Daily Topic for December 15, 2006

Ps. 65:2, 5, 8
"O You who hear prayer, to You all men will come...the hope of all the ends of the earth.... Those living far away fear Your wonders"

If these words were not in the Scriptures, we would scarcely believe them. Do the peoples “in the ends of the earth” hope there is a true and living God? Do they wonder who He is and where He is? Some missionaries have found people groups with hearts ready to accept Christ when they first hear the gospel. These missionaries have been amazed to discover that, even in the darkness of bondage to Satan, some people groups have so longed to know God the Creator that for many generations they have cried out to Him, pleading for a messenger to enlighten them.

Precious Lord, use us to reveal to the nations that You alone are their hope and aspiration.

Ethnodoxology Work

Many adults complain about the music that attracts the young. On the other hand, the young are often bored with the music their parents relish. Although music is sometimes called a universal language, it is often associated with a particular culture.

Just as we know that people need to hear the gospel message in their mother tongue, their heart language, so we also are learning that worship experiences are best expressed in the musical heart language of a people group. The International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE) have a vision “that Christians from every culture will have the opportunity to express their faith through their own heart music and arts. To further that vision [they] seek to promote the application of insight drawn from the fields of ethnomusicology, worship studies, and other disciplines in Christian ministries worldwide.”

In July 2006 Ethnomusicologists gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota to join with others, music makers and mission leaders from around the world, to learn how to use culturally relevant music to reach people with the good news.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for the valuable resource, ICE, to be available and used by every mission agency, church planting team, evangelical radio and TV, and by Global Recordings Network to share the Word in the heart music of every people.-JS

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