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Life Encouraged

Life Encouraged Homilies on living a purposeful life in Jesus Christ

Start date: July 2014 2 hours, 42 minutes, 51 seconds in 11 episodes

Go through the Church year with Fr. Barnabas and his parish family as they discover through proper worship what it means to live a holy and purposeful life to the Glory of God.

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Episodes

The Reality Check Of The Cross

September 17, 2014
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Why does the Church offer us the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross? Because the Christian faith is about dealing with reality and having our all too easy temptations to delusions and the fantasy of what I'm afraid of or what I wish for blind us to the reality God wants us to embrace! Waking up is hard, but it has to be done!

Jesus Loves Me This I know

September 09, 2014
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We hear it all the time - God loves you - but our modern world has so lost the depth and beauty of God's love, we are in danger of emptying this profound truth of its powerful meaning. Today we look at a familiar passage of scripture with new eyes, with God's eyes, and what we discover is life changing!

No Justice, No Peace (Really?)

September 02, 2014
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When faced with a life-changing forgiveness of a huge debt, this man in our Gospel Lesson revealed his own wicked heart by not showing that same forgiveness and mercy to his fellow servant. It did not end well for that wicked servant. And it won't end well for we who refuse to forgive from the heart!

In God We Trust! Really?

August 19, 2014
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Trust is a foundational building block of any relartionship. Without it there simply is no way to have anything more than some superficial connection. But trust requires risk. And we humans avoid risk most of the time. Jesus challenges us to risk trusting Him.

The Cure For Intoxication

August 12, 2014
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Circumstances can be intoxicating and Fr. Barnabas says that true contentment begins in the heart not with our circumstances.

Don’t Send Them Away

August 11, 2014
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When the disciples were confronted with the impossible task of feeding 5,000 men plus women and children, they forgot that their Lord was all they needed!

In The Spirit Of Elias

July 26, 2014
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In a society where the noise factor of our lives threatens to drown out the loving Voice of God, learning to listen for that "still, small voice" that tells us who we really are is even more important.

You ARE the Light of the World

July 18, 2014
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There is a huge difference in trying to be something and living either the realization that you ARE something. It changes your motivation and your attitude about who you are. Well, you ARE the light of the world.

An Outsider And Being Outside!

July 08, 2014
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The Roman Centurion, a Gentile, shows more faith than all of Israel, according to the Lord's observation. How is it an "outsider" without all the benefits of centuries of religious education can see more clearly than the whole of israel shaped by centuries of examples and theology? Turns out being an insider is no guarantee that you won't end up outside!

Opposites Together

July 04, 2014
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Sts. Peter and Paul were two men from the opposite ends of Jewish society and yet each found a way to not only value each other but also challenge each other. In a Church broad enough to hold these two very different men, we are called to embrace each other and be enriched by the diversity of gifts we each possess.

The Secrets of Men

July 02, 2014
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Since God will judge the secrets of men according to St. Paul's letter to the Romans, it just makes sense to order our lives so that our secrets don't undo our words and our faith.