The Malankara World Journal Issue 31 (dated September 22, 2011) is now available online at:
This week, we continue with publishing a section from the Book of Prayer by Andrew Murray. The topic today is the Model Prayer, we normally call 'Lord's Prayer.' Isn't it nice that our savior, who has been sent to redeem us, also gave us a model prayer, that is the best of its kind?
We have the second article in the series on Trinity. Today's section describes the concept of Trinity from the Syrian Orthodox Church point of view. Understanding Trinity is very important. There are two concept that are fundamental to Christianity. One is the concept of Trinity and the other one is the belief that Jesus Christ was crucified, died and resurrected. Like Apostle Paul said, if these are not true, Christianity fails. We will be covering the concept of Trinity in detail in the coming weeks.
What do you do when you are in trouble; or face a major crisis in life? Do you throw your hands up and give up? According to Pastor Linton Smith, this is the time to abide in God. He give examples after examples from the Bible to prove his point.
We, Malayalees, are famous for our stinging criticism. No one is immune from this. So, today's article by Robert Rings will provide us some tools to handle unwanted criticism.
Today's family feature talks about marriage, biblical style. What is the prerequisite for a successful marriage? Read and find out.
This Sunday is the second Sunday after the Feast of Sleebo. The Gospel reading is from St. Matthew 16:5-12. Following the encounter with the Pharisees and Sadducees (in Matthew 15), Jesus warned His disciples concerning the 'leaven' of these two sects. Matthew records that coinciding with Jesus warning was the fact that the disciples had forgotten to bring bread on their journey across the Sea of Galilee. Therefore, they misunderstood Jesus’ warning, taking the word 'leaven' literally and thinking that Jesus was chastising them for not bringing food.
Jesus rebuked them for their lack of faith. He pointed out the miracles he had done. The disciples then understood that Jesus was speaking of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. What we need to consider is the significance of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. That Jesus used the word leaven to indicate that their teaching spread easily and was dangerous.
Do you allow anxiety or fear to keep you from trusting in God's provision for your life? The apostles worried because they forgot to bring bread for their journey. How easy it is to forget what God has already done for us and to doubt what he promises to do for us in the future as well. Scripture tells us that 'perfect love casts out fear' (1 John 4:18). Ask God to flood your heart with his love and to increase your faith in his provident care for you.
Several sermons, Gospel analysis and bible commentaries are given in Malankara World to meditate on today's scripture. You can find them at:
Table of Contents: Malankara World Journal Issue 31
Bible Readings for This Sunday (Sep 25)
Sermons for This Sunday (Sep 25)
Inspiration for Today
Featured: Concept of Trinity - Syrian Orthodox Church
Book Excerpt: Lesson: 4 - After This Manner Pray Or The Model Prayer
Draw Near To God And He Will Draw Near To You
No One Is Immune to Criticism
Family: Leaving and Cleaving
Health: Ten Tips for Digestion
Humor: Bicycle - Lawn Mower
Family: Leaving and Cleaving
by Greg Laurie
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. —Genesis 2:24
The objective God has in bringing a man and a woman together can be captured in two very important words: Leave and cleave. These come from Genesis 2:24 (kjv), which says, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” The word “cleave” means to glue or to cling. So to leave and cleave is to sever and bond, to loosen and secure, or to depart from and attach to.
A successful marriage begins with leaving. In effect, you leave all other relationships. The closest relationship outside of marriage is specified in Genesis 2:24, implying that if it is necessary to leave your father and mother, then certainly all lesser ties must be broken, changed, or left behind.
This doesn’t mean that when you get married, you are no longer a son or a daughter or a sibling. But what it does mean is that you have a new, primary responsibility, and that is to your spouse. You must still honor your mother and father, but leaving has taken place.
Leaving implies giving other relationships a lesser degree of importance. You still can have friends still, but your best friend should be your spouse. Having members of the opposite sex as friends can be problematic at best and potentially destructive at worse. Most adultery happens through close contact and relationship, not mere sexual attraction. So be very careful. Your best friend should be your husband or your wife.
In Malachi 2:14, God said of the relationship between a husband and his wife, “Yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant.” The word “companion” used here means someone united with another in thoughts, goals, plans, and efforts.
Are you united with your spouse in this way?
Summary sentence: Leaving and cleaving are key elements to a successful marriage.
Copyright © 2011 by Harvest Ministries.
Concept of Trinity - Syrian Orthodox Church
Glory to Him who is invisible, mysterious and beyond human comprehension, though and mind. He, Who is self-existent, self sufficient, Maker and Author of all things visible and invisible and has no beginning and will continue with end. The eternal, everlasting and the incomprehensible one true God, one nature, one authority and one will of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
There is not in Him a name without a Person and no Person is younger or older than the other Person, neither is there any transformation or alteration of one Person is another is greatness and smallness. No name or Person is younger or separated from the Divine Substance.
Whenever the Father is mentioned, the Son and the Spirit are of Him, and when the Son is mentioned, the Father and the Spirit are acknowledged in Him, and when the Spirit is mentioned the Father and the Son are included.
The Father begets and is not begotton. The Son is begotten and does not beget. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and takes from the Son and is consubstantial and co-essential with the Father.
O God, invisible, inscrutable, eternal and immeasurable, You Who reconceivable in the oneness of essence and are apprehensible in three Holy Persons, Who are understood in three characteristic attributes by all rational beings and are acknowledged one God in three worshipped Persons; a perfect Trinity of three perfect Persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; one sublime essence, one eternal nature, one true God.
Because You were pleased, O God the Father, to restore man who was created in Your image, and who of His free will slid into idolatry. You sent Your Word and Your Son for our reformation. When He became man without any alteration, He told us plainly and explained to us the ineffability of the Godhead, and announced to us the unknown things and the hidden secrets of Your wisdom in that he knows You and in that he is of You.
He also informed us about the third Light of the Godhead Who is the Person of the Holy Spirit, Who proceeds from You, O Father, in an unutterable manner. The Spirit of truth, the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of might, the Spirit of knowledge, the perfecter Spirit, the performer Spirit, the nonqualitative Spirit, the nonquantiative Spirit, the affectionate Spirit, the Spirit that guides the teachers; the beneficent Spirit, the powerful Spirit, the Almighty Spirit, the spirit that is simple in His nature and manifold in His operation, who is the fount of divine gifts and is consubstantial with you and with your only Begotten Son, the Spirit Who spoke in the law through the prophets and the disciples, who is near to all and fills all, Who effects sanctification with authority, and not entreatingly, upon those with Whom he is pleased.
For You reign over us, o God, the Father and Lord of all, with Your Only Begotten Son, Who quickens all, and Your Spirit the most blessed, worshipped, life-giving and consubstantial with You, now and forever. Amen
Source: Pentecost Liturgy of Syrian Orthodox Church (English translation courtesy of Joykutty, Detroit)
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In HIS Service
Dr. Jacob Mathew
Malankara World Journal
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