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Introduction
« on: October 12, 2006, 06:03:33 AM »
Hello everyone! I'd just like to introduce myself and where I stand with my faith currently.

I will try my best to make it brief and not sound like this is a online-dating service lol.

I am a serb born in Croatia, but we left our wonderful country at my age of 3. As a serb, my traditions and religion will be centered heavily on Orthodox christianity, though I was not christened at a young age . However, with many reasons (too much to explain now) my family and I are not what you'd call active orthodox, but rather attend an apostolic church (even though my parents taught me to cross myself after prayer etc) With much of this protestant way of thinking put into my head, I thought I was saved at the start of this year. The whole time I felt insecure and not at home with this idea of salvation and the way a *protestant* christian should live, think and breathe. I went to a baptist church a few times, and most recently I attended a pentocostal church for 2-3 months with my friend. Seeing much of this new age worship and way of praising/living for God, I just never felt I could connect to this and strongly disagreed to much of what I see in these churches. To make it short, with much thought, prayer and study of the orthodox church and faith,I recently realised I cannot at all call myself a protestant christian. The most simple reason I feel this way is the whole time I thought I was saved etc. I had this small desire and interest for the orthodox church. I will be attending an serbian orthodox church with my father and his friend in two weeks on a saturday night and sunday morning, I really hope I have an awesome experience and this is where God wants me.

Im looking forward to posting and getting to know everyone here!  :)

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Re: Introduction
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2006, 06:43:16 AM »
Welcome to the forum!
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Re: Introduction
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2006, 08:39:23 AM »
Welcome brother! 

When you moved from Croatia, where did you end up?  Many of our members are scattered all around the USA, Canada and Australia and I'm sure some could give you some guidance as to parishes and specific priests nearby.

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Re: Introduction
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2006, 08:55:18 AM »
Prayingserb,

Your initial post has given me great joy! Welcome to this forum, and I hope to hear more from you in your journey!
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Re: Introduction
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2006, 09:15:34 AM »
Thank you for your responses!

After leaving the balkans, we moved to Melbourne, Australia and stayed there for 3 years. Finally we moved to Brisbane and this has been our home since.

It's quite hard to find a serbian orthodox church in Brisbane that is filled with people that go their for God not for entertainment. I believe this is a reason why my family and I stopped attending orthodox church many years ago. Fortunately, my father was informed from a family friend a church not far away has a new priest from Serbia and has fixed that lukewarm problem in that church.

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Re: Introduction
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2006, 09:31:57 AM »
Thank you for your responses!

After leaving the balkans, we moved to Melbourne, Australia and stayed there for 3 years. Finally we moved to Brisbane and this has been our home since.

It's quite hard to find a serbian orthodox church in Brisbane that is filled with people that go their for God not for entertainment. I believe this is a reason why my family and I stopped attending orthodox church many years ago. Fortunately, my father was informed from a family friend a church not far away has a new priest from Serbia and has fixed that lukewarm problem in that church.


Welcome to the forum. This attitude with regards to the Church is sadly the case in far too many ethnic parishes in the diaspora. I have seen it before here in England also, though it's usually only really obvious on the major feasts. Thankfully, there are parishes that are different and I hope you find a wonderful new church, like I have found in our Romanian parish here.

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Re: Introduction
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2006, 02:45:23 AM »
Welcome to the forum, Prayingserb!

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Re: Introduction
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2006, 11:30:40 PM »
Welcome!