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December 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

In the Spirit of the Lord's Nativity, please remember our prisoner-students.
Let them know we care, as we seek His Voice of Wisdom. (Mat. 25:34-40)

The Nativity of the I AM
The One named Jesus, the One called the Christ,
The Child and the Emmanuel

Academy Study Notes from the Gospel of John 4: 26 where: Jesus said to her, "I who speaks to you, am He." (I AM the One)

1. Time was now deemed appropriate for the Word of the Lord to reveal Himself to Photini - the woman at the well. He literally said to her, "I AM", for the pronoun "He" does not appear in the Greek, nor is it complete. The "He" is inserted to not confuse the reader. Yet more, the term "He" does not capture the fulness of the "I AM". "I AM" helps remind us of when Moses asked the Lord, Who shall I say sent me. The Lord did not simple say "I", but with greater significant, tells the children of Israel, "I AM", The One-Who-Is", sent me, or "I AM the I AM", sent me, or "The-One-Who-Is", sent me." Bottom line: It was the pre-incarnate One – Jesus Christ – the Anointed Son of His eternal Father, Who spoke to Moses.

2. Jesus, being the Christ, is the Word of the Lord. He is the promised One - the Messiah, the One known to the Jews. He became Incarnate through the womb of Mary, and though always the One divine Person, He is given the personal name Jesus. Why? Because He is and remains, as always, the Deliver – the One Who shall deliver as He promised and promises.

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November 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care.
They grow with us, but we need your special donation to help them. (Mat. 25:34-40)

We, His adopted children are being called to protect the unborn of His.

The life of the living child, yet in the womb of her mother, is filled with all potential to grow in knowing the Lord; able to leap in great joy in the presence of the Lord and His Spirit. Truly the water of the woman's womb is blessed with a special gift of Life, a relationship beyond wonder. If true, who are we, the ones of His Creation – His adopted children – to judge the worthiness of such a life and deny the purposing of His divine Grace. Let us fear Him, not the wisdom of man.

As we approach November elections, may this be our priority, remembering how blessed this nation is, even with its flaws and failings. How it is built upon the name and promise of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed Son of His eternal Father. May we remain ever vigilant of His love, filled with appreciation and the joy of His Nativity. For as our Lord and Father, He gifts us His Life and Light, as we dwell in liberty and freedom, in His Name.

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October 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

St. Peter and St. Paul
Prisoner-Education Study Program

As we look ahead, our Academy prisoner-study program is taking a turn. Working with thousands over 20 years, a shift of emphasis is needed. It will help us better know them and their walk to prison. With this, we can work with them in renewing and restoring their relationship with Jesus Christ, the I AM. It offers a good way to bring them to the fullness of the Lord's Incarnation – His divine Word and unchangeable Wisdom. We will use our verse-by-verse, detailed study of Genesis, the Gospel of John, and Book of Romans, as key. We hope you agree.

A common reality for most of our prisoner-student, is living in the sufferings of broken trust; a harsh reality often in the innocence of childhood – a happening outside their choosing. And as their world fell apart, they moved ever further from the Lord, drawn by false hopes and empty promises of man's wisdom. The outcome: Their troubles followed them to prison - to the bars of the prison cell - now living in surroundings I can not even begin to understand.

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September 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. They grow with us, but we need your special donation to help them. (Mat. 25:34-40)

Photoni - Gospel of John 4: 11 - 14
New Testament Servant of the One Who is the Living Water

Our summer letters focused on the fine qualities of just a few excellent women, whose living faith in the "I AM" of the Old Testament, was exemplary. As we begin the new calendar Church Year, let us give careful consideration to another fine women. This one is of the New Testament, St. Photini, the Samaritan woman at the well.

In particular, let's review John 4:10-14. Here we gain some additional insight into the waters of Creation, the waters of Baptism, the water from the side of Jesus on the Cross, and the water that became the good wine at the Marriage Feast.

