Season 1: Episodes 1-26 | Season 2: Episodes 27-52 | Season 3: Episodes 53-78 |
Season 4: Episodes 79-104 | Season 5: Episodes 105-130 | Season 6: Episodes 131- 157 |
Season 7: Episodes 158 - 182 | Season 8: Episodes 183 - 209 | Season 9: Episodes 210 - 234 |
Season 10: Episodes 235 - 261 | Season 11: Episodes 262 - 288 | Season 12: Episodes 289 - 318 | Season 13: Episodes 319 -

No Spirit in Exile

Posted: Wed, 03 Jun 2009 20:36:04 PDT

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Next Step #52: Focus on the spirit this Pentecost, while the Spirit allows us to focus on life and love. A powerful message of finding the tie that binds all of our dreams and hopes. It’s the power of the Holy Spirit and it's unleashed when body, soul and mind work together. Unity of spirit is a chance to bring senses and extra-sensory experiences together to form our understanding of life. A bit esoteric, but Fr. Vazken goes through the steps with the listener.
Guest: William Archila discusses his new book “The Art of Exile” and offers a few readings bringing the flavor of El Salvador to this week’s podcast.
Music: Hover “The Spirit of God” and John Coltrane “Out of this world”
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Potential to Reality: Ascension to Pentecost

Posted: Wed, 27 May 2009 13:00:55 PDT

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Next Step #51: Caught between the 40th and 50th days after Easter, a look at dreams turning into life. What is life without dreams? When hope is gone, can there even be a glimmer of life? This next step examines the tragedy of children being tried as adults. Community, or CHURCH, becomes a means to maximizing our potention to love.
Poet William Archila reads from the "Art of Exile"
Song: "Vijag" by Zulal
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“Circular Breathing”

Posted: Wed, 20 May 2009 17:39:03 PDT

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Next Step #50: Can the discipline of inhaling while exhaling have applications outside of music? The Armenian duduk and the Scottish bagpipe meet each other on common ground. But when Obama goes to Notre Dame, or the Pope goes to Jerusalem, can there be “common ground?” It’s all about the drone that keeps a monotone unchanging intonation throughout a song, a hymn, a chant or the sound of the universe. Today’s message ends with the story of Jesus’ Ascension. While Matthew 28 records the last words of Jesus on Earth, just before Ascending, the call to preach is better defined by His first words, as recorded in Mark 1.
Music: Gor Mkhitarian’s “Yeraz” (Dream)
Ani’s Bubles: “Stone Soup”
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Sacramental Mothering: A New Understanding of the Oldest Parent

Posted: Wed, 13 May 2009 20:45:10 PDT

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Next Step #49: Forget the clichés. Forget motherhood and apple pie? In this post-Mothers’ Day tribute, Fr. Vazken doesn’t fill the Hallmark prescription for the day, instead he reveals a new understanding of the sacraments. Is it a roadmap for parenting? Definitely, it is a means of living in the orthodox tradition. “Sacramental Mothering” is yet another key to Armenian orthodoxy as it continues to pave the road for spiritual wholeness. This episode is must-listen in the continuing evolution of the oldest faith tradition.
Remembrance of Vahagn Setian
Featured song: “Panama Freighter” by Ian Anderson in honor of Jethro Tull’s performance in Armenia.
Ani’s Bubbles: Three Guests for Dinner
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Three Funerals and an Identity

Posted: Wed, 06 May 2009 17:21:05 PDT

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Next Step #48: The collective and past moments in our individual lives has contributed towards our identity. Earlier this year, Fr. Vazken’s trip to Armenia initiated a discussion at Etchmiadzin, the Holy Mother See, about identity. And this week with the passing of three people, Ankine Mouradian, Jora Markarian and Rev. Fr. Vartan Dulgarian, the line is drawn between their lives and ours. Using the metaphor of the onion, we can imagine ourselves as being composed of layers, and each layer around us there for a reason, including the hurts and the pains we’ve lived through. These are the experiences that today give us the strength to reach out to someone else now experiencing the same. What about the purity of the message? Well, time to tune in and find out how to keep it pure.

Ani’s Spiritual Bubbles talks about priorities.

