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

7/1/2017 6:48:32 PM

I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank all who prayed and support for the success of our harvest festival. When we enter into the month of July, first Sunday remind ourselves about the tithes and offering. These two words are often spoken in the same breath...but what's the difference between them? “Tithe” literally means "tenth" or 10 percent. A tithe is the first 10% of your income. An offering is anything you give in addition to 10%. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 14:23.

"The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives..."Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to experience an outpouring of his blessing in each of our lives. In Malachi 3:10, God essentially says: bring the full tithe in to the store house, that there may be food in my house.

July 3rd we are observing as St. Thomas day. “Thomas answered him My Lord and My God’’ (Jn 20:28). He is informally referred to as "Doubting Thomas" because he doubted Jesus' resurrection when first told. He demanded a visible experience ‘to see’ and a tangible experience to touch, followed later by his confession of faith, "My Lord and my God,” on seeing Jesus' wounded body.

We live in a time where logic and reason seem to rule the day. For anything and everything we demand proof. The risen Christ makes his presence real amidst the fellowship of believers. This is what Thomas missed. Jesus then reveals him to Thomas and he undergoes a radical change and makes the boldest statement. “My Lord and My God’’. This statement comes from the experience of seeing the marks of suffering. Thomas recognition of Jesus Christ as ‘my Lord and my God’ can be considered as the Christological climax of the entire gospel. Apostle Thomas is traditionally believed to have brought Christian faith to India. He experienced numerous hardships and became a Martyr for the cause of the good news and faith. May the Lord help us to love the wounds in a world that does not love wounds

Jose Achen.
Church: 45 N Service Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746
Parsonage: 57 Stevenson Pl, Deer Park, New York 11729
Tel. 631-522-1431 (Home) 516-234-2657 (Mobile)


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