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celebration and its relevance to personal life
In this message, two questions are dealt with:
(I) How was the Easter celebrated in the early church?
(II) What is the relevance of Easter celebration in personal lives of the faithful?
What shall we do
then? True Repentance
Speeches and sermons are in abundance, exhortations are close to the
ears, conventions are competitive, and pulpits are live with theology; yet
the cry of the broken heart is not to be heard today. The concept of sin
consciousness is overtaken by superfluous spirituality and confession has
become a ritual formality.
Reflections on Lenten Prayers
Is There any
Biblical Basis for Praying for the Departed?
When I started to use the Lenten prayer some years ago I was baffled by the
often repetitious and somewhat jumbled nature of these lengthy prayers. It
took me some time to get to grips with these prayers. I now understand and
appreciate the deep meaning I find in these prayers and so am recording my
thoughts, in the hope that it may benefit some younger members who may have
had similar difficulties.
Praying fro the departed is a very controversial topic among Christians.
The author gives amble evidences from the Holy Bible to prove his
arguments in favor of praying for the departed.
What Do You
Know Of Christ?
The world is hurrying to its final goal. The end of all things has
come near. Every devout and religiously interested person knows that
Christ is coming again. The ignorant will be dismayed
because they have neglected Christ and His true power.
Life After Death
Is there a life after death? Why should we pray for the departed souls? The
author discusses on this subject with passages from the
Holy Bible to support his position.
I am Who I am
Moses wanted to know the name God who sends him to Israelites in Egypt.
God revealed His name as "I am", with an explanation "I am Who I am" Do
you want to know how this "I am" is explained in the scripture by
various attributes of God?
Lenten Prayer of St Ephrem the Syrian
Why does this short and simple prayer occupy such an
important position in the entire lenten worship? Because it enumerates
all the "negative" and "positive" elements of repentance and constitutes a "check list" for our individual lenten
effort. This effort is aimed first at our liberation from some
fundamental spiritual diseases which shape our life and make it
virtually impossible for us even to start turning ourselves to God.
No one is so patient and so merciful as God, but even He does not forgive
those who do not repent. The God of love is also a God of righteousness, and
when Christ comes again in glory, He will come as our Judge. This is the
message of Lent to each of us: turn back while there is still time, repent
before the End comes.
Prayers - My Experience
When I started living away from my family for my higher studies, daily
prayers that was engrained in me as a deep rooted habit by then,
remained with me, and provided me with much needed refuge and strength.
Fasting is good for
heart and long life
Fasting is a branch of science, not necessarily be a religious teaching.
It is good to the heart because the heart is the nerve centre of life.
Lent or Dieting ????
The first thing that comes to our minds when we hear the word Lent
is, "What am I going to give up this year?" However giving up something is only
a small aspect of lent. Lent is a battle to defeat Satan and his
delights in using broken things
In essence, God said, Moses it really doesn't matter who you are. It is who I
Am that really counts. I Am that I Am. It was not who Moses was that
mattered at all, it was who God was that was all that mattered! For God
promised Moses that as he went forward at God's command, all the power of
heaven would back him up.
Which Church Is The True Church Of God?
The one true church of God is comprised of various individuals from
every walk of life, who live in a multitude of places stretching from
one end of the earth to the other. Each of these individuals is a part
of the body of Christ, and the very Spirit of Jesus Christ resides in
The Lamb of God
More than 2,500 years ago, God revealed the greatest message in history to the Hebrew prophet Isaiah. In chapter 53 of the book that bears his name, Isaiah unveils God’s message of salvation to the world, and in so doing, he reveals the identity of the Messiah – the Lamb of God who would lay down His life as an offering for the world’s sins.
Great Lent: O
Holy and Salvific Great Lent, come in Peace
What is the basic message of lent or the goal that we have to achieve by
observing this fast? Through Lenten prayers, the Church Fathers teach us
that the goal of Lent is a complete transformation from all the powers
of evil to the perfect Love of God.
