Imperfectly Reaching for Perfection
- Imperfectly Reaching for Perfection
Impurely Reaching for Purity
What is the main problem with this world that we have to struggle against? Why are we not already perfect and pure?
If we have attained purity and perfection, why can't we just stay that way? Why doesn't God just make us that way and keep us that way?
These questions (and maybe a few answers) are discussed in this sermon by Fr John Brian. Using Hebrews Chapter 8 and the prophecy of Mary when she meets Elizabeth, Fr. John Brian investigates why we need a savior in the first place and why the story of Jesus Christ is still relevant in our modern age.
This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian Malankara calendar and was given on Sunday, November 27, 2011 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
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If God were to ask one question of you, what would it be?
Mary answered the angel "behold the hand maiden of the Lord..." Fr.
John Brian indicates that this is the answer to the main question that God asks of us: Whom do you serve? In this sermon for annunciation, Fr. John Brian explains that it is also: Whom do you love? Then Fr John Brian focuses on Chapter 4 of John's First Epistle which is an extension of the designated portion for the day and is important for our developing spirituality. "In God there is nothing quantitative. Love, insofar as it is the divine essence, is an absolute. There is within it neither more nor less. God simply loves. That is all. God gives himself." Fr. Lev Gillet, Monk of the Eastern Church - The Burning Bush. This sermon uses and refers to scripture
readings appointed by the Syrian Malankara calendar and was given on Sunday, November 20, 2011 - LISTEN ON-LINE HERE:
Human and Divine Christianity
Building Spiritual Life
Spiritual Milk and Living Stones
Living an Eternal Life One Day at a Time
Living with the Humble Truth
Opening Prayer - Forgiveness: Finding Wholeness Again
ST. GEORGE : A CHRISTIAN HERO FOR THE MODERN WORLD
A Question About Confession
An Assurance of God's Love
Top FIVE sermons with some Honorable Mentions (November 2005 through May 2009)
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