Sermons at St. Nicholas

Sermons at St. Nicholas

Start date: May 2008 183 episodes

Each week, we hear the current Sunday sermon from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mckees Rocks, PA by Fr. Tom Soroka. Fr. Tom is also heard on The Path available Monday -Friday.

 

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Jun 22, 2014

Three Hallmarks of a Disciple (Mt 4:18-23)

We can often take membership in the church for granted, wrongfully thinking it's just another organization. Fr Thomas reminds us that our calling is not just to be a member, but a disciple, a follower of Christ. (Second Sunday after Pentecost)

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Jun 01, 2014

Why I’m (Still) Orthodox [Jn 17:1-13]

It's becoming more and more common today for some people to leave the religion of their childhood and explore other faiths. While Orthodoxy has recently gained a tremendous number of converts from this movement, admittedly, "the door swings both ways." Fr Thomas teaches about why the Church is one and gives an impassioned and compelling presentation on the remarkable uniqueness of the Orthodox Faith. (Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council/7th Sunday of Pascha)

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May 27, 2014

You are God’s Unfinished Work (John 9:1-38)

In the healing of the man born blind, Jesus heals not only his blindness, but also his spiritual understanding. Fr Thomas reminds us that just as the man born blind came to a fuller revelation of who Jesus was, we too must also allow the mercy and grace of God to heal us in order to experience Him in a deeper way. (Sunday of the Blind Man)

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May 18, 2014

Having a Conversation with God (John 4:5-42)

In the story of the Samaritan Woman at Jacob's Well, Jesus has a life-changing conversation with her. Fr Thomas reminds us that each one of us needs to have this conversation with God, which can ultimately lead us to put Him first above all things. (Fifth Sunday of Pascha)

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Apr 15, 2014

Encouragement for Holy Week (John 12:1-18)

Orthodox Christians around the world will embark upon the most important time of the year, Holy Week, leading to the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. Fr Thomas reminds us that Holy Week is our opportunity to experience the value of Christ above all things in our life. (Palm Sunday)

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Apr 08, 2014

Discerning the Will of God (Mk 10:32-45)

While discerning the will of God for us is an important aspect of our life, Fr Thomas reminds us that becoming a humble servant of all in every situation will ensure that we are always doing His will. (Fifth Sunday of Great Lent)

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Mar 25, 2014

The Significance of the Cross (Mk 8:34-9:1)

At the mid-point of Great Lent, the church brings out the precious cross in our midst for veneration. Fr Thomas reminds us that the cross is more than just a lifeless symbol, it's the very path of our salvation. (Third Sunday of Lent)

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Mar 09, 2014

Orthodoxy, Truth, and World Religions (Jn 1:43-51)

On the first Sunday of Lent, we celebrate the triumph of Orthodoxy over the icon smashers. Fr Thomas gives us some straight talk about the Orthodox Christian faith, the nature of truth, and our relationship with world religions. (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

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Mar 06, 2014

Words of Encouragement for Great Lent (Mt 6:14-21)

Lent is a time of great anticipation as we move toward the celebration of Christ's holy Pascha. But Fr Thomas reminds us that it is also a preparation for our entire Christian life, where we face the challenges of increased prayer, fasting and almsgiving and in turn, learn much about our true selves. (Forgiveness Sunday)

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Feb 24, 2014

The Dread and Joyous Return of Christ (Mt 25:31-46)

In order to further prepare our thoughts for the coming of Great Lent, the Church presents us with our Lord's description of His return in glory. Fr Thomas reminds us that the Last and Final Day is both terrifying and awesome, dread and joyful, as we prepare now in this life for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Sunday of the Last Judgment)

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Feb 11, 2014

Three Principles of Prayer (Luke 18:10-14)

The Parable of the Publican and Pharisee is the Church's herald to prepare for Great Lent. To begin, Fr Thomas presents three important principles to bear in mind when approaching God in prayer. (Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee)

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Feb 02, 2014

Why We Worship the Way We Do (Luke 2:22-40)

When we hear about Old Testament Temple worship, we can sometimes think we're far removed from it. Fr Thomas reminds us that Orthodox Christian worship is, in fact, directly related to Old Testament Temple worship, because it's the fulfillment of those old forms and rituals. (Great Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple)

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Jan 26, 2014

How God Gets Our Attention (Mt 15:21-28)

Though oftentimes it seems God is silent and does not hear our prayers, Fr Thomas reminds us that God is always reaching out to us and uses the circumstances of our life to draw us closer to Him. (Thirty-first Sunday after Pentecost)

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Jan 20, 2014

Why People Leave (Luke 18:35-43)

We all know of someone who's given up on The Faith for one reason or another. Fr Thomas reminds us that our love for God and for one another must be the bond that brings us together and keeps us together. (Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost)

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Nov 26, 2013

Get your Face out of your Phone! (Luke 13:10-17)

Technology has become so pervasive that many people are now enslaved to their smartphones, constantly looking down into them! Fr. Thomas reminds us that, like the woman bent over with a spirit of infirmity, the Lord heals us so that we can look up to see the gift of life in Christ. (22nd Sunday after Pentecost)

