Daily Topic for October 22, 2007

Jud. 13:5
"The boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth"

The birth of Samson was announced to his parents in a special way because he was a special son. He was to deliver his people from their enemies, the Philistines. In the same way that Samson was set apart from birth for God’s special purposes, we have been set apart by our “new birth.” We are “sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy” (1 Cor. 1:2). God wants to use us in a special way to accomplish His purpose among the nations. He has set us apart for service as well as for worship.

Lord, we belong to You. You gave Your life for us. Now we give our lives back to You. Use us to bring hope and life to those who now do not know You.

Chauhan People of South Asia

Traditional Chauhan songs tell of the ancient days when they were “created by the gods” in a mountain of fire for the purpose of fighting against demons. Theirs is one of the 36 royal races among the powerful Rajputs. These groups dominated Gujarat until the first Sultan of Delhi ushered in Muslim rule in the 12th century. Most Chauhans are now Sunni Muslims, though some who live outside of Gujarat are Sikhs.

Originally agrarian, they left agriculture for urban economic pursuits such as service industries, labor and trade. In today’s world the Chauhans are open to change and willing to marry outside their local community. They also have been influenced by a number of reform movements. A number of their ceremonial practices are going out of vogue, especially the ones that are costly. Others have immigrated to Fiji and Canada. Many are world leaders in their occupations.

Pray that their openness to change will extend to being open to the

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gospel and joining Christ’s work to destroy the work of the devil. Pray that they will come to see Christ as more than a prophet, that they will embrace Him as Lord and God, the One who can change them from the inside out via His Holy Spirit.-TP

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