Fasting is good for
heart and long life
As a principle for spiritual preparation, if one fasts before receiving
Holy Eucharist in empty stomach it is good for health of mind, body and
spirit. Observe the Holy
Lent with proper fasting, prayer and humility for the blessing of you, your
family and the church.
Kingdom of Heaven/God is the sphere where God reigns, repentance is the
acknowledgment of God's rule.
of Jesus’ Ministry
Gospel Reading appointed for the first Sunday after Danaho: Matt.4:12-22. Some thoughts for contemplation.
The Sermon on the Mount
The Sermon on the Mount is the quintessence of the teachings of Jesus
Christ. It is not the text of a long sermon: even if Jesus were the speaker
the audience would have slept off halfway through! It is a collection of
sayings. Matthew gives it as a sermon on the mount but Luke gives it as a
sort of “Sermon in the Valley”. The substance is more or less the same.
New Year: New Heart
Repentance is essential to inherit heaven. One who does not
repent shall perish, said Jesus. One who is in Christ is a new
The incarnation is not accidental, it was planned and executed for a
purpose; the salvation of humanity. The only-begotten Son of God,
begotten in eternity of the Father without a mother, was born in the
fullness of time of a human Mother without an earthly father.
Christmas and the Visit of Magi
In Christ, we see not only that God is with us, but that He has always
been with us. God has "summed up" or "recapitulated" all things in
Christ: Christ "gathers up" into His life all the experience of
Christmas and the
Visit of Magi
The birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem was an epoch making chapter in
the history of mankind. It happened to be the appearance of spiritual
truth which shed light to the whole world. Jesus Christ came to this
world as an embodiment of divine light that enlightens all those who
fumble in darkness of evil. He came as the love that eradicates hatred
and the energy that enables people to live a better life.
Peace On Earth
The angels were proclaiming peace and good will from God to mankind. God
is not against you. God loves you. God is not your problem. So, turn to
God, instead of turning away from Him.
God is more than "present." He is very present. More present than the
nearest friend can be, for He is in us in our trouble; more present than
we are to ourselves, for sometimes we lack presence of mind.
The Angel Gabriel
Gabriel is one of the two angels named in the Bible. His name means “man
of God” or “strength of God.”
to Zacharias: He will be great in the sight of the Lord
Zacharias." is forerunner to Christmas, even as St John the Baptist was
forerunner to our Lord. Faithful knows as poet says, "If winter comes, can
spring be far behind?", that Christmas is only eight weeks away.
How To Follow Jesus
It is a wrong notion in Christian life that leading a Pius life brings us all materialistic favors
from God. The only answer of innocent suffering in our life is the
imitation of our Lord’s suffering. To culminate our spirituality we need
to deny our self, carry His Cross and follow him unto the last.
What is heaven? It is the eternal bliss which God is enjoying.
Have You Been
Christians are people who have been saved: the time when they first put
their trust in Jesus Christ marks the beginning of their experience of
Gospel is about The Kingdom of God
'The Kingdom of God' This is the primary and predominant theme in the Gospel. It was to make a fallen creation aware of this, that the Lord became incarnate.
Look to Jesus
If we are crucified with Christ in the flesh, then we will live in
Christ. Our eyes will be lifted unto the Lord Jesus Christ as our
example. We will see how He went before us, and we can follow in His
footsteps and live by His faith. When we see His example, our faith is
fixed upon the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Easter: The Dawn of The Brightest Day
The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the center of the
Christian faith. St Paul remarks that, if Christ has not been raised
from the dead, then our preaching and our faith are in vain. Indeed,
without the resurrection, there would be nothing for Christians to
preach, and nothing for Christians to believe.
Message from Patriarch HH Ignatius Zakka I Iwas
By sacrificing Himself on the Cross for our sins, He reconciled sinful
humanity with the God the Father. And through this reconciliation with
the God, we all become worthy of salvation and eternal life.
