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Explore a new treasure of Catholic art each month with Call of Beauty! Download this month's lesson on the Pietà, Michel...
09/17/2021

Explore a new treasure of Catholic art each month with Call of Beauty! Download this month's lesson on the Pietà, Michelangelo’s beautiful sculpture of Mary cradling the lifeless body of her Son. Students will discuss how the Pietà affirms, celebrates, and illuminates our Catholic Faith. Download here: https://bit.ly/2XuxfCQ

Explore a new treasure of Catholic art each month with Call of Beauty! Download this month's lesson on the Pietà, Michelangelo’s beautiful sculpture of Mary cradling the lifeless body of her Son. Students will discuss how the Pietà affirms, celebrates, and illuminates our Catholic Faith. Download here: https://bit.ly/2XuxfCQ

Christ in the Classroom is BACK! Listen to our first episode of the season, The Evangelizing Teacher, featuring Tony Bra...
09/14/2021

Christ in the Classroom is BACK! Listen to our first episode of the season, The Evangelizing Teacher, featuring Tony Brandt and Chris Stewart from Casting Nets Ministries. The podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, or on our website!

Christ in the Classroom is BACK! Listen to our first episode of the season, The Evangelizing Teacher, featuring Tony Brandt and Chris Stewart from Casting Nets Ministries. The podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, or on our website!

Introduce your students to what has been called the Church’s best kept secret: Catholic Social Teaching. This brand new ...
09/10/2021

Introduce your students to what has been called the Church’s best kept secret: Catholic Social Teaching. This brand new 12-lesson teacher’s guide focuses on the themes and principles of Catholic Social Teaching, leading students to explore how Catholics are called to serve God and neighbor. Find out more here: https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/shop/product/exploring-catholic-social-teaching

Introduce your students to what has been called the Church’s best kept secret: Catholic Social Teaching. This brand new 12-lesson teacher’s guide focuses on the themes and principles of Catholic Social Teaching, leading students to explore how Catholics are called to serve God and neighbor. Find out more here: https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/shop/product/exploring-catholic-social-teaching

#FridayIntroductions with Sophia Institute for Teachers! Meet Mark Kaschak, our Manager of Marketing and Sales for Paris...
08/06/2021

#FridayIntroductions with Sophia Institute for Teachers!

Meet Mark Kaschak, our Manager of Marketing and Sales for Parishes, your go-to for ordering Spirit of Truth, Parish Edition. Mark and his wife just welcomed their third baby this week!

Hometown: Peru, NY
Years at Sophia: 3
Favorite Saint: St. Michael the Archangel
Favorite Feast Day: September 29th, the feast of the Archangels
Favorite part about being Catholic: Hope and mercy!
Favorite book from Sophia Institute: Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits
Favorite dinosaur: Stegasaurus

#FridayIntroductions with Sophia Institute for Teachers!

Meet Mark Kaschak, our Manager of Marketing and Sales for Parishes, your go-to for ordering Spirit of Truth, Parish Edition. Mark and his wife just welcomed their third baby this week!

Hometown: Peru, NY
Years at Sophia: 3
Favorite Saint: St. Michael the Archangel
Favorite Feast Day: September 29th, the feast of the Archangels
Favorite part about being Catholic: Hope and mercy!
Favorite book from Sophia Institute: Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits
Favorite dinosaur: Stegasaurus

Our workshops team is so excited to be in The Diocese of Covington today through Saturday! Check our website to see if w...
08/04/2021

Our workshops team is so excited to be in The Diocese of Covington today through Saturday! Check our website to see if we’re coming to a diocese near you.

Our workshops team is so excited to be in The Diocese of Covington today through Saturday! Check our website to see if we’re coming to a diocese near you.

We had a great time at ICLE's National Conference this week! Our Manager of Marketing, Alysha Daley, enjoyed getting to ...
07/30/2021

We had a great time at ICLE's National Conference this week! Our Manager of Marketing, Alysha Daley, enjoyed getting to know so many awesome teachers at our table, and our Vice President of Education Programs, Ingrid Waldstein, presented two seminars on Living the Liturgical Year in the Classroom and Sacred Art as a Teaching Tool. Thank you to everyone who attended and stopped by our table!