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Oct 26, 2013

The Importance of God’s Word (Luke 8:5-15)

The parable of the soils sets the tone for other parables taught by our Lord. Fr. Thomas reminds us that this parable brilliantly expresses the importance of both hearing and actively receiving the Word of God in us. (Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

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Oct 26, 2013

The God Who Doesn’t Punish (Lk 16:19-31)

The parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man is a dramatic illustration of the importance of being merciful to those in need. Fr Thomas reminds us that the torment experienced by the Rich Man is a result of his choice to ignore Lazarus laying at his gate. (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)

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Oct 09, 2013

Beware of Cheap Imitations (2 Cor 4:6-15)

The American religious scene is full of false teachers preaching a "gospel" that is focused solely on making people feel good about themselves. Fr Thomas reminds us that the truth of Christ promises us God's comfort in suffering, not the absence of suffering in this world. (Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

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Sep 28, 2013

The Easy Yoke and Light Burden (Mark 8:34-9:1)

The cross of Christ is the ultimate sign of God's love for his creatures. Fr Thomas reminds us that the cross is also a sign of the path that awaits us: our own cross. (Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross)

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Sep 28, 2013

The Importance of Obedience (Luke 5:1-11)

The Orthodox Faith is rich with tradition and discipline, but sometimes we can seem disinterested in being faithful to it all in our lives. Fr Thomas reminds us that obedience done out of love for God and each other is the "linchpin" which holds it all together. (13th Sunday after Pentecost)

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Sep 04, 2013

It is Time for the Lord to Act (Luke 4:16-22)

Time is both an inescapable reality and a gift of God full of promise. On the Church New Year, Fr Thomas reminds us that God takes the finite time of each day and redeems it to become an experience of the Kingdom of God for us.

16:37
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Aug 26, 2013

Don’t Fear Difficult Things (Mt 14:22-34)

Christ walking on the water is often portrayed as a demonstration of His power over creation. But Fr Thomas reminds us that even though the storms of this life are always present, Jesus uses this difficult circumstance to remind his disciples that He is always with those who love Him and that they should never fear. (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)

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Jul 18, 2013

Seeing Things with God’s Perspective (Mt 6:22-33)

Our Lord taught his disciples to put away anxiety about life and instead trust in God. Fr Thomas reminds us that by seeing life through the teachings of Christ, even the difficulties and tribulations of life will build us up to be stronger followers of Him. (Third Sunday after Pentecost)

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Jul 08, 2013

Saintly Missions, Methods, and Matters (Mt 4:18-23)

On the second Sunday after Pentecost, the Orthodox Church celebrates local Saints of a particular land. Fr Thomas reminds us that Saints teach us in their way of life that they are devoted to accomplish a divine mission, that they have become holy through their practice of the Orthodox way of prayer, and most importantly, that they love God above all else. (Second Sunday after Pentecost - All Saints of North America)

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Jun 04, 2013

Water Must be Pure (John 4:5-42)

The Samaritan Woman encountered the giver of Living Water at the well of her forefathers. Fr Thomas teaches us that we must seek the Living Water Who is pure Truth, and ourselves be clean containers to receive the grace that God grants to us.

14:49
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May 13, 2013

Touching Christ (John 20:19-31)

The story of the appearance of Christ to his disciples on the evening of the Resurrection, as well as eight days later, richly demonstrates the importance of gathering together on the Lord's Day - Sunday. Fr. Thomas Soroka reminds us that our gathering together allows us to experience the coming eternal kingdom here and now. (Antipascha - St Thomas Sunday)

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Apr 03, 2013

God Demonstrates His Power in Healed Lives (Mk 2:1-12)

The healing of the paralytic is a wonderful gospel scene rich with meaning for us. Fr Tom reminds us that God demonstrates His power when formerly "paralyzed" lives are healed and transformed to become living testimonies to the truth of Christ.

18:54
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Mar 13, 2013

The Mercy of God’s Judgment (Mt 25:31-46)

The awesome day of the Lord's return in glory to judge the earth is presented powerfully by the words of the Lord Himself. Fr Tom reminds us that we will experience the mercy and truth of God's presence as the ultimate judgment of how we've lived His command to love God and neighbor.

13:45
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Feb 25, 2013

Our Attitude Toward God (Luke 18:10-14)

The Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee is presented to us by the church to set the tone in our preparation for Great Lent. Fr Tom reminds us that both our actions and our attitude counts when it comes to loving God and neighbor. (Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee)

18:06
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Feb 11, 2013

When God Tests, Don’t Give Up! (Mt 15:21-28)

God uses even the difficult circumstances of our life for our salvation. Fr Tom reminds us that in these tests of life, God wants us to persevere and draw closer to Him. (Thirty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost)

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Feb 06, 2013

God’s Value of You (Mt 25:14-30)

The parable of the talents can be perplexing to understand if we see the Master's demands as unreasonable and unfair. Fr Tom reminds us that God has given every believer certain abilities to build up the church. But more importantly, He gives everyone the ability to love. (Thirty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

18:14
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Jan 08, 2013

Light for the Darkness (Mt 3:13-17)

On the great feast of Theophany, God shines the light of the Truth, in the person of Christ, to the whole world. Fr Tom reminds us that we also are individually given the gift of this light through our renewal, by virtue of our baptism.

