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APRIL 2010 FRONT PAGE
VOL:09 ISSUE:04
The Tree Is Known By Its Fruits (Luke 6:44)
Dr K.C.Nainan, Atlanta, U.S.A
St. Stephen - The ProtoMartyr Of Christianity
By Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus Suffragan Metropolitan
What Shall I do? Go And Do Likewise!
By Rev. Dr. Valsan Thampu

The Kingdom Of Heaven And Aham Brahmasmi
By Mini Krishanan
Charity And Social Action - Easter 2010
By Prof. Dr. Zac Varghese
The Family Who Surmounted The Deluge [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. Dr. T.J. Joshua
Healing Of The Bent Woman [Malayalam]
By V. Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Ramban
Awakening Message Of Prophet Jonah [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. Kurien Daniel
Will Our Earth Be Fortunate To See Another Millennium
By LOL Feature
Nanotechnology Promises And Concerns
By Dr. Rajan M. Thomas
Seek And You Shall Find
By Rev. Dr. Valsan Thampu
Chrysostom Thirumeni A Model Of Retired Life
By Dr. Zac Varghese, London
Medium Of Worship
By E.S. John Australia
You Are Chosen Generation
By Dr. George K. Zachariah
Why Good People Suffer?
By Mrs. Aju Tharian New Jersey
Church - The Place Of Worship [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. Dr. T.J. Joshua
Crisis For Prosperity Of Gospel [Malayalam]
By H.G. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostomos
God Of Consolation [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. Dr. T.J. Joshua
What God Hath Joined Together [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. John Chacko
Is Organic Evolution A Real Science?
By Dr. Rajan M. Thomas Pennsylvania
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
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
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
Felicitation To H.G. Paulose Mar Milithios
By Editor Dr. Rajan Mathew
Synopsis For Meditation
By V.Rev.Thomas Mundukuzhy

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Opening Eyes Reveals Oppertunities[Malayalam]
Rev. Dr. Valsan Thampu
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ST. STEPHEN - THE PROTOMARTYR OF CHRISTIANITY
H.G. Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus Suffragan Metropolitan
Diocesian Metropolitan of Chengannur-Mavelikara Diocese
Marthoma Church
The first martyr of the Holy Church, Stephen was the crown of the cloud of the saints. Stephen witnessed Christ in public with his arguments replete with the Divine energy of the Scriptural authorities. In short, the theme of Stephen's discourse before the Council of Sanhedrin was, 'God outside Jerusalem and God outside Temple'. At the time of his martyrship Stephen experienced a theophany in that he saw both the Father and the Son in an open heaven. In the long chronicle of Christian martyrs, the story of Stephen stands out as one of the most moving and memorable.
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THE TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS FRUITS [ST. LUKE 6:44]

By Dr K.C.Nainan, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A
A believer’s thoughts, words, actions and lifestyles show the power and witness of salvation. A saved Christian is a new creation. He is a newly grafted branch in the wounds of the divine Vine of Christ to dwell forever and produce fruits to glorify our Heavenly Father. When we surrender and live in Christ Jesus, we will produce fruits of Spirit for God’s glory!
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WHAT SHALL I DO? [PART 1]
Go and Do Likewise!
By Rev. Dr. Valsan Thampu
Encountering God activates the essence of our humanity. Alienation with God cripples our dynamism. Alienation is a state of spiritual paralysis. We cannot do any good in respect of what we are alienated from. We cannot worship God “in spirit and in truth” if our knowing and doing are not integrated. God comes seeking after us to rescue us from hiding. Our encountering God activates the spiritual need “to do”.
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THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AND AHAM BRAHMASMI
By Mini Krishnan - Oxford University Press, Madras
The similarity between Christ’s teachings as seen in the Gospels and the YajurVeda Mahavakya are so striking that it is unsurprising to learn how the Brahmin Scholars in Tirunelveli responded to the 17th century Italian missionary Roberto Di Nobili. They listened carefully to the Good News he brought and said that they saw nothing new, startling or threatening in it. Their own scriptures said the same things and had said it some millennia before. Had their visitor heard? He had not.
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CHARITY AND SOCIAL ACTION - EASTER 2010
By Prof. Dr. Zac Varghese, London
It takes a courageous and insightful group of people to discern the difference between real need and the people who use charity as a crutch to get through an unfortunate life. Charity without establishing justice is unrealistic. During the Lent period we should reflect on two events: first, we should look inside ourselves and see the transfigured and risen-Christ; secondly, we should look out and see the Earth with all its problems and potential possibilities through the grace of risen-Christ. We need a very special sensitivity to see the needs of all creation and taking the basic steps to alleviate those needs.
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SYNOPSIS-SERIES
SYNOPSIS FOR MEDITATION-APRIL

By Late V. Rev. Thomas P. Mundukuzhy Cor Episcopa
Lent V: The Bent Woman : St. Luke 13:10-17
Lent VI: The Blind Man : St. John 9:1-41
40th Friday of Lent: St. Luke 4:1-13; Matthew 4:1-11
Lazarus Saturday: St. John 11:1-46
Palm Sunday: Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; St. Luke 19:28-34; St. John 12-19
Passover : St. Luke 22:14-30; St. John 6:41-63
Good Friday: St. Matthew 26-27; St. Mark 14-15; St. Luke 22-23; St. John 18-19
Good/Great Saturday: St. Matthew 27:57-66; St. Mark 15:42-16:1; St. Luke 23:50-56; St. John 19:31-42
Resurrection Sunday: St. Matthew 28:1-20; St. Mark 16:1FF; St. Luke 24:1FF; St. John 20:1FF
First Sunday After Easter: St. John 20:19-31
Second Sunday After Easter: St. John 21:1-14
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ARTICLE [MALAYALAM]
THE FAMILY WHO SURMOUNTED THE DELUGE
By Rev. Fr. Dr. T. J. Joshua - Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam
After the deluge a new generation emerged out. While Adam was the father of nations before the deluge, Noah was the father of the generations after the deluge. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. He found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Noah never got blemished with the wickedness of the surrounding society and environment. Noah did according to all that God had commanded him. God remembered Noah and redeemed him at the real time.
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ARTICLE [MALAYALAM]
HEALING OF THE BENT WOMAN
By V. Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Ramban - Superior, St. Paul's Ashram, Mavelikkara
Our Lord Jesus gave a miraculous cure for a woman that had been long under a spirit of infirmity by which she was bowed together for eighteen years. Though she was under this infirmity, by which she was much deformed, and made to look mean, and not only so, but, as is supposed, motion was very painful to her, yet she went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day. When Jesus saw her, he called her to him. He bestowed His caring, sharing and identifying love to her and released her from her bondage.
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ARTICLE [MALAYALAM]
AWAKENING MESSAGE OF PROPHET JONAH
By Rev. Fr. Kurien Daniel - Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta
In the book of Jonah we see a series of repentance and deliverance. There brief utterances of Jonah in the ship give us awakening prophetic messages. The bold identification Jonah gave about himself to the ship-master indicates the spiritual integrity of Jonah with God: I am a Hebrew; I worship the God who made the Land and Sea. He put himself into their hands, to cast him into the sea, and assured them that then the sea would be calm, and not otherwise. Through this Jonah spoke the language of true penitents.
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