Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from an Orthodox Perspective
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Mammon vs. God, Serving Two Masters
Volume 5 No. 308 October 9, 2015

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Giant Cuckoo Clock, Sugarcreek, Ohio, USA Photo by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Malankara World
Giant Cuckoo Clock, Sugarcreek, Ohio - In the heart of the Ohio Amish Country
Considered the largest Cuckoo clock in the world, this was featured in the
Guinness Book of World Records in 1972

Photo by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Malankara World


I. This Sunday in Church

1. Bible Readings for This Sunday (October 11)

2. Sermons for This Sunday (October 11)

II. This Week's Featured Articles

3. What is Mammon?

Worship of mammon can show up in many ways. It isn't always through a continual lust for more money. When we envy others' wealth, are anxious over potentially unmet needs, disobey God's directives about the use of wealth, or fail to trust God's love and faithfulness, our thinking is out of balance concerning material wealth. ...

4. Serving Two Masters

Jesus makes it clear that the choice often comes down to God on the one hand and "Mammon"- a word that denotes wealth and possessions - on the other. True, His audience, mostly Jews, had and still have a reputation for pursuing wealth overmuch, but His true audience is everyone. We all want more things, and we sometimes go to extreme measures to get them. When faced with the decision of following God or following the money, too many pick the latter, and in doing so, reveal our true loyalties. ..

5. Serving One Master

Jesus reminds us over and over what our priorities must be. We have been saved by the blood of Christ. His saving grace is a gift outright. Baptism makes us Christians, but only if we live in his love. If we don't, we're really not Christians...

6. Where's Your Treasure?

The Rich Farmer parable points to the futility of devoting one's life to accumulating possessions in light of the coming judgment. Earlier in Luke's Gospel, Jesus says, "Woe to you who are rich now, for you have received your consolation" (Lk 6:24). Several questions come to mind after reading this brief parable. ...

7. God and Mammon

In fact, it is Mammon who loves bookkeeping, and God who loves us when we give away the assets. No wonder Jesus loved this manager, who stopped serving money, and chose to serve need. ...

8. God and Mammon

Attentive devotion to the will of God is the only thing that will give Christians the independent judgment needed, whatever the system in play. The moral imperative for Christians remains love, mercy, and care for the widowed and orphaned. Capitalism doesn't speak to those issues, but Christians who live within its confines must not only speak to those needs, but act to meet them. ...

9. God Looks Beyond the Surface

Your Creator can see things in you that other people cannot see. Sometimes people will try to push you down or make you feel insignificant. Sometimes our own thoughts will try to convince us that we don't measure up. But God looks beyond the surface, beyond the mistakes you've made, beyond what somebody said about you and sees your incredible value. ...

III. General Weekly Features

10. Recipe: Pumpkin Bread Swirl

It is October. Everywhere you look, you see pumpkins and decorations for Halloween. And thanksgiving is not too far off. So, here is a great recipe for a Pumpkin bread...

11. Family: Armchair Critics Lend Insight on Keys to Marriage

Marriage takes a lot of getting over it. They don't teach you that in school. It's something you learn, if you're lucky, on the rocky road between "I do" and "I don't think so." My husband and I consider ourselves lucky. ...

12. Family Special - The Role of the Wife: Helper

The key priority of the wife is her husband, not her work, ministry or child. Somewhere along the way, I thought the children were the first priority because of their young age and innocence. Hubby can easily fend for himself, I thought. I was so wrong. Maybe I didn't know how to balance my act. ...

13. Self Improvement: Luck's Got Nothing To Do With It

We can go 3,000 years back in time to the book of Job in the Hebrew scriptures and hear him crying, "That which I feared has come upon me!" Of course it did, that's the law. What you think about, comes about. And yet people still moan and groan about "bad luck" and how they never get any breaks. As you wish! ...

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