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Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Paul's Vindication of the Risen Lord
Vs.15 "But when God, who had set me apart before
I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased"
Apostle Paul’s conversion on the Damascus road and his
transformation came in a flash. When Saul of Tarsus, the persecutor of
Christ’s followers, heard the voice of Christ, his eyes were instantly
opened to the truth that Jesus is the living God, and he became an
It appears he has not seen Christ in person, though he is
very much aware of his teachings. He was an observant and conservative
Jew and that is why he went out of his way and persecuted Christians.
But when he heard His voice, he believed in Him and came to know that
Christ is the way, the life and truth.
We are in a similar situation. We have not seen
Jesus personally. But we have heard his voice. His voice -the Word -
came through our parents, Sunday school teachers, priests, evangelists,
elders and the like, and above all from reading the bible.
We have been hearing the Word for so many years
according to our age, at least from our Sunday school days. Yet, many
of us have not budged a bit from our old lifestyle and mindset, like
the seeds that fell on the rock. We have closed our eyes and locked our
ears to the Word. However we will be asked on the judgment day what had
been our response to the Word all these years. It is high time to
reflect on the missed opportunities and change course.
The them for the day is “Identifying risen Lord in the
work place.” If any kind knowledge we receive dies in us or dies with
us, it is good for nothing. The purpose of knowledge is to apply for
the benefit of our as well as others’ lives. The Word is the best
knowledge we can have, because it helps us to lead a better life in
this world and an everlasting life with God in heaven.
It is a pity if the Word dies in us or with us, benefiting
none. So resurrect the Word in us and transform our lives the way
God wants. Once we begin to enjoy the peace and happiness the Word
brings, the Word will automatically flow from us to others.
Christ came to the world to redeem humankind and he seeks the salvation
of all. Towards that end we became partners of Christ.
If the Word of the Lord is stirring in us, workplace
ministry is a good place to start, since we are in everyday contact
with people around us. In this age of “politically-correct”
principles and secular ideology, the spreading of the Word at workplace
faces many obstacles, but nothing insurmountable, as Apostle Paul had
shown in his ministry.
We are either Christians or non-Christians. There is no
midway. The way we live as Christians is as important as the way we
spread the Gospel. In the workplace, one way of sharing the Gospel is
to live like a Christian, and talk like a Christian, and thus without
us uttering a word, co-workers and others will experience the love of
Christ through us. Then most probably we will get the opportunity to
talk about the Lord.
Workplace by extension is, not only the place of work
where you are paid wages, but also areas of voluntary work, schools and
campuses, and families. If all Christians diligently work for His
kingdom, the salvation of whole humankind is not far off.
“Lord make us your instruments to spread the Good News
to the ends of the earth.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
In the workplace, one way of sharing the Gospel is to
live like a Christian, and talk like a Christian, and thus without us
uttering a word, co-workers and others will experience the love of
Christ through us.
Abraham Thariath, Epiphany 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