Rain in the Desert

Rain in the Desert Homilies from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Start date: October 2013 36 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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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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16:28
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

19:20
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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.

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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.

16:05
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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.

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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.

15:03
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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.

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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.

16:43
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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?

21:52
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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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