Daily Topic for November 25, 2007

2 Sam. 7:23
"What other nation in all the earth has received such blessings as Israel, Your people? You have rescued Your chosen nation in order to bring glory to Your Name."

How easy it is to assume that God has blessed us as individuals, as a church, or as a nation because we deserve it or simply because He loves us. He does love us-that is true. But His motivation is far deeper-He wants to bring glory to His Name before the peoples of the world who still do not know Him. He relentlessly seeks to draw them to Himself. It is always the lost sheep which concern Him most.

Dear Lord, may we bring honor to Your Name by proclaiming Your faithfulness to people at home and abroad.

Shi’ite Muslim Azerbaijanis of Azerbaijan

The war between Azerbaijan and Armenia continues! Control of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory is still unresolved. Eight hundred thousand Azerbaijanis are either refugees or internally displaced. Relief organizations have addressed the crisis by constructing shelters and implementing health programs for them.

With the help of USAID, CHF International is improving the basic social and physical infrastructure of 150 Azerbaijani communities. Efforts have already brought improvement to the lives of over 200,000 Azerbaijanis.

Since its independence in 1991, Azerbaijan has had high unemployment. It has had the most severe economic problems of the former Soviet Transcaucasus republics. There is an agricultural decline, and the common people have not benefited from the wealth of their prosperous oil industry.

The Azerbaijanis are primarily Shi’ite Muslims, stemming from their ties with Iran. Until the 20th century they identified more with being Muslim than with being Azerbaijani. In other words, being identified as a “spiritual community of Islam” was more important than being identified as a nation.

Armenian Christians and Azerbaijani Muslims have been bitter enemies for centuries. Call upon the Holy Spirit to soften hearts so that healing and restoration can take place between these two peoples.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that Azerbaijan’s governmental and local leaders will have receptive hearts towards the gospel.-JKW

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