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The Last shall be First, and First shall be Last

Matthew 21:28-32 Last Sunday we heard a parable from our Lord about the landowner and his workers. Remember the last line? “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Today we heard a parable about a man who had two sons. Which son did the will of his father? Those who were listening to him said, “The first.” Then Jesus lets them have it! He says,

4th Sunday After Pentecost

“The haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the pride of men shall be brought low!” In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. We normally like to talk about the new life that our Christianity brings us, which is good and true. As has recently crashed into our reality we have been painfully made aware of the presence of death. We always

3rd Sunday After Pentecost

There will be those people who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and there will be those people to whom God says, “Thy will be done.” In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men. Here in this

2nd Sunday After Pentecost

“While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. I am grateful I live in Burkburnett. I like small town living much better than living in Grapevine, in the middle of a huge number of people. People seem to get along fine here. Of course some of

Second Sunday of Easter

It is so good to be here with you all, in these most bizarre times. As Orthodox Christians we have real and profound reason to be hopeful, even in the face of horrific tragedy. We have lost many loved ones, and may lose a good many more. Our faith is not some “pie in the sky when you die by and by”, no it is far more interesting than that.

Maundy Thursday

Tonight we celebrate the events of the Last Supper in the upper room, where Christ gave his disciples instructions to be carried out in his name. The name Maundy came from the Latin word Maundatum, meaning commandment. The commandment we focus on today is the one Christ gave, “do this in remembrance of me.” St. Justin Martyr, who was born in about 100 AD, was one of the first Apologists

The Law of Moses

The Gospel reading this week is about Jesus teaching about the Law of Moses. The Pharisees were very strict about the Law, and they wanted everyone else to follow it, too. But Jesus saw something in the Pharisees that they couldn’t see. The Law that they loved so much had become more about legalism, and less about God’s purpose for his people. The Pharisees put the Law above our Lord

The Beatitudes

“God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong,” from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (1:27) Jesus had a way of confounding the people of the world when he walked among us, and he still confounds them today. The Beatitudes, as they are known, has been called the little catechesis, or teaching of

In the beginning was the Word

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” from the Gospel according to St John. This section of the Gospel according to St. John is know as the prologue. Many scholars have read, studied, analyzed, and regurgitated this section in a variety of ways. Some think it’s a bit of a hymn, others a poem, still others think it is elaborate

Ascension Sunday

Luke 24:49-53 Jesus said to his disciples, “See, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and

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