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The minister amidst his family

Pope Shenouda III | 21 June 2010
Strange indeed to see ministers with a double personality; behaving in the ministry in a completely different way than at home! In Sunday Schools, for instance, they appear like holy angels, uttering humble and gentle words, seeking the prayer of everybody as sinners, weak and undeserving. At home, .. More

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Pope Shenouda III | 13 June 2010
In continuation of the preceding Article about individual work done by the Lord Christ and the Father Apostles:Individual work is clear in the ministry of the Father Apostles as well as in their Epistles, as in St. Paul's Epistle to Philemon, where we read about his work with Philemon and with Onesimus the slave. St. Paul could turn him from a slave to a beloved brother profitable to him in the ministry. He even promised to repay his debts to Philemon (Philem 16- 18). .. More

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Pope Shenouda III | 6 June 2010
God cares for the whole world, but His care also extends to individuals, thus giving us a wonderful example of how important is individual work! In the Old Testament: God sent His angel to shut the lions' mouths, so that they might not hurt Daniel in the den, and was with the three young man in the furnace, so fire had no power on their bodies (Da 6: 22; 3: 25- 31). He was with Elijah while fleeing from Queen Jezebel and spoke to him with a still small .. More

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Pope Shenouda III | 30 May 2010
By "labor" is not meant the vain labor of the world, but labor for the Kingdom. Vain labor of the world resembles that of Solomon for luxury and wealth, for having attained all that he said, "Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind." (Eccl 2: 11) On the other hand your labor for God's sake is for your own salvation and for the edification of the Kingdom. Now let us focus on labor in the field of ministry:.. More

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Pope Shenouda III | 23 May 2010
The Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor (Isa 61: 1) The prophecy says regarding the Lord Christ, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound." (Isa 61: 1) Who then are those poor for whom the Lord came to preach good tidings?.. More

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Pope Shenouda III | 16 May 2010
"You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1: 8) These words mean that a believer should not only know God, but should also be a witness to Him before all people.The Samaritan woman is an example. As soon as she knew the Lord, she could not keep silent but ran to tell her people about Him, saying, "Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did." (Jn 4: 29).. More

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Pope Shenouda III | 9 May 2010
"Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you" (1 Tim 4: 16)? Who said this? It is the Great Preacher St. Paul, who experienced the depths of ministry and spiritual life, who in the ministry labored more abundantly than all the other apostles (1 Cor 15: 10), and in spirituality was caught up into the third heaven, into Paradise (2 Cor 12: 3, 4)... More

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Pope Shenouda III | 2 May 2010
Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine" "Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you" (1 Tim 4: 16)? Who said this? It is the Great Preacher St. Paul, who experienced the depths of ministry and spiritual life, who in the ministry labored more abundantly than all the other apostles (1 Cor 15: 10), and in spirituality .. More

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Pope Shenouda III | 25 April 2010
We spoke much about the triumphant who overcome in their spiritual wars and in their relationship with the others, but now we shall speak about the weak and the fallen and see what encouragement we can offer them. Encouraging others is a great virtue, for the Scripture says, "Comfort the fainthearted; uphold the weak; be patient with all." (1 Thess 5: 14).. More

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Pope Shenouda III | 18 April 2010
We spoke much about the triumphant who overcome in their spiritual wars and in their relationship with the others, but now we shall speak about the weak and the fallen and see what encouragement we can offer them. Encouraging others is a great virtue, for the Scripture says, "Comfort the fainthearted; uphold the weak; be patient with all." (1 Thess 5: 14).. More

Questions on the Resurrection

Pope Shenouda III | 11 April 2010
On this occasion of the Glorious Resurrection of the Lord, we shall answer some of the questions addressed by many people: 1. Concerning the consistency of the events accompanying the Resurrection: Question: Is there any inconsistency of the resurrection events as told by each of the four Evangelists? We notice that .. More

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Pope Shenouda III | 4 April 2010
In our spiritual life and in our ministry we should focus on constructive and positive work. However, we must be aware that while in communion with the Holy Spirit we edify ourselves and the others, the devil interferes with contraries that are capable of driving us away from our spiritual constructive work. A wise person should not permit any passive matters to occupy or detain him from positive work. .. More

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Pope Shenouda III | 28 March 2010
Those having nobody to remember them In the Midnight Absolution Prayer the father priests pray a very deep and impressive prayer which says, 'Remember, O Lord, the weak and those who have nobody to care about or remember them'. Yes, Lord, remember those remembered by no one in prayers, ignored or rather forgotten by everybody... More

The Ministry (14):While in the ministry

Pope Shenouda III | 21 March 2010
Many fell & some perished Do not think that all those who fell or perished were away from the church or from the ministry, for the Holy Scripture and the church history record many stories and occurrences about people who fell or perished although they were in the church or even in the ministry. Take for instance Demas the assistant of.. More

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Pope Shenouda III | 14 March 2010
To make ready a people prepared for the Lord." (Lk 1: 17) How beautiful are these words uttered by the angel of the Lord when announcing the birth of John the Baptist: "He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah … .. More

The Ministry (12):Importance, Fields & Effectiveness of Ministry

Pope Shenouda III | 7 March 2010
The importance of ministry: St. Paul the Apostle, talking about the various gifts of the Spirit, said, "… As God has dealt to each one a measure of faith … according to the grace that is given us …" ; "If prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence." .. More

The Ministry (11): God is the Core of Ministry

Pope Shenouda III | 28 February 2010
God is the main cause and goal of ministry, for He calls for it and works in it. However, so many ministers handle many subjects but mention nothing about God. They do not introduce Him to the hearts and minds of people! Their words are mere knowledge about things far from God, perhaps on virtues, history, famous characters, dogma, rituals, but in all that God is not apparent.1. Ministry reveals God's .. More

The Ministry (10):Measures & Success of Ministry (B)

Pope Shenouda III | 21 February 2010
Last week we discussed some human measures for the success of ministry, which by analysis proved to be false. Today we shall speak about the aspects of power in ministry. The importance of the ministry lies in what it implies of power and depth, of love and sacrifice, and of influence on people.. More

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Pope Shenouda III | 14 February 2010
God's measures differ from people's, for God tests hearts and minds and knows the truth about everything. He alone can evaluate each one's ministry and knows how effective or routine it is, and the reality or the outward bearing of ministry. No doubt, in eternity there will be wonderful things never imagined. We may find there ministers whom we have never heard about!! And perhaps some of the ministers we know at present will not be there!! Indeed,.. More

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Pope Shenouda III | 7 February 2010
God is always working and we also have to work, as the Lord Christ –glory to Him- says in (Jn 5: 17) "My Father has been working until now, and I have been working." He gives us a good example in continual and unceasing work for God's Kingdom. Therefore St. Paul the Apostle said to his disciple Timothy, "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching." (2 Tim 4: 2).. More

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Pope Shenouda III | 31 January 2010
God works always for the salvation and restoration of mankind. He works through and by His spiritual ministers. Who then is such a spiritual minister by whom and through whom God works? It is that minister who cares about his own eternal life, not forgetting himself in the ministry or making of it the object of his focus for which he may sacrifice everything, even his spirituality. Whereas the Scripture teaches us that salvation of oneself should be in the first place, for St. Paul the Apostle says to .. More