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Theme: Advent, The Season of Hope

Volume 5 No. 313 November 13, 2015

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Advent- Season of Hope, Peace and Love
Advent - 'Tis the Season of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne
and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
- Isaiah 9:6-7

Picture Courtesy of Mel Lawrenz

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Foreword

During the Liturgical Season of Advent, we walk through the great events of Christian history so as to inculcate them into our daily lives and offer their promise to the whole world. We are invited to clear away all that entangles us and open a space in our hearts, our homes, our relationships and our lives, for Love Incarnate to be born again. ...

I. This Sunday in Church - Annunciation to Zacharia

2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (November 15)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Lectionary/Lec_anunciation_zachariah.htm

3. Sermons for This Sunday (November 15)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Sermons/Sermon-of-the-week_annun_Zachariah.htm

4. From Malankara World Journal Archives

Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Annunciation to Zechariah

Volume 4 No 246: November 14, 2014

Volume 3 No 178: November 14 2013

Volume 2 No 108: Nov 15 2012
Theme: Advent and Hope - Waiting For The Savior

Volume 1 No 38: November 10 2011

5. The Themes of the Gospel: The New Elijah will Prepare his People

Luke began his narrative differently from Mark, who began rather with the message of the adult John the Baptist. Luke went back in time. He still began the Gospel with a focus on the Baptist, but on his conception and birth rather than on his mission and message. ...

6. The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

Application: God's Word is always true, so we should never say anything that contradicts what God has said. ...

II. This Week's Featured Articles

7. Inspiration for Today: Hope

The word "hope" is mentioned repeatedly throughout the Psalms to bring encouragement in the Lord. Most of us speak of "hope" interchangeably with other words such as dreams, wishes, desires and goals. We pray and hope, dream and hope, and you can probably think of other words that you use in connection with "hope." The Bible most commonly uses the word "trust" in association with its definition. ...

8. Pope Francis: Hope Is a Gift From The Holy Spirit

Pope Francis explained the true meaning of hope saying it's much more than simple optimism for Christians, it is constant expectation, it's a gift from the Holy Spirit, it's a miracle of renewal that never lets us down. ...

9. Will You Dare to Be Hopeful When Life Seems Hopeless?

No matter how hopeless a situation may seem, it's always worth staying hopeful, because God has the power to change circumstances dramatically at any time. ...

10. Never Hopeless

It has been said that man can live 40 days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only one second without hope. No matter what we are facing, we all need hope. ...

11. The Wonder of Hope

Revelation 19 unpacks the ultimate Kodak moment of who Jesus is today and how we will, one day see Him as our Conquering King. Jesus wants us to hope in more than just the everyday things that have no staying power. He wants us to hope in who He is. ...

III. General Weekly Features

12. Recipe: Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Tartlets

BistroMD's chefs have created pumpkin pie tartlets for you to enjoy without the guilt. These Pumpkin Pie Tarts not only taste delicious but are also gluten-free, using heart healthy almond flour as the main crust ingredient. ...

13. Bonus Recipe: Herb-Roasted Turkey

14. Family Special: Three Ways to Measure the Trust in Your Marriage

Trust is the foundation, the necessary glue, of every marriage. Without trust, intimacy is impossible, and trust encompasses much more than fidelity. It provides an emotional safety net that allows us to unveil our deepest hurts, needs, desires, and feelings without fear of rejection or retaliation. ...

15. Self Improvement: Looking at Nature Can Help Your Productivity

We all want to be productive, but figuring out how to do it can be challenging. One simple way is to spend time looking at nature on your next break at work. ...

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