Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from an Orthodox Perspective
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Theme: Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior
Volume 6 No. 382 November 4, 2016

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Halloween Night in Austin, Texas
A Young 'Trick or Treater' on Halloween Night.

Photo by Dr. Seena Mathew, Austin, TX

I grew up in a day when Halloween was little more than pumpkins, fall festivals, hayrides and dressing up as a pirate or a farmer to go trick-or-treating. And that's also what it was like for my (now) very post-Halloween-age children.
Dr. James Emery White

An old song from the TaizÚ Community says, "Within our darkest night, Lord, you kindle a fire that never dies away, that never dies away."


I. This Sunday in Church: Hoodos E'tho (Dedication of the Church)

1. Bible Readings for This Sunday (November 6)

2. Sermons for This Sunday (November 6)

II. Lectionary Reflections: Jesus Christ, The Son of God

3. Jesus Claims to be One With the Father

We know that when Jesus spoke of the Father, He was speaking of God the Father, and His claim to be one with Him was a claim to be everything that God was. ...

4. Did Jesus Think He Was God?

When I say that Jesus knew himself to be God, I mean that he was conscious that in him the God of Israel was finally returning to Zion (i.e., Jerusalem) to renew the covenant and to fulfill the promises God had made to the nation about a new exodus. ...

5. Is Jesus the Only Way?

When Jesus claimed that He was the only way to God the Father, He was motivated not by arrogance but by compassion. If you will suspend judgment for just a little while and consider with me a simple story Jesus told, I believe that Jesus' claim will begin to make sense. ...

III. Featured Articles: Eternal God

6. Christ's Deity Defended

The deity of Christ is the heart of the Christian faith. Inevitably when people attack the Christian faith, they attack the deity of Christ. Scripture makes clear, however, that such attacks are unfounded. ...

7. I Am That I Am

Eternity to come is but a void, unless his people share His glory. Therefore He humbles Himself to earth, that specks of earth may rise to heaven's immortality. ...

8. Glimpses of God as Revealed Through Jesus

I want to know what God is like.. what He is like at heart. How can I know that? We find the answer in what God did on the first Christmas....

9. God Is Eternal

Let's get real about ourselves and mankind as a whole: admit that underneath the fašade the world sees, we all are sinners by nature, deserving none of mankind's praise. ...

10. Eternal Vastness of God

I AM is the way God wanted Moses and the people to think about Him. I AM is eternity past, right now, and always in the future - all at the same time. ...

IV. General Weekly Features

11. You Are God's Pumpkin

A popular symbol of both harvest time and Halloween is the pumpkin. I was thinking recently that being a Christian is a lot like being a pumpkin. ...

12. Health: Is Your Water Destroying Your Thyroid?

The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry lists Fluoride among the top 20 substances posing the most significant threat to human health. ...

13. Recipe: Spicy Chinese Cabbage (La Bai Cai)

Spicy Chinese Cabbage, a Shanghainese appetizer, requires combining thinly sliced  cabbage with salt and Sichuan peppercorns, then letting the cabbage cure for a bit. ...

14. Family Special: The Greatest Gift From Wife

Unlike a woman, a man derives his sense of worth primarily from the reputation he earns in his job or profession. ...

15. Family Special: Face Tough Times Together

Life in a fallen world can be tough. But what makes suffering and hardship worse is that they often turn us against each other rather than toward each other. ...

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