Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
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Theme: New Year Special
Volume 7 No. 391 December 30, 2016

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Isaiah 9-6: Prince of Peace
Happy New Year from Malankara World

I. This Sunday in Church

1. Bible Readings for This Sunday (January 1)

2. Sermons for This Sunday (January 1)

3. Malankara World Journals with the Theme: New Year

Volume 6 No 322 January 1 2016
New Year Special

Volume 5 No 255: January 1, 2015
New Year Special - 2015

Volume 3 No 186: December 31, 2013
New Year Special - 2014

Volume 3 No 117: Jan 1 2013
New Year Special - 2013

II. Lectionary Reflections: Circumcision of Jesus

4. Holy Name: What's in a Name?

Throughout Genesis, and the rest of the Bible, names are changed to reflect new identities and purposes. Abram becomes Abraham and Sarai becomes Sarah. Jacob becomes Israel. In the New Testament, Saul becomes Paul and Simon becomes Peter. ...

5. Circumcision and Naming of Jesus

When you were baptized you were given a new name. God gave you His Triune name, the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. It is a prophetic name. By giving you His name, God is telling you that He IS GOD TO YOU. I WILL BE YOUR GOD AND YOU SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. ...

6. The Circumcision of Christ- Sermon for New Year's Day

Don't take this power and calling lightly. Remember what St Chrysostom said about the Holy Name of Jesus, "If it has power to drive way demons, if it can banish illness, much more will it aid your own actions." This year, and every year, go forth and resolve to be powerful servants for Christ. ...

7. Eighth Day Savior

There is a direct line from his birth to his circumcision to the cross. Circumcision foreshadows the blood he will shed for the sins of the world. ...

8. Carry The Gospel With You

We begin the new calendar year, and as we begin it, we reflect on a title the Church has given to Mary, the mother of Jesus. That title, Mary, the Mother of God is as much, even more, about who Jesus is than it is about who Mary is. ..

III. Featured: New Year

9. Good News for the New Year

Do you need good news today? The best news of all times is that Jesus loves you and He has provided the Way for a full and loving relationship with the Father. As you begin this New Year, spend some time asking God to reveal His heart to you. ...

10. Trusting God with the Next Chapter of Your Story

When a new year arrives, we can look to it expecting good things or the worst of things. It all depends on how we view the Author of our lives. Do we trust God to write a good story? Do we believe that he has a good plan and good intentions for us? ...

11. Counting the Year's Blessings

Have you heard any good news lately? Bad news abounds. It's been another tough year. Economic woes continue. Greece and Italy are on the verge of bankruptcy. ...

12. The 3 Things we can give to God in 2017

As we enter into a new year, here is something to remember: When it's all said and done, we have three things we can offer God - our treasure, our talent, and our time. Each of these is given to us by God, and each of them should be given back in generous portions. ...

13. My New Year's Offering

We can make all the resolutions we want, but we can't change ourselves. But when we willingly offer our lives to God, He will change us. The renewing of our mind requires inward change and comes from God at work in us. It requires diligence on our part. It requires changing our thoughts, our priorities, and goals to be aligned with those of Christ. ...

IV. General Weekly Features

14. Recipe: Grilled Zucchini and Goat Cheese Roll Ups

15. Recipe: Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Mozzarella and Basil

16. Easy Ways to Prevent Food Waste

Here are few easy tips to prevent food waste and ultimately, save you money. ...

17. Family Special: 5 Things to Pray for Your Marriage

Keeping a marriage strong in the midst of shuffling schedules and rigorous responsibilities takes intentional effort and a whole lot of prayer. ...

18. Securing Our Assets in Heaven

Think this through, okay? At the judgment seat of Christ, He is going to put everything under the torch and the good stuff will survive (good news) and the bad, worthless stuff will go up in flames (equally good news, I think!). ...

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