Stewardship rss http://www.acrod.org/ en American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of North America 2006 120 On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 147: The Biblical connotation of Stewardship (5/21/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-147
In 2010, the Diocesan Stewardship Commission after much research provided the Diocese with a true Biblical connotation of Stewardship which reads:.

“Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a Christ-centered lifestyle, which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God. Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a call to all of the faithful to share willingly and cheerfully the gifts that God has bestowed on them including sharing these gifts for God’s work in His Church.” ]]>
Tue, 02 May 2017 18:19:16 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-147 Fr Peter Backup
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 146: Two Paths (5/14/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-146
God having made man in His image gave man the unique ability of free choice. Freedom to choose is a divine attribute of those whose purpose is to become sons and daughters of God. We have two choices that present themselves to us: the good path or the bad path.

Many of us have chosen the path that leads into the secular world and all the desires and passions that accompany it. Self-love and self-centeredness guides our way. We rely on our rational mind to know right from wrong. Going to church is something that we just do and holds no true meaning or impact on our daily lives. We seek our own enjoyment, entertainment, comfort and well-being with little concern for our neighbors. ]]>
Tue, 02 May 2017 18:14:37 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-146 Fr Peter Backup
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 145: Unimaginable Potential (5/07/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-145
What an amazing revelation we find in the first book of the First (Old) Testament. God made us to be like Him! Our potential is infinite, we have the potential to be sons and daughters of God! God gave us rule over all creation that we might steward it, multiple it and give it back to God in gratitude. Have we lived up to that unimaginable potential that God provide for us?

You see, there is nothing that we cannot do if only we placed God as the center of our life. Christ came to us healing the sick and the lepers, casting out demons and exposing injustice. If only we could do that? Newsflash, we can! What you say? What was Christ comment to the disciples after they had witnessed the healings and casting out of demons? ]]>
Mon, 01 May 2017 21:23:30 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-145 Fr Peter Backup
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 144: Gratitude (4/30/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-144
We are all intoxicated with opportunities and commitments, usually self-imposed, that fill up our life with distractions that keep us from the one true purpose in our life: to know God. We are bombarded daily with advertisements, commercials, newspaper articles and radio spots that tell us we should go here/do this/we owe ourselves/you can’t do without this/you must attend this/you must buy this. ]]>
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:29:44 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-144 Fr Peter Backup
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 143: An Inviting Church (4/23/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-143
As Orthodox, we have one of the greatest gifts that God can bestow upon us, our Orthodox faith. As members of the body of Christ, we are commanded to use our gifts to further our journey to Theosis as well as using those gifts to help and support other members of the body of Christ on their journey. This includes reaching out to those who have yet to begin their journey or have become “stuck in a rut.”

Are you an inviting parish? Do you set an environment that will make visitors feel welcome and desire to return? Do you have an invitational culture in your parishes? If not, why not? ]]>
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:25:42 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-143 Fr Peter Backup
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 142: Christ Is Risen! (4/16/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-142
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! This most glorious of Christian feast days is celebrated with great joy, peace, and love! We have experienced the resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and He has brought salvation to us.

What a wonderful and spiritually rewarding time this week and this day have been for us! When our clergy walk up and down the aisles proclaiming, “Christ is Risen” with the throng responding, “Indeed He is Risen” the smiles and joys are on the faces of all. The fast is over, and now the feast begins, but for how long is this joy with us? We become intoxicated living and remembering what Christ has accomplished, for us! ]]>
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:53:13 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-142 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 141: Spiritual Education (4/09/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-141
Most Orthodox Christians, actually all Christians, fall into the trap of I don’t need to know more! I learned all about Orthodoxy, Theology and being saved when I was in Sunday school! Sound familiar? How many of you have attended an adult education class or adult Bible class at your parish in the past year? In the past year, how many read the scriptures daily or have read a book about the Saints or a Spirituality book? Many of you read the newspaper every day or read articles on the internet or read a “novel”? How many of you are concerned enough about your salvation and that of your brothers and sisters to further your spiritual education?

