Daily Topic for January 27, 2008

"You praised the gods...which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in His hand your life and your ways."

King Belshazzar threw a great banquet and invited a thousand of his nobles. They drank wine together and praised the gods of gold and stone. Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote upon the wall. The king summoned all his wise men, but they could not interpret the writing. Daniel was then called, and he prophesied the king’s doom, telling Belshazzar that God would use the Medes and Persians to punish Belshazzar’s disregard for Yahweh. Many today worship and praise the “gods of stone.” Like Daniel, we are called to give testimony to the one true God and to call rulers to give account to their King.”

Father, grant us discernment and boldness as we bear witness to the fact that You alone are God.

Mararit People

Makeshift shelters stretch across the desert as far as the eye can see. A tattered blanket or a bit of leather propped up by two sticks is “home” to countless Mararit families in Darfur, Sudan.

At the first hint of dawn, a young Muslim widow rises to look for a scrap of wood or some dry weeds to burn to warm her hands and make tea for her five children who are still sleeping. Her husband was slain when he refused to join the rebel forces in Darfur.

The current conflict in Sudan is only the latest outbreak in a long history of rivalry between Arabs and African ethnic groups. The conflict arises from a historic competition for scarce arable land and water, and a more current struggle for political power in the national government.

There are no known Mararit believers, no Bible, and no Christian radio broadcasts. Most cannot read or write, so the JESUS Film in their language would be especially appropriate.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for workers to translate and show the film to whole villages and refugee camps. Pray that appropriate Christian materials will affect the lives of thousands of people in Darfur, especially the Mararits. Pray for a spiritual revival that will break the chains of violence in Darfur.-JWS

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