Daily Topic for October 07, 2007

Josh. 5:2
"At that time the Lord said to Joshua, 'Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites again'"

The Israelites were on the move. They had crossed the Jordan and were camped a short distance from the mighty walled city of Jericho. What a seemingly inopportune time to incapacitate all the warriors for an entire week! Yet for God to save them, they had to be holy. Circumcision was not an inconsequential religious rite. It was the God-given sign that Yahweh had set them apart for a special purpose. As His covenant with Abraham had stated, God intended to bless Abraham’s descendants and to reach out through them to all the families of the earth. And here is the lesson for us: we are not equipped to march ahead into victory until we are reminded of the purpose for God’s covenant and of the requirement that we be holy.

Father, make us holy people as we move ahead into the victory You will win among the peoples of the earth, bringing many men and women to faith in Jesus Christ and into responsible membership in His church.

Folk Islamic Maldivians of the Maldive Islands

The baby no longer had strength to cry or nurse as she breathed her last breath. Her mother had gone without enough food, so she couldn’t produce enough milk for her baby.

The baby’s home was one of the 200 inhabited islands in the 2,000 Maldive Island chain, south of India. Concerned with poverty, Maldivian government officials, non-government community-based organizations, the private sector, and the Asian Development Bank representatives have met together and agreed on causes and consequences of poverty in this country. They are now developing a plan to meet their country’s many facets of poverty and the various ways of tackling the problem. Their long-term vision is broken down into short, medium and long term segments to reduce the plague of poverty in the Maldives. They have faced the fact that lack of income is only one part of the problem. Insufficient information, lack of education, lack of good electrical power, and poor health care are just a few aspects of poverty with which they are preparing to deal in the future. They are now ready to act on their findings so that fewer babies, children and adults will experience the numbing pain of poverty.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the overwhelming percentage of Muslims in the Maldives will desire life in Christ. Pray that as Maldivian government officials re-think their approach to poverty, they will allow believers to come to help their people spiritually as well as physically.-MC

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