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  • 2012-07-11T17:55:10

http://findtheearlychurch.com/ is fairly new, but is a great source to see the differences in the beliefs/practices that the early Christians believed and the churches of today. Just thought I would share the beauty of the first churches and the depth that has been provided in my life through experiencing Christ in this way. Pray for me.

  • 2012-07-11T17:50:21

Jennifer A. Auclair Oh my dear. You are so beautiful with your words. And your right its about whats in the heart. Christianity is something truly that must be experienced in the heart by the grace and work of the Holy Spirit. And Sandie kindly pointed out, the Bible is our owner's manual! And Paul time and time again says "HOLD TO THE TRADITIONS WHETHER BY WORD OR EPISTLE" So clearly traditions do matter as they were a way of experiencing the depth of Christ. Orthodoxy has kept the church JUST LIKE THE EARLY APOSTLES LEFT IT. With sacraments, as CHRIST HIMSELF instituted for He even said “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you." (John 6:53) and then instituted communion as HE ACTUAL BODY AND BLOOD. Which was carried out by the apostles as mentioned throughout the epistles and in acts. THE EARLY CHURCH all believed and had NO division for 500 years after Christ and that same faith is what the Orthodox church teaches today. its not about denomination like whos wrong or right, its about the truest and clearest way of seeing/experiencing Christ and just like a game of telephone the first always have the truest message. I implore people to read "becoming orthodox" by father peter giliquist or researching the early church, then your heart will see how Christ intended the church and how far we have come from His image. IF we trust the early church that gave us today the Bible we all read, then why don't we trust their beliefs/practices. Peace and grace my beautiful fellow brethren :)

  • 2012-03-05T14:48:11

There are more things to be grateful for than to complain and murmur. It's easier said than done but let us TRY.

  • 2012-02-29T17:53:07

Jennifer A. Auclair Reading the owner's manual - the Bible - is the key to eternal life!

  • 2012-01-23T00:52:41

Powerful!

  • 2012-01-09T13:08:51

Thank you Lord, we have so much to be thankful for. Look around you.

  • 2011-12-07T14:49:55

Jennifer A. Auclair Amen to that :) God Bless you

  • 2011-12-06T08:40:36

Gerald Scott i will pray with you that God bless you with the right job, and if you got one praise the Lord. keep it real

  • 2011-11-16T13:47:13

Jennifer A. Auclair.....Hi! Your comments just made me smile because I happen to know a person who has the same view points as you do :) And I agree with all you said.

  • 2011-10-26T02:39:47

To God be ALL THE GLORY! For everthing I have.Thank you Jesus!

  • 2011-10-17T06:20:31

Awesome Job! These are the exact kind of videos I will prdouce direct and film in the future. Thanks for the inspiration and God Bless.

  • 2011-10-07T03:49:08

wow since I watch this THANKFUL VIDEO I lost my Job was all ready moving from my house of 19 years I am going to look at it this way GOD has big er PLANS for me praise the load Jesus amen.

  • 2011-10-01T23:49:03

right on

  • 2011-09-28T05:10:21

"Open the door of every closet in your heart to God".

