He Escaped!

OK, I’m afraid of closed in places. I think it’s called “claustrophobia.” The first time I remember discovering this uneasy feeling was when I was a boy and we were playing hide and seek. I found this perfect hiding place in a small cupboard in the kitchen. And it must...

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Surviving Temptation Means Preparing for Next Time!

My teenage daughter and I have some great conversations in the mornings when I take her to school. Recently, we talked about the importance of a foundation for our thinking and choices. I was encouraging her to learn HOW to think so that she can maneuver all of life’s situations...

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Hiding From Death

We are a death-denying culture. In the US, the Funeral business is a $20 Billion industry employing over 13,000 people nationwide! And, in 2016 we crossed that line where over half of the American’s who passed away choose cremation over a burial. If we don’t choose cremation, we apply technics...

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Did You Receive The Holy Spirit?

Early on in my journey into Orthodoxy I read a book by an American philosopher named Dallas Willard. The book was “The Spirit of the Disciplines.” This was really my first exposure to the wisdom that how you are formed inside, how you are shaped, and what you allow to...

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Now Appearing!

Christ is Baptized! “Now Appearing!” I read the words with a mixture of pride and embarrassment! You see, this was part of a sign advertising a book signing I was doing in an area. Ugh! Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to be a “published author.” Frankly, coming from...

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“You Know-It-All!”

Christ is born! It was arrogant of me, I know. I thought I knew how to communicate deep Orthodox wisdom to everyone. But, here I am in front of these folks who are very different from me. They weren’t from my country. They didn’t speak my language. They didn’t know...

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A Spectacle to Angels and Men!

Christ is born! “You’re making a spectacle of yourself.” With that, my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Thompson, set about correcting me for being the class clown during math! Since I didn’t know what a “spectacle” was, she suggested I look it up! Mrs. Thompson was a really good teacher! “Spectacle”...

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A New Year And A Renewed Obedience

Christ is born! Glorify Him! “Do as I say, not as I do!” I remember thinking “Well, that’s not very convincing.” How can someone who refuses to follow their own advice have any credibility at all? My mom drove that point home to me as I watched her follow her...

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Humility Exalts!

Christ is born! Glorify Him! On this last day of the year, hear this from St. Paisios: “Humility and Love, there you have it. This is everything!” As we say “goodbye” to this unique year of challenges and difficulties; trials and triumphs, let’s recalibrate our ideas of “success” and “happiness.”...

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Stop Hiding From God’s Generosity!

Christ is born! Glorify Him! Listen to St. Poemen. “As far as you can, do some manual work so as to be able to give alms, for it is written that alms and faith purify from sin.” Why? Why does almsgiving and faith purify from sin? Why is the purposeful...

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