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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
Liturgical Worship: In Spirit and Truth?

Episode date: December 06, 2004
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Program Notes - December 5, 2004
Liturgical Worship: In Spirit and Truth?

  1. WORSHIP
    1. John Burkhart
      1. It is a scarce wonder, no wonder at all, that in a society dedicated to consumerism people ask,
      2. "What can I get out of worship?" As if getting something out of everything expresses an appropriate response toward life! The question of worship, when so stated, does not take God seriously. It does not ponder the true worth of God, for to treat God as if He were a means to OUR ends is to imagine that we ourselves are gods. God is not humanity’s servant.…

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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
Liturgical Worship in the New Testament

Episode date: November 29, 2004
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Program Notes - November 28, 2004
Liturgical Worship in the New Testament

  1. Sayings from the Fathers
    1. "According to the Gospel, it should be said that undoubtedly each person is given his own saving cross. This cross has grown on the soil of our heart, and it is only through this cross that we can be saved. From this it follows that if we refuse to carry our cross of obedience for no legitimate reason, we refuse to go by the way of Christ, by the saving way, and we want to invent for ourselves another way, free of labor, for attaining the Kingdom of Heaven. But this cannot be. The Kingdom…

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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
The Nativity Fast

Episode date: November 22, 2004
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Program Notes - November 21, 2004
The Nativity Fast

  1. Sayings of the Fathers
    1. Amma Theodora said that neither asceticism, nor vigils nor any kind of suffering are able to save, only true humility can do that. There was an anchorite who was able to banish the demons; and he asked them, "What makes you go away? Is it fasting?" They replied, "We do not eat or drink." "Is it vigils?" They replied, "We do not sleep." "Is it separation from the world?" "We live in the deserts." "Then what power sends you away?" They said, "Nothing can overcome us, but only humility." Amma Theodora concluded by saying,…

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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
Icons and Veneration

Episode date: November 08, 2004
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Program Notes - November 7, 2004
Icons in the Orthodox Faith - Part 6

  1. Sayings of the Fathers
    1. HospitalityHebrews 13: "Do not neglect hospitality for some have entertained angels unaware".
    2. An Abbott many years ago cut out hospitality from his monastery.. It is said that very night, all night long, the ants were busy removing the entire supply of the monastery's wheat from the storage room to the sea!
    3. The kind and charismatic barefoot elder Avvakoum always smiled when he received visitors, for he saw Christ Himself in their faces, accourding to the Gospel's…

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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
Icons and the Theology of Light, the Orthodox View of Salvation - Part 2

Episode date: November 01, 2004
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Program Notes - October 31, 2004
Icons and the Theology of Light - Part 2

  1. ICONS AND THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE MATERIAL TO THE SPIRITUAL
    1. "And beholding his human form, we contemplate, as much as we can, the glory of his deity. Because we can only arrive at the spiritual through the material, for we are created twofold, possessing both soul and body; and because our soul is not naked but covered with a veil; thus we hear comprehensible words as with our corporeal ears and consequently contemplate the spiritual; and thus through bodily vision we come to the spiritual."
    2. To properly…

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