Welcome to the St. Hagop Church podcast, a ministry of St. Hagop Armenian Church on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The St. Hagop Church podcast shares weekly sermons, as well as conversations and reflections, all discerning the movement of God in the everyday life of the faithful.
Sermon: Araj Asdvadz
Now there is one problem with communications, catchphrases and slogans. They make things very simple, but that does not make them easy. It is so easy to say that our priority is God, then family, then work, but it is so hard to live it. Somehow the priorities of our deepest self get usurped by…
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Sermon: Stop By, If You Can
I was getting an oil change for the church car last week and by the garage across the street I saw a sign ‘Free brake check, stop by if you can!’ It gave me a laugh and then gave me pause to reflect on a theme of all our readings of these past weeks.
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Sermon: South Stars
Often to find the right direction for your life, your career, your faith, we have to correct our course after a bunch of misdirections. Christian thinker Rob Bell calls events, people and paths we discover we don’t want to follow ‘south stars.’ North stars are all the positive role models, aspirations and paths we hope…
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Sermon: 613 Can I’s
Two big and complex ‘Can I’ questions came up in American civil life just this weekend. One set of questions were these: Can I use weapons of deadly force to defend myself? Can I use military weapons of deadly force to defend myself? Can 18 year olds or mentally troubled people use military weapons of…
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Well the good news is that colleges and states are rediscovering the benefits of apprenticeship and are incorporating them to improve the education of our youth. But of course in this church, on father’s day, we aren’t just looking to improve the higher education of our youth, we aim to improve our highest education as…
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Sermon: Hero Ball
Today is the feast of the Old Testament prophet Elijah. Reading Elijah’s ups and downs in today’s assigned readings is like watching the Boston Celtics in the NBA finals; one quarter they look absolutely unbeatable and the next feels like if I suited up I could improve the team. Like the Celtics, Elijah has had…
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