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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
How to Kill the Ego

Episode date: April 20, 2012
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Many modern psychologists tell us that we must feel good about ourselves, and they instruct us to reject the idea of guilt and sin. Sin is seen by some of these psychologists as religion’s instrument for keeping people in line, making them dependent on an institution that should be relegated to the Dark Ages. In an age where man is elevated to being his own god, religion is seen as a sort of enslavement. Up with self! Down with guilt!

Self as the new god is worshiped at the expense of community and enthroned in a position of the utmost importance. Worship of self has contributed to the downfall of families and societal stability,…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
A Smile Can Go a Long Way

Episode date: April 24, 2012
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About a year ago I was sitting in a Seattle coffee house, laptop open and working on correspondence. Two young college-age men were sitting at a table about two feet away. One of them made a rude remark that was obviously meant for my ear. He suggested to his friend that only a stupid old man would believe in God. I smiled at them and continued to work on my laptop.

Before leaving the café, I purchased two gift cards and asked the young woman to give it to the two young men sitting at the table next to mine, but only after I left.

About two weeks later, I again visited the same café. There they were, the two young men. They…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
A Smile Can Go a Long Way

Episode date: June 01, 2012
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About a year ago I was sitting in a Seattle coffee house, laptop open and working on correspondence. Two young college-age men were sitting at a table about two feet away. One of them made a rude remark that was obviously meant for my ear. He suggested to his friend that only a stupid old man would believe in God. I smiled at them and continued to work on my laptop.

Before leaving the café, I purchased two gift cards and asked the young woman to give it to the two young men sitting at the table next to mine, but only after I left.

About two weeks later, I again visited the same café. There they were, the two young men. They…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Orthodoxy Is All About Community

Episode date: June 07, 2012
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The fierce individualism found in much of what claims to be Christianity is in opposition to the Orthodox understanding of faith. The Church as the Body of Christ is where we are united in Christ, becoming part of community.

The ancient Greek word for Ecclesia literally means to be called into authentic community. It is within the Church that our personal transformation is intimately connected with the interaction we have with others and runs side-by-side with our fellow believers.

Ecclesia in modern usage refers to the Church and her role as a spiritual hospital, a place wherein we receive healing that comes…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Let My Prayer Arise and Incense

Episode date: June 08, 2012
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From Old Testament times believers have burned incense as an offering when worshiping God. The ancient Temple in Jerusalem even had priests whose sole duty was to keep the censer burning 24 hours a day. Ancient pagan kings were often escorted with large fans of peacock feathers and burning incense when entering their palaces. Early Christians took both these symbols for their worship in recognition of Christ as their sovereign King and Lord.

To this day the Orthodox Church uses incense in most of her services, and large circular fans, reminiscent of the peacock fans of ancient times, are held over the Gospel book during the proclamation…

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