Messages From Our Ecumenical Patriarch

The Most Reverend Sean Alexander, DD, OSB

The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20)

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. My dear brothers and sisters, my beloved children in Christ - I come to you today with a heart full of joy and a spirit burning with urgency to speak about a Scripture passage that has transformed my life...

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Riches in Christ (Luke 12:13-21)

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. In today's Gospel passage from Luke, Jesus is approached with a request to settle an inheritance dispute. This provides an opportunity for Him to warn against greed and seeking earthly...

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Reason for Hope (Hosea 2:15 NIV)

Key Verse: "I ...will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope." (Hosea 2:15 NIV) 14-15 “And now, here’s what I’m going to do:    I’m going to start all over again.I’m taking her back out into the wilderness    where we had our first date, and I’ll court her.I’ll give...

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Overcoming Rejection (4) (Luke 17:3)

Key Verse: "If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him." (Luke 17:3 NKJV)1-2 He said to his disciples, “Hard trials and temptations are bound to come, but too bad for whoever brings them on! Better to wear a millstone necklace and...

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Be Persistent (Philippians 3:12-4:1)

Key Verse: I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. (Philippians 3:12 NLT)12 I don’t mean to say that I have already...

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In Praise of Moms (Proverbs 31:28 MSG)

Key Verse: Her children respect and bless her. (Proverbs 31:28 MSG)10-31 A good woman is hard to find,    and worth far more than diamonds.Her husband trusts her without reserve,    and never has reason to regret it.Never spiteful, she treats him generously    all her...

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God and Your Money (3) (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV)

Key Verse: "Help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV)14-16 Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through...

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God and Your Money (1) (Psalm 84:11)

Key Verse: No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly." (Psalm 84:11)1-2 What a beautiful home, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!    I’ve always longed to live in a place like this,Always dreamed of a room in your house,    where I could sing for joy to...

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Rejoice, You Are In The Will of God (Psalm 40)

Key Verse: "I delight to do Your will, O my God." (Psalm 40:8 NKJV)1-3 I waited and waited and waited for God.    At last he looked; finally he listened.He lifted me out of the ditch,    pulled me from deep mud.He stood me up on a solid rock    to make sure I wouldn’t...

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Thomas’s Twin (John 20:24 NKJV)

Key Verse: "Thomas, called the Twin...was not with them when Jesus came." (John 20:24 NKJV)24-25 But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We saw the Master.” But he said, “Unless I see...

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How’s Your Marriage (1) (Proverbs 18:22)

Key Verse: "He who finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord." (Proverbs 18:22 NKJV)Proverbs 18: 1 Loners who care only for themselves    spit on the common good.2 Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse;    all they do is run off at the mouth.3 When...

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Has Your Mate Been Unfaithful (Psalms 31:12)

Key Verse: "I am like a broken vessel."(Psalm 31:12)1-2 I run to you, God; I run for dear life.    Don’t let me down!    Take me seriously this time!Get down on my level and listen,    and please—no procrastination!Your granite cave a hiding place,    your high cliff...

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This Year Keep Your Joy! (Nehemiah 8:10)

Key Verse: "The Joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10)73 The priests, Levites, security guards, singers, and Temple support staff, along with some others, and the rest of the People of Israel, all found a place to live in their own towns.8:1 By the time the...

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How to Avoid Shipwreck (1) (Acts 27-10)

Key Verse: "There is trouble ahead if we go on - shipwreck." (Acts 27-10 NLT)1-2 As soon as arrangements were complete for our sailing to Italy, Paul and a few other prisoners were placed under the supervision of a centurion named Julius, a member of an elite guard....

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Always Be Humble (2 Samuel 7:19 NIV)

Key Verse: "Who am I... that you have brought me this far?" (2 Samuel 7:18 NIV)18-21 King David went in, took his place before God, and prayed: “Who am I, my Master God, and what is my family, that you have brought me to this place in life? But that’s nothing compared...

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Overcoming Stress

Key Verse: 'I seek not to please myself but Him who sent me.' (John 5:30 NIV) 15-16 The man went back and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. That is why the Jews were out to get Jesus—because he did this kind of thing on the Sabbath. 17...

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Father’s Day

Scripture: Ephesians 6:4 6:4 Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master. Message:I think most of us who are fathers here online want to, and wanted to be good fathers...

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Genesis 4:25 – 5:32 (Enoch)

Title: The Story of Enoch Scripture: When Jared was 162 years old, he became the father of Enoch. (Genesis 5:18) Chapter 4 25-26 Adam slept with his wife again. She had a son whom she named Seth. She said, “God has given me another child in place of Abel...

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Steps to Getting Well (John 5:1-15)

Steps to Getting Well (John 5:1-15) Scripture: Do you want to get well? (John 5:6 NIV) 5 1-6 Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of...

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Resurrection (John 20:1-18)

Resurrection Chapter 20  1-2 Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus...

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True Blindness (John 9:1-12)

"Go to the pool...and wash." Scripture: 11 “A man named Jesus made a paste and rubbed it on my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ I did what he said. When I washed, I saw.” Message: 1-2 Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man...

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