Malankara World Journal Issue 143 - Pentecost Special
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Issue No: 143
1. Foreword: Pentecost and Holy Spirit
The day of Pentecost has special meaning because this was the day that the church would have the power to do everything God had commanded them to do. This is extremely relevant to the church because the Holy Spirit is what keeps the church fruitful. The Holy Spirit has the power to spiritually cleanse the congregation. To allow this to happen, Christians must be filled with the Holy Spirit and surrender their lives to Christ. ...
2. Bible Readings for Pentecost Sunday (May 19)
3. Sermons for Pentecost Sunday (May 19)
4. Pentecost Blessings
5. Featured: The Holy Spirit Overcomes Fear
To indicate the Holy Spirit, the account in the Acts of the Apostles uses two great images, the image of the tempest and the image of fire. Clearly, St. Luke had in mind the theophany of Sinai, recounted in Exodus (19:16-19) and Deuteronomy (4:10-12:36). In the ancient world the tempest was seen as a sign of divine power, in whose presence man felt subjugated and terrified. ...
6. The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in the World
In the original inspired text of the Acts of the Apostles, Jesus promised the disciples that they would be "my martyrs." If there was ever an age in Christian history when the followers of Christ would need the strength of martyrdom, it is today.
Our Lord could not have been more clear. He told us, "If you wish to be my disciples, take up your daily cross and follow me." The source of strength to suffer for Christ comes finally from the Holy Spirit. In the language of the New Testament, this power is the same kind of power by which miracles are performed. ...
7. Hymn: Come Down, O Love Divine
8. Fiery Faith - Pentecost
Pentecost reminds me that even those who witnessed the miracles of Christ firsthand had to face and overcome uncertainty and fear. The disciples weren't perfect, and they weren't always clued into the details of God's bigger plan. Just like the early disciples, we are often called to simply take one day at a time and trust God with whatever the future may bring. ...
9. Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church
For Christians, Pentecost marks the fruits and harvest of another sort. It is a celebration of a formative event in the history of the early Church - the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon the newly birthed Church and the first bold proclamation of the Gospel by Peter, the head apostle, among the Jews. ...
10. Hymn of Prayer: Veni, Creator Spiritus - Come, Holy Spirit
11. PENTECOST - Rite of Kneeling
Three kneelings during the liturgy is a special feature of the Pentecost Service. Here is how Maronite Church does this rite. The Rite of Kneeling dates back more than 1000 years for Maronite Church. Note the similarities with our service. ...
12. More Resources for Trinity, Holy Spirit and Pentecost
Malankara World Journal Special on Pentecost - 2012: Issue No: 78 May 24, 2012
13. Recipe: Pentecost Cake
This is a delicious moist cake, inexpensive and easy to make. It is served with a strawberry frosting. ...
14. Family Special: Bring Your Flowers Now!
That's a good thing to remember about people you love - people who have impacted you as a Christian. Don't wait until their funeral to say it. Say it now.
Go to them, or write them a letter or an e-mail or even a text and tell them what they mean to you - your husband, wife, child, friend, a spiritual leader - because you never know when you will have your last conversation with them. ..
15. Inspirational: Someday Bread
In life, with all its joys and sadness we learn and then we take those lessons into our future. On the day my beloved mom passed, I promised myself that my family would always come first. ..Today, all these years later, I am proud to say that I am very purposeful in prioritizing activities in my life so that meeting the needs of my family comes FIRST! ...
16. Please Pray for the Release of Abducted Clergy in Syria
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In HIS Service
Dr. Jacob Mathew
Malankara World Journal