Love & Death

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"God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. By this, love reaches its end-goal with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, we also are in this world. There is no fear in love, but fully mature love drives out fear...

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Words of Wisdom: St Anthony

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Quoted in the Prologue of Ochrid for February 22: "Let your soul abide with the Lord at all times, and let your body abide on earth like a statue. Always stand upright before the face of the Lord. Let the fear of God remain constantly before your eyes, as well as the remembrance of death and...

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Words of Wisdom: St. Peter Damascene

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From The Prologue of Ohrid, February 9th: St. Peter Damascene writes thus about the general and particular gifts of God: "The general gifts consist of the four elements and all that results from them, all the wonderful and awesome works of God outlined in Holy Scripture. "The particular gifts...

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The Seed & the Soil of Stewardship

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Your enemy is a talent. So are the sun, moon, and stars. So is death. So is Monday. I’m guessing that doesn’t make much sense to you right now. That’s because, when we hear the word “talent,” we think ability. But that word in the Kingdom of God actually means...

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The Empty Presumption that Comes from Being Alive

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“Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” Tomorrow. Not today. This siren song presumes that death can be put off another day. It presumes that we have at least enough control to presume that tomorrow will come for us. The rich man in Luke 12 shows such presumption...

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The Twisted Impulse of the Eyes: Self-Indulgence

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“I want.” Could there be a stronger phrase? There is a magnetic pull between our desire and its object. It is an appetite in search of fulfillment. We use our eyes and our minds to consider what is not yet ours and how we can make it ours as quickly and as easily as possible. Eve...

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The Twisted Impulse of the Flesh: Self-Preservation

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The Darwinian delusion would have us believe that we are nothing more than mammals. As the instinct for survival is given to animals, so also it is given to us. We are creatures. We are mortal. Dust we are and to dust we shall return, after all. Our fleshly appetites run deeply—the desire...

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Road Map: The World or The Kingdom?

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As we begin to explore the basic patterns of this fallen world and the Kingdom of Christ, it would be helpful to provide a road map so that you don't get lost along the way! The basic comparison here is between the temptation of Eve as recorded in Genesis 3 and the temptation of Christ as...

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The Divine Project

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It has been said that humans are not “beings” but “becomings.” We are works in progress. We were born in the image of our parents to be shaped and molded into their likeness. We were born to grow and to learn, to develop and discern. What we grow up to be depends on two factors: who is shaping...

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The Patterns

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We were all born into a world which, because of Adam's fall, is lawless and, by default, we follow its patterns. But when we were born into Christ's Kingdom—the birth "from above" through Baptism—we were brought into a new family—a new culture—that we might learn through a living daily...

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