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July 2014

“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, ‘putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen (I Timothy 1:12-17)

Greetings!

Words can not explain how a lost soul can find their way. Saint Paul was a driven man for his belief regarding the new and energized believers in Christ as the Messiah. St. Paul was not a hardened criminal, he was obsessed by his desire for truth. Eventually truth will catch us.


StPanteleimonWe know that many of our spiritual fathers faced the hardship of persecution and prison. I believe our fathers were not afraid of embracing the truth. That is; Christ is our Savior.  Saint Paul stated that, “I am a prisoner for our Lord.” Having been a prisoner he is a model of how a Christian can suffer trials and persecution for our dedication in Christ.

 

Here is a letter I received today:

“God Bless you brother. Thank you for the catechism book. I received it today and began reading it. It was interesting that the majority of the book dealt with the Nicene Creed. I had already known of the Nicene Creed and there are 5 to 6 of us who were studying it already. The catechism book will be a great tool for our study group. Please pray for the sanctification and renewing of my mind.” ( M. S. in California)

We all have our sense of persecution. Guilt, shame and isolation have no place in our faith in Christ. Please remember those who are in prison. Everyone of them has a mother who loves them....”Most Holy Theotokos pray for us”.

May our Lord have mercy on all of us,

Fr. David

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