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian: World Press Freedom Day and the theme of media potential in fostering dialogue, mutual understanding, and reconciliation to focus on the moral responsibility of reporting the truth.

Musical selection is Melineh Kurdian singing “As Good as You” from her album, From Where You Are.
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After a Famine/After a Genocide: A Shift in Perspective

Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 22:22:58 PDT

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Next Step #47: April is filled with remembrances of Genocide, from the Armenian to the Jewish to the Rwandan and now Darfur; the In His Shoes Ministries finishes a fast for world hunger. $28,000 later, a group of Genocide survivor-descendants prove that the power of love and good can overcome evil. It’s a lesson and inspiration for life. Whether to overcome personal difficulties or global calamities, there’s a message of victory- a switch of perspective, to believe crucifixions are preludes to resurrections.

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian: Green Bible and Creation Care

Ani’s Bubbles: A different perspective
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Spiritual Warfare against Genocide

Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 18:31:44 PDT

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Next Step #46: Rape is discussed as one of the absolutes – there’s no justification or rationalization whether we destroy the planet, human life or the gene pool. The topic is a big one and Fr. Vazken takes the route of spiritual warfare – using themes of fasting and prayer – he calls on a generation to opt for love in battling the great menace of Genocide. Is it possible? Listen as even a spiritual bubble gives clues to making our efforts matter.

Spiritual Bubble by Ani: Does it Really Matter?

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian: Armenians in Turkey Today, another part of the story.
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Arise from the Dark into the Light

Posted: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 00:15:54 PDT

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Next Step #45: The Easter message continues as Resurrection finds its way out of Jerusalem to each heart. Warren Goodman is granted parole and a new Gregory Beylerian artwork gets a “Rise” in the midst of our doubt. April 15 – Tax Day in the US, but no matter where you’re listening, those taxes are bothersome, until you get a new look at a familiar problem. No need to juggle God and money, your checkbook is probably the only thing that requires these acrobatics. Jew, Christian and Muslim – where does faith intersect for them? Hratch’s Global Perspective will surprise you. And a crackpot for the Bubbles from Ani.
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Next Step Easter Message 2009

Posted: Sat, 11 Apr 2009 23:28:34 PDT

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Next Step #44: Special Edition - Next Step with Fr. Vazken - (#44) Easter Message. Where do we look for Jesus after the resurrection? Jesus died for me, is that it? Anything else? Here's a very special message with a call to action and responsibility in the Christian life. God is not wound up only on Sundays. Jesus is not at the grave. Listen in to this 18 minute clip with some great tunes as well.
Vazkenian Seminary students sing "Govya Yerousaghem"
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net
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Holy Week Passions: "The Eve of the Last Supper"

Posted: Sat, 11 Apr 2009 07:22:52 PDT

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A Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Orthodox Church at the Armenian Church Youth Ministries Center in Glendale, California

Celebrant Priest: Father Vazken Movsesian
Musical Selection: Gor Mkhitarian from the Spirit Album
Camera: Christaphor Movsesian
Sign Language: Ashot Tadevosian
Produced by: Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net
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Holy Week 2009 – 99¢ Store Miracle

Posted: Wed, 08 Apr 2009 18:55:53 PDT

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Next Step #43: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the focal point of Holy Week. And during this period, we don’t just remember the events of Holy Week, but we actually live them through our services. In this podcast Fr. Vazken leads us through an experience at the 99¢ store worth a million dollar miracle. Tune in to make the miracle your own. Overcome your crosses by understanding Jesus’ desire to walk in our shoes. Here’s a last minute sprint to the Resurrection.

Spiritual Bubbles with Ani Burr reading an excerpt from a meditation on the Resurrection called “Condemned to Immortality” by Abbot Father Justin Popovic.

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian turns his attention towards the UN’s Alliance on Civilizations, which this week held its Second Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, and aimed at advancing intercultural understanding.
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Second Coming: It’s No April Fool’s Joke

Posted: Wed, 01 Apr 2009 18:14:40 PDT

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Next Step #42: Which way do you look to see Jesus’ second coming? East? West? And how far? 2 years? 20 years? 2000 years? The answer might surprise some and even irritate others, but to the Next Stepper, it’s one more way that Armenian orthodoxy gives a practical answer to life’s imponderables. What happens at the end? Are the sheep the only Curly ones? Or is Curly sheepish today? Check out this last-of-Lent podcast for many more answers!

