Kind of a long video. I’m a bit sleepy and rambling in places but… that’s me!
Published in Apr 11, 2007… it’s a devotional! An Orthodox Christian devotional. As rare, and elusive as unicorns of myth and legend.
In Protestantism, one only has to throw a stone to find a devotional. Not so with Orthodoxy. Yes, we have books. Books about the ancient fathers, nuns, abbesses, abbots, angels, monks, prayer, psalms, etc., but books you open everyday to read from and pray with are rare.
Orthodoxy is intense. We read hard, pray hard and feast with joy in Orthodoxy. Mostly books written by and written about ancient fathers as an example of righteousness, but I really wanted a daily devotional. So, I bought the devotional pictured above. I have no idea if I will like it. There are no photos of what’s inside. (I bought it off of ebay for a fraction of what it would have cost on Amazon.). Pretty much everything I have encountered with Orthodoxy is like an advanced university course. Be-that-as-it-may, you can still build a relationship with Christ through; prayer, reading your bible, reading books written by the ancients, prayer, fasting, giving alms, etc.
Will this devotional automatically make me feel closer to Christ? I doubt it. But it will, hopefully, provide welcomed insights into our ancient faith.
For now, say your prayers, give alms, be kind to one another as God is kind to us!
The lie is; evolution is real and there is no God.
Believe your bible.
Evolution is a heresy and should never be condoned by the pulpit. It is what is behind abortions, Hitler and his gang of thugs burning Europe and ultimately bringing the world genocide and WWII.
Soon, we will be commemorating the 20th anniversary of 911. Twenty years, can you believe it’s been that long?
The same rally cry, ‘never again!’, which echoed around the world after WWII and in America after 911 seems to have been forgotten. We can’t even have political discussions without them deteriorating into fist fights and in some tragic cases, even death. Heck, vegans can’t even declare their beliefs without extreme vitriol and hate to the point of making death threats. Where is our sense of loyalty and community to one another simply because we call ourselves, American? Standing shoulder to shoulder against our enemies is a thing of the past. There is so much death and infighting we are eating ourselves.
What does ouroboros mean? The ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a snake or serpent eating its own tail, variously signifying infinity and the cycle of birth and death.http://www.dictionary.com
What an odd definition. A snake, or anything else for that matter, eating itself ultimately destroys itself. Only Christ was resurrected. Only the Christian Trinity is infinite. See how the lies look cool but ultimately lead to death?
This poor thing is never going to live again. There is no infinity in it. It mistook itself for food, or an enemy, and devoured itself. This is where America is right now. We are standing on the edge of a knife. We are either going to go too far in the direction of death and become Russia during its darkest times of killing its own people and almost, ultimately, itself as a nation, or we are going to straighten up, tighten our ‘mercy belts’ and stop attacking each other when we do not see eye-to-eye.
For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies are the members of his own household.
Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rise against their parents and have them put to death.
For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.
This is all coming about because the war really is virtue against barbarism. It is not virtuous to kill unborn children simply because they ‘got in the way’ of your life. It is not virtuous to threaten, or attack, people who eat meat. It is not virtuous to say you want to attack ‘the patriarchy’ because you hate men. it’s not ok to hate men. It’s not ok to hate anyone.
It is hard to be patient with people who are attacking you. It is hard to pray for your enemies. Mercy is hard. That's why Jesus told us to be merciful.
James 2:13 For judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy …… because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others …
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.… Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. “Blessed are the merciful, for they …
Romans 9:15 For He says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have …… For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” For God said to Moses …
Luke 6:36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.… Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Be merciful …
Think about it, why was Jesus hated so much? No other deity in the history of the world has be vilified and hated as much as Christ. He taught; peace, mercy, love, going the extra mile (literally and figuratively). other religions teach similar things but no one swears in the name of pagan gods. No one burns pagan symbols, attacks Norse creation myths, or does any of the hateful things people do do Christian symbols.
‘To the barbarian, virtue is a blemish.’-(I heard Rabbi Lapin say this but I think he was quoting someone else. I can’t remember who.)
Christ is hated because He taught unprecedented levels of virtue. He taught that life is sacred. Although he did not abolish the law, he took the law to a new level. There was to be no more manipulation of the law (but it still happens in churches everywhere).
I urge you to leave your church if they; support abortion, gay marriage, your pastor is divorced and remarried, they do not believe the eucharist IS the body and blood of Christ, they teach evolution in any form over or in conjunction with creation, they push tithing while members of your congregation are starving and losing their homes while your pastor lives in a mcmansion, they promote ‘if you’re good enough’ no harm will ever come to you (that’s legalism folks), basically, if your church boasts that it is ‘progressive’ it’s not a proper Christian church. What they are really doing is promoting the views, and values of the world.
This book is an excellent resource for understanding what the world was like when Christ came into it, and what people were into that was so unacceptable, Hint: pretty much everything that has become acceptable to progressive ‘christianity’ is just a rehash of what Christ taught against during His ministry.
FIND ME… BUY ME… READ ME! LINK
Scripture tells us, ‘God never changes’. So why all of the changes to Christianity? Why are there hundreds of thousands of denominations? Each denomination convinced it is the only way to be Christian and yet it looks almost nothing like the early church?
Find, and read, books that support creation over evolution. read them to your children. Teach them God is sovereign, not science. Teach them that all human life is sacred.
One of the things I struggled with when I was a member of a certain house of prayer was the tendency for people to misunderstand the difference between clairvoyance, prophecy from God, and observational information, and other ways of what I now call, ‘organic knowing’.
The prophets of the bible would not recognize much of what goes on in a, ‘spirit filled service’ as being from God.