As Orthodox, we have a tendency to shy away from talking about our faith. Or, we say, “we are right, and you are wrong!” That doesn’t help anyone. The primary reason we react this way is that we do not know enough about our faith to be able to express it or live it. Our faith is confined to two hours on Sunday! ]]>
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:48:50 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-141 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 140: Clericalism (4/02/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-140
Last week we talked about the foundation of our Church crumbling and that we have lost our direction, our purpose. Let’s look at why this is happening, the impediments to fulfilling Christ commandment to go forth and make disciples. Why are we using the time, talent and treasure that God has given us for everything but what He had commanded us to do?

There are two impediments, maybe more, but two that I believe jump out at an unbiased observer. The first is Clericalism. Most of us would say, “What in the world is that; never heard of it!” Before I define it, let me say that the Orthodox Church is not the only one struggling with this, the Catholic Church has a big problem with it also. Interesting that we are both suffering and declining and both have like impediments. ]]>
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:43:49 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-140 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 139: Laying the Foundation (3/26/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-139
Our churches are dying; the foundations are crumbling, the people are leaving! The rain has come, and the winds are blowing, and the foundation is crumbling. Have you looked around and seen what is happening?

We have lost the basic concept of the Orthodox Church? Are we failing to hear Christ words spoken to the disciples? “ Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them all I have commanded you” (Matthew 28: 19). Are we making Disciples? We work at repairing and maintaining the church building, we make perogies and other foods to sell, we work at festivals and events but do we “make disciples?”

Some of us use the time and talents God has gifted us but do we use them in a manner which God had intended? Have we lost the true purpose of the Church and what God has asked, no, commanded us to do? ]]>
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:36:36 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-139 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 138: Being in Communion - Part lll (3/19/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-138
In this final part of “Being in Communion” I would like to concentrate on communion as it relates to the Divine Liturgy. As persons in communion, we come to the Divine Liturgy with gratitude for what God has given us. All that we have is a gift from God, ALL, not just some! We sometimes fall into the misconception that WE are responsible for what we have and what we have become. As persons in communion, we know that God has given us everything and we come to praise Him in gratitude for His gifts.

During the Divine Liturgy, we bring our gifts to be offered to Christ. Originally the first fruits of the harvest were brought, oil, wine, wheat, bread, fruits. ]]>
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:30:35 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-138 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 137: Being in Communion - Part ll (3/12/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-137
Being in communion with the Body of Christ allows us to develop and cultivate our personal gifts that we received from God and to receive also from the collective wealth of the body of Christ. We are sustained by the other members of the body of Christ so that we may work on perfecting our personal gifts for developing our personhood (hypostasis) and restoring ourselves to the likeness of God and also for using them for sustaining others on their journey to personhood and Theosis.

When talking about personhood, we must remember that our concept of person is different from that of God and the Holy Fathers. Person or hypostasis was discussed and repeatedly contested in the early church. ]]>
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:02:55 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-137 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 136: Being in Communion - Part 1 (3/5/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-136
Many of us throw around the terms “Communion” and “Being in Communion” but, do we understand what they mean? This will be the first of a three-part series on “being in communion.” Being in communion has everything to do with Stewardship and also with Salvation. In the first book of the Old Testament, we learn that God made man to be in “communion” with God. Man was to think of God at every moment of the day worshipping and giving thanks to Him, being grateful for all that God has gifted him. God walked with Adam in the cool of the day; they were in communion with each other, sharing.

Communion is defined as a sharing of an intimate feeling or thought with another. Notice that the word ‘relationship’ is not used in the bible. Relationships are choices in our earthly lives, and we may selectively ignore others. The bible uses the Greek work, “koinonia (communion)” or “henosis (union)” which denote true participation. The Holy Trinity is in continual communion with each person of the Trinity through a mutual love. This love is not the love that we know but a kenotic, self-emptying, love, that surpasses anything that we can imagine. ]]>
Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:04:29 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-136 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 135: Memory (2/26/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-135
Have you ever wondered why we have a memory? Most of us would say that we have a memory so that we can remember things, numbers, sayings, events, work material, pleasures, pain, etc. Well, you would be wrong! God gave us memory so that we might continually remember Him and the benefits he has bestowed upon us. You see, the remembrance of God is also the remembrance of God’s gifts. Through remembrance, we give thanks to God. The primary form of this remembrance is continual prayer.

