St. Andrew – The First Called

I’ve been saying “Orthodox on Purpose” for so long that sometimes I wonder if I’ve grown deaf to the wisdom behind the words. After all, the danger for any minister is to keep all the words of his purpose and forget the meaning behind them. Terrifying! But I’ve discovered that most of us struggle to know just what our true purpose is supposed to be! Every time I begin to forget, I…

Discovering What Motivates You

George Elliot once said “Selfish, a judgment readily passed by those who have never tested their power of sacrifice.” That’s so true. Most of the time selfishness in my own life flows from those moments when I was afraid that I’d disappear if I truly gave of myself. Of course, those are also the times when I felt most alone. And then there were times when I selfishly praised myself for my…

Giving Tuesday

As we enter into the holiday season, I want to thank you and ask for your help. “Thank you” because of your faithful partnership since 2014 when we launched this Daily Devotional and we continue to see people’s lives encouraged to be Orthodox on Purpose! And to ask you to renew your support for this media outreach. And here’s why:                   Please take a…

The Light of God’s Judgement

It has been said that God at His angriest is kinder to us than men at their kindest. What a lovely thought. But what are we to do with all those passages in the Bible that talk about God’s anger and His wrath? I mean it isn’t like they are hard to understand or ambiguous. They are plain and disturbing, especially in light of how we want God to be – safe…

So Thankful

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Here Comes The Bridegroom

The notice I received had this heading: “Attention” as a Cultural Problem and the Possibilities of Education. It was a notice of a lecture being held at a major university and it certainly caught my attention. One of the most consistent messages in all the writings of the Fathers is the absolute need for attentiveness to central truths. And one of the key weapons used against us in our spiritual growth is…

Today We Give Thanks!

My daughter was having some challenges with her friends at school. There was a new group of girls that had invited her to become part of the group. They went shopping together and spent the night at one of the girl’s houses. They were being typical teenagers and having a great time. Then, one of the girls confronted her about what “someone” told her about my daughter. This mysterious “someone” told one…

So ThankFul!

Dear Ones, The past year has seen our Ministry face some difficult choices and some renewed joy. Just like life, this work is blessed and challenged by the realities of life. And you have been such a blessing to us here at Faith Encouraged Ministries. I am so thankful to God for you! We saw some real loss during the Pandemic that had us tighten our belts a bit and try to…

Do It Again, Daddy!

Think of one (just one) foolish thing you did as a child. I remember one “project” I attempted as a single-digit-aged kid. I thought it would be “fun” to paint the basement of our house! The problem was I didn’t have enough paint to do all the walls. I didn’t have the right paintbrush to do the job. And I didn’t have the “know-how” to do it right. Needless to say a…

Learn How To Die to Death!

One of the most fundamental marks of maturity is the clear and unmistakable realization that actions have consequences. Ideas have consequences because they become actions. And avoiding consequences is always a sign of immaturity. No wonder our modern world is struggling, as it has always struggled, with the consequences of ideologies and actions. And we see it everywhere. From the sad state of affairs in the war-torn Middle East to our very…