Daily Topic for April 13, 2009

Luke 28: 12
"When the chief priest had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money..."

It was damage control time for the elders and chief priests. They had Christ crucified, only to see Him raised from the dead. They could have bowed their knees to the Risen Christ and acknowledged their sins, but instead they bribed the guards to say that Christ’s body was stolen. Perhaps this sin was even greater than having Him crucified, because they now knew the truth, and covered it up from others who might have believed. In today’s world, there are millions who do not know about Christ’s resurrection victory, so they are still ignorant of the way to salvation. Who will tell them?

Pray for many to believe when they hear that Christ is Lord over death.

Muslim Kurds in Europe

A group of Kurdish students is determined to be one of the most viable representatives of any ethnic group studying in Germany. These Kurds are offered language courses so that they can speak German correctly. The German government helps first year Kurdish university students to find employment and a place to live.

Fifteen other Kurdish students in the Netherlands and the U.K. started a campaign by sending a letter of complaint to one of Holland’s main news broadcasters regarding a report last year that the Kurdish homeland is part of south-eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, and north-eastern Syria. Students were adamant that a nation state of Kurdistan does exist.

Nearly all Kurds are Muslim, most being Sunnis. They first embraced Islam after the conquest of their homeland in the seventh century. Today, Kurds primarily look to Islam as a basis for social justice. However, despite being predominantly Muslim, religion has created deep rifts among Kurds. They also have long-standing disagreements with other Muslim peoples that surround “Kurdistan.” Because they have a strong sense of Islamic tradition within their communities, they have been resistant to evangelization.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will awaken Kurdish leaders and decision makers to embrace Jesus, the only One who gives peace and harmony to all who will come in faith and dependence on Him alone. Pray for a vibrant church for Kurds in “Kurdistan” and in Europe as well.-MH

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