CHRISTIAN NEWS MAGAZINE FOR KERALA MALAYALEE CHRISTIANS FROM INDIA AROUND THE WORLD
MAY 2008 FRONT PAGE
VOL:07 ISSUE:05
DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
By H.G. Mathews Mar Barnabas Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of American Diocese Malankara Orthodox Church]
Real love is unconditional and selfless. Our Lord is forgiving us and blessing us in every way. What we have to do is only to open our hearts to Him. He is knocking at the doors of our hearts. The same Lord full of unconditional love asks us to have the same love for others. Only when we have this selfless and unconditional love, we can have real and full heavenly bliss.
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COVER MESSAGE
DOING NOTHING IS A SERIOUS SIN
By Dr K.C.Nainan, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A
Lack of caring and indifference for our fellow-human beings in our society who really need help and doing nothing for them is a serious sin. James in his epistle emphasized that faith without work is dead. Being labeled and called as Christians is not going to help us to be partners and citizens of Kingdom of God. We are called to be the true witnesses of our Savior and Living God in this world as well as in the other world.
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ARTICLE
THE SPIRITUAL LIFE OF A STUDENT
By Fr. Dr. Reji Mathew, STOTS Nagpur
Fear of Lord is the beginning of wisdom. All wisdome oriinate from God.All worldly knowledge explore the depth of the universe created by God. Discipline is something which makes one a disciple. Laziness is the biggest enemy of a disciplined person. The religious leaders should be spiritual and guardians of morality.
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ARTICLE
WHERE IS GOD WHEN WE NEED HIM?
By Prof. Dr. Zac Varghese, London
Our life on earth should be a mission which reveal the reliability of a living God. In this process, under Godís grace, our life should become the answer to the universal question, 'Where is the God?'. Jesus Christ is the ultimate affirmation of the presence of God being with us, Immanuel, as a real person not as a thunder, lightening, wind, or burning bush but as a person you might walk and talk with us in feeble voice.
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ARTICLE
BLESSED ARE THE PERSECUTED
By E.S. John Australia
Jesus is the only one who bought salvation for the soul at the expense of His own blood that is shed by His own children. God sends His special messengers for redirecting the derailed majority from time to time, so that He wants a remnant to be saved at the end of the day. All the prophets and apostles carried the yoke of afflictions that was inflicted by the common mass that has no feeling of affection or mercy; all the tortured ones dreamt for a life of Heavenly Jerusalem and wait in procession in the mid-air.
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ARTICLE
LIVING ON GOD'S DESIGN - SERIES 2 LARGER FREEDOM : OUR CHRISTIAN CALLING
By Dr. George Zachariah, Washington
At the center of the Christian faith is the experience of liberation, the reality of freedom, the basis and promise of human rights. Christian freedom is not an abstraction. It is a gift of grace. It comes with the acknowledgment of Godís claim over us. It is a pre-requisite for responsibility and maturity. Freedom depends on our living in the Word, on a living relationship with God. We are called to be apostles of freedom in the power of the Risen Christ.
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SYNOPSIS-SERIES
SYNOPSIS FOR MEDITATION-MAY
By V. Rev. Thomas P. Mundukuzhy Cor Episcopa
Fifth Sunday After Easter (Sunday Before Ascension) : [Luke 9:51-62]
Mothers' Day (Second Sunday of May)
Sunday After Ascension/ Before Pentecost : [Mark 10:17-22]
Pentecost : [John 4:10-24; 14:1-18; 15:1-14; 16:5FF]
Golden Friday : [Matthew 19:23-30]
First Sunday After Pentecost : [John 6:26-35]
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NEWS
CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS - MAY 2008
Courtesy To ENI As Source
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MALAYALAM SECTION:
ARTICLE
RETURN TO GOD
By Rev. Fr. Mohan V. George
Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But you said, Wherein shall we return? God is one who desrve worship as He is our creator. We are friends of God if we do what He command us. Jesus love the unlovable. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Man's extremity is God's oppertunity. God loves us in all circumstances. He loved us to that extent that He gave His life for us.
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ARTICLE
MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU - CHAPTER 3 : PRAYERS FOR MEDITATION
By Fr. Dr. K.M. George And Mariam Philiph George
Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.
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ARTICLE
GOD WITH US
By Rt. Rev. Bishop K.P. Kuruvilla
The Virgin shall be with Child and shall bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, 'God with us'. Here the Old Testament prophecies had their accomplishment in our Lord Jesus, for this was he to whom all the prophets bore witness. Now the scripture that was fulfilled in the birth of Christ was that promise of a sign, which God gave to king Ahaz. In the bringing of God and man together as per design of God, bring us to be with God, which is our great happiness.
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POEM
MY UNIQUE JESUS
By M. Yohannan Faridabad
Jesus is the only one who gave His life for us. Jesus is the only one who renounced heaven to wipe out the tears of man. Jesus is the only one who prayed for his persecutors. Jesus is the only one who resurrected by breaking the seal of the tomb. Jesus is the only one who promised that He would come again.
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POETRY
PSALMS 63, 82 AND 84
By John Kunnathu
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers. How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
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