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Count Down to Pentecost #7


By Fr. Paul Stewart


Psalm 119: 49-56

  1. Remember the word to Your Servant, Upon which You have caused me to hope.
  2. This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.
  3. The proud have me in great derision, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
  4. I remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord, And have comforted myself.
  5. Indignation has taken hold of me. Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.
  6. Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
  7. I remember Your name in the night O Lord, And I keep your law.
  8. This has become mine Because I kept Your precepts.

David had come to a place where the word became his greatest comfort!  He faced many accusations against him, and through these trials, he turned not from the law of God.  It seems we are always in some kind of conflict and we are ready with a sword to combat them.  Often our zealousness causes us to react in ways that outside of Gods word.  Peter pulled out his sword and cut the soldiers ear off, but Jesus quickly spoke, this is not my way.   During the night we ponder the day, wishing like Peter that our choices were different.

David had hope, the word taught him the judgments of God.  He comforted himself in knowing His Lord’s mercy. Peter after the denial was haunted- but Jesus came through after the Resurrection; “tell Peter too.”

The Holy Spirit reminds us that every promise of the Father, the things He spoke to us and said we would do, are restored through Jesus.  This is the house of our pilgrimage, the call to us; walk, and be lifted up by the Spirit of God.


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2017-04-13 Geese Up State NY

By Fr Stephen Young

There is something so inspiring about the flight of geese as they wind their way across the morning or evening sky.  Even more incredible and captures our imagination is to watch a flock in the field lift off and almost magically move from randomness into a beautiful and coordinated “V” shaped pattern.

Woven into this ancient flight plan is a deep message that reflects the “V”ictorious life promised by God to those who will follow His flight plan as presented through His Son Jesus.  What lessons can we realize from these magnificent creatures?

FACT:  As geese flap their wings, they create an uplift for the birds that follow.  By flying in the “V” formation the whole flock adds 70% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

LESSON:  People who share a common purpose and direction; who form community, get where they are going quicker and easier.  They lift each other up along the way. Encouragers!!

FACT:  If a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and resistance of flying alone.  So it quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

LESSON:  If we have the sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those committed to the same direction as we are headed.

FACT:  When the lead goose tires, it rotates back in the formation and another takes the point position.

LESSON:  t pays to share leadership and be humble enough to let others take a leadership turn when needed.

FACT:  Geese flying in formation honk to encourage one another and those up front to keep together and keep up the pace. The honking helps keep the pace and momentum.

LESSON:  It is important that we “honk” and that our honking be one of encouragement.

FACT:  When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down other geese drop out of formation to follow it down to help and/or protect it.  They remain until it dies or is able to fly again.

LESSON:  When one of us is down, it’s up to others to stand by us in our time of trouble.

PONDER: Reflect upon these lessons from the Goose.  What scriptures, parables and Biblical precepts are portrayed through their actions?  In Christ and in following in His pattern we do find “V”ictory.


Count Down to Pentecost #5

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Fr Paul Stewart



Psalms 119: 33–40


33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end.

34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

35 Make me walk in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.

36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, And not to covetousness.

37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in your way.

38 Establish your word to your servant, who is devoted to fearing you.

39 Turn away my reproach which I dread, for your judgments are good.

40 Behold, I long for your precepts; revive me in your righteousness.

We feel the desire in this Psalm to be taught by the Lord. When our late Bishop was a young man in the Lord, he marveled with those who could recite one scripture after another. He longed to be able to do the same- there was a time when a man came who could rattle off one verse after another. The young bishop asked the man if he could teach him how to do it. That very night the Lord spoke to him in that quiet still place within him. “Do you want that man to teach you or do you want me?” From that day until he went to the Lord, the Holy Spirit was his instructor.

“Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in your way.” It is so easy to become dependent on others for our instructions when the Holy Spirit greatest desire is to lead you, Jesus. We can call out to him when we are dry and weary, Revive us, Lord! Not because I’m righteous in myself, but because you are. “Establish your word to your servant, who is devoted to fearing you.”

Like David and the men and women who have found this secret, turn to the Lord, and He will give you the ability, the Holy Spirit, to lift you up under His wings.

Count Down to Pentecost #4

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Psalms 119: 25-32

25 My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.
26 I have declared my ways, and You answered me; Teach me Your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts; So shall I meditate on Your wondrous works.
28 My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word.
29 Remove from me the way of lying, And grant me Your law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me.
31 I cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame!
32 I will run the course of Your commandments, For You shall enlarge my heart.

“Revive me according to your word,” each morning as we awake we seek the Lord in some way.  Most of us read the Word and are quiet before Him.  He strengthens us, and refreshing takes place each new day.

