Submission to the Will of God

Submission to the Will of God

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis, Theologian   In today’s Gospel reading, we see the call, the invitation from Christ, to three disciples, Peter, James and John (fishermen from Judea unknown to Him at that time), at Lake Gennesaret. Jesus uses Peter’s boat and makes a pulpit of it in order to preach...

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The Wisdom According to Our Holy Fathers, Η σοφία των Πατέρων

The Wisdom According to Our Holy Fathers, Η σοφία των Πατέρων

Η σοφία των Πατέρων Μέσα στην καθημερινότητα μας ξεχνιόμαστε και αφήνουμε να μας παρασύρει ο παράλογος ρυθμός της ζωής. Οι Πατέρες συνιστούν ακόμα και μέσα σε τέτοιες καταστάσεις να αναζητούμε τη σοφία του Θεού και να κάνουμε πράξη το θέλημα του. The wisdom according to our Holy Fathers We usually...

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Daily Devotion: Trusting Our Lord Knows What We Need

Daily Devotion: Trusting Our Lord Knows What We Need

On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with His disciples.  When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”  And Jesus said to her,...

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Message of Love

Message of Love

As a teenager, I came back from church camp and was asked to share my thoughts about my adventure with the congregation. It was, I suspect, a combination of lack of sleep, the emotional high of that type of experience topped off with plain old stage fright, but about all...

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God’s Unconditional Love for Us

God’s Unconditional Love for Us

How many times do we do something “without condition”? We work for a paycheck. Or we go to school for a degree—we study to pass a test. We strive for the praise of others. We work hard for acceptance. It seems that in almost everything we do, we put a...

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Does the Sermon Matter?

Does the Sermon Matter?

What is a sermon? Is it a sacrament? Is it a liturgical act? If not, why is it important? A sermon is very important, but it is just as important that we understand what it is and what we are to receive from it. Fr. David Smith shares what St....

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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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Miracles in Small Packages

Miracles in Small Packages

All Orthodox priests in the Slavic tradition wear a cross after their ordination. That is not so among the Antiochians and Greeks. Among them, the cross is awarded to the Archpriest. But, I periodically have the opportunity to be in a Slavic parish (whether OCA or Moscow Patriarchate). When I...

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Angels Everywhere

Angels Everywhere

On Theologically Thinking, Fr. Stanley Harakas presents a reading entitled “Angels are Everywhere.”

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18 Orthodox, Going on 19 Orthodox

18 Orthodox, Going on 19 Orthodox

I planned on writing this piece about something completely different, but at the last minute, some things have come to my mind. My birthday is in three days, on October 27th, the feast day of blessed Saint Paraskeva. Last year, I was waiting for my birthday with excitement and joy....

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