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Jesus hears our cries for help.

April 27, 2015

Today’s Word

Bits of Information & Inspiration

Today in History

1832 – The American Baptist Home Mission Society was formed in New York City. During its first 15 years, $1.66 million in contributions were raised, 14,426 churches were organized and 1,116 missionaries were sent out.

When the American Baptist Home Mission Society was founded in 1832, it was patterned after the older American Baptist Foreign Mission Society (1814) and the even older Massachusetts Domestic Missionary Society (1802), which was organized to “furnish occasional preaching, and to promote the knowledge of evangelic truth in the new settlements of these United States, or further, if circumstances should render it proper” and to “evangelize the Indians and western frontiersmen.” The imprint of these early missionary societies, leaders, and missionaries has been determinative for the world view and work of today’s American Baptist Home Mission Society.

Inspirational Words

“Not only do we not know God except through Jesus Christ; We do not even know ourselves except through Jesus Christ.”
– Blaise Pascal

Today’s Word

But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.
Psalm 10:14 (NIV)

Thoughts on the Word

Just as God saw the plight of the Israelites in Egypt and heard their cries for help, he still sees and hears today. But now, he not only hears because he is omnipotent; he hears because of the intercession of his Son and our Savior, Jesus. Jesus has been here. Jesus has faced the specter of death and the pain of torture and ridicule. Jesus means God not only hears our cries for help; he also feels the agony with us. That is why he came. He is our assurance that God feels, cares, acts, and ultimately saves.

Prayer for Today

God, Father and Savior, please be with those who are bearing the incredible weight of agony and pain. Some of these I know and pray for personally. Others I do not know, but they still need your comfort, strength, and grace to sustain them in their days of agony and grief. Please bless them with clear evidence of your care. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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