Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
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Themes: Advent, John The Baptist, Zechariah's Song
Volume 7 No. 450 December 8, 2017

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John the Baptist and his father Zechariah
Zechariah and John the Baptist

Holy Cross Monastery in Jerusalem

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Foreword

Advent is a time of reflection, as well as a time of repentance. This is a good time to examine our lives. ...

I. This Sunday in Church: Birth of John The Baptist

2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (December 10)

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3. Sermons for This Sunday (December 10)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Sermons/Sermon-of-the-week_birth-of-John-the-Baptist.htm

4. From Malankara World Journal Archives

Malankara World Journals Featuring: John The Baptist

Volume 6 No 387: December 2 2016
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJA_387.htm

Volume 5 No 317: December 4 2015
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJA_317.htm

Volume 5 No 258: January 9 2015
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_258.htm

Volume 4 No 251: December 5, 2014
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_251.htm

Volume 2 No 112: Dec 6 2012
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_112.htm

Volume 5 No 292: June 26 2015
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_292.htm

Volume 3 No 181: December 5, 2013
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_181.htm

Volume 3 No 119: Jan 10 2013
http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/MWJ_119.htm

II. Lectionary Reflections: Birth of John The Baptist, Zechariah's Song

5. Behind The Scenes At Christmastime: Zechariah's Song

The Benedictus is all about this one great truth: That God has at long last visited his people! In the verses that follow we learn five specific facts about the Divine Visitation and the blessings that flow from it. ...

6. Zachariah's Song of Salvation: The Davidic Covenant

With the Holy Spirit inspired genius that only a Bible writer can have, Luke--the very, very careful historian--stops us in the narrative and takes us back to the Old Testament and ties us in to three great covenants there by giving us this psalm, this song of salvation uttered by the lips of Zacharias. ...

7. The Road Home: The message of John the Baptist

This is what the Advent readings are all about: We recall God's saving deeds - in the history of Israel and in the coming of Jesus. Our remembrance is meant to stir our faith, to fill us with confidence that, as today's Epistle puts it, "the One who began a good work in [us] will continue to complete it" until He comes again in glory. ...

III. Featured: Advent

8. An Introvert's Guide to Thriving during the Holidays

Christmas is a gift and time for celebration for us all. It's the season that we, as believers, all around this world, remember and honor the birth of Christ our King. And yet, maybe our culture, has turned the holidays into more of an "extroverted" season, which can leave others feeling drained, dry, completely wiped out before Christmas day even arrives. ...

9. Gifts That Matter Part 1

The world would like us to believe that the success of Christmas depends upon how much we spend, how many presents we give, or how many presents we receive. ...

10. Gifts That Matter Part 2

Have you discovered the truth that we simply cannot "out-give" God? The more we give, the more we receive. ...

11. Advent Is The Season for Waiting

The season of Advent that precedes Christmas is a season of hope-filled waiting. Advent looks forward in anticipation of Christ's return, but also remembers all those who awaited his arrival into our world more than two thousand years ago. ...

12. Slow Down, Tune In, Be Still . . .

Sometimes you may wonder where God is in your life. You wonder whether He has left you. ...

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