Daily Topic for March 27, 2007

John 13:38
"Then Jesus answered, 'Will you really lay down your life for Me?'"

Peter had asserted as much, but Jesus proceeded to predict that Peter would deny Him not just once but three times! How often do we make bold statements without first “counting the cost” of being Jesus’ disciple? The one who aspires to such an honorable calling must, as Jesus said, “deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Is such a cost too great for us to pay? It may very well mean the crucifixion of our life’s ambitions, but the rewards are so much greater!

Father, make us bold in our determination to follow You. Teach us first to “count the cost.”

Jewish People in France

Levy dipped a spoon in the old sugar bowl in the cupboard, but it merely rustled the contents. Curious, he lifted the flowered bowl toward him and peered into the opening. “Raquel! What is the meaning of this?” a puzzled Levy asked as he pulled money out of the bowl. “To make ‘aliyah’” she whispered. “You cannot wear your skullcap, and we must accompany the children everywhere. I am saving money to make ‘aliyah’ so we can move to Israel.”

With a Jewish population of 600,000, France has the third highest number of Jews after the U.S. and Israel. Tensions are rising as anti-Semitic incidents from Muslim immigrants are becoming commonplace. The French people and their government seem unwilling to defend their Jewish minority. There are now about 3,000 airline flights a year to Israel from France, the highest in recent history.

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Pray that the Jewish people of France will be open to receiving the Messiah who longs to give them peace and assurance. Pray for Messianic Jews and Christians to boldly speak the good news to their Jewish friends and neighbors. Pray that hearts will eagerly open as the veil is lifted and these precious people see the One they wait for.-PE

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