Saint Nicholas and the Christmas Season

Saint Nicholas and the Christmas Season

The Feast Day of Saint Nicholas is December 6th. In Theologically Thinking, Fr. Chris and Terry Mattingly explore how the Christmas Season seems to start earlier and earlier every year and how Saint Nicholas might help us refocus on the real reason for the season.

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“Big T” and “little t” Traditions at Christmas

“Big T” and “little t” Traditions at Christmas

On Mission Possible, Ginny Nieuwsma shares how we can keep the Nativity season centered on Christ by keeping and remember both Large and small “T” traditions.

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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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Who are your secret idols?

Who are your secret idols?

Food, your iPhone, academics, money, celebrities, football… There are so many things out there that pull us away from God and beg us to worship them instead. Idol worship is easy to cover up. It’s even easier to deny. During this Nativity fast, I find myself asking the hard questions...

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Make a joyful shout to the Lord!

Make a joyful shout to the Lord!

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise....

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Worship in the Nativity Season

Worship in the Nativity Season

On Worship in Spirit and Truth, Dr. Demetrios Katos discusses the prayers and services of the upcoming Nativity Season.

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Acts of Thanksgiving

Acts of Thanksgiving

On Worship in Spirit and Truth, Dr. Demetrios Katos discusses the most important devotion of Christian Worship – Acts of Thanksgiving. With Thanksgiving we are encouraged to be thankful, but until we acknowledge that all our blessings are from God and for His glory, we remain focused upon our own...

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How Will We Thank God?

How Will We Thank God?

On Theologically Thinking, Fr. Athanasios Haros explores The Parable of the Rich Fool in Luke 12.16-21 “What shall I do?” asks the rich fool? How will we thank God for our blessings this year at Thanksgiving? Will be build bigger barns or serve our neighbor?

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

What are you, kidding me with this? All right, I don’t want to sound like a grump or anything, but when I was growing up, the holidays made a lot more sense. And we knew when they were supposed to begin. Halloween wasn’t that big a deal, Thanksgiving had more...

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Honey, what shall we do with our kids on Halloween?

Honey, what shall we do with our kids on Halloween?

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. (1 Co 10:23) Spending all my childhood and early youth in native Romania, I have to admit that I am not (yet) emotionally involved with all the...

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