Developing The Discernment to Spot the Wolves!

Marketing experts expect U.S. companies to spend over 200 BILLION dollars on advertising and marketing this year. While TV advertising is still number one in marketing dollars, online ads are gaining ground, with the mobile ads now appearing on the phone screens of Americans gaining the most ground. And do you know why American companies will spend this much money on advertising? Because it works! In fact, something horrible happens when you…

Loving Rightly – A Cosmic Invitation

On this Sunday of All Saints in our Orthodox calendar, we are confronted by the stark beauty of the “friends of God” and how they loved God first in their lives. All other priorities are AFTER my love for God. Jesus, Himself, says a disturbing truth when He declares that I must love Him more than my mother, and if I don’t love Him more than my mother I cannot be His…

“No” Makes “Yes” Possible!

So, I’ve been doing something called “intermittent fasting” to help with the battle of the bulge! My doctor recommended I try it and it has really helped me. But, surprisingly, the biggest help hasn’t been the weight loss! Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad about that. No, the biggest change for the better is how this discipline has made me more attentive to my food choices and portion size! Imagine that, Fasting…

The Radical Message of Jesus Christ!

It seems fashionable, especially among those who seem to preach a utopian ideology, to claim Jesus was a “radical” that would agree with “us.” As someone whose lived a long life already, I can tell you I’ve witnessed radicals all claim Jesus was one of them. I watched as the socialists and the communists claimed Jesus was a socialist and a communist. I watched as the “Moral Majority” insisted Jesus was a…

Where Do Your Choices Come From?

It seems the backlash against political correctness has become stronger and stronger in our society. There is even a hashtag on Twitter that says #GoWokeGoBroke! Societies are always struggling to enshrine this or that ideology as “the best way” but, inevitably, the societal pendulum swings back the other way! Erick Erikson wrote a book a few years ago entitled “You WILL Be Made to Care.” In it, he rightly observes that the…

The WORK of Being In Communion

There seems to be a cottage industry that has developed in America surrounding the notion that modern life is lonely. It seems this sense of loneliness flows from the notion that we are to be “self-sufficient” and not “need” anybody to help us. We live in a society of radically autonomous people all insisting that their own immediate desire is the highest good and must be achieved! Of course, there is nothing…

The Difficult Summer Months

Dear Faith Encouraged Family, We are entering into the dreaded “summer months” for non-profits! It’s the time of year when budgets are stretched thin because of a variety of factors. But I don’t want to focus on what we don’t have! I want to first thank you for your faithful support during this year! Your faithful financial support means so much to us to pay for website fees, publishing design, email services,…

The Beatitudes that Truly Heal

A dear priest friend of mine is on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and other holy sites in the area. Recently he and his fellow pilgrims came to the final resting place of Lazarus, the man the Lord raised from the dead. And that got me thinking about Lazarus and his miraculous healing and what followed. You see, Lazarus died a second time and we have his relics with us to this…

A Dangerous Homily About God – Sunday’s Homily

On this Feast of Pentecost, we face a culture that has increased the power of shallowness and decreased the value of depth and maturity to the point where there is no sobriety, but only division and individual focus. This is absolutely opposed to how God created us. Because He created us in His Image and He knows Himself as Persons in Communion. And this is the only way you will know yourself.…

Love Takes Work!

I’ve heard this so many times: Why can’t I find love? What’s wrong with me? The expectations of some fairy tale notions wound us and wound our children. Add to that, the utter chaos in today’s society where love is reduced to mere feelings or, worse, just physical desire, and you have the perfect recipe for societal disaster! And that, dearest, is precisely the evil one’s intentions. Because the end result of…