Daily Topic for July 30, 2007

Heb. 6:16-17
"... Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath."

God promised Abraham that he would receive blessings and that he in turn would become a blessing to all the families of the earth. After Abraham had demonstrated his faithfulness to the Lord in offering his son Isaac (Genesis 22), God confirmed the promise with an oath. This is the event referred to by the writer of Hebrews, who affirms that the reason for the oath was to make the “unchanging nature of his purpose very clear.” God is committed by oath to bless His people and through them to bless every family (people group) of the earth.

Father, thank You for making Your purposes so clear to us, heirs of the promise to Abraham.

Buddhist-Shintoist Japanese in Tokyo

Why did no one want to buy the old mansion in the heart of Tokyo? It was because a previous owner refused to leave, even though he’d been dead for 500 years. The last person to live in the mansion complained of hearing strange moaning sounds and also of seeing dishes fly through the air. Many Japanese believe in ghosts, so even the modern, urban people of this city of 8,000,000 did not want to live there. Spiritism has grown in popularity in recent years, as the influence of Buddhism and Shintoism has declined. Exorcists and fortune-tellers do brisk business in Tokyo and the rest of Japan. 

Churches are rare in Tokyo, a city where only 1.5 percent is Christian. The explosive growth that began with Billy Graham’s 1988 Tokyo crusade has leveled off.

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Pray that the Holy Spirit would send a new wave of revival to the Japanese people in Tokyo. Ask God for unity between the Evangelical and Charismatic churches of Japan. May God raise up Japanese workers and missionaries to plant God-fearing churches in every neighborhood of Tokyo. Pray for power encounters that will stop the spread of Spiritism in Tokyo and the rest of Japan, and turn Japanese hearts to Jesus Christ.-WK

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