Islam – An Orthodox Perspective on Faith Encouraged LIVE

On the recent Faith Encouraged LIVE, Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou joined Fr. Barnabas to talk about Islam’s history and theology. It was an energetic hour and a half information, questions, and comments. Being purposeful in our Faith means being informed and ready to give a defense of our Orthodoxy to all who ask. Make the time to listen and keep yourself informed. Then share this with someone else. Let’s equip our children with…

RERUNS? Yes, RERUNS!

All this week, you’ll be seeing some familiar devotionals, and that’s because Fr. Barnabas needs to take a short hiatus from the daily devotionals to prepare for some new projects. Please take a moment to listen and share these devotionals with your friends and family and help us grow the community enjoying the daily devotionals here on Faith Encouraged Daily. And don’t forget to pray for the “A Journey to Fullness” Video…

God Has Not Given Us a Spirit of Fear

One of my most favorite Science Fiction movies of all time is “Dune.” I say “Science Fiction” and not Sci-Fi because my best friend in the whole world, Photios Loudermilk of blessed memory, always insisted that a true fan of Science Fiction would never denigrate the genre by using such a crass abbreviation! But I digress. One of my favorite scenes is when Paul Atreides is about to face a terrifying rite…

Yeah, Everything is Fine

What if everytime you turn around, no matter what happens, it ends up helping you? It seemed like it was one of those days. All the traffic lights were green. Even the cars in front of me were moving along at a good speed. My favorite song came on the radio in just enough time for me to hear the whole song before I arrived at my appointment. And then, when I…

Manifesting LIFE!

Life really is that simple. Our behavior is either fostering life or death in our lives and in the lives of others. It really is that simple and really THAT profound. It reminds me of the stark confrontation Moses set before the Israelites in Deuteronomy when he was exhorting them not to abandon God in their homeland. Moses thunders to the people: “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you,…

A Spirit of Gentleness

There’s one word that those who know me best would NEVER use to describe me: Gentle! I don’t know if it’s my “creative” use of language or just my deep suspicion of spineless mediocrity or that I’m afraid of being called a “girl!” I am rarely what you might call “gentle.” I tend toward the “over-the-top” and brash black and white mindset of a hard nosed conservative, former police officer, by-the-book rule…

Strange Teachings!

“Nobody told me there’d be days like these!” Well, that not exactly true. St. Paul did warn that “in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its…

If We Live by the Spirit…

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” With this revelation from our Lord Jesus, He set the standard of communion and community for those who claim to follow Him. And, it is this ongoing and historical reality that set the Christian Church apart from all other religious systems of the Lord’s day. It is also why just 300+ years after the Lord…

They Devoted Themselves

The first time I heard this, it hit me like a ton of bricks! “Let us commend ourselves, ONE ANOTHER, and our whole life unto Christ, our God. To You, O Lord.” “One another?” How do I “commend” someone else to “Christ, our God?” Aren’t they responsible for themselves? What does this mean? Well, of course, each of us are responsible for ourselves, but, from the very beginning when Cain asked God…

No Better Than a Slave

She was, to say the least, frustrated! I mean to the point of flaying her arms, tears in her eyes, and “saying” (if by that you mean “yelling”) “I can stay by myself! I’m a big girl!” OK, so I smiled just a bit at that since my 4 year old sometimes thinks she’s “bigger” than she really is. You see, I had just told her, she was going to have a…