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Grace and Patience in the New Year
Friday, January 10 2014
Grace and Patience in the New Year
By: Christine Agaibi

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Wait patiently upon the Lord (Psalm 40:1); again I say wait patiently upon the Lord.  What a tall order this seems at times!  Even the most fervent of Christians and even the most compliant can struggle with patience when life gets hard.  Can you wait patiently on the Lord when you experience a health crisis; when you are lonely; when you seek a life partner; when you await a promotion or search for a job; when things do not make sense or when you seek any long awaited answer and the answer does not seem to come?  Can you wait patiently on the Lord when things seem hard?  Can you seek His will and Grace when times are challenging?

We live in a very fast paced world.  Another year has just ended and another has just begun.  Days turn into weeks and weeks into months in what seems to be the blink of an eye.  We want everything now.  We rush our meals, our conversations, even our prayer.  We worry and are filled with anxiety when things do not happen in the way we want in the time frame we want.  However in this verse in the Psalms, God is teaching us to wait.  He also shows us that waiting and patience will be rewarded (“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry” Psalm 40:1). However, why does He want us to wait when all it seems to do is create anxiety?

Plan but Wait – “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
The Bible helps us understand that planning is important (Luke 14: 28-33).  In this New Year, we may do what we have done in previous year ends.  We take inventory of our life.  We think of what we have done and what needs improvement.  This is great because it means we take an active role in planning what happens to in our lives.  However, what happens when our plans change or become tangled?  This is an inevitability of life and things don’t always go as we plan.  This is where the importance of grace and patience come, in times of challenge.  God makes a contingency plan for our broken plans and lets us know that though we plan, His infinite wisdom directs our steps closer to Him, closer to His will, and closer to what we actually need.  All we have to do is be patient and exhibit grace as we wait for His plan to unfold.

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In Love with a Girl
Saturday, November 30 2013
I am in love with a girl, but she is in love with someone else and is constantly telling me how she likes him, but is worried about his lack of a relationship with God. What should I do?

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Before I answer this question, I first have to assume that you are old enough and in the right circumstances to be involved in a Godly relationship that is headed toward marriage as an end goal.  If so, continue reading below...if not, then my friend I think you should seek the guidance of your father of confession since you might be complicating your life tremendously by being involved in any type of relationships before you are truly ready for them.

You are not alone in this situation, it is always hard to determine whether it is better to love or be loved and I have to tell you that the answer is both. Marriage life is a journey that two must take together for better or worse.    It is critical in this situation to know what God's will in your life is.  The best way to know God's will is to get down on your knees and pray for God to show you whether this girl is right for you or not. God is faithful in showing us His will when we truly seek it.  James 1:5 says " If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally, and reproaches not; and it shall be given him".  You should also seek the wisdom of someone who knows you best like your parents or your father of confession.  Here are few things for you to consider:  It is important to separate the issue of whether the other guy is right for the girl or not from  whether this girl is right for you or not.  Of course, God's will is never for us to be involved with someone who will stir us away from him.  If she is your friend and she trusts you, advise her to seek the council of her father of confession, but stay away from giving her advice since your judgment is going to be very biased. However, even if she leaves the other guy, you need to ask yourself will you be able to live your life being the person that she settled for?  Will this person always be in the middle? Marriage life is difficult and it takes two people who are deeply committed to each other and to their relationship.  God loves you very much and I am sure He has what is very best in store for you whether it is this girl or someone else. So seek His will and I am sure He will guide your path.   You never know what God has in store for you, there might be this other amazing girl who will love you, appreciate you and make you a very happy person.
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