Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
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Themes: Bread of Life, The Parable of the Sower/Four Soils, 1st Sunday After Pentecost
Volume 7 No. 420 June 9, 2017

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A Garden in Progress in America's North Coast - Photo by Jacob Mathew
A Garden Under Preparation in America's North Coast

The so called "Growing Season" has just started in Northern part of the United States. Being a short season (Typically the growing season here ends in August end), the seeds are started indoors during late winter and saplings are planted. In Gardens such as this in Hudson Ohio, the soil is generally prepared in advance and all the weeds are removed. So, how the plants will grow depends mostly on how the garden is tended during the summer months than the Sower in ancient Palestine would have encountered. Reflecting on the bible passage this week, it occurs to me that the condition of the gardening process in North Coast vs. the planting in Palestine in Jesus' time provide us a glimpse of the condition of the church in the respective period too. A curbside evangelism may resemble the Parable of the Soils given by Jesus. Well organized Gospel conventions held these days will resemble the garden preparation in America's North Coast.

Photo for Malankara World by Dr. Jacob Mathew

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Foreword

We have to make sure that our hearts are prepared to receive Jesus or 'the logos'. The soil referred to in this parable is the condition of our heart. ...

I. This Sunday in Church (1st Sunday After Pentecost)

2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (June 11)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Lectionary/Lec_1st_sunday-after-pentecost.htm

3. Sermons for This Sunday (June 11)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Sermons/Sermon-of-the-week_1st-sunday-after-pentecost.htm

4. Malankara World Journal Articles with the Theme: I am The Bread of Life

Volume 7 No 415 May 12, 2017
Volume 6 No 345 April 22 2016
Volume 5 No 283: May 1 2015
Volume: 4 No: 200 

I am Statements of Jesus
I am the Bread of Life

I am Statements of Jesus

Several articles on "I am Statements of Jesus" are available in the Malankara World Journal Issue 200 Souvenir Edition. ...

What Am I Hungry For? Meditation on John 6:30-35

II. Featured: Parable of The Sower

5. Luke 8:5-15 - Text

6. What is the meaning of the Parable of the Sower?

The Parable of the Sower (also known as the Parable of the Four Soils) is found in Matthew 13:3-9; Mark 4:2-9; and Luke 8:4-8. After presenting this parable to the multitude, Jesus interprets it for His disciples in Matthew 13:18-23; Mark 4:13-20; and Luke 8:11-15. ...

7. Parable of the Sower

"A sower went out to sow his seed". This "going out" is the incarnation of the Son of God. The seed is the word of God, those words that He spoke...

8. The Parable of the Sower and the Four Categories of those that Hear the Word of God

 The Word of God may be spoken to various kinds of people. However, the results will be different as different is the quality of the heart of the people that hear the Word. ...

9. Malankara World Journals With The Theme: The Parable of the Sower

Volume 6 No 357 July 8 2016
Theme: Parable of The Sower

Volume 4 No 230: August 1, 2014
Theme: The Parable of the Sower

Volume 3 No 156: August 8, 2013
Theme: Kingdom of God

III. General Weekly Features

10. Health: The Four WORST Foot Health Mistakes

Keeping your feet smooth and soft is difficult, even if you're doing EVERYTHING right…

11. Family Special: Seven Lessons Fathers Should Give their Children

What memories are we, as fathers, making for our children? ...

12. Family Special: God's 'Real Man' List

This is just a quick "hit list" of ideals I know that God calls me to pursue to be a "real man" that lives for Him and His glory. ...

13. Five Verses You Thought Were in the Bible… but Aren't

What verses do people think are in the Bible but really aren't? Here are 5 to get us started. ...

14. Self Improvement: Are you Busy or a Busybody?

There were years when I was too busy. Fast-forward was my mode of operation, and my family got lost in the wake. Looking back, I regret many decisions that kept us all on the go! ...

15. Is Happiness Around the Corner?

Happiness is isn't just around the corner. It's now or it's never. ...

16. About Malankara World

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