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian discusses major world gatherings including NATOs annual meeting and the Arab League Summit, with particular attention on Omar al Bashir and the Arab League’s rejection of the ICC.

Spiritual Bubbles with Ani Burr completes the final 4 verses of Nerses Shnorhali’s Havadov Khosdovanimk.
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Prayer Beyond the Wish List

Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 18:50:26 PDT

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Next Step #41: Praying for a Mercedes with Janis or an end to the war in Iraq all involve something deeper than a mere conversation. Fr. Vazken discusses a very misunderstood topic: Prayer. Whether you want to hang out at the pool of Bethesda or lament your losses in the stock market, you’ll want to listen in on this Lenten journey brought to you after this year’s Vernal Equinox.

Darfur update – following Gabriel and the StopGenocideNow team

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingiran discusses the spiritual dimensions to the global economy and the G20 Summit taking place in London.

Spiritual Bubbles with Ani Burr continues Nerses Shnorholi's Havadov Khosdovanimk (17-20)
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Darfur Genocide Escalates

Posted: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 19:39:45 PDT

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Next Step #40: As the Genocide escalates in Darfur, the In His Shoes mission turned its focus to more creative means of activism. This podcast is uniquely dedicated to the Darfur Genocide, but much more, it is about the faith and hope in the power of good. Here, Fr. Vazken guides the listener through an exercise in spiritual and moral warfare against evil. Complacency and indifference are constants that keep us from peace and harmony in our lives as well as on our planet. Martin King equates silence over crime with cooperation of evil, laying the groundwork for the moral-imperative Christians must find in life. This podcast will challenge the listener to move to action in various parts of his or her life. What does a mother pray as she watches her child raped or killed? The outrage over young girls being raped in Darfur, continues as an outrage against our own apathy. This is must listening for everyone who wants to “walk in the shoes of others.”

Global Perspective: Hratch Tchilingirian gives a briefing about Darfur, with historical and analytical angles.

Spiritual Bubbles with Ani Burr: St. Nersess Shnorhali’s “I Confess with Faith” continues (verse 13-16)
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Coming Home – the sin of the Prodigal

Posted: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 19:16:15 PDT

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Next Step #39: Building on the theme of Lent, this 3rd week of Lent focuses on the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15). The theme of the podcast is “Coming home.” On this 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against China, Fr. Vazken adds a candle on an Armenian altar as a gesture of solidarity. Listeners are invited to go beyond the story of the Prodigal and see themselves as reflections of the characters – whether the envy of the older brother, the wasteful natures of the younger son, or ideally, in the compassion of the father. Also – the flight of the bumble bee casts a stinger at the honey as a “Lenten food”?
A fitting podcast for the mid-Lent journey.

Spiritual Bubbles with Ani Burr continues Nerses Shnorhali's Havadov Khosdovanim.

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian. Part 3/3 of Christian minorities in the Middle East. This segment highlights the external problems and pressures, again taking the Armenian community as an example.
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Free Will and Responsibility

Posted: Wed, 04 Mar 2009 22:11:03 PST

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Next Step #38: Building on the themes presented last week, the Lenten Journey continues with a look at Free Will and Responsibility. An Armenian Orthodox look at God presents metaphysical concepts which scrape the surface of space-time as understood in the concept of Love. This is some of the ground work necessary to understand the broader concepts of love and relationship building that will be coming out in subsequent podcasts. The prodigal, steward and judge are stored away for next week’s continuation of the Lenten Journey. Also, an invitation to participate in the annual In His Shoes ‘Famine’ aiding world hunger.

Spiritual Bubbles by Ani Burr: The Prayers of St. Nersess Shnorhali (continued)

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian: Discusses Christian minorities in the Middle East today with a particular focus on the Armenian communities and issues of identity with a look at school, church, and media. (Part 2/3)

Song: “Orhnyal eh Asdvadz” by the Students of the Vazkenian Seminary, Sevan, Armenia
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Armenia to Bedrock - A Lenten Journey

Posted: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 21:26:50 PST

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Next Step #37: Back from Armenia, Fr. Vazken reflects on the sacredness of the first Christian nation as we take a next step into the Lenten journey. Preparing for Easter requires a regimen of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving. Armenian Orthodoxy writes the prescription for healthy living, including body, mind, and soul. Now, find out if Adam was Fred Flintstone and Eve, Wilma? And what about Adam and Steve as Fr. Vazken bashes religious gay bashers as well as most stereotypes. A great way to start off lent.

