CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FORUM Word for the Day "Thy Word is a
lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path". Psalm 119:105
Vs.24, 25 But so that you may know that the Son of Man
has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the one who was
paralyzed—“I say to you, stand up and take your bed and go to your
home.” Immediately he stood up before them, took what he had been
lying on, and went to his home, glorifying God.
In this passage,
we see a group of men, trying to carry a paralyzed man on a bed to
Jesus. Seeing that there was no way of getting around the people to
Jesus, they went to the rooftop and let the paralyzed man down, from
the top. The friends did not give up, and were willing to go to the
maximum extent of enabling their friend to be healed no matter what
physical obstacles or Pharisaic criticism was present. But in the
end, the paralyzed man received healing and was restored to
blessings and experiences of healing in our life are all part of our
salvation journey, and meant to enable us to grow in the saving
knowledge of God, and to help bring others into this experience.
Paul, in his first letter to Timothy (2:4) says, “…God our Savior,
who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the
truth.” Christian life is the experience of life getting and life
giving. The greatest thing was in seeing a paralyzed man being saved
by Christ, through the faith of his friends.
times, as Christians, we experience, but fail to share these
experiences with others. When it comes to matters of faith, or
blessings we receive, or healing we experience, we tend to keep it to
ourselves. But this passage challenges us in our understanding, and
reminds us that faith is shared. At the end of the read passage, all
were able to glorify good. The experiences of salvation we have in
our life are fulfilling when others are also able to share in that
experience. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to
dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1, NRSV).
of Jesus healing a paralytic is the archetype of what it means to
have lifesaving faith. It is not simply about receiving life, but
bringing others into the experience of eternal life, through Christ
Jesus. That is what true Christian friends do. Our faith is a
lifesaver helps us in our difficulty. Why not be a Christ-like
lifesaver for others?
Lord, help us to understand that our faith is
life-getting, but also life-giving. Help us to experience the
blessings of abundant life through you, and share it with others.
FOR THE DAY
We are saved to save others.
What is your contribution to the history of salvation?
Dennis Abraham, Youth Chaplain, South East Region Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar
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…