Where Are My Thoughts?

Most days I stare at my computer screen wondering what to write. I look at my blog and sigh when I can’t think of something to write. When I am filled with emotion, true and deep emotion, words are difficult. Everyday I am aching for God, desiring His presence. My deep emotions are neither good or bad, just a longing to partake of the divine nature of God.

My thoughts are also simpler: pray, smile, talk to God, hug my son, love God… I know where I want my priorities to be. However, when I look back on each week, I disappointed to see where I spent my time. The good news is that this desire for God is growing, consuming me.

We are complex people, but the solution is simple: meet your maker, the one who loves you so much that He brought you into this world. All of this, everything, comes from our maker. We are His, and the more we can embrace that the more we can become who we were meant to be.

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:2-4

New Episode “Charlottesville Part 2”

In this episode Fr. Justin Mathewes brings along Fr. Dn. Turbo Qualls, an African American deacon in the Orthodox Church who works with Fr. Justin. Fr. Dn. Turbo shares some insight on the Charlottesville incident and how we can help each other move towards the kingdom of God during this tense time. Learn more about the inner city work these two are doing by visiting www.reconciliationservices.org.

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New Episode “Charlottesville Part 1”

Adam speaks with Fr. Justin Mathews, Executive Director of Reconciliation Services in Kansas City about the recent events in Charlottesville. Are we looking at these events through the lens of Orthodox Christianity? Also, Fr. Justin closes with important information about the Brotherhood of St. Moses The Black and an upcoming conference in October. Learn more at www.mosestheblack.org.

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New Episode “Becoming Truly Human Part 2”

Adam talks with Fr John Finley, Chairman of the Dept. of Missions & Evangelism for the Antiochian Archdiocese, about the new Becoming Truly Human documentary. Fr John shares what he has learned about our society and how the new documentary gives us insight.

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New Episode “Becoming Truly Human, Part 1”

Adam begins a multi-part series on the Becoming Truly Human outreach ministry of the Antiochian Archdiocese by talking with the one of the key original leaders, Charles Ajalat. Charles shares why we need this ministry and how it can benefit your parish.

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Restoring Our Apostleship

“Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ” Romans 1:5-6

What do you think St. Paul means by “we”? Clearly he was stating that all Orthodox Christians are called to apostleship. And what is this apostleship we are called to? It means we are all called to the missionary work of the church. Some may think that is the work of Saints and clergy only. However, St. Paul is making this clear. The apostleship, received through Jesus Christ, is intended for all of us.

The Orthodox Church always has been, since the day of Pentecost, a missionary church, called to share the gospel with “all nations.” We are all called to this, both in our words and actions. Are you embracing this apostleship given through Him? Can we truly be Orthodox Christians without being missionary?

Our Marching Orders Will Be Here Soon!

Sometimes I feel bad saying this, but Ascension has become my favorite feast. I still appreciate Pascha for what it is. However, what would Pascha be without the Ascension? Have you ever considered that? Christ’s Ascension completes his earthly ministry.

Also, at the Ascension of Jesus Christ we receive our marching orders. For the previous three years Jesus taught us how to make disciples, by being a servant in the name of the Lord. Now we are called to do the same.

It’s time to love God and our neighbor.