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Changing Our Perspective About Our Possessions

7/9/2019
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As Christians, the Holy Spirit gives us a new perspective on life and that includes what we do with our time, talent, and treasure. In short, everything belongs to God. He gives it all to us as a gift and we're called to offer a portion back to Him in thanksgiving.

Duration:00:22:14

Fulfilling Our Mission as Orthodox Christians

6/30/2019
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On the Feast of All Saints of North America, Fr Thomas reminds us of our Apostolic mission and how to meet the unprecedented challenges facing us in the 21st century.

Duration:00:24:56

Why Do We Pray to the Saints?

6/23/2019
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On the Sunday of All Saints, Fr Thomas gives clear and direct evidence from the scriptures explaining how and why we ask for the prayers of the Saints who have gone before us.

Duration:00:19:34

Living by the Power of the Holy Spirit

6/22/2019
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On the Feast of Pentecost, Fr Thomas teaches us that our Christian life must be empowered by the Holy Spirit of God in order to be one with each other and to tell the world of the good things God has done for us.

Duration:00:15:20

Knowing God is More Than Knowing About God

6/13/2019
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Fr John Parker, Dean of St Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan PA, delivered the sermon on the Seventh Sunday of Pascha. Fr John shares the story of his new leadership position at the seminary and how he grew to know the life of the seminary through daily experience. He reminds us that our knowledge of God must exceed simply knowing about Him to become instead the daily experience of God as members of the Church. (The recording begins in mid-story as he relates a call he received from...

Duration:00:18:49

Seeing Willful Blindness

6/4/2019
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In the story of the healing of the Blind Man, the willfully blind refuse to believe the truth about Jesus even when confronted with irrefutable proof. Fr Thomas reminds us that we must carefully consider all the teachings and deeds of Jesus so that we can be witnesses to the Son of God.

Duration:00:22:12

How to Share the Gospel with Anyone

5/27/2019
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In John 4, Jesus, the Master Teacher, shares the good news with the Samaritan Woman that He is the Savior of the World, and brings her to a life-changing faith. Fr Thomas shows us how this incredible story is the pattern for sharing our faith in Christ with anyone.

Duration:00:23:07

Deepen Your Faith through Learning

5/20/2019
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Fr Thomas reminds us of the value of learning to deepen our faith.

Duration:00:13:58

Inconvenient Love for the Lord

5/16/2019
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On the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers, we hear of the courage and love demonstrated by the men and women who cared for the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. Fr Thomas reminds us that this is also a powerful reminder that we must never succumb to the disrespectful practice of cremation because we deeply care for the body that God created and will raise from the dead.

Duration:00:19:25

Christ: The Destroyer of Doubt

5/10/2019
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The Resurrection of Christ destroys death, division, and despair. And though the Lord provides proof of His Resurrection to destroy doubt in us, our hearts must be unlocked from the inside through faith.

Duration:00:19:12

Wonderers, Wishers, and Worshippers

4/24/2019
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At Christ's entry into Jerusalem, there were those who were wondering how they could be rid of Him, those who were wishing He would be a social activist, and those who worshipped Him as the Son of the Living God. Today is no exception.

Duration:00:18:59

There’s No Resurrection Without a Crucifixion

4/23/2019
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The Gospel reading for the fifth Sunday of Lent relates the story of the audacious question posed by the apostles James and John, who asked for glorification without first drinking the cup of humiliation. Fr Thomas reminds us that this basic principle of the Christian life proves true even for seemingly mundane things that we might mistakenly think are unimportant, like going to church to worship.

Duration:00:18:42

If God is Love, Why Can’t I Live However I Want?

4/19/2019
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"God is Love" has become one of the most abused verses of Scripture. It's used today to justify every sin and excuse every condition. Fr Thomas urges us to look at the entirety of the Gospel message to truly understand the implications of being a creature of God Who is Love.

Duration:00:20:03

The Creative Word of God

3/27/2019
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On the day before the Great Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Fr Thomas weaves the themes from the gospel of the Second Sunday of Lent (the healing of the paralytic) and from the Annunciation to remind us that the Word of God is given to us to increase our faith and trust in Him.

Duration:00:17:55

Renewing Creation and Renewing Your Parish

1/15/2019
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On the Sunday after Theophany, the reading from the Apostle teaches us that there is a close relationship between Christ's filling all of creation with Himself and the gifts that He bestows on us. Fr Thomas reminds us that those gifts need to be discerned and exercised to continue the work of renewal in the world and in our parishes.

Duration:00:16:45

Christmas Through the Eyes of Children of God

12/25/2018
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Christmas is indeed a time to enjoy the delight of children during the feast. Fr Thomas teaches us to also remember yet another great gift of Christmas: we become children of God.

Duration:00:14:55

The God Who Identifies with Us

12/25/2018
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On the Sunday before Christmas, the kingly lineage of Jesus according to St Mathew is read. Fr Thomas teaches us that the names recount that Jesus is anything but a distant ruler, but rather that He identifies with the brokenness of humanity and comes to redeem us from it.

Duration:00:17:57

Look Up! Your Redemption is Near!

11/29/2018
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The beauty of Orthodoxy is richly expressed in her magnificent iconography adorning the walls and ceilings of our churches. As the parish of St Nicholas continues the iconographic renewal of their temple, Fr Thomas encourages parishioners to look up and see the Kingdom to come.

Duration:00:15:23

On the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

10/29/2018
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One day after the horrendous killings of 11 Jewish worshippers in a Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Fr Thomas gives a sobering reflection from the reading of the Sunday: the exorcism of the Gadarene demoniac.

Duration:00:17:37

How Do I Find the Will of God for My Life?

10/4/2018
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Christians are called to live in the will of God, but how do we find it? Fr Thomas teaches us that living in the will of God means identifying with God's Kingdom and not with the values of this fallen world.

Duration:00:20:00