Malankara World Journal Theme: Advent and Hope - Waiting For The Savior
Volume 2 No. 108 November 15, 2012
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News Update From Jazirah Archdiocese, Syria by Archbishop Mor Eustathius Matta Roham
Hope Turkey Does Not Mean to Go Into a Real Direct War With Syria by Archbishop Mor Eustathius Matta Roham
by Archbishop Mor Eustathius Matta Roham
Dear brother in Christ, Dr. Jacob Mathew:
I greet you in the Name of Christ our Lord and Savior.
I would like to express to you my sincere thanks for your kind email. You have given us a great comfort during this difficult time. Thank you very much for your concern and care.
I am grateful to God that the Internet is still functioning in Hassake. I am delighted to update you about the latest news from Jazirah Archdiocese.
This morning, it was arranged for Father Touma Qas Ibrahim, our priest of St. Thomas Church in Ras Al-Ayn, to go into the town in order to bring our prayer Books, especially the old hand written books. We are grateful to God that Father Touma went in and out the church peacefully. Father Touma told me that the town is now under the control of the opposition, and there was shooting heard in some places. He was able to bring with him one family (Hannawi Family), who could not flee on last Thursday when the town was occupied at about 2:00 a.m. in by the opposition. People left behind them their properties and valuable things, and now it is very risky for them to go into the town. It seems that the current fighting in the town will bring destruction to it. The destiny of our Christian community and churches as well as other communities in Ras Al-Ayn is not going to be better than the destiny of other towns, like Dair Al-Zor and Homs.
Yesterday afternoon, 9 November, Father Michael Yacoub of St. Osyo Church in Derbasieh left the town with his family and arrived in Hassake, where the headquarters of the Archdiocese is. On the road to Hassaka, He called me from his cell phone and said that he had to rush out with his family for their safety, without thinking to bring any valuable Church books. When he arrived in Hassake, I learnt from him that there was a call upon people to leave their homes, and it was said that the opposition is on the Turkish border, and is ready to occupy the town. He said that there was shooting in the air when he left Derbasieh. In the evening, Father Michael made contacts with his friends from the Kurdish community, and they told him that the town is in peace, and the opposition did not cross the border. He said that there was a deal made between the opposition and the Kurdish community in town. The opposition told the Kurdish people in Derbasieh, who count the majority in town, to ask the government officials to leave the town; otherwise the opposition will cross the border and move them out. The government officials accepted the offer to move out without fighting. When I asked Father Michael about the shouting, he said: it was a kind of a game to give people the impression that the situation is a very delicate one. Also, he said that they told him later the shooting was an expression of joy to reach a successful deal by saving the lives of many people.
This morning, 10 November, Father Michael went back to Derbasieh and he called me from there that the town is in peace.
I receive many calls from different churches, especially from Kamishly. They need to know what has happened and what could happen to large towns like Kamishly and Hassake in my Archdiocese. There is a great fear among families of different communities about their future. People are so much afraid of a real war, which might happen at any time between Turkey and Syria, because of the Turkish clear interference in the Syrian crises. This war could lead other counties into regional war. People are so much worried about their children, women and properties. Many of them are getting themselves ready to immigrate to Europe and to other safe neighboring countries. It is very difficult to say what could happen tomorrow.
All we need now is your prayers for peace, and your support to end this evil fighting.
With Christ’s love and blessings,
Your brother in Christ,
Eustathius Matta Roham
This Sunday in Church
Annunciation to Zachariah
This Sunday is commemorated as the day when John the Baptist's birth was announced to Zachariah by Angel Gabriel.
Before Holy Qurbana
This Week's Features
But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend; you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you,
"You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off";
fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded;
those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.
You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them;
those who war against you shall be as nothing at all.
For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the one who helps you."
Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you,
declares the LORD; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
by Rev. John Schmidt, Central Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, MD
From Zechariah and Elizabeth we can learn
Sermon Text: Luke 1:5-25
Today's theme is facing dead hopes. There are a lot of people who struggle this time of the year. This is a time of incredible hope, incredible joy, promises, and yet, at a time like this, we are kind of reminded in a fresh and painful way at the many things that aren't moving in our lives, things in our personal lives, things in families, families that are separated because of war or because of tensions within the family, problems with our job. In a time like that we have to think about what does it mean to hope in God when we are facing these struggles and difficulties.
