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Sermons at St. Nicholas

English, Christianity, 1 season, 799 episodes, 4 days, 19 hours, 24 minutes
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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 through Friday.
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The God Who Searches for Us

The story of Zacchaeus teaches us that God does everything possible, including becoming a man, to seek our union with Him. (Luke 19:1-10) 37th Sunday after Pentecost
2/19/20240
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Seeking Union with Christ

Fr Thomas unpacks the Parable of the Wedding Feast and reminds us that union with Christ starts with baptism but continues in keeping our baptismal garment clean through righteous living. (2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4; Matthew 22:1-14) Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9/15/20230
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Seeking Union with Christ

Fr Thomas unpacks the Parable of the Wedding Feast and reminds us that union with Christ starts with baptism but continues in keeping our baptismal garment clean through righteous living. (2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4; Matthew 22:1-14) Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
9/15/202319 minutes, 7 seconds
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Cremation and Resurrection

Fr Thomas teaches us to be on guard against the secular trend of cremating the dead and why Orthodox Christians are buried in light of the Resurrection. (1 Cor 15:1-11; Mt 19:16-26) Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
8/31/20230
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Cremation and Resurrection

Fr Thomas teaches us to be on guard against the secular trend of cremating the dead and why Orthodox Christians are buried in light of the Resurrection. (1 Cor 15:1-11; Mt 19:16-26) Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
8/31/202318 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Most Important Healing

Fr Thomas teaches us why the most important healing we can receive from Jesus is the forgiveness of our sins. (Matthew 9:1-8, Romans 12: 6-14) Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, July 16, 2023
7/19/202317 minutes, 49 seconds
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Orthodoxy is Evangelical

In the third of his Holiness Month series, Fr Thomas encourages us to not only spread the good news of Jesus Christ but to live out the law of Christ. (Matthew 4:18-23) All Saints of North America Sunday, June 18, 2023.
6/23/20230
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Orthodoxy is Evangelical

In the third of his Holiness Month series, Fr Thomas encourages us to not only spread the good news of Jesus Christ but to live out the law of Christ. (Matthew 4:18-23) All Saints of North America Sunday, June 18, 2023.
6/23/202318 minutes, 2 seconds
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Three Myths About Christianity

In the second of his Holiness Month series, Fr Thomas dispels three myths about Christianity. (Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30) All Saints Sunday, June 11, 2023
6/15/20230
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Three Myths About Christianity

In the second of his Holiness Month series, Fr Thomas dispels three myths about Christianity. (Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30) All Saints Sunday, June 11, 2023
6/15/20230
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June is Holiness Month!

Fr Thomas expounds on the innate connection between belief in Christ and the reception of the Holy Spirit, in whom we are called to be truly holy humans. (John 7:37-52, 8:12) Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2023.
6/10/20230
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June is Holiness Month!

Fr Thomas expounds on the innate connection between belief in Christ and the reception of the Holy Spirit, in whom we are called to be truly holy humans. (John 7:37-52, 8:12) Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2023.
6/10/202318 minutes, 53 seconds
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Seeing the Truth

Fr Thomas teaches us that we need to cultivate in ourselves an openness to the truth based on all the goodness of the teachings of Christ. (John 9:1-38) Sunday of the Blind Man, May 21, 2023
6/3/20230
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Seeing the Truth

Fr Thomas teaches us that we need to cultivate in ourselves an openness to the truth based on all the goodness of the teachings of Christ. (John 9:1-38) Sunday of the Blind Man, May 21, 2023
6/3/202316 minutes, 10 seconds
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Being Saved, Not Condemned, through Encounter

Fr Thomas reminds us that the encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan Woman was not about her condemnation, but her salvation. We can also embrace a change of life through encountering Christ. (John 4:5-42) Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, May 14, 2023
5/19/20230
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Being Saved, not Condemned, through Encounter

Fr Thomas reminds us that the encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan Woman was not about her condemnation, but her salvation. We can also embrace a change of life through encountering Christ. (John 4:5-42) Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, May 14, 2023
5/19/202319 minutes, 17 seconds
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Caring, Questioning, and Calling

Fr Thomas shows us the amazing examples of caring in the Myrrhbearers, explains the purpose of questioning with trust in God, and challenges us to go out and call others to the Truth. (Mark 15:43-16:8) Myrrhbearers Sunday, April 30, 2023.
5/5/202318 minutes, 15 seconds
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Caring, Questioning, and Calling

Fr Thomas shows us the amazing examples of caring in the Myrrhbearers, explains the purpose of questioning with trust in God, and challenges us to go out and call others to the Truth. (Mark 15:43-16:8) Myrrhbearers Sunday, April 30, 2023.
5/5/20230
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The Transcendent Resurrection Body

Fr Thomas explains the mysterious nature of the resurrection of Christ which transcends the limited nature of our current three-dimensional human experience. (John 20:19-31) St Thomas Sunday, April 23, 2023.
4/28/20230
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The Transcendent Resurrection Body

Fr Thomas explains the mysterious nature of the resurrection of Christ which transcends the limited nature of our current three-dimensional human experience. (John 20:19-31) St Thomas Sunday, April 23, 2023.
4/28/20230
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An Invitation to Transformation (Dn John Skowron)

Join Deacon John Skowron in today's discussion. What are we withholding from God's will? Are we making time for Christ in our lives?
12/22/20220
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An Invitation to Transformation (Dn John Skowron)

Join Deacon John Skowron in today's discussion. What are we withholding from God's will? Are we making time for Christ in our lives?
12/22/202213 minutes, 17 seconds
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How to be Fully Human

Fr. Tom discusses the uncleanliness of humanity, the image God made us in, and maintaining our true selves.
12/14/20220
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How to be Fully Human

Fr. Tom discusses the uncleanliness of humanity, the image God made us in, and maintaining our true selves.
12/12/202224 minutes, 3 seconds
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Godliness With Contentment

Listen as Fr. Tom discusses what it means to invest in the Kingdom of God
11/21/20220
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Godliness With Contentment

Listen as Fr. Tom discusses what it means to invest in the Kingdom of God
11/21/202222 minutes, 1 second
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What is Eternal Life?

When we discuss Eternal Life, do we think primarily of being a good enough person so that we can get to Heaven? When does Eternal Life begin? Listen as Fr. Tom calls us to focus on becoming like Christ here and now.
11/15/20220
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What is Eternal Life?

When we discuss Eternal Life, do we think primarily of being a good enough person so that we can get to Heaven? When does Eternal Life begin? Listen as Fr. Tom calls us to focus on becoming like Christ here and now.
11/15/202221 minutes, 51 seconds
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Moral Therapeutic Deism

Fr. Tom discusses the false ideas surrounding religion today and how one truly comes to know Christ in the Church.
11/7/20220
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Moral Therapeutic Deism

Fr. Tom discusses the false ideas surrounding religion today and how one truly comes to know Christ in the Church.
11/7/202221 minutes, 10 seconds
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Who Do You Belong To?

Fr. Tom discusses the reality of spiritual warfare and the deep need to, daily, subjugate our will to Christ.
10/31/20220
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Who Do You Belong To?

Fr. Tom discusses the reality of spiritual warfare and the deep need to, daily, subjugate our will to Christ.
10/31/202223 minutes, 14 seconds
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Life Paradoxical

We've all heard the saying "paradoxy is Orthodoxy". Fr. Tom discusses the path to salvation found by embracing the paradoxy of life and choosing to bear our cross.
10/27/20220
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Life Paradoxical

We've all heard the saying "paradoxy is Orthodoxy". Fr. Tom discusses the path to salvation found by embracing the paradoxy of life and choosing to bear our cross.
10/27/202219 minutes, 34 seconds
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Transformation and Growth

Fr. Tom discusses how the Christian life consists of personal transformation and a deep urgency to bring others into the fold.
10/25/20220
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Church Growth

Fr. Tom discusses how God makes the Church for growth . . . and not just numerical growth.
10/20/202217 minutes, 59 seconds
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Church Growth

Fr. Tom discusses how God makes the Church for growth . . . and not just numerical growth.
10/20/20220
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Images & Idols

Fr. Tom discusses St. Paul's exhortation to have nothing to do with idols. Idols bring a communion of death, while the Divine Image of God destroys death and brings life.
10/11/20220
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Images & Idols

Fr. Tom discusses St. Paul's exhortation to have nothing to do with idols. Idols bring a communion of death, while the Divine Image of God destroys death and brings life.
10/11/202223 minutes
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The Marriage Supper

Listen as Fr. Tom discusses how active participation in the life of the Church now gives us a foretaste of the inheritance that awaits us in eternity.
10/4/20220
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Why Should I Be Like God?

Listen as Fr. Tom discusses what it means to be truly human and why we can't settle for being anything less.
10/3/202216 minutes, 33 seconds
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Why Should I Be Like God?

Listen as Fr. Tom discusses what it means to be truly human and why we can't settle for being anything less.
10/2/20220
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Transformation & Growth

Fr. Tom discusses how the Christian life consists of personal transformation and a deep urgency to bring others into the fold.
9/27/202218 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Marriage Supper

Listen as Fr. Tom discusses how active participation in the life of the Church now gives us a foretaste of the inheritance that awaits us in eternity.
9/20/202217 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Commandments and Communion

There is a prevalent view that religion is all about "being a good person" or completing a checklist of commandments. Fr. Tom shows us that the problem isn't the commandments themselves, but rather using them as a means to an end. What we really need is communion - with God and with one another.
9/7/20220
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The Commandments & Communion

There is a prevalent view that religion is all about "being a good person" or completing a checklist of commandments. Fr. Tom shows us that the problem isn't the commandments themselves, but rather using them as a means to an end. What we really need is communion - with God and with one another.
9/7/202222 minutes, 21 seconds
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Order

Listen as Fr. Tom discusses the foundations of an authentic Christian community founded on forgiveness, love, and mercy.
8/30/20220
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Order

Listen as Fr. Tom discusses the foundations of an authentic Christian community founded on forgiveness, love, and mercy.
8/30/202225 minutes, 35 seconds
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Authority

Our society is ripe with anti-authority sentiments such as "dismantle the patriarchy", but how should Christians respond? Listen as Fr. Tom shares Christ's vision for authority and why it's both good and necessary.
8/30/20220
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Authority

Our society is ripe with anti-authority sentiments such as "dismantle the patriarchy", but how should Christians respond? Listen as Fr. Tom shares Christ's vision for authority and why it's both good and necessary.
8/30/202224 minutes, 16 seconds
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Anxiety

We all have fears, worries, and anxieties - but, what do we do with them? Fr. Tom focuses on the Existing One and what that means for the difficulties of life.
8/15/20220
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Anxiety

We all have fears, worries, and anxieties - but, what do we do with them? Fr. Tom focuses on the Existing One and what that means for the difficulties of life.
8/15/202223 minutes, 27 seconds
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One

Fr. Tom discusses the unifying faith of Holy Orthodoxy
8/9/20220
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One

Fr. Tom discusses the unifying faith of Holy Orthodoxy
8/9/202223 minutes, 21 seconds
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Where Our Treasure Is

Comparing how we invest in bodily health over spiritual health, Fr. Tom exhorts us to remember that it's possible to enter Hell while physically healthy and possible to enter Heaven broken. It is only in Heaven that we will find eternal healing.
7/29/20220
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Where Our Treasure Is

Comparing how we invest in bodily health over spiritual health, Fr. Tom exhorts us to remember that it's possible to enter Hell while physically healthy and possible to enter Heaven broken. It is only in Heaven that we will find eternal healing.
7/29/202218 minutes, 59 seconds
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Pandemonium

In this time of chaos and pandemonium, to what - and to whom - will we turn for truth and guidance? The news? Politicians? YouTube? Listen as Fr. Tom calls us back to the Word of God.
7/12/20220
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Pandemonium

In this time of chaos and pandemonium, to what - and to whom - will we turn for truth and guidance? The news? Politicians? YouTube? Listen as Fr. Tom calls us back to the Word of God.
7/12/202213 minutes, 54 seconds
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Nihilism

When we struggle with hopelessness and disbelief, we can turn to the world and the nihilism it espouses - or, we can turn to Christ in faithfulness for comfort and true hope. We must always ask ourselves, "what do I actually believe about God?"
7/7/20220
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Nihilism

When we struggle with hopelessness and disbelief, we can turn to the world and the nihilism it espouses - or, we can turn to Christ in faithfulness for comfort and true hope. We must always ask ourselves, "what do I actually believe about God?"
7/7/202218 minutes, 28 seconds
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Purpose & Power

The purpose of the Christian life is to become fishers of men, but the power to do so can only be found through Christ, in the Church. Listen as Fr. Tom calls us to build the Church like the Saints of North America!
7/1/20220
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Purpose & Power

The purpose of the Christian life is to become fishers of men, but the power to do so can only be found through Christ, in the Church. Listen as Fr. Tom calls us to build the Church like the Saints of North America!
7/1/202213 minutes, 6 seconds
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A Call to Discipleship

On the Sunday of All Saints, Fr. Tom reminds us that our sainthood can only be achieved through dying to the world and pursuing a life of true discipleship in the bosom of the Church.
6/21/20220
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A Call to Discipleship

On the Sunday of All Saints, Fr. Tom reminds us that our sainthood can only be achieved through dying to the world and pursuing a life of true discipleship in the bosom of the Church.
6/21/202223 minutes, 57 seconds
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Dead Religion

As we celebrate Pentecost, Fr. Tom discusses what "dead religion" really is - ritual and form devoid of power. The descent of the Holy Spirit allows us to partake of the world-changing power of Christ but only if we thirst for it, only if we draw deeply from the well of the Church.
6/14/20220
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Dead Religion

As we celebrate Pentecost, Fr. Tom discusses what "dead religion" really is - ritual and form devoid of power. The descent of the Holy Spirit allows us to partake of the world-changing power of Christ but only if we thirst for it, only if we draw deeply from the well of the Church.
6/14/202217 minutes, 28 seconds
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What Is He Doing Now?

