Chanasser Publication (Ջանասէր) Sep-Oct 2015 Issue

Chanasser_Sep-Oct-2015

Բովանդակութիւն՝

  • ԽՄԲԱԳՐԱԿԱՆ
    • Հիմնաքա՞ր, Թէ՝ Սովորական Խիճ... «Ջ.»
  • ՀԱՅ ԱՒԵՏԱՐԱՆԱԿԱՆ ԲԵՄ
    • Արգելքները Վերցո՛ւր... Վեր. Յովհ. Սվաճեան 
    • Կեանքի Դժուարութիւններուն Դիմաց... Վեր. Յակոբ Սարգիսեան 
    • Աստուծոյ «Խոստումը»... Դոկտ. Հրայր Ճէպէճեան
  • ԱԶԳԱՅԻՆ-ԵԿԵՂԵՑԱԿԱՆ-ՀԱՍԱՐԱԿԱԿԱՆ
    • Գործածութիւն Եւ Եղծա-Գործածութիւն Աստուածաշունչին... Վեր. Դոկտ. Վարդգէս Քասունի 
    • Արեւելքի Մէջ Քրիստոնէական Աշխատանք (ACO)... Անի Պուճիգանեան
    • Երիտասարդութեան Դերը Ցեղասպանութիւններ Կանխարգիլելու Մէջ... Րաֆֆի Չիլինկիրեան 
    • Գիտնական Մը՝ Որ Քայլ Առած Էր Ներկայ Ժամանակէն 100 Տարի Առաջ
      Ո՞վ Էր Լուիճի Ճիակոմօ Չամիչեանը... Թարգ.՝Արփի Թնկրեան-Գանթարճեան
  • ՀԱՅԿԱԶԵԱՆ ՀԱՄԱԼՍԱՐԱՆ
    • Հայոց Ցեղասպանութեան 100-ամեակին Նուիրուած Յուշակոթողի Բացման Հանդիսութիւն
    • Հիմնադրութեան 0ր
  • ԱՆԴՐԱԴԱՐՁ
    • Տպագիր Մամուլը Եւ Հայ Աւետարանականները... Ռ.Ա.Մ.
  • ԳՐԱԿԱՆՈՒԹԻՒՆ ԵՒ ԱՐՈՒԵՍՏ
    • Տառապեալ Հայոց Զինեալ Դիմադրութիւններէն... Յարութիւն Իսկահատեան
    • Աղերսս Առ Աստուած... Յարութիւն Իսկահատեան
    • Հայուն Գոյատեւումի Արմատները... Դոկտ. Ե. Պապիկեան
  • Հայ Աւետարանական Կեանք
  • Լուրեր Հայաշխարհ
  • Մահագրութիւն
    • Վիգէն Պերճիքեան
    • Սողոմոն Սարմազեան

Սեփականատէր՝ Մերձաւոր Արեւելքի Հայ Աւետ. Եկեղեցիներու Միութիւն
Հրատարակիչ՝ Մ.Ա.Հ.Ա.Ե. Միութեան Հրատարակչական Մարմին
Owner: Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East
Publisher: U.A.E.C.N.E. Publications Committee

Encounters with Jehovah’s Witnesses

Vahé Jebejian

by Vahé Jebejian
“Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” Colossians 4:5-6

You’ve certainly encountered them, as well. They are always on the street, standing behind a stand with books, such as What Does the Bible Really Teach, or handing out a brochure called The WatchTower. I’ve made a habit of talking to Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is interesting that whichever country you go to, their arguments are always the same, the same verses are quoted always.

Encouters with Jehovah's Witnesses

In the mornings as I rush to the train station, I often see Valentin. He’s a Jehovah’s Witness (JW), and I’ve come to know him very well. I can even say that we’re friends. He invited me to come to their commemoration of the passion of Christ which was on March 23. I literally had 12 hours to think about it. Finally, I decided to go.

The pastor preached what sounded like a very Christian message. At first, I thought, “Wow, we have a lot in common,” even though I was aware of the differences, especially on the Divinity of Christ. The uneasiness started when the preacher never mentioned anything about Jesus’ resurrection. He also claimed that before descending to Earth, Jesus was some kind of an angel. The uneasiness continued when he claimed that only 144,000 will go on to live with Christ and the rest would stay on Earth, based on Revelation 7:4, “And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000”. The climax was when they had communion (Jehovah’s Witnesses celebrate communion once a year) but no one participated in it. Later, I understood that only those who consider themselves to be part of the 144,000 could share in Christ’s body and blood. When the service was over and as I left the meeting place, a feeling of sadness came over me.