15:53
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Nov 23, 2012

The Abundance of Things (Luke 12:16-21)

In the parable of the Rich Fool, Christ warns us of the dangers of acquiring too many material possessions. Fr Tom reminds us that our life should always maintain an eternal perspective, focusing on love of God and of neighbor. (Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost)

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Oct 25, 2012

Combating the Disease of Selfishness (Luke 16:19-31)

The Parable of Lazarus and the Rich man is a dramatic story about the end result of a selfish life. Fr Tom reminds us that our most fundamental call as Christians is, not only to love God, but also to love our neighbor. (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost)

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Sep 24, 2012

The Importance of Learning (Luke 5:1-11)

A temptation for some Orthodox Christians is to take in the beauty of the church services while remaining somewhat mentally disengaged. Fr Tom reminds us that Christ's command to "launch out into the deep" is given to everyone to plumb the depths of the wisdom and word of God. (Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

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Sep 09, 2012

The Truth of the Cross (Jn 3:13-17)

As the Church prepares us to celebrate the Elevation of the Precious Cross, Fr Tom reminds us that the Cross is the sign and reminder of the firm, unchanging truths found in the the person of Christ. (Sunday Before the Elevation of the Precious Cross)

16:22
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Jul 16, 2012

The Body that Works Together in Love (Mt 9:1-8)

Gifts are given to each one of us by God for the purpose of building up the body of Christ and being salt and light in the world. Fr Tom shows us how both of today's scripture readings clarify our purpose as individual members of the Church.

13:40
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Jul 01, 2012

Slaves of God, Servants of Men (Mt 8:5-13)

Today's cultural values can sometimes keep us from fully embracing important scriptural concepts like being the subject of a 'kingdom' or becoming a 'slave' to righteousness. Fr Tom reminds us that, in order to conform to the image of Christ, we must recognize ourselves as being slaves of God and servants of men. (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)

17:13
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Jun 22, 2012

Fulfilling Our Mission in North America (Mt 4:18-23)

On the second Sunday after Pentecost, every local Orthodox Church celebrates the Saints who have been glorified by God in their own lands. Fr Tom reminds us that the gospel reading reveals the calling for every disciple of Christ to fulfill the mission of the Gospel where they live.

19:09
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Jun 16, 2012

Becoming What God Wants Us To Be (Mt 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30)

On the Sunday after Pentecost we celebrate the life of the Holy Spirit in all those who have become sanctified by God's Grace. Fr Tom reminds us that all Christians are called to be holy, as he expounds on the teachings of our Lord to His disciples.

16:37
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May 27, 2012

What You Believe About God Matters (John 17:1-13)

Though we have the revelation of the one God in Christ, people the world over are free to believe in the god of their choosing, or no god at all. Fr Tom reminds us that as Orthodox Christians, though we firmly believe in the right to religious freedom, we must always assert to everyone the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ, because what we believe about God matters. (Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)

18:29
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May 15, 2012

Conditions for True Worship (John 4:5-42)

We fully experience the joy of the Resurrection when we worship God during the divine services. Fr Tom reminds us that, by the Holy Spirit, the Kingdom of God is manifested to us when we know in truth who God is and who we are. (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)

16:43
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May 06, 2012

Why Me, God? (John 5:1-15)

At the foundation of our life as Christians, we are given the gift of new life in baptism. Fr Tom reminds us that this baptism is given to us not to escape the crosses and illnesses of this life, but rather so that we can endure them.

16:27
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Apr 22, 2012

The Resurrection Body (John 20:19-31)

On the eighth day after Pascha, we remember the appearance of the resurrected Christ to St Thomas and the apostles. Fr Tom reminds us that, as Orthodox Christians, we live in expectant hope of our own resurrection to eternal life, Christ Himself being the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep, the first-born of the dead.

19:40
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Apr 08, 2012

Rejoice the Lord Always (Phil 4:4-9) Palm Sunday

Before we enter into the Passion Week, the Holy Church gives us the festal celebration of our Lord's Entrance into Jerusalem. Fr Tom reminds us that, like Christ, we are to remain faithful and joyful on the way to, or in the midst of, the various crosses that we might face in our life.

15:33
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Mar 26, 2012

Mary: Mother of All Believers (Luke 1:24-38)

On the feast of the Annunciation to the Mother of God, we celebrate the good news that Jesus takes on human flesh from the womb of the Virgin Mary. In Mary's faithfulness, she becomes the icon of all believers who strive to live life in total obedience to God.

18:39
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Feb 26, 2012

Forgiveness: A Divine Act (Mt 6:14-21)

On the last Sunday of preparation before we begin the Great Fast, the Church calls us to offer and receive forgiveness from everyone. Fr Tom reminds us that we are commanded to forgive precisely because this action allows us to participate in and experience the Divine Life of God Himself.