As we move from Pascha to the Ascension towards Pentecost, Fr. Tom discusses Christ's role as our eternal priest and sacrifice and what true unity looks like.
6/7/20220
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What Is He Doing Now?

As we move from Pascha to the Ascension towards Pentecost, Fr. Tom discusses Christ's role as our eternal priest and sacrifice and what true unity looks like.
6/7/202221 minutes, 50 seconds
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Darkness & Light

On the Sunday of the Blind Man, Fr. Tom discusses what it means to walk in darkness and in the light, and how we must have the truth born in us by being made a new creation in Christ.
5/31/20220
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Darkness & Light

On the Sunday of the Blind Man, Fr. Tom discusses what it means to walk in darkness and in the light, and how we must have the truth born in us by being made a new creation in Christ.
5/31/202226 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Spirit & The Truth

On the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, Fr. Tom reminds us of the deep human need for Truth and how the Holy Spirit guides us into that truth, both in belief and in worship.
5/24/20220
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The Spirit & The Truth

On the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, Fr. Tom reminds us of the deep human need for Truth and how the Holy Spirit guides us into that truth, both in belief and in worship.
5/24/202219 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Promise of Persisting

Listen as Fr. Tom reminds us that the promise of eternal life is tied to the commandment to persist until the very end.
5/16/20220
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The Promise of Persisting

Listen as Fr. Tom reminds us that the promise of eternal life is tied to the commandment to persist until the very end.
5/16/202217 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Angels Who Serve God

On the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing women, Fr. Tom draws many parallels between the servants of God, the Angels, the women to whom the resurrection was revealed, and our ever-serving mothers.
5/11/20220
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The Angels Who Serve God

On the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing women, Fr. Tom draws many parallels between the servants of God, the Angels, the women to whom the resurrection was revealed, and our ever-serving mothers.
5/11/202220 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Eternal Eighth Day

Listen as Fr. Tom unpacks the overflowing implications of Pascha - the eternal eighth day, the resurrected body, and St. Thomas.
5/10/20220
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The Eternal Eighth Day

Listen as Fr. Tom unpacks the overflowing implications of Pascha - the eternal eighth day, the resurrected body, and St. Thomas.
5/10/202221 minutes, 36 seconds
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Victory, Value, and Volition

Listen as Fr. Tom shows the many facets of what Palm Sunday means for us who seek to put Christ first.
4/20/20220
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Victory, Value, and Volition

Listen as Fr. Tom shows the many facets of what Palm Sunday means for us who seek to put Christ first.
4/20/202217 minutes, 42 seconds
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Extreme Humility

As we inch closer to Holy Week, Fr. Tom recenters us on Christ and His humble death's effect on our humanity
4/13/20220
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Extreme Humility

As we inch closer to Holy Week, Fr. Tom recenters us on Christ and His humble death's effect on our humanity
4/13/202221 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Upside of Being Down

Fr. Tom reminds us that the spiritual life is full of ups and downs, but the downs are a provision from God for our salvation.
4/8/20220
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The Upside of Being Down

Fr. Tom reminds us that the spiritual life is full of ups and downs, but the downs are a provision from God for our salvation.
4/8/202225 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Violence of Faith

Fr. Tom reminds us that the Cross - both the Cross of Christ and the personal crosses we're called to carry - are the source of our salvation.
3/29/20220
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The Violence of Faith

Fr. Tom reminds us that the Cross - both the Cross of Christ and the personal crosses we're called to carry - are the source of our salvation.
3/29/202219 minutes, 56 seconds
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What Is Truth?

Truth is more than an internal reality or a set of external precepts - it is the transformative power of Christ!
3/24/20220
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What Is Truth?

Truth is more than an internal reality or a set of external precepts - it is the transformative power of Christ!
3/24/202222 minutes, 47 seconds
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Come and See

In this back-to-basics message, Fr. Tom reminds us that the real triumph of Orthodoxy begins with being a true follower of Christ.
3/15/20220
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Come and See

In this back-to-basics message, Fr. Tom reminds us that the real triumph of Orthodoxy begins with being a true follower of Christ.
3/15/202218 minutes, 6 seconds
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Spring Cleaning

Listen as Fr. Tom encourages us to take full advantage of the call to forgiveness.
3/15/20220
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Spring Cleaning

Listen as Fr. Tom encourages us to take full advantage of the call to forgiveness.
3/15/202216 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Beauty of Our Judgement

The Gospel reading of the Last Judgement can bring incredible fear and awe; however, as Fr. Tom reminds us, it should also be a great source of consolation!
3/1/20220
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The Beauty of Our Judgement

The Gospel reading of the Last Judgement can bring incredible fear and awe; however, as Fr. Tom reminds us, it should also be a great source of consolation!
3/1/202220 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Tears of the Prodigal

On the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Fr. Tom shows us how the love of the Father embraces us in all of our filth. The only washing required is that of our own tears.
2/23/20220
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The Tears of the Prodigal

On the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Fr. Tom shows us how the love of the Father embraces us in all of our filth. The only washing required is that of our own tears.
2/23/202219 minutes, 24 seconds
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Lighten the Load with Humility

Calling upon commentary from St. John Chrysostom on the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee, Fr. Tom spurs us on to win the race by lightening our spiritual chariots with humility.
2/16/20220
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Lighten the Load with Humility

Calling upon commentary from St. John Chrysostom on the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee, Fr. Tom spurs us on to win the race by lightening our spiritual chariots with humility.
2/16/202222 minutes, 6 seconds
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Today Salvation Has Come To This House

As we approach the Great Lenten season, we first hear about Zacchaeus. Fr. Tom reminds us that the same message harkening to Zacchaeus to hasten and come down to receive Christ is being spoken to us now.
2/8/20220
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Today Salvation Has Come To This House

As we approach the Great Lenten season, we first hear about Zacchaeus. Fr. Tom reminds us that the same message harkening to Zacchaeus to hasten and come down to receive Christ is being spoken to us now.
2/8/202221 minutes, 22 seconds
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When God's Answer is Silence

Everyone has encountered long periods of suffering and grief. How do we engage these times in a manner that is beneficial to our spiritual life? How do we develop patient endurance? Listen as Fr. Tom brings this encouraging message of hope in Christ.
1/31/20220
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When God’s Answer is Silence

Everyone has encountered long periods of suffering and grief. How do we engage these times in a manner that is beneficial to our spiritual life? How do we develop patient endurance? Listen as Fr. Tom brings this encouraging message of hope in Christ.
1/31/202221 minutes, 22 seconds
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Real Eyes

As we read about the healing of the blind man, Fr. Tom implores us to always see ourselves, the Church, and - most importantly - Christ with new, spiritual eyes.
1/26/20220
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Real Eyes

As we read about the healing of the blind man, Fr. Tom implores us to always see ourselves, the Church, and - most importantly - Christ with new, spiritual eyes.
1/26/202219 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Cost of Following Christ

In this convicting message, Fr. Tom shows us that following Christ can - and will - cost us everything; however, we are promised so much more here and in the world to come.
1/19/20220
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The Cost of Following Christ

In this convicting message, Fr. Tom shows us that following Christ can—and will—cost us everything; however, we are promised so much more here and in the world to come.
1/19/202220 minutes, 28 seconds
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Redemption Brings Perfection

As the celebration of Theophany continues, Fr. Tom shows us that all of Christ's redemptive work is set forth to build the Church and bring us to perfection.
1/19/20220
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Redemption Brings Perfection

As the celebration of Theophany continues, Fr. Tom shows us that all of Christ's redemptive work is set forth to build the Church and bring us to perfection.
1/19/202216 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Mystery of Time

Listen as Fr. Tom explains how Christ completely shatters our concept of time!
1/14/20220
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The Mystery of Time

Listen as Fr. Tom explains how Christ completely shatters our concept of time!
1/14/202222 minutes, 19 seconds
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We Are Spiritual AND Religious

Listen as Fr. Tom reminds us that, to fully worship God, we need both our souls and our bodies.
12/30/20210
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We Are Spiritual AND Religious

Listen as Fr. Tom reminds us that, to fully worship God, we need both our souls and our bodies.
12/30/202115 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Light That Shines

Fr. Tom greets us on the blessed feast of the Nativity to remind us that only in the light of Christ can we find true fulfillment.
12/28/20210
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The Light That Shines

Fr. Tom greets us on the blessed feast of the Nativity to remind us that only in the light of Christ can we find true fulfillment.
12/28/202114 minutes, 16 seconds
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Don't Look Down!

As we work our way through the Nativity Fast, Fr. Tom cautions us not to get bogged down in earthly matters, but to embrace our healing in the incarnate Christ.
12/15/20210
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Don’t Look Down!

As we work our way through the Nativity Fast, Fr. Tom cautions us not to get bogged down in earthly matters, but to embrace our healing in the incarnate Christ.
12/15/202114 minutes, 20 seconds
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Responding to Revelation

Listen as Fr. Tom shows from the Scriptures how the only response to the truth is to be crucified to the world.
12/13/20210
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Responding to Revelation

Listen as Fr. Tom shows from the Scriptures how the only response to the truth is to be crucified to the world.
12/13/202117 minutes, 19 seconds
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Who Is The Good Samaritan?

Often we're quick to hope that we can identify with the Good Samaritan in the Scriptures; however, Fr. Tom reminds us that Christ is always the Good Samaritan, and we are the ones broken, on the side of the road awaiting His healing.
12/9/20210
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Who Is The Good Samaritan?

Often we're quick to hope that we can identify with the Good Samaritan in the Scriptures; however, Fr. Tom reminds us that Christ is always the Good Samaritan, and we are the ones broken, on the side of the road awaiting His healing.
12/9/202121 minutes, 13 seconds
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Demons Are Real!

We all suffer and struggle in our lives, but how often do we think of the reality that the demons seek to oppress us? Listen as Fr. Tom shows clearly from the Scriptures that this is the case, and what we must do about it.
11/11/20210
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Demons Are Real!

We all suffer and struggle in our lives, but how often do we think of the reality that the demons seek to oppress us? Listen as Fr. Tom shows clearly from the Scriptures that this is the case, and what we must do about it.
11/11/202127 minutes, 16 seconds
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Death & Justice

Reading the Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus, Fr. Tom urges us to remember our own death and to take heart that the final justice is God's.
11/10/20210
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Death & Justice

Reading the Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus, Fr. Tom urges us to remember our own death and to take heart that the final justice is God's.
11/10/202123 minutes, 29 seconds
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Authenticity

Fr. Tom reminds us that the part of the world seeking the Truth desires authenticity and that we must remove ourselves far from compromise with the declining worldly values.
11/10/20210
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Authenticity

Fr. Tom reminds us that the part of the world seeking the Truth desires authenticity and that we must remove ourselves far from compromise with the declining worldly values.
11/10/202127 minutes, 58 seconds
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What Must We Do To Be Saved?

The beauty of Orthodoxy is in its Christ-centeredness. Fr. Tom reminds us that Christ is everything and that we are only saved in and through Him; however, that doesn't mean we do nothing! Salvation comes not through easy belief-ism, but through following the command of our Lord to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him.
10/7/20210
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What Must We Do To Be Saved?

The beauty of Orthodoxy is in its Christ-centeredness. Fr. Tom reminds us that Christ is everything and that we are only saved in and through Him; however, that doesn't mean we do nothing! Salvation comes not through easy belief-ism, but through following the command of our Lord to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him.
10/7/202121 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Key to Becoming Like God

Listen as Fr. Tom urges us to become like God in our forgiveness.
9/9/20210
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The Key to Becoming Like God

Listen as Fr. Tom urges us to become like God in our forgiveness.
9/9/202121 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Result of Sin

The dark reality of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist is one that is the direct result of sin. Listen as Fr. Tom encourages us that while this life may not require such a fate, our persecutions are nothing compared to the glory which awaits us.
9/6/20210
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The Result of Sin

The dark reality of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist is one that is the direct result of sin. Listen as Fr. Tom encourages us that while this life may not require such a fate, our persecutions are nothing compared to the glory which awaits us.
9/6/202121 minutes, 38 seconds
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His Divinity Made Manifest In Our Trials

Tying together the Gospel readings from this week and the week prior, Fr. Tom lays out the reality that the One who prays, the One who walks on water, the One who gives us Himself in the Eucharist is always present . . . especially in our trials.
8/24/20210
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His Divinity Made Manifest In Our Trials

Tying together the Gospel readings from this week and the week prior, Fr. Tom lays out the reality that the One who prays, the One who walks on water, the One who gives us Himself in the Eucharist is always present . . . especially in our trials.
8/24/202125 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Dormition: Glory to Jesus Christ!

Pulling from all of the scripture readings of the day, Fr. Tom shows that the doctrine of the Theotokos - and, ultimately, every doctrine of the Orthodox Church - is really about the Lord Jesus Christ.
8/17/20210
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The Dormition: Glory to Jesus Christ!

