The Devil is Real—Psychiatrists Share Experiences of How Demon Possession is Factual, Evidence that There is “More Out there” Beyond What Science Can Measure

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“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil … He … fasted forty days and forty nights” (Matthew 4:1). That is the story we commemorate in the Coptic Church this Sunday as part of the Great Fast readings—”Temptation Sunday.”

The existence of evil spirits—Satan and his fallen angels—is undoubtedly a basic tenant of Christian belief. We read about it in Scripture, and growing up as Orthodox Christians, we often hear of their interactions with humans in very real ways throughout history and until the present. But in the secular world we live in today, where the study of things you can measure and see prevails over faith and belief in the (usually) unseen, I found it refreshing, albeit a bit scary, to have read an article on CNN about a psychiatrist who is called upon by the Catholic Church to help them determine when a person is simply mentally ill or actually demon possessed: for the former he can offer medical assistance, for the latter only God can treat.

Reading the article further validates and substantiates what Christians have known all along; and it is those same evil spirits who will take us to Hades with them after death if we have not been saved by grace and lived a life of repentance.

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Top 15 Religious Experiences During My Visit to Egypt and Paris (with PHOTOS)

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My wife and I had the blessing of visiting Paris as well as various parts of Egypt this year. It was our first visit to both places (I was born in Egypt but hadn’t returned since coming to the U.S. when I was about 4 years old; my wife, Egyptian as well, had never been to Egypt). I encountered a number of expected and also unexpected sights that had a notable impact on me from a religious perspective. Both Paris and Egypt have a lot to offer in that regard, and here are my top 15 experiences:

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Prayer: What, Why, & How? (Sunday School Lesson & PPT)

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Looking for a Sunday School lesson with a PowerPoint? Periodically I’ll upload my Sunday School lessons and PowerPoint slides for you to download. To see all the Sunday School Lessons I’ve uploaded on my blog, click the following link: Sunday School Lessons.  For many more that I’ve uploaded previously, check out copticmusician.com.

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Here is one on Prayer, given 3/22/2015.

You can download the full PowerPoint by this link: Prayer – Sunday School Lesson

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