Fr. Rick's Sermons

Light Begins with Me
Sunday, July 15, 2012

   When an Orthodox Christian enters an Orthodox church, he or she typically lights a candle. But does anyone know why we light a candle? We light candles because of Jesus Christ, because He said, ?I am the light of the world.

Role of Faith, The
Sunday, July 01, 2012

   "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." The words of Jesus Christ to the centurion regarding his servant, now healed.

Happy Birthday John the Baptist
Sunday, June 24, 2012

   We have a birthday today. It is somebody you all know. He?s really a special person but were not going sing ?Happy Birthday? to him nor will there be a cake with candles. The only thing that he wants for a birthday present is for us to love and worship God.

Beatitudes - How to be Holy
Sunday, June 10, 2012

   Everyone wants to make a good impression, even a holy one. One day the priest came for a visit.

Babel vs. Pentecost
Sunday, June 03, 2012

   An Orthodox priest, who was involved in ecumenical activities, became acquainted with some Lutheran pastors and He invited them to a Holy Friday service. Three of them came but the church was already full. The priest noticed them standing in the back and wanted to show good hospitality.

Faith and Belief
Sunday, May 27, 2012

   The word ?believe? appears 163 (Jesus = 53) times in the Holy Bible. The word ?belief? appears only one time (2Th.2:13). However, the word ?faith? appears 229 times (Jesus = 28). The word ?believe? and the word ?faith? both are translated from the Greek word ?pistis?.

Revelation is a Crisis-Judgment
Sunday, May 20, 2012

   If we read the newspapers and watch the news we hear of many crises. The threat of terrorism and nuclear war still looms large. Economic instability still affects the job market. Moral misguidance seeks to influence changes in traditional values, especially regarding marriage.

Regular Water vs. Living Water
Sunday, May 13, 2012

   What do the words Perrier, Evian, Dasani, Aquafina, Poland Springs and Fiji bring to mind? They?re all bottled waters. When many of us were young, no one heard of bottled or filtered water.

Promises for the Dead
Sunday, May 06, 2012

   Have you ever asked yourself, ?What is the meaning of life?? Or, more specifically, ?What is the meaning of my life?? I look around and I see so much chaos, suffering and pain. I have experienced it myself. Why? What is this all about? How does it make sense? I continually ask myself these questions.

   I met a person recently and greeted them saying, ?Christos Anesti!? and he replied strongly ?Alithos Anesti!? And I thought that?s great that he responded with such power, ?Alithos Anesti!? And it touched me because some people, unfortunately, just reply ?Alithos? half under their breath.

Reward of Faith is Peace
Sunday, April 22, 2012

   Who are the happy, joyful people of this world? The naïve believers or the knowledgeable skeptics? The simple faithful or the intelligent atheists? To answer this question, I offer you a child, especially one who stays up late or gets up early on Christmas day.

Light of the World
Sunday, April 15, 2012

   In just a few minutes the whole church will be darkened. Every light will be turned off and every candle and lamp will be extinguished. Because of the street lights and cars driving by outside, we will not experience total and complete darkness but in that moment we may be scared.

Deny Your False Self
Sunday, March 18, 2012

   If someone is bothering us, we can go somewhere else. If it is a boss, we can change jobs. If it is a neighbor, we can relocate and move. In our day and age, more than ever before, if it is a spouse, we can separate and divorce. We can even move away from God. He does not force us to stay near Him.

No Graven Images
Sunday, March 04, 2012

   In the Old Testament, God revealed to Moses the Tablets of the Law. The centerpiece of the Law was the Ten Commandments, which were the most basic instructions God gave to the Israelites so that they might live in righteousness and peace with God and each other.

The Other Holy Week
Sunday, February 26, 2012

   Great and Holy Lent begins tomorrow on Clean/Pure Monday. It marks the initial step in our six week journey to Pascha, the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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