Pulling from all of the scripture readings of the day, Fr. Tom shows that the doctrine of the Theotokos - and, ultimately, every doctrine of the Orthodox Church - is really about the Lord Jesus Christ.
8/17/202119 minutes, 47 seconds
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Encounters That Demand Answers

Fr. Tom meditates on how encounters with Christ and His miracles - both today and in the Scriptures - elicit opposite responses. We see some who accept them and some who deny them in the most vicious ways. What will your response be?
8/11/20210
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Encounters That Demand Answers

Fr. Tom meditates on how encounters with Christ and His miracles - both today and in the Scriptures - elicit opposite responses. We see some who accept them and some who deny them in the most vicious ways. What will your response be?
8/11/202120 minutes, 22 seconds
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Our Missionary Imperative

As we remember the saints of North America, we remember that what made them special wasn't ethnicity or cultural preservation . . . it was their desire to preach the Gospel!
7/8/20210
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Our Missionary Imperative

As we remember the saints of North America, we remember that what made them special wasn't ethnicity or cultural preservation . . . it was their desire to preach the Gospel!
7/8/202122 minutes, 52 seconds
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(We Are) All Saints

All Saints Sunday is about far more than remembering especially holy people. It's about hearing Christ's call for us to become truly human.
6/30/20210
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(We Are) All Saints

All Saints Sunday is about far more than remembering especially holy people. It's about hearing Christ's call for us to become truly human.
6/30/202118 minutes, 49 seconds
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The High Priestly Prayer

We're all familiar with the high priestly prayer of Christ, but what are its implications for us here and now? How does it dictate our worship, our service, our unity? Listen as Fr. Tom unpacks the prayer of our Lord.
6/15/20210
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The High Priestly Prayer

We're all familiar with the high priestly prayer of Christ, but what are its implications for us here and now? How does it dictate our worship, our service, our unity? Listen as Fr. Tom unpacks the prayer of our Lord.
6/15/202118 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Ever-Present Eternal Sacrifice

Unpacking the Sunday epistle reading, Fr. Tom helps us to enter into the cosmic mystery that is Christ and the New Covenant. The Divine Liturgy is not a dead work; it is a provision to allow us to enter into the eternal sacrifice of God every time we gather.
6/4/20210
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The Reality of Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth

Lest we forget the cosmic realities of our Orthodox worship, Fr. Tom unpacks the reading of the Samaritan Woman in order to remind us that worship in spirit and in truth is not bound to space or time, and includes - not least of all - personal sacrifice.
6/1/20210
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The Reality of Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth

Lest we forget the cosmic realities of our Orthodox worship, Fr. Tom unpacks the reading of the Samaritan Woman in order to remind us that worship in spirit and in truth is not bound to space or time, and includes - not least of all - personal sacrifice.
6/1/202118 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Resurrectional Call to Action

The story of the Myrrh-Bearing Women should serve as a reminder to us that the resurrection demands action on our part, including a bold proclamation of the truth.
5/20/20210
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The Resurrectional Call to Action

The story of the Myrrh-Bearing Women should serve as a reminder to us that the resurrection demands action on our part, including a bold proclamation of the truth.
5/20/202118 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Signs of the Eternal Day

On the eighth day of Pascha, Fr. Tom reminds us to heed the signs which point us to the Eternal Day.
5/20/20210
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The Signs of the Eternal Day

On the eighth day of Pascha, Fr. Tom reminds us to heed the signs which point us to the Eternal Day.
5/20/202116 minutes, 24 seconds
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Palm Sunday

As we enter into Holy Week via the Triumphal Entry, we are reminded that there is cause for great joy - Jesus Christ is the King over all and ever shall be!
4/27/20210
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Palm Sunday

As we enter into Holy Week via the Triumphal Entry, we are reminded that there is cause for great joy - Jesus Christ is the King over all and ever shall be!
4/27/202119 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Ever-Present Eternal Sacrifice

Unpacking the Sunday epistle reading, Fr. Tom helps us to enter into the cosmic mystery that is Christ and the New Covenant. The Divine Liturgy is not a dead work; it is a provision to allow us to enter into the eternal sacrifice of God every time we gather.
4/21/202118 minutes, 3 seconds
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Prayer & Faithfulness

Is there anything upon which our faith is contingent? Fr. Tom reminds us that, while we may not always have certainty or the privilege of seeing the Lord as the disciples, our prayer will be the seal of our faith.
4/15/20210
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Prayer & Faithfulness

Is there anything upon which our faith is contingent? Fr. Tom reminds us that, while we may not always have certainty or the privilege of seeing the Lord as the disciples, our prayer will be the seal of our faith.
4/15/202127 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Call of the Cross

What must we remember when we bow before the Holy Cross? Fr. Tom reminds us that the central call of the cross is to die to ourselves.
4/6/20210
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The Call of the Cross

What must we remember when we bow before the Holy Cross? Fr. Tom reminds us that the central call of the cross is to die to ourselves.
4/6/202124 minutes, 38 seconds
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Triumph of Truth

Listen as Fr. Tom reminds us that the Sunday of Orthodoxy is about so much more than icons alone . . . it is about the triumph of truth.
3/24/20210
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Triumph of Truth

Listen as Fr. Tom reminds us that the Sunday of Orthodoxy is about so much more than icons alone . . . it is about the triumph of truth.
3/24/202121 minutes, 9 seconds
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Forgiveness Is Greater Than Fasting

Leading into the Great Fast, Fr. Tom urgently calls us to remember that all of the fasting in the world is useless if we neglect the weightier matters.
3/23/20210
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Forgiveness Is Greater Than Fasting

Leading into the Great Fast, Fr. Tom urgently calls us to remember that all of the fasting in the world is useless if we neglect the weightier matters.
3/23/202120 minutes, 4 seconds
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Why Are We Judged By God?

Being judged by God is far more than a legal pronouncement. Listen as Fr. Tom reminds the faithful that God's judgment has much more to do with our purification and our becoming truly human.
3/10/20210
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Why Are We Judged By God?

Being judged by God is far more than a legal pronouncement. Listen as Fr. Tom reminds the faithful that God's judgment has much more to do with our purification and our becoming truly human.
3/10/202121 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Observance of the Pharisee. The Heart of the Publican.

Fr. Alexander Rentel, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America brings us a preparatory message in anticipation of Great Lent: observe the religious practice of the Church like the pharisee, but beg our Lord for the humble heart of the publican.
2/23/20210
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The Observance of the Pharisee. The Heart of the Publican.

Fr. Alexander Rentel, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America brings us a preparatory message in anticipation of Great Lent: observe the religious practice of the Church like the pharisee, but beg our Lord for the humble heart of the publican.
2/23/202116 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Savior of the World . . . Even Zacchaeus

As we inch closer and closer to the Great Fast, Fr. Tom harkens us back to the basics - that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, even those of us like Zacchaeus.
2/16/20210
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The Savior of the World . . . Even Zacchaeus

As we inch closer and closer to the Great Fast, Fr. Tom harkens us back to the basics - that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, even those of us like Zacchaeus.
2/16/202122 minutes, 1 second
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Don't Quit Seeking!

Listen as Fr. Tom encourages all seekers to follow in the path of the Canaanite woman.
2/12/20210
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Don’t Quit Seeking!

Listen as Fr. Tom encourages all seekers to follow in the path of the Canaanite woman.
2/12/202126 minutes, 51 seconds
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What Membership Demands

Exhorting us from the Parable of the Talents, Fr. Tom reminds us that - as true members - we must use our gifts to build up the Body of Christ.
2/2/20210
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What Membership Demands

Exhorting us from the Parable of the Talents, Fr. Tom reminds us that - as true members - we must use our gifts to build up the Body of Christ.
2/2/202122 minutes, 54 seconds
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Blind Mercy

As we read the story of blind Bartimaeus, Fr. Tom reminds us that when we know who Jesus truly is, and ask His mercy, He will heal us.
1/30/20210
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Blind Mercy

As we read the story of blind Bartimaeus, Fr. Tom reminds us that when we know who Jesus truly is, and ask His mercy, He will heal us.
1/30/202118 minutes, 44 seconds
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Doctrine

Fr. Tom unpacks the Epistle reading to show the importance of doctrine for our understanding of Christ, ourselves, the world, and everything.
1/22/20210
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Doctrine

Fr. Tom unpacks the Epistle reading to show the importance of doctrine for our understanding of Christ, ourselves, the world, and everything.
1/22/202121 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Messenger, The Messiah, and The Manifestation.

Leading into the feast of Theophany, Fr. Tom calls to remembrance the Forerunner and how he points us to repentance in order to see clearly our Savior in the Holy Trinity.
1/5/20210
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The Messenger, The Messiah, and The Manifestation.

Leading into the feast of Theophany, Fr. Tom calls to remembrance the Forerunner and how he points us to repentance in order to see clearly our Savior in the Holy Trinity.
1/5/202114 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Shepherd. The Warrior. The King.

Fr. Tom calls to remembrance all of the ways that Christ fulfills the prophecy of the Old Testament - especially how He fulfills the role of King David.
12/29/20200
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The Shepherd. The Warrior. The King.

Fr. Tom calls to remembrance all of the ways that Christ fulfills the prophecy of the Old Testament - especially how He fulfills the role of King David.
12/29/202018 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Promise

On the Sunday before the Nativity, Fr. Tom reminds us of God's promise all throughout the Scriptures - that He is faithful and that we enter into His salvific plan as the Savior enters into our humanity at Christmas.
12/21/20200
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The Promise

On the Sunday before the Nativity, Fr. Tom reminds us of God's promise all throughout the Scriptures - that He is faithful and that we enter into His salvific plan as the Savior enters into our humanity at Christmas.
12/21/202020 minutes, 2 seconds
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What's Your Excuse?

Fr. Tom calls us to consider the invitation of the Gospel: union with one another and union with God Himself. Invariably, we all make excuses to God's invitation - what's yours?
12/15/20200
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What’s Your Excuse?

Fr. Tom calls us to consider the invitation of the Gospel: union with one another and union with God Himself. Invariably, we all make excuses to God's invitation - what's yours?
12/15/202020 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Inner Life of God

Fr. Tom draws from both of the Scripture readings to tell us about the inner life of God and how it plays out in our interactions with one another.
12/15/20200
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The Inner Life of God

Fr. Tom draws from both of the Scripture readings to tell us about the inner life of God and how it plays out in our interactions with one another.
12/15/202019 minutes, 41 seconds
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True Unity

If true unity is only found in the Church, then we must ask ourselves, "what can I give up to submit myself to Christ and His Body?" Listen as Fr. Tom calls us to remember our unique individuality, but not to the exclusion of our connectedness to one another.
11/25/20200
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True Unity

If true unity is only found in the Church, then we must ask ourselves, "what can I give up to submit myself to Christ and His Body?" Listen as Fr. Tom calls us to remember our unique individuality, but not to the exclusion of our connectedness to one another.
11/25/202020 minutes, 48 seconds
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Who Is The Good Samaritan?

Fr. Tom implores us to understand the parable of the Good Samaritan from a different perspective and ask ourselves, who is the Samaritan? Who is the one left for dead on the road?
11/17/20200
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Who Is The Good Samaritan?

Fr. Tom implores us to understand the parable of the Good Samaritan from a different perspective and ask ourselves, who is the Samaritan? Who is the one left for dead on the road?
11/17/202020 minutes, 44 seconds
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Our Choice & The Angels' Help

On the Sunday of the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers, Fr. Tom reminds us of the constant, unseen warfare that surrounds us. How are to understand the role of the Angels in our lives? Do we remember that they are our constant helpers? While this is true, we're not to forget that nothing will override our personal free-will and that we must choose always to be a disciple of Christ first and foremost if we are to benefit from the Angels' help.
11/10/20200
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Our Choice & The Angels’ Help

On the Sunday of the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers, Fr. Tom reminds us of the constant, unseen warfare that surrounds us. How are to understand the role of the Angels in our lives? Do we remember that they are our constant helpers? While this is true, we're not to forget that nothing will override our personal free-will and that we must choose always to be a disciple of Christ first and foremost if we are to benefit from the Angels' help.
11/10/202019 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Monsters We Know . . .

Special guest Fr. John Mikita from Holy Ascension Church in Mount Pleasant, SC encourages us to recall the light of Christ when we face spiritual darkness. Fr. John also warns us that to encounter Christ is to have to choose between the darkness we're comfortable with and the change to which He calls us.
11/2/20200
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The Monsters We Know . . .

Special guest Fr. John Mikita from Holy Ascension Church in Mount Pleasant, SC encourages us to recall the light of Christ when we face spiritual darkness. Fr. John also warns us that to encounter Christ is to have to choose between the darkness we're comfortable with and the change to which He calls us.
11/2/202013 minutes, 48 seconds
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Loving Lazarus

Who or what receives our worship? Is it material things, the creation, or is it the Creator? Fr. Tom exhorts us from the parable of the rich man and Lazarus that we must order our lives around the Divine and live it out by loving those who are Lazarus to us.
10/28/20200
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Loving Lazarus

Who or what receives our worship? Is it material things, the creation, or is it the Creator? Fr. Tom exhorts us from the parable of the rich man and Lazarus that we must order our lives around the Divine and live it out by loving those who are Lazarus to us.
10/28/202024 minutes, 8 seconds
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Are You A Believer?

