Daily Topic for March 16, 2013

Acts 4:10-11
It is by the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but God raised from the dead that [the man who was lame] stands before you completely healed. Salvation is found in no one else.

In obedience Peter and John proclaimed the Lord’s salvation in Jerusalem. They were so bold that they were called before the religious council to defend their actions. What was their defense? It was simply the Name of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, Peter insisted, “There is salvation in no one else! There is no other Name by which we must be saved.” Without salvation in the Name of the risen Jesus, the unreached peoples of the world have no hope for eternity.

Pray for an understanding of what God revealed to Peter. Pray that the Holy Spirit will remind us of the reality of heaven and hell and of the saving power of the gospel. Pray that the believers will be burdened to reach the Punjabi Sikhs in Moscow for Christ.

Punjabis in Moscow

by EJD

Rubbing his palms in an effort to warm them, a young Sikh man, Dalbeer, stood tall among the other commuters at the Moscow bus station. He peered over the other heads in the direction from which they all expected the bus to appear. Through the corner of his eyes he caught a glimpse of a group of people staring at him. Being good-natured, Dalbeer smiled at the gawking strangers. His warmth was met with a steely coolness that was colder than the Moscow winter. Soon the much-anticipated bus pulled into the station and everyone rushed in.

Soon he felt a pair of eyes scorching through the back of head. Dalbeer tried to take his mind off the staring people by looking out the window. He muttered, “well, I cannot blame them for being curious. I am wearing a turban and am sporting a long, scraggly beard.”

Arriving at home, he settled on the couch beside his father. Dalbeer asked, “We’ve been here a long time. Why do people still look at us strangely?” His father looked up from his paper, smiled, and continued reading without a comment.

Most of the Punjabis in Moscow are business people. They have assimilated well into Russian society. Nevertheless, they are subject to prejudice and discrimination.

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Pray that Punjabi Sikhs who live in Moscow will find warmth and acceptance in the arms of Jesus and His people.

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