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August 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. (Mat. 25:34-40)

THE FAITHFUL BRIDE OF JESUS OUR CHRIST
JUDITH - THE LIONESS OF JUDAH

In honor of the many wonderful women living the gift of His boundless grace.

The Book of Judith ( OSB - Septuagint Old Testament, pages 578 - 595) speaks of the true beauty of a woman whose first love and only faith, is in the One Lord God of Israel - the I AM of the Old Testament. Her sincere devotion and great courage of faith, was revealed most brightly when King Nebuchadnezzar brought his war of revenge against Israel. Interestingly, the name Judith is the feminine form of the word Judah - the lion of the tribe. Lioness is a name she wears well.

While most leaders in the town of Bethulia, preferred to negotiate - even test the Lord - after Nebuchadnezzar sent the ruthless Holofernes to war against them, thankfully and with great courage and conviction, Judith thought and declared otherwise.

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July 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. (Mat. 25:34-40)

THE FAITHFUL BRIDE OF JESUS – QUEEN ESTHER - BOUNDLESS IN HIS GRACE
In honor of the many wonderful women living the gift of His boundless grace.

Summer is often a good time to read and again consider The Orthodox Study Bible - Septuagint Old Testament. May we offer the Book of Esther, (p. 596). The life of Esther is an inspiring reminder of the critical importance and absolute significance of the faithful women of Scripture. Without such magnificent women, and the healing gift of His grace, the faith – once held sacred by the Virgin Temple (Book of Amos) –may have been permanently lost to the folly of man.

Esther was a young girl among the many Jews exiled from Judah under the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. She had been raised as a proper young Jewish lady by her uncle, Mordecai.

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June 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. (Mat. 25:34-40)

THE FAITHFUL BRIDE OF JESUS – THE ANOINTED SON OF HIS FATHER
In Honor and Blessed Memory of Mary Ellen Braun

THE INDISPENSABLE WOMAN
– Proverbs 31:10-11 –

"Who can find a virtuous woman? For such a woman is more valuable than precious
stones. Her husband's heart trusts in her; he does not need the spoils of war."

Yes, her husband can count on his faithful bride be his helpmate; to putting her talents to work on behalf of her family, as a first priority. Such a person is remarkable and true reflection of the divine Wisdom of the Great I AM. Yet when first read, this may seem rather simple. However, with the Light of His Transfiguration, the words reveal a deeper sense of our relational intimacy with our Lord and Father, and between husband and wife. It is here, when imitating and walking in His divine steps, we find our very best thinking and doing – a true crown of glory. Such a walk, was the walk of Mary Ellen, a walk of faith she continues in Paradise.

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May 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. (Mat. 25:34-40)

JESUS CHRIST - THE ANOINTED ONE
THE "I AM" OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT

As we contemplate and participate in the joyful wonder of the Pascal Season, let's further develop the many ways in which Scripture helps us to better grasp Who this Jesus is and what it means for Him to be the incarnate "I AM", the Anointed Son of His eternal Father. This will help us better appreciate, with continual thankfulness, the profound and incomprehensible love He has for each of us and our salvation.

If someone were to ask, "Who is this Jesus?" We might offer, He is the promised One - the Anointed of His Father - born from a Virgin, being both the Child and the Immanuel. Then they might ask, How do I know and why do I care?

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April 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. They struggle with us, but we need your special donation to complete the task. (Mat. 25:34-40)

JESUS CHRIST
HIS ANOINTED ONE – OUR MESSIAH

Last month, we wrote about the Book of Amos – OSB-Old Testament, with special emphasis on the woes and dooms of the unrepentant. Those who turned from the Lord, believing in the good things of the land and its needs, as their first priority.

Amos 5: - 2 The virgin of Israel has fallen; she will rise no more; she tripped over her land, and there is no one who shall raise her up.

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March 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. They struggle with us, but we need your special donation to complete the task. (Mat. 25:34-40)

The Virgin of Amos 5 and 1 Peter 2

Last month, we spoke to the "Woes and Lamentations" in Chapter 5 of Amos. He makes clear the dire consequences of failing to repent and return home to the Lord. His dramatic warnings included their hypocritical and dualistic worship. Further, he focused on the open denial and rejection of the words spoken by the Lord's Prophets.