  • 2011-08-10T21:53:03

Its not that I am discouraging anyone from walking by Faith. We are saved by Grace through Faith, but we need to have that Grace to act inside of our bodies in order to be saved. Whether this happens during life or after death is up to God (God is the savior of all). But the truth of the matter is that the Kingdom of the Heaven and the Heavenly riches of Jesus Christ are made available to all people here, in this life, and not just after death. Through the Holy Sacraments of the Orthodox Church, a person is able to acquire the Grace of God. The Sacraments are the "channels" by which Grace can be dispensed into the persons body. The teachings of St Paul and of the Orthodox Church, are that man was made to partake of the Divine Energies of God (this is what GRACE is). Man is able to acquire this energy of God only because of the Incarnation of the Son of God, crucified, buried and Resurrected. Jesus came in order to make man God-like, just like Jesus is, because Jesus is God AND man, so we also have the ability to become like God because his great dispensation. This is the teaching of some of the earliest Christians. St. Cyril of Alexandria (c. 376 - 444) says that we "are called `temples of God' and indeed `gods,' and so we are." St. Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 180) stated that God "became what we are in order to make us what he is himself." St. Clement of Alexandria (c.150 - c. 215) says that "he who obeys the Lord and follows the prophecy given through him . . . becomes a god while still moving about in the flesh." St. Athanasius [b. ca. (296-298) – d. 2 May 373] wrote that "God became man so that men might become gods." St. Basil the Great (330[2] – January 1, 379) stated that "becoming a god" is the highest goal of all. St. Gregory of Nazianzus (c. 329[1] – January 25 389 or 390[1]) implores us to "become gods for (God's) sake, since (God) became man for our sake." Read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divinization_(Christian)#Patristic_writings Why would they be so bold as to say some thing like this if it was not true? Because this is the "Great Salvation" that St Paul was talking about, " 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? (Hebrews 2:3-4 KJV) "Gifts of the holy ghost"? Do the non orthodox have these? do they experience them? What does St Paul mean here? What does it feel like to have it? This is something that the thousands and tens of thousands of Orthodox Saints know - and indeed wrote about. I advise you to pick up a book "The Philokalia". It will illuminate you about this. This is the Truth about man and God, about the power of God's dispensation through Jesus Christ. You think you love God more than I do? If you really loved God, you would be looking for means to obtain greater intimacy with him. The Eastern Orthodox Church is the only means that a person an experience this. Read this, i urge you. This is what it means to have the Holy Spirit. 89. "Those who are privileged to become children of God and to have Christ shining forth within them are guided by varied and differing qualities of the Spirit, and are cherished by grace in the secret places of the heart. The seeming joys of the world arc not to be compared with the experience of divine grace in the soul. Those who share in this grace are sometimes filled with an inexpressible and nameless joy and exultation, as if they were at some royal banquet; sometimes they feel like bride and bridegroom delighting together spiritually; and sometimes like bodiless angels, since the body has become so weightless and light that it seems that they are not clothed with it. Sometimes it seems that they are in some realm greatly rejoicing and drunk with the inexpressible drunkenness of the mysteries of the Spirit; and then at other times they are full of grief, weeping and lamenting as they intercede for man's salvation. For, burning with the divine love of the Spirit for all men, they take into themselves the grief of all Adam; and sometimes they are kindled by the Spirit with such untold love and delight that, were it at all possible, they would clasp everyone to their breast, not making any distinction between who is good and who is bad; and sometimes they so disparage themselves that they regard themselves as the least of all men. Now they are consumed with unutterable spiritual joy; and now, like some mighty warrior donning royal armor, marching to war and putting the enemy to flight, they arm themselves with the weapons of the Spirit, attack their invisible enemies and tread them underfoot. Now they are embraced by great tranquility and stillness, peace nourishes them and they experience great delight; and now they acquire understanding, divine wisdom and unsearchable spiritual knowledge. In short, it is impossible to describe the grace of Christ by which they are illumined. At other times they can appear to be like any ordinary person. Divine grace, taking in them many different forms, teaches and disciplines the soul so as to present it perfect, pure and spotless to the heavenly Father." St Symeon Metaphrastis, Paraphrase of the Homilies of St Makarios of Egypt, 5, On Love, Philokalia Vol 3 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symeon_the_Metaphrast

  • 2011-08-10T17:31:32

All due respect...it is great that your a devoted Christian. I am just saying that you cannot discourage anyone trying to walk in faith and everyone is at different points of spiritual growth. I am not Catholic nor Protestant . I attend a non- denominational church that is Christianity without the religion and man made crap. It is straight from the book. I am a strong believer that you can have "church" anywhere. God is everywhere not just your church. He knows our hearts and understands our human struggles. I dont think it matters what church you go to as long as you are getting the word straight and living a life that pleases him. Good works pleases God but works alone will not get you in to heaven if you havent accepted Jesus. Can you be a good person and not know Jesus..probably, but the odds are stacked against you. Works alone are empty without a giving willing heart that wants to please the Lord. I understand all of your messages and respect them but you need to be careful about boasting holier than thou...and get back to working with all Christians to make a better world. I do not consider myself a heretic. I research and I am careful about what I believe and make sure it lines up with the word.Be blessed.

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