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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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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
All Is Transitory

Episode date: June 22, 2012
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I volunteer my services on Vashon Island to the King County Police and Fire Departments. I responded to a house fire on Vashon Island late Monday afternoon. The home was in a remote location, and the firefighters were hard-pressed to get to the house in time to save it. They arrived to find a locked gate with a high fence, delaying even further their arrival. One corner of the house was already fully engulfed.

I’d been working on correspondence in my study when I heard the first siren, and the moment I heard the fire truck I also smelled smoke. Stepping out on the porch, I could see a large plume of smoke southeast of the monastery.…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Situation Ethics

Episode date: September 07, 2012
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Situation ethics has become the norm for our times, having replaced the biblical ethics of past generations. In situation ethics as long as no one is hurt one can do as one pleases. Taking drugs, watching pornography, and aborting the unborn child all can come under the flag of situation ethics.

Taking drugs is seen as morally neutral by increasing numbers of Americans. We believe no one is hurt by our drug use, while refusing to see the obvious connection between our drug purchases and the mass-killings in Mexico by drug cartels that are in the business because of the demand for drugs by American users.

Nothing wrong with watching…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Therefore Be Merciful

Episode date: October 07, 2012
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Over and over again in the Divine Liturgy and the other liturgical services of the Church we implore the divine mercy … Kyrie Eleison, Kyrie Eleison, Kyrie Eleison.  These petitions are made with confidence not with fear.  We are not slaves before a tyrant, we are sons and daughters of God before our Heavenly Father who is merciful and calls forth mercy from His children.  This is our confidence:-  God loves us and his will for us is entirely beneficial. 

In Christ He has proven this in the flesh by returning only goodness for our evil.  Christ died voluntarily upon the Cross at our hands … He died…

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