Manage Your Passions, Manage Your Life

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All the feelings and passions that lead us into sin were really made to serve righteousness, says Gregory of Nyssa: I advise that love’s passion be placed in the soul’s purest shrine, chosen as the first fruits of all our gifts, and devoted completely to God. And once this is done, I should be kept untouched and unstained by any … Read More

True Virtue – Chrysostom

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What is the virtue of a horse? Is it to have a bridle studded with gold and straps to match, and a silk band to fasten the housing, and colorful clothes embroidered with gold thread, and headgear studded with jewels, and hair braided with gold cord? Or is it to be swift and strong in its legs, even in its … Read More

See God Everywhere: John Cassian

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We certainly do discover God by admiring his incomprehensible essence, which still lies hidden in the hope of the promise. But we also see him through the greatness of his creation, and the consideration of his justice, and the help of his daily providence. We see him when with pure minds we contemplate what he has done with his saints … Read More

The Peace of The Father – Clement of Rome

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Let us fix our gaze on the Father and Creator of the whole world and cleave to his splendid and excellent gifts of peace, and to his good deeds to us. Let us contemplate him with our mind, let us gaze with the eyes of our soul on his long-suffering purpose, let us consider how free from wrath he is … Read More

God Hates Visionary Dreaming

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Like running into a brick wall.  Just occasionally reading can be like that.  Something stops us dead in our tracks and leaves us wondering: a) Why didn’t I see this coming? b) How did I end up on this path, where this person’s opinion comes as such a shock? c) What do I do now?  Climb carefully over the wall, … Read More

A New Mission Statement For Our Church

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Our mission is to glorify God through obedience to Jesus Christ, he has commanded us to believe in him and love one another as he loved us. The astounding truth of Jesus’ gospel is that God pronounces righteous all those who come to him in repentance and faith, overlooking our sin because of Jesus’ death on the cross. Just as … Read More

Sanctification – The River of God’s Grace

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Sanctification is an inevitable process in the life of the true believer. The question is do we co-operate with God in this process, do we ignore it, or can we resist him? Our experience of God’s sanctification is different depending on our response, the end result is ultimately the same. Ignoring the process is classic holiness teaching, let go and … Read More