The fruit of this infidelity was not only the death of His prophets, but also a heartless disregard for those the Lord calls us to serve – the least of His. Yet in the midst of all this, the Prophets also spoke words of the Lord's love for them, plus the pronouncement that His Anointed One, found in Amos 4-13, was being promised to His remnant.

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February 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. They struggle with us, but we need your special donation to complete the task. (Mat. 25:34-40)

THE BOOK OF AMOS
THE ANOINTED ONE – THE VIRGIN – SEEK HIM AND LIVE

Last month we quietly introduced the Book of Amos – St. Athanasius Academy OSB-Old Testament, p. 996. A relatively short Book in page count, often put off in favor of oneo of the major Prophets. As a result, it is easy to see why its importance maybe overlooked, grasped, or even studied. It is not read during the Liturgical year. As a result, one understands why its profound depth is often overlooked and lacks the appreciation it deserves.

In preparation for translating and editing the Greek Septuagint into English, we discovered a research book regarding Amos, of 1,000 pages. Wow! It offered a detail of explanations that literally caught us off guard. Imagine 7 pages of Scripture needing 1,000 pages to help us understand all that was being said and offered.

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January 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

THE ANOINTED ONE – CHRIST, JESUS
CAME TO THE RIVER JORDAN TO BE BAPTIZED

Who is this One Who comes to the River Jordan with John the Baptist? What is known about Him? To most, this One "person" about to enter the water with John, seems to be just like them – no more and no less. He grew up with children of His own age, likely earning a few bruises in need of a mother's comfort.

In Amos, we hear of the Anointed One, but no personal name is given. Moses learns of the "I AM", but no personal name is offered. In Luke 1:31, Archangel Gabriel proclaims Him to be the Son of the Highest, while in Psalm 109 (OSB, p. 757), this divine Person is called our One High Priest forever. In Obadiah 17 (OSB, p. 1018), we hear is deliverance, will come to Mount Zion.

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December 2015 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

IN CELEBRATION OF THE JOY OF HIS NATIVITY
Please remember our prisoner-students this Christmas.

They struggle with us – as we work closely with them – to achieve our mission of reaching out to prisoners, everywhere and of any faith. We pray the Light of the Lord – His Grace and Truth – continues to shine through our study program. But we need your help.

Please consider a special donation as gift of hope, for our prisoner students. Let us share the spirit of His Nativity and the joy of Christmas giving with them, in the name of the Lord. Such kindness is a first fruit of fasting (Isaiah 58, Mat. 25:34-40).

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November 2015 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

IN PREPARATION FOR HIS NATIVITY: LUKE 19: 10

"I came to seek (those who sit in darkness), and to save that which was lost (our relationship with Him)."

He Who is the Image and Wisdom of the Father – the Word of God – became Incarnate to dwell in our midst. Why? Because His chosen people lost remembrance of Him as their Lord and Savior. They instead, choose to turn away from Him, even after being forewarned for generations.

As a result: 1) their path became one of self-destruction, and 2) their relationship with the promised One was being lost to a state of hopelessness. The outcome: The false and fearful teachings of death, Satan, and Hades, reigned over all made in His Image, of His likeness, and clothed in flesh.

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October 2015 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

His Cross (OSB: Psalm 22:5)
Our Monument to His Victory Over the Domain of Death

Paraphrased from Chapter 4, On the Incarnation, St. Athanasius speaks to the Lord's Cross:

Some might urge that it would have been better for the Lord to have arranged an honorable death for Himself and avoid the shamefulness of the cross. Yet this would have aroused suspicion that His power over death, was limited to the death He chose for Himself.

In turn, this would provide an excuse for disbelieving the resurrection. Therefore death came to His fleshly body – His enfleshment – not from Himself, but from enemy action. Why? So our Savior might utterly abolish, as foolishness, the fears and false teachings of Judaism, the Gnotics, and the Greeks.

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