I am writing this passage with the same sadness that took over me that night. Jesus couldn’t have been clearer when He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you,” John 6:53.

As every JW one encounters, Valentin, too, invited me to a cup of coffee. I gladly accepted. JWs are very well trained. On top of that, Valentin happens to be one of the elders in his church. But, we must rest assured that “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword,” Hebrews 4:12. The Word of God will win the battle, but for that, we must be “rooted and built up in him and established in the faith,” Colossians 2:7. We are not here to defend God. He doesn’t need defending. But we are called to show the right way, to lead the ones who ago astray, to be His hands and feet.

We so often hear from the pulpit that Jesus is the Son of God and God at the same time. But we must be able to prove it with Scriptures so that when we hear verses, such as “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” Colossians 1:15, we won’t be dumbstruck. JWs claim that Jesus was created by God, and they use similar verses to prove it. If one is not rooted in the Word of God, such verses may shock us and make us question our faith.

Another verse they are keen on using is John 14:28: “The Father is greater than I” to prove that Jesus is not God. Another passage is when Jesus prays to God in the garden of Gethsemane. They ask, “How can Jesus pray to God if He is God? Is He praying to Himself?” And this is only the beginning. They’ll ask you such questions, and if the Word is not truly rooted in your heart, it’ll shake your confidence. Most importantly, it will give the JW the feeling that he is right, that Jesus is not God, and that Christians are mistaken. But we know for sure, “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him” Proverbs 30:5.

The answer to Colossians 1:15 is that firstborn is prototokos in Greek which is used to define leadership and inheritance. Jesus said, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth” Matthew 28:18. In ancient Near Eastern culture, firstborn didn’t necessarily imply ‘the oldest child’. The answer to John 14:28 and the prayer in Gethsemane is first, the fact that Jesus as a human longed for a relationship with God, as we all do. Second, being three persons and one being, Jesus had a relationship with God before coming to Earth, and there was no reason for it to stop when He came to Earth. On Earth, Jesus “emptied himself, by

taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of man” Philippians 2:7. This explains why Jesus referred to God as being greater than Him in John 14:28.

There are verses that undeniably refer to Jesus as God. Hebrews 1:3 is one such example: “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature”. The word in Greek used for ‘exact imprint’ is charaktēr, which means exact reproduction, non-replicable imprint. It was used to refer to the exact imprint of Caesar on a coin.

Another important verse is Philippians 2:6 where Paul talks about Jesus saying, “who, although He existed in the form of God”. The Greek word used here for ‘form’ is morphos, which means ‘the same from the inside’, Jesus had God’s same nature. Furthermore, the word existed in Greek is best translated as ‘continued on existing’ which proves the eternal existence of Jesus Christ, He is not just a creation of God. The list of verses is long.

Finally, the meeting with Valentin ended. It was a great time of scripture reading and analysis. When shown truths such as these, one cannot simply walk away from them. It is their right to refuse to accept them, but as long as they claim that the basis for their faith is in the Bible, it is impossible to hide from the Truth, for “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” Hebrews 4:12.

I want to challenge you that the next time a couple of JWs come to your door, invite them in like a brother or a sister. Be sure to be well rooted in the Word of God and remember that we are not called to be successful but to be faithful. We cannot change people’s hearts, only God can. But, we are called to plant the seed. To end, I would like to quote a prayer by Henry Nouwen, a Dutch catholic priest and theologian, “God, help me to see others not as enemies or as ungodly but rather as thirsty people. And give me the courage and compassion to offer your Living Water, which alone quenches deep thirst.”

