Written Devotional

Me and Jesus Got Our Own Thing Going! Really?

Posted By Post Date: February 14, 2022

In 1972 America was experiencing an amazing movement among young people called “The Jesus Movement.” Jesus was the “hero” of a lot of the youth of the day! And I was right there in the middle of it. At 12 years old and about to step into my teenage...

Check Out Our New and Improved Ministry Website!

Posted By Post Date: February 11, 2022

Thank you so much for being a part of our Faith Encouraged Media outreach! Our ministry website has gone through a redesign to focus on what we are doing now – written daily devotionals AND weekly videos of our homilies at our parish. Check out the new website and...

They Should Be Ready By Now!

Posted By Post Date: February 11, 2022

An ongoing joke among church families is how long it takes to get ready for church on Sunday mornings! Of course, this isn’t true of going to work or going to school, or going to a game, or a dance or most other social and work-related events. But, when...

The Paraclete

Posted By Post Date: February 10, 2022

Emotionally, I’m done. Mentally, I’m drained. Spiritually, I feel dead. Physically, I smile! Ever been there? Yeah, me too. So what drives us to wait till it’s almost too late to ask for help? Pride? Fear? Probably both, and then some other realities like not knowing ourselves well enough...

You Are SO Close!

Posted By Post Date: February 9, 2022

“Missed it by THAT much.” OK, I know I’m dating myself and all my consultants and advisors always warn me when I do this I’m not communicating well to the younger generation. But, seriously, shouldn’t everyone know Maxwell Smart? Well, perhaps not. But I do know that all of...

Wise AND Innocent

Posted By Post Date: February 8, 2022

Someone once said, “Anyone who says raising children is not the hardest job in the world isn’t doing it right!” And that is so very true. But “difficult” doesn’t mean “bad” or “broken,” it just means the task is meant to focus you and make you more attentive! And...

A New Homily – What Makes Heaven’s Door Open?

Posted By Post Date: February 7, 2022

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The Temptation of Power and Control

Posted By Post Date: February 7, 2022

Michael Josephson, the founder of the Character Counts Coalition, once said “Never underestimate the power of temptation to disarm your better senses.” Very true, In fact, the central message of our Orthodox Faith is the life-long reality of becoming sober and attentive. I was recently struck by someone coming...

You Belong to God

Posted By Post Date: February 4, 2022

“Being precedes doing!” I heard the phrase and thought to myself “I’m not sure I understand what that is supposed to mean?” And, as I listened to the speaker longer, my confusion just grew. I think what the professor was trying to say was our actions flow from who...

Jesus IS Our High Priest

Posted By Post Date: February 3, 2022

What is the significance of the phrase “not made with hands?” We see this in our lesson today and we even see an Orthodox icon of the same name. You know the ikon I’m talking about. It is the ikon of the Lord’s Face that the Lord sent to...