Daily Topic for March 21, 2008

John 1:29
"Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"

In this testimony John the Baptist again pointed to the One who would become the sacrifice for sin sufficient for everyone in the world. John willingly and repeatedly drew attention away from himself toward the One who is worthy of all praise. In response, two of John’s disciples, including the apostle Andrew, immediately began to follow Jesus. They became convinced that they had found the Messiah and in their excitement went to tell others. Here began a dynamic chain reaction of men pointing men to One who could meet their need for forgiveness.

Savior, renew within us the conviction that only faith in You brings forgiveness of sin. Spur us on to new zeal in world evangelization.

Khakass Tatars of Siberia

The beautiful mountains and steppes of Khakassia in Siberia were once cattle grazing areas used by Khakass nomads. Today, nearly all of the 80,000 Khakass people live and support themselves by raising sheep and goats. The Khakass population makes up eleven percent of the total in Khakassia, with Russians forming the remainder.

The Khakassians are unique among their Siberian neighbors in that they have a longstanding tradition of Russian Orthodox beliefs rather than Shamanism, Buddhism, or Islam. This stems from the 1600s when the first Russians arrived in Khakassia. Currently, however, there is no strong commitment to Russian Orthodoxy among the Khakass Tatars.

There is a monument known as the Valley of Kings in their homeland. It is an ancient burial mound similar to Stonehenge. Before entering the mound, one is required to sacrifice some bread, a piece of meat and a beverage, according to Ranier Stalvik in his report on his travels in the area. You can read his full account at: www.stalvik.com.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the gospel of Jesus will soon come to the Khakass Tatars in a living, meaningful way. Pray that those who visit The Valley of Kings would come to understand that they can only depend on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.-JR

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