Archive for November, 2011

Some answers to prayer for people on our public prayer list.

Saturday, November 26th, 2011


Answers to prayer

 

We have a Public prayer list, (http://docs.google.com/View?id=dzgvjb6_16f2pcdrhn ) which we use in our regular Monday Moleben, and also in special petitions in all Divine Liturgies we serve (on Sunday of course, and also each Thursday, at a minimum).

 

We receive requests, in our electronic age, via email, Facebook, Phone Texts, and even by the occasional personal *in person* request.

 

Some people we know personally, but many times we have never met them or they live far away. Many are Orthodox Christians, and these we also commemorate in the Proskimidie of the Divine Liturgy, and many are not. It does not matter: if someone asked, we pray.

 

This list is also used by some of our parishioners, and the pastor in daily commemorations, It is important to pray for others, because those who love will want the best for those they love, and those with faith will turn to God for all things, and therefore pray. We MUST do this if we are to overcome the selfishness that is deeply embedded within us.

 

Many times a person is on our prayer list for a long time and I have no idea how to contact them or find out how they are doing. Other times, I am able to “check in” and know something of how their life is turning out. This is always a great consolation – to see the object of our prayer doing well.

 

Here are some recent “answers” to prayer.

 

A man has found a job and place to live after being out of work for a long time. He thanks us for our prayers.

 

A person with cancer is out of the hospital after a long stay, undergoing chemo, and in good spirits.

 

A person with very serious cancer has had the unction service served for her, and is very sick. Treatments are being given, and there is hope that this very aggressive cancer will respond to it, but in the even that this person reposes, we are playing a small role in preparing them for a peaceful repose. It is reported that this person is facing the disease with courage and great faith.

 

A child with a serious medical problem has received treatment, and should be going home soon.

 

I suppose we all want to see some great miracle, but in waiting for this, we miss the great miracles that occur all around us. It is a great privilege to be a part of God’s economy, and care for His little ones, even as He cares for us little ones.

 

Priest Seraphim Holland 2011     St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

This article is at:

http://www.orthodox.net/journal/2011-11-26-answers-to-prayer.doc

New Journal entries, homilies, etc. are on our BLOG: http://www.orthodox.net/redeemingthetime

Journal Archive: http://www.orthodox.net/journal

 

Blog posts & local parish news are posted to our email list. Go to here: http://groups.google.com/group/saint-nicholas-orthodox-church to join.

 

Redeeming the Time BLOG: http://www.orthodox.net/redeemingthetime

Use this for any edifying reason, but please give credit, and include the URL of the article. This content belongs to the author. We would love to hear from you with comments! (seraphim@orthodox.net)

 

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Electronic Newsletter November 7/20 23nd Sunday after Pentecost

Friday, November 18th, 2011

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas


Electronic Newsletter

November 7/20  23nd Sunday after Pentecost


Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week


Announcements

Our parish participates in the Haitian Orthodox Family Relief project. We provide $100 a month to support a family of 14 in Haiti. Because some of our donors have moved in the past year, we need your help to provide continued support to this ministry — and maybe to expand it! Please see Fr. Nicholas if you can make a monthly pledge of anywhere from $10 to $100 dollars toward this cause.

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On Sunday, November 27th we will take up our annual collection to support our diocese's fund for the poor and needy. Please help!

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The parish council is beginning to start the process of putting together a budget proposal for 2012. In that vein, we can use everybody's help in two ways:

1. If you have not yet turned in an updated estimate of your expected monthly contributions, please do so ASAP. You can also just send an email to Fr. Nicholas.

2. Parish members who have input with regard to budgetary priorities you'd like to see in place are encouraged to send a message to Fr. Nicholas. We'll try to work your input into the proposal. The final budget decision will be made at the annual parish meeting in February, but the proposal will be put together at the next two council meetings.


Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Alexandra (4 y/o girl wih brain cancer)
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti,  and our sponsored household: Catherine
  • The suffering people of East Japan.

For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.
 


Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

 

Saturday 11/19

  • 4:00PM Confession
  • 5:00PM  Vigil

Sunday 11/20 

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School after Trapeza (Middle School)
  • 12:45PM Sisterhood Meeting

Monday 11/21

  • 7:00PM Moleben

Wednesday 11/23

  • 7:00PM Vespers

Thursday 11/24. Thanksgiving Day.

  • 9:00AM Liturgy

Saturday 11/26

  • 4:00PM Confession
  • 5:00PM  Vigil

Sunday 11/27

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School after Trapeza (Elementary and Adult)

Fasting in the Coming week

Normal fasting rules apply.Wednesday and Friday are fast days. AS ALWAYS, consult Fr Seraphim if you have any questions, problems, etc. 

 

 

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The Gadarene Demoniac. The various temptations of the demons. Without the help of God we would not survive them, and without this cardinal virtue we will never be victorious over them.

Monday, November 14th, 2011

The Exorcism of the Demoniacs of the GergesenesLISTEN NOW

Synopsis: The demons can tempt man in many ways, and the exorcism of the Gadarene demoniac shows three aspects of their warfare against man. We are shown that without God, we would be annihilated by the demons, and that their most deadly attacks are invisible to most people. If we want to be rid of the demons and their influence, there is one thing that we must do.

Luke 8:26-39 26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. 27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. 29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) 30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. 31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. 32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. 33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. 34 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. 35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed. 37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again. 38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.


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Homilies about Demoniacs.

 

The Gergesenes Demoniac, from Matthew 8:28-9:1, is read on the 5th Sunday after Pentecost.

 

The Gadarene Demonic from Luke 8:26-39 is read on the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, or in churches that observe the Lukan Jump, on the 6th Sunday of Luke.

 

The exorcism of the Lunatic Son, from Matthew 17:14-23, is read on the 10th Sunday after Pentecost

 

 

The Gergesenes Demoniac

 

The Healing of the Gergesenes demoniacs – Every occurence in our life is a meeting with Christ. (Matthew 8:28-9:1) 2008 AUDIO

 

 

The Gergesenes Demoniacs. We all must answer the question: 'What have we to do with Thee, Jesus, thou Son of God?' Matthew 8:28-9:1  (2009) HTML)

Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3

 

 

 

The Gergesenes Demoniacs and the killing of the conscience (Matthew 8:28-9:1) 2010 AUDIO

 

SYNOPSIS:The reaction of the people of the Gergesenes to their encounter with Christ is a textbook example of how to kill the conscience. We would do well to recognize everything about this great tragedy, and be honest enough within ourselves to see how we often act like the people of the Gergesenes. Various ways to root out the passions shown by these people, which are common in our own lives, are discussed.

 

 

The Gadarene Demoniac

The Gadarene Demoniac. (Luke 8-26-39) 1996 HTML

Also in Format: Word DOC

 

 

The Gadarene Demoniac. 23rd Sunday after Pentecost  (Luke 8-26-39) 2004

The Gadarene Demoniac. Do not miss any opportunity! A very common question and the 2 ways to understand the answer. 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (Ephesians 2:4-10, Luke 8:26-39) 2008 AUDIO

 

The Exorcism of the Lunatic Son

 

The Exorcism of the Demoniac boy. "According to your faith, be it unto you" (Matthew 9:27-35, Romans 15:1-7) 2008 AUDIO

 

SYNOPSIS:The faith of the two blind man Jesus healed and of the men who brought the mute demoniac for healing demonstrate two aspects of faith. The demoniac's muteness shows lack of faith; we cannot proclaim that which we do not know and experience, and the Holy Spirit will not reside where Evil is. We are a composite of all of these examples. How do we gain faith, so that the Lord will say to us "According to your faith, be it unto you"? The answer is contained in the Epistle for today: "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves."

