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Rain in the Desert

Rain in the Desert Homilies from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Start date: October 2013 59 episodes

Fr. Apostolos Hill, Dean of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Phoenix, AZ, delivers a timely message in a humorous and straightforward preaching style as he draws from his various life adventures to underscore the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to save and to heal broken humanity. Sprinkled liberally throughout with passages from Holy Scripture, Fr. Apostolos’s homilies challenge the spiritual ethos of postmodernity that seeks to limit the transforming impact of the life in Christ and convince us that “being a good person” is good enough.

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Apr 20, 2015

The New Normal

Now that Pascha is over (or is it?), will we return to life as before, or will we allow the life of Christ to change our lives?

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Apr 06, 2015

Is God Coming Today?

Fr. Apostolos shares about the flash mob that gathered on Palm Sunday and at the trial of Jesus.

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13:51
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Mar 30, 2015

The Face of Love

Fr. Apostolos encourages us to embrace Christ's sacrificial offering for us as graceful recipients of the salvation that He alone can bring.

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15:09
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Mar 23, 2015

Fear of Heights

Fr. Apostolos shares about the Ladder of Divine Ascent.

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Mar 16, 2015

The Power of the Cross

Fr. Apostolos speaks about the power of the Cross. "If only avoiding the reality of the Cross were as easy as skipping services during Great Lent and Holy Week. If only avoiding the reality of being crucified with Christ were as easy as roasting a lamb.... As Orthodox Christians in the West avoid the spectre of the Cross, others rush to embrace it."

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Mar 09, 2015

Called by God

"We are called to be saints. We are called to fellowship with God. We are called to sanctification and true freedom in Christ. We are called to lay hold of eternal life. May we ever strive to walk in that manner, worthy of the high calling as we press on in our Lenten journey."

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Mar 09, 2015

Lame Claim to Fame

Fr. Apostolos talks about the privilege and responsibility we have of knowing Christ personally.

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Feb 23, 2015

The Spiritual Fitness Regimen of Lent

Fr. Apostolos reminds us of the effort needed and the benefits of participating fully in the spiritual fitness regimen of Great Lent.

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Feb 02, 2015

Freedom through Humility

Fr. Apostolos helps to prepare us for Great Lent with reflections on the humility of the Publican.

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Jan 26, 2015

Taming Desire

As we approach Great Lent, Fr. Apostolos reflects on the stories of Jason Gibson and Zaccheus. "As we apply the energy of our will and labor to tame our desires so that they serve us and as we avoid the trap of being enslaved by our desires, we can overcome our wounds and learn how to soar in the spiritual life."

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Jan 19, 2015

Outside the Camp

Fr. Apostolos asks, "Of what value is our life in Christ?"

16:12
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Jan 05, 2015

Bitter Water Made Sweet

Fr. Apostolos shares from the book of Exodus and the life of St. Columba to prepare us for the Feast of Theophany.

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Dec 29, 2014

The Ark of the New Covenant

Fr. Apostolos shares about the Incarnation. "As the Ark of the Old Covenant was held to be the physical manifestation of the presence of God to the people of Israel, the Ark of the New Covenant, the Ever-virgin Mary, is held to be the divine vessel of Immanuel, which means God With Us."

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Dec 15, 2014

A Place at the Table

Fr. Apostolos exhorts us to be as welcoming to others at the Eucharistic feast as we are to welcoming new family members around our holiday tables.

16:35
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Dec 08, 2014

The Light of Christmas

Fr. Apostolos talks about the theme of light as it relates to the Feast of the Nativity.

15:46
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Nov 24, 2014

Thanksgiving

Fr. Apostolos shares three reasons to be grateful and three suggestions to consecrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

15:52
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Nov 17, 2014

The Life of Saint Nektarios

Fr. Apostolos shares about the life of Saint Nektarios of Pentapolis and encourages us to follow his example of humility, gentleness, perseverance, and devotion.

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Nov 03, 2014

Suffering in This Life or the Next

Referencing the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, Fr. Apostolos shares about suffering. "Suffering can make no sense to us unless we view it from an eternal perspective. Our suffering is made worse because we have lost the vision of the goal of suffering."

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Oct 27, 2014

Demons and Pigs

Fr. Apostolos speaks about accepting and rejecting Christ.

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Oct 20, 2014

Strength through Weakness

Fr. Apostolos shares about real strength from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians.

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Oct 06, 2014

Jell-O Shots and Cowboy Boots

Fr. Apostolos shares from 2 Corinthians 6 about the importance of finding the right context for our life in Christ. "Come out and be separate...."

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Sep 29, 2014

Collaborating with Jesus

Fr. Apostolos talks about synergy with Christ.

15:38
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Sep 22, 2014

A Worship Manifesto

Fr. Apostolos speaks about the importance of attending and participating in the divine services. "No matter how many theological books we read or classes we attend, the treasure of Holy Orthodoxy can only be revealed in and through the medium of divine worship."

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Sep 15, 2014

The Cross and Suffering

Fr. Apostolos shares about suffering on the Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Holy Cross. He quotes an abbot, "The one who has suffered nothing in this life has been abandoned by God."

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Sep 08, 2014

Love Is the Only Measure of Faith

Fr. Apostolos speaks from the Gospel of St. John, chapter 3, "For God so loved the world...," exhorting us that "love alone is the surety of our doctrinal purity."

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Sep 01, 2014

Labor and Rest

On Labor Day weekend, Fr. Apostolos shares about the tyranny of being BUSY (Being Under Satan's Yoke) and entering into God's rest.

