Daily Topic for December 20, 2011

Matthew 1:23
The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means, “God with us.”

Throughout the Gospel of Matthew, the author constantly refers to the prophesies fulfilled by Jesus. One of them is that He will be God with us. Who is us in this case? It’s very possible that the Jews considered us to be the Jews of Israel. But God had a much bigger plan. Us means all the nations of the world, including the Arabs of Bahrain! Are your plans as big as God’s?

Pray that our plans will be as big as the God who sent His Son to Israel 2,000 years ago.

Sunni Muslim Arabs of Bahrain

by PD

With hair uncovered and wearing pants, a Sunni Muslim woman was leading some Argentine businessmen through the beautiful Cultural Center in Bahrain’s capital, Manama. When asked about the Shi’ite Muslim uprising she stated, “Bahrain has always been open and we don’t want to see it turned into another Iran! Here at the Center we have had professors, world leaders, philosophers, poets, and thinkers from around the world give weekly lecture programs. These stopped because of the riots. In this country the people receive a free education, medical care, heavily subsidized housing, and they do not pay taxes. However, the economic hard times have pushed some of the poor to rebel. My father, a banker, tried to tell the Shi’ite demonstrators to be patient and things would work out, but they refuse to listen to anyone. Our rulers had to make tough decisions to stop the riots and save the country.”
Bahrain is the only country in the world where a Shi’ite majority is ruled by a Sunni minority now headed by King Al Khalifa. The recent Shi’ite revolt has forced the Sunni government to use strong methods to suppress the problem, including bringing in some Saudi military personnel.

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Pray that the Christ followers in Bahrain will have many opportunities to speak to the Sunni rulers, businessmen, and common people about God’s Word regarding peaceful means and caring for all the people of Bahrain.

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