Celebrating our interns today for National Intern Day! We are delighted to have you all on the team this summer! Back ro...
07/29/2021

Celebrating our interns today for National Intern Day! We are delighted to have you all on the team this summer! Back row: Alex, Julian, Aidan; Front row: Gracie, Juliana, Mary, and Emily (not pictured: Fiona and Mary). Our interns come to us from schools including University of Dallas, Franciscan University at Steubenville, Ave Maria University, Thomas More College, Hillsdale College, and University of Florida!

Celebrating our interns today for National Intern Day! We are delighted to have you all on the team this summer! Back row: Alex, Julian, Aidan; Front row: Gracie, Juliana, Mary, and Emily (not pictured: Fiona and Mary). Our interns come to us from schools including University of Dallas, Franciscan University at Steubenville, Ave Maria University, Thomas More College, Hillsdale College, and University of Florida!

Make sure to stop by our booth at ICLE’s National Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, July 26-29. We can’t wait to see yo...
07/23/2021

Make sure to stop by our booth at ICLE’s National Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, July 26-29. We can’t wait to see you!

Make sure to stop by our booth at ICLE’s National Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, July 26-29. We can’t wait to see you!

Happy feast of St. Mary Magdalene! Click the link for activities to introduce your young students to this wonderful sain...
07/22/2021

Happy feast of St. Mary Magdalene! Click the link for activities to introduce your young students to this wonderful saint: https://bit.ly/2W9yHKu.

Happy feast of St. Mary Magdalene! Click the link for activities to introduce your young students to this wonderful saint: https://bit.ly/2W9yHKu.

Check out our website to learn more about our new high school Theology curriculum!
07/20/2021

Check out our website to learn more about our new high school Theology curriculum!

Check out our website to learn more about our new high school Theology curriculum!

St. Maria Goretti, martyr and patron of youth, pray for us!
07/06/2021

St. Maria Goretti, martyr and patron of youth, pray for us!

St. Maria Goretti, martyr and patron of youth, pray for us!

#FridayIntroductions with Sophia Institute for Teachers!Meet Rachael Larson, one of our amazing administrative assistant...
07/02/2021

#FridayIntroductions with Sophia Institute for Teachers!

Meet Rachael Larson, one of our amazing administrative assistants.

Hometown: Raymond, NH
Favorite Saint: It’s REALLY hard to choose, but St. Maria Goretti is my home-girl!
Favorite Feast Day: Probably Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12th)- she’s the best.
Favorite part about being Catholic: Having our Blessed Mother who leads and guides us straight to her Son (because Lord knows I wouldn’t get there without her aid!)
Favorite book from Sophia Institute: I’ve just started “Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness to Joy” and it is BEAUTIFUL!

#FridayIntroductions with Sophia Institute for Teachers!

Meet Rachael Larson, one of our amazing administrative assistants.

Hometown: Raymond, NH
Favorite Saint: It’s REALLY hard to choose, but St. Maria Goretti is my home-girl!
Favorite Feast Day: Probably Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12th)- she’s the best.
Favorite part about being Catholic: Having our Blessed Mother who leads and guides us straight to her Son (because Lord knows I wouldn’t get there without her aid!)
Favorite book from Sophia Institute: I’ve just started “Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness to Joy” and it is BEAUTIFUL!

A Fourth of July gift for you! 🎉❤️🇺🇸This resource features two mini-lessons from our newest supplemental guide, "Infusin...
07/01/2021

A Fourth of July gift for you! 🎉❤️🇺🇸

This resource features two mini-lessons from our newest supplemental guide, "Infusing the Catholic Faith: Civics." They are perfect for any religion or social studies class!

Download here: https://bit.ly/36b86y8

A Fourth of July gift for you! 🎉❤️🇺🇸

This resource features two mini-lessons from our newest supplemental guide, "Infusing the Catholic Faith: Civics." They are perfect for any religion or social studies class!

Download here: https://bit.ly/36b86y8

Have a blessed feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist!St. John the Baptist, pray for us.
06/24/2021

Have a blessed feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist!

St. John the Baptist, pray for us.

Have a blessed feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist!

St. John the Baptist, pray for us.

Our day-long catechetical Workshops are designed to inspire, equip, and prepare K-12 teachers and parish catechists to i...
06/23/2021

Our day-long catechetical Workshops are designed to inspire, equip, and prepare K-12 teachers and parish catechists to instill in their students a deep and abiding love for Christ and His Church. Find out more here: https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/workshops

#WorkshopWednesdays

Our day-long catechetical Workshops are designed to inspire, equip, and prepare K-12 teachers and parish catechists to instill in their students a deep and abiding love for Christ and His Church. Find out more here: https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/workshops

#WorkshopWednesdays

We are thankful to all fathers for leading the Church every day with strength, courage, and love. Happy Father’s Day.#fa...
06/18/2021

We are thankful to all fathers for leading the Church every day with strength, courage, and love. Happy Father’s Day.

