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

Today there are many dividing walls among God’s children.  Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, we are all special creations of God and deeply loved by God.  The language of our faith is different.  Only with Christ’s love within us can we accept without judgment and truly love. 


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I have been working alongside the Afghan community in my home area for the last 4 years. My husband recently retired so we thought it would be a good idea to regroup, refresh, and see what our next phase in life would be. We decided to go on the road. This involved a two fold purpose, one to go to other ministries and use our skills to help out, and two to see America. To accomplish this new adventure I needed to step down from many activities I was involved in within my church. Change is hard….Our labels become a part of who we are. When we peel away our labels what is underneath? Are we still important, usable, worthy? My lables were beginning to feed my ego. I began to feel uncomfortable. I felt that God was showing me it was time to peel them all off and stand before him naked. Change is hard. The awakening that comes from change is worth the risk. In having no labels I have the freedom to be renewed, and start fresh....

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 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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