I am always amazed at how God uses regular people. With the exception of a few people like Moses or David who had some social standing and might have been noticed anyway, with the exception of people like that, most of the people that we read about in scripture are people who are otherwise unremarkable folks. Farmers, fishermen, housewives and Zechariah fits in this sort of category of people.
Zechariah was a priest and often when we think about priests, we think about people who are particularly well educated in the Israel society; people who had all the answers and were looked up to. But, you know it wasn't like that at that time. Certainly, there were those urban priests who were very well trained and they were called scholars of the law and looked up to. But there was a whole group of priests who were members of the priestly family, but because they lived out in the country or otherwise, they weren't as well educated. And in fact, in that period of history there were words used by the urbane and urban folks to describe these people and roughly translated it would be the idiot priests. The country bumpkin priests. And Zechariah, if he fits in any category at all, he fits in the category of the country priests. The only reason why he is doing something special right now is that these responsibilities to carry, to light incense inside of the priestly part of the sanctuary, these responsibilities rotated from division to division within the priestly families and when his division came up, they all drew lots and Zechariah's lot was the one that was chosen.
And so Zechariah is having a once in a lifetime experience here. Even though it happened regularly in the life of the temple, for Zechariah, this is his 15 minutes of glory. But he didn't expect it to quite be the way it turned out, because angels arriving during this responsibility wasn't typical.
Now you know what I would have thought of if I was Zechariah at that point? Which prayer? He's an old man. He has prayed all kinds of things that haven't been answered and this prayer for a child, this was something that was probably up front in their lives everyday when they were a young couple, but as the years went by and they get closer and closer to the age where no one is bearing children anymore, I am not sure that that prayer would have continued.
So when the angel says, your prayer has been answered, it might even be a prayer that they are no longer praying, but had prayed faithfully for years. Because this was a faithful couple. They described them in verse six as being, both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all of the Lords commandments and regulations blamelessly.
These were good folks, but the natural course of events is that, as time goes by and the answer doesn't come, our expectations start to drop. And so, when the angel says, your wife will have a son, Zechariah isn't even a model of faith at that point because he says, how can I be sure? How can I be sure of this? He doesn't even rise to the occasion like we would like a Biblical hero to do.
But before we get hard on Zechariah, I think we need to realize that all of us would probably be in that sort of category. Our faith is unprepared. Our minds are unprepared. Our expectations have gone down. God takes this lack of faith seriously because Zechariah is then not able to speak, and this is important not only for Zechariah, but for the whole nation because as he finished his responsibilities in this priestly part of the sanctuary he is supposed to come out and speak a benediction upon all of Israel. And he is unable to do it. This naturally causes some concern I am sure. And so now Zechariah is silent.
I want to read to you now the first words that he says publicly after this time of silence. It's in Luke 1 and I am going to begin at verse 68:
Nine months go by and you can even see, maybe in those nine months, that they are still struggling with their faith because it says a few verses earlier that for five months, Elizabeth remains in seclusion. Why? Maybe because they were worried that this baby wouldn't come to term. We don't know. But they struggle during that time and then the time comes that the baby is born and Elizabeth says that his name shall be John and everybody says, wait a minute. There is nobody in your family named John, and you are trying to pull something over us and since Zechariah can't speak, let's get his opinion on the matter. And he writes it out; his name shall be called John. And at that point, he can speak again and he praises God. And then speaks these public words to Israel.
Now, these words are prophetic, spirit filled benediction upon Israel. Good words. Breaks down roughly into two parts. Verse 68-75 focuses in on the deliverance of Israel as a nation, that God will raise up a leader particularly this person from the house of David, this horn of salvation which talks about might and power. But it's very much a political statement. The words that are in this first half are words that are very similar to words that were used in prayers constantly in Israel at this time. Everybody would have recognized this because this was the sort of benediction and blessing you expected. The day is coming that God will take the foot of these Gentiles off of you, and you will be a powerful people and will be able to live in peace. Now, this is something that is a little less familiar to us because this part of what he said still hasn't happened. We are still waiting, even as we look back upon the first coming of Jesus Christ. The things that are described in the first half of Zechariah words are things that we are still waiting for when Jesus comes again.
Now, the second part contains the words that are more like the words that we would expect as Christians. The words that we use in Advent. The things that talk about going before the Lord to prepare the way for him.
