True Greatness is NEVER about Power!

Anne Frank wrote: Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. But this is no new idea. The message of Jesus, especially at Christmas insists that true greatness has EVERYTHING to do with being willing to be weak for the sake of others! We Christians say Jesus is God in the flesh, and He didn’t descend from Heaven fully grown, but came to us as God…

When Will Jesus Return?

Sometimes you have to wonder why we so easily miss it. You know, the obvious stuff that, once we see it, we wonder how we missed it in the first place! My girls like those puzzles where you are suppose to find the hidden pictures in a larger picture, but invariably I hear this little voice beside me say “Daddy, help me find the sock!” And, once we do, we both say…

The Last Faith Encouraged LIVE Show 

This past Sunday night, Fr. Barnabas made the big announcement that the Faith Encouraged LIVE Show on December 23rd will be the final show. In 2014 we launched Faith Encouraged LIVE on Ancient Faith Radio and our very first show was about becoming a Welcoming Parish. Since then we’ve done 79 Faith Encouraged LIVE shows and we’ve talked to some of the most fascinating people and covered some important subjects, all surrounding Father’s dream…

Being Filled with The Spirit

Hey, we were kids! And it was Christmas morning AND our parents were still asleep AND it was a snow cone maker AND there was sugary syrup packets! What did you expect was going to happen? Well, let’s just say that after THAT Christmas morning a general rule was firmly established: No opening presents UNTIL the adults are awake! What a sticky morning that was. But kids will be kids. They are…

God’s Generosity

Listen to St. Poemen. “As far as you can, do some manual work so as to be able to give alms, for it is written that alms and faith purify from sin.” Why? Why does almsgiving and faith purify from sin? By the way, this is a big deal! Look at our Gospel Lesson for today in Mark 8:22-26: At that time, Jesus came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him…

How About Giving FAITH For Christmas?

Why not give a Christmas Gift to your family, friends, or even parish that fosters consistent Faith? Fr. Barnabas’ book “A Faith Encouraged” invites the reader to a daily encounter with Scripture and Tradition. And our Intro to Orthodoxy video series and workbook – “A Journey to Fullness” – would be a perfect gift for the parish library or a seeking friend or family member! Just go to store.ancientfaith.com and look for…

You’re Misunderstanding

Why is it we humans struggle with understanding certain things about life, technology, relationships, politics, and the list goes on and on? Well, it’s got everything to do with different experiences, different upbringing, different priorities, and so on. But what if there was a basic understanding that was fundamentally common to all humans? Misunderstanding something that basic could have huge consequences! And, you know what, there is something that is fundamental to…

Finding Fault Always Fails

St. John of Kronstadt said “Never confuse the person, formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him: because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illness, a devilish reverie. But the very essence of that person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement.” Now think about that for a moment. St. John calls us to always focus, not on the evil men…

3 Powerful Principles of True Leadership

“I’m their leader! Which way did they go?” I have a cap with two bills on it, one in the front and one in the back with that slogan on it. It’s funny because it’s so often true. Leadership is always such a rewarding and challenging calling. In fact, if you could get most leaders to share their deepest and most honest feelings, you would find that most leaders feel quite inadequate…