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Becoming human. We are able, because of baptism.

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/theophany-04_2017+becoming-human_ephesians4-7-13.mp3

SYNOPSIS:Exegesis of the Epistle Reading for the Sunday after Theophany (Eph 4:7-13), with emphasis on our only task in life, made possible because of baptism - Becoming human. According to the words of the apostle "the grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ (begun at baptism) leads us to "the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" This is the process of becoming fully human. In the perfect man, Jesus Christ, there is no sin or dark passions, and we will get there because we are able. 2017

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Gregory Palamas: Purpose of the Baptism of Christ and struggle in the Christian life. (mp3 format)

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/theophany-03_2017+gregory-palamas-on-theophany+be-kind-and-struggle_mat3-13-17.mp3

SYNOPSIS: Theophany, based on the theology of St Gregory Palamas (Homily sixty), and not only his theology, but the theology of the church. An exposition of the Gospel read on Theophany, Matthew 3:13-17. The baptism of John contrasted with Christian baptism. The difference between the baptism of Christ and all the others John baptized. What did Jesus mean when He said "Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness" Our baptism requires many things from us. It makes us capable of ALL of these things. An important segue about the weakness of our age and struggle in the Christian life, and that struggle and success are not synonymous, and that we must be kind and never give up, or we will not be saved, no matter what other virtues we may have. Feast of Theophany
Matthew 3:13-17 2017

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Why do we pray for the dead?

Why do we pray for the dead? Because of the Resurrection. Jesus explains this very clearly in His answer to the Jews who asked him about the woman who had 7 husbands (Luke 21:12-19). As we talked about this, the best two answers to the question "What is different between Orthodox and (fill in your Christian denomination here) came out. They involve the Resurrection and mercy.

We also talked at length about what the purpose of liturgy is and the first three secret prayers the priest prays. He prays with more intensity, since he is in front of the altar, but we all must learn how to pray as these prayers. These prayers answer the common question I get: "What prayer can I pray for (fill in the blank).
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Our precious ideas challenged - Healing of the woman with an infirmity of 18 years.

http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/luke-10_2016+woman-with-an-infirmity-of-18-years+precious-opinions_luke13-10-17.mp3


SYNOPSIS:There should have been TWO healings when the woman with an infirmity of 18 years was healed! The ruler of the synagogue should have been healed of his "precious opinions". Why was he not healed? What must we do to be healed? Luke 13:10-17
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Is suicide a sin?
Thoughts on suicide. There is only one important thing to know that a Christian must believe and do concerning suicide
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How are you able to believe, who receive glory from one another
The relationship between our ego and faith.
John 5:44 
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Christianity can be defined many ways. All definitions are about unity with God and the perfection of the soul. This perfection is not possible without the grace of God, combined with our repentance, and struggle to follow the sweet, life-giving commandments of God.
We have only a little but if time left in our life, whether we are young or old, sick or healthy. If we are to be saved, we must follow the admonition of the Holy Apostle:

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, REDEEMING THE TIME.(Col 4:5)

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, REDEEMING THE TIME, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)
This is all that this blog, and its sinful author, Priest Seraphim, cares about in life.
URL reference: facebook.com/walkinwisdomredeemingthetime
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Exegesis of a verse in the Canon for the Forefeast of Theophany. "Thou didst light Thy precious flesh like a lamp in the midst of the Jordan, O Christ, and didst search for Thine image which had been buried by sin and the passions; and finding it, Thou didst adorn it with Thy baptism, O Good One. Wherefore, we hymn Thee." (Ode 7) As we leisurely explain this hymn, we touch on the personality of the Gospel of Mark, a definition of the Gospel, the purpose of baptism, some of the scriptural allusions in this hymn, and - how do we apply it all?
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Why do we pray for the dead? Because of the Resurrection. 3 prayers of the priest in liturgy.

I would advise all catechumens and inquirers to listen to this. I am going to ask mine to do so!

http://orthodox.net/sermons/pen-tue-27_2016+prayer-to-saints+liturgy-purpose-private-prayers_luke21-12-19.mp3

SYNOPSIS: Why do we pray for the dead? Because of the Resurrection. Jesus explains this very clearly in His answer to the Jews who asked him about the woman who had 7 husbands (Luke 21:12-19). As we talked about this, the best 2 answers to the question "What is different between Orthodox and (fill in your Christian denomination here) came out. They involve the Resurrection and mercy. We also talked at length about what the purpose of liturgy is and the first 3 secret prayers the priest prays. He prays with more intensity, since he is in front of the altar, but we all must learn how to pray as these prayers. These prayers answer the common question I get: "What prayer can I pray for (fill in the blank) ". 27th Tuesday after Pentecost Luke 21:12-19 2016


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Believing we belong and God loves us; it is a process. Two Prison stories.

http://www.orthodox.net/prison-ministry/prison-ministry_2016+believing-we-belong.mp3

SYNOPSIS:Two very important stories about men who learned and are learning to bring God into prison with them. Sometimes we have bad ideas - we think God does not care, or has abandoned us, or that we do not deserve to call on God because of our sins. These two stories describe some of the process of hearts changing and felling the love of God, and having hope for change.
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The Harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
An application of Matthew 9:37-38 to prison ministry. Remember, 90% of ministry, like life, is SHOWING UP!
Matthew 9:37-38
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The unjust steward rebukes those shrewd only with worldly things
#doyouhaveaminute commentary on Luke 16:1-8. Which of us has the audacity to NOT see ourselves in its core teaching?

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Orthodox priest, Registered nurse,prison chaplain
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Timothy R Holland (legal name)
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Orthodox Christian,priest,prison chaplain,father,grandfather,writer,resisterd nurse
Introduction
First an foremost, I am a Christian, by the grace of God. True Christianity is intoxicating - it promises perfection and the conquering of sin - not just forgiveness. There is no more beautiful or meaningful pursuit than to pursue perfection, and to be able to be in the presence of light, with no darkness in us at all.

This intoxication led me to the priesthood - the most joyous thing I have ever experienced, and also the most terrible.

If anyone wants to learn the important things about me (these are the same things for all people) - that is - what is important to me (which should be the same for all people) - look at the many homilies from my pastoral life - http://www.orthodox.net/sermons - and in general, all the things I have written and continue to write on our blog "Redeeming the Time" (http://www.orthodox.net/redeemingthetime

Peripheral things about me include that I am a father of 5, grandfather of 7 girls, a registered nurse who is still working 2 long days a week, a chaplain in the Texas prison system, visiting prisons 4 times a month, a lover of Irish jokes, a runner, kettlebell enthusiast, mountain biker, and have a resting heartrate of 40.
Bragging rights
5 children,8 grandaughters 1 grandson ,new church built 6/2011, resting heart rate 40
Education
  • Purdue University
    Chemistry
  • Collin College
    Nursing