Would Anyone Describe You with This Word?

Would Anyone Describe You with This Word?

It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. Psalm 112:5 On Christmas Eve, as part of my sermon, I read the children a Christian Christmas book. After reading the story, I asked them to describe Santa Claus. One of them said...

Read more
St. Haralambos: Endurance is Important

St. Haralambos: Endurance is Important

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier on service...

Read more
First Sunday of Triodion—The Publican and the Pharisee

First Sunday of Triodion—The Publican and the Pharisee

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a...

Read more
The Road to the Cross and Resurrection Starts This Sunday

The Road to the Cross and Resurrection Starts This Sunday

Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire...

Read more
Generosity with Money

Generosity with Money

And He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. And He called His disciples to Him, and said to them, “Truly,...

Read more
Generosity of Time

Generosity of Time

Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. II Corinthians 9:7 The whole concept of generosity is based on two things—the joy of giving and the understanding that everything good that we have is from God,...

Read more
Generosity Spawns Generosity

Generosity Spawns Generosity

We want you to know, brethren, about the grace of God which has been shown in the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of liberality on their part.  For they gave according to...

Read more
The Power of a “Thank You”

The Power of a “Thank You”

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 The words “Thank you” are words we don’t hear enough. I think in many instances it is easier to get the words “I love you”...

Read more
Your First Words Should Be Words of Thanks

Your First Words Should Be Words of Thanks

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together! Psalm 34:1-3 One morning a group...

Read more
The Foundation of a Beautiful Tradition

The Foundation of a Beautiful Tradition

And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and...

Read more
A Change in the Law

A Change in the Law

It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. Here tithes are received by mortal men; there, by one of whom it is testified that he lives. One might even say that Levi himself, who received tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, for he was still in the...

Read more
Give Thanks IN All Circumstances, Not FOR All Circumstances

Give Thanks IN All Circumstances, Not FOR All Circumstances

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:18 Often we see the power of one word to change the meaning of something. In the instance we observe here, we see the difference between the use of the word “in” versus...

Read more