 

 

The Healing of the Demoniac Boy. The "Golden Chain" connecting faith and prayer and fasting. 10th Sunday after Pentecost (Matthew 17:14-23) 2000 HTML

 

Also in Format: Adobe PDF or Word DOC or mp3 You can watch this sermon on the following video platforms: YouTube, Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, Google, Revver, AOL Video, DailyMotion, Blip.tv and Veoh
 

SYNOPSIS:The story of the healing of the demoniac boy illustrates two kinds of belief (faith) and two kinds of unbelief. If we want to have true and saving belief we must recognize the relationship between faith and prayer and fasting (and also understand that "fasting" involves much more than just abstaining from certain kinds of food).

 

 

The Exorcism Of The Lunatic Son. Why fast? 10th Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 17:14-23 2009 HTML

 

Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3 You can watch this sermon on the following video platforms: YouTube, Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Blip.tv, Veoh,

 

 

The Exorcism Of The Lunatic Son. Why could we not cast him out?  10th Sunday after Pentecost (Galations 5:22-26 Matthew 17:14-23 John 17:1-13) 2010 HTML

Also in Format: Word DOC or mp3

 

 


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Electronic Newsletter October 31/ November 13 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

Friday, November 11th, 2011

 

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas


Electronic Newsletter

October 31/ November 13  22nd Sunday after Pentecost


Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week
Links related to the coming week


Announcements

Dn. Nicholas is looking for volunteers to help do some work on the upkeep of our church's storage areas. We could do a lot to maximize the utility of our small church by having better storage solutions. We actually have quite a bit of space that could be used for storage if we can get it properly furnished. Please tell Fr. Nicholas if you are willing to help — probably on a Saturday sometime in the next several weeks.

The parish council is beginning to start the process of putting together a budget proposal for 2012. In that vein, we can use everybody's help in two ways:

1. If you have not yet turned in an updated estimate of your expected monthly contributions, please do so ASAP. You can also just send an email to Fr. Nicholas - npark153@gmail.com

2. Parish members who have input with regard to budgetary priorities you'd like to see in place are encouraged to send a message to Fr. Nicholas. We'll try to work your input into the proposal. The final budget decision will be made at the annual parish meeting in February, but the proposal will be put together at the next two council meetings.

This week's Adult Sunday School class will focus on the Ascension and the Holy Spirit. Join us!


Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Alexandra (4 y/o girl wih brain cancer)
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti,  and our sponsored household: Catherine
  • The suffering people of East Japan.

For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.
 


Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

 

Saturday 11/12

  • 4:00PM Confession
  • 5:00PM  Vigil

Sunday 11/13 

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School after Trapeza (Elementary and Adult)

Monday 11/14

  • 7:00PM Moleben

Wednesday 11/16

  • 7:00PM Vespers

Thursday 11/17

  • 6:00ALiturgy

Saturday 11/19

  • 4:00PM Confession
  • 5:00PM  Vigil

Sunday 11/20 

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School after Trapeza (Middle School)
  • 12:45PM Sisterhood Meeting

Fasting in the Coming week

Normal fasting rules apply.Wednesday and Friday are fast days. AS ALWAYS, consult Fr Seraphim if you have any questions, problems, etc. 


Links related to the coming week

 

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Let us not grieve when we make a slip, but when we become hardened by it

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Do not be afraid of sin, be afraid of not repenting.

Sayings of St Isaac the Syrian and poor emulators of him.

 St Isaac the Syraisn, with the saying <Let us not grieve when we make a slip, but when we become hardened by it> http://www.orthodox.net/ikons/isaac-the--syrian-with-saying.jpg

 

Here is a saying from Saint Isaac to show my flock that I do not make this stuff up! I have been known to say *often *:

 

"Do not be afraid of sin, but be afraid of not repenting."

 

This means essentially the same thing as St Isaac's words.

 

We differ from the demons in that even though we can do evil and even fall into evil repeatedly, we can repent of this evil and change.