Prepare the way for the Lord. We are used to words like this. But this was the part that was less familiar to the Jews, because they are no longer talking about the national hopes of Israel, but talking about this thing of the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of God. That the one who is coming is going to make all of that happen, and this was something they really didn't have a category for clear in their minds, and yet for us this is the part that makes sense, because we are looking back on it, because this has already happened.
So Zechariah speaks these words to Israel. Some of it they understood better than others. Some parts they understood better than others.
Now, I said that these were the first words that Zechariah said in nine months, but what's also significant is that these are the first words of public prophetic witness to Israel in more than 450 years of silence. The last prophet that they had, that shows up in the Old Testament is Malachi. And so, for 450 years there has been silence. They have been used to having some kind of prophet living within the community, people to rebuke you, people to encourage you, people to give you the sense that God was still speaking to your situation, but for 450 years there was silence and during that time their nation was overrun by the power of Gentile countries.
Where is God? Has God forgotten us? And so you can imagine each generation of people having lower and lower expectations of what God would do. Maybe they could imagine God doing something major in the future, but certainly not in our generation.
Israel had been laboring under this silence wondering had God forgotten and here's the first set of words in 450 years and praise God, it's not a rebuke. It's a promise. Verse 68. "Praise be to the Lord God of Israel because he has come and has redeemed his people."
God has not forgotten. Incredible words to a people who felt that God had pulled himself out of the picture. Now we are coming into a time that focuses in on hope, but we've got to admit that most of us come struggling with the fact that we have dead hopes in our lives. Where are those dead hopes? Where is hope dying? Is it in your personal life where you were hoping to have some changes happen in your walk with God and year after year it doesn't seem to change and you struggle and you've got to admit it, you don't even expect a change anymore.
You've stopped expecting God to work in your life. It might be in your family. You've hoped for peace and harmony in your family, but now you have gotten to the point that you are just willing to live with discord because you have hope for nothing more.
It might be in your career, where you were hoping things would be better or that you would be at a different place and it's just not working out that way.
It could be that you are praying for children or you have children and you are praying for those children because they haven't responded yet to the grace of God and you worry about their lives, and after a period of years sometimes you find that you don't really expect it to change. There is all kinds of ways that hope dies in our lives.
The good news we see in this passage is that God has not forgotten us either.
Now, we've got to think about that carefully though. It doesn't mean that we get everything we want, the way we want it, because some things that we want actually are selfish and God needs to work in our lives to change those desires. But even if those desires are pure, even if we know they are right, it doesn't mean that God will answer necessarily the way we want him to.
For example, in Elizabeth and Zechariah's case, it came very late in life, but basically they got the answer that they wanted. They had the child. Not only that, a special child. But in the case of Israel, they get this message that God is going to do something in their midst that they did not expect, and the things that they were looking forward to still haven't happened. And so they get a different message, that God hasn't forgotten. God has come to redeem, but redemption is something bigger than they ever imagined.
Our hopes fall into those sorts of categories. There are ones that need to change. There are other ones that will come, but are delayed and there are others where God has to replace what we desire with something that is bigger and closer to his heart. But the word that we have here is that God hasn't forgotten.
You know the thing about Advent is that it lasts for four weeks. Four weeks of all of this flurry, all of these decorations, all of this music and then right after Christmas, just like turning off the Christmas lights, it goes out, it's over and you hardly think about it anymore.
But in the Christian year, Advent is the start of the year. It lays the foundation for everything else that is going to happen in the year. So all the promises of God, all the mighty acts of God are still in the future. It's the start of our hopes. And so since that is the real meaning of what we should be doing in Advent, I would like to challenge you to face some of these hopes, some of these struggles that are in your life.
Take some time and think about if all the stops were off, if God could do whatever you want in your life, whatever kind of growth or development, if all the stops were pulled out, what would it be? What would it be in your personal life? What would be in your family? What would it be in this church? What would it be in your job? Think about these things.
Pray about these things and ask God, what's the first step to begin again with this journey with him. Because Advent is a time to rekindle hopes. Advent is a time for us to dust off our faith and get it in working order again, to trust God again because God isn't finished with us yet. The best is yet to come. And he can do it.
Let's pray. Gracious God, as we prepare our hearts even now in this worship service to respond to you, we pray that you will bring our minds and hearts once again to faith and hope and trust in you. Lord, it's so hard. There are so many disappointments. Lord we don't know what to do entirely with that, but we pray now that we will have grace to bring them to you. For we ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.
