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The Conversion of the First Christians in Thessaloniki (Christos Economou)

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‘Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women’. (Acts 17, 4). When Paul preached in the synagogue in Thessaloniki, he was addressing the Jewish inhabitants of the city, in accordance with Christ’s instruction, which became standard practice for him: he would speak first to his co-religionists for whom he was especially concerned, judging by the epistles (Rom. 9-11). Thereafter he would turn his attention to the pagans. In the specific case of Thessaloniki, after Paul had preached for three Sabbaths in the synagogue, the results, as regards conversions, were limited: ‘some of them were persuaded’. But of the devout Greeks, that is those ...

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Abba Dorotheos – Instruction 2 On Humility (Abba Dorotheos)

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One of the Elders said: ‘Above all, we need humility, to be ready to say “Forgive me” whatever is said to us. Because through humility, everything from the enemy and hinderer is destroyed’ . Let us see power of the elder’s words. Why does he say that we require humility above all, instead of ‘We need restraint above all’? For the Apostle tells us that ‘those who enter games always show restraint’ (I Cor. 9, 25) ? Or why does he not say: ‘Above all we need fear of God’? For Scripture tells us that the beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord (Ps. 110, 10) And again that all those who fear the Lord depart from evil (Prov. ...

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