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!

Three Perpetual Movements

Today, we hear the Lord use the words that we priests use every time we baptize a new Christian: if anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. Today, if we are to be the followers of Jesus, we must embrace the rhythm of the spiritual life laid out for us by our faith. That rhythm is basically three movements toward spiritual maturity.…

Faith Encouraged LIVE with Fr. Barnabas On Facebook!

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Faith Encouraged Live with Fr. Barnabas now has it’s own Facebook Page where friends can get advanced notice about upcoming programs, guests, and special offers.

All you have to do is “like” the Faith Encouraged Live page on Facebook and you are part of the “in the know” family!

Go to https://www.facebook.com/faithencouragedlive and “like” our page today!

Oh and don’t forget to tune in Sunday night at 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific on Sunday September 28 for our program on “Rapturemaina: What does the Orthodox Church Teach about the End Times?” You can submit your questions here and maybe Fr. Barnabas will use it on the show!

Saturday Guest Blog – Christianity in a Plain Brown Wrapper

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Today’s Guest blog comes from Fr. Stephen Freeman:

Among the many losses within modern Christianity has been the place of transformation. Nineteenth century revival movements and theology emphasized a single experience that was associated with salvation. Those who concerned themselves with what came later, described growth in the Christian life as “sanctification,” and tended to imply that it was optional. Contemporary Christians have settled for a spiritual life in a plain brown wrapper ever since.

Read the rest here – https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/glory2godforallthings/2014/09/13/christianity-in-a-plain-brown-wrapper/

Seeing Jesus

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I am always amazed at my own blindness to what I say I believe when my life is flooded with fear. I don’t just talk about this in the “big problems” of my life. That’s too easy to see. No, I’m talking about those everyday challenges that flood my moments with a hypocrisy that really shocks me about myself.

Do I have your attention?

Come Away To A Lonely Place

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Most of the time I feel pressed for time. A confession – I am addicted to saying “yes” to offers, invitations, and projects! I do this so often that my wife has to remind me that, as of now, I do not have the gift of bi-location! Because of this addiction, I frequently find myself stressed over deadlines, commitments, and projects yet to be completed. And, when I’m tempted with impatience (as I often am) I have to remind myself in repentance that most of this stress is self induced!