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Learning to Trust God through Tithing

Jul
25

There are many things that can help us to trust God. Just like learning how to swim requires us to build trust in our teacher little by little, tithing helps us to learn how to trust God. Saint Paul knew this truth when he reminded the Romans, “If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10.9) Since we have been saved from death, we have nothing to fear. When we tithe to the Church, we learn that God is always looking out for us. Nothing can hurt us without God’s permission.

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Patron Saints and Welcoming the Holy Spirit

Jul
15

This week there are two questions in our “Ask Father” series. Our first question, “Why are some Patron Saints more popular and more recognized than others?” explains why some names are more popular than others in the Church. The tradition of being named after a Saint or event in the life of Christ is an ancient but sometimes confusing tradition. Our second question, “How should we prepare our homes and our life for the Holy Spirit?” continues to follow-up with the issue of welcoming the Holy Spirit into our life. The simplest answer is “we should live the life of the Church.”

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Communion is the Center of Life

Jun
27

When it comes to Holy Communion, there are many different opinions about how often, when, how and is what spiritual condition we should receive. This week’s “Ask Father” sermon returns again to topic of Holy Communion, this time more with a more functional perspective. But if Holy Communion is left to a Sunday only experience, then instead of life-giving and life-saving, it can become condemning and a source of death.

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Is it sinful to step back and let something happen?

Jun
20

The question of whether to step back and allow something to happen or to step in and get involved to stop an evil is a challenge with which Christians have been struggling since the first days of the Church. The witness of the Holy Scriptures, Holy Canon s and the Holy Fathers is consistent in the call for each Christian to take advantage of the free will given to us by God. Only when we remember that God has given us a free will to use for good can we grow closer to God in our choices.

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What is the difference between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Church?

Jun
13

With the approaching Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church our “Ask Father” series speaks on the differences, or in this case similarities, between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Church. Defending the truth about God and the Church has never been an easy or simple task. The Holy Fathers of the Church debated rigorously and sometimes succumbed to name-calling. After 1,500 years of debate and disagreement the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox remain divided, but with hope of a future healing of the ancient schism that divides us.

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Why Does the Church Celebrate Pentecost?

Jun
10

As part of our “Why” series this year, I have chosen to discuss the importance of the Feast of Holy Pentecost and why it is celebrated in the Church. On the surface Pentecost is sometimes referred to as the “birthday” of the Church, but that ignores the truth that the Church is actually a continuation of the Old Testament as the New Israel. The New Testament Church, the Orthodox Church, is not a new institution founded on Pentecost, so it must mean something deeper than just a religious founder’s day.

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Why Does the Church have a different Date for Pascha?

Jun
10

This month the Church is celebrating Pascha, but all the other Christians celebrated in March. Why the difference? This month I hope to eliminate a myth about the date for Pascha and help you to understand why the Orthodox Church uses a different calendar than the West.

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What can Non-Orthodox Christians do in the Church?

Jun
06

This week’s “Ask Father” question is a follow-up to last week’s topic about Holy Communion. Now that we understand why a non-Orthodox Christian cannot receive Holy Communion in our Church, and why we cannot receive Holy Communion in a non-Orthodox Church, this week’s question asks, “So what can a non-Orthodox Christian do in our Church?” This is a very timely and practical question since most of us have at least one family member who is not Orthodox, and ALL of us have non-Orthodox friends who visit our Church either for sacraments or Divine Liturgy.

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Monthly Blessing of the Waters

According to ancient and Holy Tradition, the Church gathers for the blessing of the waters on the first of every month to invoke God's blessing upon our Community and City. Please join us June 1st in the Church at 6pm.

Questions and Answers: Receiving Holy Communion in Non-Orthodox Churches and Blessing others

May
30

This is the first of our “Ask Father” sermons for Summer 2016. This week’s questions both deal with relationships with others, inside and outside the Church. Can I receive Holy Communion in a non-Orthodox Church? What is the proper way to bless others as a layperson? These questions are simply but serve a very practical role in our relationship with others. You may submit questions at any time for this year’s “Ask Father” sermons by visiting the Church’s website listed below.
http://www.GoFlorence.org

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