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Forgiveness & Freedom

Next Step #735: Back in 2007, on this day, we established the Day of Forgiveness based on Christ’s principle of forgiving without limit. Here’s another reminder of the dimensions of forgiveness and leading to freedom. A shooting in Chicago is the latest of a string of shootings in a country that is struggling with freedom and the control of that freedom. Here are the links to today’s topics.
July 3, 2022 – Freedom Sermon at 1:12:25
1927 – 4th of July picnic, picture and commentary
Forgiveness conference on 7/7/7 www.7×77.org
7×77 Universal Peace Symbol through Forgiveness
Chicago Killings
Book of Forgiving by Bishop Desmond Tutu
Jethro Tull www.jethrotull.com
Cover: Building the human embodiment of 7, Vasquez Rocks
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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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Apologies Abound

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #693: Apologetics is the intellectual defense of the truth of the Christian religion, usually considered a branch of theology, by definition. Justifying what is beyond understanding and the challenge to communicate ideas, despite differences of opinions, is this next step. Expressions of His Holiness Karekin II to the Conference on Freedom and Peace in Holy Etchmiadzin.
Conference on Freedom and Peace in Etchmiadzin
HH Karekin II address to the Conference on Peace
Text of Address
Christian Apologetics
Tiger and the Donkey story
David Benoit Freedom at Midnight
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Motherhood & Apple Pie in July

Next Step #631: If the blind can find their sight, the bereaved can find their dead. Themes of freedom and independence are in focus for this audio blog. The Art of Connecting the Dots. Exploring the 4th dimension even further – where are dead in Christ in space-time? Raw thoughts after waking up this day.
Louis Armstrong La Vie En Rose 
Next Step #630 – The Forgotten Fourth Dimension
In His Shoes a Ministry of the Western Diocese
New formula for dog years 
Cover: Three Red Apples / pickpik.com
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Virtually Invisible Virtue

Next Step #621: Individuality, inalienable rights and a look at ministry today. Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man paves the road for a reflection about the “Invisible Priest” the freedom to celebrate the Ministry. Time to get off the heaven/hell debate.
WD168 This Week
“Window” on the Priesthood (1990)
Fr. Vazken’s Sermon – April 24, 2020
Divesting California/Genocide in Darfur
Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man
Medical PPE for LA County Community Go Fund Me Page
Leveraging Love
Greetings of Hope from Armenians to Darfuris
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Familiarity & Contempt: Faith & Freedom

Next Step #578: An independence day look at contempt, apathy and neglect brought on by familiarity. Whether freedom or faith, a simple look at Nazareth 30AD gives a clear look at the dangers we face. Some from 1984 (Orwell) and some from journalist-want-to-bees, Fr. Vazken connects the dots and presents ways to avoid the traps of blessings lost. Luke 4: Moving from Jesus of Nazareth to Jesus the Christ. And then the earthquake hit! (min 19:30) giving yet one more metaphor!
America the Beautiful, Ray Charles
Ministry of Truth: Biography of George Orwell’s 1984
Declaration of Independence
Pilgrimage to Armenia
Frederick Douglass on What to the slave is the Fourth of July?
Fantasy on the Fifth at Fifty
Earthquake (min 19:30)
7×77 www.7×77.org
Իշամեղու =Bumblebee
Free Speech? Really (blog)
Cover: Statue of Juana Maria and child in Santa Barbara, California, at the intersection of State Street & Victoria Street
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Forty Years Here or There

Next Step #490: The Spirit in freedom: Fr. Vazken reflects 40 years after a first impression and a first life. Marxism in action/Freedom with human nature: some observations. Institutions and rebellion: Coming out of the 60’s and 70’s. Karekin Nzhdeh inspiring MLK and sounding the Nathan Hale mantra? Martin Luther and Protestantism at 500.
Sayat Nova “Amen Sazi
500 Years after Martin Luther (Daily Beast)
500 Years after the Reformation (Christianity Today)
Karekin Nzhdeh Biographical Sketch
Starkey Hearing Foundation
Cover Picture: Karekin Nzhdeh statue in Yerevan 2017
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Exercising Love: An Easter Message

Next Step #356: Judas’ lament – is the messenger greater than the message? Some Easter Season thoughts about the message of love. Indiana ruling/controversy on religion, freedom and sexual orientation.
Song: Tag Haroutian by Duduk Quartet
Jesus Christ Superstar
100 Souls in His Shoes

100 Year Journey
The Armenian Genocide by Dr. Harry Hagopian
100 Lives
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Big Giants is not a Redundancy

Next Step #288 – December 12, 2013

The Armenian priest advocates for you, even unto death. Nelson Mandela’s memorial services – Dancing and singing is a celebration of life. Here is an opportunity to share the Christian message and the joy of Christianity as LIBERATOR, as FREEDOM, as VICTORY. Elevating the human spirit to timelessness by transferring the dash between the dates on the grave to the infinite. Remembering “A Saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.” (Stevenson) Pope Francis as Man of the Year. Lessons for us all in the lives of these two giants.
Obama’s reflections at the Mandela Memorial
Links – 100 Year Pilgrimage
Datev Toy Drive
Jethro Tull Christmas Album 
Jethro Tull at Oxford Cathedral
Cathia Hamparian Newsletter
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Correcting the P-Correctness of “Jesus”

Next Step #280 – October 17, 2017

When Glendale (California) Attorney tells Fr. Vazken he can’t use the name of Jesus Christ in a public forum it’s more than an annoyance of political correctness. A look at the constitutional right and freedom to free speech, the separation of the church & state. In the spirit of Niebuhr’s prayer – understand the difference between things we can change and those we can’t. The 60’s – the counter culture and the need for Sanctuary in the Body of Christ are all discussed.
Song: 49 Bye-Byes, For What It’s Worth, America’s Children – Stephen Stills
Datev Outreach Presentation to the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women, 10/14/13
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