- Christian Social Network
Monday, December 31, 2007
I'd like to tell to all our readers who are getting "chinese" and gibberish letters in some of the posts and sections, that these are in fact Armenian letters and words that your email provider does not recognize. Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail users will not have this problem. Those who have local providers and use email services of the ones like Cyberia, IDM (Lebanese companies) and alike may face this issue.
In case you have this issue and you'd like to read the Armenian fonts, and you have another email address (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, ...), you can provide us with it and we will send the Emmanuel newsletters to it.
Note: Don't forget to read this section too: How to write in Armenian unicode
Emmanuel Chanitz Blog,
Sunday, December 30, 2007
The occasional newsletter of the Near East School of Theology.
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NEST Website (http://www.theonest.edu.lb/)
Friday, December 28, 2007
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
In Jesus Christ, God came to us and revealed Himself. He revealed Himself as a loving and giving God. Out of His love, God gave Himself in Jesus Christ. But this loving and giving God has a message to us: learning to give and learning to receive God’s gift in Jesus Christ.
At Christmas time, we most often emphasize the giving of gifts. Undoubtedly, this is a very important dimension of Christmas. Certainly, the spirit of Christmas is the spirit of giving. Gift giving at Christmas has become a beautiful tradition. Christian folk give because they believe God has first given to them. Christmas is a reminder of God’s greatest Gift to mankind, and people’s response to God’s Gift. In the person of Jesus Christ, God gave Himself to humankind. That is what Christians celebrate at Christmas.
Following God’s example of giving, St. Luke relates in his Nativity account that Virgin Mary gave herself by submitting herself to God’s will and becoming the Mother of the incarnate Son of God.
Likewise, the Wise Men from the East, when they found the Babe of Bethlehem, gave Him their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh as well as themselves in homage. So the concept of giving lies right at the very heart of Christmas. That is the reason behind the tradition of exchanging gifts at this season of the year. God has given to us, and now we celebrate by giving to each other. But the Christmas concept of giving does not necessarily need to be anything bought in any store. The kind of gift that Mary gave was something of herself. We can give not only material gifts but also intangible gifts that people need: some faith, courage, hope, and love. All of these things entail giving ourselves, and that is the best and most difficult thing to give. It is so much easier to hand a beggar a little money than it is to get to know him and give him a little of yourself.
Another important dimension of Christmas, however, is the joy and privilege of receiving. On the surface, receiving may seem fairly simple as compared to giving, but not so. One of the most blessed things in life is to receive those things that God is trying to give us. Remember how Apostle John described it: “He came unto his own, but his own did not receive him” (John 1:11).
That is the problem that many people still have with Christ. He is God’s gift. They cannot, as it were, earn him; they cannot pay him with money, with good deeds, with anything. All they do is to receive him or refuse him. Those are the only two choices they have. Receiving God’s gift in Christ is not some simple and easy formality. It is not a mere lip service. It involves an acceptance of the principle and the love by which he lived and for which he died.
This is the central theme of Christmas and the Christian gospel. Christ has loved us with a love that will not stop loving even when nailed to a cross. To be loved like that and then to be died for, must surely be the most searching experience that any human being can face. That kind of love can never be earned, bought and repaid. It can only be accepted. Let a person do that, and something prefound happens on the inside. That person can never be the same again. That person becomes a new creation in Christ.
Yes, Christmas is a time of giving. We Christians give and remember that God, out of His abundant love, has given, and continues to give us. Christmas also is a time to receive. Receiving God’s greatest Gift in the Person of Jesus Christ would be the greatest blessing to one’s life. In receiving God’s Gift our giving will get a new and most profound meaning. When we receive God’s Gift we, in turn, would wish to give something out of gratitude. Then the cycle will be complete – giving, receiving and giving.
When we think of the wonder of Christmas and what God did for us, it makes us want to do something in return. The poet wrote: “What can I give him poor as I am, if I were a shepherd, I’d give him a lamb; If I were a wise man, I’d do my part; what can I give him, I’ll give him my heart.”
That’s what Christ really wants – our hearts. When we receive God’s gift and respond properly, only then will we fully understand the meaning of Christmas, and rightfully proclaim:
“Kristos dzenav yév hydnétzav,Tzézi, mézi médz avédis.”
Christ is born and is revealed; good tidings to you and to us!
Armenian Evangelical World Council
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Weekly Newsletter of the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church.
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Angels We Have Heard On High performed by David Benoit in a different jazzy style.
Click on Enclosure to hear it (in case you're reading this in the newsletter) or click on the following link: http://media.odeo.com/1/5/5/Angels_We_Have_Heard_On_High_-_David_Benoit.mp3
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Posted by Raffi at 10:06 AM
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Լրատու, Հայ Աւետ. Գոլէճի, 18 Յուլիս, 2007
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AEC Alumni Website
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The website of the Educational Council of UAECNE (Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East), has information about all the Armenian Evangelical Schools: Central High School, Armenian Evangelical College, P&E Torosian Intermediate School, Shamlian Tatigian Secondary School, Anjar Secondary School, Trad Elementary School, and Gertmenian School.
