Saturday, August 29, 2009
La pomul cunostintei
La POMUL CUNOSTINTEI laudat
cu sacii goi ai curiozitatii
flamanzi ne ducem zilnic ne-ncetat,
in loc sa ne-ndreptam spre POMUL VIETII
Cu toate simturile cautam
adulmecandu-i roadele dorite
tanjind… din ele sa ne infruptam,
privindu-le …se fac si mai iubite.
Pamantul ne ramane neudat
si ne indepartam de Raul Vietii
ba chiar de uscaciune a crapat
si peste tot au rasarit scaietii.
El creste inaintea noastra iar
ca-ntr-un pamant uscat si fara apa
ca o odrasla slaba pe-un hotar
pe unde n-a trecut nici plug, nici sapa.
Si noi nu il bagam in seama caci
avem program la POMUL CUNOSTINTEI,
El datatorul asteptatei paci
asteapta-n anticamera stiintei.
La POMUL CUNOSTINTEI zi de zi
ingramaditi in card tot mai flamand
culegem stiri, imagini, fantezii
caci ochiul nu se satura vazand.
Satana de-obicei a ARATAT
shi OCHIUL a cazut intai in plasa,
priviti!…si aratand a fermecat
cu o imagine asa frumoasa.
De la-nceputuri Domnul a VORBIT
si-s fericiti numiti ascultatorii
URECHI daca avem de auzit
am castigat mai mult ca privitorii.
Spre POMUL CUNOSTINTEI inselati
de o sinucigas-obisnuinta
marsaluim ca turma, ca manati
de bici, inperturbabila cadenta.
LASTARUL rasarit in loc uscat
nici frumusete-avand si nici marire
n-ar fi putut sa fie comparat
cu cel prea-imbracat in stralucire.
Caci cine crede ce ni s-a vestit
si cui i s-a descoperit iertarea?
ca Pomul Cel Frumos e otravit
si ca-n ODRASLA e rascumpararea.
De-aceea frate dupa ce asculti
aceasta poezie, tine minte:
INFATISAREA-nseala tot mai multi
intelepciunea-i insa in CUVINTE.
Nu POMUL CUNOSTINTEI curios
sa-l mai admiri, ci POMUL VIETII NOI
chiar daca nu-i atata de frumos
si merg spre el putini, doar unu-doi.
Desi nu-s nici poet, nici orator
m-am chinuit s-alcatuiesc un vers
ca sa putem retine mai usor
CUVANTUL, si sa fie greu de sters
din mintea noastra, caci e pentru noi
ce-apostolul la Coloseni le-a scris:
”Vorbiti in poezie intre voi…”
ca sa puteti retine ce v-am zis
Friday, August 28, 2009
Naked eye astronomy
BBC News Magazine
Galileo first turned his telescope to the skies 400 years ago. But even those without fancy equipment can watch the stars - here are five notable formations to look for.
Wherever you are in the world, there will always be stars in the night sky above. And spotting these heavenly bodies - be it a solitary star amid the light pollution or great drifts dotted across the inky darkness - can give a certain thrill.
It is one of the few things where we can go out into our own gardens and do it ourselves
Marek Kukula, Royal Observatory
And stars are not the only attraction - there are planets, comets and galaxies too. Most have been in the skies above for millions and millions of years, which is part of the draw for stargazers, amateur and aficionado alike.
It is this connection with the rest of the Universe that Marek Kukula, the public astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, believes is the greatest draw.
"Astronomy is a science about the big questions in life, such as where do we come from and where does the Earth come from," says Dr Kukula. "It is a way of getting in touch with nature and the Universe in a very real way."
To mark the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei's first recorded discoveries in the sky through a telescope, 2009 has been declared the International Year of Astronomy by the United Nations and International Astronomical Union. People around the world are being encouraged to do some star-gazing of their own.
But other than going to an observatory or using the latest telescopic kit, what can we see in the night sky with the naked eye alone?
Part of the charm of astronomy is its simplicity, says Dr Kukula.
"It is one of the few things where we can go out into our own gardens and do it ourselves. You can lie on your back and there's a chance you'll spot a shooting star."