If Church Spiritual leaders are going to continue to maintain their old life
style, ignoring the important job of serving the fellow men, the ignorant
mass will not understand the meaning of Easter. Prayer and
social service are the only way out for the common man.
Holy Saturday Night
A look at the Eastern Orthodox Liturgy behind the Holy Saturday Night
Worship Service, part of Passion Week Service.
and Holy Saturday Evening
A look at the Eastern Orthodox Liturgy behind the Holy Saturday Evening
Worship Service, part of Passion Week Service.
and Holy Saturday Morning
A look at the Eastern Orthodox Liturgy behind the Holy Saturday Morning
Worship Service, part of Passion Week Service.
Sabbath of the Gospel, Sabatho Dasbartho or Gospel Saturday
A detailed article that examines the background behind the prayer for
the departed, the concept of hell and paradise, etc.
A Passion Week
Thought: People, attitudes, & action
A reflection on passion week.
Let's see how some of those in that day reacted:
Each character is part of God's mosaic of our salvation.
According to St. John Chrysostom, fasting is not just forsaking
food. It is what you do that counts.
the Holy Trinity: A Reflection
Nothing defines more completely than the Holy Trinity - for in this is
the Creator, the Incarnation and the Continuing Presence.
Passion Week Message
The kind of person Jesus was, the kind of life he lived, and the way he
embraced death, shows us, in human terms, what God is like. Jesus tells
us that the whole purpose of his coming among us was that we too might
share his way of being human, share that richness of life that he lived.
only one way to God
Excepts from a discussion on salvation that you may find interesting.
Should We Observe the Lent and Fasting?
We should keenly look forward to the Lent- because the purpose of Prayer
& Fasting is to defeat the Satan.
I am the bread
A sermon based on John 6:35.
St. John recorded seven statements by which Jesus Christ declared His
deity that is; He was one with God the Father.
What You Say Is What You
Get, A Bible Devotion
While there is much that we don't understand, we must, on the basis of
what Jesus said, realize we are responsible for what happens because of
the words we have spoken.
Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Son of God was crucified on the Cross. He resurrected from the dead with
his own body. It was not an appearance.
Jesus said: "I
am the way, the truth, and the life"
Jesus made everything so simple, and we've made it so complicated.
and Then the Neighbor
Can we say we love God with our hearts, souls, and minds and
disobey the very first and highest commandment that He has given to
us? That commandment is to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Why We Shouldn't
God is our Heavenly Father who cares for us. So, we don’t have to worry,
struggle to figure everything out, or even try to make things happen.
Christ Coming vs. Christ
If we believe Jesus, we begin living gospel Christianity. But many
believe a futuristic rhetoric that has no revelation of the gospel of
the finished work of the cross.
The Training Of
Everyone has to learn to submit one's inner being to the Spirit so that
he can train us and turn us into people who are useful for doing his
work, whatever that might be. Peter, the first of Jesus' disciples was
no different. We can learn much by considering him as a an example of
someone Jesus had to train for his service.
Discipleship - Following
Jesus made it very clear that discipleship is not an easy life. It
is a life of constant change. To follow, we will have to count our
relationship to Jesus as more important than our family and friends.
The Day I Met Jesus
The Samaritan woman tells us the story of how she met Jesus.
The Truth about
the Da Vinci Code
Through the Da Vinci Code novel, Satan is deploying his favorite cunning
device that is instilling confusion and doubt in the minds of the
believers. This paper presents a concise "synopsis" of the novel,
followed by an outline of the false claims being asserted by the author
with a response and refutation to these assertions.
St Thomas at
the Octave of Resurrection
When we can exclaim from our innermost soul, "My Lord and my God," then
we have liberation from all lesser things. It seems that last things to
overcome in the Christian life are periods of doubt that arise.
