Daily Topic for June 24, 2008

Philippians 2:10
"...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

One day all creatures will bow to acknowledge the universal Lordship of Jesus Christ. Scripture teaches that there are two kinds of people who bow to acknowledge Him: those who do so now, in loving submission to His rule in their lives; and those who will do so at Christ’s coming, in fearful and obligatory submission.

Lord Jesus, we will proclaim the gospel of Your Kingdom during this acceptable day of salvation. Lead us to do our part in leading others to bow their knees to you as well.

Lao Phuan People of Laos

Lao Phuan village life centers on a Buddhist temple, a place that gives their communities a feeling of unity. Like all Buddhists, the Lao Phuan people feel the need to make merit. Merit-making ceremonies are the highlights of Lao Phuan social life, and festive textiles play a big part in these ceremonies. A bridal gown may take years to make, and its preferred color is red. Grooms wear pantaloons of fine silk, sometimes decorated with intricate lace, and a checked silk shoulder cloth. Textiles indicate status. In death, the corpse is dressed in the best clothing possible, and several sets of clothing are tucked into the coffin. Special Buddhist ceremonies require elaborate textiles also. Artistic weavings reflect the Lao Phuan worldview and group identification.

Through our prayers, many from the Lao Phuan people can wear the white linen robe Jesus provides for His bride. When one looks at linen through a microscope, it is covered with crosses. May they find their identity in the cross.

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Pray that the Lao Phuan people will find unity and harmony in Jesus Christ. Ask God to open their spiritual eyes to see His glory and a need to be part of His Kingdom. Pray that God will impress the needs of the Lao Phuan people upon believers, and that faithful workers will supply them with the gospel in their own language.-AK

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