Julia Gaudelli, an amateur astronomer from Guildford, suggests investing in a star map or planisphere (a circular chart that rotates to display the stars to see at certain times), and a pair of binoculars. But neither are essential, and numerous websites detail what's going on in the sky each night.
For optimal viewing it is best to get outside later in the night - the darker the sky, the better the star-gazing. This is why city centres are not ideal.
"If you go somewhere genuinely dark, you will notice the change. It can be the difference between thousands of stars compared to a dozen or so," says Dr Kukula.
Here are five constellations to look for:
Although stars are always drawn, or painted, in a light yellow or white shade, there are many which are coloured, even to the naked eye. This is true in the case of one of the best known of all the constellations, Orion - also known as the Hunter.
Here, the top left star in Orion - the right shoulder - Betelgeuse - is a giant red star. In comparison, the bottom right star of the constellation, Orion's right foot - Rigel - is blue.
There are three stars that represent Orion's "belt", and three below which make up his "sword". Of those that are the sword, one is not a star but a nebula, where stars are formed. Dr Kakula describes it as a nursery: "It is probably very much like where our own stars and earth began."
Ursa Major - also known as the Plough - can be seen in the UK all year round.
It is identifiable by the double star that represents the handle of the plough, which some people know as the horse and rider.
With the naked eye, it's clear that there are two stars here, but if you turn binoculars or a telescope on this constellation, it becomes clear that there are three.
The Andromeda Galaxy is about the most distant object - at 2.5 million light-years away - that it is possible for anyone to see in the night sky.
Much of the lure of this galaxy is its impressive distance from us, says Dr Kukula, that the time the light took to reach us began so many years before man even inhabited the Earth. "Astronomy really is a time machine. You are seeing all the stars in a different time, depending how long it's taken the light from them to get to us."
As the seasons change, so do the stars which are most visible. Ms Gaudelli says the best time to view the Andromeda Galaxy is in the autumn. Look out for a "smudge of light or a faint cloud" to find the right stars, she says.
Seven stars which are clearly identifiable are called Pleiades, also known as Seven Sisters, and individually named after the sisters in Greek mythology: Sterope, Merope, Electra, Maia, Taygete, Celaeno, and Alcyone.
Dr Kakula says that these are relatively young stars, only a couple of million years old, and are a brilliant blue colour. "They look like a little cluster of sapphires," he says.
These stars are most clearly visible in the Northern Hemisphere from late summer into autumn. And Ms Gaudelli also sought it out on the other side of the world. "I actually saw Pleiades in Australia last week - upside down - which felt very strange."
The galaxy that is the Milky Way - the galaxy the Earth is part of - is another well-known feature of the night sky. It arches right overhead us, across the sky.
Ms Gaudelli describes it as a band of cloud with structure.
And it is one sky feature that it is possible to see anywhere but in the most central part of cities.
So what will you look for in tonight's sky?
Below is a selection of your comments.
Easily one of the best experiences of my early 20s was being in Hawai'i, going up to the top of the volcanoes with the moon below the horizon and going stargazing। Almost no air pollution, almost no light pollution. I could see the Milky Way cut across the sky, and the Andromeda galaxy with the naked eye. Almost 10 years on, that image still haunts me with its indescribable beauty.
We were camping in Dorset last weekend and the difference in the night sky between there and home in Reading was incredible. We saw so many more stars than we can see at home and were lucky enough to see shooting stars too, some in our party for the first time in their lives. I'd highly recommend people give it a try, a deckchair is great as it gives you just the right angle to observe the night sky, just sit there with a beer and ponder the meaning of life.
Steve Costello, Reading
For naked eye observers Jupiter is plainly visible these summer nights in the south-eastern sky low down at about 15-16 degrees just after dark. It is the very bright star in Capricorn. Galileo was the first to observe three of its moons with his first refractor telescope, and realise it is another miniature solar system.
Don Doran, Southport, UK
Tonight we'll be looking at these stars you mentioned, among others. We would've observed the Sun now in the afternoon, but it's too cloudy. Where I am? At the Astronomy Days on Hven 2009, the island of Tycho Brahe. We're about 160 observers from Sweden and Denmark here over the weekend following Brahe's footsteps, participating in workshops about photographing and telescope techniques, listen to speakers and just having a great time together with our beautiful universe in common.