Adam, who originally possessed this memory, lived in prayer and put into practice this continual remembrance of God. ]]>
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:57:14 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-135 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 134: Freedom (2/19/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-134
God created man in His image, and that meant that God desires to have man participate in His perfection. St. Gregory of Nyssa in his Discourse on Death states, “It is by his freedom that man is deiform, for independence and autonomy are proper to divine bliss.” Man could not be like God if he did not have freedom of choice. Freedom is a divine characteristic. God gave us the freedom to choose good, to choose God. What benefit would it be to do good if we had no choice in the matter? We could not truly be like God if we lacked the freedom of choice.

So we have the choice of doing good or doing evil. The Holy Fathers tell us that evil is a product of man’s improper use of the freedom of choice. ]]>
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:51:00 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-134 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 133: Desire (2/12/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-133
The Holy Fathers teach us that there are two types of desire, divine and carnal/sensual. When God created man, He placed within man a seed of divine desire. The desire to be with God, to commune with Him. Man’s joy came from being with God, and there was that desire always to be with Him. God made us in His image, to be like Him, but we have to work at being in His likeness. Adam did not develop fully into the likeness of God.

Adam was deceived by Satan to believe that joy could come from the desire of sensual things, of material things. ]]>
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:46:43 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-133 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 132: Do You Have Enough Chips? (2/5/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-132
There are some people in the Orthodox Church, as well as other Christian denominations, that believe you can buy your way to salvation, by saving up “chips.” In other words, by making considerable contributions to the church or charities, working fundraisers, teaching classes, taking classes, going on pilgrimages, etc., so that we are “members in good standing” in the parish. It is as if people believe that they are storing up “religious chips” that they can cash in at the end of life. The truth is as Paul states above; there is nothing we can do.

We cannot buy our way into the Kingdom of God. There is no ticket that we can purchase by human effort. We need to understand what salvation is and what is expected of us. The Lord asks us not to be pretty good or even very good but to be, “perfect as God the Father is perfect.” ]]>
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:34:28 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-132 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 131: Spiritual Cowardice (1/29/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-131
Can we really say this as Paul did? “Do we believe what he said above?” Or, do we make excuses: ‘I am not an Apostle so it doesn’t work that way for me’or ‘Paul had a vision of Christ but I never have, so how do you expect me to live that way?’ What is your excuse?

The reality is most of us are spiritual cowards and find some excuse not to live by those words that Paul uttered in Philippians. We like and crave the elf-centered life we live here on earth. Paul is torn between being with God in His heavenly kingdom or continuing the fruitful labor he was given here on earth. God endowed Paul with special skills and gifts, as He has all of us, to do His work here on earth. These skills and abilities are to prepare US and to show others the way! By fruitful labor here on earth, we are fulfilling Christ commandments to love him and to love our neighbor. ]]>
Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:47:54 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-131 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 130: Success (1/22/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-130
Most people would agree that success is a good thing. We work hard at it. We strive for it. We dream of it. Even David the Psalmist praises success, and prays to God for it. But what is success? Success may depend on the person praying, dreaming and striving for it.

Looking at success with the “mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16 RSV), as we Orthodox Christians are required to do, we see some problems. It is apparent that the more successes we have, the more responsibility is placed upon us. Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once said, “Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.” When we read the biographies of some who have been labelled as successful (for example, Elvis Presley, Howard Hughes, Prince), they seem less like biographies than they are tragedies. ]]>
Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:40:21 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-130 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 129: Partnering with God (1/15/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-129
Being a human is certainly a challenge. Being a Christian is yet even more daunting. But being an Orthodox Christian is the ultimate in demanding. God’s work is to be accomplished among us both individually and as a group, the Church. Each of us seeks to return to the state in which human beings were created. We have been endowed with the God-like image of Christ and have full potential to make that return. As well, our work is not limited to what we try to do for ourselves, but what we can accomplish as partners with God for all of His creation.

