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A scene in the TV miniseries Lonesome Dove showed two cowboys huddled under a tree, wrapped in wet blankets during an early evening rainstorm. Soaked, cold, and tired, they had been herding cattle all day. But they knew a number of strays needed to be rounded up. Shivering, with water dripping from the brim of his hat, one cowboy turned to the other and said, "Well, I guess this is where we find out if we were meant to be cowboys." Both cowboys got up and went and did the right thing — they found the strays.

With the financial markets' historic downturn, many Christians find themselves in a similar "cowboy" situation. Psalm 24:1 teaches us that the earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord. In other words, God owns it all; everything is His. Paul teaches us in Acts 17: 25, He [God] gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. So not only does God own it all, He gives to us our &quo...

Your 2006 gifts forwarded to the Convention for distribution to support the cooperative ministries of the SBC have totaled $200,601,536.29. This is the first time over $200 million has been distributed through the Cooperative Program Allocation Budget process and is an increase of $4,653,113.74 over giving in 2005.

The ultimate impact of such generous giving will be measured in the number of lost people led to Christ here in North America and around the world. This new record illustrates the magnitude of love the SBC has for a lost world while demonstrating the power of cooperative giving for cooperating ministries. Our churches, big and small, are able to combine the financial resources that God has provided them with those of other churches to accomplish that which individual churches can never accomplish alone.

Much of the increase can be credited to a renewed commitment by many to increase the percentage that each state forwards to the Convention. All of the state execs ...