The website: http://www.uaecne.org/education/
Just months ago, the CHS took initiative to launch its own website. In the website, you will find news about the school's activities, the faculty members, the history, and links.
The website: http://aechs.com
http://www.chs22.com (CHS Alumni)
http://www.uaecne.org/education/chs.html (UAECNE Educational Council website)
This is funny!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Rev. Hovannes Svajian was reelected to pastor the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church for the coming three years, by the majority of the members present.
Rev. Mgrdich Karagoezian, the president of the UAECNE, led the assembly.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Lord, thank you for the gift of home.
It's so much more than
walls and ceilings, windows and doors.
It's also a place we hold in our hearts...
We feel it in the love of family.
We hear it in the laughter of friends.
We find in the life of faith You bring.
We invite You in the places we dwell.
Please, fill our room with your love,
every corner with Your peace,
and each moment with Your joy.
May we live in Your grace,
and may all who enter our doors
be blessed by You in a wonderful way.
Wherever we are, make that place
truly a home that reflects Your heart
as we live, laugh, and love together.
-Holly Gerth, DaySpring writer
Correct me if I'm wrong, but do I see Rev. A. Boynerian, Mrs. A. Jebejian, Rev. D. Youmoushakian in the middle?
If you have the time, you can help us in finding out the names of the rest of the alumni members.
* We received this group picture from Mrs. Sylva (Lousinian) Djamdjamian, from USA.
Friday, December 14, 2007
The Haigazian University (Հայկազեան Համալսարան) Inspirit, the magazine for alumni and friends of Haigazian University, is published by the Office of the President.
In order to see the issue in full screen, click on the following link: http://static.scribd.com/docs/9zs8m28yc768x.swf?INITIAL_VIEW=width
If you'd like to see all the issues, you can go to the following webpage: http://www.haigazian.edu.lb/Inspirit.jsp
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
You can download and read all the previous AMAA News issues, as well as the latest one, by going to their news link: http://www.amaa.org/news.htm
Lebanon Chanitz camp is mentioned in this issue! Yip!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDJW6ndeAyQ
Dle Yaman, one of the most famous songs by Komitas.
"Dle Yaman" Lyrics In Armenian:
Dle Yaman, Arev Dipav Masis Sarin,
Vay, Dle Yaman, Karot Mnaci Yes Im Yarin,
Yaman Yaman Yar
Dle Yaman, Mer Tun, Dzer Tun, Dimats, Dimats
Vay, Dle Yaman, Menk Siretsi, Arants Imatsk
Yaman Yaman Yar...
Dle Yaman Seven Section Lyrics:
#1 Dle yaman
Mer tun , Dzer tun dimac, dimac
Heriq anes achqov imac
Yaman, Yaman, Yar
#2. Dle yaman
Gyamin ekav kraki pes,
Dle yaman ,
Ekav hasav chur covu kes,
Yaman, Yaman, Yar
#3. Dle yaman
Arev dipav Masis sarin,
Karot mnaci es im yarin,
Yaman, Yaman, Yar
#4. Dle yaman
Arev dipav Vana covin,
Qo ser katav meg im srtin
Yaman, Yaman, Yar.
#5. Dle yaman
Mer tun, Dzer tun irar, dimac
Menq sirecinq aranc imac,
Yaman, Yaman, Yar
#6. Dle yaman
Ashxari meg mi ter unim,
Yaris vra var ser unim,
Yaman, Yaman, Yar:
#7. Dle yaman
Arevn arer Vana covin,
Dle Yaman ,
Es qez siri ashnan hovin,
Yaman, Yaman, Yar
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
November 2007, Kuwait: The Bible Society’s Arabic Program, and in line with its strategy to support the ministry of the Arabic speaking congregations in the Gulf , organized a special program for children from October 31 to November 11, 2007, in Kuwait. The Just for Kids team had a number of performances in Kuwait in the different churches, and in particular, to the Arabic congregations. The theme of the performance was “COLOURS”. It told the story of two families (each one in different
colors) who were living in peace and harmony with each other. Satan suddenly appears and distracts the unity and love among them. The families eventually unite back through the impact of the Scriptures. This special event was in preparation for the campaign that the Bible Societies will be launching in 2008 entitled “Peace amidst violence”. Around 1500 children from the Coptic, Catholic and Evangelical churches attended the performances. Assad, a Sunday School teacher in the Coptic Church said, “The Message of Peace and Reconciliation was received well by the children. It was a very creative performance that managed to pass the Biblical explanation of Love and Peace so well.” Assad concluded by thanking the Bible Society in the Gulf that helps the Christian churches in the region to engage in various ways with the Scripture message.