The ladies’ group at church is reading from the book, Fr. Arseny. Here is what he said about the topic.
Another time I asked him, “Fr. Arseny! We, your spiritual children, often talk
about the fact that spiritual fathers frequently have the gift of
prophecy or clairvoyance…”. Fr. Arseny interrupted me sharply
saying, “Don’t continue! You don’t know what real prophecy or
clairvoyance is. Take the mother of a small child. She sees and
notices all his actions, and she can foresee what he is going to
think or do because he is her child and she loves him. All this
isn’t prophecy or mind reading; it is a kind of spiritual
observation, which is common to many. True prophecy and
mind reading is given by God to a few chosen people, people
like Fr. John of Kronstadt, but certainly not to us sinful people.
Let us stop this conversation, it is useless,” said Fr. Arseny
Bolded text is mine.
We need to take a step back and consider everything we do, making certain we have dedicated it to the glory of God.
This is a nut shell.
We hear so much these days about ‘self-care’. We used to be focused on self-improvement. I think things have a way of getting out of hand if there is no, ‘God plan’.
As Christians, everything we do should be with God in mind. Scripture is a great way to understand God and His will (did you get that… HIS will (for our lives.
One of the great warriors for God, and self-improvement… biblical self-improvement is, Rabbi Daniel Lapin. I love listening to, Rabbi Daniel Lapin. He gives great, biblical based advice in a loving, fatherly way. I’m not Jewish but he’s ‘my’ Rabbi.
Here is a video of his. I plan to implement some of the things he advises. I am picking and choosing what to do because taking on too much, even with good intentions, can backfire and end up defeating the purpose.
The things I am going to do for the next week at least?
- No t.v.. this is a big deal for me because I love stories and I love t.v. and movies. So no cheating. I will not be watching Amazon Prime or Netflix. I will allow myself Rabbi Daniel Lapin or Orthodox videos.
- read more. I love to read and I do so in between other tasks and even on commercial breaks during t.v. programs. Not for the next week. I will be committed to dedicated reading and reading out loud to one’s self is something he recommends. I will be doing that 3x per week for 20 minutes.
- Last, but not least, I will commit to daily journaling. I will occasionally write here to there in a journal, if I can find it. My commitment is to write on my planner daily the 5 things for which I am grateful.
Here is the video.
I will be keeping you updated on my progress.
- I discovered some timeline issues within the story from the book chapters I had been posting. yeah, I know. therefore, no book chapters until I get this ball of yarn untangled! If ever.
- Reading Orthodox stuff is hard. Like… super hard. Even when you’re just reading someone’s biography you can run into some meaty things you need to chew 100 times before moving along. What does this mean for you who are blessedly reading Elder Thaddeus with me? It means that there is going to be a slight delay in getting started. HOWEVER; some of the points we will see repeated in his book are: acquiring a spirit of; peace, prayer, and love towards one another. These are a good head start/sneak peak at what you can expect from his book.
- I want a dog. (Not at all blog related up I’m putting it out there anyway.) I have never owned my own dog. Cat? yes. But not a dog. Sigh. Maybe when I get to heaven?
- I’m not dieting or working out right now and it shows. If someone were to ask me what my favorite food is right now it would be…
5. I made cream soda vanilla ice cream floats this afternoon for dessert. I regret nothing.
I think this is all for now. I hope you are all well. Let me know if you need prayer. All comments must be cleared and approved for posting. This means that no comment that contains a prayer request will be seen by eyes other than mine… and our guardians angels, Jesus, Holy Spirit, God, saints, you know… the usual crowd.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Today’s commemorated feasts and saints
Virgin Martyr Glyceria at Heraclea, and with her, Martyr Laodicius, Keeper of the Prison (ca. 177). Righteous Virgin Glykéria of Novgorod (1522). Translation of the Relics of Ven. Makáry, Archimandrite of Obruch (or Kanev—1678). Martyr Alexander of Rome (284-305). St. Pausicacus, Bishop of Synnada (606). St George the Confessor, with his wife, Irene, and their children, of Constantinople (9th c.). St. Euthymius the New (1028), founder of Ivḗron Monastery, and his fellow Georgian Saints of Mt. Athos: his father, John, his cousin, George, and Gabriel. Monastic Martyrs of Ivḗron (Mt. Athos).
First of all, Orthodox Christians do not worship saints or the Theotokos (virgin Mary to others). When I brought this up he steadfastly kept trying to convince me being Orthodox was wrong without coming out and saying it is wrong. He brought up how ‘wrong’ it is for Jesus to be depicted on the cross. It is not.
The entire visit was an attack against Orthodoxy from asking the saints to pray for me, to icons, to… you get the picture. By the time I left I was exhausted.
I made the mistake of trying to defend myself and Orthodoxy. Some how along the way in Christianity the scripture that tells us to provide an answer for our hope has turned into, ‘argue with everyone’.
This does not mean argue with everyone, pick fights, and be unpleasant. People do not convert to Christianity because you were a better debater than they. It’s not as if I joined a cult for heaven’s sake! I went and converted to the original Christian church. The church that was started at Pentecost. This person thinks we are roman Catholic, we are not and no matter how many times I remind him I am not a Roman Catholic he still uses RC references.
While I was not hostile, I certainly was not at peace and I took the bait. I began to debate with him. What I really should have done was just shrug my shoulders and say, ‘I don’t know.’.
These sorts of ‘debates’ really do not accomplish anything beyond hurt feelings and bruised egos.
Lord forgive me. Help me to acquire a spirit of peace and not one of conflict. Help me to consider those around me better than I and to be quiet & humble. Amen.
The book club begins soon. Have you purchased your book?
Read through the beginning of the book regarding his life.