The Word


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Nov 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Waiting Patiently on the Lord

A lot of time we talk about God and people think he is up in heaven and we are here on earth. And we don’t know if he hears us, especially for those things we really need dearly in our life. Then we feel there is a distance between us and him, and slowly our spiritual feeling becomes harsh, and we don’t feel his presence anymore. But remember — The Bible says he is always with us, and he said he will be with us all the days of our life and......

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Nov 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: The Renewal of the Church

This Sunday, which is the second Sunday in our Liturgical calendar, we call The Renewal of The Church. Last Sunday was the consecration of the Church. This is not about the physical church. A lot of times in our life, we try to have everything while forgetting to renew our relationship with God. But we never know when our life will be done. We need to renew our spirit in the same way we renovate our homes. In order to renew our homes, we have to do several things: Destroy the old......

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Oct 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Releasing Ourselves from Anger

The Bible calls Jesus the Prince of Peace, the King of the Peace in this world. The opposite of peace is anger. If we have anger in our heart toward each other, the Bible encourages us to have peace in our heart, Jesus in our heart, and you will see Jesus come into your life. Jesus reminds us that the Old Testament says you shall not murder, but Jesus also equates anger with murder. In the New Testament he says, whoever is angry with his brother is in danger of judgement. According......

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14
Oct 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Living Life as a Faithful Servant

We thank God always because his mercy is upon us and he made us in his image and likeness – he made us very unique. He made us like Him. If we remember we are in the image of our God, whatever we do we will do differently. If anybody is faithful, he will always try to do the best for that person, make them happy and make the best thing ever. That is our way with God. As Jesus tells the disciples in Luke 16:10, “He who is faithful in what......

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07
Oct 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Love God Like a Child

When I look to the cross, I see Jesus not only was crucified for us, but he is telling us his heart, his bosom us open for us. For every and each one of us. The only thing we need is to believe in him, run to him and receive his blessing. Especially the parents among us, when you come back from a long day of work or travel, and you come back home. When your children run to you, that is the most noble thing. The same thing for your heavenly......

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Sep 2018
From Father Andrew Bahhi: Resist the Temptation to Judge

In Matthew 12, the Pharisees criticized the disciples for picking grains on the Sabbath. According to the Jewish law, there is no work on the Sabbath day, because it is for prayers and rest. You have to honor the day of the Lord. “How do you allow your disciples to do what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” they asked. Jesus said do you remember that one day David gave food to people? I am very happy you memorized the law. But don’t try to find someone who made a......

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23
Sep 2018
From Father Eli Shabo: God is There

1 Corinthians 18: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Oh holy father we stand before you today asking that you be with us today. That you bless us, to inspire us. To make us understand and appreciate the gift of eternal life which Jesus has given us. Bring us back to the sheepfold as we stray away from you, Oh Lord. Be with us always, carry us on your shoulder when we......

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16
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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