As September comes to a close, and we look back at the Missions Conference and reflect on what we heard and experienced, there are things we need to do going forward in our service for the Lord. Decisions were made about Faith Promise, about serving in certain areas, and about faithfulness. Many serve in the church; sometimes it may become common and not as exciting as it once was, but think about where you are serving and what it may accomplish for eternity! From the nursery to the auditorium class, we are all working toward the goal of getting people to Christ and growing closer to Him, while continuing to accomplish training. Consider these examples we are given:

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Psalm 18:30, "... the word of the LORD is tried: ..."

The questions are: Who has tried the Word of the Lord? Under what circumstances? What were the results?

We see God the Father trying His Word in creation. He tried it on the darkness and the darkness became light. He tried it on the firmament and it divided the waters. He tried it on the seas and dry land appeared. He tried it on the earth and it brought forth grass, herbs, and trees. He tried it in the skies and they were filled with the sun, the moon, and the stars. After six days of speaking to this situation, we read the results: "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. ..." (Genesis 1:31). God said it ... and it was so.

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Missions Conference at First Baptist Church begins in just a few days. Have you prepared, and are preparing, your heart and life for what God may want from you?

My devotional today comes from Hebrews, chapter 11 - the great Hall of Faith chapter. We know the necessity of faith - faith saves! "For by grace are ye saved through faith; ..." (Ephesians 2:8).

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There has been much conversation over past months, and even the last few years, about America's borders and American citizenship. One perspective is that America should be more receptive in accommodating citizens of other countries. In fact, some would state that they are for open borders and that America, the land of the free, should be open to all persons. A more conservative viewpoint might be that we have a more strict vetting system. Perhaps many in the conservative ranks would advocate walled borders. At a minimum, most conservatives would be united in their belief that anyone desiring American citizenship should be required to meet certain standards relative to the absence of criminal behavior, the learning of the English language, and the acquisition of basic facts about American history.

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Isaiah 40:27-31 "Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? (28) Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. (29) He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. (30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: (31) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

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