Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from an Orthodox Perspective
Malankara World Journal Abstracts
Theme: Pharisees vs. Jesus - Hypocrisy vs. Service/Humility
Volume 6 No. 379 October 14, 2016

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Refugeees in Asti 2 camp in Erbil, Iraq
Christian refugees in Asti2 camp in Erbil, Iraq. Every caravan has a large crucifix,
often illuminated, outside, and items of devotion inside. It is remarkable that
in spite of the severe hardships they face, the refugees haven't lost their faith and
still feel secure in the shelter offered by God.

Photo courtesy of Edward Pentin, correspondent, (c) NC


I. This Sunday in Church

1. Bible Readings for This Sunday (October 16)

2. Sermons for This Sunday (October 16)

II. Lectionary Reflections

3. Hypocrisy of the Pharisees - Gospel Analysis

The essence of the religion of the Pharisees was to maximize the minutia of the mandates from the Old Testament and to minimize doing mercy, kindness and justice (the love of God and neighbor.) ...

4. Saints in The Hands of a Humble Heaven

The God revealed in Jesus Christ has a character of gentleness, humility, and hospitality. Rather than holding us like spiders over the pit of a fiery hell or waiting, ruler in hand, to smite us lest we make a mistake, the God revealed in Jesus reaches down to pull us up. ...

5. Eager To Serve

Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve...

6. America and 'The Door of Humility'

Few virtues of life could be more necessary than humility. The prophet Micah said that it is an essential requirement of God: "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8). ...

7. Before Honor Is Humility: The Story of Andrew

Andrew seems more concerned with serving than building his reputation. His attitude was opposite that of James and John when they asked to be first in the Kingdom. There were times when some of the disciples would haggle over who would be the greatest, but Andrew was not involved in these debates. He did not press for a conspicuous place of honor. His emphasis was on the work of Jesus Christ. He exemplifies quiet humble labor, "not with eye service as men-pleasers" (Ephesians 6:6; Colossians 3:22), but service from the heart. ...

III. General Weekly Features

8. Christian Persecution: With Final Words, Christian Girl Begs Forgiveness for ISIS for Killing Her

The young daughter of an Iraqi Christian family burned alive by ISIS used her final moments in her mother's arms to beg forgiveness for her killers. ...

9. Family Special: 5 Traits of Kids Who Keep Following Christ as Adults

Ask any Christian parent what their dying wish would be, and they will tell you, "That my children will love and follow Jesus." Unfortunately, many parents face the unbearable experience of watching their children leave the faith they grew up learning. ...

10. Christian Life: How to Apply a Psalm to Your Life

God has given us the book of Psalms to show us the humanity of the Psalmist and to remind us of where our hope must be placed. The Psalms remind us that even David, a man after God's own heart, had failures and was cleansed, worshiped freely, had many times where he didn't know what to do, and proclaimed his trust in His God despite the scary circumstances around him. ..

11. Career: Reliability

Reliability is that wonderful quality some people have that means they do what they say they will do. They not only do it, but they do it when they say they will, with a sense of commitment and a positive attitude. They are trustworthy and their word is their bond. ...

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