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VOL:07 ISSUE:07
Christ Is The Only Bridge To Heaven
Dr K.C.Nainan, Atlanta, U.S.A
Are We Not Brothers?
By Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus
Will Our Earth Be Fortunate To See Another Millennium
By LOL Feature

Life of an Inter-Testamental Theologian
By Fr. Dr. Reji Mathew
Butterfly Effect
By Dr. Zac Varghese, London
Valliya-Ettan
By Mini Krishnan, Madras
Perspectives On Mission And Ministry
By Rev. Dr. M.J. Joseph, Trivandrum
Unforgivable Sin
By E.S. John Australia
Destination Unknown Loving God And Loving This Church
By Rev. Dr. John T. Mathew
My Grace Is Sufficient For You -Chapter 6 [Malayalam]
By Fr. Dr. K.M. George
A Song-Of-Bow of David [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. Titus John
The Deceitfulness Of Riches Part-2 [Malayalam]
By Geevarghese Mar Osthathios
Jesus Coming [Malayalam Poem]
By M. Yohannan
Refuge Under The Cross [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. Abraham Tharakan
Living On Gods Design Part 3 : Larger Freedom: Descipline And Freedom
By Dr. George Zachariah
GodsTime, MansTime :Whose Time?
By Rev. Dr. Valsan Thampu
Biography Of Easow Mar Timotheos
By John Joseph Nalloor
God With Us [Malayalam]
By Rt. Rev. Bishop K.P. Kuruvilla
The Spiritual Warfare And Its Weapons [Malayalam]
By Rev. Fr. T.J. Joshua
The Infinite Power Of The Faith In God
By Mathews Mar Barnabas
Faith And Family - Series 14
By Rev. Dr. Valsan Thampu
Felicitation To Most. Rev. Major ArchBishop Issac Mar Clemmes
By Editor Dr. Rajan Mathew
Felicitation To H.G. Paulose Mar Milithios
By Editor Dr. Rajan Mathew
Holy Mysteries In the Holy Bible[English] - Part 3
By Mor Basalios Marthoma Mathews II
Holy Mysteries In the Holy Bible[Malayalam] - Part 3
By Mor Basalios Marthoma Mathews II
Justification Through Jesus [Malayalam]
By Rev. Rajkumar
Synopsis For Meditation
By V.Rev.Thomas Mundukuzhy

No Fruits On The Mango Tree [Poem]
By Rev. Dr. M.J. Joseph Trivandrum

Spilt Godly Love [Poem]
By M. Yohannan Faridabad

Spilt Milk : Poem
By Mrs. Aju Tharian New Jersey

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Christ Is All And In All[Malayalam]
Mrs. Elezebeth Sam
Opening Eyes Reveals Oppertunities[Malayalam]
Rev. Dr. Valsan Thampu
H.H. Basalios Marthoma Mathews II - Sixth Catholicose
LOL Feature
Arch Bishop Geevarghese Mar Ivanios
LOL Feature
Why Start Tomorrow - Poem
By Dr. Zac Varghese London
Sarah Chacko - A Voice of Women in the Ecumenical Movement
By C. Alex Alexander, MD
Death Of Death - Malayalam Poem
By John Kunnathu
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TRIBUTE
LOL Family pay tribute to Mr. Jacob Yesudasan Nedumancavu, former Editor of Light of Life, who passed away on June 25, 2008 at Detroit.
DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE
'ARE WE NOT BROTHERS?'
Rt. Rev. Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus Suffragan Metropolitan
Diocesian Metropolitan of Chengannur-Mavelikara Diocese
Marthoma Church
One of the causes for the restlessness of our contemporary society is an indecent and improper riches. Exactly as the poverty is a big setback for the society, the riches are also a burden. The riches should not turn out as catalyst for breaking relations. Worldly wealth is given to us as a steward. It is not for the self-use, but it is to share with others; by which the giver and the taker both get joy out of it. The Christian way is not grabbing but it is sharing.
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COVER MESSAGE
CHRIST IS THE ONLY BRIDGE TO HEAVEN