© 2003, Rev. John Schmidt
by Pastor Eldon Reich
Scripture: Luke 1:5-25
On this first Sunday in Advent, it is appropriate that our first word is HOPE.
In 1929 there was a group of ministers at Boston School of Theology, who gathered to discuss how they should conduct Thanksgiving services.
Things were about as bad as they could get, with no sign of relief.
The bread lines were depressingly long,
The pastors thought in deference to the human misery all about them, they would only lightly mention the subject Thanksgiving. Dr. William L. Stiger, said: "This is not the time to give mere passing mention to Thanksgiving and hope, just the opposite.
This is the time for the nation to get matters in perspective and thank God for blessings that are always present, but sometimes overlooked due to intense hardship."
I think the word HOPE has taken a bum rap in secular society.
In the face of setbacks, unemployment, bankruptcy, divorce, sickness, even death, how many times has a pastor said: "Don't give up, it will work, out God provides."
And the people reply: "I HOPE so!" almost with a sarcastic "Sure it will!"
The New Testament's understanding of the word HOPE was a strong powerful protective word.
To the Thessalonians Paul writes about hope: Put on the "HOPE of salvation as a helmet".
To the Colossians he writes of the "HOPE laid up in heaven," the "HOPE of glory."
Apostle Peter, in his first letter writes: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I Peter 1:3-5 NAS
A living hope is one that is not static,
Don't give up, friends.
Look at Romans 5:
We have a hope in God that does not disappoint us.
The reason the word hope has lost it muscle today, Is that we have disconnected hope from God.
God puts the power back in hope. A "HOPE that does not disappoint us"
In our scripture we find:
I. A NATION IN NEED OF HOPE.
The cause of their hopelessness was external.
The first eight words of this scripture describe the reason for their despair
There was great depression in the land.
Now Herod had professed himself to be a proselyte to the Jewish religion, But that was simply so he could get appointed and elected to the Jerusalem area. He was an agnostic, He made mockery of the Jewish faith and promoted his secular interests and ambition of society solely for his own political gain.
The despair came because, for the first time, the throne of Judah was filled by a person not of Jewish extraction, forced upon the people by the Roman government.
An anti Jew
But the people of Israel didn't give up.
That this new governor would come from Bethlehem Who would rule and feed the people of Israel.
Out of the smallest clan of Judah comes the Savior.
So it is the same to us today?
In our scripture we find
Secondly you see:
II. A PEOPLE IN NEED OF HOPE.
The cause of Zechariah and Elizabeth HOPELESSNESS was personal. They had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years. Luke 1:7
How many times can we cope with the external failures
But what gets us is the internal breakdown of hope.
Zechariah and Elizabeth were from families of priests.
Both were descendents of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
And just because they were born preacher kids didn't make it any easier on them.
But they were faithful, Scripture says they were upright in the sight of God.
They lived what they believed.
But even when we are living right,
And there was a dark cloud over their lives.
But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years. Luke 1:7
Another translation says: They were Stricken in years: ASV
The Golden years can strike us in ways not so blessed.
I was up to the nursing home the other day And I saw the reality of the golden years.
Bone that are brittle and broken,
Somehow by the permission of God, sterility and old age both met in the person of Elisabeth, Childbearing was impossible. Do we hear an echo from Sarah and Abraham, Genesis 11:30; 17:17.
But in the economy of God all things can work together for good
God understood that if John the Baptist was to be the forerunner of Christ;
That's why I say to you "don't despair"
Zechariah and Elizabeth did what we must do.
Hopelessness, crises, disappointment
Most of our problems come when we leave God out of the equation.
Zechariah went to the temple.
In the midst of worship.
It was in the temple
The Angel appeared
It is here for us this morning,
And angels will speak
Where the people are praying,
Do you have a living hope in a living God?
The air terminal was a sea of people, hurrying and pushing. But one night it was especially crowded since a snow storm snarled the schedules of arriving and departing airplanes.
In the midst of the terminal, all by herself, sat a little traveler, a little girl who could not have been more than a first grader in school, six years old, maybe seven. She sat quietly.
One might have expected tears, but her big eyes never closed. Wide-eyed she watched. Now and again she smiled.
A security guard spoke to her softly, asking if he might be of help.
"No," she answered, "I'm waiting for my daddy."
Snow fell in increasing depths
"See," she said, "I told you he would come."
There never had been a doubt.
God is your father,
You have no idea
Do not fear what the world can do to you.
