Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Crossing Over With God
Vs. 5 Then Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify
yourselves; for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
In Joshua 3:1-17, it is
seen that the people of Israel were at yet another crossroad in their
journey to the Promised Land. Joshua led the Israelites and instructed
them to, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing
things among you”. With the Ark of God leading the Israelites, they
marched as God instructed not knowing what lied ahead.
Their journey came to a
halt as they saw the path they had to cross was drowned with flood
waters. At that time the Israelites had to depend on God which meant
letting go of the doubts and fears drowning their minds. Despite all the
miracles they had witnessed, fear still managed to creep its way into the
hearts of the people. As soon as the Ark of the Lord reached the waters,
a way was made for the people of Israel to cross over.
In the same way with God in our lives, a way will
be revealed. He has invited us to walk with Him through the sacrifice of
His Son. In this day and age when evil is at every corner and future is
not in our hands, in order to cross over in our walk, we must put our
faith in the Lord just as Joshua and the Israelites once did.
As our Mar Thoma
history shows us, our forefathers in our church showed great trust and
faith in God despite the many obstacles in their way. As children
of God we are also called to trust and obey even when we do not know what
the future holds in our life’s journey.
God encouraged Joshua, “Today
I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know
that I am with you as I was with Moses”.
In the famous story of
“Footprints’, the troubled man doubted if God was really with him during
the hard times and he questioned the Lord. The Lord replied by
saying "My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never
leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only
one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."
Let us remember these
words today and trust that the Lord is always carrying us through our
troubles, sorrows, and fears. Let us consecrate ourselves
spiritually, trusting in the Lord with the utmost faith so that we may
cross over with the Lord in the 21st first century.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for inviting us to cross over
with you through the sacrifice of Your Son. Strengthen our hearts so that
we may let go of our fears and doubts. And help us to have faith and
trust in You, so that we may cross over the hardships in our lives. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Faith is taking the first step even when you
don’t see the whole staircase. ~Martin
Luther King, Jr. Jane George Christos MTC,
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 …
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