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Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Christ’s Presence with the Outcast
Genesis 16: 7-16
Vs.13 “…You are the God
who sees me.”
Hagar felt unappreciated and harassed so she chose to run
away, the route a lot of people choose when they are presented with a
difficult situation. Hagar was not aware of her future and inner
strength and so God decided to send one of his angels to her and knock
some sense into her. In today’s day and age, mental illnesses such as
depression and anxiety are high. Almost all of us are on a quest to
find our niche, a place where we belong and feel wanted. Almost every
single one of has gone or is going through that “I am all alone in the
world,” “no one understands me”, etc. phase/period. Like with Hagar,
God follows (or chases) us and tries to give us the strength to pull
through and face our challenges he laid out before us. God sees us in a
way that no one else does.
Everyone has a purpose in life but in order to see it and
find satisfaction, you have to stick with it and have faith that with
perseverance, you’ll see what God has in store for you. This means
trusting in God that he does have a plan and that it is in action.
Abram and Sarai took matters into their own hands when they felt that
God had forgotten about them and the Promise. They took matters into
their own hands and an Indian-serial worthy drama developed, though God
made something fruitful out of that as well. We often forget to ask for
God’s input or look for the signs as to what to do next and then we act
impulsively based on our wants or other people’s wants or advice.
Be patient and have faith in God. However that does not
mean you saying, “Okay God, do your thing,” while you sit there and do
nothing. Learn about this world that God created and think about how
you can do your part while being involved and experimenting with
different aspects of life and seeing where God feels you are needed
most and are most apt at.
God, help us to appreciate you more; to be patient
with your plan; to realize the timing that you are waiting for. Help us
to become more aware of the world around us, not just our own world.
Help us to become aware of the struggles around us; in the same way
that we crave to be seen, others share that same craving. Help us to
create the world you have always envisioned.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Put thought into everything; gain knowledge from all
sides and have the final decision come from you, knowing this is what
God favors. God gave you a brain so use it.
Marina Alexander, St.
Andrews Mar Thoma Church
Christian Education Forum,
Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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 …
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
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…