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian looks at the Christian communities spread throughout the Middle East and their mass exodus from this region due to a host of dire internal and external issues.

Spiritual Bubbles with Ani Burr - Part 1 of 6 from St. Nerses Shnorhali's Havadov Khosdovanim (I Confess With Faith)

Musical selection: "Etchmiadzin ee Hore" from the album, Orhnial eh Asdvadz, sung by the seminarians at the Vazkenian Theological Academy of Lake Sevan.
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Prelude to Lent

Posted: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:34:11 PST

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Next Step #36: As we approach the Lenten journey, this podcast turns our attention towards Lent. Questions abound. What is it? How do we prepare for it? Why is the curtain around the altar drawn? Why can't we receive communion? And so on... Fr. Vazken answers all of these questions and gives us an explanation of the services that take place during this period. He also touches on the Feast of Ghevontianz and Vartan Mamigonian, but just enough to get our minds thinking... So much more on this next week!

In light of Darwin's 200th birthday anniversary celebration, the Global Perspective segment with Hratch Tchilingirian discusses several points that put both evolution and creation into focus.

Musical selection is "Ghapama" by Zulal, from the Armenian A Cappella Trio's self-titled album.
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Celebrating Life and Love

Posted: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:35:10 PST

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Next Step #35: "If the world be all yours, what will you take with you? Love God, love people, and love your beloved." -- Sayat Nova

From Groundhogs Day to Candlemas and Dyarntarach; from St. Valentine to Sayat Nova, this podcast is a celebration of new beginnings and a celebration of life and love. Our Lord, Jesus Christ is Love incarnate and in Him is the manifestation of all intensities of Love. Fr. Vazken challenges the listener to look at the all encompassing nature of love, and shows us how religion and culture come together to help us understand the realities of the world.

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian looks at politics and the power of religion in society. Religion is not only a matter of personal faith but could also be a potent force of political mobilization and even revolution.

Special musical treat is a performance by Nune Yesayan singing Sayat Nova's Kamancha.
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The Three "O"s

Posted: Wed, 04 Feb 2009 23:29:34 PST

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Next Step #34: From Pythagoras to Narekatzi, from physics to religion – this podcast brings spiritual applications to physical laws… well, sort of. Fr. Vazken explores the “Three “O”-s that everyone should know – Oshagan, Ostrich and Obama - it’s a small portion of the USC lecture (2/2/09) that challenged students to find answers in ancient Armenian orthodoxy to some of the big issues confronting the world. Also – letters discussing extinction of the church, Catholic looking at Orthodox, and the parent/child songs.


Global Perspective by Hratch Tchilingirian: More on Greed (pt. 2) as reason for economic collapse. It’s a spiritual perspective too.

Bubbles by Ani Burr: A lamentation of the St. Gregory of Narek.

Musical Selection: “Blessing” from Gor Mkhitarian’s SPIRIT Album – Purchase album online
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Playing at the Blackberry Bowl

Posted: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:30:43 PST

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Next Step #33: What's really important in life? It's easy to lose focus and pop the drug of irrelevancy. In this podcast, Fr. Vazken takes the listener on a run through topics that weave the question of relevancy. Superbowl is this weekend, Acadamy Award nominations are in and a father shoots his children, wife and self because he's at the edge of hopelessness. How do we reconcile all of these events? Pope Benedict uses Youtube and revokes excommunication on four bishops. In a globalized world and economy, find the necessary word that sets you apart - you are the BEST as a child of God. "Sev Toot" is coined today!

