Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944
So this is what the saints tell us: Be courageous. Choose to serve God every day.
Donít be afraid. Donít fall for the lie that says ďI wonít have enough time if I pray
or go to church.Ē Give Him exclusive time every day in prayer. That is number one.
November 7 / November 20, 2011
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
The Voice of Saint Stephen
Lackawanna, New York, October-December 2011
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The angels of God.
The ranks of angels.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
November 12 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
November 16 - Visited parishioner in Waynesburg.
November 17-19 - Scheduled for Standing Committee Meetings, Chicago.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost
Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee.
And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city
who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house
but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with
a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
I beg You, do not torment me!" For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come
out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound
with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into
the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion,"
because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command
them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the
mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He
permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and
the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. When those
who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the
country. Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found
the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed
and in his right mind. And they were afraid. They also who had seen it told them
by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. Then the whole multitude
of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they
were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned. Now the man
from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus
sent him away, saying, "Return to your own house, and tell what great things God
has done for you." And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city
what great things Jesus had done for him.
The Lord Jesus Christ enabled the demon-possessed man to come to his right mind.
The man was healed of demon-possession. The Lord Jesus Christ made a decided positive
difference in the manís life.
The Lord Jesus Christ can help individuals in contemporary life deal with personal
demons and societal stress. The Lord Jesus Christ can help individuals be at peace in
the home, the workplace and the community.
The Lord Jesus Christ can help individuals come to terms with their fears and
anxieties. Prayer is necessary in making appeals to Jesus to help. Confidence in
Christ is necessary.
Firm belief avails the healing process. Just as Jesus healed the demon-possessed man,
He can help contemporary believers experiencing personal problems.
Readers of the Holy Scriptures will learn of the value of strong faith in facing
situations of great stress. The demon-possessed manís situation was extreme. When Jesus
intervened in the manís life, the change was radical.
Readers of the lives of the saints will learn of extreme sinners becoming saints
due to commitment to following Christ. Readers of the Holy Scriptures and history of
the Church will learn of great healings taking place due to faith in Christ.
When individuals find themselves in dire circumstances due to personal sin,
repentance is the first step. Drawing closer to Christ enables Christ to begin making
Christ transformed the life of the demon-possessed man from disorder to order.
Christ enabled the manís life to become more controlled. The wildness was gone.
The demons were no match for Christ. Individuals choosing to conquer drug or
alcohol problems will find help in Christ. Individuals choosing to conquer anxiety
and stress in life will find help in Christ.
Peace is possible through Christ. The history of the Church documents accounts
of martyrs at peace in horrific circumstance. The martyrs draw their strength and
maintain their composure due to Christ in their lives.
The way to benefit from the power and peace of Christ in personal life is to
invest in the Kingdom of God. When individuals seriously follow Christ and seek His
Kingdom, life changes substantially.
Being nourished by the Holy Gospel is a way to experience Christ in personal life.
Seriously attending the Divine services of the Church is a way to learn more about
Christ and experience Christ.
Prayer is a way to directly experience Christ. Holy Confession and Holy Communion
are ways to personally experience Christ. The desire to change and experience Christ
in personal life is important.
Individuals wanting to remain in sin are not serious about the life in Christ.
The life in Christ involves a total commitment to Christ. The whole person is committed
to Christ at baptism.
The baptized person is expected to live fully for Christ during the remaining days
of life. Christ is expected to be honored throughout life. Baptism intends a life-long
experience with Christ.
Demonic behavior and dominance need not be a part of life. Following Christ is
constructive action in bringing demonic behavior under control and eradicating it.
Healthy change in life comes through Christ.
The present Gospel message is proof that Jesus can restore order to life. Jesus
demonstrated His love for each person when He voluntarily went to the Cross and rose
from the tomb.
Now is the time to turn to Christ to ensure personal life is lived consistent
with the ways of Christ. Now is the time to fully experience life as Christ would
have life experienced.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 7 / November 20, 2011
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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