Will we live as believers or unbelievers? The line of demarcation can be thin! Fr. Tom argues from the Scriptures and the lives of the saints that we must constantly choose to live out our baptism as the holy and set apart people of God.
10/28/202016 minutes, 50 seconds
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Are You A Believer?

Will we live as believers or unbelievers? The line of demarcation can be thin! Fr. Tom argues from the Scriptures and the lives of the saints that we must constantly choose to live out our baptism as the holy and set apart people of God.
10/27/20200
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...To Hear the Word of God

The multitudes pressed to hear the Word of God; will we do the same? Fr. Tom teaches us that the Word of God, both the Incarnate Eternal Word and the Holy Scriptures, lead us to life, joy, and ultimate meaning in every action we take as Orthodox Christians.
10/27/20200
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...To Hear the Word of God

The multitudes pressed to hear the Word of God; will we do the same? Fr. Tom teaches us that the Word of God, both the Incarnate Eternal Word and the Holy Scriptures, lead us to life, joy, and ultimate meaning in every action we take as Orthodox Christians.
10/27/202020 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Greatest Commandment & The Cross

How do we love God with all of our heart, with all of our mind, and with all of our soul? Fr. Tom shows us that Cross serves as the paragon example of fulfilling the greatest commandment of our Lord.
10/26/20200
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The Greatest Commandment & The Cross

How do we love God with all of our heart, with all of our mind, and with all of our soul? Fr. Tom shows us that Cross serves as the paragon example of fulfilling the greatest commandment of our Lord.
10/26/202017 minutes, 50 seconds
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Is it Easier to be Healed or to be Forgiven? (Mark 2:1-12)

In a powerful message on the value of faith, Fr Thomas reminds us that forgiveness is the most important healing we'll ever receive.
10/26/20200
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The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

We all receive an invitation to the marriage supper of the Lamb, but how will we respond? Will we be found ready in our wedding garments? Fr. Tom calls us to look to the precious and life-giving cross to prepare ourselves as a bride waiting for the consummation of all things in Christ.
10/19/20200
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The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

We all receive an invitation to the marriage supper of the Lamb, but how will we respond? Will we be found ready in our wedding garments? Fr. Tom calls us to look to the precious and life-giving cross to prepare ourselves as a bride waiting for the consummation of all things in Christ.
10/19/202019 minutes, 10 seconds
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Foretasting the Kingdom of God in the Church

Is the Kingdom of God some far away concept of heaven? Dn. Luke shares with us the tools the Church has provided to live as citizens in the Kingdom of God here and now as well as how to joyfully prepare for the fullness of the Kingdom at Christ's second coming.
10/16/20200
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Foretasting the Kingdom of God in the Church

Is the Kingdom of God some far away concept of heaven? Dn. Luke shares with us the tools the Church has provided to live as citizens in the Kingdom of God here and now as well as how to joyfully prepare for the fullness of the Kingdom at Christ's second coming.
10/16/202012 minutes, 17 seconds
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What Must We Do To Be Saved?

What must we do to be saved? Listen as Fr. Tom exhorts us to an understanding that the Christian life is not one where we can sit idly by, be a hearer of the word only, or rely on ritual action alone; it is a life whereby we must cooperatively be incorporated into Christ Himself.
10/14/20200
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What Must We Do To Be Saved?

What must we do to be saved? Listen as Fr. Tom exhorts us to an understanding that the Christian life is not one where we can sit idly by, be a hearer of the word only, or rely on ritual action alone; it is a life whereby we must cooperatively be incorporated into Christ Himself.
10/14/202018 minutes, 42 seconds
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How Can We Find Strength In Our Weakness?

How can we find the power of God and strength amidst feelings of weakness and persecution? Fr. Thomas urges us to follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, the apostles, and saints as we find ourselves in a world opposed to the Christian life.
10/10/20200
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How Can We Find Strength In Our Weakness?

How can we find the power of God and strength amidst feelings of weakness and persecution? Fr. Thomas urges us to follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, the apostles, and saints as we find ourselves in a world opposed to the Christian life.
10/10/202016 minutes, 34 seconds
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Growing in Faith (during the Pandemic)

How can we remain peaceful during the Pandemic? Fr Thomas presents the practical teachings of St Paul and the Lord Jesus Christ to give us perspective about how to actually grow in faithfulness during times of trouble.
7/3/20200
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Holiness is the Mission of the Church

At the celebration of the feast of All Saints of North America, Fr Thomas shows us the relationship between the holiness demonstrated in the lives of the Saints and our mission as Christians in the world.
7/3/20200
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Growing in Faith (during the Pandemic)

How can we remain peaceful during the Pandemic? Fr Thomas presents the practical teachings of St Paul and the Lord Jesus Christ to give us perspective about how to actually grow in faithfulness during times of trouble.
7/3/202019 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Purpose of the Law

During a Saturday morning Divine Liturgy, Fr Thomas teaches us that, being justified by faith in Christ, we must transcend the demands of the Mosaic Law.
7/3/20200
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Holiness is the Mission of the Church

At the celebration of the feast of All Saints of North America, Fr Thomas shows us the relationship between the holiness demonstrated in the lives of the Saints and our mission as Christians in the world.
7/3/202016 minutes, 1 second
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The Purpose of the Law

During a Saturday morning Divine Liturgy, Fr Thomas teaches us that, being justified by faith in Christ, we must transcend the demands of the Mosaic Law.
7/3/20209 minutes, 18 seconds
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Being in Christ, Christ in Us

On the Sunday before Pentecost, Fr Thomas teaches us about being our united to God in Christ.
6/20/20200
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The Hidden Power of God in Us

On the Great Feast of Pentecost, Fr Thomas teaches us about our participation in the first Pentecost through the sacramental grace of the Holy Spirit in Chrismation.
6/20/20200
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The Hidden Power of God in Us

On the Great Feast of Pentecost, Fr Thomas teaches us about our participation in the first Pentecost through the sacramental grace of the Holy Spirit in Chrismation.
6/20/202011 minutes, 57 seconds
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Seeing the Glory of God

In the healing of the Blind Man, Jesus restored the sight of a man born blind. Fr Thomas reminds us that the goal of our spiritual life is to purify ourselves so that we can see the glory of God.
6/20/20200
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Being in Christ, Christ in Us

On the Sunday before Pentecost, Fr Thomas teaches us about being our united to God in Christ.
6/20/202019 minutes, 22 seconds
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Seeing the Glory of God

In the healing of the Blind Man, Jesus restored the sight of a man born blind. Fr Thomas reminds us that the goal of our spiritual life is to purify ourselves so that we can see the glory of God.
6/20/202014 minutes, 59 seconds
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Hearing the Voice of God

During a Saturday Divine Liturgy, Fr Thomas teaches from John 10:27-38 on how we can hear the voice of God in the words of Jesus.
6/20/20200
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Speaking the Truth in Love

At the incredible encounter of the Samaritan Woman with Jesus as the well, Fr Thomas teaches us that the Lord models how to speak the truth in love.
6/20/20200
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Hearing the Voice of God

During a Saturday Divine Liturgy, Fr Thomas teaches from John 10:27-38 on how we can hear the voice of God in the words of Jesus.
6/20/202014 minutes, 58 seconds
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Speaking the Truth in Love

At the incredible encounter of the Samaritan Woman with Jesus as the well, Fr Thomas teaches us that the Lord models how to speak the truth in love.
6/20/202015 minutes, 3 seconds
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Christ is the Truth of God

During a Saturday Divine Liturgy, Fr Thomas taught from John 8:31-42, "you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
6/20/20200
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Jesus is the Fulfillment of the Law

Even as Jesus healed the Paralytic, Fr Thomas teaches us that the Jewish religious leaders sought to kill Him, because He dared to show compassion on the Sabbath.
6/20/20200
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Christ is the Truth of God

During a Saturday Divine Liturgy, Fr Thomas taught from John 8:31-42, "you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
6/20/202013 minutes, 46 seconds
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Profiles in Compassion

On the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers, Fr Thomas teaches about their great mercy and compassion.
6/20/20200
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Jesus is the Fulfillment of the Law

Even as Jesus healed the Paralytic, Fr Thomas teaches us that the Jewish religious leaders sought to kill Him, because He dared to show compassion on the Sabbath.
6/20/202017 minutes, 31 seconds
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Profiles in Compassion

On the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers, Fr Thomas teaches about their great mercy and compassion.
6/20/202015 minutes, 39 seconds
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Is the Coronavirus God's Chastening?

Fr Thomas encourages us from the scriptures to patiently endure the Coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to turn back to God in repentance.
3/19/20200
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Is the Coronavirus God’s Chastening?

Fr Thomas encourages us from the scriptures to patiently endure the Coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to turn back to God in repentance.
3/19/202018 minutes, 40 seconds
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Persevering in Orthodoxy

Fr Thomas teaches us that a Triumph of Orthodoxy is when we persevere in practicing the fullness of the Faith.
3/18/20200
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Persevering in Orthodoxy

Fr Thomas teaches us that a Triumph of Orthodoxy is when we persevere in practicing the fullness of the Faith.
3/18/202021 minutes, 6 seconds
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Great Lent and the Meaning of Perfection

Fr Thomas encourages the faithful by outlining the goals of Great Lent in the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
3/18/20200
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Great Lent and the Meaning of Perfection

Fr Thomas encourages the faithful by outlining the goals of Great Lent in the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
3/18/202020 minutes, 4 seconds
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Universalism and Other Pernicious Heresies

On the Pre-Lenten Sunday of the Final Judgment, Fr Thomas speaks out against the false teachings of universalism, millenarianism, and the doubted return of Christ.
2/24/20200
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Universalism and Other Pernicious Heresies

On the Pre-Lenten Sunday of the Final Judgment, Fr Thomas speaks out against the false teachings of universalism, millenarianism, and the doubted return of Christ.
2/24/202023 minutes, 11 seconds
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The True Measure of Holiness

As we begin the pre-Lenten Sunday readings, the parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector reminds us that the only true measure of our holiness is God Himself.
2/21/20200
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Encountering God's Faithfulness

Fr Thomas teaches us that God keeps his promises so that everyone can have an encounter with him—he is faithful.
2/21/20200
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Three Characteristics of Great Faith

What would you do if God gave you the silent treatment? Fr Thomas reminds us that we must persist in our pleas to God and in so doing, exercise great faith.
2/21/20200
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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)
2/13/20200
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The True Measure of Holiness

As we begin the pre-Lenten Sunday readings, the parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector reminds us that the only true measure of our holiness is God Himself.
2/10/202018 minutes, 7 seconds
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Encountering God’s Faithfulness

Fr Thomas teaches us that God keeps his promises so that everyone can have an encounter with him—he is faithful.
2/10/202017 minutes, 46 seconds
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Three Characteristics of Great Faith

What would you do if God gave you the silent treatment? Fr Thomas reminds us that we must persist in our pleas to God and in so doing, exercise great faith.
2/10/202018 minutes, 15 seconds
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Wonderers, Wishers, and Worshippers

At Christ's entry into Jerusalem, there were those who were wondering how they could be rid of Him, those who were wishing He would be a social activist, and those who worshipped Him as the Son of the Living God. Today is no exception.
1/23/20200
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The Gospel and Culture

On the Sunday after Theophany, the scripture readings teach us that the light of Christ shines in the darkest corners of the world. Fr Thomas reminds us that the Gospel is not simply for one culture, but for all people everywhere.
1/23/20200
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He Must Increase!

As we approach the feast of Theophany, the Baptism of Christ, John the Forerunner shows us the way to unite ourselves to Christ, crying, "He must increase, but I must decrease!"
1/23/20200
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Christmas and the Fullness of Time

In the incarnation, God demonstrates His love for man, not only by sending His Son, but by uniting His Divinity to humanity.
1/23/20200
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The Darkness Fights Against the Light

As soon as our Lord is born in Bethlehem, the Scriptures record that the evil one is working through Herod to destroy him. Fr Thomas reminds us that the darkness will always fight against the Light, but we can choose our path wisely.
1/23/20200
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Seeing Christ as the Good Samaritan

The famous parable of the Good Samaritan is often relayed as a story about doing good to others. However, Fr Thomas teaches us the background of the story and why the Good Samaritan points directly to Christ as the one who heals us in the Church.
1/23/20200
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Your Purpose and God's Power

When we hear about the miracles that Christ performed for people, it can seem distant. Fr Thomas reminds us that the grace they received is the same life-giving power that we are granted in the Eucharist: the fullness of Christ.
1/23/20200
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Revealing What's Most Important To You

The saying goes, "actions speak louder than words." Christ Himself condemned the Jewish religious leaders for saying one thing but doing another. Fr Thomas teaches us that, as Orthodox Christians, our actions are important because they have to align with what we claim about God and ourselves. In fact, our eternal judgment is at stake.
1/23/20200
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Resisting the Values of the World

One of the greatest challenges that we face in our modern era is to resist the ever-changing values of the world. Fr Thomas teaches us that we receive truth, not from politics or social movements, but from the word of God which is planted in our heart by God Himself.
1/23/20200
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Bringing the Kingdom Into Your Midst

Jesus told His disciples that they could not cast out the demon in the epileptic boy "except by prayer and fasting." Fr Thomas reminds us that if we want to live in the midst of the Kingdom of God, we also must strengthen our faith through these essential disciplines.
1/23/20200
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Where is God In My Problems?