Chanitz (Christian Endeavour) Banquet 2016

The Christian Endeavour banquet is an event that all the youth and church families wait for every year, when youth from our five Armenian Evangelical churches come together for fellowship, praying, serving, fundraising and, of course, having lunch together.
This year we had the honour to host Mr. Adorján Kálmán, the president of World Christian Endeavour Union. He had come all the way from Romania to be with us and to get to know about the CE work here in Lebanon and Syria. We also hosted Rev. Megerdich Melkonian, along with pastors from Armenia, who were also visiting Lebanon and the Armenian Evangelical Churches.
We opened the banquet with responsive prayer, thanking God and requesting that He would strengthen the youth in their faith.
Mrs. Yester Kilaghbian, the emcee of our banquet, entertained the guests with her short stories and introducing the next on the program.
In order to give an overview regarding our youth and the camps, badveli Datev Basmajian showed snapshots of photos about the work with the youth and the yearly camps and events that CE organized with the volunteers from our churches.
The talented groups of Ashrafieh Church Band and Sipan Dance Group performed their songs and Armenian dances, capturing the attention of the present with their music, voices, and the beautiful Armenian female folklore dance.
With a bouquet of flowers, we thanked God for the services of Badveli Sebouh Terzian, Mrs. Shushan Artinian and Mrs. Noushig Shanlian-Arzoumanian, who ended their serving terms at the board of the Christian Endeavour Executive Body.
At the end of the banquet, we closed the event with Chanitz anthem and received the benediction of the president of UAECNE, Rev. Megerdich Karagoezian.

We ask that you pray for the families in Lebanon and Syria, and specifically the youth, that God would keep them steadfast in their faith, despite the many turmoils in Lebanon and Syria.

Around 200 people were present at the premise of the First Armenian Evangelical Church

Around 200 people were present at the premise of the First Armenian Evangelical Church

Ashrafieh Church Band

Ashrafieh Church Band

Mrs. Yester Kilaghbian emceeing

Mrs. Yester Kilaghbian emceeing

Mr. Garbis Deyirmenjian surprised the presence with the news about Nor Yerk band that will be holding revival meetings in April

Mr. Garbis Deyirmenjian surprised the presence with the news about Nor Yerk band that will be holding revival meetings in April

Badveli Datev Basmajian sharing about the youth work and the camps that were held in 2015

Badveli Datev Basmajian sharing about the youth work and the camps that were held in 2015

Sipan Dance Group

Sipan Dance Group

Badveli Sevag Trashian welcoming Mr. Adorján Kálmán

Badveli Sevag Trashian welcoming Mr. Adorján Kálmán

Sipan Dance Group

Sipan Dance Group

(L to R): Badveli Datev Basmajian, Mr. Raffi Chilingirian, Badveli Sevag Trashian, Mr. Adorján Kálmán, Ms. Nanor Kelenjian, Mr. Aren Deyirmenjian, Mrs. Anita Andonian, Rev. Raffi Messerlian, Badveli Hagop Akbasharian

(L to R): Badveli Datev Basmajian, Mr. Raffi Chilingirian, Badveli Sevag Trashian, Mr. Adorján Kálmán, Ms. Nanor Kelenjian, Mr. Aren Deyirmenjian, Mrs. Anita Andonian, Rev. Raffi Messerlian, Badveli Hagop Akbasharian

Photos, courtesy of Mr. Krikor Aynilian

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Living Among the Dead

Vahe-Jebejian

by Vahé Jebejian
«Why do you seek the living among the dead? » Luke 24:5

That’s what the angels said when the women came to Jesus’ tomb, only to find it empty. Indeed, the idea of Jesus in a tomb was history. Jesus had risen from the dead, but the women not knowing came to search for Him. How often in our lives do we go back and take refuge in our past?

When the women went back, the only thing they saw was an empty tomb, an emptiness. It was now time to look to the future, to what’s ahead.

It is easy when problems come to look back to the past for comfort, reassuring ourselves that we once were good people, we have already done plenty of good deeds. There is nothing wrong in looking back to the past to search for encouragement or to remember joyful moments. However, there is a problem when we start getting comfortable with that. 

Jesus said in Luke 9:60, «Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God». Jesus may sound pretty unsympathetic, after all the man had suffered a big loss. Jesus is extending His hand to the man, inviting him to join His ministry, but the man keeps looking back at his past, he’s not ready to let go.

Jesus calls us out of our comfort zone, he called Peter out of the boat to join Him on the water. Peter, accepting the challenge, comes out but when the winds blow, he faces a choice. The winds represent our problems. I’d like to imagine that when Peter started sinking, he had two choices: either to go back to the boat or to seek Jesus. Let’s keep that image in mind every time we face a dilemma in life. Will we go back to the comfort zone, to the boat, or seek Life? Let’s follow Peter, when he says, « Lord, save me», in Matthew 14:30. Jesus promises us to be there promptly, as he was for Peter, «Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him» (Matthew 14:31).

It is a lifelong task to always reach out for more. It is not easy to get out of our comfort zone. Let’s try every day to do something that will make a difference somehow, no matter how small it is.

