Elder Ephraim, writing in his powerful book The Art of Salvation admonishes us: Wretched souls, know thyself. Realize how nobly you were created by God! Understand that you are eternal, that you will never die, that you have the privilege of immortality……..My soul, you are something heavenly…Man will become a[…} Read more….
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What will your kids be doing this summer? Without a plan, they might fritter away the summer binge-watching Netflix, playing hours of video games, or simply immersed in their phones. We know that spending so much time on devices is contributing to many problems our kids face such as anxiety,[…} Read more….
Recently, I was interviewed by Eleni Alexiou on OCN’s website about Family Life Ministry’s book Woven. I appreciated the chance to discuss why we wrote Woven, how we hope it will impact girls, and ways Woven can be used by churches and families. You can listen to our interview here: http://myocn.net/woven-helping-modern-teenage-girls-face-lifes-challenges-together-through-gods-love/
What are you thinking about right now? What were you mulling over five minutes ago? Before that it was something different, right? So are you thinking about what is actually happening right now or in the back of your mind are you pondering something that has already happened or perhaps[…} Read more….
In John 15:15, Christ calls us all His friends. There is an 8th Century Coptic icon hanging in the Louvre in Paris of Abba Menas and Christ which illustrates this verse beautifully. The French call it “Christ and His Friend”. This icon reminds us that Christ is our friend and[…} Read more….
“A friend loves at all times” Proverbs 17:17 In today’s society, social media can make it more challenging than ever for us to be a good friend to each other. How can we focus on caring for our friends? Gossip drives a lot of social media for our teens, sometimes with devastating[…} Read more….
Have you ever thought of chastity as a virtue that gives us greater freedom to love others? Isn’t chastity for repressed, unattractive, joyless old people? The current secular view is that chastity is only about not having sex – which is viewed as unhealthy, and simply too much to ask[…} Read more….
Aren’t you tired of recreating the wheel when it comes to planning and implementing programs for your church? Family Life Ministry has created unique programs that your church can easily implement. For example: Start the Conversation videos are perfect for a parent’s workshop. Simply show the free videos and then do[…} Read more….
Each of us, no matter what, is created in the image of God and is lovable and worthy of care, but those of us in the grip of depression too often feel alone, isolated and a burden to others. In the pit of depression, we think we are a burden[…} Read more….
The Nativity fast will begin on November 15, marking a time for us to prepare our hearts for Christ’s birth. As Orthodox families, we want to celebrate this time with joyous, hopeful expectation–not just with sad meals of cabbage soup. Here are some ideas for things you can do to[…} Read more….
“God was the reason of true faith and good behavior and of the knowledge of technology among people. While people continually felt God above them, before them, and around them, in the same way air and light is felt, they attributed and dedicated all their technological works and handiwork to Him,[…} Read more….
Have your kids watched 13 Reasons Why? “Of course not.” Are you sure? My 18 year old son passed by my office where I was watching 13 Reasons Why and said, “You’re watching that? What do you think of it? All my friends have seen it. Can I watch it[…} Read more….