Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
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Theme: 4th Sun After New Sunday, Discipleship
Volume 7 No. 416 May 19, 2017

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Foreword

God's promises do not change. We can bet our life on it! ...

I. This Sunday in Church: 4th Sunday After The New Sunday

2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (May 21)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Lectionary/Lec_4th-sunday-after-new-sunday.htm

3. Sermons for This Sunday (May 21)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Sermons/Sermon-of-the-week_4th-sunday-after-new-sunday.htm

4. Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Discipleship

Volume 7 No 393 Jan 13 2017
Theme: Calling Disciples

Volume 6 No 371 Sep 7 2016
St. Mary and Discipleship

Volume 6 No 351 May 27 2016
Theme: Discipleship, Eternal Peace

Volume 5 No 289: June 5 2015
Sword, Peace and Discipleship

Volume 4 No 245: November 7, 2014
Theme: Discipleship - Taking Up Your Cross

Volume 4 No 224: June 20, 2014
Theme: Discipleship - Challenges and Sacrifice

Volume 4 No 220: May 24, 2014
Discipleship

Volume 3 No 154: August 1, 2013
Theme: Evangelism/Discipleship

Volume 3 No 145: May 30 2013
Theme: Cost of Discipleship

Volume 3 No 140: May 2 2013
Focus: Christian Persecution And Discipleship

Volume 3 No 120: Jan 17 2013
Theme: Discipleship

II. Lectionary Reflections: Luke 9:51-62

5. Counting the Cost of Discipleship

Jesus has never painted a rosy picture for His disciples but has told them the truth about their commitment to Him. He continues, in this text, to share with them what they are about to get into. He's not trying to discourage them from following, but He does want them to know up front what the cost will be. ...

6. Choices: Letting the Dead Bury Their Own Dead

Can you offer a time or times when you chose to leave 'burying the dead' behind and chose instead to be about "proclaiming the kingdom of God?" What did that look like for you? ...

7. Following Jesus?

Our ability to continue to serve others is not based on the results we see, but rather on the hope that is firmly grounded in Christ's victory over death itself, which demonstrates "that there is light on the other side of darkness." ...

8. Setting Our Face Towards Paradox

There is only one way to fully embrace love. It is to walk away from sin, and from unwelcome; it is to wipe off the dust. We let God take care of the paradox or we become the sinner. ...

III. Featured Articles: Discipleship

9. Giving Up Everything…Except Christ

When Jesus uses the title disciple in bible, it is synonymous with Christian. A Christian is a disciple and there are no Christians who are not disciples. A disciple isn't a super Christian or something you become after you're saved. A disciple is a Christian. ...

10. Being Chosen

God is the one who calls people into relationship with Himself and to their calling in life. It is for His purposes, not ours. Jesus chose each of his disciples. They did not choose Jesus, Jesus chose them. ...

11. Discipleship and Detachment

The choice to embrace the Gospel is serious business. We are not called to be part time Christians or mere Sunday Christians who give the appearance of discipleship but in truth never let the core message of the Lord truly change our hearts and minds. ...

12. Jars of Clay

What kind of God, indeed what kind of religion, takes fallen and broken human beings and includes them as key players in the plan of salvation? .. God became one of us - filling jars of clay with immeasurable treasure. It is the uniqueness of the divine-human allegiance that keeps me believing. ..

13. The Servant's Primary Goal

I must learn to relate everything to the primary goal, maintaining it without interruption. ...

IV. General Weekly Features

14. Family Special: Five Essentials for Moms

There is no more important job in the universe than to raise a child to love God, live productively, and serve humanity. The responsibilities of effective parenthood are staggeringly heavy at times. ...

15. Family Special: The Christian Family is a Domestic Church

We actually live in Church. We were baptized into the Lord and we now live in His Body. The Christian family IS a church, the smallest and most vital cell of that Body. The extended church community is a family of families. ...

16. Self Improvement: How to Change Your Course in Life

Discipline and freedom are not mutually exclusive, but mutually dependent, because without discipline you would sink into chaos. ...

17. Inspiration: Your Dream Power

Danny thought he knew every piece in the puzzle and when those pieces did not fall in place, I would tell him, "Danny there is a reason this happened and eventually we will find the answer." Make life an adventure and realize that you are not in control as much as you would like to believe. ...

18. Why Indians Don't Give Back to Society

Some characteristics unite Indians. The most visible is our opportunism. ...

19. About Malankara World

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