We had been going through one of the busiest period of the church calendar.
The Great Lent, with all its retreats, is now history. ...
Resources For May 2019 - Lectionary, Sermons and Worship Aids
Bible Readings (Lectionary), Sermon Notes, etc. for each Sunday and special feast
May 5 - 1st Sunday After New Sunday
May 12 - 2nd Sunday After New Sunday
May 19 - 3rd Sunday After New Sunday
May 26 - 4th Sunday After New Sunday
May 30 - Ascension of Our Lord
May 29 - 5th anniversary of the enthronement of our Patriarch HH Ignatius Aphrem II
II. Featured Articles This Month
Becoming Witnesses of the Resurrection and the Truth of the Gospel
“The Lord is risen indeed, he has appeared to Simon!” This solemn
declaration of the Church forms the doctrinal certitude of the resurrection.
But on this foundation of the truth the personal witness of every Christian
must be built. ...
These Three Remain- Faith, Hope and Love
The faith is that we will trust the Christ, and trust the vision; that we will
actively hope. ...
Breath of New Life
In today’s Gospel and First Reading, we see the Apostles fulfilling this
mission with powers only God possesses—the power to forgive sins and to work
“signs and wonders,” a biblical expression only used to describe the mighty
works of God ....
The God Who Actually Does Know What You’re Going Through
Jesus knows us fully. He knows our strengths and weaknesses, our family
history, our biological makeup, our worldview. He knows every nook and
cranny of us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. ...
To the Weak I Became Weak – As Seen in a Moving Commercial
It is remarkable that Jesus, though sinless, was not ashamed to be
identified with sinners. He took baptism in the Jordan. He associated with
sinners and even ate with them. He underwent the most humiliating
punishment, one typically meted out only to the worst of sinners. ...
The Farewell Discourse of Jesus Christ
Amid all the troubles that our Lord foretells to His Apostles, He promises
them one gift that will enable them to rise above all their difficulties and
all their sorrows. He promises to leave with them His peace. What gift in
the world is there which is like this? ....
Resurrection of the Crucified One as the Heart of Orthodox Christian Faith
Jesus' resurrection shows that through death he was not entering into
emptiness but to eternity and through that opened window we can have a
glimpse of eternity which is the foundation of our hope. ...
What Holy Week Looks Like in a Remote Indian Diocese
The Miao Diocese covers a vast area of nearly 17,000 square miles, and it is
home to the easternmost portions of the Himalayas. ...
Hope In Things Eternal
Easter is the celebration of what ultimate hope really means. In Jesus’ triumph
over death through His Resurrection, death was defeated and hope became the
expectation of eternal life with God. ...
Meditation; Our Way to the Father
Shallow minds are easily scandalized at the thought that, despite Christ Jesus'
divine mission and His heroic earnestness in fulfilling it, .... even now so many human souls are still sick and diseased, even
dead in sin and seemingly lost in impenitence. ...
III. Supplement: The Ascension of Jesus
More Than an Afterthought: Six Reasons Jesus’ Ascension Matters
The ascension completes Jesus’ earthly mission and signifies his
enthronement as heavenly king. Jesus has completed his Father’s mission and
he now rules with all authority and intercedes with all sympathy as our
mediator and high priest. ...
Why Is the Ascension So Important?
The ascension, when understood, becomes an irreplaceable, important resource
for living our lives in the world—and it’s a resource no other religion or
philosophy of life holds out to us....
The mission Christ came to fulfill was the full restoration of the blessed
harmony that was lost in man's shameful fall. This was accomplished by the
ascension of the Captain of our Salvation...
Four Reasons Jesus' Ascension Matters
For Luke, the ascension was a significant moment in the disciples' personal
transformation and the advance of the gospel through the church. He emphasized
the importance of the ascension by ending his Gospel with this event and
beginning his second volume, Acts, with it. ...
7 Ways the Ascension of Christ Changes Everything
An often-overlooked aspect of Christ’s work is the period after the
Resurrection—what the church has called the Ascension. The Ascension is the
specific rise of the Lord Jesus to the throne of authority at the right hand of
IV. Bible Special: Psalm 51
Psalm 51 : A Prayer of Repentance: Text
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart -
These, O God, You will not despise. ...
A Broken and Contrite Heart God Will Not Despise
The Psalms were the main songbook of the early church, and they were designed by
God to awaken and express and shape the thoughts and feelings of Jesus’
Psalm 51, Create In Me A Clean Heart
A broken heart can only come from a person who has surrendered. We have to
destroy our strong will and allow God to rule in our hearts. ...