Paula, Hven, Sweden
Don't forget the Moon. With a pair of 8 x 40 or 8 x 50 binoculars steadied on a fence, look at the Moon when it is half (NOT when it is full) and you will see some craters and perhaps the line of a mountain range. You'll see rays from craters caused by objects crashing into the Moon billions of years ago causing debris to be thrown across the surface. At full moon you'll see little, as the light of the Sun is falling directly onto the surface causing no shadows. It's a fun object to observe and if you look up your local Astronomy Society maybe you'll get the chance of looking at the Moon through a decent telescope - then you WILL be hooked.
Tony Ireland, Cheltenham
At this time of the year, look to the southern sky. Scorpio and Sagittarius will leap out at you and are a sight not to be missed.
Alan Munday, Lucerne Valley, California
About the Pleiades - it's very hard to see more than six stars, except in very dark conditions. And if you can see more than six, that number is rarely seven (there are dozens of stars in the cluster, most of which are only visible with binoculars or a telescope). The association between the number seven and the Pleiades is mostly due to the mythological origins of their names.
Laurel Brown, New York City, US
You'll be extremely lucky to see the Milky Way in most cities. You can't even see it from my brother's house in rural Suffolk. Light pollution in the UK is pretty terrible and getting worse. Goodness only knows what it's doing to nocturnal species. And the stray light that stops you seeing the stars is all wasted energy. It's a terrible shame, because the stars are really lovely.
Sheila, La Palma, Canary Islands
What can we do about light pollution from Bournemouth? It spoilt the recent shooting stars display (best ever they said). Even at 3am the lights are on and ruining astronomy. Anyone have a solution?
John Palmer, Broadstone, Dorset
Naked eye astronomy is very sensitive to light pollution. In the UK there is a Campaign for Dark Skies, and also the International Dark Sky Association, which are "doing something" to reclaim the wonders of the night sky. See what they do and perhaps get involved. The light pollution situation would be much worse without their influence over the past couple of decades.
David Conner, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
In Belgium, Ursa Major is known as The Great Bear. It is also known as The Milk or Saucepan - if you take a good at look at it you'll see why.
In North India, Ursa Major is called "saptarishi" which means "seven saints".
Rajendra Srivastava, New Delhi, India
Tonight I will likely see cloud cover, which always comes in whenever there is something special happening. Should conditions allow, Jupiter is hard to miss as the brightest speck in the evening sky.
Steven, Swindon, UK
Instead of a planisphere, download Stellarium - it's free and there's a Windows, Mac and Linux version. It's a really good bit of software.
James Allsopp, Sheffield
Having grown up in the countryside I have always had a love for naked eye astronomy and the features in the night sky. I would also recommend Jupiter which sits just above the horizon in the South East as a bright object at the minute. Also it's worth visiting the heavens-above website which produces sky maps for your particular location and the time of night you intend to watch.
Top tip for finding North Star using Plough - follow the last two stars up in a line and you will find a fainter star - that's the North Star.
Yes, the last two stars of the dipper part of the Big Dipper, as it's known in the US, point to the North Star. Hence, the song Follow the Drinking Gourd celebrates using the Big Dipper and the North Star for escaped slaves to find their way north, hopefully to freedom.
Phyllis Stefanov-Wagner, Cambridge, MA, US
From the UK, Jupiter is in the southern sky from about 22:00 each evening and its the brightest object (apart from the moon) in the night sky - so its a good object to look for. With steadily held binoculars you can see up to 4 of Jupiter's moons. If you're really lucky you can see three stars in a vertical line to the left of Jupiter and two more brighter stars below to form an extended L. Going back to the three stars, draw a vertical line from Jupiter through the middle of the three and there you might be lucky enough to see a faint bluish smudge - which is Neptune. Good hunting.
Graham Hall, Stanmore, UK
Nearly forty years ago I was lying on my back trying to fix a LandRover fan belt in the African bush. There was no light pollution, nor any clouds - just a memorable ink-black sky full of dazzling stars filling my vision.
