Alternatives to BSF

BSF — FBC Tullahoma

BSF has become more than a little bot controversial over the last few years…

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Instead of BSF, try one of these…

The Gospel of Matthew: Torah for the Church by Lawrence R. Farley
Commentary on the Holy Scriptures of the New Testament, Vol. 2: The Acts of  the Apostles - Holy Trinity Church Supplies

In this trio of books, go for the purple book. It contains commentary on the gospels.

You do not need to be Orthodox to read Orthodox/ancient faith books.


A little bloggy…

Housekeeping Memes
  1. I discovered some timeline issues within the story from the book chapters I had been posting. yeah, I know. therefore, no book chapters until I get this ball of yarn untangled! If ever.
  2. Reading Orthodox stuff is hard. Like… super hard. Even when you’re just reading someone’s biography you can run into some meaty things you need to chew 100 times before moving along. What does this mean for you who are blessedly reading Elder Thaddeus with me? It means that there is going to be a slight delay in getting started. HOWEVER; some of the points we will see repeated in his book are: acquiring a spirit of; peace, prayer, and love towards one another. These are a good head start/sneak peak at what you can expect from his book.
  3. I want a dog. (Not at all blog related up I’m putting it out there anyway.) I have never owned my own dog. Cat? yes. But not a dog. Sigh. Maybe when I get to heaven?
  4. I’m not dieting or working out right now and it shows. If someone were to ask me what my favorite food is right now it would be…
Sugar GIFs | Tenor
SUGAR!

5. I made cream soda vanilla ice cream floats this afternoon for dessert. I regret nothing.

I think this is all for now. I hope you are all well. Let me know if you need prayer. All comments must be cleared and approved for posting. This means that no comment that contains a prayer request will be seen by eyes other than mine… and our guardians angels, Jesus, Holy Spirit, God, saints, you know… the usual crowd.



Because Christ wants you to be sweet!

I am gearing up for the upcoming Nativity Fast which begins on Nov. 15th and ends on Dec. 24th. Orthodoxy can be challenging.

It's the Hard that makes it Great" Quote
Who can tell me where this quote comes from?

I have been prepping for the upcoming fast and one of the ways I am doing this is by watching videos on vegan meal prep by Frugal, Fit Mom, Christine on Youtube. Ready vegan cookbooks and in general practicing eating bland food and using nut juices in my coffee which is awful.

The Orthodox fast for the benefits of discipline. There are set guidelines and it can get a bit complicated. It’s not a ‘vegan thing’ in the way vegans who are not Orthodox ‘do vegan’. We still eat honey and on some days fish is allowed as is oil, and wine.

The honey thing is what I am writing about today.

brown and black bee on yellow surface during daytime
Photo by Sophie Nengel from Unsplash.

I found this exchange about honey on a coptic Christian website. The first comment made me laugh out loud.

The second comment is wisdom we need to remember when fasting.

Girgisantony in Faith Issues Honey is an animal product like milk and eggs are. As we all know, anything with milk or eggs are not fasting foods. So if we abstain from milk and eggs because they are animal products as we abstain from meat. So can we eat honey while fasting? If we can, why can we have honey and not milk or eggs?

Comments

  • ItalianCoptic edited November 2017 As a convert, I have found those who concentrate on the semantics of an issue tend to forget the actual meaning of it. 
    There are people on here and Facebook who know every detail about all Christian history,  the councils, every single part of the Diving Liturgy, what Abouna should and should not be doing during a Liturgy, how we should dress in the church and even how we should be praying.
     Unfortunately, when you ask the last time they went to the Diving Liturgy or Confession, they have no response because they rarely attend or confess. It’s like trying to play American football without knowing how to tackle. 

    We should be focusing on our fasting by changing a number of things, and incorporating others in to our daily lives. Our eating habits are certainly a part of it. So, maybe no fast food if possible? Have some home made food? Eating less or no animal products, increase our prayer, sing the hymns of the season, and have more of an awareness of Christ in our daily lives. These should be the key points to focus on during a fast. 
    The idea is not to focus on what we can’t or can eat, but how we can improve ourselves and become more Christ-like. Also, be practical. Honey is a valuable source of vitamins and energy for those in certain climates. Egypt fits into that. Many of these rules were put in place not knowing that the church would be international like it is today. Honey was used as medicine — and still is — for centuries. If you look at it for the perspective of those who set out the guidelines of fasting in our church, it makes sense. 

Remember to keep the fast in your heart and not just on your lips. Go to liturgy while you can, another lockdown is coming. Fill yourself up with liturgy and try not to be a Pharisee!