"Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." (Proverbs 27:1)

The year 2020 has vividly reminded us that we are not in control of our lives. Events have been canceled and our calendars turned upside down. We had plans and they were rearranged. A global pandemic continues and the Presidential Election approaches. Social unrest, wildfires, hurricanes, and a myriad of other tragic events threaten to overwhelm us. It is good to remember that Jesus told His disciples, "... In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

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In Acts 18:1-3, we are introduced to a special couple who Paul found in Corinth on one of his missionary journeys. Because they were of the same craft, they had an instant connection with Paul; by occupation, they were tentmakers. Due to that common bond, Paul lived in their home and ministered there for about a year and a half. This couple turned out to be a huge asset to Paul's ministry and overall for the cause of Christ.

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Where Do I Run When I Experience Failure?

We have all experienced failure at one time or another. It is so easy to see our faults and dwell on our mistakes that we stay in a state of defeat. We have a God who knows that we will fail from time to time, yet He has no desire for us to stay in that condition. So what does God desire for us to do when we fail? We can see in the life of Peter that we should run to the Savior, allow ourselves to be fed, and go back to feeding others around us.

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Just last week at our church we had our yearly Missions Conference. What a tremendous time to have our hearts stirred for God's mission for reaching the world for Him! If you were unable to attend, I'd encourage you to check out the website (www.missionsconference.org) and watch the messages presented last week. If you were in attendance, I'd encourage you reflect on the things you heard, saw, and experienced this past week. This devotional has missions at its heart and it will prayerfully help you understand how each of us can get involved, regardless of God's "calling" on your life.

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Psalm 126:3, "The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad."

On September 3, we reached 200,000,000 copies of Scripture printed at First Baptist Church and Bearing Precious Seed since 1973. What a blessing it was to see that happen at a time when many people are experiencing a year like they've never experienced before.

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