CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FORUM Word for the Day "Thy Word is
a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path". Psalm 119:105
Seeking the wisdom of God
10 "Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and all who
follow his precepts have good understanding"
Bible portrays the wisdom of God. He is clothed
with splendor and majesty. The Psalmist says, by wisdom God created
the earth and by understanding he laid its foundations. When we
look at the marvels of creation, the precision and perfection of
the cosmos and heavenly bodies, we stand in awe of the mind of the
grand designer. The psalmist acknowledges that the heavens declare
the glory of God and the skies proclaim the work of his hands. God
provides water and food to all the cattle, birds of the air, the lions
roar for their prey and seek their food from God (Ps 104:21)."
How many are your works O Lord, in wisdom you made them all"
Paul writes in his letter to Romans that God’s
invisible qualities –his eternal power and divine nature have been
clearly seen from the creation of the world. Although they knew
God, they neither glorified him as God and their thinking became
futile. They claimed to be wise, but became fools and exchanged the
glory of God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and
animals and reptiles. The great Apostle, who knew God, exclaims
"O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of
The education system in schools and colleges mainly
focuses on a bright career, success in business and to compete and
win but does not lay the right amount of emphasis on values of
life. In effect, it creates intellectual monsters rather than men
of worth and substance.
The book of Proverbs says that by wisdom we understand
what is right and just (Proverbs 2: 9). Through education we gain
knowledge but wisdom helps us to apply the knowledge rightly and
beneficially with faithfulness, love and justice. With wisdom comes
understanding, helping us to discern, with the perspective as that
of God who is the source of wisdom.
God asked Solomon as to what he wanted to give him;
the reply was for a discerning heart to govern the people and to
distinguish between right and wrong. God was pleased and gave him
along with discerning heart, riches and honor. Queen of Sheba came
to test him with hard questions; nothing was too hard for the king
to explain to her. All the kings of the world sought audience with
Solomon for the wisdom God had put in his heart. When two women
came to him with a dispute laying claim to the same child, Solomon
exhibits his God given discernment and gives verdict. All Israel
held the king in awe because they saw that he had wisdom from God
to administer justice.
Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have
it (Prov 16:22). A wise man’s heart guides his mouth. James speaks
that if anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God.
Lord, be gracious to me and grant me the wisdom to fulfill your
purpose in my life.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
is more precious than rubies; nothing we desire can compare with it.
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Community Formation Around Resurrection Experience Acts 23:1-10 Vinod Johnson Carmel MTC, Boston, MA 6 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 dead.” 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! In 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 resur
Revelation for Liberation Acts 27:18-26 Sherine Thomas Long 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 a
PRIESTHOOD: THE ANOINTED MINISTRY 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