Rejecting Rapturemania

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Always More

Innovative Leadership

The older I get the more I’m convinced I’m not going to live long enough to learn all I want or even need to learn. There just seems to always be more! And that can be a daunting realization for a man who (foolishly) believes he has some sense about him! Frustrating as well, especially since his arrogance insists he know everything!

But we humans have to come to the end of ourselves to ever really know ourselves, and I am convinced, my dearest, that this is precisely the root cause of much of our hiding from ourselves, others, and even the foolish notion that I can hide from God (just look how well that turned out for Adam and Eve!). This sober realization of our own limits can also, if unprepared for this revelation, cause us to fall into despair, or anger, or even a loss of faith.

So, what wisdom do we need to embrace to steel our souls for this inevitable confrontation? It’s found behind our Gospel Lesson this morning! Shall we take a look?

It’s Happening TODAY!

Three Wise Businessmen 

You know the saying “Do you remember where you were when president Kennedy was shot?” I don’t. I was just three years old. But my earliest memories do include sitting in front of our black and white TV at home watching with my mom, the coverage of Dr. King’s funeral here in Atlanta. And all I remember is a scene from the coverage of a drawing of a coffin being bore into the sky by angels. That image is stuck in my head, mainly because of the tears of my mother over the tragic murder of this American leader. Of course this generation has their own “Do you remember where you were when…” That question is finished “the Twin Towers fell?”

The ancient Chinese proverb meant as a curse is “May you live in interesting times!” It is something to be so awake to the events surrounding you that you recognize the power of moments to shape history. But why is it so easy for the vast majority of the population to be oblivious to these pivotal events that share the world?

Again and Again I Say To You

Breaking bad patterns of behavior will only work when you replace a bad pattern with a GOOD Pattern. And there is no better pattern than the one the Lord reveals in last Sunday’s Gospel Lesson. Here’s the homily!

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Both AND, Not Either OR

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I’ve always struggled with my weight! It’s been a struggle since I was a kid, and I specifically remember when it started: It all began when I had my tonsils removed! You see, I was a skinny kid because I was always getting an infection and the doctors advised my parents to do what doctors advised many parents to do; take the boy’s tonsils out and he wont get sick as much, and they were right.

But the problem was when I g0t my tonsils out, I also discovered the pleasures of reading and watching TV! Boom! Welcome to the statistical world of American kids raised in the ’60’s and ’70’s! Thanks alot Captain Kangaroo!

The Second Coming According to our Orthodox Faith!

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Just got off the phone with my special guest for this Sunday’s program on the Rapture, Dr. Terry Hebert.

Dr. Hebert is a former Dispensationalist who converted to Orthodoxy. This Sunday you will enjoy hearing his story and just what is the teaching about the Second Coming so popular among many American Christians today!

Not What You Expected!

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The story goes like this: A young man sees a beautiful woman and he desires to make her his wife. All the while, his best friend from childhood, the little girl next door, secretly has grown to love the man. As she watches him not see her as a potential mate and watches as he wastes his life and time pursuing this woman who doesn’t really care for him at all, her heart breaks.

Finally, after attempting to win this woman, the man wakes up to what has been his all along and the two best friends become a family and live happily ever after! Cut! Print! The next Hollywood, feel good, love story!

Dispensational Truth? Or Who IS Clarence Larkin?

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Who is Clarence Larkin and what is Dispensational Truth? Well, for many of us raised in Evangelical Protestant churches, this teaching about the Lord’s Second Coming is THE norm. Worrying about taking the Mark of the Beast, wondering if the events in the Middle East mean the “Rapture” is just around the corner, and begging our friends to “get saved” so they can miss the Great Tribulation!

Sound familiar?

This Sunday night tune in to Faith Encouraged LIVE with Fr. Barnabas as we talk about this popular misconception about the End Times and the much more profoundly glorious wisdom of our Orthodox Faith and the wise End Time teaching in the timeless Church! That’s at 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific on ancinetfaith.com

 

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Never For Himself

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You’ve seen the bumper sticker “Practice Random Acts of Kindness.” I confess I’ve seen them all over and my reaction to this altruistic admonition ranges (depending on my mood) from mild annoyance to a twinge of guilt. But rarely does this bumper sticker psychology move me to action. But, hey, that’s the weakness of a bumper sticker mindset!