Every prayer is heard.
Because we have a living hope that will not disappoint us.
Hope is not optimism, that something will turn out well,
Will you wait on the lord today?
The great forerunner of the morn,
The herald of the Word, is born:
And faithful hearts shall never fail
With thanks and praise his light to hail.
With heavenly message Gabriel came,
John, still unborn, yet gave aright
Of woman born shall never be
But why should mortal accents raise
"Behold, My herald, who shall go
All praise to God the Father be,
"The Great Forerunner of the Morn" by Choir of First Church Los Angeles; Words: The Venerable Bede (673-735). Music: C. Gall, 1625.
by John Stonestreet
We hear a lot about hope these days, from "the audacity of hope" to "hoping against hope." Unfortunately, the word has been redefined - and, I must say, shrunken - by bad definitions.
Hope has been reduced to a kind of naïve optimism that things will get better. We hope for a changed situation, a new job, a better love, hitting the lottery, or LeBron James winning his first championship.
But real hope - biblical hope - isn't hope for; it's hope in: Hope in Christ - what He did for us on the Cross; and what He will do for us when He comes again and sets up His kingdom. A hope for is never better than wishful thinking. Hope in Christ is an expectation based on the certainty of who Jesus is and what He accomplished.
When hope is defined down to a limp, pallid and ultimately useless imitation of the real thing, people and cultures are unable to live above naïve optimism or heartless despair.
But real hope is neither optimistic or despairing, and one of Chuck Colson's closest colleagues, the late Richard John Neuhaus, described why: "Optimism," Neuhaus said, "is not a Christian virtue. Optimism is simply a matter of optics, of seeing what you want to see and opting not to see what you don't want to see."
Hope is different than optimism. But we also can't despair. As Neuhaus added: "We have not the right to despair, for despair is a sin. And we have not the reason to despair, quite simply because Christ has risen." And that's where biblical hope squarely rests.
This is no "pie in the sky when you die" kind of hope, but a hope that empowers us for effective service in this world right now.
For Neuhaus, hope involved calling the church to embrace the truth and power of the Gospel even in a culture he called "American Babylon." For Chuck, it meant proclaiming the sanctity of human life, marriage and religious liberty.
And for us, true, biblical hope - hope in Christ rather than a hope for an improved situation - empowers us to keep on keeping on in the myriad battles to which the Lord calls us.
Source: Breakpoint Commentary
by Dr. Michael Youssef
Immediately following God's incredible, supernatural intervention on Mount Carmel, Elijah told King Ahab, "Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain" (1 Kings 18:41) Ahab went down to eat and drink. Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel where he knelt on the promise God had given him.
The promise God gave Elijah was a conditional promise. While Elijah was still in Zarephath with the widow, "the word of the LORD came to Elijah: ‘Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.' So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab" (1 Kings 18:1-2). The Lord said He would send rain if Elijah presented himself to Ahab. At this point, it had not rained in three and a half years. There was a great famine and people were desperate. Elijah's obedience was the condition of the fulfillment of God's promise.
Some people today love to claim the promises of God while trying to escape the conditions. God must be true to His Word. If a promise comes with a condition, the condition must be completed so the promise can be fulfilled. God set these conditions, and He is not going to change them. An example is sowing and reaping. Paul wrote to the Galatians, "A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life" (Galatians 6:7-8). It takes time for a crop to yield its harvest, but you will always reap what you sow. A man who sows corn does not reap cotton.
The promise God gave Elijah was a personal promise. It was given to Elijah for that time and place. Do not try to make a personal promise in Scripture a universal promise.
Elijah had a personal, conditional promise from God. He had fulfilled the conditions of the promise and was praying for its fulfillment-for rain. Elijah knew He was going to see the answer to His prayer. He knew God's character-God always tells the truth and He always keeps His promises. Still, he prayed persistently.
He sent his servant out seven times to check for rain. On his seventh trip, he saw a small cloud in the distance. Expectantly, Elijah alerted Ahab to take cover because rain was coming. Humbly, Elijah ran before the King all the way home-refusing to steal the glory of this victory from the Lord.
What are you doing with the conditional promises of God? Are you refusing to keep the condition of the promise? Or have you simply just given up?
Please examine your heart and ask the Lord to take away any hindrance to fulfilling the conditions of His promises or in persisting in prayer for the fulfillment of His promises. May the Lord empower you to never give up!
