CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FORUM Word for the Day "Thy Word is a
lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path". Psalm 119:105
Managing The Mess Ruth 1:15-22 Why do you call me Naomi,
since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has
afflicted me?(Ruth 1:21)
When we meet Naomi in the Scriptures, her life is a
mess. She and her husband had gone to Moab searching for food during
a famine. While in that land, their two sons married Moabite women,
and life was good—until her husband and sons died and she was stuck,
widowed in a foreign land.
Though honest about her pain, Naomi obviously had a
sense of who was in control: “The Lord has testified against me, and
the Almighty has afflicted me” (Ruth 1:21).
The Hebrew word for “Almighty” (Shaddai)
indicates God’s sufficiency for any situation. The word “Lord” (Yahweh)
refers to His faithfulness as the loving covenant-keeping God. I love
how Naomi put these two names together. In the midst of her
complaint, she never lost sight of the fact that her God was a
capable and faithful God. And, sure enough, He proved His capability
to deliver her and His faithfulness to care for her to the very end.
If there seems to be no way out of your despair,
remember that Naomi’s God is your God as well. And He specializes in
managing our messes to good and glorious outcomes. Thankfully, He is
both capable and faithful. So,
when your life is a mess, remember who your God is!
PRAYER Dear Lord, help me to
trust in you to correct all the wrongs in my life.Amen.
FOR THE DAY Be still, my soul: thy
God doth undertake to guide the future as He has the past. Thy hope,
thy confidence let nothing shake; All now mysterious shall be bright
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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