At the Beginning of the Year

Words for me at the beginning of the year: “Love, endure, overlook, do not get angry, do not become irritated, forgive one another, in order that you resemble our Christ and are counted worthy to be near to Him in His kingdom.” Elder Ephraim of Philotheou Mount Athos, “Counsels from the Holy Mountain” Today, when you can only notice the need for these words in your own life and take no thought of…

A Two-Edged Sword

OK, I’ve got good news and bad news, and, it turns out it’s the same news. Confused? Don’t be. This reality is as old as time itself. One man’s Good News is another man’s bad news, and, as usual, it depends on the condition of your desires and your perspective. But that is true in so many other aspects of our lives. Take the financial markets. When bonds are cheap and the…

You Must Be Born Again

At the height of the Jesus Movement in the 1970’s in America, we had a “born again” President, Jimmy Carter, and we had the beginnings of the modern Church Growth movement and the start of what would become the megachurch movement among religious Americans. We also had a New York Times Best Seller by Rev. Billy Graham called “How To Be Born Again” (1977). While I know many of those who grew…

OMG

“I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Well, another year has come and gone and we stand on the cusp of a new calendar year. Inevitably we will be asked to read and reflect on the past year with its successes and its failures and we will be nostalgic for the good times and glad to see the bad times pass. It’s New…

Our one Year Anniversary

At the Feast of Theophany, our Orthodox on Purpose blog will celebrate our first year of ministry! We have over 2000 regular readers on our Facebook site, and growing readers on Twitter, Linkedin, and Google +. We have almost 2000 regular users of our Word Press blog site and a growing readership across the internet! As we enter 2014, we hope to have an exciting announcement for you regarding the growth of…

Bring Me A Coin

A recent scientific journal reported on the 11 year cycle of our sun. It turns out that every 11 years our sun flips its polar magnetic poles. This affects the number of sunspots and other solar phenomena that ripples all the way out to the edge of our solar system. Fascinating information. And much like other bits of information too big for any of us to have any control over in our…

The Nativity Homily of St. John Chrysostom

“BEHOLD a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and man in heaven. He Who is above, now for our redemption dwells here…

This is the Lord’s Doing

Amazing! It’s the only word that comes to mind as I ponder today’s Gospel Lesson. The truth is my own words, my own actions, my own attitudes is all that will be necessary to display to reveal my true self, both my greatest deeds and my secret failures. It’s why I always wonder at those who constantly insist “You can’t judge me.” Of course I can’t. Besides, I don’t need to judge…

Run For Our Life

Christ is Born! As we enter the season of Christmas and celebrate these 12 Days with joy and feasting, let us also remember the Source of our joy. Because if this Source slips from our hearts and minds, it won’t be long until the feasting and the joy is meaningless and therefore empty and missing! To help us, Orthodox On Purpose will focus more intently the rest of this week on the…

He Whom Nothing Can Contain

He whom nothing can contain has been contained in a womb.* He is in the Father’s bosom and His Mother’s embrace.* How can this be, but as He knows and willed and was well pleased.* Fleshless as He was, He willingly took flesh.* And He Who Is became what He was not, for us.* And while departing not from His own nature,* He shared in our nature’s substance.* So Christ was born…