Daily Topic for January 30, 2017

Acts 8:18-19, NET
Now Simon, when he saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, offered them money, saying, “Give me this power too, so that everyone I place my hands on may receive the Holy Spirit.”

Pray for the Lord to give spiritual discernment to those involved in the occult to realize that there is a great difference between holy and unholy spiritual forces.

Bara People of Madagascar

by KC

Have you ever been to a long funeral? The Bara people hold funerals that are in three parts. When a person dies the body is washed and wrapped in a shroud, according to an Internet article called, “Madagascar-Feast of Life and Death.” That is only a beginning. On the third day, the body is brought to a solitary location and left for months or even years.
In the second phase of the funeral the family will exhume the corpse and take it to the sacred land of their clan. Family and friends gather there for an elaborate feast, which includes hours of dancing. Family members sacrifice the first of three large animals as they pray to their ancestors to bless the upcoming ritual. They continue the feast through the morning of the next day. That day they place the body in a sepulcher as its final resting place. The body is locked in the sepulcher and guests leave a different way to confuse the spirit of the deceased about where they live.
The third and final phase of the funeral takes place where the deceased lived. An elder sings a hymn, and they sacrifice and eat a calf. Once these rituals are complete, the deceased becomes an ancestor. To the Bara people, ancestors hold power over their daily lives, not the god of creation, who is very distant.

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Pray that the Bara people will learn that God is with us, and He holds our future.


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