A mother, who attended the performances along with her two children in the Coptic Church, said,” It was a wanderful presentation. The church today needs this kind of activities to pass the Scripture Message to the young generation.” A special training seminar and workshops were also organized during the same period targeting Sunday school teachers. More than 50 teachers attended the seminar that covered topics like:
creative thinking and related skills, brainstorming and the dynamic teacher.
* We received this news from Hray Jebejian, General Secretary- The Bible Society in the Gulf.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Related: How was the khorovadzi yerego
Thursday, December 06, 2007
How to Write in Armenian Unicode
1- Եթէ ձեր գործածութեան համակարգը (operating system) windows xp է, յանձնարարելի է որ դիտէք եւ գործադրէք ներկայացումը:
2- Եթէ ձեր գործադրութեան համակարգը windows 98, windows ME կամ windows 2000 է, պէտք է հաստատել հետեւեալ տպատառը sylfaen.ttf
You can visit Armenian Typography Primer
Armenian Font Translators and Converters
If you have a document in Armenian font (like Arasan, Arami, Armenian TimesNewRoman, Ararat, ...) and you want to convert them to Armenian unicode (like Sylfaen or Armenian unicode), now you can convert them online. Below I've provided you with two links:
Below, is the newsletter of the Armenian Evangelical Cultural Association (Հայ Աւետարանական Մշակութային Միութիւն) of the First Armenian Evangelical Church, Beirut.
In order to see the issue in full screen, click on the following link: http://static.scribd.com/docs/6pj4swdh784ja.swf?INITIAL_VIEW=width
By Searan Salibian
Camp Arev, Connection No. 11, Fall 2006
Have you ever questioned why the Lord has placed you in challenging and difficult situations that don’t seem to fit in to your schedule called “life?”
At times you may want to challenge God, asking Him if He is “aware” of the circumstances in your life and wonder when He will “wake up and smell the roses.” You may ask, “Don’t you see what I’m going through?” or “Why aren’t you answering my prayers?” or “I thought you were God, do something!” or “Is this all you can give me Lord?” Whether the challenge involves schooling, parents, relationships, friends, athletics, church, or whatever the circumstance, we wonder if there is a purpose to what we’re going through and anticipate the next step in our lives.
In the book of Ecclesiastes, God teaches us that there is a time and place for everything. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecc. 3:1). As we are living pursuing our own agenda and earthly desires, we may get side-tracked, not remembering that the God we serve has a great plan for our lives; He who is Sovereign and Almighty is completely aware of the current season in our lives. Following verse 1, Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, goes through a list of situations we encounter; how God has a plan for times of laughing, embracing, loving, dancing, healing and times of mourning, war, loss, being broken, weeping, and even death. As we pursue our time with God through prayer, time in the Word, surrounding ourselves with godly believers and keeping one another accountable, and making Him our one true Lord rather than earthly desires and distractions, we will come to find how great His timing and direction really is. It is a comfort to think the Creator of the heavens and the earth has a great plan for each and every one of our lives and works through each season! There is a reason for this season and not just the next one. If this season is the way in which the Lord chooses to work in our lives right now, we should be content, understanding that things are in His hands.We should be able to say, “Lord, if this is all You want to give me right now, I thank you!”
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
The Armenian Evangelical Church of Damascus has had a long history of instability, regarding the parish and not having a full time pastor. Pastor Datev Basmajian has been working with the Armenian Evangelical Church of Damascus for 2 years now. Here are some of the subjects he discusses:
- Quick review of the history of the Church
- Armenians of Damascus and their presence, dispersed in Damascus
- The Church not having its own Church building
- The problems between the Armenian political groups
- The concept of being the Church
Monday, December 03, 2007
The MECC 9th General Assembly took place in St. George Hotel, in the town of Paphos/Cyprus (26 – 30 November). The agenda of Assembly included a report from the General Secretary, reports of the Units and Departments for the past four years, business sessions of election of the General Secretary, the election of the Presidents, as well as the appointment of the new Executive Committee members. The Assembly had a half day of reporting and in depth discussions regarding the restructuring of the Council. Around hundred and twenty persons attended the Assembly including Patriarchs (Heads of Churches), sixty four representatives of member churches (Eastern Orthodox – Oriental Orthodox – Catholic – Evangelicals) who are eligible for voting, as well as guests, international partners and media personnel. The Assembly had chosen the theme from 2 Corinthians 5:20 “So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us”, which was reflected in morning prayers and Bible reflections.
Since its establishment in 1974, the Council is representing the ecumenical movement in the Middle East and became an instrument for churches to witness their unity in diversity.
The MECC website: www.mec-churches.org
Sunday, December 02, 2007
The chanitz-agan leaders were: Mano, Hagop (Emmanuel Church), George, Asdghig, Anoush (Anjar Church), Elias, Anna, Hagop (NEST students), Sarin, Talin (Marash Church), Mr. Manoug (Emmanuel Church as, head leader) and Rev. Raffi (Anjar Church, as speaker).