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FEBRUARY 2009 FRONT PAGE
VOL:08 ISSUE:02
Woman In The Salvation Plan Of God
Dr K.C.Nainan, Atlanta, U.S.A
Challenges Of The Call Of God
By Thomas Mar Timotheos Episcopa
Will Our Earth Be Fortunate To See Another Millennium
By LOL Feature

The Rich Young Man and Jesus (Luke 18:18-27)
By Fr. Dr. Reji Mathew
Nanotechnology Promises And Concerns
By Dr. Rajan M. Thomas
From Cochin To Gibeah Flashback
By Dr. Zac Varghese, London
Develop Higher Taste
By Rev. Dr. Valsan Thampu
Is Organic Evolution A Real Science?
By Dr. Rajan M. Thomas Pennsylvania
Kingdom Of Heaven
By E.S. John Australia
The Unique Bush[Poem]
By Mrs. Aju Tharian New Jersey
The Sacrament Of Baptism
By V. Rev. K. Mathai Cor-Episcopa
Saint George And Eastern Churches In India
By Prof. George Menachery
World Worthy Bearers Of The Good News Of Jesus Our Messiah
By Rev. Dr. John Mathew
Salvation Through Grace [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. John Chacko
Five Brothers Of The Rich Man [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. Varghese Varghese
Wealth For Justice And Glory Of God [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. Kurien Varghese
Crisis For Prosperity Of Gospel [Malayalam]
By H.G. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostomos
My Shepherd[Malayalam Poem]
By M. Yohannan
Looking For God On Brigade Road
By Mini Krishnan, Madras
Perspectives On Mission And Ministry
By Rev. Dr. M.J. Joseph, Trivandrum
Deceitfulness Of Wealth [Malayalam]
By H.G. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios
Refuge Under The Cross [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. Abraham Tharakan
Biography Of Easow Mar Timotheos
By John Joseph Nalloor
Felicitation To H.G. Paulose Mar Milithios
By Editor Dr. Rajan Mathew
Synopsis For Meditation
By V.Rev.Thomas Mundukuzhy

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Christ Is All And In All[Malayalam]
Mrs. Elezebeth Sam
Opening Eyes Reveals Oppertunities[Malayalam]
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DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE
CHALLENGES OF THE CALL OF GOD
Rt. Rev. Thomas Mar Timotheos Episcopa
Diocesan Bishop of Kunnamkulam-Malabar Diocese
Marthoma Church
With the call of God, we should cut down the self made and unholy idols in our life. Honoring the creation than the creator and adorning the given things than the giver are synonymous to idol worshipping. God gives us all a commission to act very unexpectedly and at strange situations. When we return an obedient answer to them the divine calls become effectual and God can make us effectively instrumental for Him. Another important quality we should bear at the call of God is our humility.
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COVER MESSAGE
WOMEN IN THE SALVATION PLAN OF GOD