The dramatic story of Peter attempting to walk on the water to come to Jesus is a reminder that God is with us in our problems even if we can't see Him. Fr Thomas teaches us that we're not called to a life without problems, we're called to be faithful through them.
1/23/20200
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The Nourishment of Communion

In the miraculous feeding of the 5,000, Jesus reveals Himself to the provider of all good things. Fr Thomas teaches us that when we receive communion, we receive the Lord Himself, Who provides the nourishment to live the Christian life.
1/23/20200
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How to Share Your Faith

Fr Thomas teaches us that, because Jesus is the truth, sharing our faith in Him is at the very heart of our experience as Orthodox Christians. (At 17:00 the power went out in the church on the hottest day of the year!)
1/23/20200
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You're Not Just Another Animal

Deacon Luke Loboda teaches us that because we bear God's image, we must resist being slaves to our bodily desires, living like mere animals. Instead, we're called to fulfill the potential of holiness in us by the gift of the Holy Spirit.
1/23/20200
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Changing Our Perspective About Our Possessions

As Christians, the Holy Spirit gives us a new perspective on life and that includes what we do with our time, talent, and treasure. In short, everything belongs to God. He gives it all to us as a gift and we're called to offer a portion back to Him in thanksgiving.
1/23/20200
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Fulfilling Our Mission as Orthodox Christians

On the Feast of All Saints of North America, Fr Thomas reminds us of our Apostolic mission and how to meet the unprecedented challenges facing us in the 21st century.
1/23/20200
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Why Do We Pray to the Saints?

On the Sunday of All Saints, Fr. Thomas gives clear and direct evidence from the scriptures explaining how and why we ask for the prayers of the saints who have gone before us.
1/23/20200
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Living by the Power of the Holy Spirit

On the Feast of Pentecost, Fr Thomas teaches us that our Christian life must be empowered by the Holy Spirit of God in order to be one with each other and to tell the world of the good things God has done for us.
1/23/20200
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Knowing God is More Than Knowing About God

Fr. John Parker, Dean of St Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, PA, delivered the sermon on the Seventh Sunday of Pascha. Fr. John shares the story of his new leadership position at the seminary and how he grew to know the life of the seminary through daily experience. He reminds us that our knowledge of God must exceed simply knowing about Him to become instead the daily experience of God as members of the Church. (The recording begins in mid-story as he relates a call he received from Archbishop Michael to organize a talk at the All-American Council on church growth.)
1/23/20200
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Seeing Willful Blindness

In the story of the healing of the Blind Man, the willfully blind refuse to believe the truth about Jesus even when confronted with irrefutable proof. Fr Thomas reminds us that we must carefully consider all the teachings and deeds of Jesus so that we can be witnesses to the Son of God.
1/23/20200
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How to Share the Gospel with Anyone

In John 4, Jesus, the Master Teacher, shares the good news with the Samaritan Woman that He is the Savior of the World, and brings her to a life-changing faith. Fr Thomas shows us how this incredible story is the pattern for sharing our faith in Christ with anyone.
1/23/20200
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Deepen Your Faith through Learning

Fr Thomas reminds us of the value of learning to deepen our faith.
1/23/20200
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Inconvenient Love for the Lord

On the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers, we hear of the courage and love demonstrated by the men and women who cared for the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. Fr Thomas reminds us that this is also a powerful reminder that we must never succumb to the disrespectful practice of cremation because we deeply care for the body that God created and will raise from the dead.
1/23/20200
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Christ: The Destroyer of Doubt

The Resurrection of Christ destroys death, division, and despair. And though the Lord provides proof of His Resurrection to destroy doubt in us, our hearts must be unlocked from the inside through faith.
1/23/20200
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There's No Resurrection Without a Crucifixion

The Gospel reading for the fifth Sunday of Lent relates the story of the audacious question posed by the apostles James and John, who asked for glorification without first drinking the cup of humiliation. Fr Thomas reminds us that this basic principle of the Christian life proves true even for seemingly mundane things that we might mistakenly think are unimportant, like going to church to worship.
1/23/20200
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If God is Love, Why Can't I Live However I Want?

"God is Love" has become one of the most abused verses of Scripture. It's used today to justify every sin and excuse every condition. Fr Thomas urges us to look at the entirety of the Gospel message to truly understand the implications of being a creature of God Who is Love.
1/23/20200
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The Creative Word of God

On the day before the Great Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Fr Thomas weaves the themes from the gospel of the Second Sunday of Lent (the healing of the paralytic) and from the Annunciation to remind us that the Word of God is given to us to increase our faith and trust in Him.
1/23/20200
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Renewing Creation and Renewing Your Parish

On the Sunday after Theophany, the reading from the Apostle teaches us that there is a close relationship between Christ's filling all of creation with Himself and the gifts that He bestows on us. Fr Thomas reminds us that those gifts need to be discerned and exercised to continue the work of renewal in the world and in our parishes.
1/23/20200
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Christmas Through the Eyes of Children of God

Christmas is indeed a time to enjoy the delight of children during the feast. Fr Thomas teaches us to also remember yet another great gift of Christmas: we become children of God.
1/23/20200
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The God Who Identifies with Us

On the Sunday before Christmas, the kingly lineage of Jesus according to St Mathew is read. Fr Thomas teaches us that the names recount that Jesus is anything but a distant ruler, but rather that He identifies with the brokenness of humanity and comes to redeem us from it.
1/23/20200
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Look Up! Your Redemption is Near!

The beauty of Orthodoxy is richly expressed in her magnificent iconography adorning the walls and ceilings of our churches. As the parish of St Nicholas continues the iconographic renewal of their temple, Fr Thomas encourages parishioners to look up and see the Kingdom to come.
1/23/20200
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On the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

One day after the horrendous killings of 11 Jewish worshippers in a Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Fr Thomas gives a sobering reflection from the reading of the Sunday: the exorcism of the Gadarene demoniac.
1/23/20200
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How Do I Find the Will of God for My Life?

Christians are called to live in the will of God, but how do we find it? Fr Thomas teaches us that living in the will of God means identifying with God's Kingdom and not with the values of this fallen world.
1/23/20200
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The Power of Forgiveness

In the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, Jesus illustrates the consequences of unforgiveness. Fr Thomas teaches us that it is the God of love, mercy, and compassion who commands us to forgive and warns us of the judgment to come if we do not.
1/23/20200
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Trusting Christ in the Desolate Places of Our Life

Using the example of the crowd who followed Jesus to a deserted place where he healed and fed them, Deacon Luke Loboda encourages us to trust Christ to come into the desolate places of our life to be present with us and heal us.
1/23/20200
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Finding Peace in Difficult Times

Everyone has difficulties and problems that they face on a daily basis. Fr Thomas teaches us that in the midst of the storms of life we can experience the "peace from above" which is found only in Christ.
1/23/20200
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Don't Bring the World Into the Church

The societal and moral changes sweeping across the world pose profound challenges to Orthodox Christian believers. Fr Thomas reminds us that we must face these challenges squarely and never compromise what we believe by adopting worldly values.
1/23/20200
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Your God-Given Gifts Build Up the Church

Fr Thomas challenges us to recognize that our task as Christians is not simply to come to church to be fed for our own purposes, but to be sent out to build up the body of Christ.
1/23/20200
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The Importance of Sharing Your Faith

in Romans 10, St Paul writes about the importance of his fellow Jews hearing about Christ and why it's important for their salvation. Fr Thomas reminds us that evangelism should not be a foreign concept to Orthodox Christians. We must get comfortable with sharing our faith in Christ and speaking about God's work in our life.
1/23/20200
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Our Unbroken Chain of Apostolic Teaching

On the seventh Sunday of Holy Pascha we recall the words of our Lord to His apostles before His passion, reminding them that what He taught them was given by God Himself. Fr Thomas reminds Orthodox Christians that we must also receive this apostolic teaching and pass it on to new believers without any change or error.
1/23/20200
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Seeing with Recreated Eyes

The healing of the blind man in John 9 is a dramatic story of the healing power of God. Fr Thomas teaches us that we also have been healed by virtue of our baptism and we should tell others the story of our recreation.
1/23/20200
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Becoming a True Worshipper

Fr Thomas shows us how the story of the Lord's conversion of the Samaritan Woman at the well is the pattern for telling others about the good news of Jesus Christ to make them true worshippers.
1/23/20200
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Sacrificing our Sundays

On the Sunday of the Myrrhbearers, Fr Thomas reminds us that every Sunday, the Lord's Day, is set apart for us to sacrificially offer our time to worship the Risen Christ.
1/23/20200
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Encountering Christ in the Scriptures and the Eucharist

On the Sunday of St Thomas, we hear of the encounter of the Apostle with the risen Christ. Fr Thomas teaches us that we too must make every effort to encounter the resurrected Christ both in the Holy Scriptures and in the Eucharist.
1/23/20200
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The Centrality of the Gospel

On the great feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Fr Thomas reminds us that the message given by the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary is the very essence of the gospel message. This same message about the person of Jesus Christ also requires a response from us.
1/23/20200
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Don't Be Afraid of Difficult Answers

On the fourth Sunday of Lent, the Church presents the Gospel reading of the healing of the demon possessed boy, and we also commemorate St John of "The Ladder." Fr Thomas teaches us that, if we want to spiritually grow, we have to be able to accept God's difficult answers to our ultimate questions.
1/23/20200
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How to Take Up the Cross

On the Sunday of the Cross in Great Lent, Fr Thomas teaches us that the power of God is found in the righteous actions required of us when we take up our own cross to follow Christ.
1/23/20200
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The Ideal of Orthodoxy

Fr Thomas shares a powerful message, correcting those who make themselves the measure of faith, and encouraging all of us to remember that Orthodox Christianity is the ideal we are striving for.
1/23/20200
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Why is Great Lent So Intense?

Fr Thomas gives a compelling case for the intense spiritual and physical efforts involved in observing Great Lent, beginning with the end in mind: the true significance of the Resurrection of Christ.
1/23/20200
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The Eucharist as Judgment

As the Church prepares us for the Great Lenten season by hearing the parable of the Last Judgment in Matthew 25, Fr Thomas reminds us that our preparation for that Great Day begins every time we prepare ourselves for the Eucharist. It is a fire that consumes the unworthy.
1/23/20200
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God in Trinity

On the feast of Theophany, the baptism of Christ, Fr Thomas teaches on the Orthodox understanding of the Holy Trinity.
1/23/20200
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Developing Tenacious Faith

At the approach of the new year, the Church presents the example of Joseph and Mary taking the young child, Jesus, to Egypt, to protect Him and keep the promise they made to God. Fr Thomas encourages us also, to imitate their tenacious faith in keeping the promises of our baptism, no matter what challenge we face.
1/23/20200
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Why Did the Word of God Become a Man?

On Christmas Eve, Fr Thomas reminds us that Christ came as a human to restore the image of God in us and show us how to become what we were always meant to be.
1/23/20200
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The Invitation to Union with God

The Parable of the Great Banquet is read to prepare us to celebrate the Nativity of Christ. Fr Thomas weaves the epistle and gospel for the Sunday to inspire and direct us toward closer communion with God Himself by accepting the invitation that God gives to us week after week.
1/23/20200
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The Thankful Samaritan

Like the Good Samaritan, the scriptures give us yet another story about an exemplary Samaritan, among other so-called believers who failed to live up to their calling. Jesus heals ten lepers, but only the Samaritan returns to give thanks. Fr Thomas reminds us that we are continually being healed, and when we fail to give glory and thanks to the One who heals us, He says, "Where are you?"
1/23/20200
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The Gospel and Culture

On the Sunday after Theophany, the scripture readings teach us that the light of Christ shines in the darkest corners of the world. Fr Thomas reminds us that the Gospel is not simply for one culture, but for all people everywhere.
1/14/202021 minutes, 3 seconds
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He Must Increase!

As we approach the feast of Theophany, the Baptism of Christ, John the Forerunner shows us the way to unite ourselves to Christ, crying, "He must increase, but I must decrease!"
1/9/202014 minutes, 23 seconds
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Christmas and the Fullness of Time

In the incarnation, God demonstrates His love for man, not only by sending His Son, but by uniting His Divinity to humanity.
1/3/202013 minutes
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The Darkness Fights Against the Light

As soon as our Lord is born in Bethlehem, the Scriptures record that the evil one is working through Herod to destroy him. Fr Thomas reminds us that the darkness will always fight against the Light, but we can choose our path wisely.
1/3/202012 minutes, 24 seconds
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Seeing Christ as the Good Samaritan

The famous parable of the Good Samaritan is often relayed as a story about doing good to others. However, Fr Thomas teaches us the background of the story and why the Good Samaritan points directly to Christ as the one who heals us in the Church.
12/2/201920 minutes, 15 seconds
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Your Purpose and God’s Power

When we hear about the miracles that Christ performed for people, it can seem distant. Fr Thomas reminds us that the grace they received is the same life-giving power that we are granted in the Eucharist: the fullness of Christ.
11/20/201920 minutes, 35 seconds
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Revealing What’s Most Important To You

The saying goes, "actions speak louder than words." Christ Himself condemned the Jewish religious leaders for saying one thing but doing another. Fr Thomas teaches us that, as Orthodox Christians, our actions are important because they have to align with what we claim about God and ourselves. In fact, our eternal judgment is at stake.
11/1/201921 minutes, 30 seconds
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Resisting the Values of the World

One of the greatest challenges that we face in our modern era is to resist the ever-changing values of the world. Fr Thomas teaches us that we receive truth, not from politics or social movements, but from the word of God which is planted in our heart by God Himself.
10/14/201919 minutes, 18 seconds
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Bringing the Kingdom Into Your Midst

Jesus told His disciples that they could not cast out the demon in the epileptic boy "except by prayer and fasting." Fr Thomas reminds us that if we want to live in the midst of the Kingdom of God, we also must strengthen our faith through these essential disciplines.
9/6/201918 minutes, 17 seconds
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Where is God In My Problems?

