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November 2013 POM
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:06:22 AM »
It was hard to choose this month. So many excellent posts. But in the end Mor won with this post:

So often Orthodox, in their rhetoric, are revealing themselves to be part of the same game as the Protestants they deride. The pigeon-holing, gross exaggerations, and snarky attitude aren't going to win you any ears (but perhaps this isn't the goal in the first place).  As a Protestant poster on this board I almost wish I wasn't even privy to these types of posts because it is only souring my own inquiry.  It is really shattering the airy notion that I'm trying to maintain that the "real Christians" are over there in Orthodoxy.

I sympathise with your point, and largely agree with you in one sense.  On the other hand, I have to wonder why a reader of the Bible such as yourself would be surprised.  Christ didn't choose saints for apostles, he chose ordinary men with typical problems and called them to apostleship.  One shot first and asked questions later, leading him to denial.  Another was avaricious and ended up being the traitor.  At least one was a terrorist or terrorist sympathiser.  A pair of brothers were so bad Jesus gave them a nickname--they went on to seek positions of authority in his kingdom by putting their mom up to asking, ask Jesus for permission to call down fire from heaven to destroy a town, and God knows what else.  One worked for the colonial overlords, one doubted, one was skeptical of Jesus just because of where he was from, one (Paul) was at least complicit, if not actively involved, in the persecution and murder of the early Christians, etc.  Jesus chose all of them being fully conscious of their issues, and calling them to fellowship with him didn't remove all those problems and transform them at once.  Even after the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, even after Pentecost, they still found it difficult to resist "old Adam".  Christ didn't call saints and make them apostles, he called apostles and made them saints, but he did so by calling them to fellowship with himself.     

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Re: November 2013 POM
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2013, 11:10:29 AM »
Axios!  Good post.
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Re: November 2013 POM
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2013, 12:35:23 PM »
Worthy!

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Re: November 2013 POM
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2013, 05:14:46 PM »
AXIOS!

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Re: November 2013 POM
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2013, 05:21:08 PM »
It's pretty boring to vote for last couple of months because it pretty much reduced to choose which one of his nominated post is the best.
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Re: November 2013 POM
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2013, 05:34:12 PM »
I'm disappointed with this choice because I voted for someone else!  :P
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Re: November 2013 POM
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2013, 06:11:04 PM »
WORTHY!

very instructive,thank you.
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Re: November 2013 POM
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2013, 06:12:58 PM »
WORTHY!

very instructive,thank you.

Nice to see you again.
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Re: November 2013 POM
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2013, 06:15:50 PM »
WORTHY!

very instructive,thank you.

Nice to see you again.

Thank you Michal, likewise :)
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Re: November 2013 POM
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2013, 06:35:52 PM »
HIWOT!!! A Christmas miracle!!!  :) :) :) :)

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Re: November 2013 POM
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2013, 06:52:10 PM »
Worthy! I liked it.

I like it when Hiwot is around as well.

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Re: November 2013 POM
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2013, 07:42:14 PM »
I'm disappointed with this choice because I voted for someone else!  :P
And thus began the OC.net schism of Dec. 2013.

EDIT: Axios and all that.
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Re: November 2013 POM
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2013, 04:07:43 AM »
hehehe ZZ, Opus thank you , hug! thank you guys :) its a blessing to me to have your delightful company in whatever form I can get it.
To God be the Glory in all things! Amen!

Only pray for me, that God would give me both inward and outward strength, that I may not only speak, but truly will; and that I may not merely be called a Christian, but really be found to be one. St.Ignatius of Antioch.Epistle to the Romans.