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If you're imagining a "Virtual Monastery"...you might as well picture a nice one!                      

SilverballOur Web Site  is a "Virtual" Monastery that is a reflection of our actual monastery and everything we do.  It enables you to join with us in our daily Christian life, no matter where you may live.

Monastery: Mt. Athos, Greece (Aegean Sea).

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"This Web Site is not meant to be just a web site that you read.  It is meant to be a Web Site that you do!"  

-Monk Preston (President, The Prayer Foundation )

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[Back]Where to begin?  Begin with our most important pages, Plan of Salvation and Statement of Faith.

SilverballPray With Us

 Three times a day, we observe three of the traditional and historic daily Hours or "Times" of prayer.  These go back to David, were observed by Daniel and were observed by the Apostles in the book of Acts (remember when it talks about Peter and John going up to the Temple for one of the Hours of Prayer and they healed the lame man who went "walking and leaping, and praising God"?)  They were observed by the early Church and are still observed to this day.  Our own Daily Prayer Office goes back to Holy Scripture, and consists solely of praying the Psalms and reading Scripture.  Find out each day's Psalms and Scripture Readings on our pages:

Daily Prayer: Praying the Hours

 SilverballListen to McGee and Hank On Christian Radio With Us

     Our Web Site  is a reflection of our actual monastery and everything we do.  By "surfing" our site you will come across many ways to grow closer to God in your Christian faith ("Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you..." James 4:8).  If the Lord leads you to begin practicing any of these suggestions in your Christian life, you will be doing them "with us," because these are all things that we are doing.  We listen daily to J. Vernon McGee (Thru The Bible) and and one to three times a week to The Bible Answer Man).  

     Dr. McGee (now gone home to be with the Lord) teaches through the entire Bible in five years.  You hear God's Word every day, becoming grounded in basic Biblical teaching and developing a real love for God's Word ("finding Jesus Christ on almost every page").  Listening to The Biblee Answer man radio program will answer your questions about things in the Bible and ground you in sound, orthodox, accurate Christian doctrinal teaching.  A real plus is that both of these men of God teach the Bible in a way that is interesting, entertaining, and easy to understand.  These Radio programs are both such a blessing, we recommend them to everyone.   The times and stations that they are on in your area can be found by going to and "clicking through" our "Recommended Ministries" pages: J. Vernon McGee and The Bible Answer Man.  

SilverballRead and Study the Bible, Christian Books, and Watch Bible Movies With Us

     We read and study the Bible daily.  On our own.  Out loud, together.  We listen to the Bible recorded on cassette tapes daily.  We often are able to listen to God's Word for a couple of hours a day while doing some mundane task.  Any time we drive in the car anywhere, the Bible is playing (unless Dr. McGee is on!).  Monk Preston listens to the entire Bible on cassette four times a year.  Monk Bob plays the New Testament, over and over, at any opportunity, all day long (see: Daily Prayer: Praying the Hours).  

     We read and study from the Books we review (see Recommended Books).  Reading books by Christian authors like Paul E. Little, Walter Martin, Lee Strobel, and Hank Hanegraaff will help ground you in the faith.  Writings on prayer that are found on our site by authors like E. M. Bounds, Brother Lawrence, and Andrew Murray will encourage and inspire you in your own prayer life.  We study the lives of great Christians throughout history, like the early Celtic Monks, St. Francis, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Dwight Moody, and (in our own time) Billy Graham.  The lives of these (and other) great Christians are inspirations in our own Christian lives.  

     We have a weekly movie night together, when we watch the films that we review (see Recommended Movies).  Films like JESUS (made by Bill Bright's Campus Crusade for Christ) where the dialogue is 99% Scripture from the Gospel of Luke, are of course the ideal.  When  historical Biblical movies have been made by "Hollywood," they must be watched with Spiritual Discernment and an eye for both scriptural and historical inaccuracy, but if this is done, some of these can be a real blessing.  

SilverballMemorize Scripture With Us

     We have memorized the scriptures that we have covered and will be covering in "Memory Verses."  Memorization is very beneficial in many ways in the Christian life.  It is an aid in avoiding sin ("Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."  -Psalm 119:11).  It keeps us close to God's Word, which, like Christ, who is also "The Word of God" (John 1:1-3,14) is given for our sanctification, and cleansing ("...even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."  -Ephesians 5:25-27).  Memorizing God's Word is also helpful for knowing correct doctrine and keeping from error, for sharing our faith, and for use in our prayer life. 

SilverballTell Others About Jesus With Us

     We share our faith with others who are not Christians, when we get the chance ("...be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you..."  -I Peter 3:15).  Monk Bob preaches on the streets of Portland three times a day (see: Monk Bob: Street Preacher!), and as we write this is street preaching the Gospel in Mexico (this is his eighth missionary trip this year).  How is he funded?  He pays his own way out of his very small Social Security check.  He is 74 years old, and has had boiling coffee thrown at him, and been spit upon.  Friends of his, also preaching in Mexico have in some areas been threatened with shotguns carried by soldiers (in Mexico, the Police are at times the Army).  And he has also had the ultimate joy of leading some who are lost to Christ, and praying with them to receive Jesus and Salvation.  So we don't want to hear any excuses about why you're not telling others about Jesus!  Remember that even though our web pages are all copyrighted, we encourage you to print any of them out, and give them away.  Our most important pages are: Plan of Salvation and Statement of Faith.  These pages also have the some of the Scripture verses that you need to know and can memorize for when you share your faith.  

Tell others about Jesus with us.  It's the Christian thing to do.

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