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Aug 2020
From Father Andrew: Spiritual Delay is the Greatest Disease

The disease of spiritual delay is like the coronavirus. By the time you have it, it is too late.  By the time we decide we wake up or find a solution for it, it may be too late. But as long as we have life, we have an opportunity to save our spirit. When it comes to true repentance, especially in the summer, people say “I want to enjoy my life.”  But as long as you cannot guarantee you will be alive in the next second, you should not postpone your love......

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09
Aug 2020
The Transfiguration of Christ – His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak

Last Thursday we celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration. As we learn in the Bible, our Lord Jesus Christ took Peter, James & John up a mountain to pray. While praying, His presence changed to a glorified form and his clothing became a dazzling white. Moses & Elijah appeared and talked with him about his death that would soon take place. Then a cloud came from above, with a voice saying “This is my beloved son. Listen to him.” The cloud lifted, Moses & Elijah disappeared, and Jesus was alone with his......

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26
Jul 2020
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Love Rises Above All Divisions

If we are here, this is an opportunity. We all know how bad the virus pandemic is, and how many people are dying. We really must thank God we are still alive and think twice that the life that God provided us is not in vain. To accomplish His purpose in our life and call on more people to His kingdom. We here, the believers, we are the kingdom of God. Jesus said the Kingdom of God is within you. The evil one does not want to see us living in love......

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19
Jul 2020
Father Saliba Syriac Orthodox Church

The reading of today is from the Gospel of St. Luke 17, when the Lord was talking first of the offenses, and then forgiveness, and then at the end by serving. “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” – Luke 17:1-2 In our life there are a lot of obstacles and......

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12
Jul 2020
His Eminence John Kawak

In today’s reading, Mark 9:30-41, we see many topics, but there is one core message. It is talking about servanthood. In verse 35, the Lord says “If anyone desires to be served, he shall be last of all and servants of all.” This is a crucial scene. Believers are taught to lead lives of giving instead of taking and consider the needs of others. St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians 2:1-11 pointed to the life of Jesus as the ultimate example of a servant leader. The essence of leadership is......

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05
Jul 2020
Shamosho Imad Suryany

At this time in the liturgical calendar, we are still celebrating the Feast of the Resurrection and the Feast of the Pentecost. And it is in this context that we read today’s Biblical passage about feeding the multitudes in Matthew 14. There are 3 reasons this reading is important now: 1. This is an image of our salvation The multitude experienced Jesus’s mercy and compassion. When God the father saw the multitudes, he was moved by compassion. None of the prophets and figures of the Old Testament were able to save those......

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21
Jun 2020
Syriac Orthodox Church Sermon

Every single time we come to church, it is an opportunity to open our heart and repent and receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ so we can continue in our life. Matthew 10:34 offers us one of the most complicated questions in the Bible. When Jesus was talking with His disciples and the people around him, he said “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” And yet in Matthew 5:44, we are taught: “Love......

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07
Jun 2020
From Father Andrew Bahhi - The Feast of the Pentecost

The Pentecost feast is where the Father sent the Holy Spirit keeping the promise that Jesus said to his disciples when He was about to be sent to Heaven. He said: “Remain in Jerusalem until you will receive a power from above.” And this promise Jesus told His disciples was fulfilled after the ten days which is the day of the Pentecost, and this tells us a very important message. That every single thing Jesus Christ has said, he will keep it and fulfill it. It’s been 12 weeks since we had......

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13
May 2020
Syriac Orthodox Church

As Jesus passed, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. He said to him, “Follow me.” So, he arose and followed Him. Maybe one of the most beautiful words that we always hear in the Bible from the very beginning, in the book of Genesis is also “Follow me.” And follow me means, walk after me, come behind me. And if we want to go deeper, if somebody tells you follow me, that means they want to show you something. And it does not mean, “come and I......

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03
May 2020
From Father Andrew Bahhi: How to Always Be with Jesus

A lot of us after the spiritual and holy season forget about God. I don’t mean we don’t believe in God, but we try to give ourselves a break or rest from our relationship with Jesus after times like the Holy Lent and Easter. But we should all read or Bible daily. We should all keep the fast during the whole year. And we should do more prayers, spiritual meetings, or hear sermons more often all during the year. Not only during the special seasons. In other words, we give us an......

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