18:39
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Feb 19, 2012

Judgment and Reward (Mt 25:31-46) Last Judgment

On the third preparatory Sunday before Great Lent, the gospel of the Last Judgment is read. Fr Tom reminds us that though today we can choose to acknowledge or to ignore Christ as Lord, on that great and final day everyone will acknowledge Him and give an account of their life.

19:54
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Feb 12, 2012

Hungering for God (Luke 15:11-32) Prodigal Son

The parable of the Prodigal Son is a powerful image of our returning to God and the Father's rich mercy in restoring us. Fr Tom reminds us that we must be able both to admit that we have separated ourselves from God's life and have the deep desire to return to the riches of His Kingdom.

19:51
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Feb 05, 2012

God Sees the Heart (Luke 18:10-14) Publican and Pharisee

As we begin preparing our hearts for the annual Lenten journey, the Church presents us with the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee. Fr Tom reminds us that fulfilling God's commandments should not be a cause for pride, because humility teaches us that we are only doing our duty to Him as unprofitable servants.

21:05
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Jan 18, 2012

Keeping God at Arm’s Length (Luke 18:18-27)

Jesus is given various titles in the New Testament: Teacher, Master, Lord and others. Fr Tom reminds us that, as Orthodox Christians, we must strive to approach God for not only who He really is, but who we really are too. (Thirty-first Sunday after Pentecost)

16:12
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Jan 02, 2012

The Circumcision of Christ (Col 2:8-12)

The feast of the Circumcision of Christ stands as a bridge between the old and new covenants. As we begin the new year, Fr Tom reminds us that we should resolve to fulfill the "Circumcision of Christ," our baptism. (Sunday before the Theophany)

14:57
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Dec 25, 2011

The Nativity of Christ (Gal 4:4-7)

On the feast of the Nativity of Christ, we celebrate the eternal Word of God taking on Human flesh and identifying with our humanity. Fr Tom reminds us that we also celebrate being adopted by God into His family as true children of God. (The Nativity of Christ)

16:00
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Nov 29, 2011

Peace from God (Luke 13:10-17)

The Church is the community where Christ has established peace among all people. Fr Tom reminds us that we should live in that mercy and peace with everyone we encounter. (Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost)

13:14
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Nov 29, 2011

Living the Gift in Us (Luke 12:16-21)

Faith is initiated in us by the gift of God in Christ being given to us in baptism. Fr Tom reminds us that it is our responsibility to live a life in light of that gift. (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)

15:57
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Nov 13, 2011

The Necessity of Showing Mercy (Luke 10:25-37)

The parable of the Good Samaritan is among the most beloved of all stories in scripture. Fr Tom reminds us that showing mercy to those who have fallen into the ravages of sin is essential to their healing. (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost)

18:38
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Sep 06, 2011

The Motivation of Faith (Mt 19:16-26)

Anyone can do a good deed, but Fr Tom reminds us that truly godly works are motivated by a faith in Christ which leads to salvation. (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)

15:54
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Jul 31, 2011

The Vision for Our Parish (Romans 15:1-7)

The New Testament epistles as well as the Divine Liturgy constantly encourage us to be of one mind because we are members of the Body of Christ and of one another. Fr Tom used today's epistle reading as an opportunity to encourage his parishioners to develop oneness with each other in order to achieve parish goals. (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)

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Jul 23, 2011

True Jews (Romans 10:1-10)

The scriptures and the fathers have much to say about the Jewish people, and unfortunately, this view has largely been misrepresented. Fr Tom teaches us that the people of God, Israel, will always be those who love and follow the true God. (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

15:09
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Jun 20, 2011

All Saints Sunday (Mt 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30)

On the Sunday after Pentecost, we commemorate all of the men and women who attained holiness through obedience to the commandments of Christ. Fr Tom reminds us that it is within our free choice to love God above all and to follow His will for our lives. (First Sunday after Pentecost)

16:31
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Jun 05, 2011

The Union of Heaven and Earth (John 17:1-13)

The eternal Word ascends to Heaven in His resurrected body, receiving the glory He had with His Father before the world began. Fr Tom reminds us that Christ does all this so that He can share this heavenly life with us. (Sunday after the Ascension)

14:38
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May 17, 2011

Do You Want to be Made Well? (John 5:1-15)

As Christians, we have been raised to a new life with Christ in baptism. Fr Tom reminds us that as we grow, we must constantly cooperate with God's grace by asking ourselves if we truly want to be healed. (Fourth Sunday of Pascha - Healing of the Paralytic)

17:45
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May 01, 2011

The Kingdom of God Here and Now (John 20:19-31)

Eight days after the Lord's Resurrection, Jesus appeard to Thomas in His glorified body, manifesting the power of God's Kingdom. Fr Tom reminds us that the Lord grants us His Kingdom, here and now, and we recieve it when we are faithful. (Second Sunday of Pascha)

14:02
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Apr 25, 2011

The Resurrection of Christ: Our Great Hope (John 1:1-17)

On the feast of feasts we celebrate the glorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Fr Tom reminds us that our joy on this uniquely singular day also comes from the hope that God Who began this marvellous work in His Son will also complete it in us. (The Holy Pascha)

14:11
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Apr 06, 2011

Keeping Your Focus (Mark 9:17-31)

We can all relate to the father who cries out to Jesus, "help my unbelief!" But Fr Tom teaches us that focusing on the unchanging promises of God will keep us faithful.

