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…

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…

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….

What Balaam Saw

  Many Christians remember the story of Balaam for that most unusual of miracles: a talking donkey. If you attended Sunday School when you were young, there’s a 90 percent chance you know the story.   For those who may not remember, here’s a very short summary:   While Israel was journeying through the wilderness,…

Crucify Him!

Mark 15:1-14 On this day we remember a gruesome event in the history of mankind. It was a sad call for the execution of someone who had done nothing but good and showed nothing but love. It was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. But why did this happen? The Jewish religious authorities saw him as…

The Faithful Church

Psalm 78:3-8 The people of God are the portion of humanity who have chosen to submit to his rule. They belong to him, confess his name, and obey his commands. Or so they should. The generation of Israelites who came out of Egypt failed in this task. Although rescued from Egypt, their hearts remained there…