Daily Topic for February 02, 2009

Is. 37:20
"Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God."

Sennacherib and the Assyrian army had laid siege to the walls of Jerusalem, and when their army officials taunted King Hezekiah and his God in a written message, Hezekiah went to the Temple and spread out the scroll before the Lord in prayer. And for what did he ask? For deliverance, yes, but deliverance with a purpose-so that all kingdoms on earth, including the Assyrians, would know that only Jehovah is God. How often do we, when pressed by adversity or personal need, ask God to further His purposes among the nations by meeting our needs?

In prayer, commit to God the crises in your life. Pray that He will answer our prayers in ways that will glorify Him among the nations.

Pygmy Peoples

Edythe went to study at Bible Institute of Los Angeles (BIOLA). The next September, Peter went there as well. During their final year of schooling, Ralph Davis, home director of the Africa Inland Mission (AIM), spoke at the annual missionary conference. Both Peter and Edythe decided independently to apply to the AIM, and both were accepted. Though they had never spoken of marriage, now they knew that God had chosen them for each other, confirming it by their calls to Africa. They planned to sail soon after marriage in 1939, but World War II broke out and their bookings on a selected ship were automatically cancelled. A new booking for Africa was available six months later.

Then, two years later, they were asked to move to the city of Blukwa to take charge of a Bible school. That ministry was to be theirs for the next 12 years. While teaching systematic theology, Peter Brashler found that some of the African folklore, passed on from one generation to the next, closely resembled ancient historical accounts in the Bible. He encouraged his students to use them as a bridge in explaining the gospel in the context of the various African cultures. (Continued tomorrow)

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Pray that today’s missionaries in Africa will understand how to explain God’s Word in a way that will be understandable to their listeners.-AL

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