 

I have been called to task about my saying because some think that it minimizes sin. If we have the correct understanding of sin, the saying does not minimize it. Because of our frail nature and weak will, the things we commonly call sins are inevitable, because we live under the condition of sin – brokenness, disease and ignorance. Even though as we journey as strangers in a strange land we continue to sin, as we fight against these sins and struggle to despise them, a wonderful miracle occurs – we are cleansed of our sin. This is not just being forgiven, mind you, but to become incorrupt, pure, peaceful and holy.

 

The Lord made it clear many times that we must exercise our will to follow Him. We should fear our will turning towards sin more than sin itself. If we turn away from the Lord, at some point we will be completely lost. No man knows when this point occurs, when our heart become hardened like Pharoah's, therefore the prudent man fears that he will not repent more than that he will sin.

 

Thank you to Priest Philip Kontos, Priest at St. Peter the Apostle Orthodox Mission, who posted this image on his Facebook Account

 

Priest Seraphim Holland 2011     St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

 

This article is at:

http://www.orthodox.net/journal/2011-11-08+let-us-not-grieve-when-we-make-a-slip,-but-when-we-become-hardened-by-it+isaac-the-syrian.html

http://www.orthodox.net/journal/2011-11-08+let-us-not-grieve-when-we-make-a-slip,-but-when-we-become-hardened-by-it+isaac-the-syrian.doc

New Journal entries, homilies, etc. are on our BLOG: http://www.orthodox.net/redeemingthetime

Journal Archive: http://www.orthodox.net/journal

Blog posts & local parish news are posted to our email list. Go to here: http://groups.google.com/group/saint-nicholas-orthodox-church to join.

 

Redeeming the Time BLOG: http://www.orthodox.net/redeemingthetime

Use this for any edifying reason, but please give credit, and include the URL of the article. This content belongs to the author. We would love to hear from you with comments! (seraphim@orthodox.net)

 

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Words of wisdom from a 6 year old: Key to living a good life: You have to twy!!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011


From a personal letter, giving words of wisdom from my little Soaf a loaf:

 

Sophia landing after jumping off a swing. http://www.orthodox.net/photos/anna-emmy-sophy-lucy-on-swingset-at-library-park-oct-2011-0012.jpgIn your younger grandchildren's typical wide-eyed excited manner of telling things, with her precious childish lisp she said to them:

 

"I finally know de secwet to being good in chuwch! - twy!!  It's so much easier to be good when you twy!"

 

This afternoon I found myself in a situation where it was very hard to be good (and in fact I wasn't being very good. As I was praying and struggling to gain better self control, I thought of your little granddaughter's profound discovery and, inspired, I decided to "Twy!!!

 

I think Sophie is just expressing in a simple way the words she hears every weekend:

 

What man is there that desireth life, who loveth to see good days? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Turn away from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. (Psalm 33:12-13, Sept “Boston” Psalter)



Priest Seraphim Holland 2011     St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

 

This article is at:

http://www.orthodox.net/journal/2011-11-08+key-to-living-a-good-life-you-have-to-twy.html

http://www.orthodox.net/journal/2011-11-08+key-to-living-a-good-life-you-have-to-twy.doc

New Journal entries, homilies, etc. are on our BLOG: http://www.orthodox.net/redeemingthetime

Journal Archive: http://www.orthodox.net/journal

Blog posts & local parish news are posted to our email list. Go to here: http://groups.google.com/group/saint-nicholas-orthodox-church to join.

Redeeming the Time BLOG: http://www.orthodox.net/redeemingthetime

Use this for any edifying reason, but please give credit, and include the URL of the article. This content belongs to the author. We would love to hear from you with comments! (seraphim@orthodox.net)

 

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The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. Everything in life is a trade. How do we always make good trades?

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Parable of the Rich Man and LazarusLISTEN NOW

Synopsis: The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus is quickly explained, then we talk about the important and frightening words: "Remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented." Our Lord is giving us an immutable principle, which we can use as a sort of mnemonic device to judge everything we do. This is difficult without much change, and the Apostle Paul offers the way to accomplish this massive task of proper trading: "I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God"

More homilies on the Sunday Gospels of St Luke are HERE

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Electronic Newsletter October 24/ November 6 21st Sunday after Pentecost

Friday, November 4th, 2011

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas


Electronic Newsletter

October 24/ November 6  21st Sunday after Pentecost


Announcements
Prayer Requests
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
Fasting in the Coming week
Links related to the coming week


Announcements

This weekend we "fall back." Please remember to set your clocks back one hour before retiring on Saturday night.

