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Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Vs 16 ...no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.
Philemon 1:4 says “I always thank God as I remember you in my prayers”- the book opens with a prayer of thanksgiving by Paul for Philemon, his household and the church that met in his home. The book of Philemon is written by Apostle Paul, while he was in prison, to his friend and fellow worker Philemon in regards to his slave, Onesimus. The purpose of Philemon is to teach forgiveness, reconciliation and acceptance. Paul is urging Philemon to forgive his slave Onesimus who run away from him but now has accepted Christ as his savior. Paul tells Philemon that he mentions his name every time he pray with thanksgiving. He urges Philemon to forgive Onesimus and accept him with the grace. Paul did not want to force Philemon in any matter but gives him the freedom to choose to forgive and accept Onesimus. Philemon had a choice to make: He could treat Onesimus as his salve or welcome him as a brother in Christ. Here Paul shows the like mindedness of Jesus Christ. Jesus calls for everyone to forgive, reconcile and to accept each other. But He gives us the choice to do so. If we forgive and reconcile by God’s race, He gives us everlasting peace. When you are at peace you will be able to see things clearly and accept people as who they are. In our life, Lord being a righteous and gracious father forgives our mistakes and accepts as His own child. Forgiveness and reconciliation are the two most important things that help us to lead a peaceful life. The book of Philemon gives a strong message of forgiveness, especially between those who believe. It gives good insight for viewing all people as equal regardless of the cultural practices of the day.
Dear God, thank you for Jesus Christ. Help us to change our lives and build our relationships. Help us to remove the barriers among us and accept each other and make us the members of your family. Amen!
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic; love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter3:8 Mrs. Mariamma Ninan, St. James 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