By Dr K.C.Nainan, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A
Jesus is the only sacrificial lamb by whose death every human being is reconciled to the Father. Gods Son became the Son of Man to become the only Bridge, the only Way, or the only Door through which any man and every man is invited to Heaven. We have to love all people irresptive of religion, color, race or nationality. But Christian teaching should remain pure and holy. Christianity is not a religion, it is the Kingdom of God came from Heaven!
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BIBLE STUDY SERIES
LIFE OF AN INTER-TESTAMENTAL THEOLOGIAN
By Fr. Dr. Reji Mathew, STOTS Nagpur
The thirst for wisdom is something which distinguishes an academician from an activist. The Inter-Testamental theologian gives more emphasis for the past scholarship. A theologian should have the intellectual curiosity, patience to go through different resources and an analytical mind. Debates and dialogues are good methods for studying things. Travelling is one of the best means for attaining wisdom. Theologian should be a man of devotion, who maintains a regular and intimate relation-ship with the Divine. An effective theologian is able to communicate both verbally and literally. A theologian should have a good reputation.
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ARTICLE
BUTTERFLY EFFECT
By Dr. Zac Varghese, London
Hospitality is a major theme in the Old Testament. In the New Testament Jesus has become the reason for hospitality and creates a season for hospitality through out Galilee. From the beginning of ministry of Jesus, He became the medium for hospitality. One of the major emphases in Christianity is moving away from hostility and creating hospitality. In the fields of Mission and evangelism there is an urgent need for greater understanding of other faiths to move away from hostility to hospitality to create wider ecumenism.
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ARTICLE
VALLIYA -ETTAN
By Mini Krishnan, Madras
I stood on my toes and examined the picture of gods carefully for signs of a cross. No. No sign of blood or pain in the picture, no long faces, instead, everyone was dressed in silks and jewels and looked very happy. In an epiphanic moment I realized that Our Father was everyones father. if Our Father was everyones father, then Jesus who was Our Fathers son had to be my Valliya Ettan.
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ARTICLE
PERSPECTIVES ON MISSION AND MINISTRY
By Rev. Dr. M.J. Joseph, Trivandrum
The credibility of the Church has become very low because it has lost its 'being' and thereby it projects a blurred image of mission in the world. God calls the Church in each generation to interpret the message of the Kingdom with challenging relevance. Forgiveness and reconciliation are Gods agenda of mission. We shall not be able to achieve social justice without justice for natural environment; we shall not be able to achieve justice for nature without social justic
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ARTICLE
UNFORGIVABLE SIN
By E.S. John, Australia
Every sin and blaspheme will be forgiven men, but the blaspheme against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. The Almighty Father is likely to forgive our sins committed against Jesus and to other men due to the Sons sacrifice.
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SERMON
DESTINATION UNKNOWN - LOVING GOD AND LOVING THE CHURCH
By Rev. Dr. John T. Mathew, Canada
Consecrated Christian formation of ones disposition is all about growing in the grace of God, becoming more like Jesus, learning to live a holy life and increasing in love for God for all Gods creatures. The community that Jesus expects for his disciples is a gathering of healed people blessed to enjoy an abundantly dynamic life. Exhortation of Jesus to follow Him means to take up the Cross and follow Him.
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POEM
THE MORGUE
By Aju Tharian, New Jersey
The word morgue is scary to most of them
Although there are many, who aren't scared too.
If not for the Morgue,
where can we store the dead?
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SYNOPSIS-SERIES
SYNOPSIS FOR MEDITATION-JULY

By V. Rev. Thomas P. Mundukuzhy Cor Episcopa
Seventh Sunday After Pentecost : St. Mark 3:20-30
Eight Sunday After Pentecost : St. John 6:47-59
Nineth Sunday After Pentecost : St. Luke 14:7-11
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost : St. Matthew 18:1-4
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MALAYALAM SECTION:
ARTICLE [MALAYALAM]
A SONG-OF-BOW OF DAVID
By Rev. Fr. Titus John
David was a man of excellent spirit. He was very generous to Saul, his sworn enemy. Charity teaches us to make the best we can of every body and to say nothing of those of whom we can say no good, especially when they are gone. David made his lamentations into poem to make it more moving and affecting and for Israelites to sing. Holy Qurbana, our life, marriage these all are mysteries and we are singing the songs-of-bow during these mysteries of our life.
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ARTICLE [MALAYALAM]
MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU - CHAPTER 6
SOME IMPORTANT GOSPEL PORTIONS
By Fr. Dr. K.M. George And Mrs. Mariam Philiph George
Seek not what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.
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ARTICLE [MALAYALAM]
THE DECEITFULNESS OF RICHES - PART 2
By H.G. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios
The King Ahab was discontent with his possessions and he desired to add to it. Discontent is a sin that is its own punishment and makes men torment themselves; it makes the spirit sad, the body sick, and all the enjoyments sour; it is the heaviness of the heart and the rottenness of the bones. The deceit of riches had made the king to covet neighbors property and it led him for a murder. Gehazis sin was the love of money, which is the root of all evils. Coveting worldly wealth, have erred Gehazi from the faith and brought devastation for himself.
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POEM [MALAYALAM]
JESUS COMING
By M. Yohannan Faridabad
And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, 'Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.' Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen
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POETRY [MALAYALAM]
PSALMS 90, 91 AND 94
By John Kunnathu
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. LORD is my defence; and my God [is] the rock of my refuge.
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