Speaking in classical stewardship terms, for example, God has not only required of us to give a portion of what we consider ours (the tithe?), He requires of us that all we have be used to His glory. “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:15 RSV). Consider the implications: there must be no waste of His goods on unnecessary luxuries; there is to be no waste of His goods on pride (like in dress, or the latest electronics, or the best luxury automobile). ]]>
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:40:59 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-129 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 128: Family Holidays (1/8/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-128
Parenting is one of the truly more difficult tasks asked of families. That task ought to include not only guidance in teaching children how to pray, how to read the Holy Scriptures, how to participate in the Divine Liturgy, how to receive Holy Communion – but parenting also includes training in the commandments of God, and in proper behavior both in church and outside of it.

Perhaps unknowingly, parents have often taught their children a rather selfish lesson that has extended to much of the lives of those who have grown up with this teaching. Parents have taught their children that birthdays and holidays are occasions for them to expect to receive gifts. This follows the very customs and bad habits that the world has fallen into.

Birthdays and holidays should be occasions to increase the knowledge of God’s ways, awakening thankfulness for God’s mercy and love for the gift of another year. Yet such occasions are turned into times of self-pleasing and self-gratification. ]]>
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:35:53 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-128 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 127: Self-denial and the Holy Cross (1/1/17) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-127
No one can practice true stewardship without practicing true self-denial. Self-denial and the Holy Cross lie directly in the path of every Christian who is truly following Christ. “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Christian discipleship requires self-denial, self-sacrifice, even to laying down of life itself, if need be, for the sake of Him who took up His Cross and followed the will of His heavenly Father.

Orthodox Christians who see Christ on the Holy Cross are bound to withhold nothing that they possess, however dear it may be to them. If true Christians have any possession (including wealth, talents and time) that can be used to lead others to see and believe in the same Christ on the Holy Cross, they are to use those possessions freely for that purpose. ]]>
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:04:50 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-127 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 126: Do We Suffer From Pleonexia? (12/25/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-1263
Today we celebrate the glorious birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. On this day, “God became man so that man could become god,” so said St. Athanasius. God gave us, on this day, the greatest gift of all in His Son, for our eternal life, for salvation. God gave then and continues to give and give and give.

But what about us, do we give? Do we imitate our Creator given that we were born in the likeness of God? Or, do we suffer instead from PLEONEXIA? What, I have no such disease you say! Well, don’t be too quick to answer. Pleonexia is derived from the Greek and means “the desire to have more.” The English equivalent is greed, although that is not a good translation of the Greek. ]]>
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:45:35 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-1263 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 125: Have We Discovered Our Gifts (12/18/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-125
We have talked a lot about the gifts God has given us. Have we unwrapped those gifts? I recently heard a sermon where the priest made the analogy of the gifts God gives us with those that may have been received at a wedding shower or marriage or some other celebration and forgot to open them until years later when they were discovered in the basement, still in the original wrapping. We say, “OH, that is where that has been!”

Do we do the same with the gifts that God has given us? Do we forget to unwrap them and wonder why God has forsaken us? I would submit that many of us are afraid to unwrap the gifts He has given us because we would then be committed to God, to do His will. ]]>
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:42:03 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-125 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 124: The Best Thanksgiving is Giving (12/11/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-124
Fr. Robert Holet in his book, The First and Finest, states that “Stewardship is a response to God in thanksgiving.” We hear the aphorism “it is better to give than to receive.” Research has shown that people that practice giving, are reported to have greater health, more happiness and joy and less feeling of stress. Another recent study indicated that giving a meaningful gift to one in need provides much more satisfaction than giving to masses. Mother Theresa once said, “If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at an individual, I will.”

Archpriest George Morelli, Chairman of the Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Chaplain and Pastoral Counseling, in one of his many articles, tells us that “The Christian theology of giving is profound.” It is the imitation of God. ]]>
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:25:18 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-124 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 123: A Purposeful Life (12/4/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-123
The early Christians who accepted the Gospel were expected to change their lives. They were signing onto something that required their total loyalty. Fr. Michael Kiser in his book, Spread the Word, says “they were to become holy in the truest sense of the word – set apart from the world around them, living by different priorities from the rest of their community.” But why?

