Malankara World Journal Issue 145 Theme: Cost of Discipleship (May 30, 2013)
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Issue No: 145
Theme: Cost of Discipleship
2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (June 2)
Second Sunday after Pentecost
3. Sermons for This Sunday (June 2)
Sermons for the Second Sunday After Pentecost
4. Inspiration for Today: Lifting The Weight of Worry
When you see someone who is struggling -- a co-worker who is discouraged, a
friend who is not up to par -- how do you respond? Our words can be what keeps
a person going; our compliments can put a spring back into their step. Now more
than ever, we need to automatically let the encouragement flow. We need to tell
others how much we love them, how we value them, and tell them that they are
talented and creative. ...
5. Jesus: The Fulcrum Of The World
Jesus wasn't one to advocate conflict. He did say plenty of things in support of the
family, and he wouldn't let people use religion as an excuse to get out of taking
care of the family. It's just that he's predicting that following him won't always
bring peace to the household. .. Jesus sees himself as the fulcrum of the world: in
him there is a decision about life. To turn toward Jesus necessarily means turning
away from the other. So if we're looking for Jesus to provide peace in the sense of
the status quo, we'll be disappointed, but also challenged. When a person commits
to Jesus, tension will often come into other relationships, including family
relationships. This may become the price to pay when our families provide us with
identity, community, and security. ...
6. A True Apprentice
Apprenticeship is about humility and sacrifice and love. It’s about looking within,
knowing our own needs, and allowing our souls to be filled with so such love for
Christ that it spills over onto everyone we meet. ...
7. The Cost of True Discipleship
Jesus was very plainly teaching that there is a cost to be His disciple. He expects
our highest devotion, and He couldn't have made His standards more clear. ...
8. Doing What He Asks
As followers of Christ, we are called to a life of obedience to God's Word.
However, we often find that there are areas in our lives in which we struggle
against His plan. The Christian walk is all about knowing Christ and becoming like
Him through the surrender of our selfish ways and desires. ...
9. Above And Beyond Family Values
For many people their highest value is merely their family. Their life is their family;
and for all practical purposes, their family is their God. Jesus measures himself
against family, he lays the "good" family next to himself as the "best" and says:
"Choose me above all." This is where the banging begins and the sparks start to fly,
because precisely here is the clash between loyalty to family and loyalty to Jesus.
Jesus will not allow himself to be an appendage or an after thought. ...
10. The Family of a Disciple
Christ is not here advocating repudiation of family. Instead, He insists that our
allegiance be to Him and to His will. Nothing must be allowed to usurp His rightful
position of supremacy in our lives. While it is true that for some a life
unencumbered by family duties may result in more efficient ministry (1
Corinthians 7:1-9, 25-38), family relationships and responsibilities are of great
importance to Him. ...
11. Acquiescence ye Divine!!! സമര്പ്പണം ഗുരോ…….
A bilingual poem dedicated to all the suffering Christians worldwide.
12. Health: Opening to the Supermind Through Lucid Dreaming
Can we personally access the intelligent dimension that creates and orchestrates the
world and tap into that infinite power for love, ideal health and creativity? Dr.
Maurie D. Pressman says, "Yes!" and he presents extraordinary, accessible ways to
reach this storehouse of wisdom and intelligence. ...
13. Recipe: Green Bean and Hazelnut Salad
A great summer salad
14. Perfect Muffin Recipe - Correction
Please correct the baking soda quantity.
15. No Place Like Home: The Little Way of Ruthie Leming
Ruthie, always helping others, received help from them now, accepting her illness
as God's will. "The love that had sustained Ruthie through her cancer, and that now
surrounded and upheld her family, came from somewhere." Rod saw Ruthie's
death reveal a "bright sadness."
"I was able to see," he writes, "the effect of Ruthie's love, given and returned, in
steadfast acts of ordinary faith, hope, and charity. The little way of Ruthie Leming
is the plainest thing in the world, something any of us could choose." ...
16. A Short Course in Happiness
"Some people claim that happiness is all in your DNA or bank account. The truth is
that happiness is largely a matter of everyday choices and actions. There are
straightforward, well-researched and effective things every one of us can do to
create greater happiness in our lives and in the lives of those we care about." ...
17. About Malankara World
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In HIS Service
Dr. Jacob Mathew
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