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Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Vs. 3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly
burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.
“How can God use
someone like me? “ – I have asked that question, may be you have as well.
D. L. Moody’s total
schooling was equivalent to a 5th grade education today. At age 18, when
he attempted to join a Congregational Church, he failed a simple test of
Bible knowledge administered by the deacons. His sermons were full of
grammatical mistakes. But these handicaps did not prevent God from using
him to shake two continents.
In today’s Bible
portion the people of Israel are being told what the Messiah would be
like – He would be gentle, not arrogant and aggressive. Israelites were
waiting for a military leader to save them. No one asked for a gentle
suffering servant, so when Jesus came they couldn't accept him. They
couldn't see the strength in His weakness and the victory in His defeat.
He will not break the “bruised reed” and will not
extinguish the “dimly burning wick”. “Bruised reed” and “dimly burning
wick” are signs of our frailty.
Jesus didn't come for the perfect reeds and the brightly
burning wicks, he came for the broken and his ministry brought healing
and wholeness. You never see Him ridiculing the weak instead he strengthens
them. You see Him heal the sick and at times He puts his arms around and
whispers “My grace is sufficient for you”.
When you feel broken
and bruised or burned out in your life, God won’t step on you or toss you
aside as useless but will gently pick you up. He is not done with you,
trust Him, he is at work.
Lord, thank you for
reminding us that you never give up on us. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
God can accomplish
far more in our weakness
Binu T. Jose, St.
Thomas MTC, Lombard, IL 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…