The Good Shepherd

Ezekiel 34:15-16 When Christ described himself as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11), he was alluding to Ezekiel’s prophecy about God restoring the Israelites to their own land. A shepherd is one who tends sheep. He leads them to pasture and provides water for them. He also protects them from harm. And God promises to do…

Pray for Ethiopia

Capital: Addis Ababa Population: 102,403,196 (2016 estimate) Official language: Amharic (spoken by a majority of the population). English is also widely taught. A landlocked, fertile, mountainous country in the northeastern part of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan. Prayer Needs With about 40 million members, the Ethiopian Church…

Why we confess our sins to God

Psalm 69:4-12 In a world obsessed with self-image, confessing one’s sins seems suicidal. How can you feel good about yourself when you admit that you are sinful? However, we confess our sins because we know we are not as good as we think. In fact, we are corrupt, wicked, and broken. We need external help…

Pray for Eritrea

Capital: Asmara Population: 5,223,994 Official language: Tigrinya. Tigre, Arabic and English are widely used. An arid desert plain along the Red Sea, Eritrea is bordered by Sudan, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Over 40% are Christian. Prayer Needs In  spite of severe persecution by the government (7th worst country in which to be a Christian; Thousands of…

Between Marx and Christ

  Karl Marx (1818-1883) famously derided religion as a myth. He described it as an opiate which people take to help them cope with oppression and social injustice. At the root of society’s problem was the existence of private property. The possession of property placed the owners in a class distinct from those who lacked…

Pray for Equatorial Guinea

Capital: Malabo Population: 693,385 Official language: Spanish, French A small enclave nestled between Cameroon and Gabon, Equatorial Guinea has a population of under 1 million. Prayer Needs About 90% of the people profess Christianity, but much of it is nominal. Thus there is a huge need for them to encounter the message of salvation through…

True submission

1 Peter 2:13-25 Submission is a distasteful word to modern ears. We celebrate freedom, and we interpret it to correspond with autonomy. Thus we champion an individual who breaks rules or flouts moral convention. We applaud those who break marriage vows because it constrains them. We cheer anti-government tweets and demonstrations. To be truly free,…

Unrequited love

Psalm 109:5,6 When Jesus was on earth, he went about doing good and healing people oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). He loved the poor. He healed the sick. And he even raised the dead. Yet what did he get in return? A cross. Kindness was met with cruelty. Truth was met with injustice. Liberation…

A Prayer for our anxious age

“Lord, help me to be faithful during my waiting period. Your promises will be fulfilled in my life, for you are a God who cannot lie. However, I can dishonour you by worry, impatience or fear when I refuse to trust in the process. I can bring myself much pain and stress when I get…

Pray for Egypt

Capital: Cairo Population: 84,474,427 Official language: Arabic Egypt is mostly desert; only 3% is arable land. Over 80% are Muslims, with under 15% professing the Christian faith. *Prayer Needs Pray for the kindling of spiritual hunger that will lead Egyptians to the Bread of life. Pray for revival in the Chruch and protection for believers….