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Universal principle: Applied Faith
No one knows how many years it will take for Japan's ordinary people to return to normalcy of before March 2011. And not only survivors but all Japanese have nowhere to flee to.

Letter written by a father to his son
Following is a letter to his son from a renowned Hong Kong TV broadcaster cum Child Psychologist. The words are actually applicable to all of us, young or old, children or parents.! This applies to daughters too.

Sustenance of Life and Spirituality
The first and foremost threat to the sustenance of life on earth is the untoward activities of man himself. The harmful ecological changes happening around us is the by-product of the perverted life style of the modern man.

PCUSA Pastors in Talks of a New Future
That "something new" includes a minimalist structure, "replacing bureaucracy and most rules with relational networks of common purpose" and a clear theological core.

Rick Warren: Mainline Church Problems Need Evangelical Solution
Warren called for “reconciliation” between mainline and evangelical churches and reminded the audience that Jesus taught his followers to love their God with all their heart, mind and soul, as well as to love their neighbors as themselves.

Defend Doctrine, but Don't Attack Others, Pope Says at Audience
Even in the midst of the upheaval of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, St. Peter Canisius knew how to defend Catholic doctrine without launching personal attacks on those who disagreed, Pope Benedict XVI said.

GiveIndia - Giving Impetus to Voluntary Efforts
GiveIndia was founded as a unique social sector enterprise to connect donors to a wide range of credible causes and NGOs across India.

Did the Catholic Church Have Its Origin in Paganism?
A Protestant pastor tells how he got involved in the issue and how his understanding of the issue has changed.

Do We Really Need Bishops?
I find no evidence in the Bible that the Scriptures mandate a particular form of ecclesiastical polity. This includes congregationalism and presbyterianism as well as episcopacy.

Missionary Doctor Witnesses Depressing Medical Cases
Medical missions has a definite role in reaching out to people with the love of Jesus. When we are treating their bodies, we are also touching their souls by telling them we care.

The Art of Giving
The wealth of the noble is used solely for the benefit of others! Even after accepting that giving is good and that one must learn to give, several questions need to be answered.

Golden Rules Learned in Life from Napoleon Hill
In keeping with the tradition of taking inventory of what lessons have been learned during the past year, I would like to offer my year end thoughts.

What Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-one Has Taught Me
by Napoleon Hill. I approach my work for the coming year with renewed faith in the philosophy of the foregoing seven paragraphs, and, with positive evidence that I will get out of life exactly in proportion to what I put into it.

Yahrzeit - Things I learned in a Year
Close to a year ago I wrote an article entitled "When You Have No Choice" which discussed the passing away of my former wife and the challenges that created for me and for my children. A year's time – Yahrzeit – has now passed since her death and I wanted to share with you some insights I have gained during these last twelve months.

Armageddon Fortress May Hold Keys to History
The word "Armageddon" comes from the Hebrew Har Megiddo, which means mountain of Megiddo, where Revelation says the final battle will take place. To the untrained observer, the modern-day site of Megiddo looks like one more hill in the Carmel mountain range near Haifa.

Who Destroyed Megiddo? Was It David or Shishak?
Most scholars accept David as a historical figure who was an active military ruler in the period portrayed in the Hebrew Bible (the early tenth century B.C.E.). However, there is considerably less agreement on how to interpret the archaeological evidence for this period.

Koorthamala Orthodox/Marthoma Church - A Symbol of Christian Unity
Koorthamala Church stands tall as a symbol of Christian unity and fellowship among different denominations. This Church was started in 1885. MarThoma Church and Orthodox Church shares the same church building, baptismal font, office and cemetery.

The man who dated Creation at Oct. 23, 4004 BC
Odd, isn’t it, that it’s always poor James Ussher (1581-1656), the Irish theologian who famously calculated the precise date of Creation – Oct. 23, 4004 BC – who gets mocked as the looniest of the deluded Christians.

What the Bible says about Alcoholism
We see frequent discussions and news stories on "Alcoholism among Christians". Whether Kerala comes first in the list or not, the topic is highly relevant today.

