Malankara World Journal
Malankara World Journal

Volume 2 No. 60 March 4, 2012
Special Edition: Great Lent Week 3

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Great Lent
WEEK THREE

Parce, Domine, parce populo tuo;  ne in aeternum irascaris nobis

"Spare your people Lord: Be not angry Lord with your people forever."

Table of Contents
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1. Inspiration for This Week

The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.

2. Forty Days of Love

Have you ever been confronted with a message that changed your perspective? One church chose as its Lenten theme, "Forty Days of Love." Each week members of the congregation were encouraged to show their love and appreciation in different ways. The first week they were encouraged to send notes to people who had made positive contributions to their lives. ...

3. Lenten Reflections (Week 3)

4. Daily Meditations and Bible Reading:

5. Holy Lent Supplement in Malankara World

6. What To Give Up During Lent

7. The Man in the Mirror

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways

8. About Malankara World

Inspiration for Week 3
The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone a her ... And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last.

Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. -- If our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

PROV. 20:27. John 8:7,9. Gen. 3:11. Jas. 4:17. -I John 3:20,21. Rom. 14:20,22. Psa. 139:23,24

Forty Days of Love
Have you ever been confronted with a message that changed your perspective? One church chose as its Lenten theme, "Forty Days of Love." Each week members of the congregation were encouraged to show their love and appreciation in different ways. The first week they were encouraged to send notes to people who had made positive contributions to their lives.

After the first service a man in the congregation wanted to speak to his pastor. The pastor describes the man as "kind of macho, a former football player who loved to hunt and fish, a strong self-made man." The man told his pastor, "I love you and I love this church, but I'm not going to participate in this Forty Days of Love stuff. It's OK for some folks," he said, "but it's a little too sentimental and syrupy for me."

A week went by. The next Sunday this man waited after church to see his pastor again. "I want to apologize for what I said last Sunday," he told him, "about the Forty Days of Love. I realized on Wednesday that I was wrong."

"Wednesday?" his pastor repeated. "What happened on Wednesday?"

"I got one of those letters!" the man said. The letter came as a total surprise. It was from a person the man never expected to hear from. It touched him so deeply he now carries it around in his pocket all the time. "Every time I read it," he said, "I get tears in my eyes." It was a transforming moment in this man's life. Suddenly he realized he was loved by others in the church. This changed his entire outlook. "I was so moved by that letter," he said, "I sat down and wrote ten letters myself."

Receiving that letter was a transforming experience for Mr. Macho. It came from a mailbox rather than a mountaintop, but the effect was the same - his perspective was changed. God breaks into our lives and we are changed.

Source: King Duncan, Collected Sermons, www.Sermons.com

Lenten Reflections (Week 3)
Daily Meditations and Bible Reading:
Holy Lent Supplement in Malankara World
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What To Give Up During Lent
Give up complaining. . . . . . . .focus on gratitude.
Give up pessimism. . . . . . . . . become an optimist.
Give up harsh judgments . . ..think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry. . . . . . . . . . . . . trust Divine Providence.
Give up discouragement. . . . .be full of hope.
Give up bitterness. . . . . . . .  . turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred. . . . . . . . . .  . . return good for evil.
Give up negativism . . . . . . . . .be positive.
Give up anger. . . . . . . . . . . . . .be more patient.
Give up pettiness. . . . . . . . . . .become mature.
Give up gloom. . . . . . . . . . .. . .enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Give up jealousy. . . . . . . . . . . .pray for trust.
Give up gossiping. . . . . . . . . . .control your tongue.
Give up sin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . turn to virtue.
Give up giving up. . . . . . . . . . . hang in there!
The Man in the Mirror
I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror

I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways

And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer

If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)

Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change)

(Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah)
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