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The Silent Sermon

(16) Comments | Posted September 27, 2008 | 7:35 AM

A member of a certain parish, who previously had been attending services regularly, suddenly stopped coming to church. After a few weeks, the priest decided to pay him a visit.

The priest found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for the priest's...

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How Badly Do You Want To Be A Millionaire?

(8) Comments | Posted September 12, 2008 | 9:00 AM

Do you think that you could be happy with one million dollars? Suppose you were given $1 million, with one stipulation. What would you buy? A new house? A pleasure boat? Undergo cosmetic surgery? Buy that beautiful luxury car that you have dreamed about? Yes, without question, becoming a millionaire...

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The Power of Prayer and Fasting

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2008 | 5:56 PM

The story of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ on Mt. Tabor is described in the first few verses of the 17th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. The Transfiguration is a Theophany - a manifestation of God, especially of the divinity of Christ, through the display of His uncreated, divine...

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What Does Your Cross Mean To You?

(19) Comments | Posted August 22, 2008 | 9:16 AM

I was privileged to have spent almost two weeks in Greece this summer. I had the pleasant task of baptizing the granddaughter of a very dear friend. Greece is the premier laboratory of western history and civilization. Whatever period of time or era one wishes to examine, it is...

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The Macho Approach to Christ

(18) Comments | Posted August 15, 2008 | 7:19 AM

Sitting at LAX on Thursday, July 24th and waiting for my flight to depart, I picked up a copy of USA Today. What quickly caught my attention was the Life Section article; "Guys Are Few In The Pews: Churches Change To Attract Men." The article by Cathy Lynn Grossman stated...

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Agape: Sacrificial Love

(13) Comments | Posted August 13, 2008 | 8:47 AM

The most powerful word in the New Testament is AGAPE...the Greek word for love. It is sacrificial seeking to serve. The word "agape" is rarely found in ancient Greek literature. It on appears in Homer ten times. Three times it appears in Euripides. But it appears 320 times in the...

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Seeking The Mystical

(69) Comments | Posted August 2, 2008 | 7:51 AM

At a recent dinner get together with friends, a couple approached me with a worried look on their faces. Seeing my clerical collar they felt I was the one who could perhaps help.

They told me that their twenty something son was giving up his middle class Christian...

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A Cyber Confession

(14) Comments | Posted July 25, 2008 | 7:57 AM

What's the one thing you've done no one else can ever know?

The mere thought of dredging up some dark and hidden sin, inspires a hard gulping swallow, a pounding heart and perhaps a blush on the cheeks.

Unconfessed sin left festering deep in our psyche can cause psychosomatic...

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A Light To The World

(9) Comments | Posted July 18, 2008 | 8:47 AM

I was reviewing the gospel reading from the Greek Orthodox lectionary for Sunday, July 13. It was from Matthew 5:14-19. It is familiar scripture that I have read and studied many times. The interesting thing about the scripture is that I can read the same ones over and over and...

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A Mushroom And An Oak Tree

(17) Comments | Posted July 5, 2008 | 7:51 AM

I'm bewildered when I hear some people say they are "spiritual but not religious." It has become an over-used cliché fueled by the cynicism and confusion of our contemporary religious environment. Orthodox Christian teaching from the earliest years of the Faith and articulated by the holy fathers and mothers of...

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A View To Heaven And Hell

(7) Comments | Posted June 27, 2008 | 11:10 AM

It has been heat in the triple digits here in Southern California these last few days. I hear people saying, "It's hotter than hell out there today." Others will complain that because of the hot weather they feel like hell. It is interesting to see how people visualize hell. On...

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Feeding Two Wolves: The Struggle Between Good And Evil

(6) Comments | Posted June 20, 2008 | 9:33 AM

"So far today, dear God, I've done all right. I haven't gossiped, haven't lost my temper, and haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. But in a few minutes I'm going to get out of bed and I'm probably going to need a lot more help."

This humorous...

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