Resources of Believers Eastern Church

The following books, written by our Metropolitan, are available as a free download. They help readers understand the fundamentals of the orthodox faith and strengthen their spiritual life.

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<p>Some say “I love it” and some say “I hate it.” What do you say?</p>
<p>The church at Corinth was praised by St Paul, their spiritual father, for believing and living by it. On the other hand, St Paul, writing to the church at Thessalonica, sternly warned them not to have anything to do with those who did not want to embrace it.</p>
<p>Why, instead of one church, do we have 45,000 denominations, most of which started after the Reformation in 1600? It all has to do with rejecting the apostles’ doctrines and the Holy Tradition of the Orthodox church which Jesus started in AD 33.</p>
<p>Why are there thousands of false prophets teaching false doctrines and leading millions of well-meaning people away from the Holy Church and from God himself? It has everything to do with rejecting the Holy Tradition of the ancient church.</p>
<p>Moran Mor Athanasius Yohan I Metropolitan, who has authored numerous books about early and eastern Christian spirituality, explains this important subject for anyone to read and understand.</p>
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<p>Our faith is based solely on the Word of God. While the Nicene Creed is not part of the Holy Bible, its importance is second only to that of the Holy Bible itself. Every believer should endeavor to be able to recite it from memory. The Nicene Creed is a short and condensed one-page version of the Holy Scriptures. This creed contains the non-negotiable fundamental truths and doctrines of the Bible, and it covers God’s revelation from eternity past to eternity future.</p>
<p>This book gives a brief explanation of the importance of the Nicene Creed and the meaning behind each of its statements. It is important to understand the background and uniqueness of this creed for the sake of our faith, both individually and as a body of believers.</p>
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<p>Eucharist is one of the Sacraments of the Holy Church that the Lord Jesus told us to do.</p>
<p>Of the many sacraments of the Holy Church, the sacrament of Eucharist is the most important. Known as the crown of sacraments, Holy Communion is one of the holy mysteries of the apostolic church, which was instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ.</p>
<p>In this booklet, we will explain this unexplainable and awesome mystery to the extent that we can understand it.</p>
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<p>The break-up of the Church is one of the darker aspects of the Protestant Reformation during 1500 A.D. under Martin Luther of Germany. Now there are 40,000 denominations, each of which claim to be the true and authentic church in their faith and practice!</p>
<p>In this brief booklet, the author tries to help the reader travel back in time to the first 500 years of the early orthodox faith of the Church, to help us answer questions about the crisis of the modern-day church. The booklet explores how man has become the center of worship instead of God, who should be the audience in our worship, and the follies of this new way.</p>
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<p>If I ask you, “Do you want to become godly,” I’m sure your answer will be a resounding “yes!” But how do you become someone who understands God’s ways and experiences Him in your life? Is there a road map for it? What should you do or which way should you go? How does God desire for us to know Him and what is your role in it?</p>
<p>If you look through the teachings of the early Church Fathers, they taught that we can “partake of the divine nature” and that by one choice, our very nature and behavior can be fully controlled by the eternal life of God which is placed in us by the Holy Spirit. </p>
<p>They called this ‘theosis’ and in this book, let me seek to explain the road map to experience it in your life.</p>
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<p>“Death of God’ is a phrase coined by German atheistic philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. He used this phrase to express his belief that the enlightenment era had made man smart enough that there was no need for any God to govern human affairs.</p>
<p>The truth is, God did die. Some 2,000 years ago, God who became a man, the Lord Jesus Christ, was crucified by Roman soldiers on the hill of Golgotha in Jerusalem. We can say for sure God died. He was buried, but on the third day, He rose again.</p>
<p>The question is, can God die?</p>
<p>We believe that God became man for the purpose of being sacrificed and to shed His sinless pure holy blood for the healing of man’s sin.</p>
<p>But why did this almighty Creator God have to become a man? Why did God have to offer Himself as a sacrifice to save mankind?</p>
<p>Since Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, who like us was part of the sinful human race, how could He have remained without sin?</p>
<p>Jesus was born without a human father and the Scripture says He was born of God. How is that possible?</p>
<p>I’m sure questions like these have often come to our minds. In this booklet, the authour answers these tough questions while addressing the all-important question of how we, as humans, can live a life of freedom over sin and death.</p>
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    June 18, 2021

    Ordinary Time

    Morning Psalm: 87, 90
    Evening Psalm: 136
    1 Samuel 4:1b-11
    Acts 4:32-5:11
    Luke 21:20-28

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    These books are recommended to further learn about the Holy Church and orthodoxy. BECNA does not necessarily endorse or agree with all content in these books.