Dn. Nicholas is looking for volunteers to help do some work on the upkeep of our church's storage areas. We could do a lot to maximize the utility of our small church by having better storage solutions. We actually have quite a bit of space that could be used for storage if we can get it properly furnished. Please tell Fr. Nicholas if you are willing to help — probably on a Saturday sometime in the next several weeks.

The parish council is beginning to start the process of putting together a budget proposal for 2012. In that vein, we can use everybody's help in two ways:

1. If you have not yet turned in an updated estimate of your expected monthly contributions, please do so ASAP. You can also just send an email to Fr. Nicholas – npark153@gmail.com

2. Parish members who have input with regard to budgetary priorities you'd like to see in place are encouraged to send a message to Fr. Nicholas. We'll try to work your input into the proposal. The final budget decision will be made at the annual parish meeting in February, but the proposal will be put together at the next two council meetings.

As Fr. Seraphim announced last week, he has made the decision, with the strong encouragement of the parish council, to reduce his "day job" workload from 26 to 14 hours per week, by stopping work on Monday, while still working on Tuesday.

This is a great boon to the parish as it will free up more of his  time to attend to parish matters and pastoral work. It is also a strain on his family, so we should all keep this in mind as we reflect on our own contributions to the parish. We have been giving Father an 8% annual "raise" in an attempt to eventually provide a reasonable level of support for his ministry (he is currently given $860 per month toward his housing costs). An additional increase in 2012 would be very helpful if we are able to do so.

The goal is for him to stop working in his nursing job to have more time for ever expanding ministry concerns and for a bit more recuperation time. If our parish income increases enough, it will happen.


Prayer Requests

For the Health and Salvation.

  • Alexandra (4 y/o girl wih brain cancer)
  • Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti,  and our sponsored household: Catherine
  • The suffering people of East Japan.

For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.
 


Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Saturday 11/5

  • 4:00PM Confession
  • 5:00PM  Vigil

Sunday 11/6 

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School after Trapeza (Elementary and Middle School)

Monday 11/7

  • 7:30PM Moleben

Wednesday 11/9

  • 7:00PM Vespers

Thursday 11/10

  • 9:00ALiturgy

Saturday 11/12

  • 4:00PM Confession
  • 5:00PM  Vigil

Sunday 11/13

  • 10AM  Divine Liturgy
  • 12:45PM Church School after Trapeza (Elementary and Adult)

Fasting in the Coming week

Normal fasting rules apply.Wednesday and Friday are fast days. AS ALWAYS, consult Fr Seraphim if you have any questions, problems, etc. 


Links related to the coming week

 

Homilies which reference the Epistle read this Sunday, Galatians 2:16-20

 

15th Sunday of Pentecost (mp3 format)

Sunday After The Exaltation Of The Holy Cross
2 Corinthians 4:6-15, Galatians 2:16-20, Mark 8:34-9:1
2008

           

 21st Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)

The Parable of the Sower
We can only be good ground if we are crucified with Christ.
Galatians 2:16-20 Luke 8:5-15
2008
You can watch this sermon on the following video platforms: Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, Google, AOL Video, DailyMotion, Blip.tv and Veoh

                       

21st Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)

Christian Justification
Galatians 2:16-20
2010
SYNOPSIS:Galatians was written to a group of Gentiles that had been infected with Judiazing teachings; they had been taught that they were required to fulfil the rituals of the Jewish law (circumcision, washings, dietary laws, etc) to be saved. All of Galatians refutes this heresy, and teaches why Christians must be moral. This passage particularly highlights the differences between Jewish justification (which was only an external declaration) and Christian Justification, which is also a declaration, but also involves the inner man becoming righteous – that is, the obliteration of sin (not just forgiveness), and eventual perfection. Why should we care about the difference between the Jewish view and the Christian reality? Because almost everyone, to a greater or lesser degree often lives and thinks as the Jews did.

