Thanksgiving Explained – We Hold Ourselves to a Higher Power

Thanksgiving Explained – We Hold Ourselves to a Higher Power

Every wonder where the Thanksgiving holiday came from?  After 45 short years of life, I have to admit that I did not know.  But this year, the knowledge of Thanksgiving’s origin recharged my soul, knowing that its origins stemmed from humility and gratitude for God’s abundance. In an excellent Wall...

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Update on the Orthodox Christian Network – Inspired by the Holy Spirit

Update on the Orthodox Christian Network – Inspired by the Holy Spirit

Through the grace of God, the Orthodox Christian Network continues to help spread Orthodoxy worldwide by simply sharing ‘the Light of Christ and ‘goodness’ each and every day. How have we grown so quickly in 2014? The answer in the words of Father Chris: “The Holy Spirit is at work...

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This Month: The First 300 Years of Christianity

This Month: The First 300 Years of Christianity

Dear Friends of OCN, Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti! Christos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese! al-Masīḥ qām! Ḥaqqan qām! This month, as Orthodox around the globe continue our celebration and remembrance of Christ’s holy and glorious Resurrection, join us at OCN for a month-long look at the first 300...

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New Programs at OCN

New Programs at OCN

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. Hebrews 2:1 Dear Friends of OCN, During this sacred season of Lent, many of us try to find new ways to incorporate God’s word into our daily lives, whether through attending services,...

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Fasting from the Darkness

Fasting from the Darkness

Dear Friends of OCN, During this sacred season of Lent, we are invited to participate in Christ’s suffering and Resurrection. This year, many of us are wondering how much more suffering we can handle. We’re faced with our personal struggles and feel bombarded by global conflicts and a seemingly endless...

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February: Christianity and Culture

February: Christianity and Culture

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me…. For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own...

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December: Forgiveness and Repentance

December: Forgiveness and Repentance

“ …Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.’” (Mark 1:14b-15) Dear OCN Supporters, “Rejoice” might be the word that springs to our mind when we...

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Should Christians Own Guns?

Should Christians Own Guns?

Dear OCN Supporters, This month’s topic – guns and violence – is one on which Christians have a wide array of opinions, thoughts, and feelings. As Orthodox Christians considering this issue, we must remember what our priests say each week in the liturgy: “Let us go forth in peace,” adding,...

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Christian Persecution in the Muslim World

Christian Persecution in the Muslim World

As tragic events continue to unfold in lands where the early Christian church flourished, OCN asks you to join us in prayer for Christians suffering and dying in the Middle East.

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Christians Coming Home to Orthodoxy

Christians Coming Home to Orthodoxy

Since the Protestant Reformation, the Christian Church has splintered into thousands of groups and denominations, but many Christians are coming home to the Orthodox Christian Church, the ancient church that is always relevant and revealing.

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Vice Month

Vice Month

For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. Romans 7:15 Dear Listeners and Supporters of the OCN, When we hear the word “addiction,” our minds go straight to alcoholism and drug...

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Faith and Nations

Faith and Nations

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 Dear Listeners and Supporters of the OCN, For Paul, the paramount follower of Christ there was neither Jew nor Greek. Everyone, no...

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