Mary Magdalene as Mrs. Jesus

Mary Magdalene as Mrs. Jesus

You can tell it’s almost Christmas by observing any one of three things: 1. lots of cars in the mall parking lots; 2. inane secular Christmas songs blaring from the mall loud-speakers, and 3. even more inane articles on Jesus in the media. Foremost in this year’s inevitable crop of...

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Holiday Feasting at God’s Table

Holiday Feasting at God’s Table

How many of you recently have gone out to eat with your families? Holiday shoppers, especially on the weekends, will generally dine out because of the convenience, or simply to enjoy the festive atmosphere that virtually every restaurant or public place provides. Naturally, we have all felt the economic pinch...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 40

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 40

Matthew 18:1-14 The Essence of Christian Discipleship Seven qualities can mark the personal relationship of the Christian. They are: humility, responsibility, self-renunciation, individual care, discipline, fellowship, and spirit of forgiveness. Unless you turn Christ warns the disciples that they are going in the completely wrong way by asking “who is...

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Στα χνάρια του αγίου Ανδρέα

Στα χνάρια του αγίου Ανδρέα

“Έτσι ζουν οι άγιοι. Χωρίς φοβίες, χωρίς ανασφάλειες αλλά με την δύναμη και την πληρότητα της ζωής. Με τον τροπο αυτον αντιμετωπίζουν τις δυσκολίες της ζωής, αλλά με τον ίδιο τρόπο υπερβαίνουν θαραλλέα και τον φόβο του θανάτου.” _____________________________________________ Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network.  You can find the Orthodox...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 39

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 39

Matthew 17:9-27 +The Descent from the Mountain and healing of the Demonic Child +Takes place after Transfiguration on Mt. Tabor. It is good for us to be here. +Request of the Demoniac’s father. +Jesus’s response to the father’s lack of faith- its meaning for him and us. +Disciples lack of...

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Being Convicted by the Gospel

Being Convicted by the Gospel

The Gospel of Christ is a comfort to sinners but can convict the righteous. The invitation of Christ for all sinners to join Him at the Table, is a comfort to us when acknowledge our sinfulness, but it is should also convict us to repentance. Christ has given us His...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 38

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 38

Matthew 16:24-17:1-8 Bible Passage: 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will...

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Divine Liturgy: Apostle Matthew

Divine Liturgy: Apostle Matthew

On this Sunday, we commemorate Apostle Matthew. When thou didst cast away the publican’s balance and wast united to the yoke of uprightness, then didst thou prove a merchant of great excellence, one that gathered in the wealth of the wisdom of Heaven; for this cause, the word of truth...

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Χρειαζόμαστε ένα θαύμα

Χρειαζόμαστε ένα θαύμα

“Η Εκκλησία μας καλεί σε μια ριζική αναθεώρηση της ζωής μας και των κριτιρίων μας για τη ζωή. Κι αν αισθανόμαστε δουλωμένοι και εγκλωβισμένοι σε μια υλόφρονη νοοτροπία είνα ανάγκη να προσεγγίχουμε ταπεινά τον Ιησού Χριστό και να ζητήσουμε να εκβάλλει απο μέσα μας το δαιμόνιο αυτό του υλικού φρονήματος....

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 35

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 35

Matthew 15:10-28 Both Law and Gospel: We Need Both Section 1 (Matthew 15:10-20) 1. In this section of chapter 15, we have a new law, a new set of Christian ethical principles. This law comes directly from Jesus, who gives a new Shema, a new “Hear, O Israel!”. 2. The...

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