CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FORUM Word for the Day "Thy Word is a
lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path". Psalm 119:105
A Fly’s Reminder Ecclesiastes 9:4-12 Anyone who is among the
living has hope.(Ecclesiastes 9:4)
When I first began working in the small office I now
rent, the only inhabitants were a few mopey flies. Several of them
had gone the way of all flesh, and their bodies littered the floor
and windowsills. I disposed of all but one, which I left in plain sight.
That fly carcass reminds me to live each day well.
Death is an excellent reminder of life, and life is a gift. Solomon
said, “Anyone who is among the living has hope” (Eccl. 9:4). Life on
earth gives us the chance to influence and enjoy the world around us.
We can eat and drink happily and relish our relationships (vv. 7,9).
We can also enjoy our work. Solomon advised, “Whatever
your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (v. 10). Whatever
our vocation or job or role in life, we can still do things that
matter, and do them well. We can encourage people, pray, and express
love with sincerity each day.
The writer of Ecclesiastes says, “Time and chance
happen to them all. . . . No one knows when their hour will come”
(vv. 11-12). It’s impossible to know when our lives on earth will
end, but gladness and purpose can be found in this day by relying on
God’s strength and depending on Jesus’ promise of eternal life (John
Dear God, help me to
manage my time well and enjoy the gifts of this world today. Thank
you for the promise of eternal life through Your Son, Jesus
Christ.Amen. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY This is the day the Lord has made. Rejoice and
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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
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
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