“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because,having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”   (James 1:12)

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!  Hope you had a great holiday week and are ready to get back into the normalcy/routine of life (I know I am!).

We got back into the swing of things at STSA by going back In The Waiting Room.  This week our message focused around God's purpose for our trials.  We all know we're waiting for something, but what?  What is the intended outcome that God is trying to achieve from this?  What exactly am I "waiting" for anyway?

The answer may surprise you.  Make sure you check out this week's message to find out for yourself.

And as a special bonus, somewhere in the middle of the message I made my first "BOLD PREDICTION" for 2015.  I guarantee you'll be interested in finding out what that's all about...

Pascha Week is Here

Just wanted to let my faithful readers know that I won’t be blogging at all this week because this is the week that we in the Orthodox church celebrate Pascha Week (aka Holy Week). 

And during Pascha week we have pretty intense schedule of services so therefore I’ll be offline till next week. However, I wanted to share a message which I delivered last night (the first night of Pascha week) over at St. Mark’s church.  Something important to keep in mind throughout this week…

Crazymakers Part 6 - CONCLUSION

We wrapped up the Crazymakers series yesterday and this final message might have been the most powerful.  In it, we talked about 6 commitments that we need to make in order to keep the crazymakers from making us crazy.  6 commitments.  That's it.  If you can do your best with these 6 commitments, I promise you, you'll find a new level of peace in your life - one that you never knew was even possible.

“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”  Proverbs 16:7

Check it out and leave a comment to let me know what you think.


Kicked off a new series at STSA yesterday called CRAZYMAKERS!  

What's a Crazymaker you ask?  "My wife makes me crazy", "my boss makes me crazy", "my parents make me crazy..."  Then they're your crazymakers! The goal of this series is to focus on our relationships and restoring health in this area of our lives.  And this is especially important as we - Orthodox Christians - kick off Lent today and begin this 55 day journey towards the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Why is this important for us at this time?  Stay tuned to tomorrow's blog post and I'll talk about it there.  Or you check out the video below as well.  Enjoy!  And good luck with all those crazymakers!