But when working on his salvation, a Christian should have before himself holy examples:
apostles, martyrs, ascetics and all the saints and he should be careful how he builds his
spiritual building (I Cor.3:10-11; cf. Mt.7:24-27).
If he builds on a secure rock he will never be in fear that that house will fall.
Having in himself the pledge of the Holy Spirit(Eph.1:13-14),
the Christian experiences indescribable joy for he is one with Christ. Such a man relates
with the angels, with all of God's creation: with the birds, and with the plants,
and with all things in general.
(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church.
Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 59.
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· The Kingdom of God.
· The way to the Kingdom of God.
· The prerequisites for entering the Kingdom of God.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
June 25 - Served Akathist to Jesus Christ in home of parish family.
June 25 - Went to viewing for +Michael Churovia at funeral home in Aliquippa.
June 26 - Attended Shadeland Meeting at Diocese in Mars.
June 26 - Visited parishioner in rehab center in Uniontown.
June 27 - Visited Serbian man in Waynesburg Hospital.
June 29 - Went to French Creek, West Virginia.
June 30-July 1 - Went to Jacksonville, Floriday for Christian Education meeting.
From the Desert Fathers
Abbot Matoes used to say of Abbba Tithoes, "No one can ever speak against him,
for like pure gold in the balance, so is Abba Tithoes."
The Third Sunday After Pentecost 2006
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore you eye is good, your whole body will
be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.
If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness.
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other,
or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will
drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body
more than clothing. Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather
into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin; and yet I say
to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so
clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,
will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying,
'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all
these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added
Christians have a responsibility to learn about the Lord Jesus Christ. Christians have
a responsibility to learn about Christ as His coming was foretold in the Old Testament.
Christians have a responsibility to learn about the Holy Annunciation, the "announcement
of Christ's birth" and each of the subsequent major marking points in Jesus' life as recorded
in Holy Scripture.
Christians are asked to study in detail the miracles performed by Jesus Christ.
Christians are asked to study in detail the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Just as parents invest in their childrens' future by setting aside money for their
education, adults and children need to invest in the Kingdom of God.
Investments are made in the Kingdom of God by the way we live each day. Investments
are made in the Kingdom of God by studying the life of Jesus Christ.
Investments are made in the Kingdom of God by reading the Holy Scriptures with great
serious. We cannot grow in Christ unless we are willing to invest in Christ by studying
Reverently saying the Jesus Prayer is a major breakthrough for Orthodox Chirstians.
The Jesus Prayer is portable and can accompany the person wherever he or she goes.
Saying the Jesus Prayer is an investment in the Kingdom of God.
Learning to pray and actively praying for any period of time is an investment in the
Kingdom of God. When serious prayer occurs in the home, the fruits of that prayer becomes
visible. When life in the home follows the teachings of Christ, the family's life is
When love for Christ is apparent in the home and in the heart, it is apparent in the
life of each resident. Nourishing love for Christ requires reading of the Holy Scriptures.
Nourishing life for Christ requires
Parishes are enriched by parishioners seeking the Kingdom of God. Parishes are enriched
by individuals coming prayerfully to Church whenever divine services are held.
Love for Christ comes through experience with Christ. Love for Christ is immeasurable.
Love for Christ entails love of neighbor.
Introspection is part of the Christian life. Introspection involves seeking the meaning
of life in Christ. Introspection involves seeking the Kingdom of God.
Parents are faced with difficult choices when raising a child.
The Kingdom of God is the most promising future for any child.
Holy Baptism is the beginning of the journey to the Kingdom.
Adults experience the joy of a child or grandchild being baptized.
When a baptism occcurs the newly baptized person begins in earnest the life in Christ.
Each person needs to ask periodically, the following questions:
"How often do I come to Holy Confession and Communion? How often do I read the Holy Bible?
Am I at peace with each person coming to Church?
Is my life directed toward the Kingdom of God?"
Self assessment is necessary to determine if one's life is directed toward the
Kingdom of God.
Believers may go through periods when prayers may seem futile.
Believers may go through periods when investments in the Kingdom of God may seem difficult.
Investments can be made in the Kingdom of God by being charitable, by being forgiving,
and by fasting.
When Jesus Christ rose from the dead, Lord Jesus Christ changed the life of the
world forever. Hope in the life in Christ can never be extinguished.
The love of Christ can never be exhausted. Believers may struggle internally.
With Christ there is always hope for a new day and a new beginning.
Let us use each day for the glory of God and direct each day toward the Kingdom of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 19 / July 2, 2006
Holy Apostle Jude, Venerable Pasius the Great, St. John of Shanghai.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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