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The Action of Contemplation

7/9/2019
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We live in a pace driven and action oriented culture where we are always on the go. We achieve much yet feel mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausted. We have forgotten how to just be. Join Michael Haldas as he explores this topic in depth and offers some thoughts on the hierarchy of action and contemplation in our lives.

Duration:01:39:58

Threads of Life and Tangled Webs: How to Make Sense of Our Lives and See the Beauty Amidst the Chaos

6/18/2019
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Join Michael as he explores the webs and patterns of our life, and uses poem, story, myth, metaphor, and examples from his own life to show how we can recognize God and continuity within our myriad choices, and know His peace.

Duration:00:29:10

Wrestling with God: Struggles, Wounds, and Transformation

4/23/2019
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Have you ever felt like you were wrestling or struggling with God, like your life was out of control, the future was unknown or something to be feared, and you were at a loss about what to do? Your prayers seem unanswered and God seems silent. Join Michael as he recounts the story of Jacob and shows how Jacob’s story and his struggle with God is our story.

Duration:00:32:50

Truth or Lies - There is No Compromise

3/4/2019
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Making extensive use of the Scriptures, join Michael Haldas as he teaches an in-depth Bible lesson on the truth about truth; the truth about the real gravity and depravity of lies and lying; and what Christ means when He talks about the “father of lies” and “the ruler of this world” who was “a murderer from the beginning.”

Duration:00:28:11

Sacramentality in the Lord of the Rings

2/5/2019
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Join Michael has he discusses in-depth how J.R.R Tolkien and his work were formational in preparing him to accept the truth of sacramental reality as experienced and taught in Orthodox Christianity.

Duration:00:39:42

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness

1/24/2019
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Join Michael as uses a disturbing trend among young adults when it comes to the Constitution and the Bible as a springboard to discuss happiness versus holiness, and why the Holy Fathers surpass the Founding Fathers when it comes to truly understanding how to form “a more perfect union.”

Duration:00:46:33

Thoughts on “Thoughts and Prayers”

11/27/2018
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Join Michael as he uses Scripture and a well-written article to discuss the slippery slope of letting the words “our thoughts and prayers” become synonymous for non-action.

Duration:00:21:06

Suffering When Loved Ones Suffer

11/2/2018
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Watching and supporting a loved one who is suffering often causes us to suffer just as much and even more. Join Michael as he uses scripture and real life experience to illustrate five things we need to do and remember to get through this type of suffering.

Duration:00:20:28

God is in Control…Really?

9/25/2018
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Sometimes our lives are in such chaos and darkness it is hard to believe God is in control and is loving us and caring for us. Join Michael as he dramatically recounts the story of the Gadarene Demoniac told in Mark 5:1-20, unlikely though it would seem, to demonstrate God’s providence in our lives.

Duration:00:18:45

A Tale of Two Icons: Reflections on Hope, Healing, and Miracles

8/29/2018
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Michael offers thoughts and personal reflections of his recent experience with the miraculous icon of St. Anna at St. Tikhon’s Monastery in Waymart, PA, and the Kardiotisa, “The Tender Heart” myrrh-flowing, miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary at St. George Orthodox Church in Taylor, PA.

Duration:00:24:16

Addiction, Possession, and the Opioid Crisis

7/30/2018
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Drug related deaths due to heroin and opioids are on the rise. It’s becoming an epidemic. Why is this? What are the factors contributing to this crisis of life and death? Why is this crisis reflective of a deep spiritual disorder that demands that parishes and their members get engaged based on their resources and capacity? Join Michael as he attempts to address these questions and shares information from his Metropolis that can be useful to many.

Duration:01:04:40

Thoughts on Suicide and What We Can Do

6/27/2018
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CDC reports that suicides have increased 25% since 1999 in nearly every state and recent celebrity suicides have cause a renewed focus on this issue. The CDC report further lists reasons, warning signs, and who this is affecting most. What can everyday ordinary Orthodox Christians do, who are not clergy or mental health professionals, to help combat this tragedy. Join Michael Haldas as he shares his personal experience and offers some thoughts on this topic.

Duration:01:00:11

What Do You Want – Fair or Me? Choosing God Amidst the Unfairness of Illness and Affliction

5/26/2018
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Life’s often not fair and we all suffer from illness and affliction at times that are not of our own making. It is then we are often confronted with a choice – to continue to want to be with God even though we don’t understand why certain things are happening to us; or to let the seeming unfairness of our circumstance drive us away from Him. Join Michael as he uses a whimsical episode of the Brady Bunch to illustrate and discuss this profound truth we all experience.

Duration:00:19:28

Falling into the Hands of Mercy

4/17/2018
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Join Michael as he takes a deep dive into what mercy is, why we often misunderstand it, why we sometimes misperceive God as harsh or even vengeful, and what we need to understand to open our hearts to God’s ever-present mercy.

Duration:00:20:37

The Blessing of Brokenness

3/20/2018
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It feels awful when we break an object we love and it is beyond repair. Yet Christ loves us and tells us we as persons must be broken for Him to “repair” us. He tells us we have no choice and that the alternative to not being broken is to be crushed. What does He mean? Join Michael as he explains Christ’s teaching and what brokenness looks and feels like.

Duration:00:20:59

Mystical Experience or Awe and Wonder

9/9/2017
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How do we know if we are having a mystical experience versus just an experience of awe and wonder. Does it even matter if it is one or the other? How can we trust our experiences and what are their value? Recounting his own special experience at St. Paul’s church in Rome, join Michael as he tells his story and addresses these important questions. This episode also features Metropolitan Kallistos Ware sharing his earliest recollection of his own religious experience.

Duration:00:21:20

The Lie Whisperer: Overcoming the Enemy in Your Head

7/25/2017
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Dealing with the negative voice in your head that holds you back, causes doubt and anxiety, and robs you of your peace and joy.

Duration:00:13:28

How Harry Healed My Inner Frodo: Reflections on the Mystery of Love, Sacrifice, and Choice

6/30/2017
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Exploring the characters of Frodo, Gollum, Harry, and Voldemort from these two great works beloved by millions, and what they remind us about concerning love, sacrifice, choice, and more.

Duration:00:20:19

Confession, Adulation, and Social Media

6/6/2017
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Exploring what the Sacrament of Confession teach us about the dangers of popularity and hero-worship in this age of social media.

Duration:00:13:17

Losing to Gain

5/9/2017
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Join Michael as he discusses the principle of losing to gain, and what it is we need to lose about ourselves to gain Christ. Focusing particularly on cynicism, he explores why it is ‘sin-a-cism’ and draws on biblical examples to illustrate how and why we need to change this attitude for our spiritual health.

Duration:00:14:56