Sermon on Psalm 51 – The Truth About Ourselves
When we’ve done wrong we’re constantly tempted to come before a God who is full
of holy love and give a non-apology apology – just like Adam did in the Garden
of Eden when God asked him if he had broken his commands and he answered, “The
woman who you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree and I ate.”...
The Acceptable Sacrifice
When we worship God we should bring our hearts to him, that we should
bring our innermost affection and desire before God, that we should be
involved in this worship. ...
Create in Me a New Heart
David described his new desire to serve God with renewed energy and zeal
that came from the absolution that he had received. When David came to God
with his broken and contrite heart, God created a brand new heart in David-a
Psalm 51: When Crushed Bones Rejoice
In psalm 51, we learn the greatness of forgiveness, and in the course of
learning this, we learn the true nature of that forgiveness. ...
Sermon on Psalm 51
In the book, 'Too Busy Not to Pray', Bill Hybels takes the reader through the
simple but meaningful process of praying using the acronym ACTS – Adoration,
Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. He urges the reader when they
confess to be as specific as possible. ...
V General Monthly Features
Little Herb of Immortality - 3500 Times More Powerful Than Vitamin C
by Al Sears, MD, CNS
Your body naturally produces SOD to stop cancer-causing toxins and neutralize
inflammation. Inflammation in your body causes chronic illness, like heart
disease, stroke, diabetes, Parkinson's and arthritis. ...
The Best Sleeping Position for Your Health by Craig Ballantyne
According to Dr. Michael Breus, clinical psychologist and board certified
sleep specialist, there's one sleeping position that's the best for us. ...
32. Smelly Feet Fixes
by Dr. David Watts MD
The very troubling and very common problem of smelly feet is more than just
embarrassing, it can reach a point where it interferes with your everyday
Recipe: Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa
Try your hand at this decadent Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa—made with the
freshest ingredients, it has just enough of a kick to satisfy anyone’s spice
Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Blend by Julia Rutland
From merely hot to incendiary, this Caribbean jerk seasoning gets its kick from
a blend of ingredients such as chiles, thyme, cinnamon, garlic, and nutmeg.
Sprinkle on meat or vegetables. ...
Recipe: Okra Stew
Goes well with Jerk chicken (above)
Recipe: Brown Rice with Pigeon Peas
Makes a perfect compliment to the Caribbean chicken
and Okra. ...
Straight Talk to Husbands
by Dr. James Dobson
The Lord has
commanded you to "love your wives, even as Christ loved the church, giving His
life for it." She needs you now. Will you fit her into your plans? ...
Straight Talk To Wives
by Dr. James Dobson
God gave your husband the temperament he wears, and you must accept those
characteristics that he cannot change. After all, he must do the same for
The Secret to Fixing Your Marriage
by Steve Wiens
You don't arrive at wholeness in marriage and stay there. As you grow and
change, you need to learn new ways of understanding your spouse, who is also
growing and changing. ...
How to Parent Your Wonderful, Strong-Willed Child
by Brent Rinehart
In wrestling with the daily parenting challenges and frustrations of raising
a strong-willed child, I can't help but gain a glimpse of my own strong
Tranquility Among The Blue Lagoons
by Beena Sugathan
The sheer tranquility of the Lakshadweep islands encircled by emerald blue
lagoons is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is where you can get as
close to pristine nature as possible. ...
The Marvels of Midyat
by Pat Yale, Mardin
In Midyat, you don’t come to visit specific
attractions so much as to wander the streets marveling at the beauty of the
architecture. Finest of all the grand stone houses is the Konukevi, the
Governor’s Guesthouse, which hogs the highest point in the old town and thus
the best views. ...
A Flight Surgeon's World by Major Dr. Jacob Mathew, Jr., DO FACOI FACP CHSE
I don't remember the exact moment when I decided I would become a doctor. It
made it quite difficult to answer the standard medical school essay
question, "Why do you want to become a doctor?" ....
Don't Stop Believing! How We Respond to Tragedy Matters by John O'Leary
Trials, adversity, difficultly and tragedy are part of the journey
through life. We can view them all as a curse, become angry about them, and
refuse to do better afterwards.
Or, we can choose to realize the challenges are not meant to be some sort of
Life Is a Mystery
by Wes Hopper
The busy times are the times we most need to stop and re-center
ourselves. After all, we want to enjoy these times, and who can
do that when you're under stress? ....
Four Reasons Why Slowing Down Will Actually Make You More Successful
By Andrew Thomas Founder
It sounds backwards, but slowing down is actually a faster way to succeed.
Here's why. ...
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