Category Archives: Philokalia

Does Donald Trump need forgiveness?

Paul of Tarsus said: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing.” (Romans 7:18) “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) “Here is a trustworthy saying that … Continue reading

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Write To Free Speech / Write To Life

I love to exercise the right to write. For me, the process of writing is freeing and life producing. I write to set words and thoughts (my speech) free from self and to allow them to soar in the Spirit. Far too … Continue reading

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If there are no demons . . .

If there are no demons . . . then why are so many of us humans tormented by fears, worries, anger, bitterness, frustration, self-doubt, self-condemnation, distress, depression, and too many other negative emotions to list? If there are no demons … Continue reading

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Top Ten Greatest Books

What are the world’s 10 greatest books?  Here are the top 10 books that have had the most impact on my life: 1)  The Bible:  I’ve read it almost daily for 42 years.  There have been times that I have … Continue reading

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An Ancient Way To Change Your Life (Almost Unknown In The 21st Century)

There is an ancient way to change your life that was first developed and used in the Middle East in the early Fourth Century.  It produced amazing results and helped to start a movement in the Roman Empire and beyond. … Continue reading

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Quotes From Spiritual Athletes Between The 4th & 7th Centuries

Here are some quotations written between the Fourth and Seventh Centuries by some powerful spiritual athletes.  They are from an amazing collection of writings — The Philokalia — Volume One.  Enjoy the quotes: “When a man has an exact knowledge … Continue reading

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How To Regularly Experience The Inner Flow Of The Holy Spirit

Jesus promised His followers an inner flow of the Holy Spirit.  He said:  “Out of your inner most being shall flow rivers of living water.”  This is not just theology, theory, or doctrine, but an actual, ongoing experience. Believers have amazing spiritual … Continue reading

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