Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
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Themes: Nineveh Lent, Sermon on The Mount
Volume 9 No. 510 February, 2019

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A man walking his dog in subzero temperatures in Hudson Ohio. Photo by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Jan 2019
The recent snowfall in North America had dumped quite a lot of snow with temperatures dipping well below -28 degree F. A man walking his dog braving cold chilling weather.
Photo by Jacob Mathew, Malankara World

I. This Month in Church - Lectionary and Sermons

1. Bible Readings (Lectionary), Sermon Notes, etc. for each Sunday in February 2019

week 0 (Saturday Feb 2) - Mayaltho - Presentation of Jesus

week 1 (Sunday, Feb 3) - 4th Sunday After Denho

week 2 (Sunday, Feb 10) - 5th Sunday After Denho

week 2 (Mon-Wed, Feb 11-13) - Nineveh Lent (3 Day Lent)

week 3 (Sunday, Feb 17) - Kohne Sunday (Departed Clergy)

week 4 (Sunday, Feb 24) - Aneede Sunday (Departed Faithful)

II. This Week's Supplement

2. Mayaltho: Our Savior, God and Man

We confess one and the same individual as perfect God and perfect Man. He is God the Word Which was flesh. For if He was not flesh, why was Mary chosen? And if He is not God, whom does Gabriel call Lord? ...

3. The Seed of the Woman, and the Seed of the Serpent

This promise was literally fulfilled in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. Satan bruised his heel, when he tempted him for forty days together in the wilderness: he bruised his heel, when he raised up strong persecution against him during the time of his public ministry: he in an especial manner bruised his heel, when our Lord complained, that his soul was exceeding sorrowful, even unto death, and he sweat great drops of blood falling upon the ground, in the garden....

4. A Penitent Heart, The Best Gift

St. Paul was an eminent instance of this; he speaks of himself as "the chief of sinners," and he declareth how God showed mercy unto him. Christ loves to show mercy unto sinners, and if you repent, he will have mercy upon you. ...

5. Marks of having Received the Holy Ghost

But fear not, little flock; for notwithstanding your present infant state of grace, it shall be your father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. The grace of God, through Jesus Christ, shall deliver you, and give you what you thirst after....

6. Satan's Devices

The word Satan, in its original signification, meant an adversary; and in its general acceptation, is made use of, to point out to us the chief of the devils, who, for striving to be as God, was cast down from heaven...

7. Christians, Temples of the living God

"Ye are the temple of the living God." Words originally directed to the church of Corinth, but which equally belong to us, and to our children, and to as many as the Lord our God shall call. ...

8. The Eternity of Hell-Torments

 In the book of the Revelation, it is written, that "the smoke of the torments of the wicked ascendeth for ever and ever. ...

III. Bible Study: The Sermon on The Mount (Matthew 5:1-12)

9. Text: Matthew 5:1-12 New King James Version

10. The Beatitudes - An Introduction

Not only is Jesus the teacher of the Beatitudes, but he is also the perfect fulfillment of the Beatitudes! We will see that Jesus—his love, the forgiveness he gained for us by death on the cross, the hope of heaven he gained for us by his resurrection from dead, his Word, his Sacraments, and his continuing presence with us today…these things are the heart and soul, the beginning and the end, the bedrock—the foundation—of the Sermon on the Mount!

11. Heavenly Happiness - Matthew 5

Life is not consumer goods. May God help us to realize that. It is not getting a lot of consumer goods. Life is personal relationship, first and foremost with Almighty God, that his face may be turned toward us, and that he looks upon us with favor and love. And secondarily, life is relationship with one another. That is what it is all about. ...

12. The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached

The Sermon on the Mount is the most familiar collected sayings from Jesus and is recorded in chapters five, six and seven of St. Matthew's Gospel. It is the Magna Carta of the Christian Faith. Revealing a divine ideal, it is the charter of the Christian life and the most priceless deposit of religious insight known to man. ...

13. The Beatitudes

The whole of the seven Beatitudes composing this celestial ascent to the house of the Lord conduct believers to an elevated table-land upon which they dwell alone, and are not reckoned among the people; their holy separation from the world brings upon them persecution for righteousness’ sake, but in this they do not lose their happiness, but rather have it increased to them, and confirmed by the double repetition of the benediction. ...

14. The New Sinai

We must leave unsettled the question as to the relation between the Sermon on the Mount and the shorter edition of part of it given by Luke, only pointing out that in this first part of Matthew’s Gospel we are evidently presented with general summaries...

15. The Beatitudes and the Gospel of the Kingdom

The Beatitudes are words of celebration for disciples - people who have been awakened by the present power of the age to come. And they are words of invitation for the crowds - the people who come to worship out of tradition or curiosity or skepticism. And for some, they are words of transformation - by the power and mercy of God. ...

16. True Joy vs Temporary Happiness

'What are some of the happiest moments in your life?' When you think back, when were those times when you were enormously happy? Can you think of such moments? I can. So can you. I can remember those times of wonderful happiness. ...

17. Happiness of Sacrifice

Luke records four beatitudes and four curses, because the word alas is a poetic term that the translators of Luke put in front of those curses. The translation strictly speaking should read, “Cursed are you who are rich.” But, we would be a little uncomfortable with the vocabulary. ...

18. A Homily on the Beatitudes

For as human ignorance is slow in believing what it does not see, and in hoping for what it does not know, those who were to be instructed in the divine lore, needed to be aroused by bodily benefits and visible miracles: so that they might have no doubt as to the wholesomeness of His teaching when they actually experienced His benignant power. ...

19. Beatitudes

The Sermon on the Mount is so much at variance with all that our world holds dear that the world will crucify anyone who tries to live up to its values. Because Christ preached them, He had to die. Calvary was the price He paid for the Sermon on the Mount. Only mediocrity survives. ...

20. Malankara World Bible Study on the Sermon on the Mount

IV. General Weekly Features

21. Health: First Aid For Heart Attack

If you have a heart attack and there is no one to do a CPR, follow these steps...

22. 5 Habits of Truly Happy Marriages According to a Marriage Expert

Marriage takes work. Everyone knows this. But what many don’t realize is that they might be working on the wrong things. Or even working on the right things in the wrong way. ...

23. Importance of Relationships

What I've learnt over the years is: To Accept Each Others Faults & Choose To Celebrate Relationships. ...

24. Ten Things Grandchildren Need to Hear

Getting older brings a clarity to what’s important. While we want our grandkids to remember their times on Papa’s farm, we want to leave them with a godly legacy. ...

25. How The Super Rich Earned Their Money

How do you get richer in an economy that is making most people poorer? ...

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