Terror, Violence, Fear, and Our Christian Response

Terror, Violence, Fear, and Our Christian Response

  Terror. Violence. Fear. Sorrow. Anger. Hatred.   These are only a few of the emotions that can pass through our minds whenever we encounter a violent and tragic event like the recent happenings. Whether it is the horror in San Bernardino this past week, or the attacks in Paris...

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Looking Through Love

Looking Through Love

I was twelve years old and unable to appreciate the Biblical history of where we were, when we were on the island of Patmos, in the Dodecanese.  We were on a tour of their famous monastery and the cave where Saint John the Evangelist dictated the Apocalypse.  Instead of venerating the icons...

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The Children’s Word: Do Not Be Afraid!

The Children’s Word: Do Not Be Afraid!

This week, Presvytera Alexandra is thinking about the words we hear over and over again in life. What do you hear most often – “Be careful! Say please!”? Sometimes when we hear something often, we stop listening. But should we? Read to find out. You can also learn about the...

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Transform Your Fear into Wonder

Transform Your Fear into Wonder

All people, when they encounter God, respond to His acts of love in different ways. Some are afraid to be seen by God because they know their sins deserve punishment. Others see God’s willingness to forgive with wonder, and take the opportunity for repentance. Sometimes, fear can paralyze us into...

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Trust Leads to Peace

Trust Leads to Peace

In the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12.16-21) we witness the result of a life void of peace. Rather than trusting that God would provide for his family, the rich farmer panicked, tore down his already filled barns and was about to build new larger barns when God called...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 32

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 32

Matthew 14:1-12 – Herod’s Fears Meaning of the story: The importance of knowing the people of the Bible passage, who they really are, and what their role is in the Bible passage. Today we are going to talk about the two main people in this Bible passage we will cover today....

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Flights of Faith: Embracing the Spiritual Side-Effects of Fear

Flights of Faith: Embracing the Spiritual Side-Effects of Fear

Flying didn’t used to bother me. For years, I reveled in taking off from one city and ending up in another. I didn’t think twice about crossing oceans to see things and meet people I’d only known through books, photos and maybe even phone calls. I didn’t worry too much...

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I Have a Boo-Boo

I Have a Boo-Boo

On our way to the coffee shop, Zoe kept slipping into random stores and announcing to the strangers she met that she had a “boo-boo.” Either that or that her name was “Yo-ee”. Since she was facing away from me, and since she has the pronunciation acuity of a 2-year-old,...

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“Peace is not the absence of conflict—it is the absence of fear.”

“Peace is not the absence of conflict—it is the absence of fear.”

As many of you are aware, there was a shooting at Seattle Pacific University this week.  On Thursday afternoon, a gunman walked into the science building and started shooting, with no other known motive than to kill people. Dr. Stamatis Vokos, two-time guest on “Come Receive the Light,” is a...

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Syrian War and Contrapposto

Syrian War and Contrapposto

U.S. involvement in the war in Syria might come. I fear. But, isn’t this the same fear as always? Isn’t it the fear that is sprouted from a weak or incomplete faith? Isn’t it, ultimately, a fear of suffering and death with fear being the opposite of faith? Fear exposes...

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