Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Be a Team Player
VS 1-4 What then are we to say? Should we continue in
sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who
died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who
have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that,
just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we
too might walk in newness of life.
When someone joins a team, he
inherits the history of that team. Whether it be professional,
college, or amateur sports, the members of that team inherit the team’s
tradition and history, even if they weren’t there at the time. Tony
Romo can say he belongs to a team that won 5 Super Bowls, the Dallas
Cowboys. It doesn’t mean he won them, or that he had anything to do
with them. But when he puts on that helmet, he puts on all those
years of success of Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. It’s pressure
to play for the Cowboys simply because you inherit that history.
The same thing happened when
we were baptized. We didn’t pay the penalty of sin with our
death. We weren’t buried and then resurrected from the
dead. But with the baptism we received, we were joined into
Christ. Christ’s death, burial and resurrection became ours.
We did nothing to deserve it. Christ did it all. We
didn’t even try to make the team. He graciously accepted us.
Knowing that we have
inherited this wonderful work of Christ for our sake, we have a reason to
live like Christ in this new life He has given us. Should we
continue to live in sin? No! That’s not the life we have
now. We are united with Christ. Our sinful self has
been put to death with Christ and we have a new life with Him. We
are on a new team. When you put on Christ, you remember all
that He has done for you, and with that, you live like you are a part of
Him – because you are.
Be a team player. Live
not in sin, but walk in the newness of life that Christ has given you.
Lord, by your grace you have joined me into you.
Your death, burial and resurrection became mine with You so that my sin
would be put to death. Teach me to walk in the newness of life,
that I may live a life worthy of being in you. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Baptism does not signify the death, burial and
resurrection of Christ. It unites us with Christ such that those
mighty works of His, and the benefits of those mighty works might become
ours with Him. Rev.
Alex George Kolath, Immanuel MTC, Virginia
Christian Education Forum,
Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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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…
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