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 on: Today at 07:02:42 AM 
Started by Minnesotan - Last post by Rose Sitzman
Lord have mercy

 on: Today at 07:01:58 AM 
Started by matveimediaarts - Last post by Rose Sitzman
Are there any guiding principles/rules regarding this sort of thing?  Huh Thanks!

Sounds like good advice to me.
Relax, have a good time, remember God.

 on: Today at 06:53:56 AM 
Started by andrewlya - Last post by Nathanael
I myself had problems to understand trinity at the beginning. For one month a believed in God in the Arian way. But I started to understand that God don't want that we try to understand him by our mind, but by seeking the truth with our whole heart, our whole strength. And after seeking enlightment about the problem with trinity and Arianism with fasting( Vegan Diet), praying - with tears my perspective changed and I understood the trinity much more better. It was even more an understanding out of my heart than out of mind. Exactly as I understand and experience God with my heart, so I experienced the trinity with my heart. And afterwards my mind assimilate what my heart experienced.Smiley
We've to humble ourself so we can receive enlightment.
andrewlya, if you have an orthodox background, have you ever went to a confession? In your confession you can tell the priest that you have problems to understand the trinity. And because you humbled yourself in this way, God will give you for sure enlightment and you will get absolute doubtlessness regarding this matter.

No,I have not had a confession about Trinity...Many say that Trinity is a mystery, but if you read the Bible the Trinity is not commanded to be worshiped. There is another verse where Jesus refers to His own God in John 20:17: ' Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." Jesus has not referred to Himself as God in the Bible only to His Father as God...

I know what you saying...my heart and my mind tells me the opposite, I pray every day and I ask God for His guidance to the right path. I pray directly to God the Father but finish my prayer in the name of Jesus as Jesus had taught us in John 14:13 "And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son".

Yes, Jesus said to Mary, “I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God and your God” (John 20:17).  But just as Christ referred to His Father as God, the Father refers to Jesus as God, “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever” Hebrews 1:8.

It's true that Jesus never says: "I'm God! (Be obedient to me)!" But the exaltation of Jesus as a man depended entirely on His self-emptying humility. True greatness, divine greatness, is the ability to be the least and to the least with the absolute certitude that it is externally and divinely important, that it is an imitation of God Himself. And the Father has this divine humility as well by referring his Son as God! The Father also never says "I'm God!".

 on: Today at 05:38:32 AM 
Started by Gorazd - Last post by ordinary
Just curious, what made you want to join an Orthodox discussion forum?

This was one of the forums I joined several years ago when I was beginning to question Orthodoxy. I was bored last week, so I happened to pass through again. When I noticed this topic and DCBmoreOCF's observations about deficiencies in some parishes, I wanted to voice my support for DCBmoreOCF.

I don't plan to stay here and promote atheism if that is your concern. Smiley

 on: Today at 05:15:25 AM 
Started by vladf - Last post by vladf
I have a few preaching's here, they are mind, with some quotes from people I know and the Bible, saints, etc.

Please if you can give me feedback on them, keeping in mind I am still a teenager (not like this really affects the quality).

Take, eat this is my body which is broken for you for the forgiveness of sins.
Take, all of you, drink, this is my blood of the New Testament which is poured for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
The Holy Eucharist is a communion between man and God, we do not just drink of a cup with wine BUT we commune with the Lord "it is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me", when we partake in the Holy Eucharist, it can be for the benefit of our souls, for our satisfaction and spiritual nourishment or it can cause a "burning fire", before we commune, we must be prepared through fasting, prayer and HOLY CONFESSION. If you are unsure if you are prepared speak to your spiritual Father who will guide you, an alternative could be seeing Father Peter or Father Panagioti at school.
Let us again and again pray to the Lord in peace, let us lift up our hearts, let us open our minds and close the doors to sin as when we live the life of Christ we take up the cross, not as a burden, but we embrace the cross, we carry the mark of the cross on us, WE LIVE TO SERVE GOD.
Also another quick message for those fasting, I was reminded by Father Eusebios of the Pantanassa Monastery, let us eat for the body and not eat for the mouth, because if we abstain from dairy, eggs, olive oils and more but we glutton ourselves or obsess with "fake meat", we lose sense of what the fast is about, it is said, we gluttons have a blunt sickle (a sword like tool used to harvest crops), we must sharpen our sickle through fasting. Fasting combined with prayer is the most powerful weapon against Satan, Satan can not harm us if we don't allow him to, when he sees one more Christian taking up the cross he weeps, when he sees Christians acting in a disorderly manner and disobeying the commandments of the Lord, he laughs at us. Let us continuously have the Lord on our minds, because as Mrs Rennie (Religion Teacher) told us, when the first thing on your mind is God, and when all you can think about is God, paths will open for you that you never even imagined.
Let us keep the following departed servants in our prayers:
+Father Paisios
+Mary Claire Clements
+Norman Richard Clements
James Stephen Clements (Living)
And for their family's wellbeing and safety.
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father and the Communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all!

"Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!"
Matthew 6:8
Most of us pray in the morning at school saying "your will be done", but yet so many of us continue to question God when things go bad, or not as planned, God knows what you need before you pray, for those like me battling with anger and revenge, we should not ask God to not tempt us, but rather ask God for the strength to overcome the temptations, for even God Himself was tempted by the devil during His trip in the desert.
St Paul teaches about "Pray without ceasing.", an easy way to do this is with a prayer rope, I see many kids wearing them on their wrists, but very little know how to use them, for each knot we repeat "Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on me a sinner", and when we do this, we must not just utter these words, for even monks find it hard to say the prayer, anyone can say it, but it takes special dedication for it to come from the heart. When we say this prayer we call on the name of Yahweh (God), we call on God to forgive us of our sins, we call on God to enlighten our hearts, to open our naive minds and to relieve us of our spiritual ailments and infirmities.
A picture of a prayer rope is shown below, let us be reminded not to wear it as a fashion statement but rather as a reminder to pray.

Jesus was spat at, whipped, given vinegar instead of water, mocked, treated as a fool, spat on, called a false prophet, but what did he say when he was on the cross, the most excruciating execution known to man? Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing." And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.
Yes, we as humans are bound to error, me being no exception at all, but through hard work and dedication, we can receive enlightenment.

Thank you all for your time!

 on: Today at 05:05:34 AM 
Started by kelly - Last post by vladf
Memory eternal.

 on: Today at 05:04:36 AM 
Started by vladf - Last post by vladf
This is definitely a "talk to your bishop" situation. He is the one who will ultimately decide.

+1.  I think that asking the people of OC.net, well intentioned as we are, is definitely NOT the way to begin your discernment. 
Thank you for the advice brother!

 on: Today at 04:42:29 AM 
Started by Anastasia1 - Last post by Anastasia1
May your problems be little.

And your little ones no problem.

 on: Today at 04:39:58 AM 
Started by Anastasia1 - Last post by Anastasia1
How crazy or hard would it be to have a Syriach choir do the gyms at a wedding that takes place at an Armenian wedding?

 on: Today at 02:51:22 AM 
Started by kelly - Last post by xOrthodox4Christx
Lord have mercy.

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