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Repentance and Remission of Sins
Volume 6 No. 324 January 7, 2016

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Stoning of St. Stephen, The First Martyr of the Church
Stoning of St. Stephen the First Martyr of the Church

On January 7, the church remembers the Martyrdom of St. Stephen,
the first Martyr of the Church. Due to the busy liturgical calendar
between Christmas and the 1st Sunday after Denho, St. Stephen
is not given the importance that is due him in our churches.
We do remember St. Stephen in our Fourth Thubden (Diptych) as
the chief of Deacons and the first of the martyrs.
(Please read the foreword below for more information on St. Stephen.)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Foreword

The message of Jesus was very clear - you cannot inherit the eternal life unless you repent. Repentance is necessary before the remission of sins. Remission of sins comes by the Grace of Jesus - Jesus paid the price for our sins. But it requires that we confess our sins and obtain the remission of our sins. We need to have our sins forgiven or wiped clean with the sacrament of confession. There is no other way. Period. ...

I. This Sunday in Church: 1st Sunday After Denho

2. Bible Readings for This Sunday

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Lectionary/ Lec_1st_Sunday_after-Denho.htm

3. Sermons for This Sunday

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

II. This Week's Featured Articles

4. Featured Article:
Where Does The Gospel Begin? Answer: The Repentance and Remission of Sins

Did you notice that repentance is ahead of remission of sins? You do not have the forgiveness of sins without repentance. Satan wants to tempt us to believe that we should serve him and thereby inherit all the kingdoms of this world. Today we must change that course of direction and come into His service. ...

5. Repent: The Church's Forgotten Word

Paul was saying that God commands people everywhere to repent. And "repent" means to change your direction. Instead of running away from God, you run to God. ...

6. Repentance and its Blessings

Repentance is an intelligent action of the heart. The person that we observe walking in this new direction is not confused. He understands what he has done. His change of direction is based on information.

Further, repentance is an emotional action of the heart. The person walking along the road has a tear in his eye, in other words he is a contrite person, grieving for the sins he has committed against God. His emotions are affected. ...

7. The Greatest of All Sins

What is the greatest sin that caused all mankind to fall in the garden of Eden?

When Satan planted doubts into Eve's mind?
When he said " Hath God said?" ....

III. General Weekly Features

8. Health: Superfoods for Women (and Men)

There are certain foods that aging boomer women (and men for that matter) should eat on a very regular basis (like every day) that literally pack the body's cells with powerful nutrients.

Here are some superfoods that build health and happiness. ..

9. Recipe: Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

In just 30 minutes, you can serve this delectable dish, with a rich, satiny Alfredo sauce that coats chicken, broccoli and pasta. ...

10. Family Special: Six Parenting Sins to Avoid

If you know a child who has low self-esteem, you may have assumed that the damage to their confidence was inflicted maliciously. As parents, we cannot imagine ever doing things to cause such hurt and damage to our children.

But here is the unfortunate truth: without realizing it, sometimes we are those parents. ...

11. How a Man After God's Own Heart Leads: Lessons from King David

One great example of motivating a team during crisis comes from the writings of David in Psalm 3. At the time of this writing, it is believed that David was hiding out from his own son Absalom. His encouragement kept his troops focused and gave them strength they needed in desperate times. ...

12. Inspirational: Embrace the Moment

How to Slow Down Your Life and Enjoy the Ride Right Now

4 Considerations To Help You Embrace The Moment, From Speaker Hall Of Fame Member. ...

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