PRAISE GOD AND THANK YOU TO ALL WHO BOUGHT TICKETS TO OUR 80TH ANNIVERSARY GALA AT THALASSA RESTAURANT TOMORROW NIGHT. WE ARE SOLD OUT! WHAT A BLESSING. YOU WILL PICKUP YOUR TICKETS AND TABLE ASSIGNMENTS AT THE DOOR WHEN YOU ARRIVE.
WE ARE EXTENDING THE DEADLINE FOR JOURNAL ENTRIES SINCE WE ARE STILL RECEIVING THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND BLESSINGS!
THE GREEK DANCE CLASS ON WEDNESDAY AND BIBLE STUDY ON THURSDAY ARE IN SESSION. PLEASE CALL THE CHURCH OR ASK ANYONE AT THE CANDLE STAND FOR INFORMATION.
IF YOU HAVE NOT SENT IN THIS YEAR'S STEWARDSHIP PLEASE DO THAT TODAY.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
CHRISTOS ANESTI TO ALL OF YOU!
I hope and pray that our new Archbishop Elpidophoros will move and renew our Greek Orthodox Church in America in a direction that brings all peoples to the knowledge of His Truth. AXIOS!
Goodness of God
I was thinking the other day about how good we have it here in America compared to most of the world. I have traveled to many countries around the world and have found very few places like America. It is in the goodness of God that America hopes to reflect that goodness. However, since we live in a Fallen World trying to live up to that enlightened image of God we fall short. It is up to each of us not to give in and up and agree with the secular world when it tells us how to think and what to believe through the proliferation of every kind of media in hopes of altering our behavior and live as they believe. God Is Good and there is nothing to the contrary within Him that is sinful or dark. Where there is light darkness cannot be present.
"Goodness of God - What It Means
The goodness of God is one of the attributes of God, as well as a description of His very essence. God, by nature, is inherently good, as Psalm 34:8 tells us: 'Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.' He is the foundation of goodness and of everything good—He did not obtain it from another source. People can have good traits or do good deeds, but goodness is not in our character. Our goodness comes from God."
"Goodness of God - What It Does
The Goodness of God is evident in all His creations and accomplishments. Genesis 1:31 says, 'God saw all that he had made, and it was very good...' We cannot earn and do not merit His goodness. It is available to us regardless of our station in life, and even though we are not worthy of it. Matthew 5:45says: '...He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.' And we read in Psalm 145:9 that 'The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made."'
"Goodness of God - Conclusion
The Goodness of God is the core of our Christian faith. It is because of His desire for our good that He provided salvation through His son. Everything God does is for our good. We can see proof of the goodness of God all around us in the life-sustaining provisions He supplies—from crops that provide our food, to the very air we breathe. We can have goodness in us, and even desire to do good, but true goodness comes from the One who is perfectly good and wants good things for all people. Our goal should be to show the goodness of God to others every day." AMEN!