3rd Sunday after Pentecost

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    • 2002
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    • 2003
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    • 2004
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    • 2009-06-28
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    • Answer All The Questions
      2010-06-13
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      SYNOPSIS:The Scripture is full of questions, commands, warnings, promises, and consequences for actions. All of these, every single one of them, applies to us. You must read the Scripture and answer the questions and listen to the commands and heed the warnings and realize they are for you. Here is one: the Lord says: Is not life more than meat and the body more than raiment?” That question is a very important one to answer, and it’s one that actually is answered hundreds of times every day by every person, whether they are Christian or not, whether or not they believe in God. And with it is the question that follows: “And why do you take thought for your clothing?” None of this makes any sense to anyone unless we answer this first question well. This question can be also stated: What is life all about? ...
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    • How To Discern Light And Darkness In The Eye Of The Soul
      Matthew 6-22-33
      2011-07-03
      SYNOPSIS:Today we learn about desire, and what shapes our desires. Just as the light of the body is the eye, the soul also has an eye that enlightens it. Our physical eyes can easily discern light and darkness, but the eye of the soul must be trained to do this, because without training. The eye of the soul will not know light from darkness. How do we train the eye of the soul?
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    • Seek Ye First The Kingdom Of God And His Righteousness
      As We Think So We Are
      Matthew 6-22-33
      2012-06-24
      SYNOPSIS:The Lord never gives us a command that He does not explain and teach how to fulfill. In this selection, He first teaches us how to fulfill the command by teaching about the eye, and desire, and then progresses to rebuke our thoughts and anxieties. These things are obviously related! They both tie in to HOW to fulfill the command "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness".
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    • The Light Of The Body Is The Eye
      Unbridled Desire Causes Anxiety
      Matthew 6-22-33
      2013-07-14
      SYNOPSIS:There is always a subtext to Jesus' commands to us. In the case of His command to "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on", this command is preceded by a discussion about desire, in which He tells us "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light." and He warns us that we cannot serve God and mammon. This juxtaposition of teaching about desire and the commandment to not be anxious should cause a "Eureka!" moment for us - unbridled desire ALWAYS leads to anxiety. We look at this in detail .
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    • The Meaning Of Life
      Is Not The Life More Than Meat And The Body Than Raiment
      Matthew 6-22-33
      2014-06-29
      SYNOPSIS:We must answer all the questions in Scripture; all are intended to teach us, challenge us, enlighten us. The questions the Lord asks in his teaching which begins "The light of the body is the eye" are designed to teach us the meaning of life and how to attain it. He begins by teaching about desire, which is a God-given attribute of the soul, since God has desire, and has made us in His image, and that this desire can be used for good or bad. Desire is good, when it is used for good, that is when we understand what life is and how to live our life according to the only proper answer to the question: "Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" We control and perfect our life through our thoughts. All good and bad things in our life begin with thought. the Lord teaches us how to think, if we are able to answer the question: " Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment?" Let us answer the questions the Lord asks us about the meaning and purpose of our life, and also learn how to attain to this purpose.
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    • Timothy Of Esphigmenou
      New Martyrs Of The Turkish Yoke
      2015
      SYNOPSIS:The life of St Timothy of Esphigmenou, a man who feigned apostasy to save his wife, and prepared for martyrdom. There are many "take homes" from his luminous life, and we dwell on his radical love, and obedience, his apparent apostasy and how he ran away from his children because of obedience and love.
    • The eye, desire, anxiety & peace. Matthew 6:22-33 (mp3 format)
    • Matthew-6:22-33 Romans 5:1
      2016
      SYNOPSIS:The problem of anxiety and the cure for it. There is a link between bad desires, and weak faith and anxiety. Exposition of Matthew 6:22-33 and Romans 5:1, particularly: "The light of the body is the eye", "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" and "being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" As in any short talk, all solutions are not discussed. There is an organic cause for anxiety, but no more common cause for it is a problem with the "eyes"



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