Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from an Orthodox Perspective
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Theme: Benedictus, Birth of John, The Baptist
Volume 5 No. 317 December 4, 2015

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Foreword

This Sunday, the Holy Church remembers the birth of John the Baptist. John The Baptist enjoys a premier place in the church as the forerunner of Jesus Christ who was sent here to "prepare a way for Jesus." So, he also played a key role in the redemption plan of God for the mankind. John the Baptist is described as the greatest of the prophets, greater than Isaiah and Jeremiah put together. The Holy Church considers him more than a prophet or a Saint....

I. This Sunday in Church - Birth of John, The Baptist

2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (December 6)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Lectionary/Lec_birth-of-john-the-baptist.htm

3. Sermons for This Sunday (December 6)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Sermons/Sermon-of-the-week_birth-of-John-the-Baptist.htm

4. From Malankara World Journal Archives

Malankara World Journals Featuring: John The Baptist

Volume 5 No 258: January 9 2015
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_258.htm

Volume 4 No 251: December 5, 2014
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_251.htm

Volume 2 No 112: Dec 6 2012
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_112.htm

Volume 5 No 292: June 26 2015
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_292.htm

Volume 3 No 181: December 5, 2013
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_181.htm

Volume 3 No 119: Jan 10 2013
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_119.htm

II. This Week's Featured Articles

5. Scripture: Birth of Saint John the Baptist

6. John the Baptist is Born

 Isn't it amazing that God had a plan for John's life even before he was born? Did you know that, according to Ephesians 2:10, God also had a plan for our lives even before we were born? All of God's children are somewhat like John the Baptist. Like John, our main job is to get people ready to meet the Lord. ...

7. The Birth and Circumcision of John the Baptist

This was the first mission of Mary: to carry the hidden Christ to the "little child" (Lk 1:76) destined to be the Friend of the Bridegroom (Jn 3:29), the Prophet of the Most High (Lk 1:76). With the flame of love burning in her Heart and the light of the real presence shining in her eyes, Mary "became in some way a "tabernacle." ....

8. Zechariah's Song: The Benedictus

Today we want to find out why Zechariah is praising the Lord God of Israel. What his song is saying, and how Zechariah's song can be our song, too. ...

III. General Weekly Features

9. Health: Fighting Flu The Natural Way

Nutritional Supplements May Help Keep Those Sniffling, Sneezing Symptoms at Bay. ...

10. Apple Walnut Crisp Recipe

This fall-favorite dessert is perfect for any time of the year and is one that everyone will love. Have all the taste of apple pie without any of the guilt with this delightful apple walnut crisp recipe. This sweet treat has only 160 calories per serving and is a perfect size for you next family get-together! ...

11. Give What You Can

My friend introduced me to the concept of "sacrificial giving" giving in abundance to a point where one must sacrifice something one desires. ...

12. Inspiring Kindness

Kindness has a ripple effect. The ripple from generosity positively impact someone else's life. But the real gift is that the life most deeply touched is the one who gave. ...

13. Take a Break from Busy Life

In the midst of a busy life, with people and problems wanting our attention, it's very difficult to get meaningful work done, especially meaningful work on our selves. Moses didn't plan it that way, but when he got out of the palace and up in the hills, he found the time to work on himself. ...

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