Serve one another humbly in love

“Serve one another humbly in love” Galatians 5:13

Our Coptic Church was blessed by the idea and efforts of Archdeacon Habib Guirguis who started Sunday school and spiritual meetings at churches back in the last century with the help and support of great fathers and Councillors who dedicated their life to service. Since then, most churches are hosting wonderful programs for mostly all age groups. Teaching became abundantly available through books, CD’s and media which create a wonderful picture of the Church.

This picture could be completed when teaching matches behavior. The bible tells us “serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13. In other translations; “enslave yourself to one another” or “let love make you serve one another”. So, teaching should lead us to love and serve one another in meekness. There is no room for pride or showing off in the church as actions speak louder than words.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two” Matthew 5:41 as the first mile is out of the duty of humbleness and the second mile is out of the duty of love. At the end of days, all our deeds are going to be evaluated by how much love they have been done with. “Yes, says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” Revelations 14:13. Just wondering how many deeds may follow us to heaven!

A Visionary Leader

“Where there is no vision, the people perish” Proverbs 29:18

In the old days, God led Adam and Eve out of the garden in order not to let them eat from the tree of life and live forever as evil people. It was a sad scene, but God had a vision to save them when He said: “The seed of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent” Genesis 3:15

God as a true Leader chose Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua and many others throughout generations to guide His people. In the book of Numbers, God used to lead His people as a pillar of clouds by day and a pillar of fire by night. He sent His commandments to act as binding by-laws to guide us through our daily struggles. In the last days, He manifested Himself to us through His Only Begotten Son, Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ “St. Basil Liturgy”

He came to our earth not only to reveal Himself or to perform miracles, but with a vision to redeem us. Warren Bennis said: “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality”. That was truly seen in our Lord Jesus Christ when He made salvation a reality and paradise open again. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.

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A message from Fr. Daniel: Joy

The New Coptic Year starts with joyful tunes till the feast of the Cross which made me wonder why?! What is the definition of Joy?! Who can have it? How to keep it?!

Sometimes life gets a little rough, and we all need joy in our lives. We often seek joy through various things; a new home/car, shopping, salary raise, vacation, friends and other external events that don’t last while true joy comes from inside and within ourselves. We usually talk about warnings that come from the Bible, how to live or not live our lives. However, sometimes we forget that the Bible tells us to enjoy life. God did not mean for us to be sad or serious all the time. Our Lord Jesus Christ promised saying in the Gospel of St. John 16:22 – “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

Joy by definition is the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying. What could be more joyful than having The God of all creation on our side, talking with Him anytime on a daily basis, reading His Bible love letters, living the Kingdom of Heaven from now through His Great Salvation, Walking with a clean heart / conscience through repentance and confession, abiding in Him through Communion and trusting His love and care?!

Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them

Here are some “happy” Bible verses to add some sunshine to what may be called a gloomy day:

Psalm 27:6 – “Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.”

Psalm 97:11-12 – “Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name.”

Proverbs 15:13 – “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.”

Proverbs 15:23 – “A man finds joy in giving an appropriate reply – and how good is a timely word!”

Proverbs 17:22 – “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Nehemiah 8:10 – “Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.'”

Finally, I wish we all may have a positive attitude towards life, enjoy daily little surprises prepared by our loving God, seek joy and never allow anyone/anything take away your joy!

Fr. Daniel Bessada

Dominant Life Principle (DLP)

Happy New Coptic Year to you all…

New beginnings always remind us with basic principles we used to live with and give us opportunity to re-evaluate our goals, the way of living and the path we are walking in…

It’s time to think what is the number 1 goal in my life? What do I want to achieve this year and what is my dominant life principle!!!

For someone, it could be fun, money, comfort, fame, success, love….. Let’s analyse it then. If it is fun, I would do whatever it takes to maximize the fun time. If it’s money, I would save pennies and enjoy free stuff. If it’s comfort, I would watch TV and never go out of my comfort zone. If it’s fame, I would like to be the centre of attention – self centred – and never care of anyone but me. If it’s success, I would sell anything or anyone for that feeling, would step on anyone’s toes jumping on the shoulders of all to be successful. If it’s love, I would open my heart and evaluate all my deeds and thoughts to make sure that they are done with love. “Let all that you do, be done with love” 1 Cor. 16:14

The question is what is compelling me?! The driver of all actions: studying, working, travelling, getting married, making friends, socializing, going through tribulations, buying or selling, dealing with others especially difficult people!!! I believe that we are here on earth to learn that lesson of Love fulfilling the greatest commandments to love God and to love one another.

I truly wish that we all choose Love as a dominant life principle… Have a wonderful New Love Life.

Fr. Daniel Bessada