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Identifying The Risen Lord In The Workplace
Vs. 27 But Barnabas took him, brought him to the
apostles, and described for them how on the road he had seen the Lord,
who had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the
name of Jesus.
Saul was in despair and experiencing loneliness when
Barnabas took him to apostles. Barnabas had the trust and respect of the
apostles. He knew Saul and his past but he did not allow this to affect
his present. In fact, he said, this was the man whom we all feared, but
today he is a new child of God, we must accept him as one of us. There
could be couple of reasons why Barnabas defended Saul? First, he knew
Christ as a savior and will change lives and secondly, the spirit of God
was manifested through him.
If we believe in risen God, we must identify him
anywhere even in the work place. We must accept people the way they are.
People should be able to see Jesus in us. God puts people into our life
for a reason. It is easy to love who are good or resemble our interests
and us. But God has called us to love the dirty, defiled and incomplete.
These people may not look like you or act like you but God is in complete
charge and we must acknowledge them as God places them into our lives.
Barnabas did this for Saul, supported him in need. And finally Saul gained
the trust and acceptance of Jerusalem.
Dear Lord, help us to identify you as our Savior in our
lives and in the work place and guide us as we walk in Christian life and
acknowledge your creation in your own image. In Jesus precious name,
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“Love and recognize people as valuable in the kingdom of
Julie Vinod, Salem MTC, NY 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