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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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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.

We are never worthy! December 16, 2012

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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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Why did God send Jesus when He did? June 21, 2012

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But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son. The first century was the perfect time for the birth of Christianity for several reasons encompassing a range of cultural, spiritual and administrative issues.

The first reason that seemed to make it ideal for Christ to come was the great anticipation among the Jews of that time that the Messiah would come. The Jews were the earliest church and thus the roots of Christianity reach back deeply into the history and religion of Israel, “salvation, is from the Jews..” as Jesus said.

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Confession March 10, 2012

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Confession is one of the seven sacraments of the church. Despite Confession being a heavenly sacrament, there appears to be a number of people who object to the power of this sacrament and raise objections regarding the practice of this sacrament. The sacrament of confession could be summarised as “the Lord entering into man by His grace, vividly establishing communion with him, and allowing him to taste of all the sweetness of the Divine…”[1]

Please note this article was originally taken from Pimonakhos, available at http://www.stshenoudamonastery.org.au/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Pimonakhos-Vol-6-Issue-1-A4.pdf . Much gratitude and thanks is given to Pimonakhos for this opportunity.

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2012 Papal Christmas Message January 8, 2012

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My beloved children in the lands of immigration, clergy and laity.

My greetings and love to you, wishing you all goodness from the Lord. Hoping that you are all growing in grace and in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I congratulate you on the Feast of the Nativity and for the beginning of a New Year, may it be new for you in all things and especially for your spirituality. Amongst the words that I remember on the occasion of the Feast of the Nativity, is what was said about Him during His Incarnation, that He “went about doing good.” (Acts 10:38)

It is a lesson to us in our lives, to be like Him, going about doing good.

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Trusting in God, not man – Part 2 December 23, 2011

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Recently I was told that I would be out of my full time job. My contract was coming to an end at the conclusion of the year, and I was told that it would not be renewed for two main reasons. The first is that the teacher that I was replacing over the past year was coming back, and the second is that the school wanted to go with a more experienced teacher who had joined shortly after my appointment. But interestingly as I learned before, God has usually very different ways than man. (more…)

Count your blessings December 20, 2011

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If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish some place you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are more blessed than 3 billion people in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer a healing touch.

If you can read this message, you are more blessed than 2 billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

(Taken from the Spring of Love, Issue No: 1128, pg 9, author anonymous)