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« on: May 11, 2005, 08:14:05 PM »

Friends,

I am in a personal meltdown stage right now. You may have noticed a prayer request from me a few weeks ago. The situation, which unfortunately I will have to keep to myself, has gone over the edge. I can't participate on the forum for the time being because I just have to try and finish school (I am graduating May 21 with my M.Div.) and I have to try and figure some stuff out. I'll be back soon but just want to let you know I am not posting for probably at least a week, nor moderating. We have a fine moderating staff so they will just take care of things while I am off. Also Robert and Philip (Mor Ephrem) are adept at running this place.

Please pray for me. I hope to emerge from this crisis a better man and a better Christian.

Thank you.

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2005, 08:35:38 PM »

Lord, have mercy. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2005, 08:36:05 PM »

And be good, people...I've also got finals and papers, so I don't know how much I'll be able to do. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2005, 08:37:56 PM »

Anastasios,

Yes, I remember the message you had written soem time ago. Of course you will have prayers made for you, and I truly hope things work out for you.
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2005, 11:19:01 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2005, 02:01:00 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2005, 02:52:49 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2005, 08:05:26 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2005, 01:32:26 PM »

Be Strong Anastasios!  May the Theotokos have mercy upon your situation, and watch over you as a good and loving mother.  May our Savior  by his passion strengthen you, and St. Maximos Sandovich intercede for you !
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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2005, 01:33:44 PM »

Thanks for all your prayers so far. Keep 'em coming. I see some improvement on the horizon.
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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2005, 02:26:01 PM »

Prayers to you, brother.
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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2005, 04:00:10 PM »

Prayers brother D, mean time while you're away I'll be asking all to send those beer & other beverage donations to me, being Al Franken's 80th cousin to his other cousin's cousin.

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« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2005, 01:01:18 PM »

I'm also going to take a short break from here, something is amiss with me or this forum.

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« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2005, 01:51:22 PM »

Same here. The discussions are getting really bizarre.
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« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2005, 04:53:39 PM »

Aw, Jakub, they need us older types to provide balance (and good taste in potables.  Grin )

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« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2005, 05:43:43 AM »

Dustin,

Prayers, my brother, for peace of mind for you and God's guidance in whatever discernment or crisis faces you.

Many years,

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« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2005, 11:11:35 AM »

Hey if all the normal people leave the discussions will get even more bizarre Wink
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« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2005, 05:47:13 PM »

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I'm patiently waiting for Kosmo Kramer to join OCnet.

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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2005, 06:15:41 PM »

Kosmo Kramer?!??  Huh

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« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2005, 11:07:00 PM »

Hi

I have a thing called "hiatus herniae" I usualy get sick sometimes because when I eat the food stays at my neck and takes lot of time to go down.   Angry

And it's even worse when I'm sad or depressed. Sad
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« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2005, 01:53:48 PM »

Hey if all the normal people leave the discussions will get even more bizarre Wink

Were there ever normal people here? :-P
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« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2005, 05:21:06 PM »

I will be gone to NC from tonight/tomorrow until Tuesday or Wednesday.  Please pray for me and my family.  Please also pray that I find a job. Thank you!

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« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2005, 08:22:59 PM »

you have my prayers, for you and your family and for a job - Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2005, 09:55:16 PM »

Prayers for the trip & job.

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« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2005, 03:47:33 PM »

Thanks for all the prayers so far.  I have had 3 things I needed to get accomplished:
1) get a new car
2) get a new apartment
3) get a new job

So I have accomplished #1, now I need a job.  I have applied to what would be a great job opportunity and I ask your prayers that I get an interview and do well. Thank you!

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« Reply #25 on: July 07, 2005, 03:49:36 PM »

Woo Hoo! Lets all pray for Anastasios to get a new yaht too!
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« Reply #26 on: July 07, 2005, 04:06:09 PM »

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« Reply #27 on: July 07, 2005, 05:45:33 PM »

Woo Hoo! Lets all pray for Anastasios to get a new yaht too!

No need for sarcasm.  I'm guessing that Anastasios is a poor piece of crap, being a fresh Seminarian grad and all.  I'm a poor piece of crap too, but it's more because I have daunting mortgage payments.
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« Reply #28 on: July 07, 2005, 05:55:21 PM »

Woo Hoo! Lets all pray for Anastasios to get a new yaht too!

Yeah well if I end up homeless because I have no income, which will happen in exactly 3 weeks, I will come live with you, OK?
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« Reply #29 on: July 07, 2005, 08:18:59 PM »

C'mon out West, there area a few rooms available within my familia, though my 6 grandkids would be calling you "Uncle D".

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« Reply #30 on: July 08, 2005, 12:12:50 AM »

Prayers for you and your family, your job search, and apartment search!

That's quite a lot of things for you to get done in a short time, and I truly hope you will accomplish everything.
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« Reply #31 on: July 08, 2005, 12:24:36 AM »

Thanks for all the prayers so far.  I have had 3 things I needed to get accomplished:
1) get a new car
2) get a new apartment
3) get a new job

So I have accomplished #1, now I need a job.  I have applied to what would be a great job opportunity and I ask your prayers that I get an interview and do well. Thank you!

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Prayers for a great job offer. 

