Daily Topic for December 18, 2010

Matthew 2:3
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.

What?? It’s understandable that the power-mad Herod would not want the Messiah to be born. He knew that this was the beginning of the end for his power. But what about the people of Jerusalem? These were supposed to be God’s children! Weren’t there many among them who were serious about their relationship with the God they worshipped in the Temple? How could it be that the Jewish people could be more spiritually dull than Gentile astrologers? Likewise, could we become spiritually dull during this Christmas season, as we focus on Christmas shopping and church events rather than the babe of Bethlehem?

Pray that we will have spiritual hunger for Jesus, and not settle for the materialism our culture offers this Christmas season.

Indian Hindus in Egypt

by CH

Sheila walked down the crowded Cairo street, sweating as the hot sun soaked into her black chador. As a Hindu woman, she felt out of place wearing this Muslim attire, which clothed her from the top of her head down to her toes. But that is what she needed to do to not be conspicuous in this Muslim land. With a population of only 4,000 people, she did not want her way of dressing to offend the Muslims in this volatile land. She could not wait to get home and change into a more comfortable sari.

Hindu Indians living in Egypt are a religious minority lost among a Muslim majority. They are caught between two cultures. They speak their native Hindi language privately among themselves, and Egyptian Arabic in public. They cling to Hindu beliefs, yet must submit to the laws of Egypt, which are based on the ways of Islam. Indian Hindus worship Brahma (creator god), Shiva (god of destruction), and Vishnu (the preserver god), yet they live among Egyptian Muslims who worship only Allah.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that God will send forth laborers into this nearly untouched harvest field to reach the Hindus in Egypt. Pray that the Hindus in Egypt will be reached by Egyptian believers who will show them the way to the One who is the way, the truth, and the life.

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