Daily Topic for September 19, 2013
At this point Paul deals with some areas of financial support that we are often not comfortable talking about openly. But Paul says that when we give generously, we receive from Him generously as well. This does not mean, as the prosperity gospel crowd tells us, that we will have more physical wealth. Instead it means that when we give sacrificially, God will bless us in ways that might include finances, or it might mean other blessings.
Pray for the Lord to encourage you to give as He sees fit.
As darkness descended on the quiet hamlet atop the mountains of Quba Rayon in Azerbaijan, frigid sub-zero temperatures drove the people into their homes. Not a soul was seen on the deserted, winding streets that were lined with stone houses. Soon yellow light flickered in every house. As food was prepared, grandparents told the children stories of the ancient Khinalug people.
“People have lived here for the previous 5,000 years,” wheezed the old man. “Grandfather, if our people lived here for 5,000 years, when did we become Muslims?” chimed the keenest child. “Originally we were followers of the Prophet Zoroaster, but later the people of these mountains converted to Christianity. In the 7th Century, the entire village became followers of Islam,” narrated the grandfather.
Before the children could ask him another question, they heard their mother calling them to a supper of Dč?b?r?, a hearty broth with small dumplings stuffed with minced lamb and herbs. That did it; they all ran to the dinner table, and the conversation was over!
The Khinalug people of Azerbaijan are Sunni Muslims. This devout people group says that Islam plays an important role in their lives. They spend vast amounts of time in religious activity.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Khinalug people will get to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and come to know Him intimately. Pray that they will recognize and embrace the truth, the holiness, and the righteousness of the Savior.