#fathersday #catholic #stjoseph #teachers

We are thankful to all fathers for leading the Church every day with strength, courage, and love. Happy Father’s Day.

#fathersday #catholic #stjoseph #teachers

Download our free activities and ideas for your family to live out the liturgical year! Click here: https://bit.ly/35pIs...
06/15/2021

Download our free activities and ideas for your family to live out the liturgical year! Click here: https://bit.ly/35pIsFK

#catholicschools #teachers #summer

Download our free activities and ideas for your family to live out the liturgical year! Click here: https://bit.ly/35pIsFK

#catholicschools #teachers #summer

Happy feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! Teach your students more about Mary with Behold Your Mother, a supplemental...
06/12/2021

Happy feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! Teach your students more about Mary with Behold Your Mother, a supplemental guide to help students grow in their devotion to Our Lady: https://bit.ly/3izaKFv.

Happy feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! Teach your students more about Mary with Behold Your Mother, a supplemental guide to help students grow in their devotion to Our Lady: https://bit.ly/3izaKFv.

Every morning, the Sophia Institute Team prays before this icon of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.“O Lord Jesus Christ, throu...
06/11/2021

Every morning, the Sophia Institute Team prays before this icon of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“O Lord Jesus Christ, through Your Most Sacred Heart, we ask you to bless the work and mission of Sophia Institute, and bless all our friends and benefactors. Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in You.”

Be assured of our prayers for you, your students, your schools, and your parishes. Have a blessed feast day!

Every morning, the Sophia Institute Team prays before this icon of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“O Lord Jesus Christ, through Your Most Sacred Heart, we ask you to bless the work and mission of Sophia Institute, and bless all our friends and benefactors. Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in You.”

Be assured of our prayers for you, your students, your schools, and your parishes. Have a blessed feast day!

Thank you for joining us for the first season of Christ in the Classroom. We hope that your vocation was enriched and yo...
06/09/2021

Thank you for joining us for the first season of Christ in the Classroom. We hope that your vocation was enriched and your knowledge of Christ deepened!

All Season 1 recordings are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Vimeo, Youtube, and more.

Visit our website for more information! https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/ChristintheClassroom

Thank you for joining us for the first season of Christ in the Classroom. We hope that your vocation was enriched and your knowledge of Christ deepened!

All Season 1 recordings are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Vimeo, Youtube, and more.

Visit our website for more information! https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/ChristintheClassroom

We love hearing from our teachers! Let us know your favorite part about Spirit of Truth.#TestimonyTuesday #Catholic #Tea...
06/08/2021

We love hearing from our teachers! Let us know your favorite part about Spirit of Truth.
#TestimonyTuesday #Catholic #Teachers #SpiritofTruth

We love hearing from our teachers! Let us know your favorite part about Spirit of Truth.
#TestimonyTuesday #Catholic #Teachers #SpiritofTruth

Friday Introductions with Sophia Institute for Teachers!Meet our newest team member, Norma T. Molina.Position: Educator ...
06/04/2021

Friday Introductions with Sophia Institute for Teachers!

Meet our newest team member, Norma T. Molina.

Position: Educator Support Specialist (Spanish)
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Favorite Saint: I have too many! But particularly for this ministry, I’m invoking St. John Paul II and St. John Bosco.
Favorite Feast Day: Again! I have so many! But next weekend we will be celebrating two great liturgical feasts in the Church: The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Friday, June 11), followed by the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Saturday, June 12).
Favorite part about being Catholic: Everything! It is the Church founded by our Lord Jesus Christ and as such is complete!

#FridayIntroductions #teachers #catholic

Friday Introductions with Sophia Institute for Teachers!

Meet our newest team member, Norma T. Molina.

Position: Educator Support Specialist (Spanish)
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Favorite Saint: I have too many! But particularly for this ministry, I’m invoking St. John Paul II and St. John Bosco.
Favorite Feast Day: Again! I have so many! But next weekend we will be celebrating two great liturgical feasts in the Church: The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Friday, June 11), followed by the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Saturday, June 12).
Favorite part about being Catholic: Everything! It is the Church founded by our Lord Jesus Christ and as such is complete!

