Be the Bee Finding God in Everything, Everyday
Start date: November 2013 73 episodes
A production of the GOARCH Department of Youth and Young Adult ministries and a presentation of Ancient Faith Radio, this brief weekly video podcast will focus on the various ways in which God has infused all of creation with goodness and beauty. The title refers to the metaphor of the bee and the flies that was used by Elder Paisios to describe how Christians should approach life. The host of the program is Steven Christoforou, the Interim Director of the GOA Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
|Date||Title & Description||Duration|
|May 22, 2015||
A new study from the Pew Research Group has some interesting numbers. Do they show that Christianity is shrinking? While it's true that people are leaving the Church, we can't panic. Instead, we should use these numbers as a challenge. Our challenge is to be the bee and live Orthodoxy: to help people find God and to live the Faith everyday.
|May 16, 2015||
We sometimes describe people as cradles or converts; but instead of describing people, that can divide us. And they're a bit misleading: we aren't born into the Church, and there isn't a specific moment in the past when we enter the Church. We're actually pilgrims, making our way to Christ, growing closer to Him everyday.
|May 08, 2015||
Christ took on all that is ours so that we can have all that is His. One of those blessings is the ability to call God the Father our Father. That doesn't just affect the way we relate to God; it affects how we relate to all people, our brothers and sisters in Christ.
|Apr 24, 2015||
Liturgy is the work of the people: our work. It brings us from a bunch of "me's" to a single "we" in Christ. Every episode is a great reminder of this, since Be the Bee comes from the love and work of so many people, including you!
|Apr 10, 2015||
We can summarize salvation in three words: Christ is Risen! Salvation, our participation in God's true and eternal life, only happens in the divine-human person of Christ. He took on all that is ours so we could have all that is His.
|Apr 03, 2015||
Many people think that heaven and hell are the places God sends us to either reward or punish us. But Orthodox Christians don't believe in this "two story" model of the universe. We believe that God is "present in all places and filling all things," and that what we interpret as salvation or damnation is actually our response to, and experience of, God's unconditional love.
|Mar 28, 2015||
Jesus Christ is our savior, but what does He save us from? To answer that, we need to take a closer look at Creation and the Fall. God made us neither mortal nor immortal, but with freedom: we could choose to either move closer to God, the source of life, or away from Him, and find death. When Adam and Eve sinned they separated themselves from God and each other, creating the wounded, sick humanity that they passed down to us.
|Mar 12, 2015||
Who is Jesus Christ? He's the God-man, the eternal Son of God who, in the fullness of time, took on flesh and became fully human--while remaining fully God. This is so important because of what it means for our salvation. If we understand who Christ really is, we can understand who we really are.
|Mar 06, 2015||
Being a Christian and living the Gospel isn't always easy; in fact, it's usually challenging. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr experienced that as he fought for justice. So did Archbishop Iakovos when, despite opposition, he chose to stand with Reverend King in Selma. Fifty years after the Selma marches, let's look ahead to how we can live with the same spirit of courage and love.
|Feb 23, 2015||
How can God be both 3 and 1? Christians are monotheists—we believe in one God—but many people don't understand how the Holy Trinity fits in with that. The Holy Trinity is One God, three divine Persons who express one divine Nature.
|Feb 13, 2015||
How can we even begin to talk about belief in God? We need to start by making something clear: we're not talking about belief in something; we're talking about belief in someone. That changes the way we see the question. It means God isn't something we think about. It means He's someone we're invited to encounter.
|Feb 06, 2015||
Some say Orthodox Christianity is one of the world's best kept secrets. So let's talk about what Orthodoxy is. At it's core, Orthodoxy is about the Gospel, the Good News of our new life in Christ. And there's a lot more to say, so we're going to spend a few weeks answering some of the basic questions people have about the Faith.
|Jan 30, 2015||
When we look at snow with the eyes of a bee, we can learn an important lesson for our spiritual lives. Snow is a beautiful metaphor for our ideal spiritual state, as we read in Psalm 50(51). If we're not careful, snow can slowly be transformed into disgusting muck. Thank God, the Church offers us a reset button!
|Jan 26, 2015||
Faith needs to be something we put into action. A wonderful example of this is the life and person of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. The Christian Faith teaches the equality of all people—and Dr King acted on that belief.
|Jan 16, 2015||
Sometimes, the Church can seem . . . boring. Is that because of the Church or the way we see and present it?
|Jan 09, 2015||
As Christians, we're called to union with each other and God. Yet we're constantly stuck in divisions, both external and internal. So how are we supposed to achieve true union? The answer is forgiveness: God's invitation to share the same space with Him.
|Jan 08, 2015||
It's a brand new year, a chance to look back on where we've struggled and look ahead to how we can improve. How can we draw closer to God in 2015, and share Him with the world?
|Dec 19, 2014||
We all know incense smells nice, but why do we use it in our services? It's an important reminder about what God gives us, and what we offer to God.
|Dec 12, 2014||
Love isn’t just a feeling; it’s a choice, an action. We can show our love for our neighbors (and live our Faith) by getting involved with philanthropic groups like FOCUS North America.
|Nov 23, 2014||
What are icons, and why are they important?
|Nov 14, 2014||
The Truth can be hard to see. What are we doing to help people see it better?
|Nov 07, 2014||
A look back at last year's Halloween episode, and what can happen when we're too concerned with being right.
