CHRISTIAN NEWS MAGAZINE FOR KERALA MALAYALEE CHRISTIANS FROM INDIA AROUND THE WORLD
NOVEMBER 2006 FRONT PAGE
VOL:5 ISSUE:11
DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE
THE NEW CULTURE OF THE CROSS
By H.G. Yuhanon Mor Meletius
[Diocesian Metropolitan of Trissur Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
In the new culture based on the Cross of Christ, law never would become the final word. Rather, law shall work as a tool to make the culture established. What is primary is the relationship between each of the elements in creation. In the new law physical killing is not differentiated from the emotional or psychological torture and annihilation. The Culture of the Cross-is the culture of a just relationship and reconciliation.
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COVER MESSAGE
COME TO ME...YOU WILL FIND REST
By Dr K.C.Nainan, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A
It is a very bold and authoritative invitation to everyone who is tired of burdens and worries of life. Along with this invitation, our Lord is offering comfort and consolation, rest and certainty. For every believer He has promised His own Holy Spirit to dwell within us and help us out in our all struggles. He is our own liberator from the power of sin, death and Satan.
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ARTICLE
FAITH AND FAMILY - SERIES 12 : FAMILY, SICKNESS AND CARING
By Rev. Dr. Valsan Thampu
We should develop a positive and spiritually sound attitude to sickness and caring in the family. Sickness activates the logic of reciprocity in family life. Human life is designed on the logic of inter-dependence. Sin corrupts this reciprocal inter-dependence into a one-way traffic. Jesus linked healing with faith. It is important for parents to realize that sickness in the family is an opportunity to train children in the art of caring.
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ARTICLE
THE PURPOSE OF OUR EXISTENCE
By H.G. Mathews Mar Barnabas
Even if we gain the whole world and do not achieve the purpose of our existence, our life is a complete failure. The purpose of our existence is to grow to perfection and to make earth a heaven. It was to redeem us from sin and perfect us in God's image that our Lord lay down His life. Through the Holy Baptism and Holy Christination, we receive the Holy Spirit. Through the continued working of our Lord and the Holy Spirit in us, we have to crucify our old man daily.
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ARTICLE
PEACE THROUGH WAR
By E.S. John Australia
As Jesus is the Prince of peace, any killing is the violation of Godís sixth Commandment. As everyoneís fate depends on Godís benevolence, man has no right to annihilate others either in wars or in personal disputes. The infusion of Heavenly love that kindles everything into celestial ecstasy is the language of the whole created universe. Peace is a byproduct of the inner equilibrium that is harnessed by oneís association with the Infinite. Glory to God and good will towards mankind is the formula for reaching that height.
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ARTICLE
CHRISTIANITY YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
By Rev. John T. Mathew - Canada
The life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus (God saves), born ad raised in the Roman territory of Palestine about 2,000 years ago, are the very foundation of this faith. Soon after the Day of Pentecost, services were held on the day of resurrection which consisted of scripture and prayer as well as two sacraments or ordinances-the outward and tangible signs of inward and invisible realities-namely Baptism and the Holy Supper / Communion. Baptism is a metaphor for oneís entrance into the faith community and partaking the elements of bread and wine/grape juice symbolize Jesusí sacrificial death. Thus the worshippers are connected to the body of Jesus Christ, the church.
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SYNOPSIS-SERIES
SYNOPSIS FOR MEDITATION-NOVEMBER
By V. Rev. Thomas P. Mundukuzhy Cor Episcopa
Sanctification/Consecration Sunday : St. Matthew 16:13-23 : Annunciation To Zechariah : Luke 1:1-25 : Dedication Sunday (Hoodos Etho) : St.Luke 19:47-20:8 : Annunciation To St. Mary : Luke 1:26-38
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FELICITATION
H. B. PAULOSE MAR MILITHIOS CATHOLICOSE DESIGNATE
By Editor Dr. Rajan Mathew, Philadelphia
His Grace Paulose Mar Milithios Metropolitan, was unanimously elected successor to the Catholicose of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Baseliose Mar Thoma Didymos I. Mar Paulose Milithios is the third distinguished son of Kunnamkulam gifted for the Malankara Orthodox Church. On May 15, 1985 Ramban Paul was ordained as a Bishop with title Paulose Mar Milithios at the age of thirty-six. He is the first Metropolitan after parumala Thirumeni who was ordained Bishop below age of forty.
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NEWS
CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS
Courtesy To ENI As Source
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MALAYALAM SECTION:
SERMON [MALAYALAM]
THE GREATEST AMONG BORN OF WOMEN
By Rev. Fr. V.O. Abraham
John was the forerunner of the Messiah, and was himself prophesied of in the Old Testament: This is he of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send my messenger before thy face.' He was sent as a messenger to give notice of his coming, and prepare people to receive him. Jesus witnessed John the Baptist as the greatest prophet ever born. Prophets were the greatest that were born of women, more honourable than kings and princes, and John was the greatest of all the prophets. And yet he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. The meanest of those that follow the Christ far excel the greatest of those that went before him.
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POEM [MALAYALAM]
HEAVEN APPEARS HELL
By John Kunnathu
Christ was crucified between two thieves, and in them were represented the different effects which the cross of Christ would have upon the people. One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him. But the other rebuked him for his abuse. Now the cross of Christ is to some a savour of life unto life, to others of death unto death. To them that perish it is foolishness, but to them that are saved it is the wisdom of God and the power of God.
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