Daily Topic for December 03, 2010

Matthew 23:23
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tithe of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.

It must have been very hard for Jesus to be patient with people who insisted on using the law to justify themselves, while neglecting what the law was really about. Likewise, it must be difficult for today’s missionaries in the Muslim world to be patient with those who think that obeying our Creator is all about a religious system.

Pray for a God-given love and patience for today’s missionaries as they interface with often-hostile Muslims whose faith is in laws rather than the One who fulfilled the Law.

Missionary Biography, Continued

by AL

Temple Gairdner wrote constantly. He loved drama and wrote several plays based on Bible narratives, composing music to accompany the dramatizations. As a musician he excelled.
It was said of him that the best thing he ever did was to create “a welded group of Egyptians, and Syrians, and Europeans into one church, in whose lives… the Christ to whom he pointed had become a precious and integral possession.”

When in 1927, Gairdner wrote to his son, “I had a temperature today,” the words signaled the beginning of the illness which cost him his life seven months later. Unable to be active, he took up his pen and composed poetry in Arabic, simple rhymes for the street children, gospel stories in verse, and Arabic hymns. He died in Cairo the next year, only 55 years old. What Gairdner once wrote of his friend and colleague, D. M. Thornton, could have been said of Gairdner himself. “He was a man who understood Egypt and the Egyptians, a true friend of the people.” Since saying years before, “It is to Islam I go,” he never once wavered. (From Temple Gairdner of Cairo, by C. E. Padevich).

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for God to raise up more workers who are willing to do whatever it takes to reach the Muslim communities of Egypt for Chris

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