The early Christians conquered the known world in less than three hundred years. How did they do this when they were under constant persecution? They did it by leading purpose filled lives. They spread the Gospel to all who would listen. Is that not what Christ told the first Church, the Seventy? He told them to go throughout the world spreading the word. ]]>
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:18:57 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-123 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 122: What Are Your Gifts For? (11/27/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-122
Paul is very clear that the gifts that God gives us are for the “ministry, for the building of the body of Christ.” And you thought that the gifts God gave you were so you could live comfortably, WRONG!

You see, brothers and sisters in Christ, our purpose in life, the time God gives us, is to seek eternal salvation, continual communion with God, THEOSIS! ]]>
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 11:42:54 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-122 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 121: Almsgiving (11/20/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-121
The above verse deals with Jesus scolding the Pharisees who complained that Jesus did not wash his hands before eating which was the Jewish custom. Jesus calls them “fools” because they did not understand that God made us wholly - within and outwardly. What did he mean? The Pharisees put on an outward show of piety but were dead on the inside.

Do we imitate the Pharisees? Do we say we love Christ and our neighbor but do nothing to help them, standing idly by as they slip deeper into secularism and sin? ]]>
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 11:33:32 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-121 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 120: Are you a Consumer or Steward? (11/13/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-120
So how did all these good things become evil? How did all these gifts that God gave us become bad? Or did they become bad?

What we have done with those gifts? The answer lies within us. We became consumers of those gifts using them for our personal gain. ]]>
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 11:26:51 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-120 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 119: Why Am I Here? Part III (11/06/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-119
We have discussed the ways to discover your calling: acknowledge God is in control, listen for his messages and messengers, prayerfully consider the messages (discernment). Your journey begins with humility. You must submit yourself to God, lest your judgment be clouded. In the latter case you may never know what God has called you to do. He has given you gifts use them wisely and lovingly for His service. The gifts are His unique calling to you - for you. ]]>
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 11:20:23 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-119 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 118: Why Am I Here? Part II (10/30/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-118
If we accept the reality that God is in control and listen for the messages that He is continuously sending us, we should prayerfully consider them. Then we will be able to effectively use the GOD Positioning System.

The next steps are to ask, what am I Good at, what am I Passionate about and finally, what makes me Smile? ]]>
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:36:17 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-118 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 117: Why Am I Here? Part 1 (10/23/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-117
We all have occupations that provide us with a means to support our life and our family. Most people have more than is necessary to live a complete life. ]]>
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:32:35 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-117 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 116: Giving (10/16/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-116
How would you answer the following question, “Which word appears most often in the bible: believe, pray, love or give?” I believe most would say, “love.” It appears 714 times. ]]>
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:29:00 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-116 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 115: Where Is Your Heart? (10/09/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-115
Abbott Tryphon stated it most succinctly, “There is no benefit whatsoever if we reach the highest perfection and precision in living by all the ascetic and spiritual rules if we only have love for ourselves and pride in our accomplishments.”

One must decide where their heart is, the world or Christ; you can’t have it both ways. “You cannot serve both God and mammon" (Matthew 6: 24 RSV). So why do you worry and fret over tomorrow and spend your time in frivolous pursuits that are fleeting? ]]>
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:21:06 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-115 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 114: Being Lazy (10/02/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-114
Do we forgive those that cause us problems, do we love those who hate us, do we extend charity to others in the form of time, talents and treasure, and are we peacemakers? ]]>
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:16:28 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-114 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 113: Being Contentious (9/25/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-113 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:10:24 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-113 Fr. Peter Paproski On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 112: Adam and Eve (9/18/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-112
Surely they started out doing what God asked them to do and likely were very happy with taking care of all that God gave them. And they were blessed by being in continual communion with Him.

