Be the Bee

Be the Bee Finding God in Everything, Everyday

Start date: November 2013 44 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 GOARCH Youth Protection / Parish Ministries Coordinator.

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Episodes

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Aug 23, 2014

Not Just Mustard Seeds

Christ tells us that faith like a mustard seed is enough to move mountains. But how can something so small do something so huge?

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Aug 21, 2014

I Love Camp!

I love summer camp! Do you?

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Aug 10, 2014

Transfiguration and Transformation

What can the Transfiguration teach us about being the bee?

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Aug 01, 2014

God’s Mother, Our Mother

Who is the Theotokos, and why is she so important?

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Jul 16, 2014

There’s No “Me” in “Bee” (#GOAClergyLaity)

Coming together with amazing Orthodox Christians from across the country is a powerful reminder that there's no "me" in "bee."

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Jul 10, 2014

The King’s Stewards

God has appointed us all to be stewards in His Kingdom. What does that mean for our lives?

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Jun 29, 2014

What is Sin?

People have a lot of ideas about sin. What does the Orthodox Church say?

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Jun 24, 2014

What Sports Can Teach Us

What can sports teach us about being Christians? What have sports taught you?

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Jun 13, 2014

Confession

We're answering another viewer question. Why is the Sacrament of Confession so important?

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May 30, 2014

Apostolic Pilgrimage (Disagreement and Dialogue)

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!

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May 16, 2014

Women in the Church

Women have been important saints and leaders in the Church from the very beginning!

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May 09, 2014

Overcoming Laziness

We're answering one of your questions, about how we can overcome laziness. How can changing our perspective help?

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May 02, 2014

Faith and Doubt

We all struggle with doubt sometimes. Is that a problem, or something that can help our faith?

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Apr 25, 2014

Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen! What does that mean for the rest of us?

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Apr 18, 2014

A True Human Being

Who is the first human being? The answer may surprise you!

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Apr 11, 2014

The Beauty of the Cross

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?

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Apr 04, 2014

Time to Repent

We've all stumbled during Lent. St. Mary of Egypt shows us that it's not too late to get back up again.

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Mar 31, 2014

An Invitation to Give

Fasting can fatten up our wallets. What should we do with that extra money? And how else can we give?

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Mar 22, 2014

The Discipline of Fasting

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?

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Mar 14, 2014

Fasting from More than Food

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?

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Mar 07, 2014

Forgiveness First

Before we start fasting during Great Lent, we start forgiving. Why do we ask forgiveness from everyone, even people we may not know?

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Feb 28, 2014

What About Our Bodies?

We talk a lot about our souls. But what about our bodies? Are they important? Are they saved?

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Feb 21, 2014

What Do You Share?

We share things that are important to us. Do we ever share God with our family and friends?

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Feb 14, 2014

Being a Servant

What does it mean to be a servant of God? How do we serve?

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Feb 07, 2014

Overflowing With God’s Love

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?

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Jan 31, 2014

Everyday Martyrs

This week we're answering another of your questions! What should we do when people make us feel ashamed or awkward for being Christians?

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Jan 24, 2014

Conquering Our Thoughts

This week we answer one of your questions! How do we control our thoughts and deal with the temptations we face everyday?

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Jan 16, 2014

Running Out of Gas

If we don't keep our car's gas tank full, it will stall. Do we keep our spiritual gas tanks full?

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Jan 10, 2014

Holy Water for the Whole World

Sometimes we divide the world into things that concern God and things that don't. What can holy water teach us about that?

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Jan 02, 2014

New Year’s Resolutions

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?

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Dec 26, 2013

The Wonder of Christmas

The universe is full of wonderful things. But perhaps nothing is more wonderful that Christmas, when God became man!

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Dec 20, 2013

Christmas Gift-Giving

Why is gift-giving such an important part of Christmas? What does it have to do with our lives as Christians?

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Dec 13, 2013

Sharing the Church

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?

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Dec 06, 2013

Called to Be Saints

Elder Porphyrios has been recognized as a saint! Are the rest of us called to be saints, too?

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Nov 29, 2013

Thankful for the Resurrection

When blessings are temporary, sadness follows thankfulness. But does God want our blessings to be so short-lived?

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Nov 21, 2013

Fasting (And Feasting) With Thanks

Why do we fast? What can that teach us about food?

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Nov 14, 2013

Defeating Darkness

Do we overcome the darkness by fighting against it? Or is there an easier way?

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Nov 07, 2013

Hidden Behind Labels

Does labeling people help us understand them better, or does it hide the God-given beauty within us all?

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Oct 31, 2013

Who’s Afraid of Halloween?

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.

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Oct 24, 2013

Praying in the Moment

Prayer doesn't need to be about hours, or even minutes. It's about the moments throughout the day that we spend with God.

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Oct 10, 2013

Prayer and Joy!

Prayer isn't a numbers game, it's about experiencing Christ's joy!

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Oct 03, 2013

#StandAgainstBullying

Recognizing National Bullying Prevention Month

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Sep 26, 2013

Broken Clocks and Judgment

Do we sometimes focus on what's wrong with people, instead of what's right about them?

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Sep 19, 2013

Be the Bee Intro

Be the bee. Focus on the beauty that God has put in everyone and everything.

For more on the bee metaphor, see St. Basil's Address to Young Men on Greek Literature and Advice from Elder Paisios.

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