1st Sunday after Pentecost

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    • Sunday Of All Saints
      2000
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      2003
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      2004
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    • Celebrating Sanctity
      How To Become A Saint
      Hebrews 11-33-12-2,Matthew 10-32-33,37-38,19-27-30
      2011-06-19
      SYNOPSIS:It is apropos to celebrate All Saints on the Sunday after Pentecost, because with the coming of the Holy Spirit, coupled with all the effects of the incarnation, we have the ability to become holy - in fact we are commanded to become holy ("saint" means "holy one"). The readings today focus on how we can become holy. We must have true, living faith - we discuss what faith is (it is not mere belief in something!), and confess the Lord Jesus Christ before men (we discuss what "confession" is - it is not just what we say, but also what we do and who we are - and it is especially difficult in our day, because the spirit of the age permeates and pollutes everything). We also discuss what it means to "take up our cross", and "run with patience the race that is set before us".
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    • Exegesis Of Sunday Of All Saints Vespers Parables
      Isaiah 43-9-14,Wisdom-3-1-9,Wisdom-5-15-6-3
      2011-06-19
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      SYNOPSIS:The "parables" of Vespers are OT or sometimes, NT readings, which elucidate the meaning of the feast. Since this is the Sunday of All Saints, these 3 OT readings describe sanctity - holiness (the word "Saint" means "holy one"). Saints, which we are also called to be, are witnesses who are misunderstood by the world of sinners, and their virtues are described, much like the apostle Paul described virtues in the passage in Ephesians which described the armor of faith (Ephesians 6:13-17)
    • 1st Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • Sunday Of All Saints
      How To Become A Saint
      Matthew 10-32-33,37-38,19-27-30,Hebrews 11-33-12-2
      2012-06-10
      SYNOPSIS:We are ALL called to be Saints (holy). This is the purpose of Christianity and the church - to guide people towards sanctity and holiness - to become Saints. The scriptures read today are an instruction manual in how to become a saint. It boils down to priorities, the courage to make the effort to hold to them, even when it is difficult (confession) and patience.
    • 1st Sunday after Pentecost (mp3 format)
    • All Saints
      Through Faith With Patience
      Heb 11-33-12-1
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:The readings for the Sunday of all Saints teach us what we need to do to be "saints" We are ALL called to be saints. The Gospel tells us to confess the Lord before all men, love God above all things, and take up our cross and deny our passions. the Epistle, which we focus on, has two very important phrases, which we look at in detail: " through faith" and "with patience". If we understand these two, we fulfill all in order to be saints.
    • "Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? " A question we all must be able to ask. (mp3 format)
    • Sunday of All Saints
      Matthew 19:27
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:We are all called to be saints, therefore, we should be able to say what Peter said, without being a liar: "Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?" What does this mean? Can we say this? What must we do to be able to say this? Full disclosure: he text selected was actually read on the Sunday of All Saints, and accidently used again on the Sunday of All Saints of Russia, the following Sunday. Mistakes happen, but the sermon still applies to saints, and therefore, to us, since we are called to be saints.
    • What is confession of Christ in our sin-loving and sin-excusing world? (mp3 format)
    • Sunday of All Saints
      Confession Of Christ
      Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38
      2016-06-26
      SYNOPSIS:What is a  synaxis  of All Saints, and why do we celebrate them the Sunday after Pentecost? It is rare to be a saint, but we are all called to be saints! How are we going to become saints, even though we have sins, some of which we cannot overcome? This starts with how we identify ourselves and the things we, in our heart of hearts, really value. In our modern, sin loving and excusing age, we must take a stand for who we are. This is true confession. In this context, we examine the verses read today: "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me."



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