Understanding and Living Our Faith: God is in Control…Really

Understanding and Living Our Faith: God is in Control…Really

“God’s Providence controls the universe. It is present everywhere. Providence is the sovereign Logos of God…” (St. Anthony the Great) At times our lives feel out of control. Things are happening to us and we don’t understand why. We may ask ourselves, “God, where are you?! Why won’t you help...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Dealing with Feelings of Abandonment

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Dealing with Feelings of Abandonment

“Do not think that the Lord has abandoned you. No! He is always with you and invisibly sustains you, even when you forget Him. He will not burden you with trials beyond your capacity. Fear nothing, but with total humbleness and devotion bear your cross and pray.” (St. Innocent of...

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Your True Identity

Your True Identity

  YOUR TRUE IDENTITY There is great spiritual confusion in our modern times about identity. Parents, adults and many young people today are lost and confused as they try to understand themselves and their purpose in life. Without God, Church and Faith they have allowed the world and secular society to...

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Daily Devotion: Trust in God

Daily Devotion: Trust in God

  Pray then like this:  Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And...

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Put Your Trust in the Church

Put Your Trust in the Church

In a world with more than 43,000 denominations of Christianity, it is ever more crucial that we learn to discern the truth among the many partial truths spoken in the name of Jesus Christ. The Orthodox Christian Church, loyal to the truth as taught by the Holy Apostles, has been...

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Daily Devotion: Let Us Commit Ourselves

Daily Devotion: Let Us Commit Ourselves

Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Luke 23:46  Good morning Prayer Team! Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever Virgin Mary, with all the saints, let...

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Let Your Net Down, September 27, 2015

Let Your Net Down, September 27, 2015

In this episode of Good News for a Change,  Fr. Constantine Lazarakis explores the gospel passage on the Call of the Disciples. Jesus sees the fishermen and teaches them. He instructs Simon to throw his net over the side of the boat. Fr. Constantine admits that Simon’s response is something...

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Daily Devotion: Be Anxious for Nothing!

Daily Devotion: Be Anxious for Nothing!

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 Good morning Prayer Team! I find that living my life using certain mantras and affirmations helps to give me daily direction. When I feel like I’m getting...

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Treasuring Simplicity

Treasuring Simplicity

Orthodox Christians treasure simplicity. We venerate St Anthony the Great, and the countless monastics who followed him into the desert, forsaking the distractions of a sophisticated lifestyle for a place where they had nothing to worry about except following Christ and fighting the devil. We venerate the holy martyrs, who...

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Foxholes and Bird Nests

Foxholes and Bird Nests

“Welcome to Canada.” The immigration official stapled a visitor record into my passport and waved the three of us on into the arms of awaiting family. Our six-month-old son met his maternal grandparents for the first time. We had our first bite of sushi in a year. And we slept...

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