Daily Topic for December 07, 2009

Matt. 4:17
"From that time on Jesus began to preach. 'Repent, for the kingdom of God is near.'"

This Christmas season, we need to begin by remembering the purpose and the message of the One who was born in Bethlehem. Matt. 4: 17 is the headline, so to speak, of Jesus’ message. When we repent, we turn from our old ways, and adopt the ways God has for us. It is a lifelong process, one that makes the Christian walk an adventure in learning and obeying. One of the sins we need to repent of is that of neglecting those without the gospel. Is there anything you need to repent of in this area?

Pray that the Holy Spirit will show us what we need to repent of, so we can be more obedient to His ways.

Omani Arabs in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is a land of contrasts. Vast deserts stretch, dotted by occasional oasis settlements and farm villages which consist of homes made of stone or sun-dried mud. Lying beneath the desert’s surface is half the world’s petroleum reserves, making Saudi Arabia a formidable economic power. Yet a common sight is camel caravans traversing the dunes next to newly constructed highways. Though the country’s ethnicity is predominantly Arab, there are divisions within the Arab population based upon both religion and colloquial languages and culture.

The 99,842 Omani Arabs who live in Saudi Arabia speak a different dialect of Arabic than the Saudi majority. However, one of their main differences is their form of Islam. They are Ibadi Muslims who are more liberal in their interpretation of the Koran than most Saudis. The Omani standard is to accept others on their terms. Even Christians are tolerated as long as they are not Muslim converts. The men pray in the mosque, but the women attend ceremonies at home conducted by female leaders.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for God to send long-term laborers to live and work with the Omanis in Saudi Arabia. Pray for the Holy Spirit to soften their hearts so that they might receive the gospel when it is presented to them. Pray for a breakthrough in reaching the women in their home worship services.-JS

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