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Did the Apostle Peter actually go to Rome?

 By: University Prof.Emeritus Mr. Stergios Sakkos. Part 1. The Vatican’s recent communicatory rapprochements, both towards our Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate – which the pope had visited on the occasion of the Patriarchal Throne’s celebration of Saint Andrew’s Day (30th November 2006) – as well as towards the Church in Greece – whose archbishop had visited the pope (between the 13th to 16th December 2006) – have both brought to the forefront once again the fundamental papist claim which had led to their original secession from the Orthodox Church : the papist dogma regarding the primacy of the pope. This is supported by papists, on the basis of the decision of the 1st Vatican Council (1870), according to which, the pope is acknowledged as the vicar of Christ and His sole representative on earth; … Read entire article »

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Learning about the original Holy Apostolic Church of Christ

Learning about the original Holy Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ. How it started, history and how it continues today. The Agapi | Zoi web site offers a great source of information to anyone seeking spiritual growth Spiritual Growth Studies Agapi | Zoi site Read this to see what it is about With audio and video presentations. … Read entire article »

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Great Compline and Canon of St Andrew Wednesday of the 1st Week

The great Compline and Canon of St. Andrew of Crete served in our parish on Wednesday of the First week of Great lent The Agapi | Zoi web site offers a great source of information to anyone seeking spiritual growth Spiritual Growth Studies Agapi | Zoi site Read this to see what it is about With audio and video presentations. … Read entire article »

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How to Increase Church Fundraising With Church Banners

How to Increase Church Fundraising With Church Banners Worshipers are those who wish to thrive in their community by following a life style that suits their belief and conviction. It is togetherness and growing along with those who shares the similar ideas encourages them to be stable in their faith. This must be one reason the church worshipers use banners to convey their messages. There are a number of church activities that church members engage in time to time which inevitably requires a huge amount of publicity. Therefore, worshipers go for church banners which let them to announce a number of messages to the followers. There are several church banners that are in use at the moment. Mainly, the members use church vinyl banners for announcement of a forthcoming event. … Read entire article »

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Fr. Luke Holden on “The Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete”

Fr. Luke Holden on “The Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete”

Homily by Father Luke Holden: “Themes from the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete”. The homily took place at the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas in Cardiff on the 12th of March, 2015. Presbyter Father Luke Holden is the Priest of the Orthodox Community of  Saint Zachariah and Elizabeth in Swansea. The Agapi | Zoi web site offers a great source of information to anyone seeking spiritual growth Spiritual Growth Studies Agapi | Zoi … Read entire article »

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False Teaching – Edge Church – Church Adelaide

False Teaching – Edge Church – Church Adelaide I want to briefly look into some of the modern day Church clichés that these false converts often quote to support a Christian doctrine that allows them to live no differently to the rest of the world. The most common cliché I often here when a true believer states one cannot live in continuous sin without repentance and be saved is the cliché “don’t judge me” or “you don’t know my heart” The problem with these two statements is that they have no biblical backing whatsoever. You may claim where Jesus stated those without sin cast the first stone or take the log out of your own eye, these two passages do not support the dangerous doctrine of don’t bring correction about … Read entire article »

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Church Banners Are the Most Appropriate Option for a Church Ministry

Church Banners Are the Most Appropriate Option for a Church Ministry Every time you see a church banner in the facades of church, there will be something important for you to know. This is what parishioners look for. They want to announce and spread the most important information regarding the church to its believers. Let it be an important convention, celebration, worship, fund raising, awareness among members, or simply a bible verse to spread the love and sacrifice of god, the banners gives the maximum visibility and thereby the purpose is served fruitfully. Church banners are very, very important to put all the church members together. It is important for the parishioners to make sure that they all are on the same page. Here, you might genuinely wonder, how one … Read entire article »

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Cretan – Pentozali (Syrtaki of Boca)

Syrtaki of Boca – Cretan suite, Festival 2012 – Pentozali. Kriti folk dance, Greek dance from Crete. St. Mark’s Greek Orthodox Church Festival, Boca Raton, FL. Video Rating: / 5 The Great Canon of St Andrew, Bishop of Crete, is the longest canon in all of the Orthodox services, and is associated with Great Lent, since the only times it is appointed to be read in church are the first four nights of Great Lent and at Matins for Thursday of the fifth week of Great Lent, when it is read in its entirety. This recording was done on March 13, 2013 with Bishop Michael and Fr. David Cowan serving at the service at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Yonkers, NY. There are a total of 5 video segments due to … Read entire article »

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St. Francis Church – A Historic Church In Kochin

St. Francis Church – A Historic Church In Kochin With an illustrious history and a whole list of fascinating attractions, Kochin is an amazing city that promises plenty to the expectant traveller. This one-of-a-kind city boasts of much more than Indian hospitality and a warm smile, having a history which spans more than 600 years. Home to scores of travelling traders from far and wide, Kochin was once one of the most active trading centres in the region. The citys architecture is a constant reminder of those who ventured to these lands decades ago with plans of laying claim to their ownership. Visitors will find that Kochi and its inhabitants lives are very closely rooted to the ground, enabling you to understand how lifes clock ticks along in … Read entire article »

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Church Marketing – Are You a Church Marketing Slacker?

Church Marketing – Are You a Church Marketing Slacker? The Merriam Diction defines the word “slacker” in the following manner: 1: a person who shirks work or obligation; especially : one who evades military service in time of war 2: a person and especially a young person who is perceived to be disaffected, apathetic, cynical, or lacking ambition – slacker adjective Easy enough to define and understand. Now comes the hard question… Is Your Church either a slacker or slacking when it comes to its’ marketing? I think more churches qualify than would want to admit it. There are a lot of churches (and many businesses as well) that have this “build it and they will come” attitude. You can no longer just throw out your church carpet so to speak (or throw up a … Read entire article »

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How to Give Good Church Sermons!

How to Give Good Church Sermons! So, you want to know how to give good sermons? The key to great church sermons is the preparation beforehand. Keep reading to find out what you need to know to wow your congregation the next time you see them. Firstly, it’s important to keep your parishioners’ attention. One of the things people don’t like about going to church is a long, boring sermon that they don’t pay attention to and certainly won’t remember as soon as the service is over. You can still get your point across with a shorter, snappier and interesting sermon that your congregation will keep thinking about afterward. Secondly, be prepared! Speaking off the top of your head or “winging it” is hard to do and usually doesn’t make good … Read entire article »

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What is Church Leadership Training?

What is Church Leadership Training? The fact is that if you at all desire to be seen as a leader in your church, you simply must have formal training to do. You see, your problem is that you’re not alone because right now in your group of peers are folks who also plan on being leaders in your church, and guess who they plan on leading?   That’s right! They plan on leading “you” and if they’re successful your plans on being a church leader will be effectively scuttled. You read that correctly because by definition, in order for a person to be a leader there must be followers to lead and if you find yourself stuck in the latter category you will be screwed.   So in generations past one sure fire … Read entire article »

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