The Word


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Sep 2018
The Feast of the Holy Cross

On September 14, we celebrated the feast of the discovery of the Holy Cross. We all have an opportunity to go to heaven, not because of the cross itself, but because Jesus put himself on the cross, the sign of victory. We feel we are protected by the power of the cross. The cross has blessings. In the 4th century, there was Helen the mother of the emperor Constantine. She was the daughter of a Syriac priest. She had a wish that she can find the cross one day. And after she......

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02
Sep 2018
A Call for Christian Love and Unity

Today’s gospel from Luke 11 speaks about 2 things. First, he speaks about the importance of prayer and to keep asking. And second, the importance of being “one” – a divided house cannot stand. So what does it mean “a divided house cannot stand”? We see this passage in 3 different gospels in which our Lord Jesus Christ says this. Luke 11, Mark 3 and Matthew 12. In response to the Pharisees’ accusation that Jesus was casting out demons by the power of Satan. And Jesus responds, and his argument to the......

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04
Aug 2018
The Transfiguration of Christ and Strengthening our Faith

The Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ is celebrated in a guest sermon from Mor Justinus Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa: Today is a very special feast, where we celebrate the transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus went to the mountain and took three disciples with him — Peter, John and James — and during this time, he started to pray. And during the prayer – Jesus’s face became a sun shining, and his dress so white. The disciples could not see his face because it was so shiny. And then......

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22
Jul 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Returning to Jesus from the Wilderness

A lot of our struggles in our life is because we don’t know Jesus exactly. If we do know him personally, we should be able to face the whole world without any fear, struggle, no matter what the circumstances in our life. In Mark 8, the people followed Jesus into the wilderness. Imagine you were following Jesus for three days in the wilderness, as the disciples did. Jesus opened the divine channel to those people to tell them so much about God the father. Jesus, as St. Paul said, came to build......

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15
Jul 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: The Unforgivable Sin

In Mark, Jesus taught his disciples a lot of things. One verse brought my attention, Mark 3:22-30. And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Satan! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself......

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08
Jul 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Being a Role Model for Christ

You come to church, listen to the Holy Liturgy, participate in the hymns, listen to the gospel, receive communion and then hear the sermon. You pray a lot and ask for God. But all that would be worthless if we do not apply that in our life. It is easy to pray in church, receive communion and participate. But the hardest part is taking the communion we receive and make it an action in our life. If we have Jesus in our life it is because we love him in our heart.......

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01
Jul 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul and the 12th Apostles. Jesus gave them authority when he breathed the Holy Spirit into them in the upper room. That’s why we call our church an apostolic church, because our church has originated from St. Peter. Most of the apostles were very simple people, poor, working hard to manage their daily life. Some of them had limited abilities, but when we see Jesus teaching them the secret of the Kingdom, he shows how — with the Holy Spirit – they......

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17
Jun 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: The Testimony of Our Faith

Our church decided on 16 of every May to recognize the Sayfo. The persecution that happened to our people in 1915 in Mesopotamia, our fatherland. We all have a forefather or mother who has been killed in this persecution. Even though we lost them on earth, their name is written in the book of life. In Matthew 10:14, Jesus says, “And if anyone will not welcome you or heed your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.” Those people who gave their life for their......

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10
Jun 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: The Power of the Heavenly Sword

After the Pentecost, we see the readings of Jesus talking more with his disciples. Until the Feast of the 12 Disciples, we indicate something very important: Jesus was preparing his disciples to bring the word of salvation to everyone. He taught them a lot of teachings. Some people struggle with these readings, as Jesus says “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34-36) People say “Abuna, we are Christians and don’t believe in killing. Why......

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03
Jun 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Take vacations from the world, but not God

Without God’s guidance we are lost in this life. Last week, we celebrated the feast of the Pentecost. And we were praying upon the Holy Spirit to come unto all of us. And we prayed for the Holy Spirit to abide by us. But usually in this time of the year, after the Holy Week, after the resurrection, after the feast of the Pentecost, there are not usually many spiritual feasts on the calendar. During this period, a lot of people think that now the kids have finished school, think “let us......

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