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Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
God - Our Refuge and Strength
Psalms 46: 1-5
Vs.1 "God is our refuge and strength, an
ever-present help in trouble".
On September 11th, 2001 when that darkest hour struck us, an
overwhelming feeling of helplessness and anxiety went through everyone.
As a country, we lost our iconic World Trade Center (WTC) that
represented our financial dominance. It was destroyed in front of our
eyes in matter of minutes to ashes; with it, the lives of many loved ones
and friends. Fear of the unknown was in everyone’s mind including our
top-level leaders. As a nation, we were under attack.
9/11 was a true test of our patriotism. As a nation, we
gathered under the cross to pray for our nation and the safety of our
people. Regardless of the diverse demography, all our prayers echoed the
same as one nation under God. As a result of that incident our nation
went to war, and many of our brave soldiers responded to the call of duty
to protect and serve our nation. Our prayers were extended to the safety
of those who went harm’s way to protect our way of life. As time
progressed, wounds were healed and a new icon replaced the old. Sixteen
years since the incident, it still has a strong influence on how it
changed our lives forever. During these troubles, we are blessed to have
an assurance that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help
in trouble” Psalm 46:1. Our faith in His words should be sufficient
enough to get us through any troubles that we may face. The assurance
that we receive from God is the only measure of safety in which we can
conveniently seek shelter.
As an individual or as a group, we may go through situations
that rattle our normal life. It may leave us with the feeling of
uncertainty and fear of the unknown. Seeking refuge in God during these
times will provide us with the strength necessary to overcome any
troubles in our life. Often times when we are faced with situations that
trouble us, our first reaction is to find a resolution for it on our own.
We forget to cast our burden on God who is willing and able to resolve it
much better than we ever can. Regardless of the situation, seeking refuge
in God will provide us with the strength and protection we need to face
any trouble in our life.
Dear God, thank you for your grace and mercy that you
have showered upon us. Please help us to seek refuge in you during our
troubles by casting our burden on you. Thank you for protecting and
keeping us safe. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen!
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“We turn to God for help when our foundations are
shaking only to learn that it is God shaking them.” Charles West
George Abraham, Long Island
Mar Thoma Church, Merrick, 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…