Halloween Alternatives

For the past week I have seen churches hosting “Alternative Halloween” programs. I don’t question the motives of such events. Many churches consider Halloween to be a demonic celebration in which we Christians should not participate. The problem with all the ‘alternative’ events is they are not alternatives because they are not scheduled for today.…

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Will it Ever Stop?

If you have ever felt shame for your behavior, then you understand today’s blog. It seems like no matter how often you try; you just keep falling to the same temptations. Will the temptations ever stop? Will I ever be strong enough to fight? Will God keep forgiving me? Brethren, we do not want you…

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Enough Already!

Candles lighting

Every parent has experienced the story. We keep giving instructions to our children, and they keep ignoring them. Then in an instant parents escalate their instructions to threats. The threats come with guilt because parents really don’t like to threaten their children. Inside every parent is saying, “Enough already! Just do what I told you!”…

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We Cannot Control God

I hear it all the time. “I can’t believe in a God who…” or “I would believe in a God who…” and we insert our opinion of Who God ‘should’ be. The only problem is (as if there is only one) we don’t control God. God is Who He is, and we either accept Him…

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Being Saved is Hard Work

The idea of working out our salvation is foreign to most Protestant Christians. We have been taught that salvation is a free gift from God. Nothing we can do can ‘earn’ our salvation, so there is ‘nothing’ to work out. That would be nice if it were true. Yes, salvation is a gift from God,…

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Voice of Prophecy

If I were to begin today’s blog by telling you horrible things would happen if you do not repent, you would think I had gone off my rocker. This is because, first and foremost, I am not a prophet. Second, we don’t often hear from prophets in modern times. The voice of prophets seems to…

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Share What You Know

Candles lighting

It is an unfortunate saying about the Church. People call the Church, “The Best Kept Secret in America!” I say unfortunate, because keeping the Church a secret is sin, plain a simple. Christ wants us to allow our light to shine. He even sends us out to all nations to baptize them. Still, people keep…

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Be a child of faith, not a check box

children putting hands on each other shoulder

We all know that living the Orthodox Christian lifestyle is difficult. I won’t say it can be difficult. I will say it is difficult, if done properly. Between prayer schedules, fasting schedules, bible reading schedules, and services schedules, and not to mention the intricate system of sacraments and blessings, we have inherited a very complex…

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Humans are not Animals

Hidden mysteries of the Da Vinci

We all grew up learning in biology that the world’s living things consisted of plants and animals. We humans were among the animals. We were different from the other animals, but we were also the same. It may be true that humans are part of the animal kingdom, and that we share some of the…

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