The visibility or otherwise of certain stars depends on the direction that the Earth's night side is pointing. Some things are only visible from the North, and some from the South, but those things that are visible from both are visible at the same time of year for both. The reason the Pleiades are not visible in May is because at that time year they lie in the same direction as the Sun. The Sun is in the same direction whether you are in London or Sydney, as are the stars.
Ben Burningham, St Albans, UK
Sa fii credincios e-o onoare!
E-a cerului intreg sarbatoare!
Sa porti un nume ce l-ar vrea
Si chiar de ingerii de sus
Sa fii credincios in Isus,
Sa fii credincios e-o minune!
Povestea ta in veci se va spune!
Sa fii ca umbra unui spin,
Si sa ajungi o stea de foc
Sa fii credincios in Isus,
Sa fii credincios e-o speranta
ce toarna-n pieptul tau siguranta!
Sa stii ca nu poti fii luat
Sa stii ca ai un scut de fier
Sa fii credincios in Isus,
Deci fii credincios ca o floare
pe care Domnul a scris : indurare
Si flori si spini pe-acest pamant
toate sunt trecatoare.
Dar tu-n gradina cea de sus
vei fii dus
Sa fii credincios in Isus,
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
We are becoming lesser by the day
Our communication - Wireless
Our dress - Topless
Our telephone - Cordless
Our cooking - Fireless
Our youth - Jobless
Our food - Fatless
Our labor - Effortless
Our conduct - Worthless
Our relationships - Loveless
Our attitude - Careless
Our feelings - Heartless
Our politics - Shameless
Our education - Valueless
Our follies - Countless
Our arguments - Baseless
Our Job - Thankless
Our Salary - Very Very less
#9167 Wings Over The Mountains of Life
Walk before Me
August 27, 2009"I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect।" (
Abraham had been "walking" in the land of Canaan nearly 25
years when God gave this command to him. He had experienced
the shameful rebuke in Egypt by Pharaoh and a marvelous victory
against Chedorlaomer--and then had demonstrated both humility
and obedience before Melchizedek.
God had been explicit in His promises to Abraham, but the promised
heir had not yet come. Now, in spite of the awful lapse of faith with
Hagar and the nagging burden of Ishmael, God insisted that Abraham
"walk before" Him and "be perfect."
The Hebrew language here is unusual. The word translated "before me"
is panyim, basically meaning "the face." This is the term used in the first
commandment where we are told to "have no other gods before me"
In Genesis 17:1, the phrase could well be translated "walk, looking
at my face."
The first commandment, could also be translated "don't let any other
god get between your face and my face."
The implication is obvious. God expects us to live in such a way that
His "face" (Person, Character, Presence) is always "before" us so
that our "walk" (lifestyle, behavior) is "perfect" (complete, whole,
healthy), with nothing inhibiting the relationship "of him with whom
we have to do" (Hebrews 4:13).
"Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations" (Genesis 6:9).
After warning Israel of the dangers of the pagan nations surrounding
them, Moses still insisted that they should "be perfect with the LORD thy God"
(Deuteronomy 18:13). No matter what the circumstances may be, if we are
looking at God's "face" we will walk perfectly.HMM III www.icr.orgPrint this article | More Days of Praise articles
ADEVARATA PARTASIE A BISERICII
de Dr. Daniel H. Smith
Rector al Colegiului Biblic Emaus
„(…) dar nu va laud pentru ca va adunati laolalta nu ca sa va faceti mai buni, ci mai rai.” – 1 Corinteni 11-17
Atunci cand Bonhoffer a comparat natura relatiilor pe care crestinii le aveau în contextul luptei pentru supravietuire din tabara de concentrare cu relatiile lor anterioare, din vremurile mai bune, el a afirmat ca in vremurile bune erau mai degraba „o ligã de straini piosi” decit o partasie de credinciosi.
Este posibil ca adevarati credinciosi in Hristos sa se gaseaca in aceeasi locatie fizica cu prilejul intrunirilor, dar sa nu experiementeze adevarata partasie? Apostolul Pavel a spus celor din biserica din Corint ca din cauza meselor de partasie erau mai rai decat ar fi fost fara acestea. Problemele legate de atitudinea si relatiile afisate cu prilejul intalnirilor optionale distrugeau esenta partasiei cu Hristos si din aceasta cauza apostolul le face reprosuri.
