Author Archives: Semto Mechal

Thinking, desiring and Acting

The Three Powers Christ caution in the sermon on the mount is not against repetition but against vain repetition which may be understood as saying the words of scriptures in our prayers mindlessly, thoughtlessly or saying them without striving for … Continue reading

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The Healing of the Paralytic and the Loneliness of Modern Man

Fr. George Calciu Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for … Continue reading

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Our Thoughts about God determine our eternal destiny

If we consider some of the parables taught by our Lord Jesus Christ, we will discover that the right thinking about God is what really determines our eternal destiny.  One of these parables is the Parable of talents (Matthew 25:14-30).  … Continue reading

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Providence of God

why did God create His angels in grace, knowing in advance that some of them would offer resistance to God and would be eternally rejected by Him for their sin? Why did God settle Adam in Paradise, knowing that Adam … Continue reading

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Which Wolf Will You Feed?

One evening, an elderly Cherokee brave told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, … Continue reading

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Broken and Humbled

Up to a certain point, our salvation depends on us.  It is up to us to say “yes” to Christ, so that He will have the right to enter into our lives and bring about our resurrection.  But because man … Continue reading

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Goal of fasting in Christianity

What is the goal of Asceticism (mainly fasting)?  Asceticism is concerned with the inner transformation of the human person.   We are all created in the image and likeness of God.  God is free and He gives us free will.  We … Continue reading

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TO LIVE THE TIME OF OUR LIVES IN PEACE, AND REPOSE IN REPENTANCE

Metropolitan Athanasios The Orthodox Church ascribes enormous significance to time as the instrument of our salvation. Therefore the Church continually prays: “To live the time of our lives in peace, and repose in repentance, let us ask of the Lord.” … Continue reading

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Christ at the Center of our friendships

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Active members of the Church

Active members are being saved and they are being made like Christ.  What does an active member look like? An active member of the Church stays in the Church.  A good example is the story of Doubting Thomas.  We all … Continue reading

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