Be a Bold
Remember that you are immortal till your work is done. If the Lord has
more witness for you to bear, you will live to bear it.
Story of Joseph in the Bible is an epitome of a forgiving mind, a proof
that even if man decides to hurt one's feelings or rob one's best part
of life, nothing shall ultimately prevail against what God has destined.
Healing and Forgiveness
Healing and forgiveness are about being whole because they are about
confronting evil and sin in ourselves and the world. God's word to us
confronts us with our weakness, sins, and ailments and offers us healing
You Cannot Reason
The Lord will take away all human reasoning. From the human standpoint
it may seem impossible, but the Lord wants to show us the distinction
between human reasoning and true faith, true saving faith, which is the
gift of God.
What Did Judas Do?
Judas betrayed Jesus. He was a disciple who instead of saving his master conspired to get Jesus arrested.
An Overview of
the Holy Week
Holy Week is the pinnacle of Great Lent. At no other time of the year will
religious thought and practice be at such a high peak as during
this sacred week, and no other family feast or festival should
out rank that of Easter.
An explanation of the history, traditions, and meaning of the Holy
Liturgy form the Orthodox perspective.
Good Friday is a prep
What can we learn from Jesus Christ's experience on Good Friday?
Giving Thanks and
God calls us not as we should be but as we are. Each of us has our own
unique flaws. If we will allow it, the Lord will
use our flaws to bring beauty and grace in service of God and humanity. In
God's great economy, nothing goes to waste.
Our Savior taught by His example and in His teaching that we are to
come unto God through faith, addressing Him as our Father. We are to come before God respecting Him and
acknowledging that parental relationship, which denotes authority and
submission, reverence, dependency.
The Hour of Glory
No human mind can begin to fathom the eternal love of the Father toward
His chosen children of grace. That hour of perfect obedience by His only
begotten Son unto death, even the death of the cross, was ever before
the Father from eternity. Had it not been for these covenant promises,
Adam would have sunk eternally into hell the instant that he sinned.
Loving God Alone
God has endowed the soul with two main faculties: the understanding
and the affections. We have
been given a sound mind, which means that we can understand the
difference between right and wrong and can pass judgment. Our
affections incline us to do or not do.
Belonging to Christ
Labor practically to show the world that
you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus.
Our Lord's Intercessory Prayer
The Lord does what He commands us to do. If Christ who is coequal with
the Father prayed so earnestly in the hour of trial, how much more must
we obey His precept to obtain the promises, that He be glorified in the
trial we are in.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit's title of the Spirit of Truth reveals His
qualifications to guide the flock of Christ because of His absolute
incapacity of error. The Holy Spirit is incapable of error, and that is
why He is so fully qualified to guide.
The Eden is within
When Christ, the Lily of the valleys, is planted in the garden of our
hearts, His love is "As the lily among the thorns." When we appreciate
the love of Christ, we see the sinfulness of sin. We will join forces
to cultivate and pluck out those thorns and thistles by the sweat of our
In the minds of many, the Christmas story is "The Greatest Story Ever
Told." It has human interest, charm, and intrigue. But let's be careful
not to confuse this story with the Gospel. The Gospel, "God's Story" is
about a cruel death on the cross, pain, blood and death - and glorious
resurrection. It is the only story offering true hope for eternal life.
Birth of the
The greatest the great wonder of our Savior's birth is how He humbled
Himself to leave His throne on high to take our human nature so He could
appease His Father's wrath upon our sin, and so making peace. He came to
redeem us from a debt we could not pay, and reconcile us back unto God.
Testimony of an
A familiar Christmas Story with a twist.
Christmas" is said in the languages of the world
Glad News, Good news, Christ is born
The greatest wonder ever revealed in heaven or earth was the wonder
recorded in the verses before us for consideration.
Message from the Patriarch of Antioch - 2005
The Meaning that now-a-days Christmas has Forgotten
These are the the traditional symbols of Christmas and their meanings.
