Daily Topic for March 06, 2007

Luke 2:10
"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people."

The word “people” here does not refer to the nations or the Gentiles. But it does refer to all elements of Jewish society in the Holy Land of that day. The good news was not for just one segment of the nation of Israel. The Pharisees thought the Messiah would reveal Himself primarily to them and their peers. Others thought He would be coming principally for their benefit. But the announcement of Christ’s birth was not made at the local synagogue, but to some lowly shepherds in a field. Jesus would later live and minister among sinners, publicans, and prostitutes, groups who were neglected by the religious people of the day.

Lord Jesus, stir our hearts with the reminder that Your good news is for all people.

Muslim Iraqis in Denmark and Sweden

Khalil paid a high price for freedom. As a professor, he once lived a peaceful life in Iraq with his family. Then he faced an unexpected choice: join the secret police, or die. He fled to Scandinavia and hoped one day his family would unite in a safe land. That hasn’t happened. His wife chose to stay in Iraq, and one son committed suicide. Because of the language barrier, he has been unable to find appropriate work.

Khalil’s story is only one out of thousands of displaced Muslim people. About 15,000 adult Arabs and Kurds moved from Iraq to Denmark and about 50,000 to Sweden. We must pray they will hear about the high price Jesus paid for their spiritual freedom. When people feel desperate, they often see their need for God’s intervention.

In Denmark, ninety percent of the people are church members, yet church attendance is less than four percent in most parishes. There are also many nominal Christians in Sweden, but surely God knows those through whom He can work to share His gospel.

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Pray that the Holy Spirit will work in Iraqi Muslim hearts, drawing them to Father God through Jesus. Ask God to raise up His ambassadors who will share the gospel with those He has moved to Denmark and Sweden.-AK

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