Saturday, October 31, 2009

Prayer of the Week and Bible Study on Luke 16:19-31

Prayer
Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy.
O Lord, it is Your will that all should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. You sent Your Son so none will perish. You send us opportunities to help the poor, sick and needy. This is a manifestation of Your Love for us. It is we who by not responding send ourselves into the lake of fire. Open our spiritual eyes so we respond and find You in those who need our love. We pray in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bible verse
Luke 16:24-25
Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.'

Bible Question
Explain why Father Abraham could not grant the rich man's petition? Could Jesus grant it?

Receive one credit for this activity. Simply send your answer to oandrey(at)aol.com and else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

You can also see other answers here.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Podcast on Second Century Christianity!

On this week's "Come Receive the Light" podcast, Fr. Demetrios Tonias will continue with the second of a four part series. He'll be discussing Christianity and Judaism in the first four centuries, which is something many of us don't know a great deal about. This segment will focus on second century Christianity. In a short segment, Fr. Stelyois Muksuris will also discuss Escatology & Divine Liturgy.

You can receive 1 credit for this podcast! Simply listen and fill out a copy of the podcast worksheet, emailing it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Listen now!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Prayer of the Week and Bible Study - Jude 1: 6-7

Here is this week's prayer and Bible Study! To earn one credit, send your answer to the question to Father Andrew at oandrey (at) aol (d0t) com and to me at else10 (at) gmail (d0t) com.

Prayer:
Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy.
O Lord You promised to send Your Holy Spirit to guide us to all truth. Your Holy Apostle Jude exhorted us to keep the faith that was delivered to us by the apostles. On this day as we celebrate the memory of St. Luke the Apostle, strengthen our faith so we can avoid immoral acts. Purify our lives so we do not grieve the Holy Spirit in whom we pray. Through the prayers of St. Luke, O Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on us. Amen.

Bible Text: Jude. 1:6-7
He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Bible Question:
How is this verse relevant to practices in Christian Churches today? (Read the entire epistle of St. Jude.)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Twelve Byzantine Rulers Audio Lectures for Credit

Here's a great opportunity to learn about the Byzantine Empire!

Lars Brownworth, author of Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization , offers an audio series of lectures on twelve Byzantine rulers that he delivered and now offers for FREE to familiarize people better with the Byzantine Empire.

The lectures are free to download here.

You can earn one credit for each audio lecture you listen to! Simply listen, fill out a lecture worksheet about it (download from left column of the School web site) and return to me at else10-at-gmail-dot-com.

Many thanks to Clark who pointed me to these lectures. Read the original post announcing these lectures.

May your listening be blessed!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Podcasts for Credit: The Purpose of Suffering

Here's a summary of podcasts you can listen to on The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN). Earn one credit for each podcast you listen to. Simply listen, fill out the downloadable worksheet (see left column) and return to else10-at-gmail-dot-com for credit. May your listening be blessed!

On this week's CRTL podcast: Scott Cairns talks about finding a purpose in suffering. Most people only see hurt in suffering but some acquire a halo through it. Join our host Fr. Chris and Scott as they discuss a topic most people want to avoid talking about. Also we will continue our discussion about the Unity of all Orthodox Christians in America with our very special guest a priest of the Antiochian Archdiocese Fr. Olof Scott.

This week on Special Moments in Orthodoxy, Bishop Kallistos live at Saint Paul's in Irvine California will continue with part two of a discussion on the Mystery of the Eucharist: Communion, Eating and Drinking at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

This week on Theologically Thinking, Proestamenos at Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Denver Fr. Apostolos Hill will discuss Sermon on the Mount – can it work in the real world?

This week on Harmony of Thunder, we take our last look at the sermons of St. Dorotheos of Gaza. Today, we explore a sermon by this great desert saint in which he compares the aquiring of the virtues to the construction of a house. His comparison has many spiritually beneficial insights - this is a program you will not want to miss!

This week on Beyond the Veil, Presbytera Jeannie will discuss Revelations Chapter 1 vs. 9 - the vision and the commission of Christ.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Prayer of the Week and BIble Study: James 5:15

Here is this week's prayer and Bible study of the week! You can receive one credit for this activity. Simply answer the question and e-mail your response to Father Andrew (oandrey-at-aol-dot-com) and Else Tennessen (else10-at-gmail-dot-com).

Prayer

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

O Lord we are grieving the loss of one of our dear members. We read in Your holy Gospel how your brought back to life the son of the widow. This reveals to us that You have power over life and death. You will raise us up to eternal life. Help us, O Lord, to be righteous so our prayers will save the sick and they will be raised on the last day. We pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bible Text: James 5:15

And the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, it shall be forgiven him.

Bible Question
What is "the prayer of Faith" and how can we pray this prayer?

To see other answers to this question, check out the St Luke Web site next week!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Symposium for Credit

Earn 3 credits by attending the annual Synergy Symposium!

The Future of Orthodoxy in America

Speakers

Rev. Dr. Stanley S. Harakas, Th.D., D.D. (Hon)
The Future of Orthodoxy in America: Challenges and Required Attitudes and Actions

Rev. Dn. Nicholas Belcher, M.Div.

Raising Orthodox Christians for the Next Generation


Saturday, October 17, 2009
9:00 am - 1:30 pm

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
1220 S. 60th Court, Cicero, IL

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Cost:
$35 for individuals until October 9, $40 after
$50 for couples until October 9
$20 for high school and college students
You may register at the door

For more information call (847) 647-8880 or (630) 230-0079