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Therefore encourage one another, and build each other up, just as you are already doing

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Prayer Requests ezekiel Board owner 07/15/2017 (Sat) 06:42:06 [Preview] No. 8 [Reply]
But I have prayed for you, that your faith would not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brethren.
Luke 22:32

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

Confess your offences to one another and pray for one another in order to be healed. The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective!
James 5:16

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Edifying Quotes sheep 07/15/2017 (Sat) 18:37:53 [Preview] No. 23 [Reply]
Let's collect quotes from those who have gone before us and place them here for the spiritual good of all.
I'll start with one from Saint Paisios of Athos.

>Some people tell me that they are scandalized because they see many things wrong in the Church. I tell them that if you ask a fly, “Are there any flowers in this area?” it will say, “I don’t know about flowers, but over there in that heap of rubbish you can find all the filth you want.” And it will go on to list all the unclean things it has been to.

>Now, if you ask a honeybee, “Have you seen any unclean things in this area?” it will reply, “Unclean things? No, I have not seen any; the place here is full of the most fragrant flowers.” And it will go on to name all the flowers of the garden or the meadow.

>You see, the fly only knows where the unclean things are, while the honeybee knows where the beautiful iris or hyacinth is.

>As I have come to understand, some people resemble the honeybee and some resemble the fly. Those who resemble the fly seek to find evil in every circumstance and are preoccupied with it; they see no good anywhere. But those who resemble the honeybee only see the good in everything they see. The stupid person thinks stupidly and takes everything in the wrong way, whereas the person who has good thoughts, no matter what he sees, no matter what you tell him, maintains a positive and good thought.

- St. Paisios of Mt. Athos, “Good and Evil Thoughts,” Spiritual Counsels III: Spiritual Struggle
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You, Who by Your unspeakable goodness has created us, tell us, why did You fill our lives with grief? Does not Your mercy make You to pity our sufferings? Why do You grant me being and later take it away through a painful death? I do not enjoy, says God, your illnesses, o man. But, out of the seeds of your grief and sorrow, I want to bring forth for you fruits of eternal and majestic joy. I imprinted the law of death and destruction not only in your body, but also in every object of this visible world. I commanded the whole world, together with your body, to cry out to you that this life is not the true and real life, and there is nothing permanent here to which your heart should become attached through justifiable love. When you do not hearken unto the threatening voice of the entire universe, then My paternal mercy, which always wishes you unlimited good, compels Me to lift the sceptre of chastisement. When I torment you with temptations, wear you out with illness, with pangs of remorse, it is that you might abandon your folly, become wise, cease seeking after shadows and return to the path of salvation. My unutterable mercy and unlimited love for human beings compelled Me to take your flesh upon Myself; through My abasement I have revealed the greatness of God to the human race (cf. John 14:9). By suffering on the Cross for the salvation of men, whom I desire to draw to Myself, I first afflict them with grief, and with these arrows of affliction I deaden their hearts to temporary pleasures. The sceptre of punishment is an emblem of My love for men. [...] Glory by for all things to the most merciful God, Who pours out His ineffable blessings upon us in every circumstance. For the Fount of Goodness can produce no other waves but the waves of goodness. Man, often not recognising this, murmurs against the All-Gracious One.
Saint Macarius of Optina
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Some people, when they reflect on the goodness of God and the passion of Christ, are powerfully moved to sighs, tears, prayer, and other devout actions, so that you might suppose their hearts were seized with a very fervent devotion. But when they are tested we find that they are like the passing rains of a hot summer, which may fall heavily on the earth, but do not penetrate it, and bring forth only mushrooms. In the same way, these tears and emotions in a corript heart do not penetrate it and are altogether fruitless. For these unhappy people would not give up a penny of their unjustly acquired wealth or renounce one of their perverse affections, nor would they endure the slightest suffering in the service of that Savior over whom they have wept. Their good impulses are like spiritual mushrooms. Not only are they a false devotion, but to often they are actually the deep wiles of Satan. While he amuses souls with such empty consolations, he induces them to remain satisfied with them instead of seeking true and solid devotion, which consists in a constant, resolute, prompt, and active will to carry out what we know to be pleasing to God.
St. Francis De Sales
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"No homos will ever be allowed in this church as long as I'm the pastor here---NEVER!"
-Pastor Steven Anderson
For nofap friends:

>For me the real evil of masturbation would be that it takes an appetite which, in lawful use, leads the individual out of himself to complete (and correct) his own personality in that of another (and finally in children and even grandchildren) and turns it back; sends the man back into the prison of himself, there to keep a harem of imaginary brides.

>And this harem, once admitted, works against his ever getting out and really uniting with a real woman.

>For the harem is always accessible, always subservient, calls for no sacrifices or adjustments, and can be endowed with erotic and psychological attractions which no woman can rival.

>Among those shadowy brides he is always adored, always the perfect lover; no demand is made on his unselfishness, no mortification ever imposed on his vanity.

