What is Our Life?
- What is Our Life?
Between birth and death, both remembered and celebrated this week (Sunday of Departed Clergy - Presentation of Christ in the Temple at 40 days old - Sunday of All Departed), this sermon talks about our life in between. Using the parable of fig tree in Luke 13 and the end of James 4, we are given insight into the spiritual life while in between in this world.
"...For what is our life? It is but a vapor, which appears for a little while and then vanishes away..." James 4:14
"...My Lord, let it remain...until I work it and fertilize it. It may bear fruit..." Luke 13:8-9
"He who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin." James 4:17
This sermon uses the readings appointed from the Malankara lectionary and was given on Sunday, January 31, 2010 by Fr John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
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Closer to Heavenly Things
This sermon talks about seeing God afar off and being drawn by His everlasting love. But in order for us to draw near, we need to learn about right worldly things in order to draw closer to heavenly things. "The Lord has appeared to me from a far, saying Yea I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you." Jeremiah
31:3 "..I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh.." Joel 2:28 "If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how then will you believe me if I tell you about heavenly things?" John 3:12 "...then shall every man have praise from God." 1 Corinthians 4:5 This sermon uses the readings appointed from the Malankara lectionary and was given on Sunday, January 24, 2010 LISTEN ONLINE HERE:
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