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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Exodus 6:1-8 Vs 7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God.  The third Monday of January is observed in USA as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. In his final years, he expanded his focus to include opposition towards poverty and the Vietnam War. On October 14, 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.

Martin Luther King Jr. has been seen as a prophet of his age. As a minster in the Church he recognized the God-given call to confront the society for the injustice that existed w…

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Ecumenical Sunday Ezekiel 37:15-23 Vs 23 “They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.” In today’s world, sometimes our busy lives can prevent us from stepping into someone else’s shoes and understanding how our actions affect them. In fact, when things don’t go our way or something inconveniences us, we may even go as far as fighting with others and starting issues that ruin relationships and hurt someone’s feelings. Our focus to make things go the way we want them to can prevent us from working with others and compromising in order to come together. Scottish philosopher David Hume said, “It's when we start working together that the real healing takes place. It's when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood.” By sacrificing our pride and comfort, we can finally step into someone else’s sh…

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Ecumenical Sunday - Called to Unity John 15:1-12 Vs 5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Love is the essence and the crux of the Gospel. If not for love, salvation would never stand. The earthly ministry of Jesus Christ was also enriched with the love and compassion that he had for the human life. He was engrossed in sharing that love in all occasions that he could. Miracles, though having been considered as super natural, was only an expression of God’s love for those in need.
The love of the Father seeking fruitfulness in us:Being efficient and effective is the norm of the world. Everything we do and every challenge we face is evaluated in the outcome or the fruit that we bear out of it. Christian life is a call for stewardship. Stewardship is very essential in the life of a believer and it is our mandate to be faithful in it. Christ reminds us in this passage that we will be able to achieve…

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Temperance - Honoring the body as the temple of God Daniel 1:11-17 Vs 12 - Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. The abstinence from the food that is provided by the King Nebuchadnezzar did not make any difference in the health of Daniel and his friends. In fact, they were found more healthier than others. Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were faithful to God and trusted Him completely. No matter what ever be the consequences, they proclaim that they will not bow down to the king, they proclaimed: “We do not need to defend ourselves before you. The God we serve is able to deliver us from your furnace. Even if He does not, we will not worship your God or image”.
  Paul urges us not to be yoked with unbelievers. We are the temple of living God and He dwells is us. He is always living with us and walking with us. He will be our God and we are His people. God’s spirit lives in us if we are ready to obey Him and obey His c…

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Temperance - Honoring the body as the temple of God 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 Vs 17 - If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. Our body is considered the temple of God. But that does not mean that maintaining our physical appearances are the only way to take care of it? Not only must we keep our bodies healthy physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. If anything defiles our temple, placing our complete faith in the power of Christ is the key to keep our temple safe and secure. God can give us the strength to be mindful about our purpose as His servants, and also help us endure throughout the hardships. As Christians, we should consider our bodies as a gift, something that we should honor. We can show our appreciation for this precious gift by avoiding things that defile it, such as acts of sexual immorality.
There are many ways to protect our temple physically, mentally and spiritually. One way of …

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Temperance - Honoring the body as the Temple of God Proverbs 23:1-20 Vs 17 Do notlet your heartenvysinners,butalways continuein the fearof the LORD Today’s passage highlights the significance of temperance. Temperance in biblical terms refers to moderation in action, thought, and in the indulgence of the appetites or passions. Solomon warns the reader to guard themselves against the dangers of indulging in excessive drinking and eating. He asks the rich to refrain from harming the marginalized and voiceless. He also says that instructing children with gentle correction which will prevent them from destruction. Verse 17 warns “Do not let your heart envy sinners…” Have you ever envied the prosperity of sinners, tempted to think that they are living an abundant life or found it difficult to watch them experiencing instant gratification for their sinning? Have you ever felt deflated and considered it all pointless? This is the exact scheme that Satan used in the Garden of Eden, in tempting Ad…

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Honoring the body as the Temple of God 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 Vs 16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? According to Gods word, we are his temple, or his house. He lives in us and we were bought with a price. So, we have to honor God and bring glory to him in our body.  (1Corinthians 6:20). Holy spirit reveals to us that the believers are the Lord’s possession (v. 23). He has fashioned our bodies to serve Him and carry out the work that He has planned for us to accomplish.

God created us with a mind, body, and spirit. Of the three aspects, the body is the one that allows us to interact with our environment. People cannot reach their full potential while neglecting the proper care of their bodies. What good are education, talents and gifts if we’re too tired or sick to complete tasks well? Here in the world, we can do nothing apart from our physical body. Since it is the only one we will have in this life, we should do our best to …