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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)

Teaching doctrine in the world we live today October 31, 2011

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I recently heard an interesting sermon which spoke about teaching doctrine in the world we live today. The sermon was given by Fr Thomas Hopko who has been an Orthodox priest for a number of decades. He described the approach and methodology that Christians should use to teach doctrine in today’s ever changing world. A loose transcript has been provided below:

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Is God good? October 15, 2011

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Is God good? …If He is, why is there suffering and evil?

Let’s assume for the moment that God is all powerful

This means that God can do anything that is logically possible

He can create galaxies, subatomic particles, rainforests and you….

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Live for now June 13, 2011

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In a previous post we mentioned living for tomorrow. This message must be kept in context in order to avoid error.

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Coptic protests in Sydney January 21, 2011

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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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Outrage in Alexandria January 5, 2011

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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

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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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2018/2022 World Cup December 2, 2010

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On December 2nd 2010, the fifa world cup hosts for 2018 and 2022 will be decided. I still maintain high interest in this sport, and watched part of the American bid presentation. Famous actor Morgan Freeman is part of the American bid, and here is his transcript:  

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Wedding rings October 11, 2010

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Recently I have been involved in a discussion about wedding rings; such as the price expected to pay, the influence a ring has on a relationship and whether or not common practice should have relevance today. Though some may think that by talking about this I’m looking towards getting married, they are mistaken as I did not start this topic but my friends initiated it. I have though contributed my opinions and documented others as to this wedding ring issue.

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