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Tim Ries. Kent Smith. Over the years, as other languages were added, some were dropped, including Macedonian. Last year, the institute added Ukrainian, and this year, resumed Macedonian. The institute participates in two prestigious federal programs: Project Global Officer, through the Department of Defense, trains ROTC cadets; and Title 8, through the State Department, offers language-learning fellowships to graduate students.
Answer: Project Global Officer has a list of critical languages that are key to national security and we teach Russian and Indonesian, which are both on that list.
The Department of Defense is looking to not just improve language skills but also for regional expertise and intercultural communication. The idea was to create a Title 8 cohort and a feeling that they know each other even though they may be in different classes. The concern with the fragility of democratic institutions there is a big part of it.
When are they done transitioning? Russia and the Soviet Union get a lot of attention. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Christians must put their light on a stand Matt When placing a lamp in a house, people put it in the most advantageous position.
We must do the same with our lives. We must consider this when deciding where we will work, live, and go to church. How can we most effectively spread our light? Also, we must remove anything that might dim our light or make it ineffective. There are certain environments that could hinder the effectiveness of our light by either causing us to hide it or by blowing it out as we succumb to temptation. Believers must place their light on a stand for all to see.
Placing our light in the most strategic places also includes helping it get stronger and shine the brightest. For example, this might include things like being involved in a good church, seeking godly mentors, and reading the right books. Some hide it because of work. The bowl which Christ refers to is probably a bushel for collecting grain. Many believers get so busy at work that they hide the light of Christ, or they hide it so as to not hinder their chances of promotion.
However, our light should not be hidden under the bushel of work. Secondly, Christians tend to hide their light simply because of laziness, as symbolized by a bed. They are too lazy to go to church, read their Bibles, serve on missions, or share the gospel. No wise person puts a lamp under a bowl or a bed—and neither should believers. Our light is more important than any lamp in a house.
We must strategically place our lamps in places that will maximize their output and effectiveness for the kingdom of God. Application Questions: In what ways are you tempted to hide your light? In what ways do you believe God is calling you to place your light in the most effective location?
Observation Question: With what terms does Paul describe the fruit of the light? The next thing believers must do to live in the light is to produce fruit consistent with light. Paul uses several terms in describing the fruit of the light. We can understand these terms better by comparing them with their opposites. Goodness refers to anything that is morally excellent, including generosity.
It is the opposite of selfishness and apathy towards the needs of others. Like Christ, who is the light, we must go out of our way to serve and minister to the needs of the world, and especially to believers. Are you bearing the fruit of goodness?
Or are you cultivating apathy and selfishness? There are two aspects to this fruit. First, it has to do with our relationship with God.
Secondly, it has to do with how we live. As those justified and made righteous by God, we must daily practice righteousness. These fruits should be continually borne in our lives, instead of the fruits of evil and sin. Truth has to do with honesty, reliability, trustworthiness, and integrity—in contrast to the hypocritical, deceptive, and false ways of the old life of darkness.
Is the fruit of truth growing in your life? Or is hypocrisy and deception? Many have noted how goodness seems to focus primarily on how we relate to others, righteousness on how we relate to God, and truth on how we relate to ourselves. Application Question: How can we produce the fruit of light? As with any fruit, it is produced in the right environment. What is the right environment? Essentially, it is our relationship with Christ. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
We must make our home in Christ through prayer, his Word, fellowship with the saints, worship, and service. In the name of Jesus Christ. A Reading from Scripture Matthew 5: This passage and its affirmation "You are the light of the world" is a portion of Jesus' teachings from the Sermon on the Mount Matthew and follows specifically the Beatitudes Matthew Those who follow Jesus — the church as well — are blessed as they boldly live faith in the world.
The light that shines is one that comes from a life of vulnerable compassion and solidarity with those who are poor, meek, merciful, those who mourn, are pure, and peacemakers. God's light shines in those who live for the reign of God in spite of persecution and cruel false accusation. Possible sharing with another: How would you describe the light, gifts or call, that God has blessed you with and also blessed your congregation? When has the light seemed dim? Possible sharing with the total group: After hearing our stories, what might God say to us about the future of our local congregation and of the broader United Church of Christ about these commitments?
You have created us all, unique and diverse, yet bound together in love. Receive the prayers we have offered this day. Help us to leap barriers of division and strife, of injustice and exclusion!
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