Friday, July 31, 2015

Greedy Poor

I have a new post on OCN's the SOUNDING. Here's a portion.  

I’ve seen poor people live well​,​ and I’ve seen rich people live pathetic lives.  I’ve also seen the opposite on both counts.  What was the deciding factor? Trust in God. Those who lived with the fear of God, either in wealth or poverty​,​ lived a life of Grace.  But those who lived in greed and pride were miserable.  It’s like the psalm we sing when we bless the five loaves…
“The rich have become poor and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”  Psalm 34:11

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ministry Super Powers

I've been watching too many Super Hero movies this summer.  Avengers, Ant-Man, and Big Hero 6 have got me thinking about a time when I felt like I had a super power.   This is what inspired my recent blog post on OCN's Sounding.

Photo by Harald Hagen

Orthodox Summer Camp was a changing factor in my life story. This is where I should add a legal disclaimer that not all camp experiences are the same and that results vary. It’s just that for me, I realized that I had a calling to serve the church in youth ministry while being at summer camp. It was as if my energy and creativity collided like superpowers and I found that I had something to offer the Church. Although my energy has subsided and I have retired from such heroic deeds, there are superheroes out there, who are running, sweating, and teaching children about Orthodoxy in an outdoor environment.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Who Are you a Slave to?

It seems to be our nature to be a slave to something... our passions or God's will.  We can't just be free.