Feature Articles


10
Oct 2021
Sacrifice & Mercy - By Father Andrew Bahhi

These days a lot of people don’t consider Sunday a holy day. But holiness shows on the outside, and it must come from the inside as well. In Matthew 12, the Lord spoke of honoring this day as the Pharisees would try to complain about him, by saying “how come your disciples don’t wash their hands before they eat or they don’t consider the sabbath?” The Lord responded with the true meaning of the Sunday. “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” Have you wondered what mercy and sacrifice means, and what the Lord......

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03
Oct 2021
Are You Giving and Receiving the Good News? - By Father Andrew Bahhi

We have different ways of receiving news around us, like TV and social media, but we should be careful how we hear, and we should be careful how we receive the news from the outside. In Mark 2, when the Lord and his disciples were going in the fields hungry and ate wheat, the Pharisees did not believe in that type of “work” on the Sabbath day and criticized them. They were looking to blame Jesus and his disciples for something. And this is the way we face criticism in our lives.......

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26
Sep 2021
The Lord Will Satisfy You - By Father Andrew Bahhi

The Lord was talking about how much people should be careful of the teaching from the Pharisees, and the people spoke of their lack of bread. Then, the Lord said in Matthew 16:8, “O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?” “Do you not remember or understand the five loaves or five thousand, and how many baskets you took up.” The Lord brought to their attention the blessings in their lives.  This is a personal message to all of us. Why is this a......

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19
Sep 2021
The Power of the Word

I pray that the words that we sing, read, or talk in our Sunday Liturgy will touch our hearts. Because of the power of the word. This is what the Savior said in Mark 13, when he was talking about the sign of the last days and he mentioned a lot of things. “Heaven and earth will pass away but my words by no means will pass away.” And the earthly things — what you think is solid and strong — those will melt. How is it that we don’t appreciate these......

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12
Sep 2021
Feast of the Holy Cross

This week we celebrate the feast of the discovery of the Holy Cross. I pray we can be protected, blessed, and be under the protection of the cross. When you see the cross you feel safe, and not scared for yourself. When we sign the cross over ourselves and do anything with the sign of the cross, we should feel protected and blessed. Before Christ, the sign of the cross was a sign of shame and curse, a very bad punishment, and a sign of death. And after Christ, it was something......

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05
Sep 2021
The Master's Feast

Recently a big storm hit this area. A lot of damage, and a lot of people lost their lives. And last Sunday, I spoke about how God is warning us. This week, the Bible tells us how the Lord is calling us to be true children. It was a very strong message. We hear a lot of bad things happening. If there is a clear message, it is we should listen, obey and answer the call of the Lord. Luke 14:16-24 says that in a symbolic way, as there was a master......

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29
Aug 2021
The Good Wheat - By Father Andrew Bahhi

I pray that we always are awake because this parable is beautiful and strong. In Matthew 13:24-43, the owner of a field sowed wheat. And while the people were sleeping, the enemy put bad wheat, or bad teaching, between the good wheat. The workers then came to their master and said “do you want us to take the bad wheat out?” And the master said, let them grow together, and when the day of harvest comes I will have my workers take the bad wheat, and bundle them and burn it. And......

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08
Aug 2021
Transfiguration of Christ

The Feast of the Transfiguration is unique, beautiful, and important to our spiritual life. We talk about the scene from heaven that appeared for the first time on earth. This is important for holiness because when we see this glory of God on earth, there is a hidden call to experience and to test His glory. How? By being holy on the inside. David in Psalm 34 said, “they looked to Him and were radiant.” Or they were lightened, and their face were not ashamed. This is how the Holy Spirit says......

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01
May 2021
Assyrian Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary - Holy Liturgy

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13
Sep 2020
From Father Andrew: Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross

St. Paul was talking about the Cross and he said: “The message or the word of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. =“ By saying this, St Paul is distinguishing between the people. The ones who believe in the power of the Cross and the people who deny the power, the meaning or the message of the Cross. In other words, people who believe in Jesus who died on the Cross and the people who are......

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