Thankfully, She Said “Yes”—Will You?

Thankfully, She Said “Yes”—Will You?

After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she hid herself, saying, “Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.” In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a...

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Creativity in the Church

Creativity in the Church

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 Most of us did not go to church this past Sunday.  Yet, many of us experienced the Divine Liturgy from home, in a way that was...

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He Was Like Us in Every Way

He Was Like Us in Every Way

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as...

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Be Anxious for Nothing Part 2

Be Anxious for Nothing Part 2

Let your gentleness be known to all man. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:5 Many of us are anxious these days. One of the most encouraging and reassuring chapters in the Bible is Philippians 4:4-13. For the next several days, I’m going to put the Heart of Encouragement Unit...

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Be Anxious for Nothing—I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me Philippians 4:4-13

Be Anxious for Nothing—I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me Philippians 4:4-13

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4 Many of us are anxious these days. One of the most encouraging and reassuring chapters in the Bible is Philippians 4:4-13. For the next several days, I’m going to put the Heart of Encouragement Unit on hold to...

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Hold Fast to Your Boundaries—The Tongue

Hold Fast to Your Boundaries—The Tongue

The tongue is a little member and boasts of great thing things. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and...

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Hold Fast to Your Boundaries—Time

Hold Fast to Your Boundaries—Time

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Many people have a negative thought when they think of the words “rules” or “boundaries.” Rules and boundaries are there to help us feel more free. Where there are no rules or boundaries, there...

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The Importance of Friends and a Prayer Answered in Christ’s Way

The Importance of Friends and a Prayer Answered in Christ’s Way

And when Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and He was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to Him...

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Why We Keep Repeating the Same Liturgical Cycle

Why We Keep Repeating the Same Liturgical Cycle

And, “Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of Thy hands; they will perish, but Thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But Thou art the...

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An Appeal for Calm

An Appeal for Calm

And as they sailed, Jesus fell asleep. And a storm of wind came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in danger. And they went and woke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves;...

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Hold Fast to Your Boundaries—Honesty

Hold Fast to Your Boundaries—Honesty

And as for what fell in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience. Luke 8:15 For these next few reflections, we will be discussing boundaries that we should hold fast to. Another...

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Hold Fast to Your Boundaries—Drinking and Drugs

Hold Fast to Your Boundaries—Drinking and Drugs

What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out of them, and be separate...

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