|Oct 24, 2014||
What the St. Nicholas Ground Blessing can teach us about God's triumph over death.
|Oct 17, 2014||
What a prayer rope is, and how it can help us.
|Oct 11, 2014||1:21|
|Oct 04, 2014||
We don't light candles in Church. Here's why.
|Sep 19, 2014||
What does it mean to be the bee?
|Sep 13, 2014||
On September 11th, an Orthodox Church was destroyed under the collapsing Twin Towers. What can its rebuilding teach us about being the bee?
|Aug 29, 2014||
How do Christ and the Church teach us to read the Bible? Here are three things you need to know!
|Aug 23, 2014||
Christ tells us that faith like a mustard seed is enough to move mountains. But how can something so small do something so huge?
|Aug 21, 2014||
I love summer camp! Do you?
|Aug 10, 2014||
What can the Transfiguration teach us about being the bee?
|Aug 01, 2014||
Who is the Theotokos, and why is she so important?
|Jul 16, 2014||
Coming together with amazing Orthodox Christians from across the country is a powerful reminder that there's no "me" in "bee."
|Jul 10, 2014||
God has appointed us all to be stewards in His Kingdom. What does that mean for our lives?
|Jun 29, 2014||
People have a lot of ideas about sin. What does the Orthodox Church say?
|Jun 24, 2014||
What can sports teach us about being Christians? What have sports taught you?
|Jun 13, 2014||
We're answering another viewer question. Why is the Sacrament of Confession so important?
|May 30, 2014||
Why was the meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew so important? We're looking at Catholic-Orthodox history in this week's Be the Bee!
|May 16, 2014||
Women have been important saints and leaders in the Church from the very beginning!
|May 09, 2014||
We're answering one of your questions, about how we can overcome laziness. How can changing our perspective help?
|May 02, 2014||
We all struggle with doubt sometimes. Is that a problem, or something that can help our faith?
|Apr 25, 2014||
Christ is Risen! What does that mean for the rest of us?
|Apr 18, 2014||
Who is the first human being? The answer may surprise you!
|Apr 11, 2014||
The Cross was an instrument of death. How did it become an instrument of life? And what can that teach us about being the bee?
|Apr 04, 2014||
We've all stumbled during Lent. St. Mary of Egypt shows us that it's not too late to get back up again.
|Mar 31, 2014||
Fasting can fatten up our wallets. What should we do with that extra money? And how else can we give?
|Mar 22, 2014||
Sometimes we talk about "giving up" something for Lent. Is the Church asking us to give up what we want or inviting us to build the discipline we need to make the right choices?
|Mar 14, 2014||
When fasting, we focus on what goes into our mouths, what we eat. But what about what comes out of our mouths, what we say?
|Mar 07, 2014||
Before we start fasting during Great Lent, we start forgiving. Why do we ask forgiveness from everyone, even people we may not know?
|Feb 28, 2014||
We talk a lot about our souls. But what about our bodies? Are they important? Are they saved?
|Feb 21, 2014||
We share things that are important to us. Do we ever share God with our family and friends?
|Feb 14, 2014||
What does it mean to be a servant of God? How do we serve?
|Feb 07, 2014||
This week we're answering another of your questions! What should we do when we try showing love to people and don't get anything positive in return?
|Jan 31, 2014||
This week we're answering another of your questions! What should we do when people make us feel ashamed or awkward for being Christians?
|Jan 24, 2014||
This week we answer one of your questions! How do we control our thoughts and deal with the temptations we face everyday?
|Jan 16, 2014||
If we don't keep our car's gas tank full, it will stall. Do we keep our spiritual gas tanks full?
|Jan 10, 2014||
Sometimes we divide the world into things that concern God and things that don't. What can holy water teach us about that?
|Jan 02, 2014||
Most people don't keep their new year's resolutions. Is it because we're too busy trying to do more rather than be more?
|Dec 26, 2013||
The universe is full of wonderful things. But perhaps nothing is more wonderful that Christmas, when God became man!
|Dec 20, 2013||
Why is gift-giving such an important part of Christmas? What does it have to do with our lives as Christians?
|Dec 13, 2013||
When a new presbyter is ordained, he's told to "guard the Church." Does he do that by building walls around it? Or by sharing it with the world?
|Dec 06, 2013||
Elder Porphyrios has been recognized as a saint! Are the rest of us called to be saints, too?
|Nov 29, 2013||
When blessings are temporary, sadness follows thankfulness. But does God want our blessings to be so short-lived?
|Nov 21, 2013||
Why do we fast? What can that teach us about food?
|Nov 14, 2013||
Do we overcome the darkness by fighting against it? Or is there an easier way?
|Nov 07, 2013||
Does labeling people help us understand them better, or does it hide the God-given beauty within us all?
|Oct 31, 2013||
Christians don't need to be afraid of Halloween. We can celebrate it as a day for fun, friends, and family, and use it as a chance to grow closer to God and each other.
|Oct 24, 2013||
Prayer doesn't need to be about hours, or even minutes. It's about the moments throughout the day that we spend with God.
|Oct 10, 2013||
Prayer isn't a numbers game, it's about experiencing Christ's joy!
|Oct 03, 2013||
Recognizing National Bullying Prevention Month
|Sep 26, 2013||
Do we sometimes focus on what's wrong with people, instead of what's right about them?
|Sep 19, 2013||
Be the bee. Focus on the beauty that God has put in everyone and everything.