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Fr. Philip LeMasters and Ancient Faith Radio

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Homilies from St. Luke Orthodox Church in Abilene, Texas - Thoughtful homilies of an Orthodox priest who serves a small parish and teaches Religion full-time at McMurry University in Abilene, TX. Fr. Philip draws on his scholarly work in Christian theology and ethics, but most of all, these are the homilies of a pastor guiding his flock with insightful, practical suggestions on how to share more fully in the life of Jesus Christ.
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How can I improve my coping skills? How can I have healthy boundaries? How can draw closer to God in my daily life? This podcast answers those questions. These episodes will help you build self-confidence, establish firmer boundaries, and lean into the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit in your daily life. I have been helping adults and couples establish strategies for their personal growth since l986. These episodes are not a substitute for medication or personal counseling. #christiancouns ...
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How often have you gained a good idea, decided to implement it, but failed to put it into action? Our inability to convert ideas into action is a universal part of human nature. But if you could, you’d supercharge your personal and professional growth, become more confident and competent, and be more successful and fulfilled. Let’s dig into this is…
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This video podcast looks at the PEACE, POWER, and Confidence that we can have as we learn to access our faith. 0:00" Introduction to the episode2:18" Areas that people find difficult3:20" God offers PEACE and POWER4:20" Bible verses that give us Strength and Confidence9:40" STEPS to Overcome15:49" Prayer✅ Subscribe To My YouTube Channel For More Vi…
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“I’m spending more and more time dealing with information. It’s squeezing out my productive time.” Welcome to the information age. You are not unique. This problem of information inundation is a relatively new but almost universal threat to your livelihood. Four or five years ago, professionals were not too concerned with it. Today, it can make or …
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Knowing how to access our connection with the Holy Spirit enhances our creativity, problem-solving, spiritual power, and quickens our imagination. This is episode #117 of #lifewithoutbaggage. My brother, Vince Didato, lends his expertise as an LPCC-S and author. 0:00" Introduction2:20" Why we want to deepen our connection to the Holy Spirit4:44" Re…
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The Desert Father Saint Antony the Great once tested a group of monks by asking them, beginning with the youngest, the meaning of a certain passage of Scripture. In response to their answers, he said, “You have not understood it.” Finally, he asked Abba Joseph, who said, “I do not know.” Then Abba Antony said, “Indeed Abba Joseph has found the way,…
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Happy Mother's Day! This is a special video commemorating my grandmother, Antoinette Didato, and celebrating the way that God hears our prayers.✅ Subscribe To My Channel For More Videos: https://www.youtube.com/@ChristianCounselingforaL-gz3mu/?sub_confirmation=1✅ Important Links: 👉 Books on Amazon: https://bit.ly/48x5M2V👉 Leave me a Google Review: …
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This must be one of the saddest of all situations; You have a business or a career that God has great plans for, but they are never realized because you limited God’s involvement in them. You end your career with just a fraction of the impact you could have had. Let’s dig into preventing this. Dave Kahle is a B2B sales expert, and a Christian Busin…
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This week's video podcast exposes the 3 TYPES of BARRIERS to emotional freedom and 9 PERSONAL Indicators that there is an underlying issue that needs attention. 0:00" Introduction and Recap4:45" Barrier of Culture9:40" Barrier of Generational Patterns11:10" Family Barriers14:50" Personal Barriers✅ Important Links: 👉 Books on Amazon: https://bit.ly/…
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Almost everyone associates ‘church’ with the institutional church system –that conglomerate of church buildings, pastors, denominations, worship service, that is ubiquitous ink Western society. But is that what Christ created? Join with me as I tell my story. Dave Kahle is a B2B sales expert, and a Christian Business thought leader. He has authored…
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This video podcast looks at the supernatural PEACE, Power for Coping & Joy that the Lord offers us when we lean into Him each day. But we need to know how to recognize "pseudo" Jesus in cultural practices and spirituality. 0:00" Introduction2:38" The role of faith in developing peace and coping skills7:10" Freedom in spirit, soul, and body8:23" Pow…
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God has given you unique gifts, purpose dreams, and destiny. This is an excerpt from Episode #9 in the series, "Gifts from Heaven."✅ Subscribe To My Channel For More Videos: https://www.youtube.com/@ChristianCounselingforaL-gz3mu/?sub_confirmation=1✅ Important Links: 👉 Books on Amazon: https://bit.ly/48x5M2V👉 Leave me a Google Review: https://g.pag…
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One of the mistaken ideas about Christian business is that it should focus on preaching the Gospel. Many Christians are hesitant to think of their businesses as Kingdom entities because they fear they will be expected to preach. In this article, we dig into that idea. Dave Kahle is a B2B sales expert, and a Christian Business thought leader. He has…
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These are strategies and principles of how to use your prayer time to build greater peace, joy, and power into your life. 0:00" Introduction2:45" Definitions and Imagery for Spiritual Rest6:36" Listening in Prayer7:00" Creativity10:20" Power 12:23" Peace👉 Books on Amazon: https://bit.ly/48x5M2V Here is a link to the Spotify episode on Creativity: h…
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We will misunderstand these blessed weeks of Lent if we assume that they are about helping us to have clearer ideas or deeper feelings about our Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection. We will be even more confused if we think that our intensified prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and repentance somehow earn God’s forgiveness or make us better than other p…
