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Tooth is a Maximum, not Teeth

A Tooth for a tooth is the maximum sentence

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #787 – February 19, 2024 – The disconnect between what is being preached and what we go through every day. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth are the maximums; in Gaza its about pulling all the teeth. News, what to do with it? Unshaken is not unchangeable. Value of Church attendance: It’s not about God. “Won’t slow down” is nothing new for us as its “Better to burn out than it is to rust.”
Next Step #229 Abstract to the Tangible – epostle
Israel before the UN Court
Lenten Sunday Videos
Wind Pushing Boeing Airplane 787 
Reclaim Conference
Lenten and Spiritual Messages
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Appealing to the Supernatural

Armodoxy for Today: Appealing to the Supernatural

A wildfire in Hawaii, one of the largest natural disasters in American history, has devastated the landscape and wreaked havoc on the lives of the inhabitants of Maui’s Lahaina district. The war in Ukraine continues almost a year and a half since it started with more and more weapons and armor being sent to the country. And in a small, remote part of the world, a land known as Artsakh, but unknown to most the world, a blockade of food and medicine threatens the population. Because the population is overwhelmingly ethnic Armenian, and because the ruling Azerbaijan government has sanctioned the blockade, this action is genocidal, that is, the government has decided to annihilate the population of Armenians there.

Over the weekend, the Armenian Church celebrated the Assumption of the Asdvadzadzin, the Holy Mother of God, and officiated at the traditional grapeblessing service. I shared with you my personal frustration with the Church that didn’t make the connection between the supernatural events in the Blessed Mother’s life and the supernatural response that we need to seek for the difficulties we face. This is a continuation of this theme of messages.

If we believe the stories of supernatural occurrences, such as the Virgin Birth, why do we hesitate to seek the supernatural assistance that we need to overcome our problems? As we discussed last week, Albert Einstein, among the most prominent within the scientific community speaks about the need mystery and awe, acknowledging reality beyond our five senses. And, we in the Christian community acknowledge life beyond the temporal. So why are we hesitant, at the very least, to include supernatural solutions?

One of the key reasons for grapeblessing is that opens the door for the possibility of something more than us. The grapeblessing service in the Armenian Church has to do with bringing the first-fruits of the community to be blessed. In so doing, the person (in this case the farmer) acknowledges that there is a source for the goodness s/he enjoys, that is the One who is thanked. The grapeblessing takes attention off of ourselves shifting it onto something greater. Whether you call that God, nature, the weather system, the seasonal rotation of the planets, it acknowledges that some of life’s occurrences are beyond our control and beyond our care. Also, the ego becomes deflated, because the grapes, the harvest or our product is dependent on much more than the self.

In fact, one of the most important reasons to be involved in a church community is because we understand that our life is dependent on so many others. Each of us is part of the network of life, and, like it or not, no one is indispensable.

We will stop here today, only to continue tomorrow. Our lives as people is defined in the relationships we have with others, even if the relationship are with the natural phenomena that sustain us.

We conclude with this passage from Ephesians (5:18-21). Listen attentively to these instructions, And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.

Jesus Eyes

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #721: All the beauty of this world can be wiped out with the push of a couple of buttons. Playing by the rules of humanity instead of the rules of politics. You’d like to believe war is good for “absolutely nothing” until you stop and think how it grabs your attention. Conflict resolution with new metaphors. Imagine a modern day R&R prophet. Francis consecrates Ukraine and Russia. Tears shed over a rose in the rain. Dilemmas of the ethnic church(es). The cheap route of genocide recognition.
Francis Consecrates Russia and Ukraine
Kareem Abdul Jabar on Will Smith
The lost “four white guys”
Universal Soldier by Donovan
Cover: Tears shed over a rose in the rain, Fr. Vazken 2022
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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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Next Step with Fr. Vazken #719: In today’s podcast: Absurdity abounds with a question and the seeming answer. 2.5million refugees and thousands dead, on this fourth week of the War in Ukraine, people are justifying peace! Not just-war but just-peace: absurdity. Pope Francis calls up Kirill and says there is no holy war. Lessons not-learned: generations that will be affected after War. Here’s an Armodox look at what’s going on.
Pope Francis video-conferences Patriarch Kirill on War
Patriarch Kirill hears from the Pope
Orthodoxy on the Russian World Teaching
Reclaim 2022
Where to watch Reclaim 2022
Duduk of Vache Hovsepyan
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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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