16:09
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Mar 27, 2011

Third Sunday of Great Lent (Mark 8:34-9:1)

On the Third Sunday of the Great Fast, the Church places the precious cross of our Lord in the midst of the temple for our veneration and contemplation. Fr Tom reminds us that the scriptures present the cross as a sign both of comfort and of judgment, encouraging us to fulfill the Lenten effort to take up our cross and follow Christ. (Veneration of the Precious Cross)

15:28
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Mar 20, 2011

Second Sunday of Great Lent (Mark 2:1-12)

In the gospel reading for the second Sunday of Great Lent, Christ heals a man of debilitating paralysis. But Fr Tom reminds us that Jesus reveals something even more important, that He forgives sins as the eternal Son of God. (Second Sunday of Great Lent - Healing of the Paralytic)

15:12
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Mar 13, 2011

The Triumph of Orthodoxy (John 1:43-51)

On this first Sunday of Lent we celebrate the historical Triumph of Orthodoxy over the Iconoclasts. Fr Tom reminds us that we also need an ever-present Triumph of Orthodoxy in our lives to fulfill the evangelical call of Christ. (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

17:07
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Mar 07, 2011

Forgiveness and the Great Fast (Matthew 6:14-21)

On the day before the beginning of Great Lent, the Church teaches us that our journey of repentance begins with offering forgiveness. Fr Tom reminds us that forgiveness is the essential action to grow in the likeness of God, because it is what He freely offers to us. (Forty-first Sunday after Pentecost - Forgiveness Sunday)

12:44
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Mar 01, 2011

The Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46)

On the second Sunday before the beginning of the Great Fast the Church calls to our attention the Last Judgment. Fr Tom teaches us that our fate at the appearance of the Son of Man in His glory will be determined by our reaction to the brightness of His Love and Mercy. (Sunday of the Last Judgment)

18:09
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Feb 22, 2011

The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

As we approach the Great Fast, the parable of the Prodigal Son prepares our hearts to return to God. Fr Tom teaches us that in this important parable we learn the truth about who we can be and who God is. (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)

20:18
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Feb 08, 2011

What’s Important to You? (Luke 19:1-10)

Short-of-stature Zacchaeus overcomes his obstacles to seeing Jesus. Fr Tom reminds us that our actions and behaviors reveal to the world and to God what things are most important to us, but we can rise above the crowd of the world in order to be united with God. (Thirty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost)

15:34
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Jan 30, 2011

Asking for Mercy (Matthew 15:21-28)

Asking for mercy from God is at the heart of the Church's prayer. Fr Tom teaches us that that two seeminly opposing attitudes, humility and boldness, are necessary to continually approach the throne of God. (Thirty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost - The Canaanite Woman)

14:26
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Jan 16, 2011

The Narrow Way of the Gospel (Luke 18:18-25)

The Gospel contains both words of comfort and words of challenge and warning. Fr Tom reminds us not to make the mistake of listening only to messages which comfort us, but to live up to the words that challenge our faith to continue on the difficult way of Christ. (Thirty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost)

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Dec 13, 2010

Parable of the Great Supper (Luke 14:16-24)

Throughout the scriptures the imagery of the supper is used to depict the hospitality of God toward us. Fr Tom reminds us to respond well to the invitation to be united to Christ. (Twenty-ninth Sunday after Pentecost. Sermon given in Florida.)

9:36
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Dec 10, 2010

Put on the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17)

The Creed which we profess states that God created things "visible and invisible." Fr Tom reminds us that there is an invisible warfare constantly being waged on us, and we must be prepared by putting on the whole armor of God.

17:11
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Nov 22, 2010

Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:16-21)

As the popular holiday of Thanksgiving in the USA approaches, we gather around our tables to focus on being thankful to God for the many blessings He has given us. Fr Tom reminds us that the only thing we will take with us when we die is our virtue, not our 'stuff.'

14:40
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Nov 14, 2010

The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

While the story of the Good Samaritan can inspire us to do good works, Fr Tom reminds us that ultimately the parable points to something much greater: Our salvation. (Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

18:05
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Oct 31, 2010

Saved by Faith (Ephesians 2:4-10)

On Friday, October 29, 2010, St Nicholas Church in McKees Rocks/Pittsburgh was vandalized. The assailants smashed through a stained glass window, ripped down a royal door, and overturned a candle stand. Fr Tom reminded his flock that though these trials may come, no one can take away the gift of our faith in God. (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)

13:48
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Oct 26, 2010

Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31)

We are partakers of the rich mercies and blessings that God has liberally poured out upon our lives. Fr Tom reminds us that all of our blessings, both spiritual and material, are meant to be freely given to others, just as they have been given to us. (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost)

15:58
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Oct 11, 2010

The God Who Touches Us (Luke 7:11-16)

Our God is not a benign spirit in the sky. Our God is the God Who reaches out to us in our sinfulness. Fr Tom teaches us that we are called to have a life-changing encounter with the God Who snatches us from the grip of sin and death. (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost)

