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  • TER's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:20 PM
    It is quite remarkable (miraculous in fact) how close in doctrine and liturgical practices the Chalcedonians and non-Chalcedonians are, even 1700 years after formally splitting. It goes to show how much fidelity each body has held to the earlier traditions handed down to them from the first centuries. In almost every aspect they are identical, be it ecclesiastical, liturgical, doctrinal, etc. This is proof of the Holy Spirit working within both bodies and the authenticity and timelessness of their witness through created time and space. The schism that occurred was not over trivial matters however, and it has not been officially healed, although it is getting closer all the time. The Copts have over the centuries now claimed and admitted that their Monophysite position was indeed not Monophysite, but rather miaphysite, and the whole controversy and schism was over an honest misunderstanding in terminology and language. This has helped them come closer to the doctrinal purity which the Eastern Orthodox Church has been the guardian of. Like the Catholics, the Coptic accept the grace of the sacraments and priesthood of the Orthodox (Chalcedonian Church), but the reverse is not universally so. There is however much economia and dispensations allowed, so that if an Eastern Orthodox lives in a land where only a Coptic parish is, they are given the grace by the Orthodox Bishop to receive communion there. This stipulation, again, is case-specific and an act of mercy and is in no way a proclamation of official intercommunion between the two churches. It is obvious that there is much grace within the Coptic/Oriental Orthodox Church and that the Holy Spirit is strongly present there. It is also my personal belief (and prayer) that, before the Day of Judgement arrives, both will be re-united and that schism of old will be healed and all will worship together as one body in the Mystical Supper of the Lord in the age to come.
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    Yesterday, 02:21 PM
    The Copts fell into the heresy of the Monophysites and broke away from the rest of the Church and started their own community. The Patriarchate of Alexandria of the original One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church has always remained.
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  • TER's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:14 PM
    And also Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; In every place incense shall be offered to My name, And a pure offering; For My name shall be great among the nations,” Says the LORD of hosts. And at this time, in the world, the Liturgy is somewhere on a continent taking place, where incense is offered in His Name, and the Eucharist (pure offering) is being given for the life of the world.
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  • TER's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:43 PM
    Here is a nice interview about an ex-rock star who became a missionary priest in Africa. http://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/one-plus-one/2015-11-26/one-plus-one:-rev.-themi-adamopoulo/6978258
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    Yesterday, 01:25 PM
    What is also a known secret is that many Turks are secretly converting and becoming Christians (cryptoChristians). The media and government don’t like to talk about it but the numbers are estimated to be in the 10-15 million people range. This is quite an impressive number if true.
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  • TER's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:15 PM
    There is much missionary work being done there by the Orthodox Church. Africa and Central America are demonstrating the greatest rise in baptisms currently worldwide with entire communities converting. The missionaries in Africa in particular speak of the great difficulty in converting the people because of dark magic which they must contend against. The cultures and religions there are steeped in demonic activity and power and it is with great spiritual battles whereby the continent is turning slowing Christian. Of course, much work is left to be done, but it is great to see progress being made. Glory to God for all things!
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    Yesterday, 01:11 PM
    Neither. Eastern Orthodox, from the ancient Patriarchate of Alexandria
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    Yesterday, 12:42 PM
    Link here. http://orthochristian.com/109967.html Pictures in link
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  • TER's Avatar
    01-16-2018, 10:58 PM
    To add to this thread, it was during this same time of the Nazi round up of Jews in Greece when the monks of Mount Athos hid Jews within the monasteries to avoid them from being captured. That was the only time in a thousand years when any females were admitted into the Holy Mountain (according to the ancient rule which was introduced forbidding women there, not because women are inferior by any means, for the greatest Christian Saint is a woman and the guardian of Mount Athos (the Virgin Mary), but because it was established to be a place for male monks to seek constant and incessant prayer for the world, undistracted). But during those dark days, the monks risked their lives and security to protect these innocent Jewish women.
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  • TER's Avatar
    01-16-2018, 09:03 PM
    Here is a man who found the truth in the Orthodox Church and joined at great financial risk to himself and with the knowledge that he would be mocked and alienated by long time friends and loved ones for joining. But when a person comes to see the truth, as led by God’s will through the Holy Spirit, than nothing can stop them, even death itself. God bless all those who struggle yet persevere, for it is the Church of the martyrs which demonstrates where the Church of the Saints is, and it is the Orthodox Church which has always been and will always be the Church of the martyrs and the Church of the Saints. May they continue to pray and intercede for us before the Throne of God, and through their prayers, may God have mercy on us.
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    01-16-2018, 11:40 AM
    So now, a physician can be paid for rendering services to someone who doesn't need those services. Does the insurance company comply with that as well?
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  • Root's Avatar
    01-16-2018, 07:59 AM
    Just got banned in NJ, signed into law by a republican in name only. http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/01/nj_bans_gun_device_used_in_las_vegas_shooting_afte.html
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  • Weston White's Avatar
    01-16-2018, 12:59 AM
    You got to love it, a felon/dishonorably discharged veteran is ineligible for government employment, yet they can run for public office.
