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Life is full of ups and downs. Even though things are going well, it can suddenly feel like your spiritual life is crashing to the ground. Whatever the reason, here are three tips to help you hold onto hope. God bless you!


Be the Bee #144 | Staying Healthy During Coronavirus

Feeling scared to go back to school or work? What about Church? This has been a crazy time for us all. So Steve and Christian are back to share four keys to staying healthy during the coronavirus...

Be the Bee #143 | How to Build Healthy Habits

Struggling to start a good routine, like saying prayers every morning? Finding it impossible to break a bad habit, like watching too much TV? Don't worry, we're here for you. Steve and...

Be the Bee #142 | Why I'm an Orthodox Christian (w/ Fr Andrew Stephen Damick)

As an Orthodox Christian, you're often the only one in the room. How do you share your faith in Christ with others? Why are you an Orthodox Christian (rather than part of some other...

Be the Bee #141 | What is Christian Unity? (with Fr Andrew Stephen Damick)

Christians seem more divided than ever. Is there really such a thing as "one" Church? Does Christian unity even matter? Father Andrew Stephen Damick joins Steve to tackle these important...

Be the Bee #140 | Does God Promise Happiness? (with Hank Hanegraaff)

If we are faithful, does God reward us? Does He promise wealth and blessings? Or is true happiness so much more...

Hank Hanegraaff, the Bible Answer Man, joins Steve at the start of Holy...

Be the Bee #139 | Christianity Under Quarantine

We're stuck at home We haven't been to Church services in weeks.

What does it all mean? Steve shares a prayer and a parable that can help us see this with the eyes of a bee.

Be the Bee #138 | Can You Be Spiritual and Not Religious?

Can you be spiritual without organized religion? What does it even mean to be spiritual?

Maybe we need to rethink what we mean by spirituality and religion...

Maybe we need...

Be the Bee #137 | What Does it Mean to be Good? (with Dr Tim Patitsas)

Who decides what is "bad" vs what is "good?" Is being "good" simply about following the right rules? Dr Timothy Patitsas, author of "The Ethics of Beauty"...

Be the Bee #136 | The Emptiness of the Christian Life

Our lives can feel empty and alone. But the Church offers us a different kind of emptiness: one that will lead us to be full of the Holy Spirit.

The Importance of Service(s) (with Archbishop Elpidophoros)

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America joins Steve to explore why service is at the heart of our lives as Christians. But he also reminds us that, if we truly want to emphasize service, then we must...

Why Do Bishops Get Enthroned?

When Archbishop Elpidophoros comes to America, the first thing that’s going to happen is his enthronement on June 22. Yet that word, “enthronement,” can be confusing. After all, a bishop isn’t a...

It is Finished

Even though "Be the Bee" is coming to an end, this is just the beginning of Y2AM's life-changing work. Together, we can find Christ at work in our lives and move towards His Kingdom.

What Young People Need from the Church (with Andja & Maria)

What do young people need from the Church? Let's ask them! Andja and Maria, high school seniors and the hosts of the "Orthodox Life Hacks" podcast, join Steve to reflect on ministry...

Signs of the Kingdom (with Katrina Bitar)

Feeding a hungry person doesn't "fix" hunger: that person will feel hungry again. So what's the point of helping those in need?

4 Tips for Being an Orthodox Christian in the World (with Fr Andrew Damick)

You may be the only Orthodox Christian at school or work. Fr. Andrew joins Steve to offer 4 tips to help you live as an Orthodox Christian in the world.

Saved by Faith Alone? (with Fr. Barnabas Powell)

Is faith alone enough to save us? Father Barnabas Powell, an Orthodox priest and former Protestant, joins Steve to consider this important question.

How to Read the Bible

There are a lot of different, even contradictory, interpretations of Scripture. So how do we understand what the Bible actually means?

Beauty Will Save the World

The Orthodox author Dostoevsky once said that "beauty will save the world." What does beauty have to do with our salvation and relationship with God?

You Are What You Love (with Christian Gonzalez)

Last week, Steve and Christian talked about how receiving Holy Communion forms us into Christ's Body. This week, they reflect on the ways our good habits can build a "second nature"...

You Are What You Eat

You've heard it before: you are what you eat. That's most true when we eat Holy Communion. Christian joins Steve to consider the amazing insights that Fr Alexander Schmemann offers in...

We're All Broken

We all struggle with something. We're all broken. Every Holy Thursday, we see Christ on the Cross. We come face-to-face with our own brokenness, and the way Christ joins us in our pain. He...

Why Do We Sing in Church?

We've already explored why Orthodox Churches have a distinctive look. They also have a distinctive sound. Why do we sing in our Church services?

Can We Know God?

We can learn things about almost any subject. Yet God doesn't want us to simply know things *about* Him, in an abstract way. He wants us to truly know Him and commune with Him.

Why Easy isn't Always Best

​Lent is hard work, especially when so much of the modern world is designed to make things easy for us! Yet life isn't easy. Can we become the sort of people who learn how to do what's...

Should I Fear God? (feat. Elissa Bjeletich)

Lots of prayers say we should "fear God." Does that mean we should be terrified of Him? How can we fear God and love Him?

What is a Sacrament?

Are there 7 sacraments? Are sacraments just symbols, or ways to receive grace? Get ready to unlearn everything you think you know about sacraments in this episode!

You are a Royal Priesthood (feat. Fr. Stephen Freeman)

As Christians, we're all priests of creation. We're all called to live liturgically: to offer ourselves, each other, and all our lives to Christ our God.

What Vestments Reveal About our Relationship with God

Vestments are more than decorations: they reveal something important about our relationship with God and the role of our clergy.

Our Sacred Order

Hierarchy isn't about status or being important. In the Church, hierarchy is our sacred order, the way we fit together as One Body.

New Year, New Focus

The ways we spend our time and money say a lot about what we actually love. And our actions may reveal we don't love God as much as we'd like to think. Let's take an honest look at...
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