Finally, «Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead» Philippians 3:13.

Five Reasons Why We Launched Our New Chanitz.org Website

by RaffiChil
2016 marks the tenth anniversary of our Chanitz blog and on this occasion, we have recently launched our rebranded website. It wasn’t a simple task migrating the whole content from one platform to another, but eventually, we made it to our new and beautiful home.

Now, why did we launch a new website?
Lately, we've been contemplating about this complete overhaul. The web has changed a lot in the recent years, and our previous website hasn't been providing the best experience to our readers.

Here's a list of features that we had in mind while going through the migration:

Colors and fonts

We wanted to have simple yet invigorating colors on our website. That's why we chose the colors of the Chanitz logo, and we added to it indigo that goes well with the rest of the theme.
The fonts were provided to us by the hosting agency, and it renders well on all the screens, and most importantly it's readable on all the platforms.

Responsive design

Who hasn't heard of this new trend, which is almost every designer's craze these days? The technology has provided us with a lot of platforms, mobiles, tablets, laptops and desktops, and each come with a specific screen size. We wanted our website to be responsive, we wanted our website to look seamlessly on all the screen sizes, be them tablets but more specifically the mobiles phone.

Fresh and simple look

If you look at our new website, you can see that it has a fresh, clean and simple look, with a lot of white space, that provides easiness for our readers' eyes. We took away some clutter that was found on the sidebar of our previous website and we opted to include the vital sections, like subscribe, social media links, search, prayer, and partners.

Usability and ease of reading

Usability and ease of reading have become one of the most important aspects of a great website. And if you're a content providing website, then you know how much this is crucial. While, looking around for new hosting providers and templates, this 'usability' feature was always at the back of our minds. We wanted to provide the best experience for our readers and followers.

URL mapping

We wanted to keep our old content and migrate them to a new location. Fortunately, our new hosting provider gave us the option to transfer all our blog content with all the uploaded images in a single click.
Afterward, we had to clean the URL mapping, in order for all the old links that are scattered everywhere on search engines and social media platforms to show the correct content, rather than showing a 404 with a message that says, 'oops, the URL isn't working'. Thankfully, we had a nice option to map the URL into the new form and viola, the links started showing the readers the correct content.

Interestingly, the birthday of our Chanitz Blog coincides with the birth of our Armenian Evangelical Church. Today, we are ten years old, and our Armenian Evangelical Church is 170 years old.

Hey, it's our birthday, and we'd love to receive your emails, messages, feedback.

New-Chanitz-Website

Chanasser Publication (Ջանասէր) Mar-Apr 2015 Issue

Բովանդակութիւն՝

  • Նուիրական Անկախութիւն... «Ջ.»
  • Միասնականութեան Կոչ Մը... Վեր. Րաֆֆի Մսըրլեան
  • Ալ Աւելի Կեանք Յիսուսով... Վեր. Յակոբ Սարգիսեան
  • Ժամանակաւոր Պանդուխտներ... Վեր. Հրայր Չոլաքեան
  • Կը Յիշեմ եւ Կը Պահանջեմ... Դոկտ. Հրայր Ճէպէճեան
  • Հայ Բժիշկներու, Դեղագործներու եւ Ատամնաբոյժներու Չարչարանքը եւ Սպանութիւնը Մեծ Եղեռնին Ընթացքին... Դոկտ. Ատոմ Պուճիգանեան
  • «Համշէնցիները»... Կարօ Աբրահամեան
  • Հայկական Դպրոցներու «Մոտան» Անցա՞ծ Է... Դոկտ. Մինաս Գոճայեան
  • 60-Ամեակի Կալա-Ընթրիք
  • «Սուրիոյ Հայերը» Գիտաժողով
  • Արտագաղթ-Ներգաղթ... Ռ.Ա.Մ.
  • Զաւէն Խանճեանի Հրատարակած Զոյգ Հատորներու Ներկայացում
  • Դոկտ. Անդրանիկ Տագէսեանի Խօսքը
  • Զաւէն Խանճեան. Մարդն ու Գործը... Թորոս Թորանեան
  • Հայ Երգը Չի Կրնար Մեռնիլ... Սեւան Աբէլեան
  • Հայ Աւետարանական Կեանք
  • Լուրեր Հայաշխարհ
  • Մահագրութիւն
    • Յակոբ Կանիմեան... Անիժիկ Յակոբեան-Կանիմեան
    • Բիւզանդ Հասըրճեան

