The Fight from Within

Location of St Stephen's Martyrdom

We know from the Scriptures and Christian history that many fight the Church from outside the Church. The Pagan persecution, the Islamic influence, and even secularism have all been fighting the Church. We know how to defeat them, but how do we defeat those who from the Church from within? In those days, Stephen, full…

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Are We Good Witnesses for God?

The vast majority of us will not die a martyr’s death. In fact, most of us will live to an old age. This is both a blessing and a heavy responsibility. The longer we live, the more our life is on display for others to judge. The blessing comes only if we are good witnesses…

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Unrecognized Miracles

Miracle just ahead, printed on a board

Reading the Scriptures daily reveals the truth of God. The only problem is that sometimes we can get a skewed version of the truth. This is especially the case when it comes to miracles. We read about miracle healings ‘just about’ every day throughout the year. It is almost as if everyone received a miracle,…

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In the Face of Truth

We are still basking in the glow of the Resurrection and already the Church is reminding us of our mission. The Resurrection is to be shared with everyone, not kept as ‘the best kept secret’ from our neighbors. This is one reason why we greet everyone with Christ is Risen until the Feast of Ascension.…

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God’s Justice is Righteousness

In our commitment to dwell on the power of God’s promise for this year’s Daily Lenten Journey, the Church turns our minds toward God’s justice. In our world, justice is enacted by corrupt judges and ‘paid-for’ politicians. What the world calls justice is just another name for vengeance. God’s justice is righteousness, not vengeance. But…

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Episode 421 – The Sunday of Truth

People along with the priest worshiping in the church

The Sunday of Orthodoxy is a celebration of the truth of God’s incarnation. It is much more than the celebration of paint and art. Holy Icons are a crucial reminder that God has become human so that we commune with Him. Holy Icons are a reminder of the truth that God has brought us the…

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It is about Communion

Many people wonder why coming to Church on Sunday is so important. For some, coming to Church is about connecting to friends and family. For others, attending Church is about learning the Bible and Church history. It is good to see friends and we should always want to learn more about God. This is true,…

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An End Brings a New Beginning

Dead end sign

As we wrap up the Triodion Period this week, our annual Lectionary is coming to an end. Beginning next week, we will read from the New Testament only on Saturdays and Sundays. The weekdays are reserved for Old Testament readings during the Great Fast. There are just a few more days to inspire us to…

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All Information is not Equal

We live in a society that values all information as equal. It often doesn’t matter if the information is accurate. If someone ‘puts it out there’ we tend to give it equal value to other information. The problem is not all information is accurate, and not all information should be valued equally. This is most…

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Making God a Liar

It always makes me laugh inside when someone comes for Holy Confession and begins, “I don’t really any sins to confess, but I know I’m supposed to come for confession.” On the one hand, we all know the need for Holy Confession. On the other hand, to think we don’t have any sins to confess…

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