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Fr. Barnabas’ YouTube Videos

  • Sin Is A Wound!July 11, 2018

    On the 6th Sunday of Mathew we see our Lord give us a huge hint into how to look at our spiritual lives. He reveals that sin is a wound to our soul that needs healing, not merely a breaking of a rule that requires punishment. The Father is good!

  • Law Can't Do What Wisdom Can!July 1, 2018

    On this 5th Sunday of Matthew, we see the Lord liberate two demon possessed men. They had become totally dominated by their passions and no law could tame them. That's because laws can't heal, only true wisdom heals and sets free!

  • Daring to Follow JesusJune 11, 2018

    On this second Sunday of Matthew we see the Lord call some fishermen and make them into Fishers of Men. Look how quick they drop everything to Follow Jesus!

  • Made Perfect With US All Saints SundayJune 5, 2018

    On this Sunday of All Saints, what made it possible for the Saints to choose Christ to be more important to them than even their very lives? It was loving Jesus First.

  • An Invitation to LIFE The Feast of PentecostMay 29, 2018

    On the Feast of Pentecost the Holy Spirit does what He always does - He enlivens for the purpose of becoming by grace what Christ is by nature! Life, above all things, true LIFE.

  • This IS Eternal LifeMay 23, 2018

    On this Sunday before Pentecost we remember the Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council. We hear our Lord Jesus say that Eternal Life is to know God the Father and Jesus Christ Whom He sent for our salvation.

  • The Barrier of BlindnessMay 15, 2018

    On the Sunday of the Blind Man we confront the Last Barrier to living the resurrected Life of Christ. And it's the spiritual blindness of our own hearts!

  • Get Your Mind RightMay 9, 2018

    On the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, we continue our Post-Pascha series on Learning how to live in the Resurrection life of Jesus Christ. This Sunday, the power of repentance to reorient our life!

  • Where Are You Paralyzed?May 2, 2018

    On this Sunday of the Paralytic, the Church starts transitioning us toward the Feast of Pentecost. The last two Sundays we've dealt with Doubt and Fear, and this Sunday we deal with the paralysis of ruts in our lives.

  • Fear is the Mind KillerApril 25, 2018

    On this Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women, we are invited by the faith to confront the second enemy of our Faith and our life - Fear. Let us move beyond the temporary motivation of fearful living to embrace the Faith of the Resurrection.

  • Don't Doubt; Believe!April 18, 2018

    On this St. Thomas the Believer Sunday, we are invited to grow beyond our doubts.

  • Fade to Black? Palm SundayApril 4, 2018

    On Orthodox Palm Sunday, we live in a modern society that offers us the stark contrast between a pure materialism leading to the emptiness of hopelessness or the timeless wisdom of a hope in Christ that leads us to His light!

  • Can A Person Know God?March 8, 2018

    On this Sunday of St. Gregory of Palamas, we see the Church give us the good news about knowing God in a real relationship that is both intimate and life changing.

  • Make God Visible!February 28, 2018

    On this Sunday of Orthodoxy where we commemorate the restoration of the holy icons, we see the Church calling us to make our God visible in our lives and world.

  • You Can't Judge ME!February 13, 2018

    Our society is risk-averse to anything that feels like judgement. We've become so gun shy about appeaing judgemental that we've abandoned good sense! But on this Meatfare Sunday, we are confronted with the Last Judgement all of us will face before Christ.

On Ancient Faith Radio

  • Sin Is A Wound!July 13, 2018

  • Law Can’t Do What Wisdom CanJuly 6, 2018

  • The Barrier of BlindnessJune 26, 2018

  • Daring to Follow JesusJune 11, 2018

  • Get Your Mind RightJune 11, 2018

  • Made Perfect With US All Saints SundayJune 9, 2018

  • An Invitation to LIFE The Feast of PentecostMay 29, 2018

  • Where Are You ParalyzedMay 28, 2018

  • This IS Eternal LifeMay 26, 2018

  • Fear is the Mind KillerMay 14, 2018

  • Don’t Doubt - Believe!May 2, 2018

    On this St. Thomas the Believer Sunday, we are invited to grow beyond our doubts.

  • Fade to Black - Palm SundayApril 22, 2018

    On Orthodox Palm Sunday, we live in a modern society that offers us the stark contrast between a pure materialism leading to the emptiness of hopelessness or the timeless wisdom of a hope in Christ that leads us to His light!

