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    Wildfire in California

    Prayers for all those affected by or are vulnerable to the wildfire that is spreading in California.
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    Struggling with Lust, again

    Please pray for me. I need to repent and overcome this addictive sin.
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    Happy Birthday, LizaSymonenko!

    Happy birthday to our Global Moderator! May God bless her with many years.
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    Stephen Hillenburg has Cancer

    http://globalnews.ca/news/3307962/spongebob-squarepants-stephen-hillenburg-als/ Pray for Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the children's cartoon series Spongebob Squarepants. He is diagnosed with ALS, a currently incurable disease. May God heal him.
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    For My 1000th Post

    It is almost one year, since I was chrismated and received into the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church. For my 1000th post, I give you my very special thanks to everyone on OCnet, particularly those who have helped me in my inquiry and journey into Orthodoxy. :) Thank you all for taking the time to...
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    Are Modern-Day Worship Songs Bad in Orthodoxy?

    By contemporary music, I mean songs in modern-day music styles, such as Rock. I see nothing wrong with praising God for sending His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, regardless of music style. Don't get me wrong, I'm not asking Orthodox parishes to start using rock bands, or anything like...
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    What's Wrong with the Novus Ordo?

    Besides the Filioque in the recitation of the Nicene Creed, what does the EOC find to be heretical practices in the Novus Ordo of the RCC? For example, is the Priest facing the congregation during consecration an unacceptable practice? If so, why? I also see nothing wrong with using contemporary...
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    Procrastination

    I'm really struggling with this habit. Please pray for me that my time will be spent more productively, that I will use my God-given time to study more and get things done.
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    Purity

    I'm struggling in the area of purity. Please pray for me.
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    How to Judge a Tree by Its Fruits?

    This passage from Jesus should be taken in context. He is talking about false prophets who claim to be messengers from God, but are actually there to deceive. Thus, as someone else once pointed out to me, I think that Christ's words are better applied to individuals, rather than entire Churches...
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    Does the Church Change its Teachings on Moral Issues?

    If I understand you correctly, it's that all forms of slavery were wrong, even those practiced by the OT Israelites. If correct, then my follow-up question is this: If slavery has always been wrong, and it took centuries for the Church to realize that, then on what basis can I be confident...
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    Questions About Sedevacantism

    1. What do they believe about the legitimacy of Eastern Catholicism? For example, are leavened bread and married priesthood in the Byzantine tradition acceptable? 2. Why don't they believe in the possibility of invincible ignorance? Isn't it unfair for God to condemn someone to hell, just...
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    Does Orthodoxy Believe in Double Effect?

    Does the Orhodox Church allow cancer patients to overdose in pain medication, as explained in this article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle_of_double_effect
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    Does God only have a plan for Humans?

    Nobody really knows whether God ONLY has a plan for humans. He might have a plan of salvation for other species. And if that makes you wonder why He has not revealed those plans to us, then it's probably because they are not relevant to us, so it is not necessary.    Nobody really knows that...
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    Question about Sacraments

    Three of the seven sacraments are not necessarily applicable to everyone: Anointing the Sick, Marriage, and Ordination. This might be a silly question, but here it goes: If sacraments are means by which we receive grace from God, then does that mean that a single layman who instantly dies in a...
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    Does Matthew 7:13-14 mean that few will be saved?

    “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Does Matthew 7:13-14 mean that a very small percentage...
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    How much Good works must I do to go to Heaven?

    If hell is eternal and there is no second chance after death, then there's nothing more important than making sure we get our salvation right. Correct? If that is the case, then  why can't God give each of us a daily review on how well we are doing? Why can't He tell me at the end of each day...
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    Can one be assured of his/her salvation?

    According to Orthodoxy, is it possible for me to reach a spiritual point where I know for sure that if I were to die right this second, I would be with God in paradise? I know that I can lose salvation if I commit a serious sin in the future, but is it possible to be in a spiritual state where I...
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    How does the Orthodox Church define "Consensus?"

    The Orthodox Church teaches that a belief is indisputable dogma if it is believed by a consensus, not just the hierarchs, but all the faithful everywhere, at all times. How do we define "all the faithful everywhere, at all times" though? If I were to interpret that literally, then the Trinity is...
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    For my First Confession

    Pray for me that I will adequately prepare for the Sacrament of Confession.
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