17:03
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Oct 03, 2010

The Purpose of Suffering (2 Cor 11:31-12:9)

God did not create sickness and disease nor does He desire for us to suffer. However, Fr Tom teaches us that the sovereign God uses suffering to draw us closer to Him. (Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

17:03
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Sep 28, 2010

The Blessings of Obedience (Luke 5:1-11)

Christ was obedient to His Father in all things. Fr Tom teaches us that God blesses those who are obedient to His commands and the result of loving obedience to God is the growth of the Church. (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

18:13
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Sep 19, 2010

Commitment to Christ (Mark 8:34-9:1)

Membership in the Body of Christ is not like being a member of any human organization. Fr Tom teaches us the words of our Lord which clearly state that begin a joined to Him requires total commitment. (Sunday after the Elevation of the Cross)

15:13
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Sep 12, 2010

The Supremacy of Christ and the Cross (John 3:13-17)

Even though we live in a pluraistic society, Orthodox Christians must uphold the uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Fr Tom teaches us that Christ and the Cross are not simply one way to the Father, but the only way. (Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious Cross)

18:26
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Aug 29, 2010

Our Intimate Union with Christ (Matthew 22:1-14)

The scriptures are replete with examples describing the union between God and His people as a marriage. Fr Tom teaches us that the intimate union God desires to have with us begins with our baptism. It's up to us, however, to keep our garment undefiled in order to worthily partake of the eternal Marriage Supper of the Lamb with His Bride. (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Beheading of St John the Baptist)

17:03
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Aug 22, 2010

Growing God’s Kingdom (Matthew 21:33-42)

As Christians, we have been entrusted with the Kingdom of God. But this great gift comes with a responsibility. Fr Tom explains that the parable of the Vinedressers is God's warning to us to fulfill our essential mission to grow the Church. (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)

18:02
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Aug 15, 2010

Mary: Image of What We Can Be (Mt 19:16-26; Lk 10:38-42; 11:27-28)

The readings presented by the Church on this day remind us of the most fundamental teachings about what we believe and who we are called to be as Christians. As we celebrate the Falling Asleep of the Mother of God, Fr Tom tells us that the Virgin Mary is the one who embodies hearing and keeping those most basic teachings. (Dormition of the Mother of God, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)

15:33
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Aug 08, 2010

Sharing the Gift of Forgiveness (Matthew 18:23-35)

Forgiveness is at the heart of the gospel message and Christian experience. As Christians living in the community of faith, we are called to share all things in common. Fr Tom explains that this includes sharing the mercy and compassion with one another that we first received from Christ. (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)

22:04
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Aug 01, 2010

Strong Faith to Fight Secret Sins (Matthew 17:14-23)

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

18:14
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Jul 25, 2010

The Stormy Sea of Life (Matthew 14:22-34)

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

16:20
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Jul 21, 2010

Perfectly Joined in Unity (I Corinthians 1:10-18)

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

12:59
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Jul 11, 2010

Let Us Love One Another (Romans 15:1-7)

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

17:17
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Jul 04, 2010

Gifts to Build the Body (Romans 12:6-14)

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
(Originally given July 27, 2008)

18:44
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Jun 27, 2010

Evil Divides, God Unites (Matthew 8:28-9:1)

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

15:16
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Jun 20, 2010

Mercy as the Path to Healing (Matthew 8:5-13)

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

13:03
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Jun 13, 2010

The Eye: Entrance to Envy (Matthew 6:22-33)

Third Sunday after Pentecost

17:19
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Jun 07, 2010

Reclaiming the Mission of the North American Church (Matthew 4:18-23)

All Saints of North America - Second Sunday after Pentecost

18:42
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May 23, 2010

Pentecost (John 7:37-52; 8:12)

Great Feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit

12:15
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May 09, 2010

Willful Spiritual Blindness (John 9:1-38)

Sunday of the Blind Man - Sixth Sunday of Pascha

18:53
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May 02, 2010

Submitting to the Truth (John 4:5-42)

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman - Fifth Sunday of Pascha

23:31
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Apr 25, 2010

The Free Will to be Healed (John 5:1-15)

Sunday of the Paralytic - Fourth Sunday of Pascha

17:38
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Apr 18, 2010

Devotion, Persistence, Endurance and Courage (Mark 15:43-16:8)

Holy Myrrhbearers - Third Sunday of Pascha

19:21
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Apr 11, 2010

His Resurrection is Our Resurrection (John 20:19-31)

St Thomas Sunday - Second Sunday of Pascha

18:26
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Apr 05, 2010

Holy Pascha (John 1:1-17)

The Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ

17:15
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Mar 29, 2010

Palm Sunday (John 12:1-18)

Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem

17:30
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Mar 16, 2010

Trusting in the Promises of God (Mark 9:17-31)

Fourth Sunday of the Great Fast

17:53
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Mar 07, 2010

Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross (Mark 8:34-9:1)

Third Sunday of the Great Fast

18:58
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Feb 14, 2010

Forgiveness Sunday (Matthew 6:14-21)

