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A higher standard; The Christian standard. 18th Week After Pentecost – Monday. Ephesians 4:28

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth (Ephesians 4:28)

The Christian standard for morality is Jesus Christ; it is perfection. We are to become “…a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Eph 4:13)  

 It has been said that virtue is simple, but vice is complex.  See how the Apostle teaches those who steal. He does not merely tell them to not steal, but he equates their sin with other sins – laziness, and selfishness, and even lack of compassion for our neighbor. He urges the thief to labor, and change his state of mind, which was formerly centered upon his own selfish desires, and to think of others. He is not only to cease taking; he is to begin giving with more liberality to those who need.

 The Apostle’s admonition shows that one sin brings about many related sins. The thief is lazy (he does not labor for that which he takes) and self-centered. Even if he does not take from those who are in want, he does not think of those in want. All of our sins are like this; they are a tangled web of vices.

 

Ephesians 4:25-32  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

 Also at: http://www.orthodox.net/18th-week-after-pentecost_monday_ephesians-4-25-32.rtf

http://www.orthodox.net/18th-week-after-pentecost_monday_ephesians-4-25-32.pdf

 

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17th Sunday of Pentecost 2008 – The Canaanite Woman – Lessons in how to pray.

Monday, October 13th, 2008

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Many more homilies for this day:

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-17_1997.html
17th Sunday of Pentecost (HTML format)
1997

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-17_1999+sun-after-exaltation-the-caananite-woman.doc
17th Sunday of Pentecost (Word DOC format)
Sun After Exaltation The Caananite Woman
1999

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-17_2001.rtf
17th Sunday of Pentecost (RTF format)
2001

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-17_2002+the-cannanite-woman.mp3
17th Sunday of Pentecost (mp3 format)
The Cannanite Woman
Matthew 15:21-28
2002

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-17_2003.mp3
17th Sunday of Pentecost (mp3 format)
2003

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-36_2008-02-03+the-canaanite-woman+a-perfect-example-of-how-to-pray_matthew15;21-28.mp3
17th Sunday of Pentecost
The Canaanite Woman
A Perfect Example Of How To Pray
Matthew 15:21-28
2008

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-17_2008-10-12.mp3
17th Sunday of Pentecost (mp3 format)
The Canaanite Woman
Lessons in how to pray.
Matthew 15:21-28
2008
 

Matthew 15:21-28 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.



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16th Sunday – The Parable of the Talents

Monday, October 6th, 2008

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In summary, "Receive not the grace of God in vain"

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Matthew 25:14-30 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.



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