Daily Topic for December 29, 2013

Revelation 22:3
On each side of the river stood the tree of life ... and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

The nations are often mentioned throughout the book of Revelation. Like the first 11 chapters of Genesis, the last chapters of the Bible are very universal in scope, speaking of the entire world, including every nation. This tells us how valuable our diversity is to God. Throughout eternity we will continue to be as diverse as we are today, and perhaps more so. The one difference will be our unity in the midst of that diversity. Because of Christ, we are linked together in a powerful bond that has made us all brothers and sisters for eternity.

Thank the Lord that He allows for our diversity. Thank Him for healing the nations.

Sabras (Native Born) Israelis

by JS

The world hears daily of conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians. In border areas such as the West Bank Israeli settlers, heavily armed to defend themselves, clash with Palestinian Arabs who resent their presence. We begin to form stereotypes of the life and attitudes of the Israelis. Unfortunately the good stories rarely make the headlines.

Here are examples of good news. A Syrian mother, afraid she would be seen as a traitor, escaped to the “enemy state,” Israel, with her three-year-old girl. The child’s heart condition was so bad that she could not play or walk or talk. Unable to get medical help in war-ravaged Syria, she found the help she needed in Israel. An organization called “Save a Child’s Heart,” a non-profit organization that provides heart surgery to children wherever they are, saved her life.

Music has the power to unite and bond so-called enemies. Micah Hendler, a recent graduate of Yale University, started a chorus for Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem, and they practice in Jerusalem’s YMCA! The 14 Arab and 14 Jewish students have proved his theory that music can overcome deep-seated prejudices as the students spontaneously mingle. Dancing works too! “Dancing in Jaffa” is a new documentary about a mission to bring children together in the mixed Jewish and Arab city of Jaffa through ballroom dancing.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that these acts of friendship and compassion will begin to change the hearts and minds of Israelis and non-Israelis alike.

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