Where Does Temptation Come From?

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I had hard time coming up with something to write about this week. Instead, read this piece taken from the OCA web page asking the question, “How can this be used as a teaching opportunity with ones’ children?” The blessing of the Lord be upon you. +Paul The writer of the Epistle or Letter of James is traditionally identified as … Read More

The Logos’ Seed in us!

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Galatians 1:15-16 But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles.  I preached on this verse several weeks ago and it has stuck with me ever since. Bear with me a moment as I … Read More

The Acquisition of Possessions

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There is a lot of material wealth in this country. Many people have a good standard of living, and it shows by the kinds of things we have or are given. I gave up long ago buying gifts for anyone in my family, because they have so many things. I don’t know what I could give them that they don’t … Read More

Embracing Sanctity of Life? If so, why do we…

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If we are going to embrace a Sanctity of Life view, can we: Affirm that life begins at conception, which means saying no to abortion? Embrace and support policies that call for the proper care of families and their children who are here illegally until their status is addressed? Advocate for appropriate measures in our schools to keep children safe, … Read More

Halloween in Today’s Time

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In the last 15 years, Halloween has increasingly become a major event celebrated in today’s secular culture. It is no longer just a day where kids go out to trick or treat for candy. Adults celebrate it with parties. TV and Hollywood make it a big item on their program list. It is put on a similar level as the … Read More

Love, the Fuel that Drives the Car

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In the last few weeks, I have addressed themes of obedience and freedom as some of the building blocks that can contribute to our kids making a healthy connection to their parish life and owning their membership in the Church. Today I will cite a few words on love which, for me, is the key part of this triad that … Read More

Love, Freedom, and Obedience

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I have touched upon these themes before in previous postings. But given my recent notes on ownership by youth of their church life, I want to revisit the above three virtues of Christian life to see how they all work together; particularly in this area of ownership of faith and church life. Let’s talk about obedience first. Obedience is simply … Read More

Taking Ownership of Youth Involvement

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I asked the question last week, “What does the church have to offer to youth and their parents when they do make more of an effort to get involved in the life of a parish?” The typical answers are; our services, our church school, and any youth activities a parish may sponsor. Yet, I think a key aspect to having … Read More