The Word


27
Oct 2019
The Sermon on the Mount

When we read from Matthew 5, 6, 7, which we call the Sermon on the Mount from Jesus, we know there is nothing more important and significant. And he always said, “You heard…” and follows with “But I say to you…” Usually as a King gives decrees, only the King himself can make the change. In the Old Testament, Moses gave the commandments and the people kept and memorized those commandments. Nobody could change a single figure, until the arrival of Jesus Christ. Jesus, by saying “You heard” and “But I say......

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20
Oct 2019
Syriac Orthodox Church Sermon

When we speak about Jesus, we speak of good things. But when you test yourself through a hard time in your life, or you are not walking according to His word, no matter what you do or what you think, He is thinking of you. We see this in the story of the young man in the Book of Luke chapter 18 There was a young man, a ruler. He had a good social position among his people, and he was a rich young man. He showed Jesus all kinds of respect......

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29
Sep 2019
Rest with the Lord on the sabbath day

We thank God today because when He created the universe, the Bible said on the last day God rested. And by doing this, God taught us people, who He created in His image and likeness, are to follow what He did and also rest from our labor. And today — Sunday — is a day for doing good things and doing merciful actions. Unfortunately, the world is trying to turn the real meaning of the day of the Lord from spiritual meaning to physical meaning. We try to make ourselves Holy, go......

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22
Sep 2019
Pharisees and Sadducees - Syriac Orthodox Church

I was reading a story about a father who wanted to find out how smart his two sons are, and how well he raised them. He gave the same amount of money to both of them to fill a room. The one who filled more would succeed in understanding what he meant. The first one had very big bags filled with sponges, and yet it was not enough to fill the room. The other had nothing but five candles. He turned off the light and filled the room with the light of......

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15
Sep 2019
Discovery of the Holy Cross

Happy feast of discovery of the Holy Cross. We thank Him because the sign of the cross was before a curse – the Old Testament said that those who are cursed are hung on wood, trees, and crosses. Jesus, by his mercy, transformed this sign so it is now a blessing. It is a sign of protection, our faith, something we are very proud of. Because Jesus was able to crush the head of the evil one. We thank Him for this beautiful feast we always celebrate on September 14. And, at......

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08
Sep 2019
Give from your heart Assyrian Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary

Whenever we begin our prayer, we should give thanks to the almighty one because he gave us His life. When He died on the cross, He taught us the ultimate giving, and forgiving, is based on love only. We should also thank Him back by learning these virtues. Today, we learn in the reading of Jesus in front of the temple, watching people give their donations, their good deeds. And while he was watching that, the Bible says there was a very poor widow wanting to participate by giving what she can.......

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01
Sep 2019
Don’t Delay Your Repentance

We have an invitation. God himself is inviting you to enjoy the body and blood of Jesus Christ. When Jesus was once telling a story in the Book of Luke, someone told him “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” Luke 14:15, followed by Jesus inviting all of us to participate in his body and blood, and He said, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited men.” But they all, with one accord, began to make excuses. So which kind of people......

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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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