Armonia si unitatea in Dumnezeu este modelul pentru armonia si unitatea dintre credinciosi. Dumnezeu ne-a invatat ca principala trasatura prin care putem identifica un adevarat ucenic al Sau este capacitatea acestuia de a oferi copiilor Sai o dragoste care implica sacrificiul de sine.
Pentru noi care impartasim aceeasi credinta adevarata si mantuitoare in Hristos este un mare privilegiu sa avem partasie in Hristos. Diferente de toate felurile sunt inevitabile in orice grup de oameni. Fiecare dintre noi sa accorde o asa importanta relatiei nostre cu Hristos incat sa ne putem exprima si sa putem experimenta adevarata partasie crestina atunci cand ne intalnim. O „liga de straini piosi” nu atrage oamenii la Hristos. Dar o lume plina de conflicte si neintelegeri in care fiecare se ocupa de problemele lui poate fi atrasa la Salvatorul nostru prin adevarata partasie dintre crestini. Aceasta este, cum se spune in Faptele Apostolilor 2:42, rolul principal al bisericii Noului Testament.
Traducere de Ioana Stanescu –Targoviste
TRUE CHURCH FELLOWSHIP
by Dr Daniel H. Smith
Chancellor of Emmaus Bible College
“(…) come together not for the better but for the worse.” – 1 Cor. 11:17
When Bonhoffer compared the nature of the relationship Christians had in the survival mode of the concentration camp with their previous relationship in better times ,he said that they had been ,,a league of pious strangers’’, rather than a fellowship of believers in those better times “
It is possible that the true believers in Christ may physically associate at meetings and not experience true fellowship? The Apostle Paul told the Corinthian church that they were actually worse off because of their fellowship meal then they will be without it. Problems in their attitudes and relationship displayed in that optional meeting were spoiling the essential of remembering Christ and he rebuked them.
Harmony and unity in the Godhead is the pattern for harmony and unity among believers. Our Lord taught us the self giving love among His people would be the central identifying feature of those who are truly His disciples.
For us who personally share a true faith in Jesus Christ for salvation there is the great privilege of fellowship together in Christ. Differences of all kinds are inevitable in any group of people. May we each give such high priority to our relationship with Christ that we will express and experience true Christian fellowship when we meet together! A ,,league of pious strangers’’ does not attract people to Christ. But a world filled with conflict and division where each one is doing his own thing can be attracted to our Savior by true fellowship among Christians. This is according to Acts 2:42, is an essential function of a New Testament church.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
am facut un bal mascat. cum v-am anuntat
s-a-mbracat in rata;
o gaina sugubeata
s-a mascat in crocodil
povestind, la toti, de Nil
s-a legat de bot un os
si tot latra ca Grivei.
Gandaceii, vrei nu vrei,
vor sa para elefanti!
vin sa spuna ca-s... pisici!
deghizat in soricel.
Ce radea curca de el...!
cine este fiecare?
...Dupa cum si-au luat MANCARE
Monday, August 24, 2009
Life before and after Christ changed them.
When you are finished watching, you are encouraged to:
wipe the tears from your eyes
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May this video positively impact your day and the lives of others. e before and after Christ changed them.
Yes its true there been days when I've failed you.
Lord you know the many times I've gone astray.
Lord I've learned your love is stronger than my weakness,
And your ear is open every time I pray.
No one else has ever cared for me like You, Lord
Other friends could never be as close to me
I'm not afraid to face the problems of tomorrow
Knowing You are everything I'll ever need
I was covering up the secret tears I cried
Then one day someone told me of Your mercy
And the love You showed on a hill called Calvary
There you died and purchased my redemption
When you broke sin's power and set my spirit free
I'm amazed that You love me
I'm amazed how You care
Through Your precious blood
I've fond pardon
And my sins are washed,
They're all washed away
All my sins are washed away
No one knew how alone I was feeling,
And the emptiness I tried so hard to hide.
Though I laugh and said my life was fine without you.
