Daily Topic for February 01, 2007

Hosea 1:9
"Then the Lord said, 'Name him Lo-Ammi, for you are not My people, and I am not your God'"

Instead of being a light to the nations as God intended, Israel had become a scandalous spectacle. So God told Hosea to marry a prostitute as testimony to Israel’s faithlessness. Hosea’s children were named “Not My People” and “I am not your God” to reflect God’s attitude towards the nation. Even so, Hosea would later look with eyes of faith at the Lord’s future for Israel, when she would again be as strong and faithful as a beacon light for all the nations.

Father, forgive us too for our faithlessness in obeying Your commands. Help us to be a light to unreached people in our country as well as abroad.

Evenki People of Siberia, Russia

My name is Lyubomir Tataev. I am from Yakutia Sakha and both my parents are from the Even nation, a small nation of only 18-20,000 people. My motherland is northeast from Yakutia. I have four older brothers and sisters and a mother. From childhood my siblings and I were taught to worship spirits and nature, and make sacrifices. From my childhood our mother taught us how to worship spirits through the fire.

In 1991, I became a soldier in the Soviet army. At our military base, a Christian believer showed up and started preaching to us. The first time it was hard for me to receive what he was saying. But after I began reading the New Testament that he gave me, I recognized that I had found something that I needed. Reading the Bible, I realized that God is real and all the spirits it was telling about are real. It was a confirmation for me. At that time, I prayed and repented of my sins. I knew that my life was not good and that I needed Him. (Continued tomorrow)

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Pray that this very month, many unreached peoples in Siberia will hear the gospel and bow their knees to Jesus.

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