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Most people don't know that the Holy Spirit empower us with supernatural wisdom, creativity, and strategies to succeed. This is an updated video version of podcast #9 "Life Without Baggage".✅ Subscribe To My Channel For More Videos: https://www.youtube.com/@ChristianCounselingforaL-gz3mu/?sub_confirmation=1✅ Important Links: 👉 Books on Amazon: http…
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Thinking about your spirituality? Wondering if there is something deeper and more meaningful for your life? You’re not alone. Millions of people feel an emptiness and recognize it as a lack of spiritual growth on their part. And so, they search for something spiritual to fill that void. Unfortunately, many are searching in the wrong place, their en…
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Do you use prayer to help you manage the STRESS of life or to grow in your faith? There are mistakes many people make that interfere with the POWER in their prayer life. This episode talks about DO's and DON'Ts for effective prayer and greater PEACE.0:00" Introduction1:59" Don'ts (Common Mistakes you don't want to make)9:20" DO's (Suggestions for g…
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We do not have to look very closely at dominant trends in our culture today for signs that many people are offering their lives for the service of false gods, regardless of how they identify themselves religiously. The evidence of their idolatry is not primarily in where they congregate to worship, but in how they seek first the things of this worl…
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As a young man, I made a career decision that was to impact the rest of my life. Reflecting back on it, I see a number of reasons why the choice of business impacted my character and my destiny. So it is with everyone. Business produces character traits that are fundamental in society and necessary to live a full and successful life. Let’s drill de…
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This video podcast is an interview with Dr. Jennifer Moore of the Lennix James podcast. In this interview we talk about practical coping skills and how to access your faith to establish a more peaceful approach to life. 0:00" Introduction2:50" Prevalence of Anxiety & Depression 4:09" Understanding Learned Helplessness6:40" Self-Help Strategies11:50…
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On this first Sunday of Great Lent, we commemorate the restoration of icons centuries ago in the Byzantine Empire. They were banned due to a misguided fear of idolatry, but restored as a proclamation of how Christ calls us to participate in His salvation in every dimension of our existence.Fr. Philip LeMasters and Ancient Faith Radio
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Sometimes God directs you to leave a comfortable situation, with no alternative in place. It's part of the way He works with His people. Dave Kahle is a B2B sales expert, and a Christian Business thought leader. He has authored 13 books, presented in 47 states and 11 countries and worked with over 500 sales organizations. In these ten-minute podcas…
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This is an interview where I answer questions about:2:00" The 3 dimensions of personality4:00" Toxic Guilt5:40" Roots of these emotions and how to changeHere is a link to the website for Christian Life Coach, Rebekah Anne Perkins https://www.rebekahanneperkins.com/Here is a link to the longer podcast interviews on "Truth Applied"https://podcasters.…
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The themes of exile and return are prominent throughout the entire narrative of the Bible. Adam and Eve were cast out of Paradise. The Hebrews were enslaved in Egypt until Moses led them back to the Promised Land. The kingdoms of Israel and Judah went into exile in Assyria and Babylon, respectively, with only Judah returning home. The Jews endured …
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This BONUS video gives the back story to why Good Friday and Easter matter. This video also explains the forgiveness and PROTECTION available to us when we understand the power of the shed blood of Jesus.✅ Subscribe To My YouTube Channel For More Videos: https://www.youtube.com/@ChristianCounselingforaL-gz3mu/?sub_confirmation=1✅ Important Links: 👉…
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On the last several Sundays, our gospel readings have challenged us to return home from our self-imposed exile. Zacchaeus gave more than justice required to the poor and those whom he had exploited from his ill-gotten gains, and was restored as a son of Abraham. By her persistence and humility, the Canaanite woman received the deliverance of her da…
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We are all subject to sub-conscious attitudes and habits of thought. These habits can impact our lives in multiple ways. If we were to identify and examine our habits of thought, we can improve our lives. Dave Kahle is a B2B sales expert, and a Christian Business thought leader. He has authored 13 books, presented in 47 states and 11 countries and …
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In this video podcast, I give examples of imagery that can help us find freedom from guilt, shame, emotional pain, resentment, and discouragement.0:00" Introduction2:25" Freedom from guilt and a harsh conscience6:18" Imagery to release emotional pain9:19" Sample prayer for release of emotional pain11:15" Prayer for emotional freedomThis is for educ…
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Recently, one of my clients recommended that I compile a series of posts on the most important lessons I’ve learned over my 30-year career as a consultant working with over 500 different organizations. This is one of them: Most people would rather believe a comfortable lie than accept an uncomfortable truth. Dave Kahle is a B2B sales expert, and a …
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In this video episode I explain some of my favorite images to use with clients:2:05" Positive and negative uses of imagery3:41" Relational issues4:50" Dating5:59" Conflict8:11" Emotional Regulation and Emotional Stuffing11:38" Positive images from Scripture for peace and freedomIf you enjoy these episodes, please consider buying one of my books fro…
