The Word


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Feb 2021
Father Andrew - The Light of the Church

In the book of Mark 6:2, when Jesus went to his hometown of Nazareth, he preached in the synagogue. The lesson to us that day is this — He was telling each of us, you have to go to church to be blessed. Because in the church, as a body of Christ, we are all members of His body. When Jesus spoke that day, people began to complain and put a wall between them and the savior, while others said “and what wisdom which is given to him” that such mighty words......

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Jan 2021
Transform Your Life for Jesus - From Father Andrew Bahhi

Because we have grown up in a Christian family, we sometimes take the word of God and salvation for granted. That means we hear the word that changed the life for many people, hear of miracles, and read the word of the Gospels and yet we don’t have true happiness in our life. This is the Sunday of Nicodemus, which we read about in John 3. A man supposedly was a man of God, elderly, and he was one of the wise men of the community and yet he was looking for......

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10
Jan 2021
Ambassadors for Christ - Father Andrew Bahhi

Christianity is about practicing the faith and maintaining a style of life. It means to be a true follower. That is why we see after the feast of Epiphany on January 6, we start the year reading and learning about how Jesus called his disciples. Before being called by Jesus, the disciples were normal people with their careers. But after that, Jesus commissioned them to be disciples and preach the word of salvation for the whole world. Why do we do this in the beginning of the year? Because it means the......

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27
Dec 2020
Andrew Bahhi - Syriac Orthodox Church

This week has been a big blessing because we got to celebrate His birth on Christmas eve and Christmas Day, with two Holy Liturgies at church, so we thank our heavenly father for all His blessings. This is the first Sunday after Christmas, where we celebrate the martyrdom, described in Matthew 2, when Herod learned the king was born in Bethlehem. And out of his jealousy, King Herod was angry to kill all the kids in Bethlehem from 2 years of age and under. But meanwhile we see how our heavenly father......

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25
Dec 2020
Christmas and The Great Joy of Christ

Merry Christmas! While Jesus was with Mary in the stables with the animals, the angels came from heaven to bring the most beautiful and delightful message to the world. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” – Luke 2:14 As we learned during a difficult 2020, God will continue to protect us and be with us. If you hear me and are with me, that means even though we have seen all the hard times, we are still here. This is the strongest message that......

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25
Oct 2020
Choosing Jesus Above Everything

A lot of time we forget that our life is nothing. We often pay attention to small things in life while we miss big opportunities. We learn a valuable lesson about this in Matthew, when Jesus came to meet a man who was very well known in his community and society. The man came to Jesus because Jesus had the authority to let people into the eternal life. (Matthew 19:16-21) This man said, “good teacher” or “good master” and bowed down to him. And on top of that, he asked the most......

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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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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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16
Aug 2020
From Father Saliba: Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Today, we celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God. It is also a day for us to recognized 3 feasts. The first one is her departure to heaven, when she died. The second one is when her body was taken from earth to heaven. The third one is her blessing. All three, we celebrate today. We call her the second Eve. The first Eve remember the serpent who told her to eat the fruit, she will be like God to know the good from the bad.......

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