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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:21 pm    Post subject: An effective Bible-study tool...  Reply with quote


Make to shine in our hearts, O Master Who loves mankind,
The in-corrupt light of Your divine knowledge,
And open the eyes of our mind to the comprehension of the preaching of Your Gospel.

Implant also in us the fear of Your blessed commandments, that, trampling down all carnal desires,
We may pursue a spiritual way of life, both thinking and doing all things well-pleasing to You.

For You are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ God,
And unto You do we send up glory,
Together with Your Father, Who is without beginning,
And Your all-holy, good, life-creating Spirit.

Amen.



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:17 am    Post subject: Quotes on Bible study Reply with quote

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God"
- St. Paul

"If an earthly king, our emperor, wrote you a letter, would you not read it with joy? Certainly, with great rejoicing and careful attention. You have been sent a letter, not by any earthly king, but by the King of Heaven. And yet you almost despise such a gift, so priceless a treasure... Whenever you read the Gospel, Christ Himself is speaking to you. And while you read, you are praying and talking to Him."
- St. Tikhon of Zadnosk (+1783)
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read the Holy Gospel, be penetrated by its spirit, make it the rule of your life, your handbook; in every action and question of life act according to the study of the Gospel. This is the only light in our life.
-Nikon of Optina


What then do I ask of you? That each of you take in hand that part of the Gospel which is to be read in your presence on the Lord's day [at the church service]; and before that day comes, sit down at home and read it through; consider often and carefully its content, and examine all its parts well, noting what is clear, what is confusing, what seems to assist the position of the adversaries but really does not. And, in a word, when you have sounded every point, then go and hear it read. From such zeal as this there will be no small benefit both to you and to me.
-St. John Chrysostom
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not exactly unique admonishments are they?
How come it's these people quoted for saying it that they shoulds be heard?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bnabernard wrote:
Not exactly unique admonishments are they?


No.... they would be more suspect if they were.

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How come it's these people quoted for saying it that they shoulds be heard?


Because their words are better than mine. There are others' words of equal worth, but I'll be getting round to them too.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a shame that an idea is given credit so far from it's source and the one then taking credit becomes so 'idolised'

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bnabernard wrote:
It's a shame that an idea is given credit so far from it's source and the one then taking credit becomes so 'idolised'


The people being quoted are not "taking" any credit themselves. Their words are taken from a variety of sources, many of which only become available after their death and when they have no control over whether they are recognized for their (gifted) holiness or not. I am giving them credit, and I am not ashamed in it.

Opinions and words posted on forums, on the other hand..... well, put it this way, I could listen to what you're saying, in which case I'd have to immediately disregard it because of the manner in which it is being offered.  
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am quite capable of working out my own way to live peacefully doing my best by my fellow-man .... I don't need to be instructed how to do it.

Just try to live your life without harming others, and helping them when you can, and you won't go far wrong.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leonard James wrote:
I am quite capable of working out my own way to live peacefully doing my best by my fellow-man .... I don't need to be instructed how to do it.


Maybe best not to read anything in the Bible-study section of the forum then?? Or did you get to this thread by looking at my post-history and didn't realize your comments are unsuitable to this specific forum?*






* I don't think I am being unreasonable to say that a forum about "Bible-study" shouldn't really be the place for posts challenging the authority of the Bible itself. I also say this particularly because there are many other boards on this website where such discussions are more appropriate. Hopefully you, on balance, agree.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I will try to avoid posting on this thread, but I'm rather old and forgetful, so just call my attention to it if I do.

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