Daily Topic for May 04, 2008
This verse is very similar to James 1:22, which states, “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” Missionary conferences, mission weekends at churches, and mission emphasis weeks at Bible colleges are wonderful in raising awareness of missions. However, some Christians seem to think that if they attend these special meetings, they have fulfilled their duty. Not so! Each Christian needs to play some active part in the Great Commission, whether through giving, praying faithfully, going as missionaries themselves, or sending others.
Pray that the Father will make us doers of His Word, not hearers only.
Lambayeque is a modern industrial and tourist city on the Pacific side of the Andes Mountains north of Lima, the capital of Peru. It is in an area known for a number of archaeological sites of different peoples such as the Chimu. The 23,000 Lambayeque Quechuas are descendants of the peoples conquered by the Inca Empire that once went from southern Colombia to northern Chile, and into the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains of the Amazon basin.
Their ancestors worshipped Inti the sun, the moon, mother earth (Pachamama), pre-Inca deities, their ancestors, and Viracocha, the creator god who left for the east with a promise to return. In the 1500s and 1600s Spaniards introduced Catholicism.
Today, most Lambayeque Quechua’s religion consists of a veneer of Catholicism over an Animistic worldview that embraces ancestral sites (wacas) and shamans. As in antiquity, they continue to fear and be in bondage to spirits.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for maturity among believers and that the church would accept the challenge posed by Christo-pagan syncretism. Pray also for biblical renewal and a deeper work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Peruvian church. Pray that the Lambayeque Quechuas would be liberated from spiritual bondage to dangerous spirits.-TP