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  • Weston White's Avatar
    01-16-2018, 12:53 AM
    ...How many shithole countries are good candidates from expatriation of libtards?
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  • Weston White's Avatar
    01-16-2018, 12:01 AM
    What a blithering moran! This is like saying I am a Democratic Democrat. Dumb old buffoon he is. WTF!? Socialism inevitably leads to communism, which leads to both mass-democide and genocide. We are suppose to learn from history, not become dumbed down to then repeat it.
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  • lilymc's Avatar
    01-15-2018, 08:25 PM
    How sad. :( She was young. I loved her voice.
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    01-15-2018, 08:11 PM
    Yup. I wasn't talking about debate in general, but bickering and endless arguing, specifically in religion debates. Yes, civil debate can be helpful, but being overly argumentative or arrogant is a different story. I knew you were going to say something like that. That's not what I meant, and I think you know it. You just like to argue. :)
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    01-15-2018, 06:43 PM
    That's why I rarely get into religion debates anymore. Especially on this site. I believe there's definitely a place for discussing theology...but bickering and always arguing is another matter. That definitely does not lead people to Christ, iyam.
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  • lilymc's Avatar
    01-15-2018, 05:55 PM
    I just meant that I converted away from a non-protestant church, and she did the opposite. I didn't mean to imply that they were the same… Although there are many similarities.
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    01-15-2018, 05:48 PM
    Ugh. I'm sorry, but that's one of the ugliest sites I've ever seen. The comments section is cringe‐worthy and extremely sad. The article is wrong too... which I guess isn't surprising, if the writer has the same mindset as the guys who hang out on the comments section of that site.
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    01-15-2018, 05:15 PM
    I don't want to get into a religion debate, but I kind of had the opposite experience as Terry. My mom raised my sisters and I Catholic, but that caused me to be an unbeliever. All I saw was religion, people going through the motions on Sundays but then acting like everyone else the rest of the week. Even as a child I intuitively knew that there was something missing, or off. No one even told me about salvation or my need to be born again. I didn't see any transformed lives or anything that would inspire me to seek God. So I rejected it all, unfortunately throwing out the baby with the bathwater. I'm very thankful that God pursued me and (years later) opened my eyes, which was the biggest turning point of my life. And 4 years after I became a Christian my younger sister also became a born-again Christian. We both go to nondenominational churches, but more importantly it's about following Jesus... it's a daily thing, that involves full surrender, not just going to church on Sundays. PS: I miss Kevin. :)
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    01-15-2018, 04:12 PM
    Haha. My family lived there for a year when I was nine years old. One of the memories I have is seeing people squatting on the side of the road going to the bathroom right out in public. That was a long time ago… I haven't been back there although I did visit another part of Indonesia in 2005, for a missions trip. IIRC, that article was talking about a small part of downtown where the homeless hang out. As Danno said, San Diego County is a big area with lots of towns, and overall it's a great place. Perfect weather, clean, close to the beach, normal people, definitely not a $#@!hole.
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    01-15-2018, 01:17 PM
    Some city in New Jersey that I was passing through years ago… I think it was Newark? Overseas, Jakarta comes to mind. Cairo was also really bad, apart from the interesting things to see like the pyramids.
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  • Weston White's Avatar
    01-13-2018, 09:08 AM
    Both can simultaneously exist, there is no relation between these two things. However, failure to regulate immigration will certainly lead to socialism.
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  • Weston White's Avatar
    01-13-2018, 08:54 AM
    Walmart, lolz, oh the company you keep. Only things missing are Obama, N. Korea, and the bin Laden Foundation. ETA: Oh almost forgot about Planet Ping Pong, almost.
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  • TER's Avatar
    01-12-2018, 10:00 PM
    Great post. God bless you. Amongst the corruption which inevitably occurs in any institution of humans, it is the men and women such as the one described here which demonstrate the Holy Spirt of God working within the world.
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  • Root's Avatar
    01-12-2018, 11:32 AM
    I used to chat with StormCrow a decade ago. Such a smart woman.
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    01-12-2018, 08:06 AM
    This should be a sticky.
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  • uncharted's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 09:16 PM
    Trump Administration Waives Punishment For Convicted Banks, Including Deutsche — Which Trump Owes Millions
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  • DGambler's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 07:34 PM
    Or Cardano or Monero or Spectrecoin or any other privacy coins
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 07:05 PM
    Oh, I know.... I've worked for a few. If people know the end of their job is coming up, they tend to look for another one before they lose the one they have. Going with unemployment insurance isn't the best way to make ends meet while finding another job.
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    01-11-2018, 06:12 PM
    Well, it would be nice if they give the employees some kind of advance notice.
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    01-11-2018, 06:05 PM
    Yeah, that would be real justice. Or would that be rail justice?
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    01-11-2018, 03:19 PM
    CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!! :D
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    01-09-2018, 09:44 AM
    Finally, a rewarding award worth awarding.
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    At least until every county or so willingly decided to submit to Christ, which I think will happen eventually because I'm a postmillennialist.
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Ron needs to quit playing defense and go on offense. It's not enough to say "the Soviet Union was worse than Iran." If he could point out the following documented facts it would shut the naysayer up for good or at least make them back-peddle.

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