Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God. A short timely commentary. Audio.

Synopsis: Psalm 75:10, “Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God”, was the prokeimenon for today. Reader David Hawthorne shares how this verse is very timely for our community, and reads a portion of a commentary from Blessed Augustine and briefly expounds upon it. The point is: we must make some vow to the Lord, even if it is a “widow’s mite”, to gain spiritual discipline in our lives.

One Body, One Spirit, One Hope, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism. Descending,then Ascending Fulfills The Gospel. Audio Homily 2010

n this longer than usual sermon, the first part of Ephesians chapter 4 is expounded on. This selection not only presents important dogmas that are the bedrock of our faith, it also presents the proper perspective to have regarding our neighbor – a perspective that will help us to fulfill all the commandments. The doctrine of Christ’s descent into Hell is discussed, and its moral application to all of our prayer, and indeed, all of our life. This selection contains some of the most important spiritual lessons a pastor can preach.

The Rich Man and Lazarus. New text homily.

Today, brothers and sisters, we have a parable with, as usual, two meanings, or a story meant for two audiences. The Lord gave many parables directed towards the Jews that explained to them what they were about to do, that is, crucify Him, reject Him and not even believe in Him after He had risen from the dead. But every single time He spoke a parable, He also spoke it to you and to me, to the soul of the Christian …

Fall Stewardship Campaign, Part 3. Giving our fruits must happen to increase our faith.

What I want as your pastor is that everyone gives to the church. The amount is not a critical thing to me. What is critical to me, as your pastor, is that you give of your fruits to God and it will increase your faith. I know this to be true in my own lie and the lives of many I have counseled…

2Corinthians 8:12 “For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.”

Deuteronomy 14:22-23 “Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. (23) And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.”

St Seraphim bows to the Kursk Root Icon

A note from a parishioner, whose home was visited and blessed with the Holy Kursk Root icon Friday, Oct 29 (ns). Posted with permission, with very slight editing.

… Something curious happened during the icon’s visit to our apartment… I have a photo of St. Seraphim of Sarov on my bookshelf. I’ve wanted to have it framed properly for a while, but for now it’s just a bare photo standing on a shelf. After the icon’s visit to our apartment I noticed that the photograph of St. Seraphim was bent over almost in half…

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