A bit of unsolicited advice that I give all job seekers.  Have you ever considered a career in healthcare?  There are a number of nursing and healthcare tech positions that pay relatively well.  Plus benefits are usually very generous in healthcare fields.  There's good information on the Bureau of Labor website.  They require some education. 

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« Reply #32 on: July 08, 2005, 12:31:23 AM »

Thanks Jennifer.  I don't have any interest in the healthcare industry after having volunteered in a hospital, and I don't have any ability to do more schooling at this time anyway Smiley

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« Reply #33 on: July 08, 2005, 12:13:35 PM »

Prayers indeed for a profitable outcome to your situation.  And hopefully you won't find yourself coming back here to rant about your job all day.
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« Reply #34 on: July 08, 2005, 01:29:32 PM »

Prayers indeed for a profitable outcome to your situation.ÂÂ  And hopefully you won't find yourself coming back here to rant about your job all day.

hehe. I had a horrible job for 10 months once* but by taking it as "my Cross" I was able to go home and not think about it and live a productive life.  So whatever God gives me I will take at this time Smiley

(* involved boss who yelled, cussed, and threw things).
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« Reply #36 on: July 27, 2005, 10:47:14 PM »

Sounds like a carbon copy of my former boss, minus the yelling, cussing, hurling.ÂÂ  LOL.


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We believe in the one High God, who out of love created the beautiful world and everything good in it. He created man and wanted man to be happy in the world. God loves the world and every nation and tribe on the earth. We have known this High God in darkness, and now we know him in the light. God promised in the book of his word, the bible, that he would save the world and all the nations and tribes.

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You're so full of crap even the price of fertilizer in Siberia is dropping.  The Nestorian chruch is still around today, as well as many writings by Nestorius.  http://www.nestorian.org/
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« Reply #38 on: July 28, 2005, 12:16:10 AM »

I can't help it.. but that creed is hilarious.  I wonder what those missionaries were smoking.  One other thing... i can't wait until the day I see someone with a user id that says: St. Caiaphas or something like that.   Grin
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« Reply #39 on: July 28, 2005, 11:54:55 AM »

I heard the "Speaking of Faith" program on Creeds that had Prof. Pelikan as a guest as he has written a book on the subject.  Reading his book might be useful in getting the ideas clearer, maybe.  The Masai creed may sound odd to some, but parts of it have meaning to people who live where the Masai do.  The part about the hyenas isn't supposed to be funny, but is a statement that Jesus' body was not corrupted in the grave.  Think: what happens to corpses on the plains in Africa?  Scavengers are part of the ecology to take care of them. So if that is what someone knows from their life, this is a sentence that is meaningful.

Different Human cultures have different ideas or customs or patterns.  I've heard an anecdote that missionaries to the Arctic people in telling of Hell with the image of fire, didn't get the idea across as a place that was warmer wasn't a bad thing to them.

Just a thought or two.

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« Reply #40 on: July 28, 2005, 12:58:22 PM »

â€Â  Irini nem ehmot â€Â

I understand what you are saying, but I can't help but think that by changing the Creed, in such a way, it somehow implies that the Nicenean Creed was somehow lacking.  To change it up in such a drastic manner is, I feel, uncalled for.  Teach the Creed as is, and then expound on it if need be.  I understand that there are some concepts that are difficult to grasp, particularly in the case of people who may not be as well educated.  That is why missionaries teach the underlying meanings behind the Faith.  Of coure you can't go to a place, say Jesus is God and that's it.  It takes a great deal to understand that a man can be God incarnate.  But it is the cornerstone of the faith and cannot be compromised for the sake of clarity.  That's how I view the Creed as well.  It is quite clear as is.  However, if there are some parts that do need to be explained, then they most certainly should be.  Just my thoughts.

Prayers please.
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â€Â  Irini nem ehmot â€Â

I understand that there are some concepts that are difficult to grasp, particularly in the case of people who may not be as well educated.ÂÂ  

I think that having different cultural contexts, different environments are not the equivalent of "not as well educated". 

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That is why missionaries teach the underlying meanings behind the Faith.ÂÂ  Of coure you can't go to a place, say Jesus is God and that's it.ÂÂ  It takes a great deal to understand that a man can be God incarnate.ÂÂ

This is a place where cultural background and understanding the people being evangelized is important. An example: when Christianity first came to Japan, Francis Xavier had some unintentional difficulties in that the descriptions of the incarnation at first came across as like that of the Buddha.  He had to learn how the people of Japan spoke and believed and their customs before he could really get the point across.

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It is "quite clear" to *you* and to others on this forum, maybe.  You, I gather, are an adult who has studied his religion and theology.  That does not make it automatically clear to everyone. Many here also  have the advantage of having English as a major language (and some have Greek/Latin or other languages that have had Christian ideas for a long time).  Some things don't transfer easily into other languages either, it is useful to remember

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However, if there are some parts that do need to be explained, then they most certainly should be.ÂÂ  Just my thoughts.

I wouldn't say "if" here.  Whether with children or adults there *are* parts of the Creeds that do need explaining.

With respect,

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« Reply #42 on: September 02, 2005, 10:16:17 AM »

I am in transit between my former home in New York, a monastery, and my new home in North Carolina. So I will keep you all posted when I arrive. I should be out of commission for the next week.

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« Reply #43 on: November 28, 2005, 03:52:07 PM »

Official Update:

Things are much better but still in flux. Sorry for being cryptic Smiley Thanks for all of your prayers.

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