  • You Can’t Judge Me!February 28, 2018

    The Sunday of the Last Judgement.

  • An Inner Peace UndisturbedDecember 7, 2017

    Are you able to have such inner peace that outward circumstances are powerless to disturb you? Well, that's exactly the kind of peace Jesus Christ wants to give you.

  • A Sower Went Out To SowDecember 6, 2017

    In a world where our priorities are so disjointed that we find ourselves investing the best of our lives in temporary things while eternal things go without, we have to confront with honesty and repentance the challenge of authentic Christian Stewardship.

  • Normal OrthodoxyDecember 5, 2017

    Jesus thanks Peter for the use of his boat the Lord used to preach to the people by telling Peter to push out further and let down his fishing nets. Of course we know the rest of the story.

  • I Am My Own - REALLY!September 19, 2017

    Jesus tells the story of the Vineyard Owner and his problems with the workers he's hired to take care of his vineyard. Why do you think these wicked servants thought they could get away with this behavior?

  • I Can See Clearly NowSeptember 18, 2017

    The current delusion of our day is that life should be free of suffering or struggle. But that lie is actually leaving people in a perpentual adolescence that is destroying lives. The Faith offers us another path where we expect struggle and have Joy THROUGH it!

  • The Insanity of Our DaySeptember 1, 2017

    On this leavetaking of the Feast of the Transfiguration, Jesus heals a boy His disciples could not heal. It is amazing how He refers to the people of His day as "a wicked and perverse generation." Jesus could be describing our own day as well.

  • What you Don’t Know CAN Hurt You!August 15, 2017

    On the Feast of the Transfiguration, Jesus reveals the very central purpose for our existence and our true goal for our lives!

  • Avoid the Arguments. Live the Faith!August 12, 2017

    On the Sunday of the Holy Fathers we hear St. Paul teaching his spiritual son, St. Titus, how to live the faith instead of being distracted by troublemakers!

  • The Internal North StarAugust 11, 2017

    On this 5th Sunday of Matthew, St. Paul tells the Roman Church that if anyone is going to be saved we have to confess with our lips that Jesus is Lord AND believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead!

  • What Motivates You?July 20, 2017

    Seeking the Kingdom of God first means valuing the Eternal over the Temporary. And it means that all the other priorities of my life find their proper place as well!

  • We Call God FatherJuly 18, 2017

    On this Father's Day we hear how important it is to provide our children with a good example of fatherhood so that they can call God, Father!

  • Do Not Be AmazedMay 6, 2017

    On this Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women, it's time to stop being amazed by God's consistency and power!

  • Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name Of The LordApril 25, 2017

    On Palm Sunday, the Church calls us to celebrate being able to recognize Jesus. Do you know enough about your faith to recognize Christ?

  • If You Can?April 25, 2017

    On this Sunday, The Church invites us to reconnect to the wisdom of the Timeless Faith to bring us to the ability to see the cosmic theology of our faith as also very practical and applicable to our everyday lives!

  • At The Crossroads of HistoryApril 25, 2017

    The Sunday of the Holy Cross.

  • Distracted to DeathApril 25, 2017

    On this Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas, we are confronted by the Scriptures with the dangers of distraction. By avoiding being distracted by life and focus on our Christian living we will avoid the pitfalls of distraction.

  • Come and See - The Sunday of OrthodoxyMarch 13, 2017

    On the first Sunday of Great Lent the Church calls us to recall the victory of Orthodoxy over the heresy of an invisible God! Now that God has become visible for our sake, we are invited to Come and See!

  • Mom and Dad Didn’t FastMarch 8, 2017

    On Forgiveness Sunday we remember Adam and Eve being sent out of the Garden of Eden. Why? For Punishment? The answer may surprise you!

  • When Did We See You Lord?March 3, 2017

    On the Sunday of the Last Judgement we see both the Righteous and the Unrighteous as the Lord the Same Question!

  • Never Too Late Sunday of the ProdigalFebruary 19, 2017

    The Sunday of the Prodigal reminds us that repentance is never too late, and the Father wants us back every time we stray.

  • When You’re Angry and Afraid: The Sunday of the PublicanFebruary 13, 2017

    On this Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, the Lord Jesus gives us an insight into a sober and humble way of life. But our world is intoxicated by anger and fear, and all our choices are hampered by anger and fear. What's the way out? The Way of Repentance.