>In the end, they become merely the medium through which he increasingly adores himself. . . . After all, almost the main work of life is to come out of our selves, out of the little dark prison we are all born in. Masturbation is to be avoided as all things are to be avoided which retard this process. The danger is that of coming to love the prison.

C.S. Lewis
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A Life of Careful Devotion sheep 09/07/2017 (Thu) 16:08:51 [Preview] No. 37 [Reply]
1. Recognise that though "God is everywhere and fillest all things", you often go through the world as if He were not particularly present at all and things were just empty things. When you see this, make it a matter of confession and repentance.
2. Always approach the church and the sacraments (where we have an even more specific promise of His presence) with awe. Never treat the building of things that have been set aside as holy as though they were common or empty. Do not divide your life into two - "now He's here, now He's not". Syrian Christians traditionally believed that the Shekinah presence of God left the temple and took up abode in the cross - every cross - and thus they had extraordinary devotion to each and every cross. We should never be indifferent to the icon or prayer corner in our home. Cross yourself whenever you pass it or come into it's presence.
3. Make careful preparation for communion. Always read the precommunion prayers if you are going to receive communion (and perhaps even if you are not); pray Akathists and other devotional prayers that particularly focus on Christ and his presence, such as the Akathist to the Sweetest Lord Jesus. The traditional Western hymn written by Saint Patrick, known as his "breastplate", is also a very fine hymn to know. Find it, keep it with you, and learn it.
4. Learn by heart psalms of presence, such as Psalm 23, "The Lord is my Shepherd," and Psalm 91, "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High", and any others that strike you. Repeat them frequently throughout the day.
5. Throughout the day, search for God. He is everywhere present, and yet our searching helps us to be more properly aware. In searching, expect to find him. He delights in sharing His presence.
6. Approach others with deep respect and wonder - it will often be the foundation for love. As much as is possible, forgive everyone for everything, staying mindful of the great mystery that is every human being. If you cannot yet pray for an enemy, begin by saying, "O Lord, do not hold this sin against them on judgement day on my account." It seems to postpone the forgiveness, but it also makes a beginning.
7. More than anything, give thanks to God for all things. There is no better way to acknowledge his presence. "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (1 Thess. 5:18).

Hate Bait Orthanon 09/02/2017 (Sat) 07:01:59 [Preview] No. 34 [Reply]
Why all the hate against the Eastern church?

Christian Music Sharethread sheep 07/17/2017 (Mon) 16:09:47 [Preview] No. 27 [Reply]
We ought to take advantage of the fact that we can upload audio files on this site. Share you favorite Christian music here! And remember to support the musicians who pour their heart and soul into their music - especially those who do so for Christ's sake.

Attached is a great song by a small Canadian group called Little Kid. I'm not sure they would describe themselves as a Christian band, but all of their music is overtly religious - and very beautiful.

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That Feel When No GF Advice sheep 07/17/2017 (Mon) 01:43:35 [Preview] No. 21 [Reply]
We get a lot of tfw no gf posts and people always rag on op and make fun of people. What could you say to someone who actually wants advice on this?
Not just statements like be a man or some nonsense, actual substantive advice
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Just be yourself bro
I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own special gift from God, one of one kind and one of another. To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single, as I am.
1 Corinthians 7:7-8

Wife, how do you know whether you will save your husband? Husband, how do you know whether you will save your wife? Only, let every one lead the life which the Lord has assigned to him, and in which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches
1 Corinthians 7:16-17

Now concerning the unmarried, I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is well for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek marriage. But if you marry, you do not sin, and if a girl marries she does not sin. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. I mean, brethren, the appointed time has grown very short; from now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the form of this world is passing away. I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman or girl is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord. If any one thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry — it is no sin. But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well. So that he who marries his betrothed does well; and he who refrains from marriage will do better. A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If the husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. But in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 7:25-40

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Thank you! sheep 07/15/2017 (Sat) 17:39:52 [Preview] No. 12 [Reply]
It's very kind of you to provide this website! Let's hope it grows and prospers.
Glory be to god
Glory to god

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:7 sheep 07/16/2017 (Sun) 14:45:30 [Preview] No. 18 [Reply]
Hello world

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International House of Prayer sheep 07/15/2017 (Sat) 17:45:16 [Preview] No. 13 [Reply]
Are there IHOPs that aren't crazy? Tbh the only experience with IHOP is some younger girls when I was in highschool. They were very nice and zealous, but they didn't really know Christian beliefs very well and had very odd views on tongues and baptism in the Holy Spirit
>>14
John answered, “Master, we saw a man casting out demons in Your name and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us.”

Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for he who is not against you is for you.”

Luke 9:49-50
>>15
I agree in principle, but at what point do we correct error?
>>16
The point is to worship and glorify God. Because I love Him and I want to express praise for Him.

Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for he who is not against you is for you.” (Luke 9:50)

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