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I’m a Christian; Now What?

I’m a Christian; Now What?

Fr. Evan Armatas

October 2015

Recorded at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Loveland, Colorado, this class—taught by Fr. Evan Armatas—focuses on the 55 maxims for Christian living that Fr. Thomas Hopko established before his repose earlier this year.

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  • December 4, 2015
    Maxims 51-55

    51. Have no expectations except to be fiercely tempted to your last breath.
    52. Focus exclusively on God and light, and never on darkness, temptation and sin.
    53. Endure the trial of yourself and your faults serenely, under God's mercy.
    54. When you fall, get up immediately and start over.
    55. Get help when you need it, without fear or shame.
    45:40
  • November 19, 2015
    Maxims 45-50

    45. Be defined and bound by God, not people.
    46. Accept criticism gracefully and test it carefully.
    47. Give advice only when asked or when it is your duty.
    48. Do nothing for people that they can and should do for themselves.
    49. Have a daily schedule of activities, avoiding whim and caprice.
    50. Be merciful with yourself and others.
    47:24
  • November 13, 2015
    Maxims 35-44

    35. Think and talk about things no more than necessary.
    36. Speak simply, clearly, firmly, directly.
    37. Flee imagination, fantasy, analysis, figuring things out.
    38. Flee carnal, sexual things at their first appearance.
    39. Don't complain, grumble, murmur or whine.
    40. Don't seek or expect pity or praise.
    41. Don't compare yourself with anyone.
    42. Don't judge anyone for anything.
    43. Don't try to convince anyone of anything.
    44. Don't defend or justify yourself.
    39:36
  • November 3, 2015
    Maxims 24-34

    24. Be totally honest, first of all with yourself.
    25. Be faithful in little things.
    26. Do your work, then forget it.
    27. Do the most difficult and painful things first.
    28. Face reality.
    29. Be grateful.
    30. Be cheerful.
    31. Be simple, hidden, quiet and small.
    32. Never bring attention to yourself.
    33. Listen when people talk to you.
    34. Be awake and attentive, fully present where you are.
    1:03:00
  • October 30, 2015
    Maxims 15-23

    15. Read the scriptures regularly.
    16. Read good books, a little at a time.
    17. Cultivate communion with the saints.
    18. Be an ordinary person, one of the human race.
    19. Be polite with everyone, first of all family members.
    20. Maintain cleanliness and order in your home.
    21. Have a healthy, wholesome hobby.
    22. Exercise regularly.
    23. Live a day, even a part of a day, at a time.
    59:51
  • October 30, 2015
    Maxims 7-14

    7. Eat good foods in moderation and fast on fasting days.
    8. Practice silence, inner and outer.
    9. Sit in silence 20 to 30 minutes each day.
    10. Do acts of mercy in secret.
    11. Go to liturgical services regularly.
    12. Go to confession and holy communion regularly.
    13. Do not engage intrusive thoughts and feelings.
    14. Reveal all your thoughts and feelings to a trusted person regularly.
    51:30
  • October 30, 2015
    Maxims 1-6

    1. Be always with Christ and trust God in everything.
    2. Pray as you can, not as you think you must.
    3. Have a keepable rule of prayer done by discipline.
    4. Say the Lord's Prayer several times each day.
    5. Repeat a short prayer when your mind is not occupied.
    6. Make some prostrations when you pray.
    44:50

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