Wow! Can you imagine, walking in the presence of God every day and talking to Him? Adam and Eve had it all. They were made in God’s image, lived in Eden (Paradise), which was lush and green and without thorns and thistles to contend with, so tilling the soil was effortless as well as enjoyable. ]]>
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:00:30 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-112 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 111: What do I have to Give? (9/11/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-111
As Orthodox Christians, if we practice good stewardship, we return to God in proportion to what He has given us. Said in another way, we are giving back to God part or a portion of what He has given us. But what do we have that we can give to God?

Princess Ileana of Romania, Mother Alexandra, had a prayer that she recited on Sunday evenings which ended, “...nothing have I to give to thee, for all I have has come of Thee: only my love is mine to give or to withhold.” ]]>
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:54:21 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-111 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 110: Generosity (9/4/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-110
What do the Holy Scriptures say about generosity?

Galatians 5: 12 states, “But the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such there is no law.”

Generosity is a fruit of the Spirit, one of the seven great virtues of the Church. ]]>
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:41:51 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-110 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 109: How Are We Judged? (8/28/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-109
There is nothing wrong with material success is this world. God has never objected to us having material things which come from the fruits of our labor. Indeed, the Holy Fathers tell us that having material things is not evil ]]>
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:08:58 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-109 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 108: Well Done! (8/21/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-108
If you love somebody will you not take care of that person? Will you not be happy when they are happy, sad when they are sad? Will your heart not break when their heart breaks? Will you not DO everything possible to help that person you love? The key word here is DO, just as in the scripture verse above. Christ says, “well done” to the faithful servant. He did what was asked of him. ]]>
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:05:36 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-108 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 107: Gifts (8/14/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-107
Eternity is a long time, certainly much longer than our current life, and we can be with Him - or perhaps not. It is our choice to make.

God gave us this time, here and now, to prepare us for eternal life in His kingdom. He gave us TIME! He also gave us skills, abilities, and talents, so that we could not only find our way to Him but to provide assistance to others - to love others.

Have you ever wondered why God gave us such extraordinary talents? Do you believe it was so that we could amass wealth and live in the “lap of luxury?” ]]>
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:00:07 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-107 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 106: How Much Do I Owe? (8/7/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-106
In many of the preceding parishes, you will hear the question, “How much do I owe?”

We, Orthodox Christians, have to stop thinking of our commitment to Christ's Church as "a bill." The "bill" concept is nonsense.

Moreover, parishes that are financially struggling provide minimal, if any, outreach to the local community.

Financial and time commitments go hand-in-hand. Spreading Orthodoxy to the community is what the Orthodox Church is all about. We cannot to keep Orthodoxy a secret and not tell others. ]]>
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:53:57 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-106 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 105: DO YOU BELIEVE? (7/31/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-105
I ask this same question at the beginning of all my Bible study classes. It sounds like a trivial question to ask of Christians, but it is critical. Why ask the question? Because it stimulates the thinking process of most people who hear it; some become indignant that I would ask such a question of them.

I then ask if they believe that God created all things, that Mary - the Theotokos - is a virgin, Christ is God, and finally that the bread and wine used in communion are the body and blood of Christ. When they respond in the affirmative to these questions, I then ask, “Why do you then not do what Christ has asked you to do?”

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:46:18 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-105 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 104: Spiritual Hospital (7/24/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-104
Therefore, the basic aim of Orthodox therapeutic treatment is to attain communion with God.

What does "walking by the Spirit" mean? ]]>
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:38:57 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-104 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 103: Self Love (7/17/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-103
We must appreciate the fact that when our nous becomes darkened by our desires, sin, and passions, we no longer worship in a proper manner. In this darkness, we are filled with self-love and the desire to please ourselves instead of seeking constant communion with God.

Self-love creeps into our lives in a very subtle manner, so subtle that we do not recognize it. ]]>
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:34:33 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-103 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 102: Passions prevent Stewardship (7/10/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-102
Once your nous is darkened, according to Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos in his book, Orthodox Psychotherapy, you cannot be in communion with God. If we live for the world and not for God then we become self-love, the root of all sin. When we love ourselves, our personal comforts and our desires become the priority. ]]>
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:31:20 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-102 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 101. Theosis Without Stewardship (7/3/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-101
If we believe the preceding, what price would you pay to be illumined and in communion with God?

