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26th Sunday 2008. the Harvest of the Rich Man. Two kinds of men, and redeeming the time.

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

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Ephesians 5:9-19 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Luke 12:16-21 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.



 

Other Homilies on this Sunday:

 

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-26_1997+harvest-of-a-rich-man.html
26th Sunday after Pentecost (HTML format)
Harvest Of A Rich Man
1997

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-26_2003.mp3
26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
2003

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-26_2007-11-25+the-parable-of-the-rich-man-whose-ground-brought-forth-plentifully+an-urgent-question-we-must-answer;-what-shall-i-do_ephesians5;9-19+luke12;16-21.mp3

26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
The Parable Of The Rich Man Whose Ground Brought Forth Plentifully
An Urgent Question We Must Answer; What Shall I Do
Ephesians 5:9-19, Luke 12:16-21
2007

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-26_2008-12-14.mp3
26th Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
The Harvest of the Rich Man
Two kinds of men, and redeeming the time.
Ephesians 5:9-19, Luke 12:16-21
2008

 



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23SunafterPentecost 2008, The Gadarene Demoniac. Do not miss any opportunity!

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008




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Ephesians 2:4-10 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Luke 8:26-39 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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More homilies on this day:

 

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-23_1997.html
23rd Sunday after Pentecost (HTML format)
1997

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-23_1997+the-gadarene-demoniac.doc
23rd Sunday after Pentecost (Word DOC format)
The Gadarene Demoniac
1997

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-23_2002+the-gadarene-demoniac.mp3
23rd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
The Gadarene Demoniac
2002

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-23_2004.mp3
23rd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
2004

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-23_2007-11-04+the-gadarene-demoniac_ephesians2;4-10+luke8;26-39.mp3
23rd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
The Gadarene Demoniac
Ephesians 2:4-10, Luke 8:26-39
2007

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/pentecost-sunday-23_2008-11-23.mp3
23rd Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
The Gadarene Demoniac
Do not miss any opportunity!
Ephesians 2:4-10, Luke 8:26-39
2008


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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

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Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Thoughts on the Holy Scriptures, 33rd week after Pentecost

Ephesians 1:16-23 I cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

How should we pray for someone? St Paul gives a good example here. He prays:

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints…”


St Paul understood that the Christian life is about knowledge. The “spirit of wisdom” encompasses knowledge about the true nature of things, of which he mentions non exclusively three: knowledge of Jesus Christ, knowledge about our calling and about our inheritance.


What kind of life would we lead if we fully knew the revelation of Christ, and, as a natural result of this, a full understanding of our calling? Since in order to know someone, we must become like him, and participate in his life by action, to have full revelation “of the knowledge of Him” is to completely cast off sin, and become holy and good, a secure possessor of the peace which Christ offers to us.


We need not pray that “So and So” “stop this”, or “start that”, because the fulfillment of the simple prayer that they will have the “spirit of wisdom…” encompasses all changes in their life necessary for their happiness.


The only prayer actual necessary for anyone, is “Lord have mercy”, but we must know what we are praying for. To ask God for mercy is to ask for help in all things, so that we may have given unto us “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of (our) understanding being enlightened; that (we) may know what is the hope of his calling”


The reading and understanding of the scriptures is so very important if we are to have powerful prayer. While it is easier to concentrate when we only say “Lord have mercy”, or some derivative, like the Jesus prayer, within our soul must be the understanding of what this prayer means – what we are asking for. St Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians is one example of what we should be praying for when we pray for others (and ourselves).

Our Father, we beg mercy from Thee, and that through Thy son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, we unworthy ones may be given the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of thy Son, and that the eyes of our understanding may be enlightened; that we may know what is the hope of our calling and the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. And remind us forgetful ones of the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power. Amen.

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