A Christian home is an institution where parents as well as their
children are bound together by the selfless caring and sharing love,
where children are encouraged in their spiritual and secular growth.
Offering thanksgiving is a part of our Eucharistic celebration. In fact
the word “eucharist” came from the Greek word meaning “thanksgiving.”
Moreover we should give thanks to God not only during mass but also in
every moment of our life.
Scripture For When You Are Helpless
We prayed for this “power tent” and got it. Trees slammed into our
house, carport and yard. Our gutters were blown off. Our carport was
smashed but our cars were not touched. Our home itself was safe.
Scripture For When You Feel Alone
Here is a Scripture that will build your faith to a fever pitch.
Of The Holy Trinity
The word theology was widely used by the Classical Greek thinkers to describe their Gods. Great poets like Homer and Hasius
have often used this term while describing the gods and their deeds.
The Mystery of
Holy Mary, Mother of God
When I was a young student of the church I
had opportunities to meet regularly with my teacher, His Grace Bishop John.
When we met, I usually asked tough questions first. He would answer in some
way. Then I would ask another and another.
Dormition Of The Theotokos And Ever-Virgin Mary
Many believe that at the end of her life Mary was assumed bodily ‘into
heaven’. This claim, magisterially entitled ‘The Doctrine of the
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary’, is a Latin concept.
The Prodigal Son
A look at the parable of the Prodigal son in the context it was given
and its relevance to current conditions existing in the church and the
Serving God Always
It is so important to realize that we need Christ in our everyday life
just as much as we do for eternity. Much teaching says that salvation is
something that happens after we die. That is not right. We need
salvation every day. We need that perfect peace of Christ in our hearts
under all circumstances.
Joy of the Lord is My
The root of our joy is in the Benefactor who has given us the robe of
righteousness and gives us our crown. The measure of this joy is
determined by our daily walk in the footsteps of Christ, and our
fellowship and communion with Him.
Walk with God
Do we know Him? There are only two ways: we either walk in rebellion, or
we walk with Him. We must be careful that we are not presumptuous.
The greatest power in the world is not the Hydrogen bomb, but it is the
redeeming love of God. The Hydrogen bomb may destroy the whole world but
only the redeeming love of God can make it anew.
Peace in Christ
What is a more blessed subject than to read of the joy of the Lord Jesus
Christ remaining in you that your joy might be full?
the prince of peace... JESUS
A poem about peace in Jesus
If you wish to succeed
Success is certain when the Lord has promised
it. Although you may have pleaded month after month without evidence of
answer, it is not possible that the Lord should be deaf when His people
are earnest in a matter which concerns His glory.
Why we suffer?
Afflictions are one thing,
but consolations are another. Whether
temporal or spiritual, afflictions can prepare our hearts for the
consolation that the precious blood of Christ has washed away our sin.
Hunger of the Spirit
It is impossible for us to bring life into one who is spiritually dead.
We must wait upon the Lord on our knees, begging and beseeching that He
will bring life, breath, and food. We cannot give a spiritual
blessing to our own souls, but must wait upon the Lord to give that
blessing in due season.
Is Not Easy
While it may seem easy to be in faith, yet for the faith to be at work
God Knows Us Continually
This gospel teaches us one of the most blessed assurances
Christ's church has for its eternal security. If it depended upon
us following the Lord, then we could fall away, but it is not
possible because He has engraved us upon the palms of His
hands for eternity.
Meditation: A Great Bonus
Meditation on Scripture has the potential to bring us into a new
experiential knowledge of God and a much deeper understanding of our
life of faith.
There is a level of "seeing" or "watching" that God wants to bring us to
in these last days - a level that is necessary in order to survive and
conquer the devices and schemes of the enemy.
If we want to have a life of fellowship with Christ, it begins by Him
washing our feet with the water of the Word, washing our walk of life.
God, I seek thee earnestly!
