Daily Topic for August 07, 2006

Heb. 13:15
"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess His name."

In the Ozark Mountains there’s a familiar riddle which asks the question, “What makes more noise than a pig stuck under the fence?” The answer, of course, is, “Two pigs stuck under the fence.” Maybe we could use a similar question to ask, “What brings more glory to God than believers who worship and praise His name?” The answer, “More believers who praise His name.” God must take special delight as men and women and boys and girls from previously unreached peoples add their voices to the chorus of praise.

Pray for missionaries working today to penetrate new groups. Pray that sacrifices of praise may soon arise from these peoples.

Shintoists in Japan

In the forefront of every Shinto shrine are three relics: a mirror, a sword, and a jewel. Together, these three symbolize the working of the “Great Way.” These holy ensigns of royalty of the Sovereign Emperor symbolize wisdom, courage and benevolence or intelligence.

Legend has it that the sun goddess Anaterasu-omi Kami was driven to hide herself in a cave by the boisterous behavior of her younger brother, Susanoo no Mikoto, god of the oceans. The sacred mirror was used to lure her from her hiding place. When she emerged, the deities of heaven presented her with sacred jewels. The sword was removed from the tail of a serpent by Susanoo and presented to his sister as a sign of his submission.

Shintoism is a Japanese religion that began in the late fourth century B.C. It has no founder or doctrine. Members of the Shinto belief worship the kami, including native deities and spirits of nature.

Because Shintoism is associated with the Japanese nation state and was used as an excuse for military aggression during WWII by Japanese leaders at that time, neighboring countries in Northeast Asia object when Japanese leaders visit Shinto shrines to honor Japan’s war dead.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray that the gospel of Christ will penetrate the hearts of Shintoists.-PS

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