The Word


21
Jul 2019
Jesus is the Water of Life - Share it with Love

St. Aphrem said the most important gift that God has given us is the Bible. When we read the Bible, we should read it at least six days a week. Without it, we will lose comfort, peace, and His happiness. And we will not understand the things in our life. And in church for the 7th day, we will also be in the Word. For instance, in today’s reading, when Jesus was talking with his disciples, he said the Jesus among us are in those who help. And “For whosoever shall give......

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14
Jul 2019
Jesus Five Loaves and two fish

The test of our faith is during the hard times. If we have strong faith in Him, depending on him and relying on him, this is what it means to be a Christian. Being a Christian is not just about the good times. We all know that we cannot control anything in our lives. We cannot deny we might be sick tomorrow, the weather, or the people around us. We should understand this and come to a very important reality: There is no one, circumstance, no body we can rely on. To......

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07
Jul 2019
Being Good Disciples of Jesus

Our life is a journey, not only a station. Our everyday journey is to work on our life to be ready to inherit the kingdom of God. We all as a church, people of God and the sacred body of Christ on earth, are to grow together spiritually and go to the same place for the eternal life. In the readings after the Pentecost, Jesus gives the disciples the information they need to continue their journey. Jesus Christ himself, by giving order to the disciples, sent them to give His order to......

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30
Jun 2019
Syriac Orthodox Creed

Today we celebrate a special feast, the feast of the 12 apostles, the St. Peter and Paul feast. This feast is the oldest feast and fast of the church. But I want to say the four very important words that we say in the prayer of the creed. If you open your liturgy book to page 21/22. It is the form of our faith. If someone asks you about the Virgin Mary, the answer is here. If someone asks, about the last days, the answer is here. If someone asks you who......

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23
Jun 2019
The parable of the sower

I thank our Heavenly Father for every single second He adds to our life. It is very important because our heavenly Father wants all of us to repent and come to the knowledge of truth. We forget that one day we will leave this earth, and we instead should worship the one protecting us every day and night. We should thank Him because he is bringing us to His house, and to receive His body and His blood. Every single time we come to church, there is an opportunity to hear God’s......

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02
Jun 2019
Jesus sees the Samaritans

In the book of Luke 9:51-62, Jesus speaks to His disciples while going to Jerusalem. On his way, he had to pass through Samaria. And, at the time Jewish people had to come around Samaria to avoid it because it was a very sensitive time between the peoples. When Jesus was going there, people rejected him, and he changed his direction. Two of the disciples joining him, James and John, were very angry that people rejected Jesus. They asked “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven......

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26
May 2019
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Choosing a Giving Love

In today’s amazing reading, while we are getting closer to the feast of Jesus ascension into heaven, with John 3: 11-21. Jesus was talking was speaking with the disciples, and he said “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” Be ready to open our heart and open our mind so we can enjoy His company. And then Jesus said the most very well-known verse in the entire......

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19
May 2019
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Focus on God's Will

After each feast or spiritual event, usually we are tempted to have our spiritual life go backwards a little. So, we can see how our church father prepared the reading after Easter to now focus on our spiritual life and not to shift our life away from following Him. Today’s reading was from John 4:31-38. The Bible mentions many things that Jesus said, but most importantly, Jesus said don’t forget that the evil one won’t leave you alone. Keep your eyes fixed on Him. “My food is to do the will of......

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12
May 2019
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Renew Yourself with Jesus

We are continuing to celebrate the time after the resurrection of Jesus until he ascends to heaven. At this time of the year, through all the songs and prayers, we are reminded that he can bring you comfort and victory over all your bad circumstances. In John 21: 1-14, we read about the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples. And this happened while 7 of them were trying to fish, but they could not catch anything. And by the morning they saw Jesus on the shore. And John announced, “He is......

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