By Bishoy Marcus It is hard to fathom why some people just get so upset over matters that really do not have any forbearance on their life or future. It amazes me how often people become so down trodden and depressed over very minor and usually insignificant grievances. This perhaps may be some sort of… Continue reading Are you the “Forgiver” or “Grudge Bearer”?
By HG Bishop Angelos “Fire has various characteristics: it can be a productive energy or it can be destructive enemy, the difference is control. Those of you who have seen various types of fire fighting would also know that there are two types of fire: a controlled burn and an outright blaze. A controlled burn… Continue reading Youth On Fire!
Hey Guys Im so proud to introduce to you a new website designed and created by one of my wonderful Sunday School Teens, John W. I encourage you all to follow this website from its very genesis as it comes to life with interactive videos, posts and personal stories from John’s life. I take this… Continue reading New Website!
It’s official. The Coptic Orthodox Church, Diocese of Sydney and affiliated regions has given the blessing and approval to the Coptic orthodox Christian Motorcycle Association. No doubt the first Coptic Orthodox Christian bike club in the world and quite possibly the first amongst all Orthodoxy. All Coptic motorcyclists or any Coptics that are interested in… Continue reading Official Coptic Orthodox Bike Club
St. Isaac the Syrian says, “He who thinks that there exists a road to repentance other than prayer is deceived by the devil.” Without a doubt, it takes firm determination and conscious effort to overcome lustful thoughts and temptations, but we can’t do it without the grace of God. Therefore we pursue prayer first and… Continue reading Practical Ways To Conquer Lust!
As we approach Great Lent every year, there seems to be a rush of interest in finding good fasting recipes that are fast, easy and nutritious. More and more often, those recipes seem to include some kind of soy or other vegetable product that has been processed to look and function like meat or dairy… Continue reading Is Real Fasting – Soy Everything?
Feminism is often propagated as wonderful and enriching to society – often synonymous with equality – however this could not be further away from the truth. The origins of feminism appear to stem from this urge to have equality among the sexes – this weird ideology that man and woman can do exactly the same… Continue reading A Word On Feminism!
“Nowadays people often feel sadness, despair, lethargy, laziness, apathy, and all things satanic. They are downcast, discontent and melancholy. They disregard their families, spend vast sums on psychoanalysts and take anti-depressants. People explain this as ‘insecurity.’ Our religion believes that these states derive from satanic temptation. Pain is a psychological power which God implanted in… Continue reading An Orthodox Remedy For Depression!
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!
Envy, Have you felt it? Do you look at someone with a bigger house, a great job, or the perfect family and wish you were as fortunate? In Genesis 37 there is a story of envy that caused pain and suffering for everyone concerned. The story is of how Jacob loved Joseph more than any… Continue reading Dealing With Envy!
The most important factor in the struggle against any passion is spiritual concentration directed to God. When our heart burns with love to God then carnal pleasures seem insignificant and boring to us. Therefore it is necessary to warm up our soul with love to God in every way. This can be done through the… Continue reading 7 Keys To Overcome Sexual Lust!
I have long hesitated to undertake the task of approaching the intimate problem of human sexuality from an Orthodox point of view. In normal circumstances, this subject is personal, a matter of confessional guidance, and something not to be addressed in mixed company or in a public forum. But the circumstances of the society in… Continue reading Sexual Purity!
Many gay men and lesbians claim that the Christian faith is the guiding rule of their lives. Some of them hold that their sexual orientation is given by God, that it is good, and that there is nothing wrong or sinful with their homosexual activities. These persons say that the Bible and Church Tradition do… Continue reading The Christian Homosexual!
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jeremiah 1:5). Abortion is death of a living person. The Hon. Ted Cunningham MLA of Western Australia said, on March 17, 1998. “No gynaecologist anywhere in this world will tell a woman “Madam, for the first few… Continue reading You’re Pregnant With A Baby Fish!
1. Sex and Lust — While male-female attraction has always been a part of music, art, and literature, and rightly so, because it is a normal and healthy part of life, much rock music serves to celebrate the most crude forms of lust: casual and promiscuous sex, the use of women purely as sex objects,… Continue reading Rock & Roll – Satanic or Not? – PART 2
The subject of rock ‘n’ roll has been controversial and a source of conflict between parents and children ever since it first appeared on the scene in the mid 1950’s. When Elvis Presley performed on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time in 1956, the cameras only showed him from the waist up, because… Continue reading Rock & Roll – Satanic or Not? – PART 1
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!
Proof 6: Answered Prayer. Skeptics and doubters will not experience this proof, unless they begin to study the Bible and meet its challenges. According to a recent Barna Research report: “Americans believe in the power and impact of prayer. Four out of five (82 percent) believe that ‘prayer can change what happens in a person’s… Continue reading 7 Proofs of God – Part 6 & 7
Natasha entered the busy room. Smoke filled the air in the room and people were pushing against each other. The music was so loud it threatened to deafen her. She placed her hands over her ears and tried to push her way through the crowd. Her eyes scanned the room, trying to locate Jeremy. After… Continue reading The Cross In The Box – Part 2
Natasha and Jeremy sat next to each other in their science class. The teacher was explaining the things that were going to be in the HSC trials but no-one in the classroom seemed to pay attention. Madison, one of their friends, abruptly leaned across the table “So are you guys coming with us Friday night,… Continue reading The Cross In The Box – Part 1
We live in a world that is extremely complex and which is designed in an amazing way. The dawn always breaks; the deserts, mountains, and rivers all exist in harmony in surpassing beauty so long as man does not interfere with them! Nothing lives or dies for itself; all types of life are interdependent. The… Continue reading 7 Proofs Of God – Part 5
There are many different varieties of any one species. No matter how much these may differ in size or form, they are all one species. The science of comparative genetics is trying to demonstrate that there is a great resemblance between the species of fish, animal, and man. This is true, but is not a… Continue reading 7 Proofs Of God! – Part 4
Many of the proofs of the existence of God are interdependent and interrelated. We can infer these new proofs from the first proof. The geologists, at the inception of their theories, relied on an ordered universe and an existing matter, just as the theory of evolution relies on the simple laws and matter of life. … Continue reading 7 Proofs Of God – Part 3!
Euthanasia’ is a Greek word that means ‘happy death. It is used to signify the medical intervention in discontinuing the life of patients with complicated diseases, or those who suffer sever pain from incurable diseases. This intervention is seen as stemming from the doctor’s mercy and pity on his patients. The concept also calls for… Continue reading Euthanasia – A Coptic Perspective!