The Word


13
Feb 2022
The Power of Faith - By Father Andrew Bahhi

When we don’t have strong hope in Him, that means the more trouble we will face. The person without hope is the one who cannot sleep good enough. The person who always has depression or despair will have health and mental problems. And this is exactly what happened to the disciples when they went fishing. Peter, Andrew, John & James. The Bible said after a long night of catching nothing, they were hopeless. They were washing their nets, hopeless. A lot of times this happens in our life, when we try hard......

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30
Jan 2022
The Amazing Faith - By Father Andrew Bahhi

Faith is the key to heaven. On earth you may need money to get what you want, but to get heaven all you need is faith. Faith is also very important in the Bible. Nothing amazed the Lord while he was on earth except belief and unbelief. When the Lord was in his hometown, Nazareth, he faced criticism. As we read in Mark 6:5-6, he faced unbelief. Is He the Savior or not? Is He the one who brought salvation to everyone, or not? Is He the one who went through villages,......

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23
Jan 2022
The Meeting That Will Change Your Life - By Father Andrew Bahhi

I pray all your families, homes and kids are protected in this time. And I pray for everyone of else, may God give healing and fast recovery. I pray that when we come to the church, we can be the people God expects, and we be true children of God to meet with God. In the Bible reading today, the Book of John 3:21 speaks of a famous story about the meeting between Jesus and Nicodemus, one of the Jewish leaders and elders. Among the people he had big honor and was......

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09
Jan 2022
Light and Repentance - By Father Andrew Bahhi

Starting with the first Sunday after Epiphany, and for the next 8-10 weeks, we will read about all the things the Lord did after His baptism. As we read in Matthew 4, the first sermon our Savior gave, He says “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” This is how our Savior began His mission and serve while He was on earth. For the people who were without light, this means the light of the Lord came to them. When our spiritual light is on, we have power. But when......

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02
Jan 2022
Epiphany

Father Andrew speaks with us to celebrate Epiphany: I would like to wish everybody a happy, healthy and a very good time this year. Last year we lost a lot of brothers and sisters, we had good things, and we had sad things. But we thank God because we are the children of the Resurrection. We are believers, we are Christian. We believe that the power of the light is stronger than any bad thing. That is why we are still here, witnessing, praying with hope that no matter what we face,......

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05
Dec 2021
Nativity of John the Baptist

In the book of Luke 1:58, it says “when Elizabeth’s neighbors heard about the birth of John the Baptist, they rejoiced with her.” The is a time when the Lord showed great mercy to Elizabeth and Zachariah. For the things we pray for and don’t get an answer, or we are confused to make a decision, or have a need, the prayer is the perfect shelter and place to go so we can receive comfort and faith that God will answer. When we keep praying. The difficulties of understanding the work of......

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28
Nov 2021
Virgin Mary Meets Elizabeth

We are getting closer and closer to the birth of our savior. Today, we’ll discuss the visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth. Last week we spoke about the angel Gabriel meeting with Mary, and she accepted, “Let it be to me according to what you said.” The angel then gave a sign that Elizabeth is pregnant. And then Mary ran to see the beautiful fulfillment of the birth of John the Baptist. Luke Chapter 1 offers another angle. How our spiritual life can impact our social life. Today’s text is giving......

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21
Nov 2021
The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary - By Father Andrew Bahhi

I pray that God will open our spiritual eyes so we can see His presence. We believe He is with everyone of us, to comfort us and bless us. This is the Sunday of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. Usually, we celebrate this 9 months before Christmas. But the fathers prepared this for now so we can be ready for the blessed event, the birth of the Savior. At this time, Mary was living in the temple. She was not too old, and not too young, when the angel Gabriel appeared......

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14
Nov 2021
The Greatness of John the Baptist - By Father Andrew Bahhi

We cannot see Him with our physical eyes. But God is with us. We can see him, feel him and ask him to bless us. Zachariah and his wife Elizabeth loved God. He was a priest and from a priestly tribe, and she was also righteous. They were righteous people, which means without blame. And they performed all of God’s commandments. The believed in God’s presence in their life. But they could not have children. And while this can often make one mad, not Zachariah and Elizabeth. Why? Let me tell you......

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07
Nov 2021
Syriac Orthodox Church

You always try to maintain your things in your life so you can stay renewed fresh and healthy, your body, the things you own, your car and home. And similarly, this is what our church fathers are telling us – renew our relationship with our savior. We are the church. We are the true living members of the body of the Christ. Last week, we talked about Jesus asking the disciples – “Who do the people say that I am.” This week we have the same reading from a different gospel. We......

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