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Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Dwelling with God Psalm 84
Vs.10 "For a day in your courts is
better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper
in the house of my God than live in the tents of
What is happiness. How can it be achieved. Psalm 84
gives us some insights into this. 1. "Happy
are those who live in your house"
How do you feel about attending church? Is it something we look
forward to? For some, church is a place to socialize with their
friends, and they would look forward to seeing them every week.
However, church is a place where great things can happen. It gives us
a glimpse of what Heaven would look like. It is a place where
God is praised, and where people encourage each other. Christians can
look to other Christians for guidance, amongst other things.
According to this Psalm, our worship starts with a focus on God. The
writer of this Psalm longs to worship God and spend time with Him. He
is excited to the point of even fainting for Him! Are we longing for
God during church?
are those whose strength is in you."
Many a time we are lulled into a false sense of our own strength and
power but we will not be able to enjoy God's power unless we own up
to our own weaknesses. If a Christian thinks that he can fight the
battle with Satan alone, he is doomed to failure and will succumb to
pressure. As the psalmist proclaims, God will give us strength in our
times of weaknesses.
3. "Happy is everyone who trusts in you, O Lord of hosts."
"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in
the name of the Lord our God." Psalm 20:7. Can we say that our
trust is not in our wealth, strength or prestige. If we can sincerely
say that we will walk uprightly, then the Lord will not withhold any
good things from us.
The psalmist realizes that his happiness lies in just being in
the presence of God. He would rather be in a lowly position
in the temple of God than spend a thousand days elsewhere. When we
get our minds focused on God, we realize that one day in church
worshipping God is better than spending it anywhere else.
we come to terms with worshipping God in church and understand what
it truly means to go to church.
Father, we lift up our hands as we worship
and praise You. We thank You for all of the blessings You’ve given us
today. Let us understand what it means to dwell with You in church and
how that might change the way we view Heaven. Amen. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
There is nothing greater than being in the
presence of God.
Jessie Samuel, St. Andrews MTC, NY Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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…