Daily Topic for November 09, 2007

1 Sam. 9:21
"And Saul answered and said, 'Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin?'"

When challenged with the responsibility of leading God’s people, Saul’s response was to cite the lack of proper credentials. At that point in his life Saul was genuinely humble-and thus one God could use. An old professor used to remind his students, “Remember, the grace of God works with what it brings, not with what it finds!” Tragically, later in his reign, Saul trusted his own judgment, even to the point of direct disobedience to God’s instructions. As a result, God rejected him as king.

Dear God, deliver us from the temptation of self-sufficiency. Teach us to humbly depend on You as we seek to do Your will.”


“Son, if you pound the mud hard enough in the frame it will become like a rock, very hard.” Charos took the wooden handle from his father and pumped the crude, homemade brick-maker with vigor.

Charos had just returned with his family from the city, where he witnessed dark figures forcefully operating in the shadows, shutting down TV stations, intimidating citizens who wore Western dress and did not follow oppressive “Islamic” rules. When they began to harass his wife for her dress, his heart grew hard with anger and he took his family back to his rural home. But now the verbal pounding has begun here as strangers with an evil agenda have moved into his village. Uzbeks are Sunni Muslim. With 21 million of them, mostly in Uzbekistan, they are the largest people group in Central Asia. Uzbekistan is in danger of being engulfed by fanatics.

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Pray that the pounding of Islamic militancy will not harden hearts to the tender love of Christ and that many Uzbeks will commit their lives to Him. Pray that instead, Uzbek hearts will soften to Christ. Pray for many to intercede earnestly for the Uzbeks. Pray that church planting that has taken place in the last two years will be strengthened, expanded and protected.-PE

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