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Word of Life – Rom 5:8

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8 NKJ ) (from 4th to 18th September 2011)

What is emphasized?

God’s love. Verse 5 says that God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. In the Greek original God’s love is denoted by the word “agape”, unlike human love which is denoted by the word “philia”. There is a difference between these two kinds of  love. God’s love is a gift and is intrinsically linked with the Holy Spirit!

Religious discrimination in Ukraine

Lvov, 1st September 2011

Members of the Ukrainian Parliament

 

Dear Members of Parliament,

we would like to ask You to deal with an urgent issue at the Parliament session on Tuesday 6th September 2011, namely with religious discrimination now already associated with deportation and dissolution.

As from 10th September 2011, Ukraine is introducing liberalization of the visa regime between Ukraine and the EU. The State Committee of Ukraine on Matters of Nationalities and Religions has been illegally blocking the registration of a religious minority – Ukrainian orthodox Greek-Catholic Church (UOGCC) for two years. From this it follows:

a) 23 contemplative sisters from the monastery of St. Elijah the Prophet find themselves outside the law, they will not obtain documentation for a long-stay visa and will have to leave Ukraine. They do not have monastery in the EU. Religious discrimination de facto passes into their dissolution.

Letter to the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine

Lvov, 1st September 2011

Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine

Head of Delegation

Jos? Manuel Pinto Teixeira

Dear Mr Teixeira,

we turn to You in the matter of violations of human rights in the field of discrimination of a religious minority. Specifically, the enquiry here is discrimination of the Ukrainian orthodox Greek-Catholic Church (UOGCC). Monitoring over the Ukraine concerning observance of human rights is delegated to Mrs Reps and Mrs Wolwend. Their duty is to solve a specific problem which threatens to develop into an international scandal. The main culprits in the religious discrimination against the UOGCC are Deputy Minister of Culture, Mr Y.Bohutskyi, and Minister of Justice, Mr O. Lavrynovych. The new law on the liberalization of visa regime connected with the promotion of antidiscrimination laws does not bring liberalization but has an opposite effect. EU citizens in Ukraine, 23 religious sisters, are not only in danger of discrimination but also of deportation and, de facto, liquidation. Some of them have been in Ukraine for 17 years. The root of the problem is that there has been unlawfully refused registration of the Ukrainian orthodox Greek-Catholic Church (UOGCC) for two years. As a consequence of this religious discrimination, the Patriarch of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate and 23 religious sisters now cannot be granted long-term visas.

Word of life – Rom 5:5

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Rom 5:5 ESV)  (21.08-04.09.2011)

What is emphasized?

Hope. Christian hope has its model in the hope of Abraham, who against hope believed in hope (Rom 4:18). So Abraham believed that God is almighty, and facing Him in powerlessness he trusted that God was able to work a miracle.

Establishment of gender-gay terrorism in the Czech Republic

Lvov (Ukraine), 17th August 2011
To the representatives of the political parties in CR

The mayor of Prague took under his patronage promotion of homosexuality – Prague-pride on 10th-14th August 2011. Vice Chancellor of the President justly condemned this support of his. The President said that he was not proud at all that a gay-pride was held in Prague. Ladislav Batora, an employee of the Ministry of Education, took the President’s side too.

Homosexual exhibition culminated in an allegorical procession on Saturday, 13th August 2011. One of the banners displayed an insulting cartoon of naked Vice Chancellor. Similarly, a cartoon of the President wearing pink glasses and standing on an allegorical car falsely and rudely labelled the President as a gay.

An open letter to the President of Ukraine (11.8.2011)

Lvov, 11th August 2011

President of Ukraine

V. Yanukovych

 

Dear Mr President,

the laws relating to religious discrimination and fomentation of religious hatred are being violated in Ukraine. These crimes are committed by the state authorities, namely by the Regional State Administration in Lvov (R. Kurash) and Regional State Administration in Ternopol (I. Kulchytskyi). The police in Lvov and Chortkiv (Ternopol region) cooperates with them in these crimes.

Words of life from 7.08.2011 – 21.08.2011

Word of life: “We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” Rom 5:2b-4

+ In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

“Ephphatha!” (Be opened!) “I am self-willed. I am a hedonist. I am a critic.

“Maran atha!” (Come, O Lord!) “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, have mercy on me!” (5?)

“Shema” (Hear), “(name), love God! Jesus, my God, I love You with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my strength. Now I lose my soul for Your sake and the Gospel’s.”

The Word of life: (a verse from the Holy Scripture for 14 days; repeated 3?)

“We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” Rom 5:2b-4

“From this moment I do everything + in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (3?)

Studying this verse from God’s Word, let us focus on two principal questions:

1) Which truth (word) is emphasized in this verse?

2) What connection does it have with other verses of this chapter?

Response to the letter of 14th July 2011 (No. 31-20-59) /To Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament/

Lvov (Ukraine), 3rd August 2011

President of the European Parliament

Jerzy Buzek

 

Dear Mr President,

the letter of our Bishop’s Synod of the Ukrainian orthodox Greek-Catholic Church (UOGCC) was responded to on Your authority by Head of Your Cabinet. Your reply does not refer at all to the substance of the issue which we wrote You about. Instead of responding to the real facts, Your letter contains mere phrases about respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and so-called rights… Among other things, Your letter states the following: “Legislation on euthanasia in Belgium represents the decision of a sovereign EU Member State on a matter of national competence. As you are certainly aware, the European Union has no competence in such internal matters.”

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“For he who has died has been justified from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.”

Rom 6:7-8 (21/10/2018 – 4/11/2018)