The Saints serve as living proof that when you love God with all your heart, keep His commandments and pray unceasingly, God blesses all with a pure heart, an illumined nous, and continuous communion with Him. The Saints lived their lives for God and only for Him, giving all – not only their hearts, but their time, talents and wealth. We can read of Saints that exhibited the attainment of Illumination and Theosis; from these Saints a light was emitted from their faces – a light so bright that their faces were no longer visible, ]]>
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:59:15 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-101 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 100. Saved II (6/26/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-100
From the time of creation, God has sought out a partnership with humans. He put Adam into the Garden of Eden, not just to lounge around and enjoy the scenery, but “… to till it and keep it.” God calls these partners “stewards.” At the basis of all stewardship, therefore of all Christian and Orthodox life, is that God and human stewards work together to manage God’s world. ]]>
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:17:09 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-100 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 99. Saved I (6/19/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-99
Trembling before Paul and Silas, the jailer asks, “What must I do to be saved?” ]]>
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:14:10 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-99 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 98. A Kingdom of Priests (6/12/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-98
A priest is one who sacrifices on behalf of some group or individual. Thus, this “kingdom” of priests, this nation of priests, is a collection of people who sacrifice on behalf of others. As early as Exodus 19:6 (RSV) God called Israel to be a “kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” This seems to be the plan of God all along. ]]>
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:10:14 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-98 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 97: Wasting on Wearing Wants (6/5/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-97
St. Paul had sharp words for his Corinthian congregation: “Do not be mismated with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? …What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, ‘I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. ]]>
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:04:52 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-97 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 96: Children and the Stewardship Life II (5/29/16) http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-96
Our children are very good watchers and listeners. They learn much more about how they will live in the future on their own from observing their parents than from a book or lecture. It is the duty of all Christians to properly use our time and money. ]]>
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:54:16 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-96 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 95: Children and the Stewardship Life I http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-95
As children’s relationships with God are formed they begin to understand their responsibility to live as Jesus lived and to acknowledge God’s many gifts. God works through them while serving the poor, spreading the Good News, and taking care of everything God has given them. Therefore, as disciples, children, too, are stewards of everything God entrusts to them ]]>
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:49:19 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-95 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 94: Sent http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-94
Several times in His earthly ministry, Christ sent (apostello) His followers out to carry His message beyond the local area. At His Holy Ascension, the last words of Christ to his disciples were words of sending: “Go therefore and make disciples…” ]]>
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:43:15 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-94 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 93: Self-Denial http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-93
We who view Christ on the Cross are bound by our obligation to God in return for that marvelous gift from God. We are to withhold nothing that we possess, no matter how dear it may be to us. If we possess anything that can help with the work of bringing another soul to the Church, no matter how rich or poor, we are to use such possessions for this purpose. ]]>
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:37:46 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-93 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 92: It’s Up to Us http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-92
When we look at the Cross and see our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ having made Himself poor that we might become rich, it should be easy to see that we are not to lay up for ourselves treasures on earth, but in heaven. Such a bank as heaven is for us to hold our treasures, it will never stop return payments. God sent His Son to this earth for our salvation and restoration, what can we possibly give back to Him? We are to give our all. ]]>
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:51:18 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-92 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 91: We Cannot Forgive Enough http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-91
Our society is filled with numbers and statistics. Everything has a price, for example. Newspapers are filled with ads that reveal costs as well as pages of “economic” data that are in reality, just numbers. The sports pages are crammed with box scores and player statistics. Professional sports teams are now relying heavily on what they call “analytics” defined as, the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data, that is, in the statistics and numbers.

In an interesting exchange between the Apostle Peter and Our Lord in Matthew 18, numbers play an important part. ]]>
Wed, 02 Mar 2016 18:02:28 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-91 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 90: Abraham: The Stewardship of Hospitality http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-90
Among many in Orthodoxy, there is a widespread error about stewardship. This error suggests (if not believes outright) that stewardship has only to do with money. While money is a part of stewardship (where stewardship is understood as a way of life), it is only one rather small part. As we look to Abraham we see an opportunity to understand stewardship as managing all the resources that God has loaned to us. One of those resources is offering hospitality: the gift of welcome.

