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Breaking addiction January 26, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Behaviour.
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Breaking addiction is one of the most difficult tasks a person can face. It is extremely hard to overcome addiction, especially when the approach does not involve God. In fact, we can argue that the only real way to overcome addiction is to totally involve God.

When we try to overcome addiction, and fail miserably, we learn that:

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Meeting Christ in Vespers January 23, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in History & Tradition.
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Meeting Christ in Vespers

 

Transcribed by: Fr Anthony St Shenouda

I recently heard this sermon by Bishop Raphael who is an auxiliary bishop in down town Cairo. He is also an assistant to H.G. Bishop Mousa, bishop of youth affairs. When I first heard this sermon, attending vespers was never the same, and I’m sure it will have the same affect on you.

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Coptic protests in Sydney January 21, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Contemporary issues.
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On January 19, 2011, on the first year anniversary of the Naga Hammadi rally, another rally was held in Martin Place. This protest was organized by Australian Coptic Movement (ACM) in conjunction with the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Sydney and its Affiliated Regions.

The objective of this rally was to protest the recent Alexandrian bombings. In this latest attack against Christians, official numbers report 23 died and 87 were injured; making this incident the single worst attack against Christians in a decade, one of three in less than 12 months and one of hundreds committed over 39 years.

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Lying on one side January 14, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Biblical.
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As stated before, we do not know much about Ezekiel’s personal life. Interestingly though, some of what we do know about him is that he performed quite strange acts during Israel’s captivity.

We have already mentioned that God commanded Ezekiel to shed no tears when his wife died, and in fact he could only sigh in his heart. If you thought that was strange, here is another one;

 Click here: Lying on one side for the full post

is evolution the great lie – part 7 January 9, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Science.
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From our last post we were discussing some of the problems associated with biochemical evolution.

We said that a synthesised reaction of life may be possible when really long time spans are given. However even if a synthesised reaction is possible, which is highly unlikely considering the second law of thermodynamics, the synthesised reaction is unlikely to be maintained, and reversed. Long time spans do not solve the problem, but only had more difficulty to randomly produce life.

Click here: Organic evolution – part 4 for the full post

The eastern gate January 6, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Biblical.
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There is an interesting gate mentioned in the book of Ezekiel. On three separate occasions, the Spirit of the Lord brings him to this eastern gate. However, this gate is unusual in that it is shut and no man shall enter it.

 

It’s arguably the most important gate in the world….

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Outrage in Alexandria January 5, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Contemporary issues.
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The world has condemned the bombing of Coptic Christians in Alexandria that occured just minutes into New Years Day 2011. At least 23 people have died from the attacks, all of them Coptic Christians.

The media has come to life with these attacks, and is not keeping silent. Action and reaction of the bombings have been shown worldwide.

While it is a deadly massacre, the 23 Coptic martyrs are honoured as dying for Christ. They will be forever remembered…

If would like to continue to follow the events of the 2011 Alexandria bombing stay in touch with bishoysblog.com. This website contains media coverage in english analysing the deadly events, and can be found at: http://bishoysblog.com/2011/01/alexandria-the-complete-editorial/#more-2121 

Also see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Alexandria_bombing

Bomb at New Year’s Mass kills 21 in Egypt January 2, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Contemporary issues.
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Christians clashed with Egyptian police in the northern city of Alexandria on Saturday, furious over an apparent suicide bombing against worshippers leaving a New Year’s Mass at a church that killed at least 21 people. It was the worst violence against the country’s Christian minority in a decade.

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Ezekiel’s wife January 2, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Biblical.
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We do not know a lot about Ezekiel. Despite the book of Ezekiel containing 48 chapters, very little detail is given about his personal life. One of the few things that we do know is that he was married and his wife died, and this passage is rather interesting.  

Click here: Ezekiel’s wife for the full post