Daily Topic for April 29, 2008
The prophecy that the Lord spoke through Ananias back in Acts 9:15 had come true! Paul had borne the Lord’s Name before the Jews and the Gentiles, and now he stood before a king. In his testimony before King Agrippa, Paul very simply stated God’s call to him and his obedience to that call. But what reason did Paul give Agrippa for the Jews’ persecution of him? Simply the fact that he proclaimed the good news to the Gentiles as well as to the Jews! (v. 21). As we saw yesterday, they were more angry at Paul’s insistence on going to the Gentiles than at anything else. We can be thankful that God is faithful to His promises and to His call on the lives of men and women.
Pray that you may be as faithful in your obedience of the Great Commission as Paul was.
In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Ottoman Empire conquered much of Eastern Europe. Their influence ceased at the end of World War I when this Muslim Turkish empire fell apart. Muslims in Europe either trace their roots to the Ottomans or to immigrants who arrived after World War II. Muslim Bosniaks are a case in point.
With the break up of the Yugoslav state into three spheres (Catholic
Croatia, Orthodox Serbia and Muslim Bosnia), civil war erupted in 1992 as Orthodox Serbs feared a Muslim-Catholic alliance. Serbs tried to exterminate or drive out Bosniaks. Bosnia declared itself independent, and Serbs and Croats engaged in civil war. The U.S. backed Muslim Bosniaks in that situation.
The result was death, destruction and Bosniak refugees scattered throughout Europe. Some Bosniaks went to Austria and other parts of Western Europe, where many felt alienated. Despite the West’s support of Bosnia and aid to refugees, in October of 2007, a 42-year-old Muslim Bosniak refugee was arrested near Vienna, Austria, before he became a suicide bomber at the U.S. Embassy.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that European believers and churches will befriend Muslim Bosniaks, and lead them to the Savior. Pray that Bosniak Muslims come to faith in Jesus. Pray that through Christ, all Yugoslav factions will become reconciled to each other and many to the True God.-TP