As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m off from blogging for the rest of the summer as I:  a) reset and refresh my mind, and b) work on a redesign of my blog.  But in the meantime I’ll still be posting some “classic posts” from yesteryear (the one below was from 2012…a MILLION YEARS AGO!) and I’ll also still be on PERISCOPE Wednesdays at 12:30 pm EST.  Be sure to download the app and follow me at FrAnthony to join in the conversation.

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What would make you happy right now?  If you could have anything in the world, what would you ask for right now?  New car?  New house?  New job?  New kids?  New wife?  What would it take to make you happy?

Once there were two twin boys celebrating their 8th birthday.  One boy was always very chipper, upbeat and positive; he always had a “half-full” view of life.  The other was the opposite – pessimistic, melancholy, depressed, lived with a “half-empty” view of life.

The parents of these twins became worried about the extreme discrepancy between their children.  They wanted to balance them out a little so they came up with a plan.

For their 8th birthday, the parents were going to fill the room of the second child – the “sad” one – with toys.  Floor to ceiling, wall to wall toys!  All the toys a kid could ever wish for.  And for the other child – the “happy” one – they were going to fill his room with horse manure.  Once again, floor to ceiling, wall to wall manure.

They filled each room with the appropriate “surprise” and then sent the kids up after school.  They waited 15 minutes and then went up.

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“Are you saved?”  A simple question with a relatively simple answer that has unfortunately become a lot more complicated in today’s world.  Is it because we (Orthodox Christians) don’t know if we’re saved?  Or is it because maybe our definition of salvation isn’t the same as everyone else’s?

That’s the final topic in the Ancient Faith in a Modern World series where we talk about what salvation really means and what the Church’s view is towards it.  You might be surprised to discover that the definition of “saved” has changed quite a bit over the years.  It might not mean what you think it means.

What do I mean?  Check out the video above and see for yourself.

 

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I’m redesigning my blog and I NEED YOUR HELP!  This is your chance to help shape the future of FrAnthony.com and tell me what I can do better to help you “Find God in Everyday Life.

When I first started the blog, one of the things that was most helpful was the input of so many of my readers (remember this?).  So I’m asking for your help again.

Please take a few minutes to fill out my reader survey by clicking on the button above between now and Friday, July 22.  It’s easy to fill out and completely anonymous and will take less than five minutes of your time.

So what are you waiting for?  Click on the button above and let me know what you think.

The great evangelist Billy Graham once famously said, “We evangelical Christians do not give Mary her proper due.” 

What is the role of St. Mary in the church today?  What should it be?  Should I pray to her?  Is that even allowed?  Or is she no different than anyone else – just a historical figure who played an important role 2000 years ago, but that’s pretty much it.  What is the Virgin Mary’s “proper due”?

That’s the topic for the latest installment in the Ancient Faith in a Modern World series.  I did my best to answer those questions and a few more, but I must confess: I had a little help from a special guest who joined us for a special cameo appearance at The Well – his first appearance there but probably not his last 🙂

All that and more in the video message above.  Enjoy!

 

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I’ve been blogging since the start of 2012 and for most of that time, I’ve had the same look and feel to my blog.  But after more than four years, I’ve decided that it’s time for a new look!

After a recent redesign to the STSA church site – which is AWESOME by the way in case you haven’t seen it – I realized that it’s probably time to give the old blog a facelift as well.  So for the rest of the summer, we’ll be working on redesigning this site as well.

Now that’s good news and bad news for you.

BAD NEWS:  I won’t be blogging for the rest of the summer (NOOOOOOO!!!!)

Don’t worry.  I won’t be leaving you entirely.  I’ll still be posting but it just won’t be new content. Instead, I’ll be going through some of my most popular posts from the past and reposting them on Wednesdays.

I’ll also still be posting my weekly messages from The Well on Mondays and of course, I’ll still be on Periscope on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm EST as well.

GOOD NEWS: You get to help me with the redesign!

One of the things that was extremely helpful to me in designing this blog originally was the input of so many of my readers.  So I’m asking for your help again.

I want to know what you love about my blog and what you hate about it.  What would you like to see more of and less of?  What can I do to improve this blog and provide you with a better product to help you “Find God in Everyday Life”?

So I’m asking you to please take a few minutes to fill out my reader survey.  Your input is important to me. The survey is easy to fill out and completely anonymous. I can’t tell who said what. And it will only take five minutes of your time.

Thank you for your help.

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Why is Liturgy so boring?  Why does it have to be so long and with so much standing up?  Does it even really matter how we worship God?  What matters is the heart right???

If you’ve ever wondered about why Orthodox worship looks the way it does, be sure to check out the message above.  In it, I talk about how liturgical worship helps us to achieve EXACTLY what we need – more than enjoyment, more than entertainment, more than a nice inspiring message.  Liturgical worship is where we exchange our life for the life of Jesus.

And that’s what we really need.

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When You Fall Over

July 8, 2016 — 2 Comments
This is a guest post from Natasha Cklamovska – a 23 year old psychology student at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia who is also a second degree taekwondo black belt (how’s that for an interesting combination).  In today’s post, Natasha reminds us that we’re never too far and it’s never too late for us to return to God – regardless of how far we’ve fallen.  If you too are interested in guest posting on my blog, please visit my Guest Post guidelines for more info.

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Have you ever felt like you ran ahead of God and then made a “big” mistake?

Like a small child when learning to run in the momentary joys of running with the wind, inevitably trips and stumbles over his own feet and falls grazing his hands and knees. This pain inflicted causes him to cry out with many tears for his daddy to help him.

This is the very picture of us.

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