  • What Motivates Your Faith?January 31, 2017

    On this Sunday of Zacchaeus we start our preparation for Great Lent. And our first labor is to examine our motives. So, what motivates your faith?

  • We Have NO Strangers HereJanuary 20, 2017

    St. Paul tells his faithful in Collasse that the Good News of Jesus means no more divisions between Jews and Greeks, between slaves and free men. Christianity is the death of racism!

  • Getting Used To The LightJanuary 18, 2017

    Jesus Gives us the 5 fold Ministry of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers to help us get used to the Eternal Light of His presence so we will enjoy being with Him!

  • A New Year. A New Way To ThinkJanuary 11, 2017

    We are at the start of a new year. We celebrate the circumcision of the Lord and the life of St. Basil. By doing this, the Church offers us a challenge to change the way we think about time!

  • Your Part of the VisionJanuary 10, 2017

    The Orthodox Church teaches that Jesus Christ is more than a great teacher, more than a good man. The Church teaches that Jesus Christ is God in human flesh; born of a Virgin, and come to save the world! You are part of that vision for humanity!

  • What Makes You Forget To Love God First?January 9, 2017

    St. Paul tells the Colossians the greatest danger to their spiritual lives is Idolatry. But what is Idolatry? Turns out it is much deeper than an idol!

  • Did You Know You Were A Slave? Did You Want To Be Free?December 24, 2016

    Jesus heals a woman on the Sabbath Day and this reveals the hypocritical hearts of those around Him!

  • Today, You Only Lack One ThingDecember 9, 2016

    When the rich young ruler meets Jesus, he asks the only question worth asking. How sad he didn't like the answer.

  • Passions for DistractionsNovember 30, 2016

    Jesus tells the parable about a man who is doing so well, he has to tear down his old barns to build bigger barns. And God confronts him with his mortality! This is the only way to avoid the Passions for Distractions!

  • The One True CenterOctober 28, 2016

    Jesus commands some outlandish behaviors. He says love those who don't love you. Do good to those who don't do good to you. And even lend to others expecting nothing in return! How can we do this? By embracing the One True Center of our real lives!

  • I’m Frustrated (but it’s my fault)October 18, 2016

    The distance between what I know and what I do causes such frustration in my life, and the confusion of seeing the world, the nation, the community, the family I love suffer due to the weaknesses of all of us causes even more frustration. But, in the end, this frustration flows from my own broken life!

  • Learning How to Stay AwakeOctober 17, 2016

    Jesus confronts the people and the disciples when they can't heal a little boy!

  • A Lens Clean Enough To Truly SeeSeptember 11, 2016

    The work of the Faith is meant to cleanse your spiritual eyes so you have 20/20 vision about what's most important in your life.

  • Your Attitude Determines Your AltitudeAugust 30, 2016

    Jesus refuses to allow the lack of faith of His disciples to send the crowd away. He tells them, commands them "You feed them!"

  • It’s Worth It!August 21, 2016

    St. Paul tells the Romans that our God is the God of Steadfastness AND Encouragement. It's this vision of God that makes all the hard work of faithfulness worth all the effort to stay focused on a daily practice of the Faith. And it's only that kind of practice that will be a worthy legacy to pass on to our children!

  • From Fad to FaithfulnessAugust 21, 2016

    You are the light of the world!

  • A Tale of Two SeasJuly 30, 2016

    The two seas in the Holy Land are both fed by the Jordan River. One sea is alive with all kinds of fish and plants and birds, and the other is Dead! The reason why this is so is the same reason why some people become saints and some don't!

  • It Takes a MiracleJuly 24, 2016

    The Feast of Pentecost.

  • This IS Eternal LifeJuly 16, 2016

    On the Sunday of the Fathers of the 1st Ecumnical Council at Nicea, the Church calls us to consider the powerful prayer of our Lord Jesus in John 17. It turns out eternal life isn't a situation as much as it is a relationship! Being connected to life gives us life. Are you connected?

  • If I Would Have Known Then!June 18, 2016

    The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman sees the Lord gently confront a dear lady who didn't realize Who she was speaking to, and this blindness to just Who Jesus is means she is missing the real point of her life!

  • The Fickled CrowdMay 17, 2016

    On Palm Sunday a crowd shouted out their praise for Christ. This popularity at the beginning of Holy Week won't last. So, why are we humans so fickle?

  • X Marks the SpotApril 18, 2016

    On the Sunday of the Cross during Great Lent, the Church gives us the miracle of suffering as the medicine that will carry us to the joys of Pascha. Halfway through Lent we look to the Cross for strength and joy THROUGH suffering, not escape from suffering!