The dramatic story of Peter attempting to walk on the water to come to Jesus is a reminder that God is with us in our problems even if we can't see Him. Fr Thomas teaches us that we're not called to a life without problems, we're called to be faithful through them.
8/27/201919 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Nourishment of Communion

In the miraculous feeding of the 5,000, Jesus reveals Himself to the provider of all good things. Fr Thomas teaches us that when we receive communion, we receive the Lord Himself, Who provides the nourishment to live the Christian life.
8/15/201923 minutes, 25 seconds
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How to Share Your Faith

Fr Thomas teaches us that, because Jesus is the truth, sharing our faith in Him is at the very heart of our experience as Orthodox Christians. (At 17:00 the power went out in the church on the hottest day of the year!)
8/2/201918 minutes, 34 seconds
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You’re Not Just Another Animal

Deacon Luke Loboda teaches us that because we bear God's image, we must resist being slaves to our bodily desires, living like mere animals. Instead, we're called to fulfill the potential of holiness in us by the gift of the Holy Spirit.
7/24/201911 minutes, 53 seconds
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Changing Our Perspective About Our Possessions

As Christians, the Holy Spirit gives us a new perspective on life and that includes what we do with our time, talent, and treasure. In short, everything belongs to God. He gives it all to us as a gift and we're called to offer a portion back to Him in thanksgiving.
7/10/201922 minutes, 15 seconds
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Fulfilling Our Mission as Orthodox Christians

On the Feast of All Saints of North America, Fr Thomas reminds us of our Apostolic mission and how to meet the unprecedented challenges facing us in the 21st century.
7/1/201924 minutes, 56 seconds
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Why Do We Pray to the Saints?

On the Sunday of All Saints, Fr. Thomas gives clear and direct evidence from the scriptures explaining how and why we ask for the prayers of the saints who have gone before us.
6/23/201919 minutes, 35 seconds
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Living by the Power of the Holy Spirit

On the Feast of Pentecost, Fr Thomas teaches us that our Christian life must be empowered by the Holy Spirit of God in order to be one with each other and to tell the world of the good things God has done for us.
6/23/201915 minutes, 20 seconds
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Knowing God is More Than Knowing About God

Fr. John Parker, Dean of St Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, PA, delivered the sermon on the Seventh Sunday of Pascha. Fr. John shares the story of his new leadership position at the seminary and how he grew to know the life of the seminary through daily experience. He reminds us that our knowledge of God must exceed simply knowing about Him to become instead the daily experience of God as members of the Church. (The recording begins in mid-story as he relates a call he received from Archbishop Michael to organize a talk at the All-American Council on church growth.)
6/13/201918 minutes, 50 seconds
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Seeing Willful Blindness

In the story of the healing of the Blind Man, the willfully blind refuse to believe the truth about Jesus even when confronted with irrefutable proof. Fr Thomas reminds us that we must carefully consider all the teachings and deeds of Jesus so that we can be witnesses to the Son of God.
6/5/201922 minutes, 12 seconds
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How to Share the Gospel with Anyone

In John 4, Jesus, the Master Teacher, shares the good news with the Samaritan Woman that He is the Savior of the World, and brings her to a life-changing faith. Fr Thomas shows us how this incredible story is the pattern for sharing our faith in Christ with anyone.
5/27/201923 minutes, 7 seconds
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Deepen Your Faith through Learning

Fr Thomas reminds us of the value of learning to deepen our faith.
5/21/201913 minutes, 58 seconds
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Inconvenient Love for the Lord

On the Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers, we hear of the courage and love demonstrated by the men and women who cared for the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. Fr Thomas reminds us that this is also a powerful reminder that we must never succumb to the disrespectful practice of cremation because we deeply care for the body that God created and will raise from the dead.
5/17/201919 minutes, 26 seconds
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Christ: The Destroyer of Doubt

The Resurrection of Christ destroys death, division, and despair. And though the Lord provides proof of His Resurrection to destroy doubt in us, our hearts must be unlocked from the inside through faith.
5/11/201919 minutes, 12 seconds
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Wonderers, Wishers, and Worshippers

At Christ's entry into Jerusalem, there were those who were wondering how they could be rid of Him, those who were wishing He would be a social activist, and those who worshipped Him as the Son of the Living God. Today is no exception.
4/25/201919 minutes
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There’s No Resurrection Without a Crucifixion

The Gospel reading for the fifth Sunday of Lent relates the story of the audacious question posed by the apostles James and John, who asked for glorification without first drinking the cup of humiliation. Fr Thomas reminds us that this basic principle of the Christian life proves true even for seemingly mundane things that we might mistakenly think are unimportant, like going to church to worship.
4/24/201918 minutes, 43 seconds
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If God is Love, Why Can’t I Live However I Want?

"God is Love" has become one of the most abused verses of Scripture. It's used today to justify every sin and excuse every condition. Fr Thomas urges us to look at the entirety of the Gospel message to truly understand the implications of being a creature of God Who is Love.
4/20/201920 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Creative Word of God

On the day before the Great Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Fr Thomas weaves the themes from the gospel of the Second Sunday of Lent (the healing of the paralytic) and from the Annunciation to remind us that the Word of God is given to us to increase our faith and trust in Him.
3/28/201917 minutes, 56 seconds
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Renewing Creation and Renewing Your Parish

On the Sunday after Theophany, the reading from the Apostle teaches us that there is a close relationship between Christ's filling all of creation with Himself and the gifts that He bestows on us. Fr Thomas reminds us that those gifts need to be discerned and exercised to continue the work of renewal in the world and in our parishes.
1/16/201916 minutes, 45 seconds
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Christmas Through the Eyes of Children of God

Christmas is indeed a time to enjoy the delight of children during the feast. Fr Thomas teaches us to also remember yet another great gift of Christmas: we become children of God.
12/25/201814 minutes, 56 seconds
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The God Who Identifies with Us

On the Sunday before Christmas, the kingly lineage of Jesus according to St Mathew is read. Fr Thomas teaches us that the names recount that Jesus is anything but a distant ruler, but rather that He identifies with the brokenness of humanity and comes to redeem us from it.
12/25/201817 minutes, 58 seconds
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Look Up! Your Redemption is Near!

The beauty of Orthodoxy is richly expressed in her magnificent iconography adorning the walls and ceilings of our churches. As the parish of St Nicholas continues the iconographic renewal of their temple, Fr Thomas encourages parishioners to look up and see the Kingdom to come.
11/30/201815 minutes, 23 seconds
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On the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

One day after the horrendous killings of 11 Jewish worshippers in a Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Fr Thomas gives a sobering reflection from the reading of the Sunday: the exorcism of the Gadarene demoniac.
10/29/201817 minutes, 38 seconds
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How Do I Find the Will of God for My Life?

Christians are called to live in the will of God, but how do we find it? Fr Thomas teaches us that living in the will of God means identifying with God's Kingdom and not with the values of this fallen world.
10/4/201820 minutes, 1 second
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The Power of Forgiveness

In the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, Jesus illustrates the consequences of unforgiveness. Fr Thomas teaches us that it is the God of love, mercy, and compassion who commands us to forgive and warns us of the judgment to come if we do not.
8/17/201823 minutes, 2 seconds
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Trusting Christ in the Desolate Places of Our Life

Using the example of the crowd who followed Jesus to a deserted place where he healed and fed them, Deacon Luke Loboda encourages us to trust Christ to come into the desolate places of our life to be present with us and heal us.
8/12/20180
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Finding Peace in Difficult Times

Everyone has difficulties and problems that they face on a daily basis. Fr Thomas teaches us that in the midst of the storms of life we can experience the "peace from above" which is found only in Christ.
8/6/201814 minutes, 21 seconds
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Don’t Bring the World Into the Church

The societal and moral changes sweeping across the world pose profound challenges to Orthodox Christian believers. Fr Thomas reminds us that we must face these challenges squarely and never compromise what we believe by adopting worldly values.
7/22/201815 minutes, 39 seconds
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Your God-Given Gifts Build Up the Church

Fr Thomas challenges us to recognize that our task as Christians is not simply to come to church to be fed for our own purposes, but to be sent out to build up the body of Christ.
7/16/201819 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Importance of Sharing Your Faith

in Romans 10, St Paul writes about the importance of his fellow Jews hearing about Christ and why it's important for their salvation. Fr Thomas reminds us that evangelism should not be a foreign concept to Orthodox Christians. We must get comfortable with sharing our faith in Christ and speaking about God's work in our life.
7/4/201818 minutes, 51 seconds
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Our Unbroken Chain of Apostolic Teaching

On the seventh Sunday of Holy Pascha we recall the words of our Lord to His apostles before His passion, reminding them that what He taught them was given by God Himself. Fr Thomas reminds Orthodox Christians that we must also receive this apostolic teaching and pass it on to new believers without any change or error.
5/21/201817 minutes, 57 seconds
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Seeing with Recreated Eyes

The healing of the blind man in John 9 is a dramatic story of the healing power of God. Fr Thomas teaches us that we also have been healed by virtue of our baptism and we should tell others the story of our recreation.
5/16/201821 minutes, 53 seconds
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Becoming a True Worshipper

Fr Thomas shows us how the story of the Lord's conversion of the Samaritan Woman at the well is the pattern for telling others about the good news of Jesus Christ to make them true worshippers.
5/14/201821 minutes, 50 seconds
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Sacrificing our Sundays

On the Sunday of the Myrrhbearers, Fr Thomas reminds us that every Sunday, the Lord's Day, is set apart for us to sacrificially offer our time to worship the Risen Christ.
5/3/201817 minutes, 37 seconds
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Encountering Christ in the Scriptures and the Eucharist

On the Sunday of St Thomas, we hear of the encounter of the Apostle with the risen Christ. Fr Thomas teaches us that we too must make every effort to encounter the resurrected Christ both in the Holy Scriptures and in the Eucharist.
4/18/201819 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Centrality of the Gospel

On the great feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Fr Thomas reminds us that the message given by the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary is the very essence of the gospel message. This same message about the person of Jesus Christ also requires a response from us.
3/26/201820 minutes, 43 seconds
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Don’t Be Afraid of Difficult Answers

On the fourth Sunday of Lent, the Church presents the Gospel reading of the healing of the demon possessed boy, and we also commemorate St John of "The Ladder." Fr Thomas teaches us that, if we want to spiritually grow, we have to be able to accept God's difficult answers to our ultimate questions.
3/21/201816 minutes, 51 seconds
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How to Take Up the Cross

On the Sunday of the Cross in Great Lent, Fr Thomas teaches us that the power of God is found in the righteous actions required of us when we take up our own cross to follow Christ.
3/12/201815 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Ideal of Orthodoxy

Fr Thomas shares a powerful message, correcting those who make themselves the measure of faith, and encouraging all of us to remember that Orthodox Christianity is the ideal we are striving for.
3/10/201820 minutes, 44 seconds
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Why is Great Lent So Intense?

Fr Thomas gives a compelling case for the intense spiritual and physical efforts involved in observing Great Lent, beginning with the end in mind: the true significance of the Resurrection of Christ.
3/2/201818 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Eucharist as Judgment

As the Church prepares us for the Great Lenten season by hearing the parable of the Last Judgment in Matthew 25, Fr Thomas reminds us that our preparation for that Great Day begins every time we prepare ourselves for the Eucharist. It is a fire that consumes the unworthy.
2/13/201818 minutes
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God in Trinity

On the feast of Theophany, the baptism of Christ, Fr Thomas teaches on the Orthodox understanding of the Holy Trinity.
2/6/201815 minutes, 21 seconds
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Developing Tenacious Faith

At the approach of the new year, the Church presents the example of Joseph and Mary taking the young child, Jesus, to Egypt, to protect Him and keep the promise they made to God. Fr Thomas encourages us also, to imitate their tenacious faith in keeping the promises of our baptism, no matter what challenge we face.
1/20/201814 minutes, 52 seconds
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Why Did the Word of God Become a Man?

