Journey To Fullness Video Project News!

What a great day shooting the Demo video for the Journey to Fullness Video Project here at Faith Encouraged Ministries. The studio audience and the fantastic crew at Comprehensive Media were wonderful to work with and really understand the vision for this project! Will you help us? Our goal is to raise the funds necessary to complete this project and provide an effective tool to introduce our Orthodox faith to the average…

The Treasure In The Field

He looked at me right in the face and said the words I will never forget: “When you’re ready to ‘sell all you have’ to have this faith, then, and only then will you be ready!” Whoa, wait a minute, let’s talk about this! Everything? Yep, everything. It was a turning point in my own spiritual journey and I was having to confront my own desire to “play it safe” or not…

What You Have Here is Weeds!

OK, let me confess something; I am not very talented when it comes to growing things. In fact, everytime I’ve tried to plant and tend a garden, it has ended up either overrun by weeds or eaten by critters or over watered or under watered! I just don’t have the proverbial “green thumb.” I don’t know why. Maybe it’s a lack of patience, or a lack of discipline. Or maybe it’s just…

Your Name Is Written in Heaven!

One of the greatest practical jokes ever played on me was when some friends actually hid my car from me while I was at work. As a teenage boy, my car was my ticket to freedom. It represented my passage from a child to a man! Besides, I looked really cool driving it around the mall parking lot with the windows down, hoping that pretty girl would notice! I panicked! I looked…

Your Faith Has Made You Well (It Always Does!)

“Who touched Me?” What? Lord, the whole crowd is pressing in to touch You, and you ask “Who touched Me?” Lord, it doesn’t make sense. Everybody is touching You. I imagine that is what most of the disciples were either thinking or saying when the Lord asked this question in a large crowd one day. In reality someone had touched Him, but she had touched Him in desperation, in faith. After all,…

Dull Hearts and Heavy Ears

You know the old saying “God works in mysterious ways.” Well, that may be true, but that doesn’t make my confusion over why things happen in my life any better! In fact, I have to confess to you that most of the short and cute little theological phrases (“Just trust the Lord” or “It’s all for the best” or “It was God’s will”) we use to “comfort” others during hard times are…

Human Exceptionalism – The Latest Faith Encouraged LIVE

The latest Faith Encouraged LIVE focused on Human Exceptionalism with my special guest Wesley J. Smith. Listen and learn about the dangers of reducing human life to nothing more than an intelligent ape and why modern society’s emphasis on the evils of suffering may just see us extinguish the sufferer! Listen and share with your friends. http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/faithencouragedlive/human_exceptionalism

Good Ground

The old coder adage “Garbage in – Garbage out.” It meant that if the computer programmer got his code wrong, then it just stands to reason that the program wouldn’t work properly. What is true for computer programming is true for all of life. There is a current dust up about Genetically Modified Organism science and how certain foods are genetically modified to resist pests, or disease, or to be more colorful.…