  • Body AND SoulApril 5, 2016

    On the Sunday of St. Gregory of Palamas we celebrate the wisdom of the Orthodox Faith to marry the physical and the spiritual and escape the false dichotomy of the created and the Uncreated. In other words, no more cubbyholing our lives into the sacred and the secular!

  • To See YourselfMarch 31, 2016

    On this Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, we are confronted with a theology that invites us to know ourselves by seeing what God looks like in flesh!

  • Awake to RealityMarch 30, 2016

    Sunday of the Prodigal Son.

  • Awake to LifeMarch 17, 2016

    Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee.

  • Wasted Days and Wasted NightsFebruary 16, 2016

    St. Paul warns the Corinthians not to receive the grace of God in vain.

  • Demographics Determine Destiny!February 7, 2016

    When Jesus heals 10 lepers, He opens the door for us to learn a valuable insight into a consistent life in Christ. The two lessons learned from a grateful leper who was also a foreigner is meant for us all.

  • How’s Your PrayerJanuary 27, 2016

    The monks on Mt. Athos use to greet one another, not with "How are you?" or "How are you doing?" but with "How is your prayer?" St. Paul tells the faithful at the Ephesian Church that the gifts God has given to His Church were meant to bring each of us to the unity of the faith, to maturity, to the full stature of Jesus Christ. So, is that what is happening in your life? If not, why not?

  • Allow the Fire to Reveal WHO You AreJanuary 11, 2016

    St. John the Baptist declared he was unworthy to untie the sandals of the Lord. He also promised that, while he baptized with water, the Lord Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit! And this is both Good News AND terrifying News! Especially because Fire does more than illuminate!

  • The Power of AnamnesisDecember 25, 2015

    So, why, on the Sunday before Christmas, does the Church call us to read this lineage of Jesus? Because there's an irreplaceable power to community memory. And more so for we moderns who have sacrificed our attention span for entertainment!

  • What You Love the Most Gets Your BestDecember 18, 2015

    The guests invited to the rich man's banquet didn't value their invitation to his dinner as much as they valued other things. In the end, none of the expected elite got to go, but the most unexpecting group were invited and enjoyed the hospitality of the rich man!

  • The Messenger and the ParadymNovember 22, 2015

    On the Sunday of the Synaxis of the Archangels, we confront the challenge of hearing the Message from the Messengers of God. But to be able to hear, we must first want to hear. Do you want to hear what the Messenger says to the Churches?

  • United We Stand, Divided We FallNovember 2, 2015

    The Gadarene Demoniac was possessed by a "Legion" of demons. His spirit was so fractured and divided that he was not only his own worst enemy, but he was a threat to all around him.

  • Don’t Be DistractedOctober 18, 2015

    What a very familiar passage is this passage about a sower planting seed! We've heard this message forever, but I wonder, do we know how to cultivate "god soil" in our lives so that the seed of the Word of God will grow within us?

  • Do Unto OthersOctober 12, 2015

    All great religions have a form of the Golden Rule. But in the Christian Faith this wisdom has specific wisdom on not only how to actually follow the Golden Rule but to share this faith with others.

  • Bearing Your Cross and Following JesusOctober 5, 2015

    There wasn't a Jew within the sound of Jesus' voice when He said if any man would be my disciple, he must take up his cross... You see, there's only one use for a cross, and that's for an execution. The Christian message invites us not only to follow Christ but to die to everything that isn't like Christ in our lives. That's what it means to "bear your cross!"

  • The Power of PerspectiveSeptember 19, 2015

    Why does the Orthodox Church celebrate the Elevation of the Holy Cross? A device meant for torture and a grizzly death is held up, venerated, and even kissed! Why? Well, because what humanity meant for evil, God transformed into Victory and Life!

  • From the HeartAugust 25, 2015

    A Servant owes his Master millions and he's forgiven. Then this wicked servant turns on a fellow servant who owes him a few dollars and he throws his co-worker in prison! The Master is not happy and takes His servant he had forgiven such a great debt and throws him into prison too! So shall the Father do to everyone who doesn't forgive "from the heart."

  • Because Of Your Little FaithAugust 14, 2015

    Jesus uses seemingly harsh language when a father brings an epileptic son to the Lord for healing. But it's only because it's only this kind of language that can break past the selfishness of our own hearts to teach us how to have faith the size of a mustard seed!