           

 Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)

Sunday After The Exaltation
Galatians 2:16-20 Mark 8:34-9:1
2009

 

Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)

Sunday After The Exaltation
Two Identical Definitions of Christianity. What is the way of the Cross? Important questions we must answer.
Galatians 2:16-20, Mark 8:34-9:1
2010
SYNOPSIS:The Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross both contain identical 'definitions' of Christianity. They both involve the cross, which is an instrument of death and of life. All Christians must voluntarily be crucified with Christ, and take up their cross. This is explained by our Lord's instruction that we must 'lose' our life to save it, and His questions: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? We must understand this if we are to truly live the Christian life and know Christ.

·  Exaltation of the Cross (mp3 format)

Sunday After The Exaltation
Christ Liveth In Me
Galatians 2:16-20 Mark 8:4-9:1
2011

 

 

Homilies about this Sunday’s Gospel, the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus.

 

22nd Sunday after Pentecost (HTML format)

The Rich Man And Lazarus
Luke 16:19-31
1996
Also in Format: Word DOC

22nd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)

The Parable Of The Rich Man And Lazarus
2002

22nd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)

The Rich Man and Lazarus
Be a good steward.
Luke 16:19-31
2008

22nd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)

Parable Of The Rich Man And Lazarus
A Important Principle Is Taught
Luke 16:19-31
2009

22nd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)

Parable Of The Rich Man And Lazarus Summary
Concerning Parables And True Salvation
Luke 16-19-31, Ephesians 2-14-22
2010

22nd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)

Parable Of The Rich Man And Lazarus Summary
Concerning Parables And True Salvation
Luke 16:19-31, Ephesians 2:14-22
2010
SYNOPSIS:A short summary of the main points of the parable of the Rich man and Lazarus. This was part of a short after liturgy talk, because the parable was not the subject of the homily after the Gospel at liturgy.

 

 

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Confession of sins in the Scripture.

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011


Here is a list of Scriptures to use as talking points to teach about confession. I just threw this together. I have another one started with gleanings fomr the Fathers. I would appreciate additions, and more commentary about Psalm 50. I have not checked all Psalm references to correspond to the Septuagint.


Examples in the OT. 1

Examples in the NT. 1

Instruction. 2

The Mandate given to the Apostles. 2

What is necessary for a saving confession. 2

Commands to forgive others and to not judge others. There is no wiggle room! 2

Parable of the debtor. Do not judge others. This ability comes out of knowledge of our own infirmities and gratitude. 3

Humble Thyself. 3

Psalm 50. 3

He asks for cleansing, the legal status of being “forgiven”. 4

Self-knowledge. We must know and always be aware that we are sinners. 4

Sin is against God, cleansing and healing are from God. No wisdom is possible without healing from sin. 4

Repentance and subsequent healing will  lead to perfection and joy. 4

Sin can cause the Holy Spirit to Withdraw. 4

The best teacher is a repentant and cleansed man. 4

The primary requirement for cleansing. 4

Confession in Scripture can also mean a declaration concerning God and dogma: 5

 

Examples in the OT.

 

Confession line drawing. http://www.orthodox.net/images/confession-drawing-01.gif from http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/pr_confession.aspxEzra 10:1  Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore.

 

Nehemiah_9:2  And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.

 

Psalm_32:5  I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Proverbs_28:13  He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

 

Daniel_9:20  And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;

 

Psalm 50  (covered in detail later)

 

Examples in the NT.

 

Confession http://www.orthodox.net/images/confession-drawing-02.gif from http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/guide-to-confession.aspxMatthew 3:6  And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

 

Act_19:18  And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.

 

Instruction.

 

1 John_1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Ezekiel 18:21-23   But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  (22)  All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  (23)  Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

 

 

The Mandate given to the Apostles.