King David knew the place where the weary soul finds its rest and the broken heart finds healing.  He knew the loving care of a Shepherd and the restlessness of the sheep.  “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters; He restores my soul” (Psalms 23)

David knew the pasture to run in, the direction that would lead him to peace.  A man after the heart of God, he knew the impartation of the Lord.  Jesus gave us this impartation of the Holy Spirit, His direction for us.  This Holy Spirit clearly points us to our purpose and gives us the ability to carry it out.

He stops us from pursuing the ways that seem right, the lying voices around us and turns us on to the laws of life.

I can say like David, “I have chosen the way of truth,” and because of it I will not be denied.  My heart transformed, enlarged, because of your testimonies I am encouraged to run the course.

Thank you, Holy Spirit for your charge over my life!



Count Down to Pentecost #3

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By Fr Paul Stewart


Psalms 119: 17-24 

17 Deal bountifully with your servant; then I will live and keep your word.
18 Open my eyes, so that I will see wonders from your word.
19 Though I’m just a wanderer on the earth, don’t hide your commandments from me.
20 I am continually consumed with longing for your rulings.
21 You rebuke the proud, the cursed, who stray from your commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt, because I observe your instruction.
23 Even when Princes sit and plot against me, your servant meditates on your laws.
24 Also, your instructions are my delight; they are my counselors.

David continues his praise for God and his word; he cries out in song,  “Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from your word.”

He was one of the wealthiest kings in the history of Israel, yet he asked the Lord to “deal bountifully” with him.  There wasn’t much that David did not have at his disposal and yet he was crying out to the Lord for a greater bounty.  What was this? “That I might live and keep your word,” he pleaded with his God.  David found abundance layered within the precepts and instructions of the Word of God.  He saw each day an opportunity to know, and to follow the Him, more passionately.

The lands, the riches, and power he could obtain being king could not satisfy him. But the mysteries and the wonders of God brought tears to his eyes.  David knew from his own experiences it took an impartation from God’s Spirit to perceive the hidden things.  Moving towards Pentecost, we are saying these same things.  “Open my eyes, so that I will see wonders from your word.”  I want this intimacy with you, Jesus, come Holy Spirit, help me

The Count to Pentecost #1

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Fr Paul Stewart


Psalms 119: 1-8


1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath…Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.”

(Leviticus 23: 15-16 NKJV)

The Counting of the Omer- a fifty day period of time from the feast of first fruits until Pentecost.  Seven complete weeks plus one – 50 days.  Fallowing the inspiration of the dove given to us at Passover, let us journey together with expectation for the feast of Pentecost!

Moving now from our great celebration of the Resurrection we can continue with Psalm 119, stirring the condition of our hearts toward Jesus.  It is one of the most powerful Psalms in which King David praises the wonders of God.  Led by the Holy Spirit, our hearts can be taken over by the Testimonies, precepts, Commandments, and Statutes of the Living God. 

Listen to the still, small voice within you, be carried away like David in the simple ways of worship within you.  Your voice like David’s will please the heart of God; it will cause you to want more intimacy with Jesus.  A heart submitted, willing for the breath of God.

Psalms 119: 1-8

  1. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD!
  2. Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!
  3. They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.
  4. You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently.
  5. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes!
  6. Then I would not be ashamed When I look into all Your commandments.
  7. I will praise You with uprightness of heart When I learn Your righteous judgments.
  8. I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly!


The Animals Will Teach You

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Praying Mantis

By Fr. Stephen Young

There on the low hanging branch of the maple tree, hidden, but not hidden, stood the mantis. Brilliant green and statuesque, it appeared to be caught in deep prayer as it faced into the early morning sun; a mysterious and intriguing expression of God’s beauty.

Then, almost out of nowhere, another praying mantis materialized on the same branch and in a moment they began an ancient courtship ritual.  To be privy to this intimate act of creation was both humbling and even embarrassing.  Like Mary being overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, the female was overshadowed by the male, the egg within being brought to life by the acceptance of the seed.  Like the Word becoming flesh in Mary, a miracle!!  New Life!  New Birth!

Completed, the gift given, the womb was made alive.  And then came the shock.  A scene too hard to witness, visual words too hard to listen to!!  She who had received the gift proceeded to consume the gift giver; an act of supreme sacrifice, providing the food needed to ensure that the life begun would be the life fulfilled.  Eucharist!!

