In this first of a four-part series on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians,  Fr. Nicholas Louh shares his thoughts on this beloved book of the Bible. He begins by describing the framework of Philippians. St. Paul is writing to the Christians in the city of Philippi, which was the first church he established in Greece. He is writing this letter in response to letters he has received from them, describing various problems they are having. St. Paul is writing this letter while he is in jail. He is hand-shackled to a Roman guard and living in an underground prison. Despite his conditions, St. Paul’s first message is that he thanks God for them, the Philippians. All of this will make it all the more remarkable that St. Paul is able to counsel the Philippians to abound in joy because of our Christian faith. We must not let the sourness of our troubles impede the sweetness of the life God wills for us.

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  • The Reverend Dr. Nicholas Louh was born in Jacksonville, Florida on September 25, 1974 and currently serves as the Senior Priest of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church. Upon graduating from the University of North Florida, Rev. Louh entered Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with a highest-distinction Masters of Divinity (1999) and a Masters of Theology (2000). He then attended Gordon Cornwell Theological Seminary where he earned a Doctorate of Ministry (2003) with an emphasis on Pastoral Counseling in the urban ministry. Fr. Nicholas is known in both local and global communities as a devoted pastor, motivational speaker, and compassionate champion for those in need, and a passionate advocate for interfaith dialogue and social justice. Fr. Nicholas has a heart for guiding people through the difficulties of everyday life, by providing practical means to bridge their faith into their everyday life. He travels throughout the country leading retreats on understanding and living out God’s purpose. In addition to his role as pastor at St. John the Divine, Rev. Louh serves as the Vicar for the Eastern Florida Conference of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta and is a member of the Metropolis Council. In addition to his role as pastor at St. John the Divine, Rev. Louh serves as the Vicar for the Eastern Florida Conference of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta and is a member of the Metropolis Council. He is also an Adjunct Professor of World Religions at the Florida State College at Jacksonville and is the chaplain for the Jacksonville Sharks Arena Football Team. He appears on WJCT radio as part of the “God Squad”, a monthly panel discussion broadcast program discussing a broad array of religious topics of current interest. He also proudly serves on several local and state boards, including OneJax, an interfaith organization. He is the co-host of a live weekly call-in radio show with his wife, Dr. Roxanne Louh, called "Live With The Louhs" which can be found on Ancient Faith Radio (ancientfaith.com) on Tuesdays at 8p.m. (Eastern). Rev. Louh also shares daily inspirational radio messages on 92.5 FM Sports Radio, as well as on local cable television. He also serves as the Communications Committee Chairman for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Council. Rev. Louh and his wife Dr. Roxanne Louh have two children.


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Fr. Nicholas Louh

The Reverend Dr. Nicholas Louh was born in Jacksonville, Florida on September 25, 1974 and currently serves as the Senior Priest of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church. Upon graduating from the University of North Florida, Rev. Louh entered Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with a highest-distinction Masters of Divinity (1999) and a Masters of Theology (2000). He then attended Gordon Cornwell Theological Seminary where he earned a Doctorate of Ministry (2003) with an emphasis on Pastoral Counseling in the urban ministry. Fr. Nicholas is known in both local and global communities as a devoted pastor, motivational speaker, and compassionate champion for those in need, and a passionate advocate for interfaith dialogue and social justice. Fr. Nicholas has a heart for guiding people through the difficulties of everyday life, by providing practical means to bridge their faith into their everyday life. He travels throughout the country leading retreats on understanding and living out God’s purpose. In addition to his role as pastor at St. John the Divine, Rev. Louh serves as the Vicar for the Eastern Florida Conference of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta and is a member of the Metropolis Council. In addition to his role as pastor at St. John the Divine, Rev. Louh serves as the Vicar for the Eastern Florida Conference of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta and is a member of the Metropolis Council. He is also an Adjunct Professor of World Religions at the Florida State College at Jacksonville and is the chaplain for the Jacksonville Sharks Arena Football Team. He appears on WJCT radio as part of the “God Squad”, a monthly panel discussion broadcast program discussing a broad array of religious topics of current interest. He also proudly serves on several local and state boards, including OneJax, an interfaith organization. He is the co-host of a live weekly call-in radio show with his wife, Dr. Roxanne Louh, called "Live With The Louhs" which can be found on Ancient Faith Radio (ancientfaith.com) on Tuesdays at 8p.m. (Eastern). Rev. Louh also shares daily inspirational radio messages on 92.5 FM Sports Radio, as well as on local cable television. He also serves as the Communications Committee Chairman for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Council. Rev. Louh and his wife Dr. Roxanne Louh have two children.

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