  • Living Without a Safety NetAugust 3, 2015

    The crowd followed the Lord into a "lonely place" knowing full well there was no food there. But heir courage and desire for Christ overcame their fear of physical hunger. Does your love and desire for Christ overcome your fear of lesser desires?

  • Untamed PassionsJuly 8, 2015

    Jesus confronts two men who have become "demoniacs" that is these men had so been overcome by their passions and unbridled desires that they were more animal than man. What a powerful picture of the dangers to us in today's society! Learn how the Faith is meant to tame the passions!

  • Know How To FishJune 21, 2015

    Jesus promised His disciples that He would transform them from fishermen to "Fishers of men." How does that apply to us today as Orthodox Christians? In fact, why are you Orthodox?

  • The Purpose of the SpiritJune 10, 2015

    The Feast of Pentecost celebrates the Coming of the Holy Spirit on the first disciples of Jesus. But why? As followers of Christ, we too, have been given the grace of the Holy Spirit in our lives as well. So, does the closeness of the Spirit in your life reflect a reality or an untapped resource?

  • That They May Be ONEMay 31, 2015

    Our society has become a place where Radical Autonomy has been elevated to the highest good. What "I" want is considered the highest value and the measure of the happiness of my life. But Christianity has a different value system based on Radical Communion.

  • Looking For Love in ALL the Wrong PlacesMay 13, 2015

    On the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, we are confronted with the commun hunger of all humans, the common thirst of all of us: to be loved and to love. But how do we avoid the traps of trying to fulfill this hunger and thirst in the wrong way? How do we avoid wrecking our lives by bad choices?

  • Take Up Your Past And WalkMay 6, 2015

    On the Third Sunday of Pascha we are called to remember the healing of the Paralytic 38 years sick. Jesus asks him a question and confronts him with a command: "Do you WANT to be healed?" and "Take up your pallet and walk." The power of desire and obedience challenges us to allow the grace of God to transfigure our past from a burden to a badge of grace and mercy.

  • Courage in the Face of the ImpossibleMay 3, 2015

    The Sunday of the Myrrhbearers shows us some courageous women who, even when faced with an impossible task (who will roll the stone away) nevertheless kept on going to minister to the Lord. But even when they were confronted with the empty tomb and the news of the Lord's resurrection, they left the place afraid! Our world is facing some impossible tasks as well and we traditional believers are confronted with the societal earthquake of a changin moral climate. When faced with these realities, what kind of example will we leave our children? Will we allow society to silence us? Or will e face a scary time with determination and faith?

  • When The Unexpected HappensApril 11, 2015

    Let's face it, the unexpected happens in life. And when it does, the danger is always being knocked off one's feet in the process. So, since the unexpected always happens, it seems silly not to prepare for it! The unexpected certainly took the disciples by surprise when the Lord raised Lazarus from the dead. They didn't expect the Lord to be declared the "King of Israel" at the Triumphal Entry, and they didn't expect the crowd that hailed the Lord as the Son of David at the first of the week to turn on Him by the end of the week. The unexpected happens in life. And today we learn how to expect the unexpected!

  • Mission ImpossibleMarch 25, 2015

    The word "impossible" is thrown around a lot, but the technological advances in our lifetimes would look like magic to previous generations. I wonder what will be commonplace tomorrow that we call "impossible" today? Both our Epistle Lesson and our Gospel lesson use words like "possible" and "impossible" on this Sunday of St. John Climacus. And the whole point is to drive home the truth that it IS NOT impossible for you to become like Christ, especially when you have His Grace and Power assisting you up the "ladder of Divine Ascent!"

  • Why Does This Man Speak This Way?March 12, 2015

    On the second Sunday of Great Lent the Church focuses our thoughts on the paralyzed man whose four friends tore a hole in the roof of the house where Jesus was and let their friend down before the Lord so that he could be healed. Everyone, including the paralyzed man, was surprised when Jesus said his sins were forgiven when they expected the Lord to heal his physical paralysis. It turns out the Lord wanted to heal both his spiritual AND physical illnesses. And the Lord wants to do the same for us, if we have the faith!

  • Believing is SeeingMarch 4, 2015

    On the second Sunday of Great Lent the Church focuses our thoughts on the paralyzed man whose four friends tore a hole in the roof of the house where Jesus was and let their friend down before the Lord so that he could be healed. Everyone, including the paralyzed man, was surprised when Jesus said his sins were forgiven when they expected the Lord to heal his physical paralysis. It turns out the Lord wanted to heal both his spiritual AND physical illnesses. And the Lord wants to do the same for us, if we have the faith!

