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Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

  Freedom in His Truth John 8:31-47   “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” John 8:31-32   Devotion In today’s world, we are constantly surrounded by temptation. To further his agenda of hatred and evil, the devil tries to separate us from our Father and from His truth. Satan cleverly plants seed of doubt in our minds, exploiting our deepest insecurities and preying on our vulnerabilities to make us feel anxious, alone, and confused about what’s true and what’s just devilish fallacy.   Luckily, to help us through the chaos, God provides us with His living word, a definitive guide to truth. The Bible intimately enables us to grow closer to Him and more deeply understand His power. The word of God acts as a shield, preparing us to fight against all the tribulations that inevitably arise. It serves as a foundation upon which we can and should build our thoughts, actions, and intentions.   In John 8:31-32, J

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

  Discipleship: The Call to Bear the Cross   Bible portion:   Daniel  6:10-23    “…he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.”  (Daniel 6:10)      . Devotion From a captive to one of the most powerful people of the kingdom of Babylon. Daniel was neither a soldier nor a politician but a man who trusted God during every hurdle he came across. Daniel was one among four: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. They all had the aptitude for every kind of learning and had the ability to understand quickly like any other wise men. But they stood out from other wisemen with the deep love, trust and respect for God. This is the same among us too. The person next to us, a colleague or a relative might be a step ahead with the intellect or ability to think or move. But with a closer walk and respect to God, success will definitely follows us. Daniel lived as a wiseman under different kings. He served during the reigns of Nebuchadne

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

  Discipleship: The Call to Bear the Cross   Bible portion:   Isaiah  8:11-18   “He will be a holy place;  for both Israel and Judah he will be  a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.   And for the people of Jerusalem, he will be  a trap and a snare” Isa.8:14   Devotion   It is easy to become trapped in our anxious thoughts, but this is not what our God wants for us. Isaiah  8:11-18  describes how the people of Israel must let go of their fears of the unknowns around them and instead turn their gaze to the Lord and to only fear Him. This does not mean being afraid of Him, but humbly looking to Him with honor because we know He is the Sovereign Lord of all. Because of this, we rest in knowing “He will be a sanctuary” (v14). But, for those who don’t know Him, “He will be a trap and a snare”. This reality should pierce our hearts. As Christians, it is our responsibility to bear the cross and let God use us so that more people can come to know Him as Father,

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

  The Love of God Bible Portion:  Luke 15: 11-32 "...while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." (Luke 15:20) .  Devotion Scripture uses the word ‘lost’ to describe our spiritual condition. The parable in Luke 15: 11-32 is usually called ‘The Prodigal Son.’ However, we see that in this parable both the sons have become spiritually lost. The younger son lost in prodigal living, whereas the older son was lost in his own home, in his own self – righteousness. In both cases, we see the father’s grace towards both his lost sons. Jesus uses this parable to describe the love of God, our heavenly Father. The Pharisees and Scribes complained that Jesus was always with sinners. Their perception of God was wrong. So, Jesus taught that God valued the lost also and told them what God really was like. The actions of both sons are a canvas upon which Jesus painted the picture of the God’s

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

  Call and Commission to be Christ’s Disciples    Bible portion:   Acts  9:10–17      But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.” (Acts  9:15 )      . Devotion Acts 9 begins with the conversion of Saul and continues with Ananias being appointed by God to help restore Saul’s sight. Ananias was told specifically by God in a vision that he must minister to Saul of Tarsus, to which Ananias raised an objection based on Saul’s reputation of doing evil to the saints. In v.15-16, the reply of the Lord to Ananias is stated explicitly – that Saul was to bear the Lord’s name before many people and that he would have to suffer for the Lord’s sake.   Saul is described as a “chosen instrument”, where the word “chosen” refers to God’s sovereign choosing and direction. By all human logic and sense, Saul is the least desirable and the least logical choice for such a task. His reputation precedes hi

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

  Call and Commission to be Christ’s Disciples Bible Portion:  Matthew  4: 17-22 “At once they left their nets and followed him.” (Matthew 4:20) Devotion Jesus prayerfully handpicked his disciples, and told them to follow Him. He called them for permanent ministry. He inspired them to be fishers of men. He trained them for their new job. Simon Peter and Andrew were the sons of Jona. James and John were the sons of Zebedee and Salome and the cousins of Jesus. These four people were like us, just average, and not very brave. James and John were ambitious, quarrelsome sons of thunder. Peter was impulsive and was outspoken. Andrew was loyal and drew people to Jesus. Each person had their own individuality. Jesus created an orchestra out of their distinctiveness. All of them were friendly, passionate and enthusiastic about the Kingdom of God. They were able to leave their home and livelihood for a new cause, the Kingdom. They were uneducated fishermen by occupation. They were proficient at

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

  Call and Commission to be Christ’s Disciples Bible Portion:  2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory. 2 Corinthians 4:6 Devotion Many people are scared of darkness and dark places. Darkness had a kind of ominous enveloping feeling and our overactive imagination would add fuel to the fire by replaying scenarios from the visuals we had from our audio-video engagements. However, we agree with the common notion that, ‘darkness is nothing but the mere absence of light.’ Often, we hear about spiritually being in the dark but what does it really mean and how can we find light? Spiritual darkness happens when a person lives apart from God or disconnects from Him. And how would we know if we are in spiritual darkness? Galatians  5: 22-23  outlines the fruits of the Spirit as love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Whe