I was covering up the secret tears I cried.
Then one day someone told.... me of your mercies,
And the love you showed that day on Calvary.
There you died and purchased my redemption,
When you broke sins power and set my spirit free
I'm amazed that You love me
I'm amazed how You care
Through Your precious blood
I've fond pardon
And my sins are washed,
They're all washed away
All my sins are washed away
Sunday, August 23, 2009
From Visions to Faith – 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
Aug 21 | Saudi Arabia (21
Pray for our brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia in their isolation from other Christians. Pray that Christian literature in Arabic will become available to the secret believers. Pray for protection against honor killing when Muslim relatives learn of a conversion to Christianity. )
“In my alarm I said, ‘I am cut off from your sight!’ Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.” (Psalm 31:22)
Aug 22 | Iran (3)
Pray for believers in Iran in the wake of tensions following the presidential election. Pray for the impact of Christian communications through satellite television and the internet.
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind.” (Luke 4:18)
Aug 23 | Afghanistan (4)
Pray for the strength of secret believers in Afghanistan as pressure from the Taliban has increased. And pray for encouragement in their faith in the midst of isolation from other believers as there is no visible church in this Islamic republic.
“But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.” (Hebrews 3:6)
Aug 24 | Somalia (5)
The fighting between Somali Islamic militias and Ethiopian forces reportedly led to an increase in hostility towards Christians. Pray for strength and protection for Christians there, and for peace in this country.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
1 Ranking on Open Doors’ World Watch List.
Aug 25 | Maldives (6)
Pray for the small number of indigenous believers who live out their faith in complete secrecy.
Pray that God would reveal himself in miraculous ways in the Maldives and establish His
church on these islands.
“Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past….” (Romans 16:25)
Aug 26 | Yemen (7)
Many new believers who have left Islam for Christ face the death penalty if they are discovered.
Pray these believers will stand strong in their faith and reach many for Christ. Pray for those
who have been arrested because of their faith.
“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so
that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:20)
Aug 27 | Eritrea (9)
The government severely restricts freedom of religion for unregistered groups and violates the rights of some registered groups such as the Orthodox, Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches. Pray for the many evangelical Christians, including women and children, who have been arrested for worshipping according to their faith and pray that God will increase their witness.
May the groans of the prisoners come before you; by the strength of your arm preserve those condemned to die. (Psalm 79:11)
Aug 28 | Uzbekistan (10)
Pray for the safe delivery and distribution of Bible and Christian literature in this region. Pray against the increase in media campaigns against Christians.
“For I hear the slander of many; there is terror on every side; they conspire against me and plot to take my life. But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’" (Psalm 31:13-14)
Aug 29 | Pakistan (13)
Pray for the courage and endurance of Pakistani Christians under persecution which escalated recently. Pray for Christians as they experience discrimination in education, health, livelihood and housing, as well as obtaining approval of construction permits for church buildings.
“You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry….” (Psalm 10:17)
Aug 30 | Turkmenistan (14)
Give thanks for the growing number of people becoming Christians. Pray that Christians will remain united as the body of Christ and be granted more contact with the worldwide Christian community. Pray also for the Word to be safely brought into this country.
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)
Aug 31 | Comoros (15)
While there is freedom of religion in Comoros islands, there is a prohibition against conversion from Islam. The underground church is relatively small, but Bible study groups continue to meet in homes. Pray that the Christians will remain strong and unified in Christ.
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” (Revelation 3:11)
Sept 1 | Iraq (16)
Pray that the Church will survive and grow despite the current violence and persecution that has
forced so many to leave their homes. Pray for the internally displaced people, and those assisted by Open Doors with emergency aid, Bibles and essential items.
“He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire.” (Psalm 46:9)
Sept 2 | Qatar (17)
Nearly all the believers here are from other countries or became believers while studying abroad. Pray that the agreement of the authorities to the building of churches in one location be a breakthrough for the Gospel to go forth in Qatar.
“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” (Psalm 119:114)
Sept 3 | Mauritania (18)
Pray that there will be a peaceful return to genuine democracy in Mauritania. Pray that the tiny church would grow in a hostile environment where Christianity is sometimes depicted by the media as a wicked movement to be attacked.
