Daily Topic for January 11, 2007

Is. 25:7-9
"The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces.... In that day they will say, 'Surely this is our God; we trusted in Him, and He saved us.'"

The book of Isaiah has been called “the Bible in miniature,” and rightfully so, for its 66 chapters present the person, work, and commission of Christ in a manner representative of the 66 books of the Bible. Isaiah here portrays the heavenly banquet in which men and women from every nation will rejoice in the goodness of God. Though Christ’s death has conquered the power of death for all who put their trust in Him, His return will banish the presence of death from the redeemed of every nation. How tenderly the Sovereign Lord will wipe away tears from faces upturned in joyful praise!

Wonderful Savior, we eagerly look forward to that day. Lead us on until we see You face-to-face!

Muslim Tamacheq Peoples of Mali

A year ago this month, things seemed to be improving for the Tamacheq people of northern Mali. The Malian government was helping them start a tourism trade. They used a natural amphitheater among the desert dunes to have a musical celebration of Tamacheq culture. With few natural resources in their homeland, cultural tourism seems to be a good way to lift the Tamacheqs out of poverty. Former Tamacheq rebels were being integrated into the Malian Army.

Then in May, some of these same Tamacheq soldiers deserted and took over two towns. The Malian government made a peace deal with these rebels, promising to take measures to reduce poverty in Tamacheq regions in exchange for having the rebels drop their demands for greater autonomy, according to a June 30, 2006 article in “BBC News.” But the conflict still brews beneath the surface.

Only a few Tamacheqs have been exposed to a different kind of peace. It is the gospel that offers a lasting peace with the Creator God. Almost all of them remain Islamic.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will enable many Christian missionaries to do community development work in Tamacheq areas and challenge Tamacheqs with the fact that Jesus is the only way, truth and life.-MC

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