Monday, July 30, 2012

something to chew on

Food For Thought from this week's Bulletin: "The marginalization of the Church which some find discouraging is actually a reason to be encouraged. There is no social advantage any more to becoming a Christian. Rather, professing faith in Christ is more likely to garner criticism and social disadvantage. This is all too good. The Church does not need multitudes to do its job, only dedicated souls willing to serve Christ and die for Him. Better a small and dedicated church, than multitudes of nominal believers. Better Bishops who serve the Church despite the fact that it brings no smile from the Emperor, than episcopal time-servers and men- pleasers. Better twelve men filled with the Pentecostal Spirit, than a thousand without zeal for God. Of the thousands that flocked around Christ when He did miracles and healed the sick, only a few stayed faithful to Him after the Cross. Of those thousands, only a hundred and twenty were found in Jerusalem's upper room at the end. But these one hundred and twenty had hearts that burned with love for Jesus. And that was enough."-Fr. Lawrence Farley

Saturday, July 28, 2012

thoughts on Headcovering

this is a beautiful thought by my friend and sister in Christ Charli on Headcovering.
"I've been thinking about headcoverings and husbands... When someone asked my husband once about making me cover, he cracked up laughing. We don't make each other do anything. 

But it's true that many churches that encourage or require women to cover have a low opinion of women. And it seems to me that churches that have a low opinion of women also have a low opinion of the Church! They justify their opinion of women by pointing out that men are like Christ and women are like the Church. The Church is human, Christ is God. The Church is weak, pitiful, sinful, in need of redemption. The Church, clearly, is subordinate to Christ. And so it is with women and their husbands.

But that position is based on an understanding of the Church that is foreign to Orthodoxy! The Church is the bride of Christ, unspotted, without blemish. The Church is also an icon of the Theotokos, the All-pure One, the one from whom our Lord took his body. The Church is, in fact, the very Body of Christ -- what Christ is, the Church is (by grace, if not by nature). 

The relationship between the Church and Christ is also understood to be like the relationship between Christ and the Father. Although Christ submits to the Father, Christ is not less than the Father. And the Father never, ever compels his Son to do anything. He never demands anything of the Son. He never uses any form of coercion or force. Even so, Christ never forces the Church to do anything, never demands, never coerces or forces. He stands at the door and knocks. He invites. He asks. So should a husband be with his wife.

Submission, subordination in the Church, and in a Christian marriage, is a free gift from one person to another who is equal in dignity, equal in honor, equal in every respect. It is not the submission of a slave to a master. Such submission in a marriage, according to John Chrysostom, shames the man who demands it. 

Paul Evdokimov says that the wife must be truly, absolutely free to say yes or no to her husband, just as the Theotokos was truly, absolutely free to say yes or no to God. Without the freedom to say No, it is impossible to say Yes. If your choice is taken away from you, and you can't choose, you can accept the situation with humility and grace. That's the way the confessors and passion-bearers responded to their situations. But that is not the submission of Christ to the Father, or the submission of the Theotokos to God. It is never the way it is meant to be in the Church, or in a marriage. 

So our headcoverings are not a sign that we've given over having our own opinions, and wait on our husband to make all our decisions for us. They are not a sign that we are less than our husbands. Our headcoverings can't be a symbol of that -- because that isn't true. The angels wouldn't ask for that.

So it's something else. St. Paul isn't entirely clear on what the something else is. A sign of our authority on our heads. Authority over what? Over the angels? Over our own person? None of those seem quite right. 

But I think that, whatever it is, we can joyfully reclaim the headcovering as something that is not a sign of oppression, but a sign of our own authority and our own freedom."

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Oldest Hymn!

this is so neat! this hymn is considered to be the oldest Christian non-scriptural hymn!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_m3C7-g7rM Justin Martyr mentioned this hymn in some of his writings back in 150AD so it is older than what is said on the video. this is the english translation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNEXeYShbsE&feature=related

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Good Documentary!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laHcgdE55Mo

Good Advice!