"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."--2 Peter 3:9
Source: Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef
by Joel Osteen
One thing I've learned is that God doesn't always work on our time table. In fact, He rarely does. But, in a single moment, God can change your life! All throughout scripture, we see examples of how God was working behind the scenes and instantly turned things around for His people. Scripture tells us He is the same yesterday, today and forever which means if He did it for them, He can instantly turn things around for you, too!
You may be going through some difficulty today, but be encouraged because your times are in God's hands. Trust that He has your best interest at heart. He wants to pour out His favor. He wants to take you further than you dreamed possible and work in your life in ways beyond what you have ever imagined.
Let this truth sink down into your heart today. Resist discouragement by speaking His Word over your future. Keep standing, keep hoping and keep believing because He is working behind the scenes. Have faith because your times are in His hands, and He will lead you in the life of victory He has for you!
Father, today I humbly come before You giving You all that I am. I trust that my times are in Your hands. I trust that You are working things out in my favor. I set my focus on You knowing that You are working things out for my good in Jesus' name. Amen.
From Clearer Skin to a Stronger Immune System
With more than a third of Americans classified as obese, everyone from first lady Michelle Obama to TV news anchor Katie Couric is advocating exercise to maintain a healthy weight.
That's great, says Dr. Eudene Harry, author of "Live Younger in 8 Simple Steps," (www.LivingHealthyLookingYounger.com), but the benefits of exercise go far beyond fitting into those skinny jeans.
For one, it will give you younger looking, more blemish-free skin.
"The increase in circulation and perspiration that occurs with exercise delivers more nutrients to your skin while allowing impurities and waste to be removed," says Harry, who combines years of emergency-room experience with holistic medicine in her private practice. "The result? A healthier complexion!"
She adds four more hidden benefits of a good workout:
• Natural "feel-good" chemicals: Exercise releases endorphins, the brain chemicals that boost your mood and make you feel happy, as well as relieve stress, and enhance your self-esteem and self-confidence. Exercise has also been shown to increase neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which gives us a natural high and allows us to sleep better.
• Constipation prevention: Exercise increases the contractions of the wall of the intestine, helping to move things along through the intestinal tract more easily, and decreasing the time it takes to pass through the large intestine. But wait an hour or two after eating before exerting yourself: Exercising too soon after a meal can divert blood flow away from the gut and toward the muscles, weakening peristaltic contractions (and slowing down the digestion process).
• Prevents brittle bones: Walking, jogging, dancing, weight training and yoga are all weight-bearing exercises that help strengthen bones. Swimming and bicycling are exercises that are considered non-weight bearing. During weight-bearing exercises, bones adapt to the impact of the weight and the pull of muscles by building more bone cells, increasing strength and density and decreasing the risk of fractures, osteopenia and osteoporosis.
• Enhanced immunity: Physical exertion increases the rate at which antibodies flow through the blood stream, resulting in better immunity against sickness. The increased temperature generated during moderate exercise makes it difficult for certain infectious organisms to survive.
Don 't overdo your exercise, or you won 't see all of these benefits, Harry says.
"Check with a physician who can advise you on the right activities and intensity level for your individual needs," she says.
"For all the benefits of exercise, there are down sides if you go at it too vigorously for your physical condition. For instance, you can actually increase stress hormones, which can make you more vulnerable to illness, rather than building your immunity."
About Eudene Harry, M.D.
Dr. Eudene Harry holds a bachelor 's in biology from New York University and completed both her medical degree and residency training at Thomas Jefferson University. Currently the medical director for the integrative and holistic Oasis Wellness and Rejuvenation Center, she has practiced medicine for nearly 20 years, is board certified in both emergency and holistic medicine, and for more than a decade practiced emergency medicine as an attending physician in Level II trauma centers.
Next Thursday being Thanksgiving Day, most of you will have plenty of Turkey leftover on Friday. Here are some delicious dishes you can make with the left over Turkey.
Asian Turkey Spring
Put cooked chopped turkey, veggies, stuffing in moistened rice paper
wrappers....then wrap like egg rolls. No cooking required.
Dip the Rolls in Asian Cranberry Sauce: cranberry sauce thinned with hot sauce,
maple syrup.....add a bit of sesame oil, some chopped gingerroot, maybe a dash
of soy sauce.
Turkey Spicy Nachos:
Ingredients: (Use your own judgement on amt. of ea. ingredient.)