“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon….” (Psalm 92:12)
Sept 4 | Algeria (19)
Last year many churches received the order to close their doors and some Christians are questioned or detained, a means authorities use to pressure them to return to Islam. Pray for the protection of Muslim background believers as they seek to know Christ more.
“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.” (Psalm 119:28)
Sept 5 | Chechnya (20)
Pray for the small population of Christians in Chechnya who persevere in the face of great persecution and for those who take risks in bringing encouragement to Chechen believers. Pray
that the Chechen New Testament would be widely distributed.
“Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:9)
Sept 6 | Egypt (21)
Pray for the many people involved in Christian satellite TV and Arabic websites. In 2008 the Supreme Court upheld an appeal allowing a Christian to change the religion on their ID card from Muslim to Christian. Pray that this would be the first of many such rulings.
“I will write on him the name of my God." (Revelation 3:12)
Sept 7 | Libya (25)
It is prohibited to evangelize Muslims or distribute Arabic scriptures in Libya. Most Christians are expatriates, but there is increasing openness to the Gospel and demand for Arabic Bibles. Pray that God’s Word would reach the Libyan Arabs, one of the most unreached people groups.
“…so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty….” (Isaiah 55:11)
Sept 8 | Nigeria (Northern) (26)
Uphold in prayer those who live in fear of attack, especially following the November violence in Jos where many Christians were injured or killed. Pray for the distribution of Bibles in the more than 500 local languages spoken in Nigeria.
“Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 97:10)
Sept 9 | Azerbaijan (27)
Pray that many will read the Scripture now available in the Azerbaijani language, turn to Christ and grow in faith. Pray for Christians experiencing discrimination at work because of their faith.
“Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.” (Revelation 14:6)
Sept 10 | Oman (28)
Pray for the indigenous people of Oman to receive God's Word, and come to know the love of
Christ. Pray also for the secret believers, who are often isolated. Pray that they would receive encouragement from their contact with other Christians.
“But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.” (Job 16:5)
Sept 11 | Brunei (29)
Pray for the safety of those sharing the Gospel with Muslims in Brunei. Pray that Christian
groups would be recognized by the government and allowed to worship publicly.
“I urge that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Sept 12 | Northern Sudan (30)
Give thanks for a decrease in the level of Christian persecution in Sudan, but continue to pray for the Muslim-background believers who need encouragement and discipling in light of pressure to recant their faith.
“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” (Revelation 3:8)
Sept 13| Zanzibar Islands (31)
Give thanks that persecution has diminished some for Christians on Zanzibar Islands. However, pray for encouragement in registering churches, purchasing property, education, and employment.
“May my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word.” (Psalm 119:169)
Sept 14 | Kuwait (32)
Pray for the churches that serve foreign workers, that they would be an effective witness to those who so desperately need to hear the Word of God.
“God sets the lonely in families…” (Psalm 68:6)
Sept 15 | Tajikistan (34)
Tajik identity is associated with being Muslim, and Christians there face persecution from relatives, neighbors and local authorities. Pray protection over those involved in outreach and pray for the translation of Christian materials into Tajik that they would lead many to
“But the word of God continued to increase and spread.” (Acts 12:24)
Sept 16 | United Arab Emirates (35)
Pray for the powerful message sent through radio and satellite television programs, reaching out to Muslims with God’s Word. Ask God to give secret believers strength and courage as they face persecution in their daily lives.
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)
Sept 17 | Jordan (37)
Uphold Christian refugees from Iraq who have fled to Jordan and pray for those who minister to them. Pray that those who feel isolated because of their faith will find other brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage them as they walk with the Lord together.
“The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow….” (Psalm 146:9)
Sept 18 | Djibouti (38)
Pray for the encouragement and protection of secret believers in Djibouti. Ask for a revelation
of God in this country, that many would hear about Jesus.
“Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed." (Revelation 15:4)
Sept 19 | Turkey (39)
Pray that church leaders will stand strong in their faith as they endure severe persecution. Ask
God for the protection of Turkish believers who speak out boldly for their faith.
“They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” (Psalm 20:8)
Saturday, August 22, 2009
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