  • A Warning, Some Wisdom, and the WayFebruary 25, 2015

    On this Forgiveness Sunday, the Church draws our attention to a passage in Matthew's Gospel that offers us a Warning, some Wisdom, and the Way! Entering Great Lent without these insights will hamper your ability to truly celebrate the Resurrection. Suffice it to say it has everything to do with being forgiven and extending forgiveness!

  • Judgement Is ComingFebruary 21, 2015

    The Sunday of the Last Judgement (Meatfare) is an annual invitation to honestly face our own need for God's mercy and a clear revelation that we can't put off dealing with these truths forever. But we live in a world where saying "Don't judge me" is an easy tool to shut down the uncomfortable mirror of our own choices. Today, are you awake enough to learn "the right answer before the awesome judgement seat of Christ?"

  • The Publican and PhariseeFebruary 6, 2015

    Every year before Great Lent we hear the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee. But each year we should. All because it is so easy to allow the Power, Purpose, and Perspective of Great Lent to be lost in either a mere religious habit or, worse yet, total disregard. And that's because we humans are so very vulnerable to hiding from the truth that we need God and His transformative Presence to continually make us like Him.

  • Do You Know Who I Am?January 23, 2015

    The central truth of the Orthodox Christian faith is Gratitude. If we can learn to live a grateful life, we will truly be shaped into the character of Christ and will reflect the life of Christ i.n our lives as well. But this life of gratitude is difficult in a world where we so easily dismiss our faith or reduce our faith to smaller ideas. How do we escape this all too easy temptation? By observing what is our initial reaction to being blessed with God's grace! What is our initial reaction to God's kindness to us? What is our reaction to the benefits of gifts? This internal clue reveals our true character!

  • Our Purpose: Fullness in ChristJanuary 15, 2015

    The Apostle Paul reveals the central purpose of our Christian life together as Church when he tells the Ephesians that all the ministries of the Faith are meant to "attain the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ."

  • How You Remember Matters!January 6, 2015

    Your memory is filled with all kinds of thoughts, some good and some bad. How do you choose to remember your life? Do you only focus on the bad things, stew about revenge, or do you ignore all the bad things and live in the delusion that "everything is fine." Well, the Faith invites us to deal with life in a realistic manner, always informed by the Good News of Jesus Christ.

  • A Normal Orthodox ChristmasJanuary 5, 2015

    The celebration of the Enfleshing of God at Christmas is nothing less than a Divine Invasion of Creation by the Creator for the purpose of rescuing all of Humanity.

  • Escaping the Inertia of MediocrityJanuary 3, 2015

    The Good News of Jesus Christ invites us to such a radical departure from the fallen vision of our true purpose that confronting this message invariably challenges us. This challenge will be received differently by each person based on the true nature of their heart.

  • We’re Not Kidding - The First AND Second Coming Of JesusDecember 16, 2014

    When Jesus shares the parable of the man who invited his friends to a banquet and they all made excuses as to why they couldn't come, the Lord put's these words in the man's mouth: "None of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet." When God invites you to be at His Banquet, will you make an excuse?

  • Reduced To Rule-keeping!December 11, 2014

    When Jesus heals a woman on the Sabbath Day, His act of love and mercy reveals the deep spiritual poverty of others whose hearts are gripped by mere rule keeping. This revelation is an invitation to you and me to examine our own attitudes towards our faith!

  • Come and SeeDecember 10, 2014

    Father's homily today deals with the invitation to "Come and See." This is a dynamic and involved participation in the living out of the Faith. This is a purposeful Orthodoxy that demands not mere observance but actual practice of our faith. Tow men answer two different questions with "Come and See" and today we are invited to find out why!

  • You Fool!December 9, 2014

    The only place in the Bible where God Himself calls a man a fool! And it was because this man was so blinded by his possessions, he thought nothing of his mortality! How foolish! Are you living a foolish life?

  • A Life Changing EncounterNovember 25, 2014

    Matthew was a hated tax collector for the occupying Roman Empire. His encounter with Jesus Christ changed him forever. It is this life changing encounter that invites us today to further renew the spirit of our minds about just what is this Christian life anyway!

