How you begin and conduct your fast will largely determine your success.You have to plan to make your time with the Lord more meaningful and spiritually rewarding. Set Your Objective Why are you fasting?Is it just as a tradition of the church or Is it for spiritual renewal, for guidance, for healing, for the resolution… Continue reading Benefiting From The Nativity Fast!
What if you could go to heaven and you would have all of your friends, all your family, boundless resources and unlimited time to do all your recreation activities, but God wasn’t there. Would you still want to go? Heaven has been given as an incentive for those who follow after Christ, but the King… Continue reading Exceedingly, Abundantly, Above All!
Being a teenager can be rough, but altogether too soon we grow up and forget all about the trials and tribulations of this period. Life becomes more serious and we take on more responsibilities, and soon before long the only thing we remember about being a teenager is the fact that we were so seemingly… Continue reading Being A Teenager In 2010!
We must learn to not react. This is just a corollary of “turn the other cheek.” When somebody says something hurtful, or somebody does something hurtful, what is it that’s being hurt? It’s our ego. Nobody can truly hurt us. They might cause some physical pain, or emotional pain. They might even kill our body.… Continue reading Do Not React!
It is a teaching of the holy Fathers that with the creation of the angels we have the emergence of the first Church. And it can be seen in the writings of the Fathers of the Church that the angels too are members of the Church. Moreover, God the Father is the creator of “all… Continue reading The Church Of Angels!
1. In 2 Corinthians 9:8, we’re told, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” Reading this carefully, we learn that God is able to make all things right. No matter how… Continue reading 5 Ways To Trust In God!
When we speak of spirituality whether it be of adolescents or any other age group of our Church, there are a few things that we must keep in mind. Orthodoxy is a way of living. Many of the Church teachings and the teachings of Christ Himself of necessity conflict with our world and society. Our… Continue reading The Confusing Years Of Adolescence!
C.S.Lewis says friends are people that are travelling in the same direction, have similar aspirations and goals and encourage each other in attaining those goals. Friends are not people that pull you down, they’re not people who are jealous (though sometimes that happens). They are people who can handle your talents and gifts and help… Continue reading Friendship Flowchart!
My brethren, count it all, joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4) Trials, the world’s oppression, take place with God’s permission. The issue is not trials per se,… Continue reading The Value Of Patience!
Much of what I do in my ministry remains private. People tell me stories of pain and hurt that I will take to my grave. Many share personal shortcomings, seek relief from guilt, and ask for direction, trusting that I will never repeat what they tell me. Sometimes the stories humble me. Other times they… Continue reading Who Is Zaccheus Today?
When it comes to temptation, sometimes there are practical steps or activities that we may do to avoid or alleviate the problem. If we are tempted by being in a certain place or with certain people, we can obviously choose, if at all possible, to not go to such a place or be with such… Continue reading A Practical Approach To Temptation!
Sometimes life gets pretty stressful. Many teens feel stressed around big moments in their lives like final exams, prom, applying to college, or the first day of school. Stress can be a pretty dangerous thing, because it clouds our judgment and can cause physical problems like illness. It can also get in the way of… Continue reading 8 Ways To Deal With Stress As Teens!
Evolution has changed humanity whether we like it or not. It is everywhere in every walk of life. As true christians there is no point in hiding from it but rather we should have the knowledge and know how to combat this storm which has demoralised the world as we know it. These are the… Continue reading Darwin’s Darkest Hour!
Parenting a teenager is hard enough, but add in trying to be a Christian parent and the challenges become even greater. Parents today are dealing with issues that their parents never even thought about. As our society “advances” the pressures facing teenagers today grow, meaning that parents today have to take a different approach to… Continue reading Christian Parenting in 7 Steps
On this day, was the assumption of the body of our pure Lady St. Mary, the Mother of God. While she was keeping vigil, praying in the Holy Sepulchre, and waiting for the happy minute of her liberation from the bonds of the flesh, the Holy Spirit informed her of her forthcoming departure from this… Continue reading The Assumption of St Mary!
I Showed this video to my Sunday School Class this week and it was so well received that i had to publish it on this blog. Enjoy!
Make every effort and be hard working, so when your enemy attacks you, he will find you busy away from him, not finding room for him in your heart. Being idle is fatal venom; it is the moth for virtue, and the mother of all heresies and the evil fantasies. It is the virus of… Continue reading Pure Laziness!
Maybe I’ve read too much fantasy or played too many video games, but this isn’t how I’d imagine a resurrection to look. If Jesus is going to raise someone from the dead, I expect them to be bathed in holy light; I expect a choir of angels singing a heavenly chorus; I expect the earth… Continue reading Jesus is Just way to Simple!
Below is a wonderful “Food For Thought” article on Music Videos written by Anywyn Crawford an acclaimed rock music critic from the Age in Melbourne. MUSIC videos are essentially advertising, but the clip for Katy Perry’s California Gurls, top of the Australian charts, is the most cynical bid for market dominance I’ve seen in some… Continue reading Music Videos!
“‘Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young you girded yourself, and walked wherever you wished: but when you are old, you will stretch our your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.’ And this He said, signifying by what death he would glorify God” (John… Continue reading Peters Portrait!
Women have their energetic and positive role in the Coptic Orthodox Christian Church. For example: Ø Those who wish to consecrate their life to God may become nuns. They play an important role in the life of families and their convents are spiritual centers for the people. Ø Abbesses have a leading role to attract,… Continue reading Women in the Orthodox Church! Part 2
1. Life of Dedication “Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. (Act… Continue reading The 10 Lives of St Paul
In the 1st Epistle of Peter 2:17 we find this wonderful phrase which really evokes much thought as it really is the fundamental way any Christian should live his life! I guess the 1st question we need to answer is how do we Fear God? Are we not supposed to love him? How can we… Continue reading Fear God, Honour The King!
“He who is able to pray correctly, even if he is the poorest of all people, is essentially the richest. And he who does not have proper prayer, is the poorest of all, even if he sits on a royal throne.” St John Chrysostom Prayer is the elevation of the mind and the heart to… Continue reading The Prayer Room
Many times i have been asked whats the difference between the Orthodox, Protestant & Catholic Faith. This post is a summary of the main beliefs in regards to the key areas of similarity and differences. CLICK HERE for the Post Note: This was used in a Sunday School Lesson at St Barbara & St Noufer’s… Continue reading Different Denominations