Daily Topic for February 04, 2007

Amos 3:2
"'You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins'"

Because Israel was entrusted with great blessings, her mandate was equally great: to bless all the families of the earth. When the chosen nation rebelled in selfishness and idolatry, her punishment was correspondingly severe. But is it not the same for us? Jesus declared, “From everyone who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48). We who know Jesus Christ and who have the means to take the blessings of the gospel to the ends of the earth are obligated by our opportunities to do so.

Gracious God, we thank You for our blessings, and we acknowledge the responsibility they place upon us. Keep us from the sins of selfishness and self-indulgence.

Shoretses People of Russia

The Shoretses people live harsh lives in the mountains of southern Siberia. Numbering about 16,000, they use their resources very efficiently, deriving their income from hunting, fur trapping, and raising cattle. They are well known for their skill at metallurgy. The Russian Czars feared this skill. In the 17th century the Shoretses were forbidden to forge metal tools because the Czars thought that they might use their skill to make weapons to protect themselves from Russian forces. Historically, the powerful Russian Czars exacted tribute and kept Shoretses land. The Russians suppressed Shoretses culture.

In modern times, the Shoretses have had a resurgence in their culture, language, literature, and education. Tribal councils make their decisions for them. Apparently, Christianity was discussed at one of these tribal councils, and these leaders rejected the idea of turning to Christianity. Traditional Shoretses religion divides the world between the underworld, the earth and the celestial world. They rely on shamans or mediums to make contact with the spirit world.

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Pray that the Shoretses will come to know Jesus, the “one mediator between God and man” (1 Tim 2:5). Pray that God will speak to their tribal council leaders who will in turn pave the way for a people movement to Christ.-CH

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