What’s The Problem

Recently I’ve been struggling alongside some dear friends, trying to get to the root of a systemic challenge in a community. In fact, this has become a full blown development of a strategic plan! And I’ve made an important discovery that I’m sure won’t surprise you, but it has been a concrete revelation to me: If you always treat the symptoms of a problem and never its root cause, you’re only maintenancingā€¦

Your Advantage

Sometimes what’s best for us isn’t really apparent in the middle of our journey. It’s only later we discover that an event, though difficult at the time, actually turned out to be the best thing for us. As the old country song says “They hindsight 20/20…” This coming Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost, the Descent of the Holy Spirit onto His Church. Today, we still live in the afterglow of theā€¦

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

All too often we spend our lives waiting for that perfect moment when everything is going “right” and all around me is positive and affirming. And, the longer we live, the more disillusioned we become because that “moment” seems to never come! Oh, to be sure, there are flashes of “just right” in our lives. Those moments when all the traffic lights are green when you’re in a hurry to get someā€¦

This IS Eternal Life

Today the Lord reveals that “eternal life” isn’t about survival or mere existence. He tells us through our Gospel Lesson today that eternal life is “that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Read the whole chapter of John 17 and you’ll find out that this eternal life is meant to also create true unity. But not just any kind of unity. No, the unityā€¦

Be The Bee

This ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Youth department is wonderful! I subscribe to this ministry tool and I hope you will too! Ā 

The Way

A short thought today on our Gospel Lesson in John 14:1-11: Our Lord Jesus says “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him.” We always miss out on the real power of being a Christian when we fall into the temptationā€¦

We Have A Man in Heaven!

Today is the Feast of the Ascension, and this Feast begs the question: What is this whole ascending from the Mount of olives all about? Why didn’t Jesus just “POOF” disappear and go to the Father’s side? Why all this theatrics? It is almost axiomatic that any truth or tradition sufficiently removed from its Source or Cause tends toward superstition and nostalgia. And given enough time and thoughtlessness, it can even becomeā€¦

Standing At the Threshold

Christ is risen! (The last time we will say this until next Pascha. Today is the Apodosis (the Leavetaking) of the Feast of Pascha!) Have you ever thought about thresholds? Yeah, thresholds. They are important architectural structures. They let you know when you’re passing from the kitchen to the diningroom or from the hallway to the bedroom. Thresholds give all kinds of information to you! Your life has thresholds as well. Timesā€¦

The Hour Has Come

Christ is risen! (only a few more days for that Paschal Greeting! The Feast of the Ascension arrives Thursday!) The old saying is “timing is everything.” How true! There have been moments in my own life when the timing has been off, very frustrating. This is especially true when you have a dream or even an expectation where the timing just isn’t right. As the scripture declares “hope deferred makes the heartā€¦

Even His Enemies Praise Him

Christ is risen! There is a principle that God, in His love, reveals to those who love Him that even the Lord’s sworn enemies end up doing things and making decisions that ultimately serve the Lord’s intended purpose for His world. It must be terribly frustrating to the enemy of God to watch as his best work against God ends up furthering God’s purpose and plan! But you’ve experienced this truth inā€¦