Daily Topic for June 01, 2008

1 Corinthians 1:22-24
"Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God."

The Corinthian church had both Jewish and Gentile members. Here Paul illustrates for them how people from both Jewish and Greek cultures often responded to the gospel. Looking for attesting signs to be done by the Messiah, most Jews stumbled on the fact of Jesus’ crucifixion. To the wisdom-seeking Greeks, the whole idea of the crucifixion was foolishness. But some from each group saw that Christ is the power and wisdom of God.

Heavenly Father, lead Your missionaries today to those yet unreached people groups, and grant that men and women may see and believe Your power and wisdom in Christ.

Rumai Palaung People of Myanmar

Adoniram Judson’s father, a minister in Massachusetts, had a surprise waiting for him at home. His wife opened a Bible and handed it to three-year-old Adoniram. While his father listened in amazement, the boy read a whole chapter of the Bible! When Adoniram was four, he started imitating his father by preaching to the neighborhood children. He was high-spirited, enthusiastic in everything he did. As he grew he decided there were two worlds in which a person could live: “This one-brief, narrow, finite; and the hereafter-eternal, limitless, infinite.” But it wasn’t until 1808, at age 20, that Adoniram experienced conversion. From that day on his only ambition was to please God.

Until 1807, no missionary as far as Adoniram Judson knew, had ever gone out from North America, and no organization existed to support foreign missions. It wasn’t long after Judson’s concern for lack of mission activity before others got involved. Finally there were four names signed to a “memorial” stating: “The undersigned, feeling their youth and inexperience, look up to their fathers in the Church, and respectfully solicit their advice, direction and prayers.” Adoniram met and fell in love with Nancy Hasseltine. Preceding their marriage in 1812 the couple took a voyage to England and France to consult with the London Missionary society. Returning to America, the couple was married. Adoniram was ordained, and they sailed immediately for India.

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Pray that the Lord will raise up more young people with the determination of Adoniram Judson to reach the unreached for Christ.-AL

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