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
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 Syria? ...
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
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,
15. Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Pineapple
Enjoy this as a side dish along with Dosha, idly or uppuma or even
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
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 shouldn't. ...
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 parents! ...
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In HIS Service
Dr. Jacob Mathew
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