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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Stability of Place and Personal Growth

Episode date: March 07, 2012
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An elder said, “Just as a tree cannot bear fruit if it is often transplanted, so neither can a monk bear fruit if he frequently changes his abode.” In an age when people change addresses as often as those of past generations changed their socks, stability of place is almost unheard of.

When I was a young man I moved from city to city quite often. One year alone I lived in New York City; Berkley, California; and Portland, Oregon. If I hated a job, I’d move. If my social life was on the rocks, I’d move. Reinventing myself in a new location became the norm. In my attempt to discovery my place in this world, I couldn’t…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
How to Win the Battle

Episode date: March 15, 2012
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When we are free, there are no battles. Life is a constant battle with the material world. If you understand the tension that takes places on the spiritual level between that which is transitory and that which is eternal, you are better prepared for this spiritual warfare.

Many years ago I had totally given myself over to the acquisition of material things. My position placed me in a field where most everyone around me, both colleagues and friends, judged success by what we owned, who we knew, where we vacationed, the car we drove, the clothes we wore, the restaurants we frequented. With this as the basis of our collective lives, I’d…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
The Priest and the American Tourist

Episode date: March 16, 2012
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A Protestant woman from Tacoma, Washington, was on vacation with her husband in the Greek city of Athens. Each day she walked to a small sidewalk cafe near the hotel for her coffee and watch the locals pass by. One of these locals was an Orthodox priest who’d pass by the cafe on his way to his parish church. The woman would smile, and the priest would nod, smiling back, and continue on his way.

One day this Greek priest, who spoke English, noticed that the American woman had a sad look on her face, and he walked over to her table and asked if something was troubling her. She burst into tears and told the priest about her husband’s…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
June 3, 2012: John 7:37-52; 8:12, Read for Older Children

Episode date: May 28, 2012
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At that time of the feast Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
June 17, 2012: Matthew 4:18-23, Read for Older Children

Episode date: June 11, 2012
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At that time, as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.
Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel…

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