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  Gray hair: Crown of glory 2 Corinthians 4: 7-18 Vs 16: Therefore, we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day   Most people put treasure in precious and expensive containers.  However, God puts treasure in jars of clay. God wants to show plainly that the marvelous power of the gospel is from him, not from his servants. Why do we need to be reminded of this?  Sometimes when God works mightily his servants become confused as if they have done great work.  They think they are the treasure and  become proud and useless. God reminds us that we are like jars of clay. We are nothing but dust and we have no real value or beauty.   In this part, we can find another secret to living a victorious life. When we consider Paul’s sufferings, they were enough to crush anyone. Simply bearing these sufferings without giving up was a great victory. Yet Paul went beyond this. Verse 13 says, “It is written: ‘I believed; therefore, I have spoke

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  Gray hair: Crown of glory Proverbs16:20-33 Verse: Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life   Apostle Paul is teaching about how we have to be worthy of our calling given to us in Christ Jesus.  Here we are reminded that our God is interested in all that is happening in our relationships, and our lives behind the doors. Paul continues to give us directions for good relationships in the family between parents and children.  We need to lead a life pleasing to our Lord as parents and children.                        Children are to listen and obey parents in all their teachings and instructions, which is right in the sight of the Lord. This is a commandment from God with a promise given to all children and parents, which must be followed strictly in order to receive blessings while on this earthly life.  It is worth noting that parents went through the same regimen and received blessings to become old enough and have wisdom, to lead the future generation. Chri

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

  Gray hair: Crown of glory Proverbs16:20-33 Verse: Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life   The book of Proverbs, especially this scripture portion demonstrates two different ways to live.  It contrasts with the way of wisdom, with the way of folly. The foolish make bad decisions and suffer bad consequences in life, while the wise make good decisions and enjoy good consequences and live ripe to old age.                   Old age is a crown of dignity when it is found in the ways of justice. Long life is a reward of righteousness, and grey hair is a crown of glory because it is gained in a life lived, pleasing to the Lord.  A righteous life represents wisdom and age and is viewed as a blessing of the Lord to anyone who lives by God's will.  It is considered as a reward for being right during a life lived in wisdom from above.                     In Proverbs 17: 6 we continue to read that, to live happily to old age and be able to see one's grandchi

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  Gray hair: Crown of glory Genesis 48: 1-22 Verse:48 9b,10: Then Israel said, Bring them to me so I may bless them. Now Israel's eyes were failing because of old age and he could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons close to him and his father kissed them and embraced them.   In Hebrews 11:21 also we read - by faith Jacob as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshipped, leaning on the top of the staff. The writer of the epistle thinks it is an important thing in the life of Jacob,  the conviction of the things that are not seen. In Genesis 48, we see Abraham's grandson  Jacob is handling his heritage in God to his son Joseph and two grandsons Manasseh and Ephraim. Jacob performed an adoption of his grandsons and elevated them as peers with  Israel's other eleven sons. However, Joseph is not listed as one of the tribes of Israel, because he got a double inheritance through his sons as Jacob adopted them. Here we need to ponder upon few important  incid

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  Gray hair: Crown of glory 2 Timothy 4:8 Verse: "Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing."   Paul’s life and ministry provides us a powerful example for modeling Christ today. Not only did he “fight the good fight,” but he also “finished the race” and “kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Paul knew that his death was near (verse 6) but had no regrets. After Jesus took control of his life (Acts  9:15-16 ), Paul had lived life to the fullest, fulfilling all that Jesus had charged and empowered him to do (Ephesians 3:6; 2 Timothy 4:17).  In Paul's letter to Timothy, his main concern was to encourage Timothy to stand firm in the faith, regardless of the circumstances of his life or the consequences of his decisions. Paul reminded Timothy of his own testimony. Paul had preached the gospel in all kinds of places and before all kind

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  Women as participants in the Divine Romans 16: 1-16 V. 2 “I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of His people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people including me.” As we have meditated on the theme of “Women participant in the Divine” this past week, we can understand the role of women in shaping the lives of people throughout their spiritual journey.  Here in this passage, we see Paul’s personal greetings, and many of them are women.  The first two verses talk about Phoebe, the deaconess.  She is known to be a wealthy woman who helped and supported Paul and his ministry.  She was a woman of high regard to the early Christian community.  Just through these two verses, we can see that women had significant roles in the early church. In v. 3 we can see a married couple in Priscilla and Aquila who became Paul’s close friends and a great encourager to Paul as they were Christians even before they met Paul.  Another hu

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  Women as participants in the Divine Mark 14:3-9 Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she had done will be told in remembrance of her.   Days before the Passover, while in Bethany, a woman does something that stirred up the disciples. She uses an expensive ointment to anoint Jesus’ head and some felt that this was a waste. The ointment could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Jesus subtly points out their hypocrisy – they had all the time in the world to do something for the poor but instead they are complaining about a good act being done right in front of them. John 12:1-8 gives us more details into possibly this same event and reveals that Judas Iscariot just wanted the money to go into the common purse so he could steal from it. It is significant that they would feel the need to criticize the woman when they honestly didn’t care about the poor themselves. There is a story of a parish in India situated in a metropolitan area.