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Today we begin the Lenten Triodion, the three-week period of preparation for the spiritual journey that prepares us to follow Christ to His Cross and victory over death at Pascha. The first step in our preparation is to remember that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (Jas. 4:6) Today the Church reminds us of how easy it is to …
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The world is full of advice for businesspeople. If you are a Christian, the challenge is to sort it out – to discard the superficial and worldly while grabbing onto that which will make a difference. Here’s one person’s opinion as to the three essential paths for a Christian businessperson. Dave Kahle is a B2B sales expert, and a Christian Business…
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This is podcast #108 where I interview Curtis Didato of Didato Consulting. This is part two of the interview where we discuss1:36" Remote Environments and Work Relationships3:24" How to Advocate for yourself at work7:20" Building Better Work EnvironmentsHere is a link to the Didato Consulting website @curtisdidato https://didatoconsulting.com/✅ Sub…
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: Sooner or later, every Christian experiences a painful event that leads them to ask: Why do bad things happen to good people? It’s one of the most difficult questions that people ask. In this post, we dig deeply into this, and provide direction for people asking that question. Dave Kahle is a B2B sales expert, and a Christian Business thought lea…
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Today I interview Curtis Didato of Didato Consulting. This is part one of the interview where we discuss3:00" Research on Work Satisfaction and Work Relationships9:00" Expectations and Boundaries10:00" Polite ways to set boundaries in a stressful work environmentHere is a link to the Didato Consulting website @curtisdidato https://didatoconsulting.…
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Unless we are very careful, it is easy to fall prey to the temptation of defining holiness in ways that serve our preconceived notions, which may have very little to do with finding the healing of our souls by sharing more fully in the life of the Savior by grace. We often see righteousness through the lens of our own sensibilities about worldly di…
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The pace of change has increased, the growth in complexity has multiplied, and information has proliferated at an unprecedented pace. We are in extraordinary times. We often find ourselves overwhelmed, distracted and insecure. And unprecedented times call for unique and disciplined approaches if we are to survive and thrive. The only sure way to de…
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This video podcast looks at the practical ways to move forward, at your own pace, when coping with loss or depression. This is a chapter from my latest book, "Anxiety, Depression & Helplessness: Keys to Break Free."1:58" Personality Sensitivities2:44" Practical Steps to Cope6:20" Using a Journal7:05" Expectations and Self-Confidence9:06" Hobbies an…
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It is easy to overlook how often the Lord used money and possessions to convey a spiritual message. Perhaps that is because almost everyone struggles with being overly attached to material things, for they can meet our basic physical needs and provide comfort and a sense of security. Due to our self-centered desires, however, they so easily become …
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There are a number of ideas that are bantered around so much within our Christian culture that people assume they are unquestioned truth, when they are anything but that. Here’s one such idea: Spiritual leaders must be seminary-trained pastors. That idea is non-Biblical, serves to hinder the growth of the Kingdom, and discourages thousands of Chris…
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This video podcast helps you understand the differences between anxiety, grief, and depression. I discuss:2:06" The difference between anxiety and depression5:05" Symptoms and Types of Grief7:40" Grief vs. Depression8:24" Tips and Strategies for Coping with Grief.Much of this material is in my book on "Anxiety, Depression & Helplessness: Keys to Br…
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Today we continue to celebrate the Presentation of Christ, forty days after His birth, in the Temple in Jerusalem. The Theotokos and St. Joseph bring the young Savior there in compliance with the Old Testament law, making the offering of a poor family, a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons. By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the old man S…
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"If you want to become closer to God and build your faith, start a business." Business had a far greater role in the Old Testament then you have been lead to believe. Let's look at two Old Testament characters, and see what business meant to them. Dave Kahle is a B2B sales expert, and a Christian Business thought leader. He has authored 13 books, p…
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This video podcast looks at the impact of rejection and loss on our basic identity and self-confidence. I discuss strategies that can help people regroup after rejection or loss in their personal lives. This is a chapter from my book on "Anxiety, Depression & Helplessness: Keys to Break Free."2:15" Understanding the impact of loss on our sense of s…
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We remain in a period of preparation to behold Christ at His appearing. The One born at Christmas and baptized at Theophany is brought by the Theotokos and St. Joseph the Betrothed to the Temple in Jerusalem as a 40-day old Infant in fulfillment of the Old Testament law, which we will celebrate later this week at the Feast of the Presentation of th…
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Good time management recognizes the universal temptation to do more and become ‘too busy. Unfortunately, to continue to try to do “more” is a frustrating strategy that eventually causes great pain: strained relationships, health problems, a sense of helplessness, less effective work, and, in some cases, emotional and physical burnout. Dave Kahle is…
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Today my guest is Shayna Rattler of @agodshift . We talk about3:00" What is a God Shift?5:20" What purpose does God have for our lives?8:50" Common practices that are a form of worship15:50" How to mobilize with truth AND loveHere is a link to the Trailblazers Quiz: https://shayna.kartra.com/page/quizHere is a link to Shayna's website: https://agod…
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