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Matthew 16:13-15 – “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, ‘Who do the people say the Son of Man is?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But what about you?’ He asked, ‘Wh…

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KODIAK — Isaiah 49:1 — “Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.”

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KODIAK — Exodus 14:13-14 (NKJV) — “And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall ho…

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KODIAK — 2nd Corinthians 5:20-6:2: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. As God’s…

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Acts 13:38-39: “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through Him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.”

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2 Timothy 4:1-5: “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and carefu…

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KODIAK — Galatians 6:9 – “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

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KODIAK — People from all walks of life, whether religious or not, are interested in the faiths and values of others in their communities. Christian Science congregations in Alaska also take an active interest in their neighbors — you may know that Kodiak Christian Science Society frequently …

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KODIAK — Mark 10:42-45 (NIV): “Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant…

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KODIAK — John 15:8-11 – “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and re…

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KODIAK — Exodus 23:16 – “Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the first fruits of the crops you sow in your field. Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.”

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KODIAK — Titus 3:4-7 – “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus …

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Matthew 16:2-3 (NIV) — “He replied, ‘When evening comes, you say,’ ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’ and in the morning, ‘Today, it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ ‘You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.’”

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KODIAK — 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV) — “Now may the God of Peace himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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KODIAK — John 14:1-2 – “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you?”

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KODIAK — Numbers 21:8-9 – “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.’  So, Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.”

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KODIAK — 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 – “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fac…

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KODIAK — Ephesians 4:12-13 — “To prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”

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KODIAK — 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

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KODIAK — Isaiah 42:10-11a (NIV): “Sing to the Lord a new song, sing His praise from the end of the earth! You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and those who dwell on them. Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voices.”

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KODIAK — Romans 12:9-13: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves, never lacking in zeal. But keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithf…

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KODIAK — Matthew 21:28-32: “What do you think ? There was a man who had two sons he went to the first and said’ “Son go into work today in the vineyard.” “I will not” he answered. But later changed his mind and went. The father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered “I wi…

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2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so the man of God may be fully equipped for every good work”

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KODIAK — Isaiah 30:16-16: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust in your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore, you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore, your pursuers will be swift!”

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KODIAK - Luke 3:21 (NIV): “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as He was praying, heaven was open and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.’”

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St. Herman’s Seminary graduations are a big deal. Some of the finest in Orthodoxy’s Who’s Who are invited as guest speakers: theologians, professors, seminary deans, authors. If the Orthodox Church published its own People Magazine, these speakers would be on the cover.

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John 16:13: “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.”

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I’m grateful I was born in the age before computers and cellphones were our constant companions. Playing games outside, creating plays with friends just for fun and sleeping out in the backyard with my sister are precious memories that fill my heart with joy. I can never forget our annual fa…

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Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. the one who sows to please his sinful nature from that nature will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we …

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I recently returned from a trip to New York City, where I was able to attend a concert at Carnegie Hall by the Honors Performance Series. Two Kodiak High School students, ChellaRae Nugent and Timothy Bohac, were selected to perform in the High School Honors Concert Choir. I was greatly moved…

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Two Catholic sisters have written a book that asks those questions to help readers find their most satisfying way to pray, according to a news release from Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart.

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And those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

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 Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it keeps no record of wrongs, love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always preservers, love never fails.

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The law of karma or the law of cause and effect is an intriguing concept. It has been expressed many times in many ways. But way before English musician John Lennon penned “Instant Karma,” Paul (not McCartney) wrote to the Galatians, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man …

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“O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.”