Christian Family in the Globalized World
Excerpts from the Couple's Conference held on 31 May, 2008 at St George Church, NY.

Hindu Jesus: A Different Kind of Christianity
Thousands of Jews who studied Hinduism and Buddhism have come to see Jesus as a mystical rabbi, a passionate religious reformer and a moral leader whose legacy was sadly corrupted.

HG Dr. Gheevarghese Mar Osthathios: Theology of Speed
The first impression one gets when dealing with Osthathios thirumeni is that he is a fast talker and fast walker. Why?

Interesting and Mind Boggling Information
You're gonna say "I didn't know that!" at least 5 times when you read this!

32 Feet Tall Christmas Star by OCYM, Kudassanad, Pandalam

Serving Others Will Help You by Napoleon Hill
One of the surest ways to achieve your own success in life is by helping others to attain theirs. The truly affluent person is the one who can afford to give of himself, of his time and energy, to the benefit of others.

15 Laws of Life By Swami Vivekananda
What You Need to Keep in Mind

Managing Stress
A lecturer was giving a lecture to his student on stress management. He raised a glass of water and asked the audience, "How heavy do you think this glass of water is?"

The Story of Peng Shuilin
Next time you want to complain about something trivial, DON'T. Remember Peng Shulin instead.

Used vs Loved - A good lesson to learn
Anger and Love have no limits. Choose the latter to have a beautiful, lovely life. Things are to be used and people are to be loved. The problem in today's world is that people are used while things are loved.

A Very Special Boss
The real story about a special boss.


Leadership and Management Articles

The Power of Belief and Expectation
While you may not always get what you want, you will always get what you expect! The power of belief and expectation work just as effectively on your feelings of self-doubt and limitation as they do on your thoughts of success and achievement.

Servant Leadership: The Parable of Brother Leo
Another model of leadership, where leaders are preoccupied with serving rather than being followed, with giving rather than getting, with doing rather than demanding. Leadership based on example, not command. This is called servant leadership.

A Brain Scientist Explains Leadership
Neurobiology helps tell us why executives screw up--and what they do to avoid it... When people win, testosterone is released. Repeated wins trigger the dopamine system. This increases creativity and energy, but it also heightens risk-taking and novelty-seeking.

6 Managerial Styles You Need to Lead Effectively
Far too many managers are “one-trick-ponies.” Early in their careers they had success with one management style and now use it regardless of the situation. The result: They lack the skills necessary to handle the complexities of managing people.

3 Ways to Manage Clashing Leadership Styles
While managing the tension can be challenging, working with someone who has a different approach than you, can often yield innovation and creativity. Here are three ways to make the most of differing styles:

The Top 10 Ways To Improve Your Leadership Skills
If you desire to lead a passion-filled life wherein you are a positive influence to everyone, you will enjoy incorporating the following practices to assist you in consistently living your life as a conscious and strong leader.

Leadership: Taking Responsibility for Our Choices
It happens to all of us. We realize that things at work or in some aspect of our personal lives are not going the way we want them to go. Deftly we find other people or outside circumstances to blame for our dissatisfaction. Thus, we avoid taking responsibility for personal choices that perpetuate the problems we face.

Top Ten Daily Habits for Developing the Art of Leadership
Many people are born leaders, yet the ability to lead is actually an art and an amazing collection of skills which can be learned and sharpened. The following top ten daily habits will help you grow as a leader personally, professionally, and spiritually.

Some Comments on Leadership
The best way to determine for yourself what good leadership means for you is to wonder what you would answer at age 85 to the following questions: · What would I have liked to become? · What would I have liked to acquire? · What would I have liked to experience? · What would I have liked to be my contribution? (How would I like to be remembered?)

Leading L’s in Life
In order to be a great self-leader and an accepted leader for others, there are some priceless facts of life that you should continuously practice. Listed below are these 10 vital facts and the way they should be perceived.

5 Power Keys For Leadership Success!
Did you know that... you can successfully handle most leadership challenges with just 5 simple strategies? By focusing your attention on these critical areas you can empower your the opportunities hiding within your vision, new venture or project plans.