A Meditation on Psalm 63
A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving:
A meditation on Psalm 50
The dishonesty of denying God's existence:
A Meditation on Psalm 53
God is Our Refuge --- Psalm 46 - A Meditation
Remember a time in your life when you
felt really bad. You were scared, depressed, and hopeless. You felt
like you had nobody to help you. Today we are going to read a poem
about such a situation.
we walk in the light, as He is in the light.
A meditation on John 1:7. Though I
cannot attain that perfection of purity and truth which belongs to the
Lord of hosts by nature as the infinitely good, yet I can set the Lord
always before me, and strive, by the help of the indwelling Spirit,
after conformity to His image.
Can We be
It is the sole prerogative of God to remove spiritual disease. Natural disease may be instrumentally healed by men, but even then the honor is to be given to God who giveth virtue unto medicine, and bestoweth power unto the human frame to cast off disease.
Security, and Satisfaction
Meditation on 2 Samuel 23:5. God has pledged Himself to me, and sealed
the compact with the blood of Jesus. I am bound to my God and my God to
Finding Happiness -
What does it take for man to find true happiness in the world that we live in? How can a person be content in this fast-paced, drive-thru society that we are a part of? For that matter, what does it mean to be content, or be in a state of contentment, and how does an individual arrive at the heels of contentment?
Happiness - Part 2: Four Sources of Divine Contentment
What Did Jesus Really Say?
There are four sources from which we can experience true divine contentment. Let’s look at these four sources of divine contentment in which are sure to provide ways to reach a state of fulfillment.
But the essence of Jesus’ teachings comes through loud and clear, over and over, to anyone who takes the time to distill his wisdom from the gospels.
Ask and it
shall be given to you
Based on St. Luke 11:9-20
Chosen Ones - Cleansed in
the Furnace of Affliction
We are chosen as an afflicted people and not as a prosperous people,
chosen not in the palace but in the furnace.
Submission to the will of God
All things are safe in Jehovah's hands; what we entrust to the Lord will
be secure, both now and in that day of days towards which we are
Are we clean?
To have "part with" our Lord and Savior, we must take part in continual
A Very Short Prayer
Heard By God
The story of George and his humble prayer.
The covenant is a treasury of wealth, a granary of food, a fountain of life, a store-house of salvation, a charter of peace, and a haven of joy.
What Jesus Did for Us
A look at what the actions of Jesus meant to us.
The Merit of Joseph
Joseph was not ashamed to honor his old father by owning him before his master. Not only was he willing to identify with his old father, but he
The Spirit of the Law
Receiving Christ is a subject that is much misunderstood, and vitally important to our salvation.
The Power of His Resurrection
To know Christ is to know the power of His resurrection. All the powers of Satan and death could
not hold Him.
Napkin is a Sign
In the empty tomb, Jesus left the napkin as a sign for all that "He was risen, but would come again."
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Good Friday - A new Covenant of God for Humanity
The passion of Christ on the cross was the new Covenant and beginning of the new Chapter the
process of salvation for humanity.
Events in the Passion week
with Biblical References (Spring AD 30 -approximately)
Devotional thoughts on the Story of the
Reading From the Gospel according to St. John 9: 1- 41
Walk in Light
This world is dark as midnight; Jesus has come, that by faith we may
have light and may no longer sit in the gloom which covers all the rest
Why Jesus Spoke in Parables
The parables beginning in Matthew 13 reveal the mystery of the spiritual
kingdom as service from the heart to Christ as King. The Lord Jesus is
teaching in these parables that the kingdom of heaven is within you; it
is established on the throne of your heart.
For all the negative things we have to say to
ourselves, God has a positive answer.
Love meets Justice in God
Looking at Calvary one finds the ultimate symbol of Love. Jesus is
the embodiment of Love. We know of no greater form of Love than that
shown by Jesus - the Lamb who willingly chose to become the
sacrifice in our place!
