Sat Jan 14, 2017
Glory to God for All Things
Great art Thou O Lord, and marvelous are Your works. And no words are sufficient to praise Your wonders!
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The Church of Christ Saves Souls, Not Earthly Treasures
"It is a better thing to save souls for the Lord than to save treasures. He who sent forth his apostles without gold had not need of gold to form his Church. The Church possesses gold, not to hoard, but to scatter abroad and come to the aid of the unfortunate." - Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan
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Fri Jan 13, 2017
The Delivery of Sacred Tradition
"In accordance with the Apostolic Faith delivered to us by tradition from the Fathers, I have delivered the tradition, without inventing anything extraneous to it. What I have learned, that I inscribed, comfortably with the Holy Scriptures." - St. Athanasios the Great
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Thu Jan 12, 2017
Fulfillment and Completion
Freedom and fulfillment are found in pleasing God and serving others.
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Fri Jan 06, 2017
Seek God's Kingdom above all else. Work hard, live simply, give liberally, save wisely.
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Thu Jan 05, 2017
The True Meaning of Life
"Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus - the work of telling others the Good News about God's mighty kindness and love" (Acts 20:24, TLB).
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Thu Dec 29, 2016
The New Year
The Old Testament Book of ISAIAH 61
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations. 5 Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the foreigner Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. 6 But you shall be named the priests of the LORD, They shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory you shall boast. 7 Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.
8 “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, And will make with them an everlasting covenant. 9 Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, And their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, That they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed.”
10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth brings forth its bud, As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
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Sat Dec 17, 2016
"Not only do we not know God except through Jesus Christ; we do not even know ourselves except through Jesus Christ." [Blaise Pascal]
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Thu Dec 15, 2016
Always Loved, Always Valued
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword" (Romans 8:35)?
O Lord our God "help us never lose sight of the unconditional love you have for us, and let us hold on to that hope when our labor - and the fruit of our labor - are gone."
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God's Promise to Us
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).
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Wed Dec 14, 2016
The Incarnation of Christ the Only-Begotten Son of the living Father
“Behold a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and man in heaven. He Who is above, now for our redemption dwells here below; and he that was lowly is by divine mercy raised.”
[St. John Chrysostom on the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ)
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Sat Dec 10, 2016
The Christmas Presence
"Still He [Christ] comes to hearts as soiled as the floor of Bethlehem's stable, to souls more destitute than the gripping poverty of Mary and Joseph. And just like He transformed a cattle stall into a cathedral, this same Savior will come to you, making the filthy clean. He alone can replace the cries of animals with the sound of worship and prayer, the stench of earthly grime with the sweetness of salvation, the poverty of self-righteousness with the riches of His glory. Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in."
[By Lt. Colonel Allen Satterlee, Editor-in-Chief and National Literary Secretary, The Salvation Army]
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