SALEM MAR THOMA CHURCH
EASTERN LONG ISLAND NEW YORK
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Our Vicar: Rev. Jose K. I.
Message from Rev Jose K I – Vicar and President

1/1/2019 6:48:32 PM

Dearly beloved in Christ,

I greet you all in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Alpha and Omega. It gives me great joy to send my heartful New Year greetings to all the members of the Salem family. Be very careful, then, how you live –not as unwise but a wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5: 15-16).

St. Paul here reminds us of the world we live in. He gives us guidelines to living, instructing us to not be foolish, rather to live according to the spirit of God. He reminds us to use every opportunity we are given and make the most of it. The difference between a wise and a foolish person is often in the opportunities they use or misuse. Foolish people ignore God when given a chance to experience His presence. The foolish people indulge in things of the world and allow the world to influence them. The wise person on the other hand, seeks every opportunity given to them not resting until he finds his purpose in life. Make the best of opportunities.

Identify God’s purpose in our life. We must be able to respond properly to everything around us. We must recognize that these are God given possibilities. When we focused our attention upon the divine opportunities given to the widow of Zarephath, because of her disobedience to Elijah’s God, her family was saved from starvation, and because of this miracle, the widow was given the opportunity to share the food and the news of the miracle with her family, friends, and neighbors. What opportunities will God place before you today? When our neighbors are suffering, you have an opportunity to take care for them. Natural disasters around us give us an opportunity to serve and unite as one under God. After having a hearty meal, it may be an opportunity to feed those who are hungry.

After we read the Bible, we have an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus. Let’s make sure we are honoring God in the decisions we make today and the opportunities we use or misuse. May God help us to see and use all the opportunities that God has given us this New Year.

Prayer- Lord Jesus, help us alert of the opportunities around us today. When decisions are before us Lord, give us the wisdom and courage to do what is right in your eyes. Amen

Jose Achen.
Church: 45 N Service Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746
Parsonage: 147 New Highway, Commack, New York 11725
Tel. 631-343-7343 (Home) 516-234-2657 (Mobile)
Email – vicar@salemmtc.org


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