On Christmas Eve, Fr Thomas reminds us that Christ came as a human to restore the image of God in us and show us how to become what we were always meant to be.
1/10/201815 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Invitation to Union with God

The Parable of the Great Banquet is read to prepare us to celebrate the Nativity of Christ. Fr Thomas weaves the epistle and gospel for the Sunday to inspire and direct us toward closer communion with God Himself by accepting the invitation that God gives to us week after week.
12/22/201714 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Thankful Samaritan

Like the Good Samaritan, the scriptures give us yet another story about an exemplary Samaritan, among other so-called believers who failed to live up to their calling. Jesus heals ten lepers, but only the Samaritan returns to give thanks. Fr Thomas reminds us that we are continually being healed, and when we fail to give glory and thanks to the One who heals us, He says, "Where are you?"
12/21/201717 minutes, 55 seconds
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Justification

When an Orthodox Christian is baptized, the priest proclaims, "you are justified!" But what does it mean to be righteous before God? Fr Thomas cites the readings of the Sunday, Ephesians 2 ("For by grace you have been saved through faith...") and the parable of the Good Samaritan, to outline the Orthodox understanding of our salvation in Christ.
12/21/20170
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Thanksgiving Thursday and Black Friday

The most endearing secular holiday in the American calendar is Thanksgiving Day. It was set aside by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 "as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father." Later, the modern culture invented Black Friday, driving consumers to the stores in a buying frenzy. Fr Thomas reminds us that "covetousness is idolatry" (Col 3:5), that everything we have belongs to God, and should be used for His glory.
12/21/20170
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Truth Doesn't Bow to Feelings

St Paul's letter to the Galatians opens with an impassioned plea to those who once embraced the truth of the Gospel, to return to it. In our own day, numerous Christians are succumbing to the spirit of the age and compromising fundamental truths. Fr Thomas makes his own fervent plea not to accept any other Gospel but that which is given to us by the apostles and their successors. As a listener to the podcast wrote, "truth doesn't bow to feelings."
12/21/20170
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Paying Attention to the Word of God

The Parable of the Sower, also known as the Parable of the Soils, teaches us important lessons about how different people receive the Word of God. Fr Thomas reminds us that the ultimate lesson of this famous parable is, "Let us attend! Pay attention!"
12/21/20170
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When Death Meets Life

The raising of the Widow of Nain's Son is a dramatic scene where the Power of Life confronts the reality of death. Fr Thomas reminds us that we experience this encounter every time we participate in the Divine Liturgy, entering into the presence of the One Who has victory over Hades and death. (Our apologies for the poor audio quality of this recording.)
12/21/20170
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How Can I Love My Enemy?

One of the most challenging commands of the teachings of Christ is to love our enemies. Fr Thomas explains what it looks like and why it's so important.
12/21/20170
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Justification

When an Orthodox Christian is baptized, the priest proclaims, "you are justified!" But what does it mean to be righteous before God? Fr Thomas cites the readings of the Sunday, Ephesians 2 ("For by grace you have been saved through faith...") and the parable of the Good Samaritan, to outline the Orthodox understanding of our salvation in Christ.
11/28/201723 minutes, 2 seconds
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Thanksgiving Thursday and Black Friday

The most endearing secular holiday in the American calendar is Thanksgiving Day. It was set aside by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 "as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father." Later, the modern culture invented Black Friday, driving consumers to the stores in a buying frenzy. Fr Thomas reminds us that "covetousness is idolatry" (Col 3:5), that everything we have belongs to God, and should be used for His glory.
11/22/201725 minutes, 4 seconds
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Truth Doesn’t Bow to Feelings

St Paul's letter to the Galatians opens with an impassioned plea to those who once embraced the truth of the Gospel, to return to it. In our own day, numerous Christians are succumbing to the spirit of the age and compromising fundamental truths. Fr Thomas makes his own fervent plea not to accept any other Gospel but that which is given to us by the apostles and their successors. As a listener to the podcast wrote, "truth doesn't bow to feelings."
10/27/201719 minutes, 7 seconds
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Paying Attention to the Word of God

The Parable of the Sower, also known as the Parable of the Soils, teaches us important lessons about how different people receive the Word of God. Fr Thomas reminds us that the ultimate lesson of this famous parable is, "Let us attend! Pay attention!"
10/21/201716 minutes, 8 seconds
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When Death Meets Life

The raising of the Widow of Nain's Son is a dramatic scene where the Power of Life confronts the reality of death. Fr Thomas reminds us that we experience this encounter every time we participate in the Divine Liturgy, entering into the presence of the One Who has victory over Hades and death. (Our apologies for the poor audio quality of this recording.)
10/13/201722 minutes, 43 seconds
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How Can I Love My Enemy?

One of the most challenging commands of the teachings of Christ is to love our enemies. Fr Thomas explains what it looks like and why it's so important.
10/4/201715 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Church's Teaching Isn't Up for a Vote

The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers comes at an important point in the life of Christ, only days before his crucifixion. Jesus reveals the Scribes and Pharisees to be those who rejected the message of the prophets, and now they're going to kill God's Son. Fr Thomas reminds us that, in our own day, those who reject the message and the messengers by choosing the world's lies about God and humanity over the truth we receive in the Church commit the same grave error. (Matthew 21:33-44)
9/9/20170
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The Church’s Teaching Isn’t Up for a Vote

The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers comes at an important point in the life of Christ, only days before his crucifixion. Jesus reveals the Scribes and Pharisees to be those who rejected the message of the prophets, and now they're going to kill God's Son. Fr Thomas reminds us that, in our own day, those who reject the message and the messengers by choosing the world's lies about God and humanity over the truth we receive in the Church commit the same grave error. (Matthew 21:33-44)
9/6/201721 minutes, 46 seconds
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Developing an Interior Life

Fr Thomas uses the stories of two different healings by Jesus (Mt 9:27-35) to demonstrate the importance of developing an interior life. After the sermon (at 20:00) Fr Thomas talks with three nuns from the Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA, about cultivating the interior life and the challenges and blessings of monasticism.
8/4/20170
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How Faith Can Affect the Culture

St Paul bemoaned that his fellow Jews "have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge." Fr Thomas discusses the relationship between faith and the prevailing culture and how we can make a greater impact on society. The second half of the podcast features a conversation with Dr John Burgess of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary about the lessons we can learn from the Russian Orthodox Church regarding faith and culture.
8/4/20170
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Someone Who Amazed Christ

After Jesus taught the crowds about what faithfulness looks like in the Sermon on the Mount, they were amazed. Then a living example of great faith came to Jesus, and He was amazed! Fr Thomas unpacks the important story of the healing of the centurion's servant, and shows us a pattern of faithfulness to emulate.
8/4/20170
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Developing an Interior Life

Fr Thomas uses the stories of two different healings by Jesus (Mt 9:27-35) to demonstrate the importance of developing an interior life. After the sermon (at 20:00) Fr Thomas talks with three nuns from the Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA, about cultivating the interior life and the challenges and blessings of monasticism.
7/27/201749 minutes, 35 seconds
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How Faith Can Affect the Culture

St Paul bemoaned that his fellow Jews "have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge." Fr Thomas discusses the relationship between faith and the prevailing culture and how we can make a greater impact on society. The second half of the podcast features a conversation with Dr John Burgess of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary about the lessons we can learn from the Russian Orthodox Church regarding faith and culture.
7/15/201744 minutes, 56 seconds
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Someone Who Amazed Christ

After Jesus taught the crowds about what faithfulness looks like in the Sermon on the Mount, they were amazed. Then a living example of great faith came to Jesus, and He was amazed! Fr Thomas unpacks the important story of the healing of the centurion's servant, and shows us a pattern of faithfulness to emulate.
7/6/201726 minutes, 6 seconds
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Having Peace with God

In a pluralistic society, the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the way, the truth, and the life, can become a casualty, even in the minds of Christians. Fr Thomas reminds us of the uniqueness of the Christian message: that the only way to peace with God is through faith in Christ. (This episode of our podcast introduces a new format, interspersing the thoughts and comments of faithful parishioners. We hope you enjoy it!)
7/6/20170
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Having Peace with God

In a pluralistic society, the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the way, the truth, and the life, can become a casualty, even in the minds of Christians. Fr Thomas reminds us of the uniqueness of the Christian message: that the only way to peace with God is through faith in Christ. (This episode of our podcast introduces a new format, interspersing the thoughts and comments of faithful parishioners. We hope you enjoy it!)
6/29/201720 minutes, 50 seconds
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Three Signs of a Healthy Church

On the Sunday of the Healing of the Paralytic, Fr Thomas took the opportunity to speak honestly and encouragingly to his congregation about what it is to be a healthy church. Using the gospel and epistle readings, he gently reminded them that we're called to be a house of mercy, intentionally Christian, and a place of good works and of love for one another.
6/4/20170
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Be Courageous in Your Faith!

On the third Sunday of Pascha, we hear of the courageous acts of both Joseph and Nicodemus, and the Myrrhbearing women. Fr Thomas reminds us that being a Christian in today's world takes courage. God does not force us to make the right choices and do the right things, but He does expect it of us—and for this we need courage.
6/4/20170
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The Mystery of Christ's Resurrection

Christ appeared to his apostles, and Thomas, eight days after his Holy Resurrection. Fr Thomas teaches us that we learn of the mystery of the Resurrection, the mystery of the Church, and the mystery of Faith, all in a single life-changing encounter.
6/3/20170
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Why We Need Icons

On the First Sunday of Great Lent, Fr Thomas teaches us that icons are not merely beautiful decorations, but rather absolutely necessary witnesses to the incarnation of Christ and the presence of the Kingdom of God.
6/2/20170
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Three Signs of a Healthy Church

On the Sunday of the Healing of the Paralytic, Fr Thomas took the opportunity to speak honestly and encouragingly to his congregation about what it is to be a healthy church. Using the gospel and epistle readings, he gently reminded them that we're called to be a house of mercy, intentionally Christian, and a place of good works and of love for one another.
5/18/201721 minutes, 37 seconds
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Be Courageous in Your Faith!

On the third Sunday of Pascha, we hear of the courageous acts of both Joseph and Nicodemus, and the Myrrhbearing women. Fr Thomas reminds us that being a Christian in today's world takes courage. God does not force us to make the right choices and do the right things, but He does expect it of us—and for this we need courage.
5/4/201714 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Mystery of Christ’s Resurrection

Christ appeared to his apostles, and Thomas, eight days after his Holy Resurrection. Fr Thomas teaches us that we learn of the mystery of the Resurrection, the mystery of the Church, and the mystery of Faith, all in a single life-changing encounter.
4/28/201720 minutes, 52 seconds
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Entering Into the Spirit of Lent

As we approach the Great Lenten period, Fr Thomas teaches us about the purpose of Lent and how to enter into it, restoring those things which have fallen away in our spiritual life.
3/20/20170
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Why We Need Icons

On the First Sunday of Great Lent, Fr Thomas teaches us that icons are not merely beautiful decorations, but rather absolutely necessary witnesses to the incarnation of Christ and the presence of the Kingdom of God.
3/10/201719 minutes
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Entering Into the Spirit of Lent

As we approach the Great Lenten period, Fr Thomas teaches us about the purpose of Lent and how to enter into it, restoring those things which have fallen away in our spiritual life.
3/10/201715 minutes, 11 seconds
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Be Humble Because God is Humble

The parable of the Publican and the Pharisee is the first of several pre-Lenten Sunday gospel readings to prepare our hearts for Great Lent. Fr Thomas reminds us that humility is the chief virtue because God Himself, the creator of all things, is humble. (Luke 18:10-14)
3/2/20170
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How God Forgives

When we hear the story of the Prodigal Son, our focus is often on the actions of the son in his return to the father. Fr Thomas emphasizes from the same story, that we can also learn much about the nature of God, how He is eager to forgive us with abundant mercy, and how He wants everyone in the community to share in His joy. (Luke 15:11-32)
3/2/20170
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Practicing for the Last Judgment

The Great Day of the Lord, the Last Judgment, when Christ appears in glory, will come suddenly upon all of humanity. Fr Thomas reminds us that every time we gather together in church to be in the presence of God, the angels, the saints, and one another, we're practicing for that last and great day when we will answer for every deed. (Mt 25:31-46)
3/2/20170
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Be Humble Because God is Humble

The parable of the Publican and the Pharisee is the first of several pre-Lenten Sunday gospel readings to prepare our hearts for Great Lent. Fr Thomas reminds us that humility is the chief virtue because God Himself, the creator of all things, is humble. (Luke 18:10-14)
2/24/201717 minutes, 58 seconds
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How God Forgives

When we hear the story of the Prodigal Son, our focus is often on the actions of the son in his return to the father. Fr Thomas emphasizes from the same story, that we can also learn much about the nature of God, how He is eager to forgive us with abundant mercy, and how He wants everyone in the community to share in His joy. (Luke 15:11-32)
2/24/201719 minutes, 23 seconds
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Practicing for the Last Judgment

The Great Day of the Lord, the Last Judgment, when Christ appears in glory, will come suddenly upon all of humanity. Fr Thomas reminds us that every time we gather together in church to be in the presence of God, the angels, the saints, and one another, we're practicing for that last and great day when we will answer for every deed. (Mt 25:31-46)
2/22/201721 minutes, 23 seconds
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Relying on the Mercy of God

The healing of blind Bartimaeus is is the last public healing Christ performs before His passion. Fr Thomas teaches us that this "last message" of Christ to the world is an important one even today: give up your stubborn willfulness and throw yourself into the mercy of God.
2/13/20170
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The Key to Experiencing Eternal Life Now

The question, "What must I do to be saved?" is usually interpreted of as, "How can I get to heaven?" Fr Thomas teaches us that eternal life is defined by Jesus as something we can have here and now and He teaches us what we need to do to experience it.
2/13/20170
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Participating in the Recreation of the World

The feasts of the Nativity and Baptism of Christ are dramatic examples of the intersection of the spiritual and material in the life of humanity. Fr Thomas teaches us that we must acknowledge and experience this intersection to participate in God's recreation and renewal of the world.
2/13/20170
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Relying on the Mercy of God

