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Five minutes after… September 17, 2013

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SONY DSCWhen people think about heaven, it puts life into a completely new perspective and overwhelms you with the thought that you should have done much more for God….much more!

Consider the following article

Five minutes after ….

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Raucous Receptions August 10, 2013

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http://www.hemsleys.com.au/Just recently I came across a fantastic post by Fr Antonious Kaldas. The post discusses the topic of parties or receptions thrown by members of the Church that don’t reflect our Christian values.

The post was so intriguing and relevant, that I had to post it on my blog in case you didn’t catch it on his.

Read the full post below

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doctrinal questions – part 3 August 10, 2013

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doctrinal_statementSorry about not posting more regularly. If I had a good excuse I would provide one below, but I don’t. This post is the final part of doctrinal questions that random people may ask you to give an answer to the hope that is in you. These include:

I am offered to join a non-Orthodox Bible Study? What do you think of this?

Considering that the Bible is one, I anticipate that the teaching is the same?

But what is the difference between our way in teaching and theirs?

Why do we repeat the Liturgy during our worship? I am suggesting that we pray the liturgy every second week. In the spare week we could turn into a Bible study and singing and praying session?

more questions and answers below…

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May 13, 2013

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doctrinal_statementThe bible teaches us to always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Pet 3: 15). It is important that we give good consise answers to the people that question us, while maintaining persuasive doctrinal statements.

Attached is part 2 of several doctrinal questions that you could be asked by people that question us. Before you read my answers, have a look at the question and think about what your answer would be. Some questions may not have a straight forward answer, and are more open, so please feel free to share any of your answers or disagreements with mine below.

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doctrinal questions – part 1 May 5, 2013

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doctrinal_statementThe bible teaches us to always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Pet 3: 15). It is important that we give good consise answers to the people that question us, while maintaining persuasive doctrinal statements.

Attached is part 1 of several doctrinal questions that you could be asked by people that question us. Before you read my answers, have a look at the question and think about what your answer would be. Some questions may not have a straight forward answer, and are more open, so please feel free to share any of your answers or disagreements with mine below.

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Music and heresy April 5, 2013

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It has long been known that music and singing can influence people in more ways than one. Music has a powerful influence on your behaviour, and many scientific studies have been performed to demonstrate the connection. With this in mind it is interesting to know that one of the most famous heretics, if not the most famous, greatly spread his heresy using songs. This man was Arius, the heretic of the first ecumenical council in Nicea. In addition, it is also interesting to note that one of the ways to counteract heresies was also with music.

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The Council of Chalcedon March 18, 2013

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council mind mapThe Council of Chalcedon marks the first great schism in the church. We are still greatly feeling and bearing the marks of the decisions made at this council. There is great controversy surrounding the decisions made on this council, and the events that preceded it.

Efforts to reunite have probably been most notable in the recent past, but unfortunately unity hasn’t quite happened.

The following document aims to provide an unbiased approach to this controversial council.

Click here: council of chalcedon – church history for the full post!

The three ecumenical councils (Nicea, Constantinople and Ephesus) March 12, 2013

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council mind mapThe three ecumenical councils are definitely a critical part of church history. After the Roman persecution of Christians started to die off, the church was greatly affected by heresies from the inside. We are still living in the effects of the decisions made by these three councils, and I have uploaded a table to help provide a greater understanding of the context surrounding this difficult, yet valulable period in history.

Click The three ecumenical councils for the full post.

Happy new year! December 31, 2012

Posted by daniel ayad in prayer.
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Happy new year everyone! I hope everybody has a great opportunity to celebrate 2013 as a fresh start to be a new creation! For me the year kept dragging on and didn’t want to finish, but for others it went by very quickly.

I can sincerely hope that 2013 is a year in which you make a fresh start with Christ, and therefore with Him you will be full of joy and peace.

Please magnify the good of 2012, and lower the bad of 2012. You can’t turn back time or change the past, so you should press on with Christ for 2013.

We thank God for preserving our life for another year, and we thank Him in everything. “If Christ is for us, who can be against us”.

Let us trust God to guide and lead us in 2013

God bless you

We are never worthy! December 16, 2012

Posted by daniel ayad in History & Tradition.
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One of the most interesting aspects to living a Christian life is the constant battle between pride and humility. It is commonly taught (and rightly so) that pride is the most dangerous of all vices, and thus subsequently pride is the root of all sins. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble (1 Pet 5: 5), and how we need this grace!

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