Saturday

May the Lord smile on you.

~Numbers 6:25 (NLT)~

Mrs. Faye Price had tests this week. Pray for her as doctor recommendations are being followed.

Several missionaries have reported answered prayers in regard to visa and health issues. Please pray missionaries will remain faithful in times when their faith is tested while on the mission field.

Summer ministries to the Roma are continuing at full speed:

  • We received work from Jan Hammons’ niece who just returned from church camp that she made the connection between the Roma she learned about and Jennie’s family. The partnership between Team Romany and Baptist camps is in year two. Thank God for this partnership and the support it brings to Team Romany.
  • Summer missionaries have arrived from American and Romania.
  • New missionaries have arrived and will participate in two weeks of World Changers camps before even moving in their apartment.
  • The first International World Changers group has arrived with another group due new week. Bro. Brady Haynes and his students will be among those in the second group. Bro. Brady Haynes was a a former student minister at FBC, Kentwood.
  • Jennie and her children are traveling today to minister with Boyd and the World Changers for the next two weeks.
  • Pray for the Roma in the villages where ministry will occur. Pray for receptive hearts.
  • Pray for a love of missions to develop in the hearts of some of those who are volunteering with the Roma ministry this summer. Pray for receptive hearts as God speaks to the volunteers.

Baptist Press

July 11, 2008

MYANMAR–Myanmar relief focuses on SE Asia partnership. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28456

NEW YORK–ELECTION 08: Obama says he’ll ‘never back down’ on abortion. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28457

LOUISIANA–Baptists rally to needs of the homeless in New Orleans. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28458

MASSACHUSETTS–Celebration to mark 50-year work in N.E. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28459

TEXAS–FIRST-PERSON (William A. Dembski): A faith healer’s farce. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28460

TENNESSEE–Draper: Healing entails God’s sovereignty. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28461

VIRGINIA–Cancer fight didn’t deter missionary’s call. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28462

WASHINGTON–Jury declines to indict abortion doctor Tiller. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28463

TENNESSEE–INTERNATIONAL DIGEST: Beijing police evict activist as US congressmen visit. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28464

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Kelly Boggs): When no one’s looking. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28465

I can relate to this devotional. I’m sure you will too.

GETTING OLDER (part 1)

 

The story is told of a little girl who went to visit her great-grandmother. The elderly lady had hair that was white. Her face was covered with wrinkles. As the little girl looked at her, she asked, “Grandma, are you an old lady?” With a twinkle in her eyes, her great-grandmother said, “No, honey, not exactly. But I must say I’ve been young for a mighty long time.”

Old age is a strange thing. Very few of us actually think of ourselves as being old. As one 85-year-old man (Bernard Baruch) put it, “To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.” And that’s about right. When I was a teenager, anyone who was 40 years old seemed ancient. But when I reached the age of 40, I didn’t feel like an old man. But those people in their mid-50’s sure were old. Now as I have passed the age of 50 myself, those folks are looking younger and younger all the time!

But, whether we want to or not, whether it’s something we look forward to or something we dread, every single one of us is getting older. There’s no getting around that fact. Every time the sun rises and every time the sun sets — even every chime on the grandfather clock — serves to constantly remind us that we’re all growing older. We’re older today than we were yesterday and tomorrow, if the Lord sees fit to bless us, we will be older still.

According to statistics, we live in a society that’s rapidly growing older and older. In this country, in 1900, the average life-span was only 47 years. Right now, the life-span of an average American is about 75 years of age. And it is expected that within a few decades, as the “baby boomers” get older, the life expectancy for males will be 86 years and for females will be 92.

David said in Psalm 90:10, “The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

You would think that most people would be excited about the prospect of living longer, but sadly, that’s not the case. A lot of people are afraid of getting old. Even David expressed this fear when he prayed to God, “Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails….Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare your strength to this generation, your power to everyone who is to come.” (Psalm 71:9,18).

I think Jonathan Swift was right when he said, “Every man desires to live long, but no man wants to be old.” There are a couple of reasons for that. I’ll share them in the next TFTD.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Have a wonderful weekend. Be sure to give the Lord His share of your time this weekend!

Anna Lee

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