The holidays are coming

How ready is your home to receive guests and to celebrate?

I am promoting the Holiday Grand Plan. HERE is the link to it. Good luck.

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Almighty God, our Help and Refuge, Fountain -of wisdom and Tower of strength, who
Knowest that I can do nothing without thy guidance and help; assist rue, I pray thee, and direct me to divine wisdom and power, that I may accomplish this task, and whatever I may undertake to do, faithfully and dili-gently, according to thy will, so that it may be profitable to myself and others, and to the glory of thy Holy Name. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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Lord have mercy

Orthodox Christianity for Absolute Beginners

Someone near and dear to me has been diagnosed with a very invasive and aggressive cancer. They go to their first chemo appointment on Thursday.

It’s been a theological as well as physical struggle for them due to the false teachings of many modern churches that what Jesus did on the cross canceled out sickness, poverty, suffering and death. This is NOT biblical and yet these theological lies continue to permeate Christianity destroying people when they come against hard times because they have not learned the truth about such things.

For now, there is a great deal of hand holding, prayer, and tears in my life. It’s all ok because even better than all of that is the comfort and joy we receive through the Spirit of God. God walks us through the valley of the shadow of death, and we fear no evil for He is with us. Amen.

Lord have mercy.

That we should no longer be children

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Ephesians 4:14-19 (Epistle)

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that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,

Wow, has my view of the Orthodox Church changed in the last few weeks since I have been reading upon it, listening to podcasts, and attending catechism classes as well as the various services offered by my church. The more I learn the more I realize how far off track modern church has gone from the original model of church. I feel as though I have gone from darkness into the Light… the Light of Christ. I’ve had so many, ‘ah-ha’ moments.

I went to vespers last night. I never thought I’d ever venerate an icon of, Mary and yet… there I was with tears in my eyes lighting a candle for my sister at our Icon of Mary. Now, when I do go to church and greet the icons, it’s as if I am saying  ‘hello’ to family members. I get so emotional. Every time I walk into church, it’s like a family reunion. I’ve missed them, missed being in church.

Last night, a 9 month old baby was a bit fussy. I don’t know what was going on, maybe he was teething. He was crying half heartedly and sounded as if he was in pain. When his mother carried him over to the icon of, Jesus that sits in the Narthex, he start bouncing up and down in her arms and making happy noises at it. I get it buddy… I get it.

Lord have mercy.