Doers and Not Just Hearers!

“Well, now you’ve just gone to meddling.” It’s a great punch line to an old joke about a preacher who was talking about the dangers of sins. He mentioned drinking, and Sister so and so said “amen!” He mentioned gambling and Sister so and so shouted “amen.” But then the preacher mentioned gossiping and Sister so and so said “well, now you’ve gone to meddling!” Isn’t it amazing how quickly we see…

Not Made With Hands

What is the significance of the phrase “not made with hands?” We see this in our lesson today and we even see an Orthodox ikon of the same name. You know the ikon I’m talking about. It is the ikon of the Lord’s Face that the Lord sent to Abgar, the leader of the city of Edessa who had been afflicted with leprosy. The tradition says that the Lord commanded a bowl…

You are a Priest Forever!

Philosophy fascinates me! I don’t get most of it, but it makes me feel smarter just reading about it! One particular (forgive the pun. You’ll get it later) fascination is the classic argument between Plato and Aristotle. These Greek philosophers differed in their formulation of their philosophies of being. And Raphael captured their disagreement perfectly in his masterpiece called Plato’s Academy. So, why bring this up? Because our Lesson today uses language…

We KNOW!

I love learning big words. Ever since I watched “Mary Poppins” so many years ago and “learned a word to spite me aching nose” I have been fascinated with vocabulary. So, when I heard the word “epistemology” I was over the moon to learn all I could! Epistemology is “the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope. Epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from…

Demographics Determines Destiny – How Obedience and Gratitude Change a Person

Here’s this past Sunday’s Homily on the healing of the 10 Lepers by Christ. Only one man healed returned to thank Christ for His mercy and grace, and that man was a Samaritan, a foreigner! So, how do the virtues of Obedience and Gratitude transform a person into a true lover of God. Watch and see! If this is a blessing to you, why not share this with a friend? They may…

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,…