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Aug 25, 2014

Debt and Freedom

Fr. Apostolos talks about financial pressures, contentment, and priorities. "As we grow in contentment, and learn to resist the allure of the never-ending parade of consumer goods that we didn't know existed a moment ago, but somehow cannot now possibly live without, a new world of possibilities will emerge for us in the freedom that only Jesus Christ can give."

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Aug 18, 2014

Depression and Suicide

After the recent news of Robin Williams' timely death, Fr. Apostolos talks about depression and suicide, and the hope offered by Christ and His Church.

16:24
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Aug 11, 2014

Our Bodies Are God’s Property

Fr. Apostolos shares from 1 Corinthians 3, reminding us that our bodies belong to the Lord, "The temple of God is holy, and that is what you are."

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Jul 28, 2014

Spiritual Health

With reflections on the life and ministry of St. Panteleimon, Fr. Apostolos encourages us to commit ourselves to give at least as much attention to our spiritual health as we do to our physical well-being.

16:14
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Jul 21, 2014

How to Watch the News

Fr. Apostolos addresses sin as the animating principle behind the blood-letting we are witnessing around the world. References are drawn primarily from the Prophet Isaiah whose insights are as relevant today as they were 2,700 years ago.

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Jul 15, 2014

Role Models

Fr. Apostolos encourages us to let the light of Christ shine through us.

17:58
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Jun 23, 2014

Inside-out Christianity

Fr. Apostolos talks about the dangers of confusing externalism with spiritual fruit.

17:32
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Jun 16, 2014

Confessing Christ

Fr. Apostolos shares on All Saints Sunday, "The memory of all the saints, those who we know and those whose names only God knows, may be we inspired by their witness and their confession from all of those from ancient times to more recent times for whom there was no turning back."

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Jun 02, 2014

Spiritual Fatherhood

Fr. Apostolos speaks about the First Ecumenical Council and the importance of obedience to our spiritual fathers.

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May 27, 2014

Spiritual Blindness

Fr. Apostolos shares on the Sunday of the Blind Man. "Jesus Christ ardently desires to remove from us our own deeply seated spiritual blindness, replacing the shattered eyes of our unrepentant hearts with the eyes of faith capable of receiving the vision of His glory."

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May 12, 2014

Mother’s Day

Fr. Apostolos shares about the ministry and mystery of motherhood.

17:17
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May 05, 2014

The Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women

Fr. Apostolos shares about myrrh in the Old Testament, New Testament, and today. "We must become emblems of hope as we bear that sacred myrrh, that oil of healing to a broken world."

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Apr 28, 2014

The Song that Never Ends

Fr. Apostolos talks about the difference that Christ's resurrection makes in our lives.

19:40
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Apr 07, 2014

Rascal Saints of the Church

Fr. Apostolos shares about St. Mary of Egypt and other "rascal" saints.

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Mar 31, 2014

Spiritual Progress

Fr. Apostolos shares about spiritual progress on the Sunday of St. John of the Ladder.

14:44
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Mar 23, 2014

Before the Cross

Fr. Apostolos addresses Christ's triumph through the elevation of the Cross.

18:35
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Mar 17, 2014

Knowing God

Fr. Apostolos speaks on knowing God and merely knowing about Him as we celebrate the memory of St. Gregory Palamas.

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Mar 03, 2014

Letting Go

Fr. Apostolos explains that God's forgiveness depends on our willingness to forgive those who have trespassed again us.

15:24
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Feb 28, 2014

The Last Judgment

Fr. Apostolos discusses the final judgment of the human soul.

15:43
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Feb 05, 2014

Presentation of the Lord in the Temple

Fr. Apostolos addresses parents' responsibility to rear their children in Church.

16:35
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Jan 26, 2014

Desire

Fr. Apostolos reflects on Zacchaeus's desire and how this powerful force can lead to salvation or destruction.

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Jan 20, 2014

Gratitude

Fr. Apostolos discusses Jesus's healing of the ten lepers.

17:29
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Jan 13, 2014

The Lord’s Prayer: Part Three

Fr. Apostolos concludes his discussion of the Lord's Prayer.

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Dec 26, 2013

The Joy of Christmas

Fr. Apostolos reminds us that unless we see our salvation in the face of Christ, there is no particular reason for joy at Christmas.

17:50
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Dec 26, 2013

The Gospel Message

Fr. Apostolos explains that the Gospel message is the meaning of Christmas.

18:33
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Dec 16, 2013

Stewardship

Fr. Apostolos outlines the basic stewardship principles from 2 Corinthians 8.

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Dec 13, 2013

The Lord’s Prayer: Part Two

Fr. Apostolos continues his discussion of the Lord's Prayer.

20:54
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Dec 02, 2013

The Lord’s Prayer: Part One

Fr. Apostolos begins a discussion of the Lord's Prayer.

16:24
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Nov 26, 2013

How to Get the Most Out of the Divine Liturgy

Fr. Apostolos continues his homiletic series on prayer.

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Nov 19, 2013

Introduction to Prayer

Fr. Apostolos reminds us that while prayer is difficult, it is essential to our salvation.

20:17
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Nov 12, 2013

Two Visions of Eternity

Fr. Apostolos asks the most important question that each of us must answer in this life: What comes next?

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Nov 05, 2013

Sowing Bountifully

Fr. Apostolos asks, "What investments are we making in the life to come?"

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Oct 29, 2013

Do Not Be Bound Together with Unbelievers

Fr. Apostolos reminds us this Halloween season of the absolute and exclusive claims laid upon us by Jesus Christ.

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