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The Season of the Church

The Commemoration of the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

September 3, 2014
Mesore 28, 1730

Today's Readings

September 1, 2014
Mesore 26, 1730

Let our glorying and our confidence be in Christ. Let us be subject to His Will. Let us consider the whole multitude of His angels, and how they stand waiting to minister His Will.
St. Clement of Rome

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King David's Faith in God Persevered and Israel Increased

King David put his faith in our Lord. He constantly and consistently asked our Lord for His will: "What do I do" with matters of political or military significance. Many people know of King David's slingshot and the famous one on one encounter with Goliath, the Philistine giant man. A slingshot was not a weapon of war nor was it composed of iron and foreboding to an enemy. It simply signifies that King David was not born nor grew up a fighting man. Undoubtedly God was with the young shepherd boy David. David would go from shepherd to king humbly and in God's time.

Many people know of Israel's second king; King David's battles on the battlefield being victorious. But the length of time and the number of battles King David won in the name of our Lord is staggering. Not only staggering but imagine the unsettlingly times that called for each and every battle. The strife of knowing that at any moment something could go erroneously wrong and armies would be summoned could make anyone's anxiety escalate and take matters into his/her own hands. But for King David a battle was fought to protect your faith, your nation and tribe, your livelihood, and your homes.
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Sarah the First Matriarch: A Strong Personality Accepted before God, Nurtured in a Marriage of Mutual Love

The Holy Bible has quite a number of female figures who have contributed to the making of human history, and played a role in the plan of God's salvation for mankind. However, none of them was up to the title of "matriarch". Like her husband, the patriarch of patriarchs, Sara, though no explicit mention of her name, was the first woman in the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ (Mathew 1:1). Sara, a woman of good looks and character manifest in her faith, faithfulness, determinedness, problem solving, reliance on God and many other attributes, is the subject of this article.

The Old Testament story of the beautiful woman Sarai begins with her marriage to Abram; when he and his brother Nahor both "took wives".Sarai was married to Abram in the region of Ur of the Chaldees, commonly recognized as Southern Iraq today.According to the Holy Bible, the story of Sarah took place during the staunch patriarchal times, when women were generally oppressed and their needs often disregarded. In the days prior to the Mosaic Law, marriage was mainly for convenience and reproduction; often taking place between family close relatives; a thing permitted by law and tradition, during the patriarchal times.
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St. Timothy: Studied Holy Scripture from Youth

It is commonly believed that none of the disciples was closer to St. Paul than St. Timothy.

St. Timothy, the beloved disciple of St. Paul was a young man from Lystra in Southern Asia Minor. St. Timothy whose name meant "honoring God", was born into a religiously divided household, with a Jewish mother and a father of Greek descent who worshipped Greek gods. Most likely because of his father's lineage St. Timothy was considered a Gentile rather than a Jew.

It is known that St. Timothy was not circumcised as mandated by the Jewish custom of his time but we do know he was deeply influenced by the faith of his mother and grandmother. Due to their upbringing early in his youth St. Timothy made the Holy Scriptures his constant study. "Do not let this Book of Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful" (Joshua 1:8).
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Esther: A Daughter's Respect for Her "Father"

Esther was a Jewish girl born in Susa the capital of Elam. She was orphaned at an early age and raised by a close older Jewish relative named Mordecai. Mordecai's family had been taken captive from Judah (many years prior to Esther taking residence in his home) after the fall of Jerusalem, to Nebuchadnezzar, some speculate about 586 B.C. Mordecai continued his care of Esther all her days until her marriage and he became as a father to her.

Through the Holy Book of Esther informing us that Esther and Mordecai were Jewish; we can assume that they were faithful to God; and be reassured that they remained faithful to God. The Holy Book exhibits Esther's and Mordecai's faithfulness to God and to the Jews who worshipped God.
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Forgiveness: A Journey to Healing

Forgiveness is primarily a favor done to oneself. This is because you may forgive while the opponent does not care if you do or you do not. Those who crucified the Lord Jesus did not care whether He would forgive them or not. However, He did so that healing to His emotions may take place and to set a precedence for us. Holding a grudge entails loss of peace whereas forgiveness accelerates healing.

The question often asked "does one forgive just like that" is answered by our Lord's extensively comprehensive teaching on forgiveness:
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The Role of the Church and Servants in Ministry

God bestows His gifts on the church for a certain purpose which is for the sake of equipping the saints and preparing them for the work of ministry with the main goal that they may be able to edify the body of Christ. He gives some to be apostles, preachers, evangelists to do what needs to be done in order to bring God's people back to Him in repentance. Ministry is mainly service; and in order for it to be carried out successfully, preparing and equipping servants is the main concern of the church. Preparatory classes for servants are therefore not an invention of the church; but are biblically mandated having been practiced by Christ himself. However, completing a three or four year program in Ritual Theology and other subjects comprises only a small percentage of the equipping process. For full equipment more than that is required.
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Offensive Weapons

The previous lectures discussed the coexistence of two worlds, the natural earthly world and the heavenly world. The natural earthly world is ruled by earthly government systems. The heavenly world, on the other hand, is occupied by two kingdoms: Satan's and God's kingdom. Satan and his fallen angels are constantly fighting against God's people in order to captivate them under their authority. Thus, God's children need all the time to be armored with both offensive and defensive weapons in order to be victorious against Satan. St. Paul's advice to Timothy, "This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare" (1 Timothy 1:18). Also "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses" (1 Timothy 6:12). "Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air" (1 Corinthians 9:26). Most, if not all, of the offensive weapons are also defensive.
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Diocese Events

Pre-Marital Retreat

TX: Nov 14-16, 2014
FL: Jan 9-11, 2015
GA: Jun 12-14, 2015
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Sept 10-12, 2014
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Sept 18-21, 2014
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