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OCF Tribute To Metropolitan Philip

Episode date: March 31, 2014
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Orthodox Christian Fellowship — its Board of Directors, staff, and thousands of college students past and present — honors the passing of one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our generation.  A theologian, scholar, and administrator, His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP has left an imprint on thousands of Orthodox youth in North America.  OCF is eternally grateful for his unwavering commitment to young people and his unceasing efforts for Orthodox unity.

While born and educated in Lebanon, Metropolitan PHILIP attended seminary and public-university here in the United States.  In Detroit, he earned his degree…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Time To Study

Episode date: April 02, 2014
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Throughout the world today, in the midst of the contemporary emphasis upon being entertained, to seek the presence of God is an unusual goal. If we truly wish to study, the first thing many of us have to do is to turn off the television, stop surfing the web excessively, and stop spending so much time on Facebook, WhatsApp and many other forms of social media. Otherwise, sufficient time will simply not be available to study. For example, with respect to television alone the average daily time per person spent watching TV in 2012 was 4 hours and 53 minutes per day in the United States, 4 hours and 15 minutes in Italy, 4 hours and six minutes…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Three Ladders

Episode date: April 03, 2014
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Just like last week when I spoke of “Three Trees” so this week I ask you to consider “Three Ladders.”  The first “Ladder” is a spiritual text written by St. John of Sinai, now taking his name from his own work, in translation: “Climacus.”  He was the abbot of St. Catherine’s Monastery by Mount Sinai in the 7th Century, a ministry he began at the ripe young age of 75.  It was addressed to another John at his request, an abbot of a Monastery at Raithu on the shores of the Red Sea. The Ladder was written as an instructional work for monks but it has a wider application for any Christian. …

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Finding Faith In The Living God

Episode date: April 14, 2014
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In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. God is one.
Both the gospel for today from the tenth chapter of the Gospel of St. Mark and the epistle for today from the ninth chapter of the Book of Hebrews ask a single question: How can we each deepen our faith in the living God? The firm answer is given in the very last line of the epistle: “Cleanse yourself from dead works to serve the living God.” In other words, move on in your life; discard what you no longer need; seek what Christ has for you now, not what you had in the past.

But how do we know what Christ wants us to do NOW? How do we learn to experience…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Lazarus Come Forth

Episode date: April 15, 2014
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The reading today from the eleventh chapter of the Gospel of St. John tells the story of the death and resurrection of a close friend of Christ, Lazarus from the village of Bethany, near Jerusalem. St. Lazarus was the brother of St. Martha and St. Mary, who had told Christ that their brother was seriously ill, but Christ waited four days before He came, even though Christ knew that Lazarus was dying. As St. John Chrysostom tells us, Christ waited “so that no one might say that [Christ] raised him when he was not yet dead.” Christ waited for the body of Lazarus to stink, so that everyone would be very sure that Lazarus was indeed dead. Christ…

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