In all things that you find in the Holy Scriptures, seek out the purpose of the words, that you may enter into the depth of the thoughts of the saints and understand them with greater exactness. Do not approach the reading of the Divine Scriptures without prayer and asking the help of God. Consider prayer to be the key to the true understanding of that which is said in the Holy Scriptures.

(St. Isaac the Syrian, Sermon 1.85)

Monday, July 23, 2012

thoughts

Many Christians don't realize that the Jews sang and prayed the Psalms and keeping with their Jewish heritage the Early Church did the same. the Early Christians did not give up how they worshipped because they were Christians but added Christian elements to it because they saw Christ as the fulfillment and continuation of their way of life, practice and worship right up to the present day in the Orthodox Churches. this is an excellent source of learning about Jewish worship, Early Christian Worship and as you read them you will see what I am talking about.http://liturgica.com/html/lit.jsp the best way to know about Orthodox Theology is to go to Liturgy on Sundays and there you will see it being played out. "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him." Psalm 34:8(NIV)

good thoughts on Modesty

sharing from my friend Kerri:

"Modesty Lovingly Puts Others First - Does not dress for self: 1 Corinthians 10:24; 13:4, Romans 12:10, Philippians 2:3, 1 Peter 2:17; Avoids anything that is likely to encourage a brother to stumble or a sister to despair: Hebrews 13:4, Romans 14:13, 1 Corinthians 8:13, Matthew 18:6, Proverbs 6:25; 7:10; Considers those who are weak: Galatians 5:13, 1 Corinthians 8:9, Romans 15:1–3

- Modesty Communicates the Purity of Christ and His Bride and Honors the Marriage Bed – Honestly represents the Bride of Christ: 2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 5:27; Honors the Marriage Bed (Our own marriage, as well as the marriages of others): Hebrews 13:4, 1 Peter 3:1-2, Malachi 2:15, 1 Thessalonians 4:4, Song of Solomon 2:7; Does not distract others from worshiping God, but points others to Jesus, especially during the worship service: Matthew 5:16, Ezekiel 36:23, 1 Timothy 2:9–10

- Modesty Helps to Protect Women (and Men!) Aside from Scripture, this one is just common sense: 2 Tim. 3:1-6, Prov. 2:11

- Modesty Promotes Humility and Discourages Pride, Vanity, and Self-Centeredness - Flirtation/Alluring: Proverbs 6:25, 2 Timothy 2:22, Obsession with Looks and Attention: 1 Corinthians 13:4, Proverbs 31:30, 1 Peter 3:3–4; Proverbs 11:22 and much more!

- Public Nakedness is Shameful: Isaiah 20:4, Isaiah 47:2-3, Revelation 3:18, Revelation 16:15

- Modesty Honors and Glorifies the Lord (Not ourselves) – 1 Peter 3:2, 1 Corinthians 6:19–20, Titus 2:4-5, 1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Timothy 2:9-10

- Modesty is Part of a Woman’s Call to be Chaste – 2 Cor. 11:2, Titus 2:5, 1 Peter 3:2 This post is via: Sister Stacy McDonald :o)"

Something to think about

its funny how Christians say Why can't we all get along? we are all part of the Body of Christ. But if we really thought about it we are not of one mind, one body or in unity because if we were then we wouldn't have 26,000 denominations all claiming to be right. just something I was thinking about today.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

excellent blog!!

this is an excellent blog page that bridges the gap between Protestant/Evangelicals!!
http://orthodoxbridge.com/tradition-family-friend-or-foe/

Sunday, July 15, 2012

good article

thought provoking! good article! http://orthodoxbridge.com/why-evangelicals-need-mary/

this is an excellent blog!

excellent blog on Communion!  everyone should take the time to read! http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2012/07/lords-supper-as-sacrifice-in-new.html

Friday, July 13, 2012

Good thought on marriage

“Marriage is the key of moderation and the harmony of desires, the seal of a deep friendship, the unique drink from a fountain enclosed, inaccessible to those without.
United in the flesh, one in spirit, they urge each other on by the goad of their mutual love. For marriage does not remove God, but brings all closer to Him, for it is God Himself who draws us to it.”
St. Gregory the Theologian

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

this is a great quote

this is a great example of how the Scriptures and Traditions of the Church go hand in hand in explaining and understanding things and how we are not to lean on our Own Understanding as  Proverbs talk about.


