The Word


21
Aug 2022
True Christians are Patient and Longsuffering - By Father Andrew Bahhi

When we come to church, we come for many different reasons. But I pray when we come, we come with a passion to the word of God, Jesus and our salvation. Why do I say that? Because the word of God will be here every time you come, there is a lesson and beautiful meaning the Lord wants us to understand in our spiritual life. For example, our prayers today are about the Book of Matthew. The Lord said three parables, the seed, the yeast and finally the parable of the mustard......

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07
Aug 2022
The Transfiguration of Christ - By Father Andrew Bahhi

Today is a beautiful day. The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. I pray that the glory that our savior showed to His disciples and two prophets from the Old Testament – Moses and Elijah – I pray that God will show His glory among us and bless all of us. The story says the Lord took Peter, John and James, and said let’s go to the top of the mountain. As the Lord prayed, the appearance of his face was altered, and His robe was white and glistening. His divine......

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31
Jul 2022
How to Keep Your Home & Church Unified - By Father Andrew Bahhi

In Mark 3:24-25, it says “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” This is a strong warning from our Lord himself, but this is not for everyone, but only those who do not take this valuable saying seriously. What will make the house divided? Two very important things will make any house, church, community, company divided – pride and lack of love. We should be careful, especially as Christians, because the house is the main place......

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24
Jul 2022
Avoid Stumbling Blocks and Be a Blessing to Others - By Father Andrew Bahhi

Sometimes as Christians, whether we do it on purpose or we don’t mean it, the Lord warns against those who are stumbling blocks for others (Luke 17:1). Those people should come back and repent. “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks will come, but woe to the one through whom they come!” – Jesus says. Why is it a sin to be a stumbling block? It means when someone causes the downfall of another, whether they meant it or not. It happens when we are causing offenses to others. So as Christians, we......

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10
Jul 2022
Loaves and Fish Christ

The Bible speaks about 5,000 men meeting with the Lord and the disciples, and perhaps 15-20,000 people including women and children. And while they were in the middle of nowhere in the wilderness, they finished all their food, the disciples told the Lord they should dismiss the crowd because they do not have any more food. (Matthew 14:13-21). In a way, the disciples were looking for a way to say they were not responsible anymore. They only had five loaves of bread and two fish. And this statement is what I call......

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03
Jul 2022
How to Serve God With Honor - By Father Andrew Bahhi

We should worship God and explain our love for Him through good deeds. Sometimes, it is not easy to serve God. Because we must be like being a warrior, fighting an enemy. So, being a servant of God, a lot of time we see the evil one putting us through a struggle. When we serve God, this is true prayer, because sometimes we don’t say something but we show it through our deeds. This is what the Lord said when He told the disciples to perform their ministry. And this is when......

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19
Jun 2022

This hour and a half that we spend in the church each Sunday is the key or the beginning to be an important spiritual journey with our savior. As in the parable of the Sower (Luke 8:4-15), we only plant the seed of life in each one of us. But in order for the seed to grow, we determine if it will grow or die. That’s why this parable is very important, especially since this Sunday is the first one after the Pentecost. We believe the Holy Spirit is upon the church,......

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12
Jun 2022
Syriac church Pentecost

The Holy Spirit is also a divine nature. He is a person equal in the divine nature to the father and the son. As when we pray on the creed, we pray the Holy Spirit is God. The problem we don’t understand is because we do not see Holy Spirit. We know a lot about the son. But if we understand the rule of the Holy Spirit in our life, we create a true understanding of who God is.  Among all the gifts that have been given to mankind, there is not......

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22
May 2022
Discerning good from evil

How can we gain simplicity and strong faith in God? We need to have the gift of the Holy Spirit, called the gift of discernment. We have two ways in our lives: 1) the way of life, the way to walk with God, the way of good deeds and virtues or 2) the way of sin and death. And through discernment, we choose between the two. This is what our Savior said in John 3:17 “For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world......

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15
May 2022
Feast of the Virgin Mary

To know the purpose of our life is very important, especially as Christians. We are not just a number. Every one of you God created for a very important holy and novel reason. That’s why in John 4, we see the disciples ask Jesus ‘do you want to eat?’ and Jesus answered unexpectedly ‘my food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish His work.’ – John 4:34 And as we remember the last words of the Lord in His life on this earth was “it is......

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