Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
Malankara World Journal Abstracts
Themes: Christian Persecution in The Middle East, Christian Suffering, Adversity
Volume 7 No. 425 July 14, 2017

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Christians are the most persecuted group around the world.
Approximately 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2016 worldwide,
making them the most persecuted religious group in the world.
This means that one Christian is murdered every six minutes for their faith.

Source: aleteia

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. This Sunday in Church: 6th Sunday After Pentecost

1. Bible Readings for This Sunday (July 16)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Lectionary/Lec_6th_sunday-after-pentecost.htm

2. Sermons for This Sunday (July 16)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Sermons/Sermon-of-the-week_6th-sunday-after-Pentecost.htm

3. Malankara World Journals with the Theme: The Miracle of Feeding 5000/Multitudes

http://www.malankaraworld.com/Newsletter/MWJ/MWJ425/MWJ_425_this_week.htm#archives

II. Special: Christian Persecution in The Middle East

4. Christians Are The World’s Most Persecuted Religious Group According To Studies

Approximately 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2016 worldwide, making them the most persecuted religious group in the world. That number amounts to one Christian killed every six minutes...

5. Condition of Our Churches and People in Iraq

I want to tell you a story of two twins who were refugees from Northern Iraq, in the Kurdistan region that were expelled from Nineveh on Aug 10, 2014. ...

6. It's Unclear Whether Christians Will Return to Liberated Mosul

On Sunday July 9, the Iraqi army regained control of almost the entire city of Mosul, which has been an ISIS stronghold for over three years. ...

7. The Middle East: No Peace, No Future

The gravity of the events that are taking place in the world in general and in the Middle East in particular, is beyond all which we have seen or heard of in the past. History is not even equipped with the appropriate terminology to accurately describe what we are witnessing. ...

8. A 'Marshall Plan' for Iraq: Rebuilding Christian Villages on the Nineveh Plains

"Hope is coming back to the Nineveh plains!" That is the verdict of the Middle East expert of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)...

9. Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East

We need to understand what is happening, for not only do the Christians of the Middle East need all the help they can get, but Mesopotamia, long known as the cradle of civilization, is merely ground zero in the increasingly global battle for civilization. ...

10. Noose is Tightening Around Christian Minority in Turkey

At the beginning of the last century, Turkey itself was home to the largest Christian population in the Middle East: 20% of the population. Now, there are only 80,000 Christians (of all denominations). ...

III. Featured: Christian Suffering, Adversity

11. What We Can Learn About Suffering in the Story of Joseph, The Patriarch

The story of Patriarch Joseph is rich with lessons about family struggles, envy, jealousy, pride, mercy, and forgiveness. But it also has a lot to say about suffering and the way that God can use it to bring blessings. ...

12. Stephen: Godliness in Suffering

Because Stephen was so consistently Spirit-filled, it was natural for him to react in a godly way to persecution and death. ...

13. Five Biblical Ways to Turn Adversity into Advantage

 I've seen five key attributes in the lives of many for whom hard times or tragedy became not an anchor holding them back but a springboard launching them farther and higher than ever. ...

14. Five Steps to Overcome Tragedy

We have that open invitation to face the tragedy, acknowledge the pain, but also to embrace the power of God's healing. ...

15. How to Trust God through Crushing Disappointment

What do you do when your plans fail and you are left to deal with the hurt? You need to find someone to share it with. I immediately called the church and asked for prayer. What then? ...

16. When a Cure is Not Possible

6 Truths to Discover Hope and Purpose When Battling an Incurable Disease ...

IV. General Weekly Features

17. Family Special: 12 Promises Every Parent Should Ask God to Fulfill

God doesn't guarantee he will automatically save our children, but gives us many promises to inspire us to pray and believe him to answer. ...

18. Family Special: Five Truths to Remember When Evil Seems to Be Winning

What do you do when life doesn't make sense? Do you give in to the notion that there must not be a God or if there is, he is uncaring and calloused? ...

19. Inspirational: Morning Song in Elementary School

I felt the uplifting and the defeating self-talk fighting each other, going through the same scenario every morning. Do it, do not do it, you can, you cannot and so forth. ...

20. 3-Step System to Learn a New Skill Fast

We learn a lot by emulating. Every human culture has some form of play. Kicking a ball or chasing each other in games of tag are all skills that centuries ago taught us hunting skills. ..

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