Climb Above the Crowd

Climb Above the Crowd

Be Transfigured –Climb Above the Crowd We each have something that gets between us and God. We each have a crowd that stops us from seeing God. I’m not talking about people specifically, but the temptations and life-stress that preoccupy our attention. We spend so much time planning the small...

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What Does it Mean to Call Yourself Orthodox?

What Does it Mean to Call Yourself Orthodox?

Be Transfigured –What Does it Mean to Call Yourself Orthodox? Most Orthodox Christians boast proudly about being Orthodox, but many don’t fully understand what it means to be Orthodox. When we look at the healing of the blind man found in Luke 18.35-43, we can identify three characteristics that describe...

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To Be Made Well

To Be Made Well

Be Transfigured – To Be Made Well The Church does a wonderful job teaching what we should and should not do in our daily lives. But when we fall short of the Church’s teachings, many of us are too ashamed or feel shunned, to even approach the Church in repentance. What’s...

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Be Transfigured- Follow the Light

Be Transfigured- Follow the Light

Be Transfigured – Follow the Light As the Church celebrates the Feast of Epiphany, Light has come into the world to lead us out of darkness. The problem is that the world is filled with obstacles that obscure our view of the Light, and we often find ourselves lost in the...

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Humility Prepares the Way of Christ

Humility Prepares the Way of Christ

Be Transfigured – Humility Prepares the Way of Christ When the Holy Trinity was about to be revealed to the world, God did not send a king, a governor, or an emperor. He sent a man of incredible humility. John the Baptist expressed his humility by declaring, “There comes One...

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Two Ways of Responding to the Good News

Two Ways of Responding to the Good News

Be Transfigured – Two Ways of Responding to the Good News When we hear the Good News of Christmas, we get to choose how we respond. We can respond as Herod the King with rage because we don’t want to give up our comforts and material way of life. We can...

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Christmas Has to Mean Something

Christmas Has to Mean Something

Be Transfigured – Christmas Has to Mean Something More than half of all Americans consider Christmas a “cultural experience” rather than a religious holiday. We all know at least one person, maybe even a family member, that considers Christmas just about decorations, gifts and a big family dinner. But if the...

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The Story of the Savior

The Story of the Savior

Be Transfigured – The Story of the Savior When most people read the Old Testament, they read with the belief they are reading about the saved people of God. If the Old Testament is a story about God saving His people from death, the story is a failure since every human...

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It Doesn’t Matter if Your Name is on the List if You Make Excuses

It Doesn’t Matter if Your Name is on the List if You Make Excuses

Be Transfigured – It Doesn’t Matter if Your Name is on the List if You Make Excuses In the Parable of the Great Banquet found in the Gospel of Luke 14.16-24, Jesus warns us of the result of excuses. When we continue to come up with excuses why we can’t attend...

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Obey the Church

Obey the Church

Be Transfigured – Obey the Church It seems like the holiday season is one of the most difficult times to follow the life of the Church. Around every turn our society is urging us to turn away from following the life of the Church in favor of secular parties and materialism....

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Live as Children of Light

Live as Children of Light

Be Transfigured – Live as Children of Light Look around at any family gathering and you will no doubt see children acting like their parents. Parents often look at their children with pride as they “see themselves” in their children because children often reflect their parents. In fact each of us...

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Addiction

Addiction

Be Transfigured – Addiction The Church is filled with them; people who live sinful lives and then arrive Sunday morning acting like angels. It turns many people off from “religion” and even more from attending Church on Sunday mornings. It is common to hear the excuse, “I have no intention of...

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