Sunday before the Beginning of the Great Fast

20:40
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Feb 03, 2010

Sunday of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

23:44
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Jan 24, 2010

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14)

Beginning of the Lenten Triodion

18:41
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Jan 17, 2010

Sunday of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)

Sunday of Zacchaeus

19:53
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Jan 10, 2010

Sunday after Theophany (Matthew 4:12-17)

17:31
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Jan 03, 2010

Making the Paths of God Straight (Mark 1:1-8)

14:41
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Dec 27, 2009

Overcoming Evil with Good (Matthew 2:13-23)

18:56
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Dec 25, 2009

The Nativity of Christ (Matthew 2:1-12)

18:01
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Dec 21, 2009

The Lineage of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-25)

Sunday before the Nativity of Christ

14:29
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Nov 22, 2009

Christ is Our Peace (Ephesians 2:14-22)

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

17:59
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Nov 15, 2009

The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

17:54
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Nov 08, 2009

The Healing of Jairus’ Daughter and the Woman with the Flow of Blood (Luke 8:41-56)

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

18:09
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Nov 03, 2009

The Healing of the Gadarene Demoniac (Luke 8:26-39)

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

18:12
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Oct 27, 2009

The Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31)

Sermon on the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

21:19
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Oct 19, 2009

The Parable of the Soils (Lk 8:5-15)

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

21:56
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Oct 12, 2009

The Use of Our Wealth (2 Cor 9:6-11)

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

20:34
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Oct 05, 2009

Why Must We Love Our Enemies? (Lk 6:31-36)

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

16:49
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Sep 28, 2009

God Wants to Astonish Us! (Luke 5:1-11)

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

17:19
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Sep 07, 2009

Standing Firm as a Community of Faith (1 Cor 16:13-24)

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

13:22
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Sep 01, 2009

The True Nature of Forgiveness

Sermon on the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (I Corinthians 9:2-12; Matthew 18:23-35)

19:53
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Sep 01, 2009

Are You Saved?

Sermon on the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (I Corinthians 15:1-11; Matthew 19:16-26)

15:06
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Aug 17, 2009

Harnessing the Power of Religion (Mt 17:14-23)

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

19:04
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Aug 10, 2009

Enduring Tests and Facing Temptations (Mt 14:22-34)

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

17:37
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Jul 20, 2009

The Healthy Ordering of the Church (Rom 12:6-14)

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

17:54
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Jul 13, 2009

The Need for Knowledgeable Zeal for God (Rom10:1-10)

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

14:13
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Jul 07, 2009

The Authority of God

Sermon on the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Romans 6:18-23; Matthew 8:5-13)

12:06
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Jun 30, 2009

From Obsession to Anxiety to Death

Sermon on the Third Sunday after Pentecost (Romans 5:1-10; Matthew 6:22-33)

17:07
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Jun 30, 2009

Now What are You Going to Do with Your Life?

Sermon on the First Sunday after Pentecost - All Saints (Hebrews 11:33-12:2; Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30)

18:08
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Jun 30, 2009

Empowered to Offer Our Life to God

Sermon on the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-11; John 7:37-52, 8:12)

13:19
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Jun 30, 2009

Truth is Not Relative

Sermon on the Sunday after the Ascension (Acts 20:16-18, 28-36; John 17:1-13)

17:15
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May 24, 2009

Three Causes of Spiritual Blindness

Sermon on the Sunday of the Healing of the Blind Man (Acts 16:16-34; John 9:1-38)

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May 24, 2009

Recognizing the Truth

Sermon on the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman (Acts 11:19-26, 29-30; John 4:5-42)

19:16
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May 24, 2009

Cooperating with God

Sermon on the Sunday of the Healing of the Paralytic (Acts 9:32-42; John 5:1-15)

16:12
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May 04, 2009

Enthusiasm for the Truth

Sermon on the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers (Acts 6:1-7; Mark 15:43-16:8)

16:58
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Apr 22, 2009

Christ’s Resurrection as Overflowing Love

Sermon on the Sunday of Holy Pascha (Acts 1:1-8; John 1:1-17)

16:46
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Apr 12, 2009

Making the Church’s Faith My Faith

Sermon on the Sunday of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem (Phillipians 4:4-9; John 12:1-18)

16:22
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Apr 09, 2009

Called to be Servant Leaders

Sermon on the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent (Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 10:32-45)

16:42
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Mar 23, 2009

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

Sermon on the Sunday of the Cross (Hebrews 4:14-5:6; Mark 8:34-9:1)

16:25
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Mar 17, 2009

Trusting the Teachings of God

Sermon on the Second Sunday of Great Lent (Hebrews 1:10-2:3; Mark 2:1-12)

16:47
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Mar 17, 2009

Come and See

Sermon on the Sunday of Orthodoxy (Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-12:2; John 1:43-51)

17:22
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Mar 01, 2009

Desiring Our True Homeland

Sermon on Forgiveness Sunday (Romans 13:11-14:4; Matthew 6:14-21)

17:16
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Feb 22, 2009

A Judgment of Love

Sermon for the Sunday of the Last Judgment (I Corinthians 8:8-9:2; Matthew 25:31-46)

