Daily Topic for November 29, 2006

1 Kings 11:1-4
"King Solomon loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh's daughter. His wives turned his heart after other gods."

Though a wise and wealthy king, Solomon also set Israel on the path of destruction. His wisdom was no substitute for holiness or attention to the law. His accumulation of horses and chariots, silver and gold, and wives and concubines were in direct disobedience to the commands of Moses (Deuteronomy 17:14-20). The Golden Age of Israel would soon give way to confusion, decay, and widespread idolatry. How do we handle the blessings and opportunities God gives? As occasions for advancing our purposes? Or chances to further His desires?

Father, we recognize that to whom much is given, much is required. Teach us to handle our abundance with faithfulness.

Sunni Muslim Arabs of Qatar

The group of people was too quiet. This fellowship, like all of them in Qatar, is small, with expatriates outnumbering the local Qatari Arabs. There were no known Arab believers in Qatar before 1985. The total population of the country is no more than 600,000. The expatriates come for high paying jobs in the fuel industry, sending money home to support their families. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a booming business and is expected to grow even larger as fuel prices continue to spiral upward. What was desert 20 years ago here in Qatar has now become home to the world’s largest gas plant, supplying a quarter of the world’s natural gas needs.

In Qatar, on the Arabian Peninsula, proselytism of Muslims is forbidden, although Christians are allowed to practice their faith. The strict form of Sunni Islam is the state religion. At the same time the Emir granted land to build a Christian church, showing his open and progressive attitude.

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Praise God for this opening door. Pray that all believers will be sensitive to opportunities to reach out as Christ’s ambassadors to the Qatari Arabs. Pray for Christian radio broadcasts—that they will present the gospel in such a way that non-believers will be enticed to listen and respond, embracing Christ as Savior and Lord. Pray that those who, while abroad, find Christ will take the gospel back to their homeland and become a nucleus of a church among their own people.-MH

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