Daily Topic for April 25, 2008
Paul was in Corinth preaching in the synagogue and “solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.” They resisted him and blasphemed. He was then free to go to the Gentiles with a clear conscience. Paul’s example holds lessons for us. He was intent on focusing on those who were responsive to the good news. His obligation to the Jews did not blind him to their resistance. His cry, and the cry of many today is, “How can I stay among a people who have every chance to hear the gospel, yet reject it, when so many have not yet had one chance to hear?”
Father, teach us our duty to both the resistant and the responsive peoples of our day.
“I wish it was Ramadan all the time. There are fewer Arabs around,” grumbled an angry Italian restaurant owner. Muslim immigrants from northern Africa have flooded into southern Spain and Italy in recent years. As the number of immigrants swells, resentment against them and the number of racial incidents increase. A mayor of one town did not want a mosque built, so he paraded a pig on a leash all over the proposed building site, thus desecrating the land in the eyes of Muslims.
Most Arab Moroccan immigrants travel eight miles across the Straits of Gibraltar to Spain. Spanish authorities suspect that some of the Arabic immigrants are involved in terrorist activities. In raids on a local Al Qaeda cell, Spanish police confiscated videotapes of several potential U.S. targets, including the twin towers in New York. Other videos showed terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and showed how to construct a car bomb. Of course, most immigrants are not terrorists; they come to Spain and Italy hoping to find jobs.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for missionary evangelists to share the truth with Moroccan immigrants who have migrated into European countries. Pray for Arabic Muslim new believers to find someone to disciple them and local churches in which to worship the one true God.-JWS