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Location

Armodoxy for Today: Location

Every good real estate agent can tell you that the number one rule in real estate is location, location, location. Repeating it three times emphasizes its importance. Identical homes can increase or decrease in value due to their location.. So choose location wisely when purchasing.

The same rule holds true in life with the exception that in life only one of the three locations is chosen by us, the client, while the other two are more of chance landings. We are all born into this world – into this life – without our consent. We have no choice as to when or where we are born. On the other end, we may feel we have more to say about our death, but often it takes place without our consent. The only location that we have control over is the third one, which is the life spent between birth and death.

This three location reality is best understood by glancing at a gravestones. Most of them have three symbols etched on them. The first is the person’s date of birth. We have no control over when or where we are born. The second location is the date of death. The third symbol is the dash that separates the date of birth from the date of death. That dash represents our lives and is the only section of life that is mostly in our control. Some dashes are short others are long, but the real quality of the dash is its thickness.

Life and how we live it is up to us. It is the dash – the life we live – that has meaning

Once a young seminarian in a monastery, in a display of youthful pride, decided to play a trick on the one of the oldest and wisest monks. He held a butterfly in his hand and brought his fingers together to cover the small insect. He asked the monk if the butterfly was dead or alive? He thought to himself, if the elderly man answers alive, I will crush the butterfly and prove him wrong. If he answers dead, I will open my fist and the butterfly will fly out. Either way the monk will be wrong and humiliated because the young student had shown him wrong.

Approaching the monk, the young man held the captive butterfly in his fist behind his back. “Old man, tell me, is the butterfly I am holding, dead or alive?” The old monk, not to be tricked replied, “The answer is in your hand.”

Maturity of Faith, which is the theme of this week, requires us to take responsibility for our lives, to recognize that God has entrusted us with our lives and it’s up to us to be part of the answer to, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” We are the ones who fatten the dash – the life between our birth and life – and we take the responsibility on whether the butterfly flies or is crushed.

Let us pray, Lord help me to understand your love through the trust you have put into our humble efforts.  tremendous trust you have in me and in humanity. Give me the strength to stand responsibly before you as I follow your commandments and do that which is pleasing in your sight. Amen.

Bishop Daniel Interview

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #749: “We are sitting on a treasure” says Bishop Daniel Findikyan, and admits that the value of that treasure is “inconceivable.” Listen in on this interview that goes beyond administrative issues and talks about Faith, Christ, God, and our spiritual life. Discuss: Truth through Jesus, the Prosperity Gospel, Old and New Testaments and Bible in the light, the gender of God, translating beyond language, and much more.
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Bishop Daniel at St. Leon Cathedral (10/9/22)
The Next Step Interview with Bp. Daniel (2018)
Holy Spirit Building the Church
Cover Photo: Vahe Sargsyan at the 40th anniversary
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Prayer and a Song

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #737: “I confess with faith” in its entirety, as an answer to this week’s issues, presented in a flow of verse and song. “New under the Sun.” Explanations given. About the upcoming Epostle experience.
I confess with Faith
St. Nersess Shnorhali 
Epostle.net
Ian Anderson’s Divinities 
Cover: Vintage Spinning clock with infinity time, Envato Elements
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An Up Reclaimed

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #720: The “here we go again” trigger to depression: Accept or not? Overcoming depression with evolution: Reacting to Ukraine. Reclaiming faith and a conference in its 6th incarnation. Claiming and Reclaiming life from the Gospel Narrative (Luke 2). The family today.
Reclaim 2022 Conference
Armenian Film Foundation & Michael Hagopian
Don & Lorna Miller and “Survivors”
Shoah Foundation at USC
Anush & Inga
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Impacting Hope

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #718: “I love God but I feel God doesn’t love me enough,” says a Ukrainian soldier and analysis leads to paralysis: A look at hope, faith, religion in the face of war. Prayers that won’t “stop the bleeding or ease the hate.” Maternity ward bombing: Why would they possibly kill babies? An answer from Rwanda 25 years ago. The rules of war and the end game. TV was to Vietnam what the Internet can be to Ukraine, and War Games gives a solution. This Lent: A different attitude toward prayer: Adding the first lines to the Lord’s Prayer.
Maternity ward bombed in Ukraine
War Games
Jesus at M*A*S*H* 
Eric Burdon and the Animals
Cover Photo: Peace Shadow, Fr. Vazken 2008
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Why to Steps

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #701: Veteran’s Day is the backdrop for this edition: the cost of freedom, sacrifice and belief. Personal reflection on Fire and devastation, singular or plural, it all burns and then thanksgiving? Up close and personal and finding some answers: beyond “why” to the answer.
Fire report
Toy Drive: tiny.cc/IHS-wishlist
Holiday Outreach Programs
Jethro Tull www.jethrotull.com
Cover: Memorial Park, Sierra Madre, 11.11.2021
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Bushel Basket

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #700: Celebrating a miracle unlike any other. Claiming priorities, a nicer way of expressing biases sets the direction of your path. Alec Baldwin’s accidental bullet, investigations and missing investigations from bullets sold to kill. Armodoxy today: removing from under the bushel basket. Hans Küng – theologian and priest – a missed passing (1928-2021).
Hans Küng
Lamp & Bushel Basket
Alec Baldwin
Ghapama & the news (min 5:10)
Armen Chakmakian
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Changing Lens

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #687: An interview with Ani Shahinian, candidate in History and Theology at the University of Oxford. Hear her articulate the teachings (vadapetutyiun) of the Armenian Church as expressed through a group of doctors of the church. Switching political lens for religious, here is an understanding of identity through Scripture, Culture and Tradition. Shahinian brings energy and knowledge that will inspire the listener to learn more about the amazing Christian Faith of the Armenian Church.
Ani Shahinian
WD168 this week
Komitas: Ten Revelation Artsruni
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Afterlife Connections

Next Step #683: Extreme Unction, a sacrament of the Armenian Church, is perhaps one of the seven that is most misunderstood. And why have some reduced the list to six? Fr. Vazken starts the discussion on the secular plane, with current political trends and the place of faith in evaluating your belief system, and takes the conversation to end-of-life reflections. Don’t check-in your brain at the door for this one; uncomfortable for some, it’s an important discussion in Armodoxy.
Prayer for “good death”
Houdini exposing fraud – contacting the dead
Transfiguration/Armodoxy
Transfiguration Sermon (2020)
Transfiguration blog post
Djivan Gasparian passes away
Mama – Djivan Gasparian
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Without a life-line

Next Step #658: Fear, anxiety and our worst nightmares are coming true in this age of pandemic. Being alone at the time of death: Faith and the belief that we’re not alone. Lost and disconnected: The challenge to walk in the shoes of others. MLK weekend, upcoming with prayers. Losing control and leaning on crutches: drugs, alcohol and religion.
Reddit: Nightmares
This week’s WD168
MLK Retreat 2021
Virtual Homeblessing
Footprints in the Sand
Luke 4
David Bowie, Space Oddity
George Winston
Cover: IHS at Mt. View by Fr. Vazken 2021
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