Blessed Are You Among Women!

“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” This saying has been around a long time and been attributed to several famous and not-so-famous people, but it rings true, doesn’t it?: It’s hard to communicate AND easy to miscommunicate, especially if both speaker and hearer want to misunderstand! We are a people strongly shaped by an inherent mistrust of all…

It’s WHY You Say It!

“We must speak out! We CANNOT be silent! Silence makes evil possible!” We hear this a lot nowadays, and I confess, I have great sympathy for this message. I’m a preacher, after all. And the public and fearless declaration of the Gospel is normal for we Christians through history. But, as usual, a one-sided perspective on this will lead to a lack of sobriety and balance. There is an equal witness to…

The Time is Fulfilled

The American astronaut Buzz Aldrin once said “Timing has always been a key element in my life. I have been blessed to have been in the right place at the right time.” And, of course, this reminds me of the old saying in comedy, “Timing is everything.” It really is amazing when all the elements of time, opportunity, ability, and circumstances all mix together to create just the right environment for things to happen! Frankly, I could…

That is Enough to Give Me Hope

Today we welcome a guest contributor to the Faith Encouraged community, Christina Kampas. From time to time on the weekends, we will be featuring guest writers on the Faith Encouraged blog.  May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him. Romans 15:13 I am 25 years old and landed a corporate dream job, only to realize that months later my health would take a turn for…

On A Very Special Faith Encouraged LIVE This Sunday

This Sunday on an all new Faith Encouraged LIVE, join Fr. Barnabas and his special guests as we remember and pay tribute to the pioneering media ministry of Kevin Allen. Kevin was the first LIVE broadcaster on Ancient Faith Radio with his show “Ancient Faith Today” that aired LIVE on Sunday nights. Kevin reposed in the Lord last week after a lengthy illness and the Ancient Faith Family wants to gather and…

Anticipation! It’s Making Me Wait

You remember when you were a kid and Christmas seemed to take forever. My mom used to use that old tried and true way to get me and my brother to behave through the year: “Boys, Santa is watching and Christmas is just (fill in the blank) away!” Well, the older I got the shorter that line would get me to behave! And Christmas seemed to come quicker and quicker as my birthdays increased!…

Will There Be a Secret Rapture?

Standing in line at the supermarket is such an education. As I’m placing my grocery items on the conveyor belt and watching them slide toward the cashier, I glance toward the ubiquitous magazines there in the check-out line and read headlines screaming at me that Big Foot has been seen again, the latest Hollywood starlet has been cheated on or has cheated on her spouse, an aging actor tells all, and (most…

Bad Words?

I was reading a seventh-grade public school exam from many decades ago and was struck with the level of language, grammar, and difficulty of the exam. It was very sophisticated and I struggled to “pass!” No one can look at the current culture and not witness the coarsening of the language of our day. Between the mainstreaming of pornography to popular music, our children are being exposed to a kind of communication that simply…

Don’t Tell Anybody Until…

Have you ever had to hold a secret until the right time? I remember how frustrating it was for me to keep a secret about a surprise birthday party for a dear friend. It was going to be the “big 4 0” and we had all decided that I was the one who was going to have to “delay” him until all the festivities were ready. And, boy, had we planned an…