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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Guarding the Heart

Episode date: January 16, 2013
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The lifeless things of this world offer no spiritual satisfaction, yet we often sell ourselves off to things or people by giving them power over our hearts. It is easy to feel abandoned or hurt by those to whom we’ve given power. If we need affirmation from others, we take the chance that we empower demons who would use our personal needs to keep us from focusing on that which is of eternal importance.

Ownership of my heart should be reserved for God alone. Evil spirits use whatever means they can to make you feel abandoned, discounted, or unloved by others, and by doing so you allow demons to own your heart.

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Equipping the Saints

Episode date: January 22, 2013
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The epistle from the fourth chapter of St Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians which has just been read is deeply encouraging, because St Paul reminds us that “to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” We each have different callings; and it is wrong for any of us to compare what Christ has given to us to what Christ has given to some other member of our congregation. The callings are diverse and challenging—to be prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers—within our local church community, in doing whatever needs to be done—serving, singing, teas, flower arrangements, cleaning—and also within…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
February 10, 2013: Matthew 25:14-30, Read for Older Children

Episode date: February 03, 2013
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The Lord spoke this parable: “A man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.
“Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
February 10, 2013: Matthew 25:14-30, Told for Younger Children

Episode date: February 03, 2013
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Once a man wanted to go on a journey. He had a lot of money and didn’t want to just leave it alone. He called three of his servants before him. To the first servant he gave five talents, or pieces of money. To the second he gave two talents. To the third he gave one talent. After the master left, the servant with the five talents used them well, and made five more for his master. The servant with two talents also made two more. The one with the one talent did not use the money well. He dug a hole and put it in the ground.
When the master returned, he called each servant before him. The first said, “Master, with the money you gave…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Taking Our Stand

Episode date: January 25, 2013
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One of the great strengths and delights of St Aidan’s Church is its diversity, with all manner of cultures and ages, but a place where we are first and foremost Orthodox Christians.  We have an expression and it comes from a dream vision in the book of the prophet Daniel, “to have feet of clay.” It means to be less than perfect, to have some fault or weakness especially in someone who is proud or arrogant. However, we have more than feet of clay; we share the earthy nature of all humanity.  St Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians talks about “treasure in earthen vessels”. Yet as St Paul reminds us in the reading…

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