The Word


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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28
Apr 2019
Assyrian Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary - Easter 2019

Christ has Risen. Let’s all of us say “Indeed he’s Risen” 50 days ago, we began a beautiful season we called the Holy Lent. I thank the Holy Father that during this beautiful journey, that He is crowned with the death and resurrection of our Savior. Like the spring when everything comes back to life, for you also begins a new season of life. It is crowned with the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. By the power of the resurrection we ask that He bless our life always, all the days......

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26
Apr 2019
Easter 2019 Message from Father Andrew Bahhi

“For I know you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not Here for He has risen!” (Matthew 28:5-6) Dear Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ, As we complete our Lenten journey and the commemoration of the last days that Jesus lived here on earth, which helped us enter deeply into the betrayal of Jesus, His sacrifice, His suffering, His death and His glorious resurrection. Today, The Lord is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! We celebrate our hope and victory over sin and death. God used the death and the resurrection......

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14
Apr 2019
Father Andrew Bahhi Bartimeus

This Sunday, according to our Church Calendar, we call the healing of the blind man. Jesus heals the blind Bartimeus (Mark 10:46-52). In the beginning of the Liturgy, we begin “In your light Lord…” And by reading about this miracle, we read about how to receive light into our life. As the Bible reads here, a lot of people were traveling from Jericho to Jerusalem for Passover, and both sides of the road were packed for what was like a huge bazaar. There were a lot of people selling because this was......

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