#FridayIntroductions #teachers #catholic

Sophia Institute for Teachers is truly grateful for the sacrifice of those who have laid down their lives for our freedo...
05/28/2021

Sophia Institute for Teachers is truly grateful for the sacrifice of those who have laid down their lives for our freedom. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.

Bring Memorial Day to your classroom with two free lessons from our Infusing the Faith: Civics guide: https://bit.ly/2SCmrQG

Sophia Institute for Teachers is truly grateful for the sacrifice of those who have laid down their lives for our freedom. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.

Bring Memorial Day to your classroom with two free lessons from our Infusing the Faith: Civics guide: https://bit.ly/2SCmrQG

Happy Feast of Pentecost!
05/23/2021

Happy Feast of Pentecost!

Happy Feast of Pentecost!

"So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God." M...
05/13/2021

"So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God." Mark 16:19

Happy Feast of the #Ascension!

"So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God." Mark 16:19

Happy Feast of the #Ascension!

We've got even MORE Christ in the Classroom Virtual Workshops in the hopper! Register for some (or all) of them here: ht...
05/10/2021

We've got even MORE Christ in the Classroom Virtual Workshops in the hopper! Register for some (or all) of them here: https://bit.ly/3aBF8to

#CITC

We've got even MORE Christ in the Classroom Virtual Workshops in the hopper! Register for some (or all) of them here: https://bit.ly/3aBF8to

#CITC

A new Christ in the Classroom episode is up! "Principles for Having an Educational Discussion on Racism" Listen, subscri...
05/07/2021

A new Christ in the Classroom episode is up! "Principles for Having an Educational Discussion on Racism" Listen, subscribe, and give us a review!

Apple Podcasts - https://apple.co/3oXnEwp
Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2YRJNSt

Watch the next one live! https://bit.ly/3aBF8to

#CITC

A new Christ in the Classroom episode is up! "Principles for Having an Educational Discussion on Racism" Listen, subscribe, and give us a review!

Apple Podcasts - https://apple.co/3oXnEwp
Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2YRJNSt

Watch the next one live! https://bit.ly/3aBF8to

#CITC

We've got some GREAT Christ in the Classroom Virtual Workshops on the horizon! Register for your favorite(s) here: https...
05/05/2021

We've got some GREAT Christ in the Classroom Virtual Workshops on the horizon! Register for your favorite(s) here: https://bit.ly/3aBF8to

#CITC

We've got some GREAT Christ in the Classroom Virtual Workshops on the horizon! Register for your favorite(s) here: https://bit.ly/3aBF8to

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HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! To show our love for you and all your incredibly hard work, we're giving you 40% OFF ou...
05/04/2021

HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! To show our love for you and all your incredibly hard work, we're giving you 40% OFF our Thematic Teacher's Guides! Just use code TAW21 at checkout!

Shop our Thematic Teacher's Guides here: https://bit.ly/2RrsarX

#TAW21 #TeacherAppreciationWeek

HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! To show our love for you and all your incredibly hard work, we're giving you 40% OFF our Thematic Teacher's Guides! Just use code TAW21 at checkout!

Shop our Thematic Teacher's Guides here: https://bit.ly/2RrsarX

#TAW21 #TeacherAppreciationWeek

A new Christ in the Classroom episode is up! "Helping Students Answer God's Call in Their Lives" Listen, subscribe, and ...
04/23/2021

A new Christ in the Classroom episode is up! "Helping Students Answer God's Call in Their Lives" Listen, subscribe, and give us a review!

Apple Podcasts - https://apple.co/3oXnEwp
Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2YRJNSt

Watch the next one live! https://bit.ly/3aBF8to

#CITC

A new Christ in the Classroom episode is up! "Helping Students Answer God's Call in Their Lives" Listen, subscribe, and give us a review!

