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doctrinal questions – part 3 August 10, 2013

Posted by daniel ayad in Biblical.
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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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He took bread….a second time February 12, 2012

Posted by daniel ayad in Biblical.
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The last supper is famous for being Christ’s last meal with his disciples before his crucifixion. “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take eat; this is My body.” Then he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin”. (Matt 26: 26-28).

Perhaps less famously known is that Jesus Christ not only broke Holy Communion before His crucifixion but again after He resurrected from the dead. “Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.” (Lk 24: 30)

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Give thanks in everything…not for everything January 18, 2012

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The bible never commands us to give thanks for everything but rather to give thanks in everything “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. (1 Thess 5: 18). There is a big difference between the two, and it is pretty difficult to be thankful for many things. For example, if someone gets into a car accident do you give thanks for the car accident? Do you say “thank you God for smashing my car”. No. But do you give thanks in the car accident? Yes. Why?

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I’m always right! November 13, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Behaviour, Biblical.
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Some people in this world are very opinionated. When these people have an opinion they may be very local in expressing their opinion, going even to great lengths to fight for it. I’m sure many of you can relate to people who think they are never wrong…or perhaps more commonly associated with the saying ‘I’m always right’. I wonder why this attitude is prevalent in society today, and what the effects are.

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The sinful woman September 30, 2011

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Repentance is a necessary step to be saved from sin. There are several interpretations about what repentance exactly is, but essentially repentance means admitting your sins and fighting to stop committing these sins. It’s like walking in one direction and then suddenly turning 180 degrees and walking in the opposite direction.

One famous story that comes to my mind to show repentance is the sinful woman who was forgiven (more…)

God is revealed in nature September 24, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Biblical, Science.
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There is no doubt that man has an instinctive awareness of God. The world around us, both the visible and invisible attributes, testify to a higher being than man. When you contemplate on the beauty, complexity and depth of the creation, you became amazed at the Creator and realise that you’re a small part of a very large universe.

Click here:  God is revealed in nature! for the powerpoint

Why do the wicked prosper? September 9, 2011

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People often ask why the unrighteous seem to prosper so much. What is the reason for the wicked being successful? Why they are not in trouble like the righteous, and why do they increase in riches when they are underserving?

It’s actually a question that has been asked before, and there is a very valid answer…

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The Living God August 24, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Biblical, History & Tradition.
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Quite recently I attended a funeral. It was the first funeral where I was an active participator and it was also the first funeral prayer held in a relatively new church. Many aspects to the funeral stood out, especially the orthodox rite in conducting funeral prayers. The whole experience was very heart warming.

Click here: The Living God for the full post