Cook the Shredded Turkey, Onions, Chili Powder, Cheese and Beans in skillet.
Pour over Nachos and top with Sour Cream.
Put cooked chopped turkey, veggies, stuffing in moistened rice paper wrappers....then wrap like egg rolls. No cooking required.
Dip the Rolls in Asian Cranberry Sauce: cranberry sauce thinned with hot sauce, maple syrup.....add a bit of sesame oil, some chopped gingerroot, maybe a dash of soy sauce.
Turkey Spicy Nachos:
Ingredients: (Use your own judgement on amt. of ea. ingredient.)
Cook the Shredded Turkey, Onions, Chili Powder, Cheese and Beans in skillet. Pour over Nachos and top with Sour Cream.
Compact Turkey Dinner
Cut up leftover turkey meat, mix with leftover dressing and mashed potatoes.
Roll into meatball-sized balls, dip in beer batter, and deep fry until golden
brown. Serve with leftover gravy.
Cut up leftover turkey meat, mix with leftover dressing and mashed potatoes. Roll into meatball-sized balls, dip in beer batter, and deep fry until golden brown. Serve with leftover gravy.
Leftover Turkey Casserole
Spread 2 cups mashed potatoes in a greased casserole dish. Heat 2 cups chopped
turkey in 1 1/2 cups gravy. Add 1 cup stuffing. Mix thoroughly and spread over
mashed potatoes. Bake covered 30 minutes until heated through. Serves about 4.
The beauty of this one is you can substitute potato flakes, canned gravy or
stove top dressing if you are short of any ingredient other than the turkey, it
is still good.
Spread 2 cups mashed potatoes in a greased casserole dish. Heat 2 cups chopped turkey in 1 1/2 cups gravy. Add 1 cup stuffing. Mix thoroughly and spread over mashed potatoes. Bake covered 30 minutes until heated through. Serves about 4.
The beauty of this one is you can substitute potato flakes, canned gravy or stove top dressing if you are short of any ingredient other than the turkey, it is still good.
Michael Hargrove tells about a scene at an airport that literally changed his life. He was picking up a friend. He noticed a man coming toward him carrying two light bags. The man stopped right next to Hargrove to greet his family. The man motioned to his youngest son (maybe six years old) as he laid down his bags. They hugged and Hargrove heard the father say, "It's so good to see you, son. I missed you so much!" "Me, too, Dad!" said the son. The oldest son (maybe nine or ten) was next. "You're already quite the young man. I love you very much, Zach!" Then he turned to their little girl (perhaps one or one-and-a-half). He kissed her and held her close. He handed his daughter to his oldest son and declared, "I've saved the best for last!" and preceded to give his wife a long, passionate kiss. "I love you so much!" He said to his wife softly.
Hargrove interrupted this idyllic scene to ask, "Wow! How long have you two been married?"
"Been together fourteen years total, married twelve of those," the man replied, as he gazed into his wife's face.
"Well then, how long have you been away?"
The man turned around and said, "Two whole days!" Hargrove was stunned. "I hope my marriage is still that passionate after twelve years!"
The man stopped smiling and said, "Don't hope, friend . . . decide!"
And that's it, isn't it? For most of us it comes down to a decision. "Till death us do part." It doesn't happen in every relationship, but that is still the ideal that Jesus gives us.
Michael Hargrove, quoted by King Duncan, Collected Sermons, www.Sermons.com
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Peace of Christ be with you all.
I have just received a call from Father Michael Yacoub, our Syrian Orthodox priest of St. Osyo Church in Derbassieh, that the armed opposition crossed now the Turkish border and occupied the town. The families all the sudden moved out. He said to me that he is on his way to Hassake, where the headquarters of the Archdiocese is. Deabasieh is about one hour far from Hassake. It is 60 km far fro Kamichly, and another 60 km far from Ras Al-Ayn.
This is exactly what happened in Ras Al-Ayn, and repeated now in Daerbasieh. I think the same scenario will be repeated all along the border with Turkey.
The most dangerous part in this game is the direct interference of Turkey in the Syrian affairs. I think, if Turkey will continue behaving like this, Turkey will very soon lead the whole region into a real war.
I hope Turkey does not mean to go into a real direct war with Syria.
I will keep in touch as long as we have internet communications
Please pray for peace in the region and the safety of our families.
Yours in Christ,
Mor Eustathius Matta Roham,
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