16:33
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Feb 15, 2009

The Welcoming Father

Sermon on the Sunday of the Prodigal Son (I Corinthians 6:12-20; Luke 15:11-32)

19:28
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Feb 09, 2009

God-Pleasing Prayer

Sermon on the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (II Timothy 3:10-15; Luke 18:10-14)

17:25
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Feb 09, 2009

Accepting God’s Invitation

Sermon on the Sunday of Zacchaeus (I Timothy 4:9-15; Luke 19:1-10)

15:06
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Feb 09, 2009

Persistence in Faith

Sermon on the Thirty-second Sunday after Pentecost (I Timothy 1:15-17; Matthew 15:21-28)

15:48
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Jan 11, 2009

Gifts for Our Growth

Sermon on the Sunday After the Theophany (Ephesians 4:7-13; Matthew 4:12-17)

18:29
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Jan 04, 2009

Beginning Anew

Sermon on the Sunday before the Theophany (2 Timothy 4:5-8; Mark 1:1-8)

15:26
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Dec 28, 2008

The Gift of Love

Sermon on the Feast of the Nativity of Christ (Galatians 4:4-7; Matthew 2:1-12)

14:19
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Dec 23, 2008

The Genealogy of Jesus

Sermon on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ (Hebrews 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40; Matthew 1:1-25)

15:58
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Dec 23, 2008

The Eternal Heavenly Banquet

Sermon on the Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Colossians 3:4-11; Luke 14:16-24)

14:29
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Nov 30, 2008

Three Things to be Thankful For

Sermon on the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Ephesians 2:14-22; Luke 13:10-17)

15:23
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Nov 26, 2008

Ordering our Life’s Priorities

Sermon on the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost (Ephesians 2:4-10; Luke 12:16-21)

17:42
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Nov 09, 2008

Empowering Our Faith

Sermon on the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost (Galatians 2:16-20; Luke 8:41-56)

20:57
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Nov 02, 2008

The Truth of What We Have Received

Sermon on the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Galatians 1:11-19; Luke 8:26-39)

18:50
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Oct 26, 2008

Money in the Perspective of Eternity

Sermon on the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (II Cor 11:31-12:9; Luke 16:16-31)

16:50
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Oct 26, 2008

The Seeds that God Plants in Us

Sermon on the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (II Cor 9:6-11; Luke 8:5-15)

16:39
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Oct 12, 2008

In the Midst of Loss

Sermon on the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Luke 7:11-16; II Cor 6:16-7:1)

15:30
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Oct 05, 2008

When Justice is Not Enough

Sermon on the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (II Cor 6:1-10; Luke 6:31-36)

16:16
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Sep 30, 2008

Launching Out Into the Deep

Sermon on the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (II Cor 4:6-15; Luke 5:1-11)

16:39
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Sep 22, 2008

The Challenge of the Good News

Sermon on the Leavetaking of the Elevation of the Precious Cross (Galatians 2:16-20; Mark 8:34-9:1)

17:52
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Sep 14, 2008

Trophy of Victory, Weapon of Peace

Sermon on the Feast of the Elevation of the Precious Cross (I Corinthians 1:18-24; John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35)

15:59
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Sep 08, 2008

Outward Appearances and Inward Realities

Sermon on the Sunday Before the Elevation of the Cross (Galatians 6:11-18; John 3:13-17)

16:35
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Sep 01, 2008

Ten Thousand Lifetimes

Sermon on the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (I Corinthians 9:2-12; Matthew 18:23-35)

20:26
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Aug 27, 2008

The Nature of Faith

Sermon on the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (I Corinthians 4:9-16; Matthew 17:14-23)

17:33
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Aug 18, 2008

It’s All About God

Sermon on the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (I Corinthians 3:9-17; Matthew 14:22-34)

16:52
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Aug 05, 2008

Not Perfect, but Working Toward Perfection

Sermon on the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Romans 15:1-7; Matthew 9:27-35)

15:06
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Jul 27, 2008

Gifts to Build the Body

Sermon on the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Romans 12:6-14; Matthew 9:1-8)

18:44
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Jul 13, 2008

Don’t Presume upon the Faith

Sermon on the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Romans 6:18-23; Matthew 8:5-13)

14:34
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Jun 29, 2008

Metanoia, Mission, and Martyrdom

Sermon on the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul (2 Corinthians 11:21-12:9; Matthew 16:13-19)

17:17
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Jun 22, 2008

Called to be Saints

Sermon on the Sunday of All Saints (Heb 11:33-12:2; Mt 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30)

17:10
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Jun 15, 2008

Lo, I am With You Always

Sermon on the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-11; John 7:37-52, 8:12)

14:59
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Jun 08, 2008

Christ’s Prayer for Us

Sermon on the Seventh Sunday of Pascha (John 17:1-13)

17:53
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Jun 01, 2008

The Work of God Revealed In Us

Sermon on the Sunday of the Blind Man (John 9:1-38)

17:27
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May 28, 2008

Conditions for Spiritual Fulfillment

Sermon on the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman (John 4:5-42)

17:33
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