Safe in the Church

In today’s reading from Genesis 7.1-5, “The Lord said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark.” In his obedience to God, Noah saved every kind of life on the face of the earth from destruction. In the same way, Christ call us into His Church for protection. Remaining outside the Ark meant certain death but remaining…

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Helping Each Other Grow in Christ

Great Lent can be a lonely time, especially for those who are not fortunate enough to live in an Orthodox Community like “the old country” in Europe. In traditional Orthodox countries, Great Lent comes a bit easier, since most of the people around you are sharing in the struggle together as a community. The same…

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It isn’t Jewelry

Although they are sold in the jewelry department in almost every department store, they aren’t jewelry, at least they shouldn’t be. Today I’m talking about wearing your prayer rope and your cross in public. As an Orthodox Christian, we are invited to not hide our faith, but does that mean we should wear our cross…

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Episode 333 – We Need Each Other

When tragedy occurs, it is natural for us to band together to help each other heal, but why wait for tragedy? Much like the story of the healing of the paralytic found in Mark 2.1-12, many of our friends and family members, our brothers and sisters, are also paralyzed. It is up to us to…

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Salvation is a Group Effort

Here we are on the Second Sunday of Great Lent, and after spending weeks reminding us during the Triodion about our personal spiritual journey, and after reminding us of the truth of the Church last week on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, today the Church makes a bold statement. Salvation is a group effort. Today the…

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The Jewish Passover

There is what I call an old Orthodox Christian myth about Pascha that today is the perfect day to explain. Many people believe that since Orthodox Pascha is normally after Western Easter that it is due to the date of the Jewish Passover. It seems like every year I read hundreds of posts claiming that…

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Serving in Public

Something nobody ever considers is serving other publicly as Christians. In fact, most Christian invoke the quote from Christ, “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” (Matthew 6.3) How can I possible suggest serving others publicly? Doesn’t this go directly against Christ?…

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The Summary of Salvation

Because of the penitent nature of Great Lent, when there is a feast day such as the feast of St George, the feast is transferred (delayed) to a day after Pascha. It is believed that such feasts are too joyous to celebrate during such a somber period. It is believed even the Feast of Transfiguration…

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Praying in Public

Today’s topic of ‘going public’ with our Orthodoxy is not so simple. Christ Himself said, “But when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6.6) How then can…

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Fasting in Public

When it comes to fasting, especially during Great Lent, going public is definitely NOT recommended. In fact, it is founded upon in the Church. “But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face.” (Matthew 6.17) During Great Lent, our faces should shine they are so clean. But there is something we CAN bring…

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