|Envisioning the future|
From Mount Nebo, Bobby Welch reads the Old Testament account of Moses’ view of his people entering the Promised Land. Welch challenged Southern Baptists to be like the Israelites -- a people of journey, not content to remain where they are but to look toward their future.Photo by Bill Bangham
MOUNT NEBO, Jordan (BP)--Bobby Welch, Southern Baptist Convention president and pastor of First Baptist Church in Dayton Beach, Fla., looks out over the Jordan Valley from Mount Nebo to where the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land.
“All the Gospel can be seen from here,” Welch said.
Far below him, the Jordan River cuts a verdant swath through a dry, rock-strewn land. To the left is the Dead Sea. On the opposite rise is Jericho. On clear days, Jerusalem and Bethlehem can be seen in the distance, their lights glittering at night. To the northwest, just beyond the horizon, are Galilee and the Plain of Megiddo, the site of Armageddon. Nazareth, a city on a hill, sits above it. Read More