The healing of blind Bartimaeus is is the last public healing Christ performs before His passion. Fr Thomas teaches us that this "last message" of Christ to the world is an important one even today: give up your stubborn willfulness and throw yourself into the mercy of God.
1/28/201718 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Key to Experiencing Eternal Life Now

The question, "What must I do to be saved?" is usually interpreted of as, "How can I get to heaven?" Fr Thomas teaches us that eternal life is defined by Jesus as something we can have here and now and He teaches us what we need to do to experience it.
1/18/201718 minutes, 56 seconds
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Participating in the Recreation of the World

The feasts of the Nativity and Baptism of Christ are dramatic examples of the intersection of the spiritual and material in the life of humanity. Fr Thomas teaches us that we must acknowledge and experience this intersection to participate in God's recreation and renewal of the world.
1/10/201718 minutes, 16 seconds
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Putting God First in Our Life

In the powerful parable of the Great Banquet, Jesus teaches us about the eternal Kingdom of God that awaits those who follow Him. Fr Thomas reminds us that we are given a foretaste of this glorious union with God through the reception of the Holy Eucharist. (Luke 14:16-24)
12/15/20160
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Putting God First in Our Life

In the powerful parable of the Great Banquet, Jesus teaches us about the eternal Kingdom of God that awaits those who follow Him. Fr Thomas reminds us that we are given a foretaste of this glorious union with God through the reception of the Holy Eucharist. (Luke 14:16-24)
12/14/201618 minutes, 16 seconds
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Healing a Divided Nation (Lk 10:25-37)

After a tumultuous week in the nation, Fr Thomas teaches us that the parable of the Good Samaritan commands that we must not only physically serve our neighbor who is beat up and in need, but spiritually heal them as well.
11/30/20160
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Turning Away from Secularism

Using the stories of the healing of the woman with the flow of blood and the raising of Jairus's daughter, Fr Thomas points out that the only answer to the empty promises of the world and its false philosophies is faith in Christ. (Lk 8:41-56)
11/30/20160
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Cultivating a Generous Spirit (Lk 16:19-31)

In the dramatic parable of the Lazarus and the Rich Man, the Lord teaches us the importance of sharing our wealth with those in need. Fr Thomas turns to the topic of generosity, and how it can transform our lives and even our parishes.
11/30/20160
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Nurturing the Word of God in Us (Luke 8:5-15)

The first parable that Jesus taught is the beloved Parable of the Sower. Fr Thomas explains its place in the scripture and its crucial importance in our lives.
11/30/20160
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Healing a Divided Nation (Lk 10:25-37)

After a tumultuous week in the nation, Fr Thomas teaches us that the parable of the Good Samaritan commands that we must not only physically serve our neighbor who is beat up and in need, but spiritually heal them as well.
11/13/201621 minutes, 22 seconds
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Turning Away from Secularism

Using the stories of the healing of the woman with the flow of blood and the raising of Jairus's daughter, Fr Thomas points out that the only answer to the empty promises of the world and its false philosophies is faith in Christ. (Lk 8:41-56)
11/8/201617 minutes, 13 seconds
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Cultivating a Generous Spirit (Lk 16:19-31)

In the dramatic parable of the Lazarus and the Rich Man, the Lord teaches us the importance of sharing our wealth with those in need. Fr Thomas turns to the topic of generosity, and how it can transform our lives and even our parishes.
10/27/201620 minutes, 4 seconds
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Nurturing the Word of God in Us (Luke 8:5-15)

The first parable that Jesus taught is the beloved Parable of the Sower. Fr Thomas explains its place in the scripture and its crucial importance in our lives.
10/19/201619 minutes, 12 seconds
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How to Know that God is Working in My Life

In an age when people are cynically feeling distant from (the concept of) God, it is important to be reminded that God is nearer than our very breath. Citing the gospel story of the great catch of fish, Fr Thomas teaches us concerning the assurance of the living God in our lives and the abundant life He promises.
10/6/20160
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How to Know that God is Working in My Life

In an age when people are cynically feeling distant from (the concept of) God, it is important to be reminded that God is nearer than our very breath. Citing the gospel story of the great catch of fish, Fr Thomas teaches us concerning the assurance of the living God in our lives and the abundant life He promises.
9/28/201623 minutes, 35 seconds
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Where is God in My Suffering?

The role of God in suffering has long been questioned: trials, tribulations, wars, sickness, death - Where is God? Why would He allow it? Fr Thomas reminds us that, though God is not the author of these things, He teaches us to endure them to draw us closer to Him. (Mt 14:22-34)
9/1/20160
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Where is God in My Suffering?

The role of God in suffering has long been questioned: trials, tribulations, wars, sickness, death - Where is God? Why would He allow it? Fr Thomas reminds us that, though God is not the author of these things, He teaches us to endure them to draw us closer to Him. (Mt 14:22-34)
8/27/201618 minutes, 17 seconds
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Cafeteria Christianity is Destroying Your Faith

The scriptural readings for the eighth Sunday after Pentecost reveal a clear picture of who we are to be in Christ. St Paul teaches us that we are to be of the same mind, while St Matthew records the miracle of feeding the 5,000. Fr Thomas teaches us that we must consciously reject the choices the world presents to us, but rather fully immerse ourselves into the Church's life, which is transforming us into the likeness of God.
8/26/20160
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How Your Faith Survives the Winds of Change

Recent news has reported that, in the US, church attendance is down, in direct relation to the social changes sweeping the country. Fr Thomas teaches us that when the winds of change blow, the most important thing we can do is assess our own commitment to faith in Christ by checking for spiritual blindness.
8/26/20160
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Race Relations and the Gospel (Rom 5:1-10)

In light of the national unrest after numerous shootings of black men during police stops, followed by the ambush shooting of over a dozen police in Dallas where five died, Fr Thomas uses the providential lectionary readings of the following Sunday to illustrate how to seek peace with other people, and the importance of casting off anxiety to put our trust in God.
8/26/20160
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The Consequence of Having the Image of God in Us (Mt 4:18-23)

Today it's fashionable in some circles to sanction any "lifestyle" under the rubric of humanity being "created in the image of God." Fr Thomas teaches us what bearing the image of God implies for every human person, and why the gospel is at the heart of it.
8/26/20160
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Recognizing Our High Calling (Mt 10:32-33,37-38,19:27-30)

On the first Sunday after Pentecost, the feast of All Saints, Fr Thomas teaches us that, because we are created in the image of God, we have the calling to become Saints who have grown in the likeness of God.
8/26/20160
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A Personal Pentecost (Jn 7:37-52;8:12)

On the great feast of Pentecost, guest homilist Fr Basil Biberdorf teaches us the importance of knowing Who the Holy Spirit is, and of His role in our Christian life.
8/26/20160
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The True Christ and the True Faith (Jn 17:1-13)

Cutting through the din of religious pluralism, Fr Thomas reminds us that the Orthodox Faith uniquely gives us everything for life, faith, and spiritual understanding.
8/26/20160
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Seeing the Reality of God (Jn 9:1-38)

We can sometimes take the blessings we receive and miracles we read about in the New Testament for granted. The reading about the healing of the blind man is one such event, because the Lord didn't simply heal his sight, He actually created eyes for the man! Fr Thomas teaches us that the health of our sight is measured by what we're willing to see regarding the love and works of God.
8/26/20160
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Cafeteria Christianity is Destroying Your Faith

The scriptural readings for the eighth Sunday after Pentecost reveal a clear picture of who we are to be in Christ. St Paul teaches us that we are to be of the same mind, while St Matthew records the miracle of feeding the 5,000. Fr Thomas teaches us that we must consciously reject the choices the world presents to us, but rather fully immerse ourselves into the Church's life, which is transforming us into the likeness of God.
8/20/201620 minutes, 40 seconds
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How Your Faith Survives the Winds of Change

Recent news has reported that, in the US, church attendance is down, in direct relation to the social changes sweeping the country. Fr Thomas teaches us that when the winds of change blow, the most important thing we can do is assess our own commitment to faith in Christ by checking for spiritual blindness.
8/11/201615 minutes, 9 seconds
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Race Relations and the Gospel (Rom 5:1-10)

In light of the national unrest after numerous shootings of black men during police stops, followed by the ambush shooting of over a dozen police in Dallas where five died, Fr Thomas uses the providential lectionary readings of the following Sunday to illustrate how to seek peace with other people, and the importance of casting off anxiety to put our trust in God.
7/14/201618 minutes, 1 second
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The Eye: Entrance to Envy (Matthew 6:22-33)

Third Sunday after Pentecost
7/12/20160
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The Consequence of Having the Image of God in Us (Mt 4:18-23)

Today it's fashionable in some circles to sanction any "lifestyle" under the rubric of humanity being "created in the image of God." Fr Thomas teaches us what bearing the image of God implies for every human person, and why the gospel is at the heart of it.
7/7/201619 minutes, 36 seconds
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Recognizing Our High Calling (Mt 10:32-33,37-38,19:27-30)

On the first Sunday after Pentecost, the feast of All Saints, Fr Thomas teaches us that, because we are created in the image of God, we have the calling to become Saints who have grown in the likeness of God.
7/1/201618 minutes, 44 seconds
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A Personal Pentecost (Jn 7:37-52;8:12)

On the great feast of Pentecost, guest homilist Fr Basil Biberdorf teaches us the importance of knowing Who the Holy Spirit is, and of His role in our Christian life.
6/30/201610 minutes, 45 seconds
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The True Christ and the True Faith (Jn 17:1-13)

Cutting through the din of religious pluralism, Fr Thomas reminds us that the Orthodox Faith uniquely gives us everything for life, faith, and spiritual understanding.
6/15/201619 minutes, 39 seconds
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Seeing the Reality of God (Jn 9:1-38)

We can sometimes take the blessings we receive and miracles we read about in the New Testament for granted. The reading about the healing of the blind man is one such event, because the Lord didn't simply heal his sight, He actually created eyes for the man! Fr Thomas teaches us that the health of our sight is measured by what we're willing to see regarding the love and works of God.
6/15/201618 minutes, 44 seconds
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How To Share Your Faith (Jn 4:5-42)

In a spirited presentation about growing the Church, Fr Thomas gives us practical advice about sharing our faith taken from the example of Jesus's conversion of the Samaritan Woman.
6/2/20160
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Cooperating With God For Growth (Jn 5:1-15)

Jesus's question to the paralytic, "Do you want to be made well?" is at the heart of our Christian life. Fr Thomas explains the important doctrine of synergy, or cooperation with God, as the key to our daily growth in life, faith, and spiritual understanding.
6/2/20160
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How To Share Your Faith (Jn 4:5-42)

In a spirited presentation about growing the Church, Fr Thomas gives us practical advice about sharing our faith taken from the example of Jesus's conversion of the Samaritan Woman.
5/30/201625 minutes, 37 seconds
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Cooperating With God For Growth (Jn 5:1-15)

Jesus's question to the paralytic, "Do you want to be made well?" is at the heart of our Christian life. Fr Thomas explains the important doctrine of synergy, or cooperation with God, as the key to our daily growth in life, faith, and spiritual understanding.
5/24/201621 minutes, 10 seconds
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Why We Don't Fear Death

At every post-Resurrection appearance, the Lord Jesus Christ greets His Disciples with the words "Peace be with you! Do not be afraid!" Fr Thomas teaches us that because of Christ's destruction of the sting of death by His own death, and our participation in His death and resurrection through our baptism, we have nothing to fear, not even death itself!
5/17/20160
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Why We Don’t Fear Death

At every post-Resurrection appearance, the Lord Jesus Christ greets His Disciples with the words "Peace be with you! Do not be afraid!" Fr Thomas teaches us that because of Christ's destruction of the sting of death by His own death, and our participation in His death and resurrection through our baptism, we have nothing to fear, not even death itself!
5/17/201614 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Value of Attending Church (Jn 20:19-31)

Modern western societies are experiencing decreasing interest in attending church. Even some Orthodox Christian families are succumbing to secular activities on Sunday morning instead of gathering together as God's People in the church. Using the story of St Thomas' encounter with Christ eight days after His Resurrection, Fr Thomas teaches why coming to church is so important, and reminds us that, if we miss church, we miss a lot!
5/17/20160
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The Paradox of the Christian Life (Mk 10:32-45)

The Christian life is surely a paradox. Our Lord teaches those who love Him that if they want to be exalted, they must be humble; if they want to be great, they must be a servant. Fr Thomas leads us into Holy Week by telling us that the Lord Jesus Christ not only teaches this paradox, but He lives it, and by so doing, He wins our salvation.
5/17/20160
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The Value of Attending Church (Jn 20:19-31)

Modern western societies are experiencing decreasing interest in attending church. Even some Orthodox Christian families are succumbing to secular activities on Sunday morning instead of gathering together as God's People in the church. Using the story of St Thomas' encounter with Christ eight days after His Resurrection, Fr Thomas teaches why coming to church is so important, and reminds us that, if we miss church, we miss a lot!
5/10/201618 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Paradox of the Christian Life (Mk 10:32-45)

The Christian life is surely a paradox. Our Lord teaches those who love Him that if they want to be exalted, they must be humble; if they want to be great, they must be a servant. Fr Thomas leads us into Holy Week by telling us that the Lord Jesus Christ not only teaches this paradox, but He lives it, and by so doing, He wins our salvation.