August 29, 2018

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 who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, fo...

August 27, 2018

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 official day of classes!  We have a new school routine this year that worked out great today (minus the flashcards blowing around…).  We are doing school work outside!

It’s kind of crazy, but between all of our kids’ various medical appointments, grocery shopping, weekday liturgies and other inevitable errands – we always seemed to be gone.  Especially this last year we have been struggling to keep up with all our school work being in and out constantly.  And then when we are home, clea...

August 25, 2018

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 of flowers, trees and plants and the evil as weeds and thorns and the power as water, then what can happen is as follows: when the water is directed towards the flower-garden, then all the plants grow, blossom and bear fruit; and at the same time, the weeds and thorns, because they are not being watered, wither and die. And the opposite, of course, can also happen.

It is not necessary, therefore, to concern yourselves with the weeds. Don't occupy yourself with rooting out evil. Christ does not wish us to o...

August 24, 2018

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 split off from her. 

The Orthodox Church is the original deal.

Check out this short video by Fr Andrew. It's less than 3 minutes and worth your time. 

In an age when too many churches are chasing being relevant and following the winds of the culture, the Orthodox Church preserves the ancient deposit of the Christian faith. 

August 22, 2018

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     that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and for glory to your people Israel.”

Our Bible study is very diverse in that we have people from basically all the different Protestant denominations present.  When the topic of salvation comes up Father said he likes to kinda "hang out" on the topic for a while because he knows many are processing the differences between their former...

August 19, 2018

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 years picking apart Lutheranism because I was looking for a reason to stay.  I wanted to stay right where I was and where I had been raised. I didn't go looking for Orthodoxy, but in a very real way Orthodoxy found me.  There wasn't anything worldly or practical to be gained by "Going East".  I was happy right where I was. I wasn't eager to upset relationships, expectations and my entire life.  I needed to dig deep enough to prove that the flaws of Lutheranism were not flaws in its foundation,...

August 15, 2018

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 not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the...

August 14, 2018

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 of God in our unceasing hymns

On August 15th the Orthodox Church celebrates one of the great feasts of the Church, the Dormition or Falling Asleep of the Theotokos.

After Jesus ascended into heaven the Mother of God lived out her earthly days in the care of the Apostle John. She filled out her days helping to establish the Church, assisting the Apostles and strengthening other believers by telling them the Gospel and the events of her life and Christ's life. She fell asleep the way we all do. By a miracle all of the...

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