One day as Abraham was sitting at the door of his tent in the wilderness, three strangers appear approaching his tent. Abraham’s response? He runs to greet them. ]]>
Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:56:07 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-90 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 89: Abram: One Steward’s Response http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-89
The twelfth chapter of Genesis begins with God appearing to a man named Abram. Without so much as an introduction, God tells Abram that He will bless Abram and his family. Further, Abram and his family will become a blessing to all the families of the earth. Abram is to take his family to a place God would show him.

Then comes an astonishing, if not unbelievable, three-word response: “So Abram went.” There is no argument. There was no questioning. There was no negotiation. Abram simply went. Many years later St. Paul would write of Abram’s faith (see Romans 4:16 and Hebrews 11:8,17). Abram’s response was simple and complete obedience. ]]>
Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:37:24 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-89 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 88: Debt III: Parish Debt http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-88
The Old Testament book of Haggai is a prophecy written by Haggai the prophet of whom very little is known. His is a short book, consisting of only two chapters. The historical setting dates around 520 BC before the Temple has been rebuilt. Haggai's message is filled with an urgency for the people to proceed with the rebuilding of the second Jerusalem temple.

The first chapter of Haggai contains a harsh criticism of the people of God: “Thus says the Lord of hosts: this people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the Lord… ]]>
Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:32:28 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-88 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 87: Debt II: Personal Debt http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-87
Personal debt seems to be a greater problem for the present generation than for the previous one. The whole credit card industry has exploded on us and now even children are provided credit cards for much more than just “emergency” expenses at college or when away from home. ]]>
Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:27:49 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-87 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 86: Debt I: Everyone’s in Debt http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-86
How many have never learned the lesson of keeping expenditures within the limit of their income? So many do not learn to adapt themselves to their circumstances. They borrow and borrow again and again. They become overwhelmed with debt. And the result? So often they become discouraged and disheartened. Sometimes such discouragement leads to “get-rich-quick” schemes like lottery or gambling, all of which cost even more money with the debt circle then widening and widening. Some even resort to illegal or criminal ways to “get rich.” ]]>
Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:24:12 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-86 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 85: Do Not Fret http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-85
The word “fret” is not a common one in our modern usage of the English language. The word means to be constantly or visibly worried or anxious. Its meaning is similar to the words of Christ: “…do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25 RSV)

In Psalm 37[36], we find David the Psalmist pondering how well the wicked seem to fare in this life. It is often in our modern life that we find ourselves comparing our own situations in life to others who seem to thrive on what appears to be “ill-gotten gains.” ]]>
Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:17:42 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-85 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 84: The Lure of Lottery http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-84
This is craziness. The chances of winning are one in several hundred million. Yes, I admit, for some people this may seem innocent fun. ]]>
Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:08:43 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-84 Fr. Peter Paproski
On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 83: The Gift of Generosity http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-83 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:01:05 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-83 Fr. Peter Paproski On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 82: Count The Cost http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-82 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:24:25 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-82 Fr. Peter Paproski On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 81: Giving Without Love http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-81 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:17:05 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-81 Fr. Peter Paproski On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 80: Looking Back http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-80 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:10:28 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-80 Fr. Peter Paproski On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 79: The Big Deception http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-79 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:06:43 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-79 Fr. Peter Paproski On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 78: In Debt to God http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-78 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:02:14 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-78 Fr. Peter Paproski On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 77: Perfection http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-77 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:53:14 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-77 Fr. Peter Paproski On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 76: Temptation http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-76 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:46:21 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-76 Fr. Peter Paproski On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 75: Treasures, Rust and Thieves http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-75 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:26:23 -0600 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-75 Fr. Peter Paproski On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 74: The Love of Money http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-74 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:05:52 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-74 Fr. Peter Paproski On Stewardship and the Orthodox Life - Part 73: Present Wrapping http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-73 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:58:10 -0500 http://www.acrod.org/ministries/stewardship/stewarship-blog/stewardship-73 Fr. Peter Paproski