished it said.”

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"If you have any encouragement... if you have any comfort... if any fellowship... if any tenderness and compassion...then..."(italics mine.) Oh, YUCK. Man is this scary. What are the chances I will ever get it right? If Christ encourages me, if I fellowship with him, if he is tender and compassionate with me, then I will be the same with and for others.

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Do you know what stands out in the call of Isaiah? Isaiah doesn’t say “if”. Here am I, send me, if you will pay off my house first. Here am I send me, if I can go to Europe. Here am I send me, if it is not too far from my family. Here am I send me, if I can keep my kids in private Christian schools. Here am I send me, if I can maintain a certain standard of living. Here am I send me, if there is the assurance of success. Here am I send me, if the sacrifice is not too great.

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We usually look at how reluctant Moses was and associate that with our reluctant obedience. But recently I saw the grace of God in the burning bush extended towards a true servant.

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Remember the Sunday school envelope? Number of contacts made, Offering, Sunday school attendance, Church attendance, Lesson studied, and On time? The big deal was to get a perfect score and to be honored at the end of the year.

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It was the first time we saw Central Baptist Church in Miami, Florida. We had heard of the homeless population of the area and that they were often found sleeping in the doorways of the church. We weren’t prepared for the actuality and truth of that statement, however. Having just returned from the overt poverty that exists in West Africa, we were stunned to see such need on the streets of a wealthy nation.

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We had just moved to the inner city of Brussels with many of the same ghetto type problems that you would expect. However, my son greatly desired to play in the park in front of our house even though some of the kids were rough. “Well, if I don’t play with and get to know these kinds of kids, then I won’t know anyone. This is the only kind of kid who lives here. They are why we came!”

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