Apple Podcasts - https://apple.co/3oXnEwp
Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2YRJNSt

Watch the next one live! https://bit.ly/3aBF8to

#CITC

Check out our upcoming Christ in the Classroom Virtual Workshops! We've got some excellent topics and guest hosts in the...
04/19/2021

Check out our upcoming Christ in the Classroom Virtual Workshops! We've got some excellent topics and guest hosts in the lineup. Register here: https://bit.ly/3aBF8to

#CITC

Check out our upcoming Christ in the Classroom Virtual Workshops! We've got some excellent topics and guest hosts in the lineup. Register here: https://bit.ly/3aBF8to

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What Type of Servant, or Slave, Are You? Not only does Isaiah see the people of God coming back from imprisonment and exile in Babylon - not only does he give them tremendous words of comfort - words to put strength into these men and women - but he sees a very special servant being sent into the world – and we read of that in Isaiah Chapter 42 We know who that servant was and is - Jesus Christ. These passages may not be all that clear to begin with, but when we reach Chapters 52 and 53 it becomes most clear – it is Jesus Christ, the Son of God – our Saviour and Lord and King. Isaiah sees Jesus Christ the Saviour being born into this world - and he sees something of what kind of man he will be, and what type of ministry he will have. But did Isaiah know the significance of what he was preaching and writing? The doors which are opened by the servant remain open today - but we do not know how much longer they will remain open. Isaiah sees God sending a servant - that is a word we seldom use today. It has almost gone out of use - but it is an important word. If you belong to Jesus Christ then not only are you a servant - but you are a slave - a prisoner of Christ Jesus and a slave of the Son of God - which enables us to experience perfect freedom. That is something which the world just cannot see. What is a servant? A servant is someone who is subservient to someone else - a servant is someone who is at the disposal of someone else. A servant - and this is especially true in the Kingdom of God – a servant is more concerned about serving than any rights he may think he has. The servant is concerned about his responsibilities to his master – and for us that means Jesus Christ. Think of Paul – Paul introduces himself in the opening words of the Roman letter – presenting his qualifications and credentials. He is a servant – or slave. DOULOS is the word used – which means a bond-servant. Such a slave was regarded as a piece of property of the owner – and would have been bought for a high price in the market place. A high price had been paid for Paul – the blood of Jesus Christ – and he now knew that Jesus owned him. But, no slave ever had a more benevolent and loving master – who would take care of Paul, and protect him – open and close doors – and walk with him all his days – this is all such a privilege. Paul would only do what Jesus Christ wanted – and only go where Jesus Christ sent him – and only speak and write what Jesus Christ taught him. It is better to be a slave of Christ, than to be enslaved to anything or anyone else – alcohol, drugs, ambition, reputation, money, or fragile temporary ‘success’. But back to Isaiah - God is going to do more than just speak words of comfort. He is going to send someone who will comfort, fortress and fortify people. God is going to send someone who will be at His disposal - and who will truly desire to do His Will - someone who will be eager to obey Him. That was Jesus. Jesus came to do what God had called Israel to do. God says - I am going to uphold My Servant. Here begins Isaiah’s prophetic picture of the character of the servant who will come to serve and seek and save. In Chapters 40 and 41, God’s servant, Israel, was described as being complaining, fearful, and dismayed. By the end of Chapter 42, God’s servant, Israel, is portrayed as being deaf, blind and sinful – verses 18 and 19, and 23 and 24. These are strong words – do read them – and be warned. By contrast, the coming servant of Lord, in Isaiah Chapter 42, neither falters, nor is discouraged, but he delights in God, and is gentle, persevering, bringing forth justice and faithfulness. This coming servant is an ideal servant who embodies and embraces all that Israel failed to be. This is the background to Isaiah’s announcement. This coming servant is not only someone to follow, but he is someone who will rescue people. This is much more than a word – important though that is – here is God sending a person – personal intervention – to seek and to save and to love and to forgive and to restore and repair what was marred and broken. Even when Jesus was on the Cross being crucified - shedding His Blood to wash away our sin - God was upholding Him - and three days later indicated and showed that to the disciples, when Jesus was raised from the dead. He is my chosen one in whom I DELIGHT - and I will put My Spirit upon Him. Here is God referring to that day when Jesus was baptised in the Jordan River - and as He emerged from the water, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him. Jesus was as saturated with the Holy Spirit as He was with water. Then His dynamic powerful sensitive tender ministry began - preaching - teaching - healing people - setting people free from the influence of bad spirits. Up to this point in the life of Jesus, it had been growth and preparation - now life would never again be the same. Jesus was empowered – He was anointed. This same risen and living Jesus anoints and empowers his servants today, so that they might serve – with all that is involved in serving. “Almighty God – as I think of these words – and as I consider how Jesus came to serve – help me – help us – to serve – in a day when it is not popular to be a servant – and as servants, anoint and empower and equip us with all that we require. We pray in Jesus Name. Amen.” ("Word from Scotland" - 24 February - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' - every prayerful blessing.)
