Our Nature and Original Sin

Our Nature and Original Sin

    Why would God put a tree in the center of a garden and then tell Adam and Even not to touch it?  Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Dr. Justin Jackson, Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale College, and  the main teacher and organizer of the St Macrina...

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Sin Separates Us

Sin Separates Us

October 5, 2015 If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You. Psalm 130:3-4 Good morning Prayer Team! This week’s theme is going to be the subject of forgiveness. Imagine if God kept track of every sinful action that we did. Imagine...

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Children and Confession

Children and Confession

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/Fr_Alex_Goussetis_Confession_mixed.mp3 Does a second grader need to know about confession or are they too innocent? In this episode, Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Alexander Goussetis, to discuss when parents should start talking about the holy sacrament with their children. Allowing children to be comfortable with the process of confession before...

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Throwback Thursday: Whose Sin Is It, Anyway?

Throwback Thursday: Whose Sin Is It, Anyway?

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl071611wv.mp3 What’s the difference between being born into sin and carrying the guilt of Adam and Eve?  Listen as Fr. Chris and Fr. Steven discuss this deep and often misunderstood theology of original sin, as we take you back to July 16, 2011.  Fr. Steven Ritter is Pastor of St....

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When We Find Ourselves on the Floor

When We Find Ourselves on the Floor

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your merciful love. -Psalm 50:1 This psalm appears again and again in our worship, throughout the cycle of daily services, and in private prayer. Even when I hear just one line, the whole psalm comes flooding through my mind, along with the...

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Thank God You’re Not like Those Sinners

Thank God You’re Not like Those Sinners

Wherever you look, you are surrounded by sinners. You spend your days fasting and keeping all the “rules” of the Church, and every night you thank God that you’re not like those sinners you know in the world. Did you ever stop to think, YOU might be sinning? Did you...

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Zacchaeus and the Salvation of Sinners

Zacchaeus and the Salvation of Sinners

Zacchaeus lives in the Church, abiding as an image of us all. In some sense, everyone of us is Zacchaeus, for everyone of us is a sinner at heart. That is why Zacchaeus is invoked and his example recalled every time the priest enters someone’s home to invoke the presence...

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Position on Pornography

Position on Pornography

According to surveys, nearly one ­third of Orthodox Christian teens are unsure whether pornography is right or wrong.1 This is approximately the same number as that of teens who are unsure whether premarital sex is right or wrong.2 This is very telling in two ways. First, teens who are unsure about...

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Klaus Kenneth: The Real Life and Meaningful Happiness, Part 2

Klaus Kenneth: The Real Life and Meaningful Happiness, Part 2

In this part, author Klaus Kenneth stresses the value of concentration during prayer. He also states that by prayer, people enter into eternity and the old, sinful and passionate man dies and is reborn a new man. In this way, the human being is released from ego, from slavery to...

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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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