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3  22,000 different Christian denominations US News and World Report  Source: Inside & Outside

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5  Heresies  Politics  $$$  you and me….

6  Dissect the problem

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11  Arab Ni-Yaraouou (feast of the rivers) Persian Nowrouz  Coptic New Year  Anno Martyrum  Diocletian, 284AD  How Does One Become A Martyr?

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14 The Message He Left Us…

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16  “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” Mt 4:19; Mk 1:17-18  “He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him” Mt 4:21-22; Mk1:20  “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits…heal all kinds of sickness” Mt 10:1; Mk 3:13-15; Lk 6:  “Follow Me” Mk 2:14  “And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two…” Mk 9:7

17 “Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi.…where are You staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” Jn 1:35-39

18  “What do you seek?...Where are You staying?...Come and see”  Follow the leader…

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20 “I’ll go where you want me to go Dear Lord, real service is what I desire I’ll sing you a solo anytime Dear Lord, just don’t ask me to sing in the choir I’ll do what you want me to do Dear Lord, I like to see things come to pass But don’t ask me to teach boys and girls O Lord, I’d rather just stay in my class I’ll do what you want me to do Dear Lord, I yearn for your kingdom to thrive I’ll give you my nickels and dimes Dear Lord, but don’t ask me to tithe I’ll go where you want me to go Dear Lord, I’ll say what you want me to say But I’m busy just now with my service Dear Lord, I’ll help You some other day”

21  “So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.”

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23 Serving from your intellect Serving from your heart

24  Is God your Boss? Is the Church your Supervisor?

25  “Saints visit where there is love…”  “Simon, son of Jonah, Do you love Me?” Do you love Me? “Feed My sheep.”

26  He Fed the multitudes  He gave sight to the blind  He Healed the sick  He Rose from the dead

27  True service requires love towards others  Service is a natural consequence of the Love for God

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29  Pride, jealousy, judging, competition, rivalry, bitterness, cynicism…

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31 CommUNITY! LITURGY: λειτουργία (leitourgia) meaning a "public work" LITURGY: A prescribed form or set of forms for public religious worship.

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33 “Pray for the peace of the ONE,Holy, Universal and Apostolic, Orthodox Church of God”

34  “ I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. ” Ephesians

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37  Peter was guilty of hypocrisy (Gal 2:11-12)  Barnabas gave in to peer pressure (Gal 2:13)  Euodia and Syntyche argued (Phil 4:2)  Many of Paul’s helpers were selfish (Phil 2:20-21)

38  Do you know all the facts?  THERE ARE ALWAYS 2 SIDES TO EVERY STORY  Different points of view  Be sensitive to personal matters  You may be wrong!

39 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” James 1:4

40 “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing” 1Peter 3:9

41  “He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; but he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.” (Prov 11:13)  “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Rom 12:18) BE AN INSTRUMENT OF RECONCILIATION

42  “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians  *“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. ; Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God; There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all” Corinthians

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44 “ If we want the world to believe, we must be one ” Jn 17:11,20

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46  “…Since the whole conduct of these brethren was to God, and since whatsoever they did they did it for God, with an upright aim, and since the aim of each was the same, they appeared to be in the old man’s opinion of equal merit before God.” The Paradise of the Holy Fathers, trans by E.A. Wallis Budge, p283

47 ARE WE CALLED or ARE WE DRIVEN?


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