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December 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

The Presence of Mary - The New Eve

While yet in Eden – the Garden of Paradise – our first Eve, in the innocent curiosity of a child, turned away from the wisdom and warning of the Word. This brought clarity to Moses as to the absolute need of our being clothed, by our Father, in the mortality of His flesh. And this clothing was a blessing unto salvation – a chastisement of His love for us.

Yet in His time, our Lord and Father, became Incarnate to fulfill His prophecies – of His coming to His children with a face and a voice. Yet in this, he asked the help of a young virgin, a handmaiden of the House of David, and a child of promise to Joachim and Anna – as was Isaac the son of Abraham. In gratitude and rejoicing, they gifted Mary to the Temple.

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November 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

The Ever-Virgin Mary and Our Relational Renewal

With the Nativity Fast approaching, we offer our latest booklet: The Ever-Virgin Mary and Our Relational Renewal. It is our meager attempt to bring high honor to Mary – the Mother of Jesus – who chose to participate in His glory and profound love for His children.

With Julianna Schmemann's blessing, this booklet is modeled on articles written by Fr. Alexander Schmemann, with special attention on Mary, the Birth-giver of her Son. We have added insight from our work on the Old Testament translation of the Septuagint.

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October 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

St. Athanasius Academy Septuagint Old Testament: Why It Is Highly Recommended for All Orthodox Christians

In these troubling times of violence, division, and threatening weather, it is reassuring to have the SAAOT-OSB in hand. It speaks to the hope, encouragement, and comfort of Jesus Christ. It is here, our faith in our Father and maturing trust in His love, is reinvigorated. For only through His Grace, Truth, and Voice of Wisdom, can His Light shine on the darkness of our ignorance, thereby washing away our fears, angers, and doubts. It is why the SAAOT–OSB, blessed by Metropolitan PHILIP, remains key to evangelism. It is why we need to grasp the differences between the Old Testaments of the Orthodox Church, and the Bibles of the Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches.

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September 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Washed — Cleansed — Healed, by His Grace: In Remembrance of His Waters of the Jordan River

Our last letters focused on the story of Lazarus bringing special attention to Jesus, the I AM, being: 1) Resurrection and Life - His own words, 2) the Anointed Son of His eternal Father, confirmed by Martha, 3) our One hope over the fear of death and empty powers of Satan, confirmed by Lazarus, while 4) recognizing Jesus to be the Son of Man, confirmed when Mary – sister to Lazarus and Martha – anointed Him. In Him, we are liberated from bondage, to freely choose Him as our Father.

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August 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Jesus at the East Side of the River Jordan

Our Summer letters have concerned Lazarus – his being called from his tomb by Jesus and how this benefits our relationship with Him. For Jesus is the Christ and Author of Resurrection and Life. Our last letter wondered about the importance of His return to the Jordan, before Lazarus became sick, not unto death but for the glory of the divine Son of His Father. We also wondered about the timing of events – before calling Lazarus from his tomb and His entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday – as well as the geographical location. Within this and with joyful thankfulness, it is good to remember how He allows us to learn, experience, and participate in the Wisdom and special goodness of His physical creation. Such is the parental privilege of a Father to His children maturing in their faith in Him and His love for us.

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July 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Jesus the Author of Resurrection and Life Returns to the River Jordan – John 10:40

In the last days before Palm Sunday, before Lazarus became sick – not unto death but for the glory of the Son of God (John 11:4) – Jesus returned to the Jordan where He had been baptized by John. This occurred right after He had offered the Jews of Jerusalem, words of His divine promise. ( John 10:27-31) In particular, He spoke to those who choose to hear His Voice and follow Him. He let them know they shall never perish, nor be snatched out of His Hand. He then says,

“My Father, Who has given Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Hand. I and My Father, are One."

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June 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Jesus is the Son of Man, the Son of His Father.

Last month, we began our discussion about Lazarus answering the call of Jesus to walk from his tomb. He was dead for four days. Here we gained insight into Who Jesus is and His significance to us, by reviewing John 11:4, ... not unto the death of Lazarus, but unto the glory of Jesus, His Son. It helps bring to focus the mortality of our flesh while also offering a great hope and purpose for the Incarnation of the Word. Truly Lazarus is important to us and our sense of salvation: “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God.” Jn 11:40.

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May 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life – (John 11:25)

Last Summer we focused on the wonderful woman of the Church. This Summer we will study Lazarus, John 11; ...not unto the death of Lazarus, but unto the glory of Jesus, His Son,.. 11:4.

John 11: 39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to
Him, "Lord, by now He is giving off an odor, for he has been dead four days." 40 Jesus said to
her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God."

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April 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

                            All things were made through Him, and without Him, there was nothing made
                                                that was made. In Him was Life, and the Life, was the Light of man.
(Gospel of John 1:3-4)

Within the mystery of Great Lent, let’s continue our review of the Word and how through His Incarnation, our restored relationship with Jesus – our Father – is once again, whole and complete.

In particular, let’s focus on: All things were made through Him. Let’s do so with a relational, almost family-like view, not merely an analytical / academic manner, based in Greek philosophy.

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March 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Jesus—the Word of the Lord—became incarnate (Gospel of John 1:14)

Within the mystery of Great Lent, let's review the first half of John, Verse 14: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.... It speaks to the renewal and reconciliation of the once lost - even dead - relationship with Jesus – the promised Christ of the Old Testament – through His Incarnation.

The Word of the Lord, and His Spirit, makes Himself known to us. Why? So we might have the unspeakable privilege of becoming one of His adopted children. Yet several severe obstacles stood in the way of this process, things that could only be cleared away only by this great Mystery of Life. 

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February 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

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

As we begin preparations for Great Lent, let's be mindful of the One Who brings focus and purpose to its meaning. The One Who is the promised Christ of the Old Testament; the One Who became Incarnate and given the personal name Jesus, both the Child and the Immanuel.

Our focus is renewing our once lost relationship with Him, as both Lord and our Father; with the purpose of growing in our knowing of His Incarnational Wisdom and maturing in His love for us. Held in the loving arms of His Cross, we purpose to love Him in the relational intimacy of a father to his own children. In this, we become capable of learning to better love our neighbor.

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January 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Jesus is the Anointed One – The Christ –
He came to the Jordan to be Baptized for our Sake

The One Who meets John the Baptist at the River Jordan, near Jericho, is named Jesus. He is the Incarnate Word and the son of Mary, whom we celebrate on Christmas. He is the One on whom the Light of His Nativity shines. In the Old Testament, this Anointed One of His eternal Father was also known as: Lord God, "I AM the I AM", YHWH, and also the Christ.

To most, this One divine Person, entering the waters with John, is assumed to be just another human, being just like John - no more, no less. As the only son of Mary, this may have seemed reasonable. Moreover, He likely earned a few cuts and bruises in need of Mom's help.

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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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