  • Made Well By FaithNovember 18, 2014

    Both sickness and even death is made well by faith. But this message isn't about any physical sickness or even physical death but the spiritual sickness and death that grips us and enslaves us to a life of self-centered choices. Being free from that sickness and death is the only path that leads to authentic human life! It's the only path to a renewed mind!

  • The Confrontation of ComparisonNovember 12, 2014

    The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus confronts us today about a real change in the way we think. Only the courageous will comply!

  • In Your Right MindNovember 1, 2014

    The Gadarene Demoniac had been reduced to an animal existence by his misuse of his freedom. Jesus comes and heals him and he is finally in his right mind. Are you in your right mind?

  • An Interrupted FuneralOctober 21, 2014

    Avoiding the twin temptations of fear and wishful thinking.

  • Even Sinners Do That - The Real Golden RuleOctober 9, 2014

    We have all heard the Golden Rule, but there is so much more to this passage and it has everything to do with a very serious challenge to the status quo of our lives. After all, even sinners love those who love them!

  • The Light RevealsOctober 2, 2014

    Isn't it interesting after the Lord blessed Peter and his partners in their fishing business, Peter saw himself as a sinful man and asked the Lord to leave him? But that's the risk of standing so close to the Light. It reveals who you really are! But Christ invites us to be close to Him without fear or shame and allow His Light to set us free!

  • Again and Again I Say Unto YouSeptember 24, 2014

    The message of the Cross is God's invitation to you and me to break the destructive patterns of our lives and embrace the wise pattern of Purgation, Illumination, and Union in a perpetual growth and maturity pattern of becoming like Christ! It is a pattern that gives life instead of the slavery of the destructive patterns of selfish living!

  • The Reality Check Of The CrossSeptember 18, 2014

    Why does the Church offer us the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross? Because the Christian faith is about dealing with reality and having our all too easy temptations to delusions and the fantasy of what I'm afraid of or what I wish for blind us to the reality God wants us to embrace! Waking up is hard, but it has to be done!

  • Jesus Loves Me This I knowSeptember 10, 2014

    We hear it all the time - God loves you - but our modern world has so lost the depth and beauty of God's love, we are in danger of emptying this profound truth of its powerful meaning. Today we look at a familiar passage of scripture with new eyes, with God's eyes, and what we discover is life changing!

  • No Justice, No Peace (Really?)September 2, 2014

    When faced with a life-changing forgiveness of a huge debt, this man in our Gospel Lesson revealed his own wicked heart by not showing that same forgiveness and mercy to his fellow servant. It did not end well for that wicked servant. And it won't end well for we who refuse to forgive from the heart!

  • In God We Trust! Really?August 19, 2014

    Trust is a foundational building block of any relartionship. Without it there simply is no way to have anything more than some superficial connection. But trust requires risk. And we humans avoid risk most of the time. Jesus challenges us to risk trusting Him.

  • The Cure For IntoxicationAugust 12, 2014

    Circumstances can be intoxicating and Fr. Barnabas says that true contentment begins in the heart not with our circumstances.

  • Don’t Send Them AwayAugust 11, 2014

    When the disciples were confronted with the impossible task of feeding 5,000 men plus women and children, they forgot that their Lord was all they needed!

  • In The Spirit Of EliasJuly 26, 2014

    In a society where the noise factor of our lives threatens to drown out the loving Voice of God, learning to listen for that "still, small voice" that tells us who we really are is even more important.

  • You ARE the Light of the WorldJuly 19, 2014

    There is a huge difference in trying to be something and living either the realization that you ARE something. It changes your motivation and your attitude about who you are. Well, you ARE the light of the world.

  • An Outsider And Being Outside!July 9, 2014

    The Roman Centurion, a Gentile, shows more faith than all of Israel, according to the Lord's observation. How is it an "outsider" without all the benefits of centuries of religious education can see more clearly than the whole of israel shaped by centuries of examples and theology? Turns out being an insider is no guarantee that you won't end up outside!

  • Opposites TogetherJuly 4, 2014

    Sts. Peter and Paul were two men from the opposite ends of Jewish society and yet each found a way to not only value each other but also challenge each other. In a Church broad enough to hold these two very different men, we are called to embrace each other and be enriched by the diversity of gifts we each possess.

  • The Secrets of MenJuly 2, 2014

    Since God will judge the secrets of men according to St. Paul's letter to the Romans, it just makes sense to order our lives so that our secrets don't undo our words and our faith.