Malankara World Journal Issue 183, Theme-Advent IV: God Keeps
His Promises (Dec 19, 2013)
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Issue No: 183
Advent IV: God Keeps His Promises
1. Bible Readings for This Sunday (December 22)
Bible Readings For The Sunday before Christmas (Genealogy Sunday)
2. Sermons for This Sunday (December 22)
Sermons for the Sunday Before Christmas (Genealogy Sunday)
3. Making Christmas Come Alive: The Message in Matthew's
Genealogy of Jesus
When Matthew begins his Gospel with the line "a record of the
genealogy of Jesus, the son of David, the son of Abraham",
something really profound is being conveyed. Let's unpack them one
by one. ...
4. Malankara World Journal Special on Genealogy of Jesus
For more in-depth look at the genealogy of Jesus Christ read the
Malankara World Journal Issue 114 - a special on the Genealogy of
5. Featured: Story of Joseph-Chapter 6 - Are You Willing to
Face Your Past?
We continue our reflections on the life of Joseph (OT). When we
left last week, Joseph was in prison on false charges. But God was
with him. Joseph helps Pharaoh to interpret his dream. As a
result, he was appointed the Prime Minister of Egypt - second only
to Pharaoh in power! Today we will look at the reunion of Joseph
and his brothers. We learn an important lesson here on
reconciliation and repentance. A repentance requires that we
should be courageous enough to face the past, acknowledge that we
were wrong and ask forgiveness. Read on. ...
6. Advent IV: God Keeps His Promises
On the fourth Sunday of Advent (Advent IV), we celebrate God's
faithfulness in sending Jesus, and we remember that faithfulness
as we look forward to Christ's second coming. ...
7. The Journey To Bethlehem is Not Comfortable!
During the season of Advent, we are all invited to travel our own
personal "road to Bethlehem". When we arrive at our destination on
Christmas Day, we will hopefully be closer to the Lord than when
we began the journey. Over the course of these few weeks, we have
the opportunity to look at our lives and attempt to find ways of
becoming closer to Christ. One of the biggest mistakes we can make
is to "take the easy way out" and do nothing or choose only those
spiritual practices with which we are comfortable. If we look at
the lives of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the wise men — there
was nothing easy about the journey to Bethlehem. ...
8. Christmas Is a Promise
Let's get back to what Christmas truly is: a celebration of the
birth of Jesus. I like Christmas, actually. I think that at its
very best, Christmas is a promise. At its best, Christmas is
spending time with family and friends, enjoying holiday meals,
laughing together, exchanging gifts, and worshiping together. I
think all of these are a glimpse of things to come - because
Christmas is really a promise of heaven, a promise of something
9. A God Who Descends
The Christ child in the manger is forever an indication of the
great lengths God will go to reconcile his creation, a savior
willing to descend that we might be able to ascend with him.
"Welkin" is an old English term meaning "the vault of heaven." In
this dramatic word, Wesley illustrates the crux of Christian
theology: All of heaven opened up for the birth of a king and the
rebirth of humanity. The vault of God was thrown open to make way
for the one who was coming and all that would come as a result of
10. Hymn: Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People
11. Malankara World Christmas Supplement
To learn more about the spiritual significance of Christmas,
Malankara World has created a special supplement so you can read
all about it in depth. Click below to visit:
Malankara World Christmas Supplement
12. Health: Healthy Eating During the Holidays
For many people, the holidays involve indulging in buffet tables
loaded with lots of fattening, processed foods and sugary sweets.
For those of us who strive the rest of the year to eat a healthy
diet while leading busy lives, it can be a challenging time. Not
only are we busier than ever, we know that all those foods we
usually try to avoid are going to give us indigestion, sap our
energy, and pile on the pounds. ...
13. Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower With Cranberries and Crispy
A festive-looking accompaniment for almost any holiday main
14. Holiday Baking Tips For Gluten-free Foods
If there's one downside to fabulous, food-filled holiday
celebrations, it's the gurgles and groans of post-feasting
We assume it's because we over-ate, but for a lot of people, that
pain and sick feeling may not be about how much you ate but what
you ate. ...
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Dr. Jacob Mathew
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