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The Feast of the Martyrs, the beginning of the Coptic New Year 1731 AM
On 11th September our Church celebrates the Feast of the Martyrs, the beginning of the Coptic New Year 1731 AM. The lives, faith, endurance, sacrifice and courage of the our Forefathers the Martyrs continues to inspire and empower us to have sound Christian courage. We need courage in the following fields…..
1.Courage in the Fight Against Evil
We have to fight against evil wherever it exists, in ourselves, in others and in the whole world. St. Paul writes to his disciple Timothy, “You my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus…you must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who enlisted him as a soldier.” (2 Timothy 2:1-4).
In his letter to the Ephesians, he addresses all Christians to, “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the full armour of God so that you may be able to make your stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:10-18).
In the book of Song of Solomon, the Lord likens His bride with a brave horse in war saying, “I have compared you, my love, to my filly among Pharaoh’s chariots.” (Song of Solomon 1:9). Again, in the same book, he described His believers saying, “Behold, it is Solomon’s couch, with sixty valiant men around it…they all hold swords, being expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh because of fear in the night.” (Song of Solomon 3:7-8). Although the book of Song of Solomon is a book of love, it depicts the Church of Christ a third time, twice in military attire, saying, “Who is she who looks forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun. Awesome as an army with banners.” (Song of Solomon 6:4 and 6:10). Therefore, be courageous and “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21).
God Is The Lord of History
God Is The Lord of History
During an interview with HH Pope Tawadros II with Coptic CTV on 20/11/2012; His Holiness was asked: Do we as Copts have fears?
His Holiness said:
“ We should not forget that God is the Lord of history, He is the one who is directing and the owner of history …
We need to know that everything happening in our lives is included in God’s plan …
Whoever fears, did not read or know what happened in history and its events …
God is the Lord of History, and we should study the history”
The book of Daniel has a special significance in the life of believers; the Holy Spirit instills hope in the hurt souls through this divine book.
Sometimes, God allows throwing us in the fiery furnace of trials, yet He changes the nature of fire for our comfort and peace.
This book reveals to us that God is the Lord of all history, working for the edification of his faithful believers wherever they are.