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April 10, 2019

Artificial intelligence to draw evangelical focus

April 9, 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
Southern Baptist and other evangelical leaders will issue a statement April 11 on the rising area of technology known as artificial intelligence or AI. The ERLC will host ... 

'Lord here I am, send me,' Floyd says

April 9, 2019 by Dianna Chandler, Baptist Press
Ronnie Floyd had told his wife Jeana not to worry. Jeana couldn’t shake a feeling that one of five Southern Baptist Convention entities seeking presidents at that time would recruit her husband to ... READ MORE

Gospel Coalition conference focuses on evangelism

April 8, 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press
Some 7,000 evangelicals – including a significant contingent of Southern Baptists – gathered around an evangelism theme at The Gospel Coalition’s (TGC) National Conference ... READ MORE

IMB's Chitwood encourages refugees, missionaries

April 5, 2019 by Shawn Hendricks, Baptist Press
With only one arm, Agnes carries a five-gallon jug on her head in a refugee camp near the South Sudan border in northern Uganda. On her own, she’s a single mom with two ... 

Steve Horn nominated as Louisiana convention executive
Chitwood: 50 floors above Johannesburg
NAMB asks 'Who's Your One?' at NRB convention
Religious liberty setback at court may not be final
Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor

I don't like to wait! 

What’s your biggest problem? Seriously, what do you consider one of your greatest spiritual battles? What do you struggle with on a regular basis? I could identify several personal challenges that stay with me, but I would probably say “waiting” is one of my biggest problems. My human flesh does like waiting for God to accomplish His will in His timing. I want answers and solutions soon – preferably now.
God knows everything. He knew man’s struggles long before we faced them. So, repeatedly in His Word our loving Father inserted verses like this one, “Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD,” Psalm 27:14, NASB. He keeps telling us to trust Him and wait on His timing, but I want answers now! Do you identify with what I’m saying?
In Old Testament days, Israel cried out to God to send the Messiah immediately! God heard their prayers, but His answer was, “Wait.” At just the right time, the Savior came, but they did not expect the Messiah to suffer pain and humiliation on a cross. They did not expect Him to defeat death. “Good Friday,” as we call it, was a very bad day for Jesus’ disciples. Their whole world crashed on Friday, but God said, “Wait, I’m not finished.” Sunday's coming.
Three days later, everyone was glad they waited for God to accomplish His plan, His way. That is a great reminder for me every time I get impatient (which is at least several times a day). Wait on the Lord!
The next two Sundays are very important days of remembrance and celebration for New Testament churches. This weekend we commemorate Palm Sunday – the final days of our Lord’s earthly life and ministry, and His path to the cross. Next Sunday we celebrate the resurrection – the ultimate defeat of death and victory for every follower of the living Savior, Jesus Christ, the Messiah. I’m glad we waited. To God be the glory. Have a great celebration this Sunday – and every day! He is risen!

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