If someone wants to be protected from tricks and remain healthy in the faith, he must confine his faith first to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, and secondly to the Tradition of the Church. But someone may ask, is not the canon of Scripture sufficient for everything, and why should we add thereto the authority of Tradition? This is because not everyone understands the Scriptures in the same way, but one explains them this way and another that way, so that it is possible to get therefrom as many thoughts as there are heads. Therefore it is necessary to be guided by the understanding of the Church ... What is tradition? It is that which has been understood by everyone, everywhere and at all times ... that which you have received, and not that which you have thought up ... So then, our job is not to lead religion where we wish it to go, but to follow it where it leads, and not to give that which is our own to our heirs, but to guard that which has been given to us.

(St. Vincent of Lerina, Notes of a Pilgrim)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Truth in Love

The Bible never claims to be The infallible Word of God. But it does claim that the Word of God is God himself who became incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and THE WORD WAS GOD" John 1:1.

Christ is the Center

 This song shares my heart because this is what I've Truly discovered in Orthodoxy who Christ really and Truly is. I didn't really have that sense of completeness and fulfillment I am discovering being Protestant/Evangelical.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CcebZCl_DM Christ is More than Wonderful, He is more than my mind can conceive. "We cannot know God, but we have to know God to know that"-Fr. Thomas Hopko

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Amen!

‎"The Body of Christ surpasses time and space and joins all its members in the triadic communion where all things are present and live in the Lord. Within the body of Christ, namely in the Church, there is neither lost time nor lost people. Whatever God did in the past for the salvation of the world exists always as present and can be made accessible to each person...Distance of time and place are annihilated, and all things become present in Christ. Just as Christ as the Lord of glory is beyond time and place, so too whatever belongs to his body or whatever relates to it also surpasses time and place is preserved eternally present." ~George Mantzarides~
wow its an awesome thought!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Another one I needed to hear


definitely will keep this in mind:
One must by every means strive to preserve peace of soul and not be disturbed by offenses from others; for this one must in every way strive to restrain anger and by means of attentiveness to keep the mind and heart from improper feelings. And therefore we must bear offenses from others with equanimity and accustom ourselves to such a disposition of spirit that these offenses seem to concern not us, but others. Such a practice can give quietness to the human heart and make it as dwelling for God Himself.

~St. Seraphim of Sarov~

AMEN!

On Inward Peace

"There is nothing better than peace in Christ, for it brings victory over all the evil spirits on earth and in the air. When peace dwells in a man's heart it enables him to contemplate the grace of the Holy Spirit from within. He who dwells in peace collects spiritual gifts as it were with a scoop, and he sheds the light of knowledge on others. All our thoughts, all our desires, all our efforts, and all our actions should make us say constantly with the Church: "O Lord, give us peace!" When a man lives in peace, God reveals mysteries to him.."

- St. Seraphim of Sarov

Profound

I think my favorite person to quote beside The Bible! Really needed to hear all that Elder Thaddeus had to say and I wish I could post all of what I found today!

 “Love little things, and strive for that which is modest and simple. The Lord watches over us, and He is pleased that you long for His peace. Until the soul is ready, He will only sometimes allow us to see that He is present everywhere and fills all things. At these moments the soul feels such joy!… But then the Lord conceals Himself from us again, in order that we might long for Him and seek Him with our hearts!”
~Elder Thaddeus~

never thought of this before

‎''Reprimand and rebuke should be accepted as healing remedies for vice and as conducive to good health. From this it is clear that those who pretend to be tolerant because they wish to flatter . . . those who thus fail to correct sinners . . . actually cause them to suffer supreme loss and plot the destruction of that life which is their true life.''

~St. Basil the Great~