Being Separate in a Connected World

Being Separate in a Connected World

Beloved in Christ, we have to see ourselves as being different than the world around us! As Christians we are called to be “in the world, but not of the world.” (John 15:19). The Scripture says “come out and be separate…..” (2 Cor. 6:17) Yet this can be very difficult...

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How Not To Judge

How Not To Judge

In the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, Jesus is describing the human condition of judgement. It is so easy to judge others in church and in our everyday lives. Listen and watch as Fr. Makiej explains how the Jesus prayer is the antidote to help us not...

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Sunday Sermon:  Persistence in Faith   

Sunday Sermon:  Persistence in Faith   

  Beloved, there are many circumstances in life that can overwhelm our faith; health issues, financial problems, influences of the world and evil around us. The blind man of Jericho had all of these working against him……yet he did not give up. He stayed persistent in his faith and he...

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Sunday’s Gospel:  Be the One

Sunday’s Gospel:  Be the One

In the story of the Ten Lepers who were cleansed and healed by Jesus, only one came back to thank and praise Him. The other nine were nowhere to be found. Yet it seems that people spend a lot of time looking at the reasons why the nine were not grateful, etc… ...

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The Perfect Day

The Perfect Day

  Is it possible to have a “perfect day?”  In this message Fr. Christopher examines a beautiful prayer of the Liturgy which spiritually challenges us to take each day and try to make it perfect, holy, peaceful and sinless.   Looking for more?  The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency...

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A Sweet Fragrance of Faith

A Sweet Fragrance of Faith

On October 25, Fr. Chris spoke about the story of St. Demetrios, and how we can defeat secularism through the example of the Saint’s faith and commitment to Christ.  “We should be like myrrh, an aroma of spiritual fragrance, over the foul odor of evil and sin.” Apolytikion of Demetrius the Myrrh-streamer...

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Super Role-models for Christ

Fr. Chris speaks of two successful women who left everything to become nuns: Spanish model and actress, Olalla Oliveros and  Colombia’s top models, Amada Rosa Pérez.  Pérez told the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, “Being a model means being a benchmark, someone whose beliefs are worthy of being imitated, and I grew tired...

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – a message

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – a message

In the new movie, “Mission Impossible,” Tom Cruise once again sets out to overcome almost impossible odds and obstacles in this action thriller, yet somehow he always survives and prevails. In this Sunday’s Gospel​,​ we are reminded of a similar type of message as Jesus says, “With God ALL things...

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Proof is in the Promise

Proof is in the Promise

So many people in our world today are looking for evidence and proof that God exists. In this message from “Christ in You,” we are reminded of the promise of Jesus Christ that will be remembered for all ages – the sending of the Holy Spirit which established the Church....

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Let the Light Shine: Seeing with New Eyes

Let the Light Shine: Seeing with New Eyes

Are you blind? Do you wear glasses? Drawing on a story from his own past, Fr. Christopher puts us right into the heart and mind of the blind man who received his sight from Christ. Have you ever imagined how that man felt when his eyes were healed? How does...

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Stay Thirsty for Christ

Stay Thirsty for Christ

Our world tells us to try everything. We’re always being urged to “stay thirsty,” “have it all,” “follow your dreams.” But if we actually do it all, have it all, try it all – is it possible to find satisfaction? Is there anything in the world that can truly quench...

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Only One Thing

Only One Thing

Today, Fr. Christopher is here to share with you “the one thing that is needed in our lives to have a fulfilling, joyful, and purpose-filled life. One thing. That’s all.” Just one thing. What is it? Can you guess? In this short video, Fr. Christopher tells you what that one...

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