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The blessings of Lord's impact on the lives

There is a big difference between life of the sinner who has repented and returned to Christ and His blessing is received, and that keeps him at a distance. 
Nobody rapist, crook, thief, slanderer, false witness, liar and the Blessing of God will not enter, unless they repent and accept Christ Savior. (John 1:12-13,3? 16, 8:24, Revelation 3:20) The Bible warns all and says " DO NOT YOU AFTAPATES the kingdom of God has no place nor fornicators nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor greedy nor drunkards nor revilers nor swindlers . "(A.Korinthious 6:9) and Jesus Christ said that not only criminals and abusers will be excluded from the Realms but those who ORGIZONTE unduly against brother / the will declared guilty in judgment, (Matthew 5:21-22) and that it is preferable that he is offended by the arm, leg or the eye can be cut pull it out and throw it away than to get into able-bodied and with both eyes at the Gehenna of fire. (Matthew 18:8-9)    My friends only those who have repented and Christ staff have received salvation from their sins have forgiven and blessing will enter. Only regret sinners who opened their hearts to Christ (Revelation 3:20) They have the blessing received and will enter Paradise!

None of us can judge and decide what the blessings of Christ has received, but we can all admit that the sinner who persistently denies personal savior Christ to accept him in blessing and Eternal Life with him will not get ! WILL NOT WAIT FOR ALWAYS EPISTREPSEIS MENA  says the Lord to those who PISMATIKA Savior refused to accept him! Dude, I wish to repent and the Lord Jesus Christ your personal Savior to accept him, and the blessing of the Father and Son will enter, and the Holy Spirit will be born AGAIN (John 1; 12 to 13.3? 16) and Eternal together with Christ and the Father Life will enter. Amen! 

Από steliosfellas Thursday, March 13, 2014 @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 3:48 PM
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"As a result of self-centeredness and abuse of power, many people undermine the sacredness of the human person, neglecting to see the face of God in the least of our brothers and sisters (cf. Matt. 25.40,45). Many remain indifferent to the poverty, suffering and violence that plague humanity." Patriarchs of the Orthodox Church March 9, 2014
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The Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare)

Three Essentials of Fasting: Matthew 6: 14-21, especially vss. 17-18: “But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place. . . .” In this passage the Lord outlines three conditions of true fasting: forgiveness (vss. 14-15), accountability (vss. 16-18), and readiness for combat with the enemy (vss. 19-21).

Two matters concerning forgiveness must be settled prior to commencing the Lenten Fast: our need to be forgiven and our need to forgive. The aim of the fast is to assist us in embracing the Lord’s “propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world” (1 Jn 2:2) which does cleanse “from all unrighteousness” (vs. 1:9). God calls us to repent and confess (Acts 3:19), for He forgives when we forgive. And “if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Mt 6:15). 

This very evening, at Forgiveness Vespers, we have an opportunity to begin the Fast by cleaning the slate – seeking and offering forgiveness. If we do so, we shall profit from the days of the Great Fast with their self-examination, repentance, and confession.

As for accountability, we must remember that we are called to fast by our Master. He defines the Great Fast and how we carry it out. We must not blur His goals and procedures. The Lenten fast is a secret between us and God. For this reason the Lord commands us to “anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting” (vss. 17-18). 

If we exhibit penitence and contrition – if we “appear to men to be fasting” (vs. 16) – we fall into temptation from Satan. Displaying our ascesis realigns our motives in the direction of seeking the approval of our peers. Let us purify ourselves and labor where God alone sees, in the hidden areas of our heart.

“Do the Christian hypocrites . . . think that they . . . live hypocritically?” asks Saint John of Kronstadt. “They do not think so.” His words on prayer also apply to fasting: “They [fast] daily, perhaps at length; but . . . out of habit . . . not with their hearts, without heartfelt contrition, without a firm desire for amendment, and only in order to fulfill the established rule, and [they] ‘think’ they ‘do God service,’ whilst in fact they only incur the wrath of God” (Spiritual Counsels, p. 39).

In this world, the Lord warns, “moth and rust destroy and . . . thieves break in and steal” (vs. 19). Moths lay eggs in woolen fabrics unless we guard against them. As the larvae hatch, they eat into the cloth and destroy the covering that protects us against the elements. 

What does this mean for us spiritually? We must prepare to combat Satan and sin! When we allow sin’s larvae into our hearts and minds, they eat away the truth that shields us from lies and delusion. Only by confession and contrition do we attract the grace of God, which alone has the power to kill these deadly and voracious hatchlings of sin within ourselves.

Similarly, what functions like rust in our daily lives? Surely it is the corrosive power of secular life. The world curries our passions with self-serving lies, fads, and distortions. Secularism, unless sealed out with the chrism of the Holy Spirit, will corrode our devotion and our worship. When we fast, let us heed the Lord’s sure and gentle voice, for He alone assists us in countering the corrosive rust of the world. 

Finally, the demons are the thieves who seek to break into our hearts by any means to steal our souls for Satan’s perverse kingdom. Beware when these enemies encourage us to “adjust” the terms of the fast or to shrug at Christ’s Mysteries!  If we listen to them, we serve ourselves (and many devils) instead of God.

Come and abide in us and cleanse us from every stain and save our souls, O good One. – Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom


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