A New Year And A Renewed Obedience

Christ is born! Glorify Him! “Do as I say, not as I do!” I remember thinking “Well, that’s not very convincing.” How can someone who refuses to follow their own advice have any credibility at all? My mom drove that point home to me as I watched her follow her convictions when it would have been temporarily easier for her to “bend” her convictions to bring her some temporary comfort. She just…

Humility Exalts!

Christ is born! Glorify Him! On this last day of the year, hear this from St. Paisios: “Humility and Love, there you have it. This is everything!” As we say “goodbye” to this unique year of challenges and difficulties; trials and triumphs, let’s recalibrate our ideas of “success” and “happiness.” The only way to do this well and avoid the pitfalls of arrogance and short-sightedness is through true humility. Humility shuts down…

Stop Hiding From God’s Generosity!

Christ is born! Glorify Him! 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? Why is the purposeful discipline of generosity so important to a mature Orthodox Christian life? Here’s a hint: Becoming like God is absolutely essential if I’m…

Just A Few Days Left!

“καλά Χριστούγεννα! Very grateful to have your guidance and wisdom, Father Barnabas.” “Merry Christmas Father, to you, your family, your parish, your congregation, and the whole world. Greetings from Greece!” “Merry Xmas Father. God bless🙏 Greetings from Sydney, Australia. Please continue your mission in helping our souls intact.” “God Bless From UK Romania” These are just a few of the comments we’ve received on our Faith Encouraged TV YouTube channel in the…

You Need AWE In Your Life!

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! The Christian Church has been around a long time! And the place it’s existed the longest is the place where it first sprang up. The Church is, at its heart, a Semitic Faith, an Eastern Faith. And that’s because the Christian Church is the fulfillment of the promises made by God to Abraham, the father of the Faithful. So there are a lot of Jewish elements in…

What Do You THIRST For?

Christ is born! Glorify Him! My doctor looked at me and said “Father, your body is thirsty! You need to drink more water!” What I mistook for hunger was actually my body being thirsty! Wow, what a revelation. So, it is with our lives. We can mistake our thirst for God as a thirst for safety or security or even fame. All the while we act on these mistaken ideas and we…

TODAY Jesus Christ IS Born!

Christ is Born! On this Feast of the Nativity, let’s take the time to celebrate this season of 12 days with attentiveness! I never will forget telling my mom that our family would be late for Christmas dinner because we had a church service that day! She said “Church on Christmas Day? Why?” Now, to be fair, my family growing up didn’t go to church on Christmas day. We weren’t raised, and…

TODAY You Are My Son!

It’s time to insist on some heavy theology today. It’s time to stop playing around with this Orthodox Faith as some Christmas toy! So, let’s buckle our proverbial seat beats and do some soul stretching theological work out! Jesus Christ is 100% God and, at the very same time 100% Man. As St. Basil declares “What is not assumed is not healed.” This powerful identity of Jesus Christ is at the very…

Time To Graduate From Kindergarten!

They say “Christmas is for kids” and that is an intoxicating lie, but ONLY if we resign ourselves to not growing up in our Universe Changing Orthodox Faith. It is a particular temptation in our increasingly secular society where it seems everything in the public realm is reduced to sentimentality and all about our “feelings.” But that perpetual kindergarten mentality only guarantees a childish life instead of the robust and profound life…

How Did You React to The News?

The news struck me as wonderful, but my friend looked at m with surprise when I reacted with a smile and “congratulations” at him telling me that the company he worked for was letting him go. He seemed to be genuinely amazed that I was actually happy for him. You see, the company he worked for some time was now notorious as a dysfunctional corporate culture with swirling rumors of misappropriation of…