Hearing and Then Keeping

I was watching a well known leadership teacher speak recently (I like to keep up with this world since I find this both helpful and cautionary) and he was commenting about the necessity of making decisions to change. And he used some commonly heard excuses about why someone doesn’t live up to their potential: “I am not a leader. Then CHANGE and become a leader!” I get where he’s coming from and…

Where Is Society Headed?

    Don’t miss an all new Faith Encouraged LIVE Sunday at 8 PM! Our guests will be Wesley J. Smith of the Discovery Institute and Bobby Schindler of the Terri Schiavo Network for Life. They will join Fr. Barnabas and discuss the current state of Medical Ethics here and around the world as society is manipulated to accept killing as medicine! And our conversation is going to include you! Call in…

What Is Your Name?

When I was a boy of 7 years old, I had my tonsils removed. Up until that time, I was a bit of a sickly kid and skinny as a rail! What I remember most about having my tonsils removed was all the ice cream I could eat after surgery! What a treat! But, interestingly enough, that also marked my life-long struggle with my weight! Isn’t it fascinating how weakness can be…

I Saw Satan Fall

All my life, I’ve dreamed of having some kind of superhero power. When I was a boy, I wanted to be like Superman and have the ability to run around the world really fast and pick up trucks and stop speeding bullets. “Why,” you may ask. Because it’s cool! That’s why! I bet I’m not the only one who’s dreamed of having some super power. If I were, then there would be…

Will There Be a Secret Rapture?

Standing in line at the supermarket is such an education. As I’m placing my grocery items on the conveyor belt and watching them slide toward the cashier, I glance toward the ubiquitous magazines there in the check-out line and read headlines screaming at me that Big Foot has been seen again, the latest Hollywood starlet has been cheated on or has cheated on her spouse, an aging actor tells all, and (most…

Ears Are For Hearing

It wasn’t any medical condition. And yet, she just stared at me. I know she heard me, but she didn’t want to do what I was saying. Of course, she was only 3 years old, and 3 year olds are notorious for not being able to “hear.” at times. It reminded me of a funny story I once heard. A man was explaining to a group of new parents that “science” has…

Lose The Drama!

Why all the drama? OK, I have to confess, I am no fan of drama for drama’s sake, and I’m in the house with two daughters who excel in drama! “She touched me” “She’s looking at me” WHAT? She’s “looking at you? Really? I guess I didn’t get the “drama” gene, because nothing sets me off quicker than high decibel whining and drama! Can’t stand it! Whew, glad I got that off…

Our 100 Campaign Ends Today!

We wrap up our 100 Campaign today at midnight! And what an amazing 30 days it has been! Our Patron Count stands at 99 and all we need is ONE MORE supporter to reach our Goal! Are you the ONE? Faith Encouraged Ministries started out as a way to encourage people to practice their Orthodox Faith daily and to share the beauties of this faith with those who are seeking the fullness of…

The First Testament

I have a habit of calling what many call “The Old Testament” the “First Testament.” And I do that because too many in the Church treat the books in the front of our Bible as either unimportant or not as valuable as the New Testament. I confess I’ve had a few folks get mad at me for saying “First Testament” instead of “Old Testament.” But how do we expect to know why the…

A Divided Heart is Defeated

Growing up as a young man in the 1970’s meant I heard some of the best music in the world! One song I remember that got the whole car singing along was the anthem “United we Stand” by the Brotherhood of Man. The chorus was “For united we stand, divided we fall. And if our backs should ever be against the wall, we’ll be together, together you and I.” Unity is a…