Simple Steps to Leading Better
Leadership is all about channelizing the skills and abilities of your subordinates towards the designated goal. A leader always encourages the team, keeps it focused on the main objective, nourishes individual talent, and gives due credit where it belongs.

Fifteen Inspiring Qualities of Leadership
If you want to be a 'great' leader of men, here are a few thoughts on the qualities needed. 

General Interest Articles - Continued

History: Who Built Bombay?
It was during a period of four decades that the city of Bombay took shape. Reclamation was done to plug the breach at Worli and Mahalakshmi, Hornby Vellard was built in 1784.

Bishop Mor Coorilos - Green Liberation Theologian
For me, it is inconceivable to separate the human and the divine in Christ. That is one of my problems with liberation theology, although I consider myself as a liberation theologian. One of the failures of Christian theology is the overemphasize of the human aspect of Christ at the expense of the divine. In my thinking, it should go together.

The Hands
They did not seem to be the hands of a single person but represented the working hands of countless such mothers throughout the world.

A Valuable Lesson in Life
This is what I am looking for to be in my manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life.

Life's Balance Sheet
What is your greatest asset? What is your most beautiful attire? What is your most prized possession? What is your most powerful channel of communication? What is the most important thing in life? You need to know them before you can determine your life's balance sheet. Learn more.

A Mirror to the World
A Story to live by!

Poignant answers that makes the person who ask the question speechless.

Driving in Rain-Good to Know-Will Save Lives
How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour.

The religiosity of an Indian Syrian Christian when faced with atrocity
Indian Syrian Christians including my church the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox church in India is at a position of advantage and has not suffered the enduring hardship of Syrian Christians in the Middle East starting from Turkey and extending to other places and ending in a systematic and concerted effort at wiping out an entire community.

Thanksgiving Message from Barack Obama, 2010
Everything we have been able to accomplish in the last two years was possible because you have been willing to work for it and organize for it.

Making Every Day Thanksgiving
Like most people, I love the festive atmosphere of Thanksgiving. The spirit of this special day seems to put everyone in a good mood. But, like so many of our national holidays, I doubt that many people reflect on its purpose.

A Message of Giving Thanks and Goodwill
As we prepare to give thanks this holiday season, it’s critical that we don’t lose sight of the many American families who are struggling to make ends meet.

Evangelization and Syrian Orthodox Church
One of the main reasons for the low number of Christians in India is that we have played Brahmanism and compromised on or ignored the commission of Jesus - evangelization. We did that for convenience, for the safety and the prestige of a microscopic minority.

Corruption - Noitpurroc
Corruption is the root cause for underdevelopment, poverty, squalor, unemployment and all maladies of the world. This is not an exception even in the religious and spiritual world. The spiritual world should be the correcting catalyst agent for this time old cancerous malady, but it has become the fountain of corruption, from top to bottom.

Alcohol Consumption in Kerala
The world is preoccupied and licensed with the most harmful drug – Alcohol, for its commercial benefit of employment and taxes. It’s a common sight to see people lined up in front of all the drug shops. The religious centers are becoming empty pews, but drugs shops are full and overflowing.

A letter from Archbishop Eustathius Matta Roham to President of the Republic of Iraq
Regarding recent violence against Christians in Iraq (Nov 2010)

God's Own Country
Kerala has now become almost a mint of monetary monsters and pent of political puppets. Deep de-forestation has brought about the draining of the once swollen rivers. The gutter roads are becoming ghastly death traps and drinking water pipe lines are just turned out to be cesspools.

A Touch of Lemon
Mr. Lemon explained that the only person responsible for my situation was me. And the only person with the potential to change my situation was me, and that when I personally accepted that responsibility I could make a significant change in my life.

Minutes of the Fall 2010 Meeting - Standing Conference of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in America
The Autumn 2010 meeting of the Standing Conference of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in America was held at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, New York on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Archbishop Yeghishé Gizirian opened the meeting with a prayer.

The Stranger
How our lives can be influenced dramatically by "strangers."

Church Festivals in Kerala
A panorama of church festivals await the visitor. Here is a sampling of few.

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