The Malankara World Journal Issue 140 - Focus: Christian Persecution And
Discipleship - (May 2, 2013) is available online at:
*TABLE OF CONTENTS Issue No: 140*
Focus: Christian Persecution And Discipleship
*THIS SUNDAY IN CHURCH*
2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (May 5)
3. Sermons for This Sunday (May 5)
4. Prayer Request for Our Abdicated Bishops and Priests
It has been more than 10 days since the kidnapping of the two
Metropolitan Archbishops of Aleppo, Mor Gregorios Yuhanna Ibrahim of the
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, and Paul Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox
Church of Antioch. We still do not have any information about the
whereabouts of these bishops They were abdicated while on a humanitarian
mission on Monday, April 22, 2013 to have two priests released. ...
5. Featured: No Servant is Greater than His Master
Jesus promised his disciples the night before he was crucified that
their lot was to be no different than His. Jesus said: "No servant is
greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you
also!" ...The best, the greatest, the most significant benefit of
persecution is that it brings Christ close in the life of the persecuted
believer. You. Me. We get the opportunity to know Christ better! That is
the great miracle of it! ...
6. Regime Change and Christian Persecution
A great deal of the ambivalence toward the so-called "Arab Spring" and
the events in Syria comes from the concern over what will happen to the
Christians in these countries. The overthrow of Saddam Hussein was
followed, in very short order, by open war on Iraq's ancient Christian
community. The ouster of Hosni Mubarak has accelerated the attacks on
the Copts. Who knows what might happen to Christians in post-Assad
7. Costly Discipleship
To pick up the cross and follow Jesus means to be willing to go anywhere
and do anything for your Lord. It means that you want God to do His will
in and through you. There is a cost to being a disciple of Jesus Christ,
but the end results are well worth it. ...
8. Owned by Identity, Bought by a Savior
Christ urged us to follow Him with the heavy weight of lumber slung
across our shoulders (Mark 8:34). That image is one of ownership. Why
else would we take up humiliation and hardship to struggle after a
bloodied Lamb? It isn't an image of coercion, but of willingness. Just
as the Messiah surrendered Himself to be crucified, we crucify ourselves
to admit surrender. ...
9. Orthodoxy is being destroyed in Syria
By now, 138,000 Christians have been banished from their homes and, at
the same time, Christian Churches are systematically destroyed. "They
are killing people. A human life is of no value for them," in such words
Bishop Luke is describing the situation in the country. ...
10. Persecuted: Christians in a World of Trouble
Across the world Christians are harassed, arrested, jailed, tortured,
raped, beaten and killed. Their churches and homes are bombed or burned
to the ground. And children are taken from their Christian parents lest
they too become tainted with faith in Jesus. ...
11. Facing Uncertainty
Sometimes Jesus disguises exciting opportunities for personal growth as
difficult circumstances. We would choose to avoid trials at all costs,
but Jesus sees the bigger picture. ...
12. Very Rev. Dr. Kuriakose Corepiscopos Moolayil To Be Decorated With
The Patriarchal Award Malphono de Mardutho (Doctor of Literature)
13. Health: Get a Glowing Tan by Drinking Your Vegetables
New research suggests that eating vegetables gives your skin a healthy
golden tan color. A study led by Dr. Ian Stephen at the University of
Nottingham revealed that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
gives you more of a healthy golden glow than the sun, according to the
journal Evolution & Human Behavior. ...
14. Introducing Dr. Shila Mathew, MD., Food and Living Editor, Malankara
15. Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Pineapple
Enjoy this as a side dish along with Dosha, idly or uppuma or even rice.
16. Bonus Recipe: Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Loaded with potassium, fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants, this simple
smoothie recipe is the perfect pick me up.
17. Family Special: It's the Little Moments that Matter Most in Marriage
Things don't go bad in a marriage in an instant. The character of a
marriage is not formed in one grand moment. Things in a marriage go bad
progressively. Things become sweet and beautiful progressively. The
development and deepening of the love in a marriage happens by things
that are done daily; this is also true with the sad deterioration of a
marriage. The problem is that we simply don't pay attention, and because
of this we allow ourselves to think, desire, say, and do things that we
18. Family Special: Teach Your Children Well
Training children to love and to serve the Lord, to be compassionate
toward others, and to have consistent walks of faith is the most noble
and important work any parent can do. Therefore, we should find great
joy in the fact that the Lord has called us and entrusted us to be
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In HIS Service
Dr. Jacob Mathew
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