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Five C's Or Two G's Proverbs 30:7-9 The Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing
will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.(Psalms 84:11)
Young people in Singapore
at one time aspired to have the five C's. Cash in
the bank. Career for the future. Car to
drive. Condominium to live in. Credit card
to travel with.
A recent newspaper report
indicated that there is now an updated version of the five C's: Connectivity to
be tuned in. Choices, and the more
the merrier! Cheek—doing things our own
way. Causes, because it is hip to help. Consumers who
spend first and pay later.
Instead of the five C's,
Agur, the writer of Proverbs 30, asked for two G's from God: His grace and goodness. He
sought the grace of God to “remove falsehood and lies far from me” (v.8).
He didn’t want to fall into the trap of believing that corrupt
principles, practices, and affections are acceptable.
Agur also asked for
the goodness of God to provide what he needed—no
more and no less (vs.8-9). He was concerned that poverty could cause him
to become covetous and to disgrace God’s name. But he also realized how
easily riches could pamper him and cause him to deny the Lord.
Which do you desire more?
The temporary satisfaction of the five C's or the rewards of God’s grace
and goodness? Is your desire to honor God’s name above all?
PRAYER Dear Lord, help me to have the two G's in my
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Let us celebrate together, Lift our voice in one
accord, Singing of the grace and mercy And the goodness of the Lord. Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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
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…