What Must I Do To Inherit Eternal Life?
What must I do to inherit eternal life? That is a great question, but do we want an answer? And if we do are we willing to do what it takes? All these questions are explored in this sermon by Fr. Evan. Author: Fr Evan Armatas Length: 13:08 Audio Link: Homily on Matthew 19:16-26 The Rich Young Man 16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one
First Day of School!
Hey everyone! I’ve been trying to get around to a new blog post in a while; I know I have been a bit quiet on here lately. And I am way overdue for a new video too! It seems like whenever I start a new project like that something crazy happens immediately afterward and I have to take care of that and then the new project goes by the wayside. But I haven’t given up on my videos and I have one in the works for you! Today’s post is about school though. We had our first offi
Tending the Garden of the Heart
One of the things I love most about Orthodoxy is the spiritual wisdom of her writers and saints. Today's word comes from a modern saint, Saint Porphyrios (1906-1991), and it is something I remind myself of often because I need to hear it. Instead of focusing on rooting out my sin it is more beneficial to focus on cultivating the good. "God has placed a power in man's soul. But it is up to him how he channels it - for good or for evil. If we imagine the good as a garden full
What Is the Orthodox Church?
The simple answer to this question is that the Orthodox Church is the original Church established by Jesus Christ. The Apostles were sent by Christ to preach the Gospel and build the Church. Individual parishes founded by the Apostles still stand today as Orthodox outposts throughout the world. The Orthodox Church is the continuation of what was originally established in the beginning. Most only know about the Roman Catholic Church and the various Protestant churches that sp
Salvation is a Person
Salvation is a person: Jesus Christ. We came back to that point a few times at Bible study recently. In our study on Luke 2:29-32, Father pointed out that Simeon says he has seen the salvation of Lord. Not only has he seen that salvation with his own eyes but he also held that salvation in his own arms as he blessed God with the following: 29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31
This post is part of the No Longer Sola Series. I have been asked why I spend so much time picking apart Lutheranism. The answer to that is quite simple. Picking apart Lutheranism is what I did. I have framed much of my writing in this way is because my goal, while it is all still fresh in my mind, is to give anyone interested in my journey a look at what was actually going on in the time leading up to my departure from the Lutheran Church. What I mean is that, I spent yea
Importance of Forgiveness
In this sermon Father Evan discusses the difficulty of forgiving. He explores the process of forgiveness and how we make it part of our daily Christian walk. I thought I would share it with you all. Forgiveness is harder than we care to admit. Yet it is crucial to our life in Christ. Link: Homily on Matthew 18:22-35 Length: 9 minutes 50 seconds August 12th, 2018 Author: Fr Evan Armatas, St Spyridon's Orthodox Church, Loveland, Co Matthew 18:22-35 22 Jesus said to him, “I do n
Dormition of the Theotokos
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed - Luke 1:48 Today is the Forefeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary. The Apolytikion for today would have us sing: In faith, O ye people, leap for joy while clapping your hands; and gather in gladness on this day with longing and shout in radiant jubilance. For the Theotokos cometh nigh to departing from the earth unto the heights; and we glorify her with glory as the Mother