Սեփականատէր՝ Մերձաւոր Արեւելքի Հայ Աւետ. Եկեղեցիներու Միութիւն
Հրատարակիչ՝ Մ.Ա.Հ.Ա.Ե. Միութեան Հրատարակչական Մարմին
Owner: Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East
Publisher: U.A.E.C.N.E. Publications Committee

Interview With Rev. Raffi Messerlian Regarding His Participation in the Board Meeting of the World Christian Endeavour Union

In 2014, Rev. Raffi Messerlian was elected as a member of the World Christian Endeavour Union (WCEU) and in the Summer of 2015, the Board of WCEU held their meeting in Germany.

In order to further explain to our readers about the connection of the Armenian Chrisitan Endeavour Societies of Lebanon and Syria with the WCEU we conducted this interview.

(interview conducted by Mr. R. Chilingirian)

Raffi - What is the relationship of the Armenian Krisdoneyagan Chanits (Christian Endeavour) with the World Christian Endeavor Union? Can you give us a brief history?
Rev. Raffi - As the Christian Endeavour Body of Lebanon and Syria we have created connections with the World Christian Endeavour Union, and during the years the relationship has fluctuated due to various reasons including the wars in Lebanon.
Our Armenian Evangelical Churches had adopted the Christian Endeavour work among our youth, and we have created junior and youth Christian Endeavour Societies within our Armenian Evangelical Churches in Cilicia (currently Turkey)
Our Armenian Evangelical Christian Endeavour Societies in Lebanon and Syria have a special standing within the WCEU, since we are not independent youth organisations but are part of the local church, hence our motto: "For Christ and For the Church".

Raffi- Did anyone in the CE executive meeting know about the CE existence in the Armenian Evangelical Churches of Lebanon and Syria?
Rev. Raffi- Yes there were various members of the WCEU, who had heard about us, and they asked me several questions regarding our work, and I gave a presentation about our youth groups and youth-related work and services and camps in both Lebanon and Syria. The president of the WCEU showed interest in our work here in Lebanon and he would like to give us a visit within next year in 2016.

Raffi- What were the main topics discussed during the CE executive meeting in Germany?
Rev. Raffi- The Executive Body's meeting was held in Germany in a very nice campsite. There were several delegations present during the meeting. There were 2 main important topics:

  1. The general executive Mr. Andreas Rudolf will be retiring in 2017 and we decided to ask the national Christian Endeavour Societies to send their nominees for the general executive position. During this meeting there were several question raised and discussed, one of which is to know and announce the role and responsibilities of the general executive. All the world Christian Endeavour Societies will be receiving an official letter regarding this subject matter.
  2. The financial situation is getting tough and we have to come up with means to close the gap between our inflows and outflows. Hence, after extensive discussions during the meeting, we decided to ask all the national Christian Endeavour Societies to help the WCEU financially.

Raffi- How do you see the future of the relationship with the World Christian Endeavour Union?
Rev. Raffi- I think that this connection with the WCEU should be revitalised and in 2018 there is a convention that is going to be held in San Diego. We need to select a few of our members to participate in this convention.

Rev. Raffi sitting in the middle next to Andreas Rudolf, general secretary of WCEU

Church Leadership Gathering of the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church in Kchag

On the 14th of November 2015, the committees and the  leadership of the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church around 30 people gathered in KCHAG Lebanon. The program included worship, short meditation from scripture, prayer time followed by  social time and dinner.  The meditation was from Mark 6:32-44 the miracle of the multiplication of  the 5 loaves and the 2 fish. The challenge from the text was to focus on opportunities that God puts before us and to serve His people trusting His mighty hand.

After the meditation, church committee members, blog committee members, leaders from the Sunday school, Teens group, Young adults, couples group and the ladies group committee gathered in mixed groups for prayer. Each group prayed thanking God for a certain ministry in the church. The prayer time was followed by a social time where the same groups had to work together preparing a scene from the parables and miracles of Jesus. At the end of the gathering, dinner was served.

We praise the Lord for giving us the opportunity to serve at different capacities within his Church. We believe that The Emmanuel church is blessed with its different active groups and their enthusiastic leaders. November the 14th was a blessed day, a day of fellowship, a day of renewal. May the Lord increase the workers in His vineyard for his glory.

Badveli Sevag Trashian