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Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
God: Our Helper and Redeemer
Luke 12: 22-34
Vs. 29 - 31 And do not keep striving for what you are to
eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the
nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father
knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these
things will be given to you as well.
We are at the end of another
year. Let us thank God for His care and protection throughout this year.
It is a land the Lord your God cares for : the eyes of the Lord your God
are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end(Deut.
11:12). God is our Savior and redeemer. Do not forget how kind he
Luke 12: 29-31 tells about faith in God or trust in God.
Jesus tells us not to be anxious about anything. Avoid worries in our day
to day life. Life is much more valuable than food and clothes. Thank God
for all the blessings we have received and do not be worried about what
we have not received and the unfulfilled desires. "Count your
blessings and name them one by one".
Jesus also told us
"do not worry about tomorrow". If we knew all good things that
were going to happen tomorrow, we would be overly excited today and
disappointed tomorrow. If we knew all the bad things in our future, worry
and fear and grief would paralyze us today.
Human life is not made perfect by money. All material things
do not make one happy. The richest person may not always be the happiest
one. The poor need not be sad. The person with more wealth sometimes
becomes more anxious. So lead a life free from worries. Can anyone live a
bit longer by worrying about it?
We need to fear God and trust in his providence. Don't
be afraid or discouraged for the Lord is with you wherever you go. He
rescues the poor who call to him and those who are needy and neglected.
He has pity on the weak and poor and saves the lives of those in need.
God is our helper and redeemer. The believer in Jesus Christ puts his
faith in the Lord of the past, present and future.
By faith we can walk securely, one day at a time. That
day is today. One who does not trust God becomes fearful and gets easily
discouraged. Do not be worried and upset, believe in God because he is
the way, the truth and the life. With this hope and faith let us enter
into a new year.
What a friend we have in Jesus. All our sins and
griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry. Everything to God in Prayer.
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should
never be discouraged. Take it to the Lord in Prayer.
Oh Lord, thank you for all the blessings that we
received today. We are not worthy of all these gifts. Help us always to
love and praise you more than everything else that are only to make our
lives happy and useful. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
God is near to those who call to him with sincerity. He
supplies the needs of those who honor him.
Rev. Aji Varghese,
St. Thomas MTC. Karimba, Palakkad
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…