Monday, March 26, 2012

Another Week of the Lenten Bible Reading Challenge

Breaking bread at Emmaus
Dear Friends,

Another Lenten week has flown by! Here are this week's readings for the Bible Challenge:

3/26/12 Acts 16 The Gospel Spreads to Europe 
3/27/12 Acts 26 Paul’s Defense of the Christian Faith 
3/28/12  Romans 3 Justification by Faith Alone 
3/29/12 Romans 7-8 The Battle With Sin; Life in the Spirit 
3/30/12 1 Corinthians 13 The Way of Love 
3/31/12 1 Corinthians 15 The Power of the Resurrection 
4/1/12 Galatians 5 Freedom in Christ 


Here is a prayer you can use prior to reading the Scripture: 

"Illuminate our hearts, O God who loves mankind, with the pure life of Thy Divine knowledge, and open the eyes of our mind to understand Thy Message of Good Tidings. Implant in us the fear of Thy Blessed Commandments; that, trampling down all carnal desires, we may pursue a godly life, both thinking and performing such things as are well pleasing to Thee. For Thou are the Light of our souls and bodies, Christ our God, and to Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thy Eternal Father and Thine All Holy, Blessed and Life-Giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen."

May your reading be blessed! 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Seminar: Do-able Evangelism


Dear Friends,

Afraid to share your faith? If you are in the Chicago area tomorrow, please join us at St Luke Church for our Lenten seminar on "Doable Evangelism." The seminar will be on how to talk about your faith to others in an easy, non-intimidating way and is led by Randy Siever, pastor and evangelist.

Where? St Luke Orthodox Church, Palos Hills, IL
Time? 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Lunch will be served.
Cost? $5
To register, contact Linda Kopulos at lmkopulos (at) yahoo (d0t) com.

You can receive 3 credits for attending this seminar. Simply attend the seminar, fill out the seminar/workshop worksheet and submit it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Learn more about doable evangelism here.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

This week's Bible Challenge readings


Dear Friends,

We are one week further into Lent, and I hope the Bible Reading Challenge is uplifting to you. Here are this week's readings:

3/19/12, John 15, The Christian Life Defined 
3/20/12,  John 17,  Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer 
3/21/12, Matthew 26-27,  The Arrest & Crucifixion of Jesus 
3/22/12, John 20,  The Resurrection of Jesus 
3/23/12, Luke 24,  The Ascension of Jesus 
3/24/12, Acts 2,  The Coming of the Holy Spirit 
3/25/12,  Acts 9,  The Conversion of Saul

Start your reading with prayer. May your reading be blessed!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge, Week 3


 Dear Students and Friends,

Here are this week's  readings from Scripture. Follow along with us here at St Luke Church as we read the Bible during Lent.

March 12, Luke 1-2, The Birth of Jesus
March 13, John 1:1-18, Who Jesus Is
March 14, Luke 4:14-44, Jesus begins His ministry
March 15, Matthew 5-7, The Core of Jesus' teaching
March 16, John 3, God's love for the world
March 17, John 5, Jesus' Miracles and Authority
March 18, John 11, Jesus' power over death

Now you can also download the entire schedule in pdf format. Simply click on the "40-Day Bible Reading Challenge" link in the upper right hand column of this website, under the "Lent 2012" header. You may want to journal your thoughts on the Scripture readings, too. You may be surprised at what our Lord shows you!

Do you sometimes ask yourself, "How should I read the Bible?" Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of the UK has written an illuminating essay on this subject. Read it here.

May your reading be blessed!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Read-Along Lesson 14

Jesus and the rich young man

Dear Friends,

Our Read-Along in "The Gospel According to Matthew: The Torah of the Church" by Fr Lawrence Farley continues.

Lesson 14 is now posted for you on the Read-Along tab at the top of this webpage. This lesson covers the parables of the rich young man and the workers in the vineyard. There are also questions about the third time Jesus talks about His death.

You can receive 1 credit for each lesson you complete. Simply complete the lesson and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(dot)com.

Miss a lesson? Catch up by seeing all the lessons on the Read-Along tab at the top of this webpage.

May God bless your learning!

Monday, March 5, 2012

40-Day Bible Reading Challenge

Slavonic Bible

Dear Students and Friends,

Here are this week's batch of readings from Scripture. Follow along with us here at St Luke Church as we read the Bible during Lent.

March 5, 1 Samuel 16-17, David and Goliath
March 6, 1 Kings 3 and 1 Kings 8: 1-9:9, King Solomon's Wisdom and the Temple
March 7, 1Kings 18, The Prophet Elijah and the Prophets of Baal
March 8, 2 Kings 25, The Siezing of Jerusalem and the Exile of Judea
March 9, Daniel 2-3, Daniel in Babylon and the Fiery Furnace
March 10, Ezra 3, Rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem
March 11, Isaiah 9, 53, and 61, Isaiah's Prophecy of the Coming Messiah

Now you can also download the entire schedule in pdf format. Simply click on the "40-Day Bible Reading Challenge" link in the upper right hand column of this website, under the "Lent 2012" header. You may want to journal your thoughts on the Scripture readings, too. You may be surprised at what our Lord shows you!

Pray before reading. Here is another prayer for you:

"Illuminate our hearts, O God who loves mankind, with the pure life of Thy Divine knowledge, and open the eyes of our mind to understand Thy Message of Good Tidings. Implant in us the fear of Thy Blessed Commandments; that, trampling down all carnal desires, we may pursue a godly life, both thinking and performing such things as are well pleasing to Thee. For Thou are the Light of our souls and bodies, Christ our God, and to Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thy Eternal Father and Thine All Holy, Blessed and Life-Giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen."

May your reading be blessed!

Friday, March 2, 2012

New Podcast with Metropolitan Kallistos

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware

Dear Students and Friends,

I've just listened to Metropolitan Kallistos of the U.K. speak on "What does it mean to be a Christian" on the OCN. What an apt subject for the Lenten season! Starting out simply, he explains the basics of the faith and then goes on to comment on some contemporary issues such as homosexuality, abortion, life ethics, and more. His gentle voice and wise answers are truly worth listening to. You will be blessed.

Listen to Metropolitan Kallistos now.

You can earn 1 credit for listening to this podcast. Simply listen, fill out the podcast worksheet, and e-mail it back to me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Also, there is a new book out that I can't wait to get! It is called "The Prayer Book of the Early Christians" and it is by Fr John McGuckin, who also starred in the "Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer" program. Fr John has collected some of the great prayers of the early church and put them together so they can be prayed alone or in groups. I invite you to check out this new book, now available on Amazon.

You can earn 2 credits for reading this book. Simply read, fill out the general worksheet for books, and e-mail it back to me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Canon of St Andrew of Crete


Dear Friends,

In your church this week, you may have been reading the Canon of St Andrew. Tonight is the last night of reading it at St Luke Church, but reading it again later in Lent is not a bad idea.

You can earn credits for re-reading the Canon. Simply read the Canon, fill out the general worksheet for books, and email the worksheet back to me at else10@gmail.com. You will receive 2 credits for your work.

Don't have a copy of the Canon at home? Read it online now.

You can also read about St Mary of Egypt (which is also read with the Canon) and Fr Zosimas' encounter with her and what happened. It is a story of redemption and encouragement for Lent and always!