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian: Is the economic crisis based on greed? (part 1)
Spiritual Bubbles with Ani Burr: Wisdom, Faith, Hope and Love
Music: World debut of Arax's Crossing CD - "Vasbouragan"
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A New Era of Hope

Posted: Thu, 22 Jan 2009 12:03:53 PST

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Next Step #32: A fitting end to the Martin Luther King tribute, this podcast commemorates one of Dr. King’s children who was “judged by the content of his character.” Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of the United States; hope is defined as believing in a dream come true. Fr. Vazken discusses the prayers at inauguration and isn’t it a “no duh” that Jesus’ name would come up? Rev. J. Lowery’s poetic benediction is highlighted here. PREMIER installment of Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian looks at Gaza and innocence lost. Spiritual Bubbles topic: Obama’s Address on Hope
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Two Kindred Spirits Separated By Millennia

Posted: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 21:04:17 PST

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Next Step #31: John the Baptist and Martin Lurther King Jr. are two giants – one a Biblical figure, the other contemporary, yet they serve the same God and the same Lord. What is the legacy left by these ushers of the Way? Fr. Vazken brings together the work and mission that has driven these people to point the way to Christ. They stood up courageously against the power structure, urging peace, justice, and love, even unto death, and thus became martyrs for their unwavering preaching of the Kingdom of God.

Also, a look at the life and ministry of Fr. Mesrob Sarafian, an archpriest of the Armenian Church who went to his eternal rest this week. Notes from Oakland California, including an emotive reading from his funeral rite.
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Revelations from the River to the Oven

Posted: Wed, 07 Jan 2009 22:21:27 PST

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Next Step #30: The first broadcast of the New Year brings in a new message of revealed love. Fr. Vazken takes the listener from the River Jordan to temperatures beyond Fahrenheit. Is that Setrak or Shadrach? Misak or Meshach? Abo or Satchmo? What? Even Louis makes an appearance on this podcast, but who’s singing the Song of the Three? The oven is full of protest but hope for tomorrow. Tune in to start the new year with a revelation that comes only from above.
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All Things New

Posted: Wed, 31 Dec 2008 17:39:24 PST

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Next Step #29: The New Year’s Eve Edition of The Next Step takes a look at virtual reality as composed by the demise of a household product. Can we hit a rewind button to find out? The Advent season comes to an end with the arrival of Theophany - just in time for the new year! Listen how Christ makes all things new, through His Love! Peace is just waiting to happen as Fr. Vazken weaves the listener through the first week of the New Year.
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Christmas Eve at the Manger

Posted: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 18:41:46 PST

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Next Step #28: The “Christmas Eve” edition of the Next Step, explores the scene at the manger as something greater than its historical components. Drawing on the purest concepts of mathematics, Fr. Vazken makes the case that with Jesus, we find the sick, the hungry, the lame and the suffering wrapped in the swaddling cloth. If A=B and B=C then A=C; can we swap variables and find that even peace has a chance! Digging deep – this podcast even addresses the bigger questions – did the manger smell like baby wipes? Interspersed with an assortment of great carols, this is a Christmas Eve treat for everyone – young and old looking for the magic that can come only from God.
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Sun makes way for the Son

Posted: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 18:03:25 PST

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Next Step #27: Celebrating Christmas before or after the New Year. Does it matter? To some yes, but from the Armenian Orthodox perspective, it's one of many trappings that skew us from the Truth. What about the Bible? Did it come from God? Dare we say that there are means to God beyond the Bible? And if so, what does that say about the truth of the Bible? Find out in this podcast which explains a bit more than the date of Christmas. Travel back in time to the first thoughts of religion and find out how fact and truth can end up on two different sides of the coin. And all this occurs as our planet takes a spin around the outer rim of its orbit around the Sun. Happy Solstice and a Merry Christmas to all!

Featured Songs: Carols by Joan Baez, Victory by Gor Mkhitarian
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Season 1: Episodes 1-26 | Season 2: Episodes 27-52 | Season 3: Episodes 53-78 |
Season 4: Episodes 79-104 | Season 5: Episodes 105-130 | Season 6: Episodes 131- 157 |
Season 7: Episodes 158 - 182 | Season 8: Episodes 183 - 209 | Season 9: Episodes 210 - 234 |
Season 10: Episodes 235 - 261 | Season 11: Episodes 262 - 288 | Season 12: Episodes 289 - 318 | Season 13: Episodes 319 -