Intimacy of God
God knows each of us intimately. He knows our human-ness with all the
accompanying flaws. He knows our hearts.
A Different Approach to Fasting
Lenten fasts have a tendency to be oriented toward things like giving
up food or television. But there are many other creative ways we can
welcome Jesus' healing touch this Lent.
Where is God while we face difficulties in life?
He asked me a perpetually valid question. Where is God in the chaos
and pandemonium of life!? Why did God take away my father 6 months ago
in a fatal accident? Why do I feel a vacuum in my life as a result of
Bible has four gospels. Why?
the report of four men on the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have a
much richer view because they each saw a different central theme of
the ministry of Christ.
The mystery of God's incarnation so inconceivable for the mind is quite clear
and close, for faithful and loving heart. We are filled with spiritual joy,
because God is with us and we are with God.
Christmas season spells the season of love, joy and peace. We celebrate
Christmas to commemorate God's great gift to mankind, and that gift is the
birth of Christ.
Annunciation to St. Mary
Annunciation reminds us that Mary obeyed God and willingly submitted to God's will and helped to take away the
curse that has brought about suffering and death. She became the WOMAN whose
son took away the sins of humanity and abolished death. So Mary provided a
body to God who is spirit, so that he can suffer on our behalf and die.
Footprints of infant Lord Jesus in Egypt
Many faithful since generations after generations believe that St. Joseph
had taken the infant Jesus and his mother St. Mary into Egypt. There are 15 centers
in Egypt that are honored as pilgrimage centers, where it
is believed that St. Joseph had stayed with infant Lord Jesus and His
mother, St. Mary.
The Face of God
Have you ever wondered what the face of God looks like? Have you ever thought what you would say to
Him? What you would do in His presence?
The Available Bible
Because access to the Bible today is so free we often forget that there were thousands of people who paid dearly for the opportunity to read it and share it with others.
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Access to God
Becoming a true Christian has enormous consequences.
Relationships are changed; we are given privileges, we look at life differently;
our resources are inexhaustible. How do we receive all of this?
Fasting is a medicine. But medicine, as beneficial as it is, becomes useless because of the inexperience of the user.
The Lesson of Surrender, Devotion and Love from Jesus Christ's Life
I would like to share with you here some of my humble thoughts concerning these important parts of Jesus' life, birth, death and resurrection, which we celebrate yearly.
Eleison, Lord Have Mercy
One of the most used phrase in Christian
liturgy is "Kyrie Elaison." It comes from Greek and means Lord have
mercy. This article by Anthony M. Coniaris is one of the most beautiful
and inspiring one that explains the whole concept of mercy vs. justice.
Although the examples drawn are from Orthodox Church liturgy, it can be
enjoyed by people of all faith.
Peace of God
A Christian perspective
on obtaining lasting peace. We live a life filled with way too much. We have too many commitments, too much to do, and we live a very un-natural pace. At times it feels as if we live in slavery to our schedules. It seems as though every minute of our day is dictated to us, with very little choice. I don't believe it's supposed to be this way, and I believe there's a way out. If you can relate to this, maybe I can offer some hope.
The Nativity of Christ
The Divine goodness has always taken thought for mankind in
diverse manners, and in many portions, and of His mercy has
imparted many gifts of His providence to the ages of old.
The Nativity of Christ
Thoughts on Nativity
The Nativity of Christ
2: The mystery of the Incarnation
The mystery of the Incarnation is
The Nativity of Christ
1: The Joy of
Our Savior was
born on Christmas day: let us be glad. For there is no
proper place for sadness, when we keep the birthday of the
Life, which destroys the fear of mortality and brings to us
the joy of promised eternity.
The Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, a
sermon by St John Chrysostom
Meditation for Christmas
Let us reflect on some of the words from the gospels which the Church has brought to our attention during
The Magi and the Infant Jesus
In the nativity account according to the
Gospel of Matthew we read that when Jesus was born an astronomical event occurred
- the appearance of a unique star in the east!
