432. I love secular Christmas. Mostly.

As surely you have noticed, most of our American Christmas customs have nothing to do with the Birth of Jesus Christ. They’re secular – that is, without any specific religious connotations. That doesn’t mean they’re evil. Many of them are good or lovely or fun. But first, there’s one thing about secular Christmas which I […]

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431. 1) The Unfathomable Mystery of Christ’s Incarnation. 2) In What Year was Jesus Really Born?

1  The Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ Who “came to earth without leaving Heaven”. Let’s begin with the more than puzzling words of Jesus to Nicodemus, that night when he came to Him by stealth: “No one has ever ascended into Heaven except the one who descended from Heaven, the Son of Man, who […]

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430. Prophets: True and False, Old and New – Part Two

Old Testament Prophets Thus far we’ve been talking about true Prophets who proclaimed the word of God. There were also false prophets, who were faking it. “I did not send prophets; yet, they ran: I have not spoken to them; yet, they prophesied.” Jeremiah 23:21 In troubled times, false prophets often told people what they […]

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424. Evil Spirits

“boo” Only a little tiny “boo…“? from something that looks as scary that? Really? Well, that’s what the Orthodox Troparion/Apolytikion for martyrs tells us. Please take note of the portions in italics. From the Greek Archdiocese: “For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption.“ From […]

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