"Many are the torments of the
wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the
In life there are three perspectives of how
we live our lives-- us, the world, and I. What makes each of these
perspectives have a different impact is how we keep God in our lives.
Us. God made each and everyone of us,
but do we still have unity? Do we still trust one another? Do we love each
other anymore? God has given us the tools to use, it is up to
us to use them and make sure we do it with pride knowing that we
are the disciples of God. Jesus sacrificed himself to make our lives
better. We are the ones who persecuted him, yet He still rose to inspire
each and every one of us. Everything that the Lord does is through His
grace. We often lose sight of the One who gave us these
blessings. We overlook everything and move on to the next problem or
desire. The Psalmist says, “ I will confess my transgressions to the
Lord and you forgave me the guilt of my sin”(Psalm 32:5). God removes any
guilt, any paranoia, and any worry away from us. Us is togetherness
and a concrete and compact way of living in our communities. Church is
where this all happens, or should happen, the one place where all the
worries fade away and we are surrounded by people who are empowered with
love for the Almighty.
Next is the world. God gave us
the opportunity of making a difference in this world. We are the ones that
have been granted the responsibility to change the world.
Lastly the I. Who am I? This
is the question we all ask ourselves. We sometimes discover this by how we
deal with temptations. Job was tested by the Devil. He had to endure many
sufferings yet he didn't blame God once. Job only prayed harder, loved
God as much as he could, and put his trust in God. In our own lives we have
many temptations and many times we may not see God's work in our lives.
Who do we trust during those times? What decisions do we make?
Now each one
of these things have an impact. Every single person has an impact. There is
the us-- if we come together, the world -- if we create change, and the “I”
-- if we do the right thing.
O’ Lord, let us make the right
decisions in our lives, ones that embodies Your will, your
commandments. Help us to be enlightened by Your Word and power. Let
the whole world see Your glory. In Jesus name we pray Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
the right decisions with God and all our worries of tomorrow will fade away.
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…