How the Christian Should Behave
Many things are set forth by Scripture as binding upon all who are anxious to please God.
God has not Abandoned the World
The text of the joint declaration signed 10 June 2002 by Patriarch
Bartholomeos of Constantinople and Pope John Paul II on the shared Christian responsibility to
safeguard the environment.
The Grace That Is Costly And Yet Is Free
When Jesus said, "Take up your cross and follow me", he was really saying, "Come with me and die!" Any attempt to follow Christ on the basis of partial commitment is trying to buy heaven with only casual discipleship.
Repentance: Door of Mercy
Repentance is a requisite of
salvation. Through repentance, the door of mercy is opened and salvation obtained.
Repentance: A Godly Sorrow For Sin
Sinfulness is universal. We have inherited a selfish, ungodly nature that separates us from God. It is important that we recognize our sinfulness and repent of our committed sins.
Reflections on St. Mary, Mother of God
Why our Church gives utmost importance to St Mary, even higher than all saints and the apostles and reasons thereof.
Our Faith In Prayer
A great mini-book in its entirety, Our Faith
In Prayer helps to deepen our understanding of our faith and results in
a new commitment to our faith.
We are Created
Principles of Prosperity As Described in the Bible
To prosper, it is first necessary to know where the source of our wealth is. As long as we view the source of our wealth as finite, we will not be able to manifest it. First, we must know that God is our Father, a deeply loving Father who provides us with all that we need. God is omnipresent; He is wisdom, love, and life that permeates everywhere, as well as the substance of all things.
I am Rich
When I was at my lowest point I found out
how to get rich quick. Not the riches of the
world, but the riches that are even MORE
valuable during times of trouble. Those riches
are in Jesus.
The Three Verses That Defy The Securist
Many Christians wished there
were a clear cut answer to whether
eternal security doctrines were
Hebrews 6:4-6 has always, and
always will, be a crux that the
Securist must twist and turn to
support their beliefs and
should be the clear cut proof
needed to deny eternal security
Sins Forgiven: Past, Present, and Future
Are all future sins forgiven? 2
Covered By His Blood
When God looks down on a believer, does He only see the righteousness of
Adopted as a Child of God
Many Securists support their
belief in OSAS by applying rhetoric to the concept of being born again,
adopted by God or by being made a child of God. 4
Sealed by the Holy Spirit
Many securists lay claim to be sealed by the Holy Spirit as another absolute guarantee of their salvation. But is it a bonafide claim?
Can't Be Erased From The Book of Life
The Questions Should not be,
"Does God's Pencil has an eraser?" but rather, "Will he
use it?" 6
A study of the conditional
Clauses in the New Testament
Who You Really Are
The way we perceive ourselves affects who we are, what we do and what we accomplish.
Idol Thoughts on a Summer Day
In Holy Orthodoxy, salvation (theosis) is a process. It is not automatic. It is not magical. It is something we work out in cooperation with God through our free will. By choosing the process, we enter into a struggle.
‘Church’ means both assembly of faithful and building in which
The Church is beyond definition. So various images are implied
to explain such as, bride of Christ, Body of
Christ, Vineyard of God, Assembly
of faithful in the unity of Godhead, etc.
Everything is Possible with God
Miracles happen to individuals who have sanctified their hearts through repentance and forgiveness and have surrendered completely to the will of God. Wherever people assemble and pray in the name of God with unity and purity of heart, miracles are happening.
Mother of God
In this ground-breaking work, Cicily Sunny presents the results from her life-long search for Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. It contains information, that was not known before or was not widely known. There are
detailed visions of the end of the world and the shape of the coming Kingdom.
Answers to God's Mysteries
The author of this important spiritual work, says that the Holy Spirit helps us to unfold mysteries through selected spiritual people such as prophets in old testament times. These mysteries are revealed mostly through visions and dreams.