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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The journey of life can be filled with many trials and situations that we would never wish for ourselves. Some are health related, financial troubles, relationship struggles, and many more. Life is difficult enough. But for the person that is not seeking the Lord and allowing the Holy Spirit to direct him in the steps in his journey, life becomes almost impossible. We see this illustrated through the life of David.

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Almost everyone has someone we work for, report to, or follow as a leader. At times we approach these relationships with varied levels accountability, pay, or reward. However the Bible speaks to us in one mind as to how and why we are to "serve" those above us.

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