 

John 20:21-23   Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  (22)  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:  (23)  Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

 

What is necessary for a saving confession

 

  • Forgive others
  • Do not judge others.
  • Know thyself, thine own infirmities
  • Humble thyself.

 

Commands to forgive others and to not judge others. There is no wiggle room!

 

Matthew 6:12-15   And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  (13)  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.  (14)  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  (15)  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

Mark 11:25-26   And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  (26)  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

 

Luke 6:37   Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

 

Matthew 7:1-5   Judge not, that ye be not judged.  (2)  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  (3)  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  (4)  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?  (5)  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

 

Mark 4:24   And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

 

Parable of the debtor. Do not judge others. This ability comes out of knowledge of our own infirmities and gratitude.

 

Matthew 18:21-35   Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?  (22)  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.  (23)  Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.  (24)  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.  (25)  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.  (26)  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.  (27)  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.  (28)  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.  (29)  And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.  (30)  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.  (31)  So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.  (32)  Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:  (33)  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?  (34)  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.  (35)  So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

 

The parable of the Good Samaritan also contains important mystical teaching about human nature. Since we share our nature with all mankind, the more we know about ourselves, the more we forgive others.

 

Humble Thyself.

 

Psalm 50:17 A Sacrifice to God is a broken spirit: a broken and humbled heart God will not despise.

 

Psalm 33:18  The Lord is near to them that are of a contrite heart; and will save the lowly in spirit.

 

Isaiah 66:2  For all these things are mine, saith the Lord: and to whom will I have respect, but to the humble and meek, and the man that trembles at my words?

 

Ezekiel 36:26  And I will give you a new heart, and will put a new spirit in you: and I will take away the heart of stone out of your flesh, and will give you a heart of flesh.

Psalm 50

 

 

For the End: A Psalm of David. When Nathan the Prophet Came unto Him. When He Went in unto Bersabee, the Wife of Urias.

 

He asks for cleansing, the legal status of being “forgiven”.

 

50:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy; and according to the multitude of Thy compassions blot out my transgression.

50:2  Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

 

Self-knowledge. We must know and always be aware that we are sinners.

 

50:3  For I know mine iniquity, and my sin is ever before me.

 

Sin is against God, cleansing and healing are from God. No wisdom is possible without healing from sin.

 

50:4  Against Thee only have I sinned and done this evil before Thee, that Thou mightest be justified in Thy words, and prevail when Thou art judged.

50:5  For behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins did my mother bear me.

50:6  For behold, Thou hast loved truth; the hidden and secret things of Thy wisdom hast Thou made manifest unto me.

50:7  Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be made clean; Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.

 

Repentance and subsequent healing will  lead to perfection and joy.

 

50:8  Thou shalt make me to hear joy and gladness; the bones that be humbled, they shall rejoice.

50:9  Turn Thy face away from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

50:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

 

Sin can cause the Holy Spirit to Withdraw.

 

50:11  Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

 

The best teacher is a repentant and cleansed man.

 

50:12  Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and with Thy governing Spirit establish me.

50:13  I shall teach transgressors Thy ways, and the ungodly shall turn back unto Thee.

50:14  Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation; my tongue shall rejoice in Thy righteousness.

50:15  O Lord, Thou shalt open my lips, and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

50:16  For if Thou hadst desired sacrifice, I had given it; with whole-burnt offerings Thou shalt not be pleased.

 

The primary requirement for cleansing.

 

50:17  A sacrifice unto God is a broken spirit; a heart that is broken and humbled God will not despise.

 

50:18  Do good, O Lord, in Thy good pleasure unto Sion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be builded.

50:19  Then shalt Thou be pleased with a sacrifice of righteousness, with oblation and whole-burnt offerings.

50:20  Then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine altar.

 

Confession in Scripture can also mean a declaration concerning God and dogma:

 

Romans_10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans_14:11  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

 

Romans_15:9  And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.

 

 

Priest Seraphim Holland 2011     St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

 

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