By Dr K.C.Nainan, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A
In the life and ministry of our Lord, women played a very important part. Our Lord was born as the son of a human virgin mother. For the first time, He revealed himself as the Messiah to a sinful Samaritan woman who preached the good news of her salvation to the people of her town. After the resurrection, the glorified Savior first appeared to a woman, Mary Magdalene. What an honor and privilege to all women he bestowed! On the day of Pentecost the gift of Holy Spirit was poured out to all men and women.
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ARTICLE
FROM COCHIN TO GIBEAH : A FLASHBACK
By Prof. Dr. Zac Varghese, London
Women seem to have no position or dignity in many old contexts, but same situation still exists in many cultures even today. I wonder how many thousands of years that we need to wait to see a gross evolutionary change to remove mans inhumanity to man; calling it a beastly behaviour is not doing justice to beasts. It is time that we learn to worship every woman as a mother and sister. We need glorious rebels and role models in our faith communities today to plead for distributive justice to everyone.
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ARTICLE
NANOTECHNOLOGY : PROMISES AND CONCERNS
By Dr. Rajan M. Thomas Pennsylvania, USA
Nano-technology leads man to create machines that will shape things at the molecular level. From this ability he may be able to develop molecular-sized computers and robots, which could shape the physical world minutely. Religious community opposes the nano-technology with a misnomer that it will distort the world through uncontrollable alteration. While religion is an exploration for eternal truth, Science is only an exploration of materialistic truths within the eternal truth. Above all, social commitment of science and religion is a common ground that is the betterment of humanity.
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ARTICLE
THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
By V. Rev. K. Mathai Cor-Episcopa
Since the beginning of Christianity Baptism has been considered and practiced as an essential means of Grace and Salvation. Baptism is an initial step to eternal life and it is the last commandment of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In the early church both adults and children were baptized. Baptism is an initiation into the membership of the church and thus as the part of the Body of Christ. Children are capable of realizing divine presence and receiving Gods grace.
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ARTICLE
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
By E.S. John, Australia
Though Heaven is hidden from our bodily eyes, it is like a treasure that is present within us also. Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it. Love creates, whereas hatred destroys ones salvation, friendship and our own inner and external lifestyle. Whereas the gate pass for the admission into that arena of eternal peace is the pre-puberty life culture of purity, innocence, humility and serene and selfless love towards God.
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ARTICLE
SAINT GEORGE AND EASTERN CHURCHES OF INDIA
By Prof. George Menacherry
St. George is very much honored by the Eastern Orthodox Church. His major feast day is on April 23. There are numerous churches dedicated to Saint George in India. The devotion to St. George is very popular in India especially in Kerala. It might appear strange but is true that while the English patron saint's name is the most popular in Kerala, in England itself the most popular and most common baptismal or Christian name is that of the father of Kerala Christianity viz. Thomas.
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SERMON
WORLD-WORTHY BEARERS OF THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS, OUR MESSIAH
By Rev. John Mathew, Canada
The world is becoming a tough place to survive. Thats why we must world-proof our children, even adults. Jesus indisputably acknowledged this in his ecumenical or high priestly prayer: I dont ask you to take my followers out of this world, but keep them safe from the evil one. May we like the salt for and light to the world in which we are called to live. May God grant us grace to be worthy to live as salt and light on earth.
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POEM
THE UNIQUE BUSH
By Mrs. Aju Tharian, New Jersey
This is on my way to work
I travel thru this path often
But never struck to me, until today
May be the red light, made me stop.
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SYNOPSIS-SERIES
SYNOPSIS FOR MEDITATION-FEBRUARY

By V. Rev. Thomas P. Mundukuzhy Cor Episcopa
Mayaltho : The Presentation Of Infant Jesus In The Temple [Luke 2:22-40]
First Sunday after Mayaltho [Matthew 4:12-22]
The Fast Of Nineveh
Remembrance Of The Departed Clergy [Matthew 24:42-51]
Remembrence Of All Faithful Departed [Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 12:32-48; John 5:19-29]
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ARTICLE [MALAYALAM]
SALVATION THROUGH GRACE
By Rev. Fr. John Chacko
The inn and innkeeper in the parable of Good Samaritan is synonymous to the Holy Church and Good Samaritan to Jesus. Salvation is a gift of God through His grace of God. Through baptism we enter into the experience of salvation and by our faith and life we bring this experience to perfection. Experience of salvation should be affirmed by us and it should neither be neglected nor discarded.
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ARTICLE [MALAYALAM]
FIVE BROTHERS OF THE RICH MAN
By Rev. Fr. Varghese Varghese
The five brothers of the rich man in the Parable of Rich man and Lazarus are the symbol of the worldly people who put their eyes for the selfish nature. The first brother is a selfish man who not ready to share with. Second brother is extravagant. Enjoyment is the face mark of contemporary society. Another brother is the one who exploits power. Other symbol is hypocrites.
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POEM [MALAYALAM]
GOOD SHEPHERD
By M. Yohannan Faridabad
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name''s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
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