To the Church or from the Church

To the Church or from the Church
Very often we meet those “wise and calm” who do not mingle with any of their people, and, as they say, ” they mind their own business”. They want to look better and smarter then the rest of us, to themselves and to us, while they are up to their necks in various troubles, and ...

I boast only in the Cross of my Lord Jesus Christ

I boast only in the Cross of my Lord Jesus Christ
(Gal. 6 : 11–18) “But God forbid that I should boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. The Cross divides this world. Christ’s Cross is the very sword He speaks of when He says that He has not ...

Where is this insane world plunging?

Where is this insane world plunging?
I shall mention two or three events, in the order they have engraved in my mind and soul, to clarify my gloomy question: Where is this insane world plunging Lately, not the topic of the starving world, or poverty of the poor, not illnesses and difficulties of the crazy world, wars and riots and many ...

Russia 1918 and today

Russia 1918 and today
This year of our Lord, 2018, we witness a great celebration of 1030 years of Christianity in Russia Three decades ago there was a celebration of a millennium of their Christianization. Given the circumstances of that time it was not possible to have such grand celebration, but now the conditions are favourable. I also feel ...

Chastise but also comfort

Chastise but also comfort
I think of the holy Apostle Paul as though he were our contemporary, a man I might run into around the corner, if only I went looking for him. Not a single word he wrote or inspired others to write, is excessive. Generation upon generation of Christians recognized themselves in every thought of his. Likewise, ...

Are we children of God

Are we children of God
John 17:1-13 Those that live and work according to the spirit of God, they are the sons of God. We have all been called to be the children of God. Do we not call God our Father and do we not address Him as such in our prayers? However, in order to address Him as ...

On the public confession of faith

On the public confession of faith
Тhere is a very moving passage from the Gospel about the healing of two blind men. (Matthew 9:27-35 We can never totally relate to them because God has spared us the misfortune of being blind. However, we can be sure of one thing: their joy was immense after their healing The Gospel describes other, even ...

Repentance

Repentance
Matthew 4:12-17 The Holy Scriptures tells us that the Lord began His work of redemption with a call for repentance. After He had fought off the temptation of the devil in the wilderness, He withdrew to the coastal areas, in order for the prophecies to be fulfilled: “The people that sat in the darkness have ...

What to do and how to protect ourselves

What to do and how to protect ourselves
A few days ago, I got a call from a friend, and, in these southern parts, my neighbour. We talked at great length about what follows and what disturbs him deeply; and he called me to ask me to spread the word of his concerns as a warning and a caution; so that people know ...

Fear not, little flock!

Fear not, little flock!
I often have difficulty choosing a title for my writings. The title should sum up in a few words everything that follows it. This time, however, the title just came to my mind; to comfort me and to encourage me in my struggle Here is why: I spend most of the year in the south ...