Do We Realise and Fully Understand Who We Are In Christ? We are reading the second half of Ephesians Chapter 2, and last week closed with these words - "Israel - I give you the promises - the prophets - the Word of Light - the promise of the Messiah - now go and share all this with the world." We too must be careful that we do not fall into the same trap. Our ministry must be to others - because we learn here that outside of Christ man cannot get through to GOD. Outside of Jesus Christ man remains a stranger and an alien - sojourners. Israel was called by God to be the light of the world – to take the light of God – the word of God – and the truth of God, to others in the world – but this she did not do. Think of Israel herself - for some 2,000 years she had no home - having rejected the Messiah, they became sojourners - aliens - strangers - hunted down and having to turn for their lives, everywhere they went - persecuted during a series of pogroms. Now, they are back in their land - but they are still looking for their Messiah. There was a day when people said - John Chapter 1 - "We have found the Messiah." But for many, at the moment, they are "without God" - ATHEOS is the word in verse 12. Paul is specifically referring to us who are Gentiles. I remember listening to someone - who told me all that she believed - and I kept silent waiting for something significant to emerge from that mouth. Nothing came that pointed to faith - and I had to say - "Do you know that all you have told me you believe, the devil believes and trembles!" There had been no encounter with the risen and living Lord Jesus Christ. It is possible to have temples and buildings and shrines and meetings and services and doctrines - and be without Jesus Christ. See too how not only has the barrier been demolished - but how the gulf has been bridged. You are now in a JEW - JESUS CHRIST – the King of the Jews. To write that at that time to Gentiles was radical teaching. Walls and barriers which divide have been demolished - and HE brings us into one body - which means sharing one BLOOD. This is astounding. On the Cross - Jesus Christ dealt with those issues which made Jews different from us Gentiles. Verse 19 - Consequently - see the building now - built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets - with Christ Jesus Himself holding everything together. Look where the apostles and prophets are - not lording it over people - but in the foundation upholding and supporting. That is the whole purpose of an apostolic and prophetic ministry - to uphold and support - to prevent people from sinking - what a revelation Paul shares with Gentile believers. The good works which a disciple of Jesus Christ does - or performs - is something which God prepared for us to do. We are in a position to meet people's spiritual needs – with the help of God. This is what Jesus calls us to do - and remember, Jesus does not just tolerate us - He chooses us - He calls us - God the Father adopts us into His Family - we are His sons - His chosen children. ‘Workmanship’ – verse 10 – the word is POEMA - from which we get the word poem. We are God's creative masterpiece - when we yield - when we are pliable in His holy hands - and note the word, "WE". It is what we are together - in fellowship - as we lose our individual identity in Christ. Whenever God wants to change the shape - HE applies pressure - like clay in the Hands of the Potter. That is why we have to be careful at times when we might discover these words coming into our minds. "Why am I having to go through all this? Why am I experiencing all this hassle - all this opposition - all this pressure?” Is this God producing a new poem? Here is a revelation from God - revealed by the Holy Spirit, to Paul - so that the Church could be informed and edified. Remember too - it is being written - it is all being revealed - in prison in Rome. If you want to ascend to the highest, you have to be prepared to experience the lowest. God wants all this down in writing - there is authority when you have something down in writing in a document. There is a degree of permanence - and it is reasonably easy to refer to. There is a line running right through this passage - it divides. We see two categories of people. It separates those who are dead, from those who are alive - spiritually speaking – alive in Christ. Re-read Chapter 2 – we see these two groups - those who are in their sins - or those who are seated with Christ having been raised up by God - in Christ Jesus, or outside of Christ. There is no in between - there is no other spiritual position. Paul is saying - you either have this disease which is a KILLER - or you have the CURE OF GOD which God Himself provides and supplies and offers so generously. Paul begins with Praise - moves into Prayer - and then in our passage today Preaches. On he goes to preach and explain further - what we so need to know. “Lord God Almighty – my loving heavenly Father – continue to show me what you wish me to do – how to serve – how to reach out to those who are in need – how to minister to those who are downcast and sad – hurt and wounded – I look to You and to Your Word – for help and strength – through Jesus Christ. Amen.” (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' - warmest greetings in Christ Jesus.)