“………Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink of His blood, you have no life in you.”  John 6:53

“But now ask the animals, and they will teach you;…”   Job 12:7

I Can Only Imagine, Counting the Stars

StarsintheskyArticle by Fr. Leo

Photo by Magellanic Cloud Wikipedia

We recently read in the Bible about God asking Abraham to look up in the night sky and count the stars.  Genesis 15:5-6 – “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.  And he believed in the LORD, and he counted it to him for righteousness.”  Realizing that Abraham was being asked to use his imagination to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of counting stars, reveals a profound example of what it would look like when Abraham sees the fulfillment of this promise.  God uses the number of seemingly infinite stars to fuel Abraham’s imagination concerning the promises.  We read that it is anything but possible when you are looking through the lens of the facts.  In Genesis 15:7 – “And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.”  What is so significant about this event that was going to occur through Abraham, was by this time he was up there in years and Sarah his wife, was no spring chicken herself, as well as she was barren, unable to have children.

For Abraham, not having a son meant that his heritage would not go on.  Not having a son was paramount to him revealing a lifetime of unfulfilled desires that were continuously nagging at his heart and staring him in the face were the facts that told him this was IMPOSSIBLE.  Even if it was just for a moment in time, something amazing takes place, a miracle of the heart.  Genesis 15:6 – “And he believed in the LORD, and he counted it to him for righteousness.”

There is an incredible lesson to be learned here, teaching us about how God works in our lives.  We must ask ourselves what was so pleasing to God.   It was this very act of believing before it even happened.  And what does God do?  He accounts it to Abraham as fulfilling the law of righteousness, in turn, making him the father of faith.  Abraham is an example to all those who are in Christ.  We read in the Epistle to the Romans 4:17 – “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”  A simple law was fulfilled as God was teaching Abraham to use his imagination and not to believe the facts nor depend on excuses like we all do in the face of impossible odds.  Instead, Abraham teaches us to trust God, knowing that His ways are not our ways; with Christ as our foundation and living by faith in Jesus.  We see evident in 2 Corinthians 4:18 – “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  Abraham was learning to do what God is asking each of us to do, which is to exercise our faith with this incredible gift called our imagination that each one of has available to use.  It says in Mark 11:24 – “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that have received them, and ye shall have them.”  Remembering God is fully able to fulfill his promises to us, Jesus reminds us when he says in Luke 12:32 – “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

As we learn to live by faith, Jesus promises us we will never be disappointed, that it is the father’s pleasure to give you and I the kingdom and that His kingdom is built on the foundation of faith.  It is our small measure of faith in action that relies on HIS grace, through the renewing of our minds.  Titus 3:57– “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Quiet Walk On A Father’s Day

By Fr. Stephen Young

The woven voice of God, so full

  Melodious in currents streaming,

    So deep, so sweet, Our voice compared, so incomplete.

      In Sunday praise, to God we reach,

    But the song of wind and warbler,

  The ear of God they do truly meet,

Holy are they, pure and clean.

We gather, seeking a wilderness temple,

  Revealed to all, its veil now opened,

    We priests enjoin the sacrifice,

      Immersed, renewed by the Laver’s water

      Entering now the Presence, God’s sacred Presence.

    Off with shoes!

  Knees to earth,

This is truly Holy ground.

Shekinah Glory, a pollen mist,

  An incense blessing from brother pine,

    Fills the sanctuary in benediction,

      Holy, Holy, Holy; Lord God Almighty!

      Oh Father, seen in winter’s ice,

    Your Son heard in the many waters,

  And Holy Spirit felt through morning mist,

The essence of a triune God.

A rainbow’s promise in color proclaims,

  By red, the Lamb of love was slain,

    By yellow our redemption claimed,

      By blue the Comforter ordained.

      An empty cocoon; an empty tomb,

    The stone rolled back,

  Life from death; Love and hope,

A mystery, a miracle, a resurrection!

My naked feet upon the earth, intrude,

  Foreigners yes, but strangers not,

    From dust, I came,

      And to dust, I shall return.

But till that Day, that glorious day,

  For which all creation waits,

    I will tend the garden precious,

      Walking and talking to the One I know,

        Who loves me so, my Abba Father

On this our Father’s Day. 

Please feel free to share how God has expressed Himself to you through His “Book of Nature” as we walk and talk together in the garden with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, anticipating the coming of Christ and the new heaven and new earth!

Hebrews Chapter 1 Intro


How did God speak to us through His Son Jesus? 

How did God make the Worlds Through his son?

How can we relate to God if Jesus is the Image of God?

How powerful is the Word of God in our life?

How and why did Jesus purge our sins?

We will answer these questions & more, as we unpack Gods word together, revealing a fresh understanding of the power of the word of God for our lives. We will gain a clear vision of what of what Gods word says about living an enlightened life in Jesus.

Most importantly we will receive the tools needed, to live a closer walk with Jesus, our bridegroom!