The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 2

The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 2

Joy of Salvation Another kind of joy is the joy of a person being saved. Imagine a person who is drowning. If someone was to throw him a rope and yell: “Hold on! I will pull you out!”–the person will likely experience a sense of joy. There is nothing particularly...

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A Reflection on Grace and Works,  October 25, 2015

A Reflection on Grace and Works, October 25, 2015

In this episode of Good News for a Change, Fr. Constantine Lazarakis shares thoughts on Grace and Works. He focuses not on the Gospel reading, but the critically important words of St. Paul from the Epistle. Salvation is given “by grace alone, and not by works of the Law.” We...

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Three Ways to Sing, Save Us, O Son of God

Three Ways to Sing, Save Us, O Son of God

Sunday, October 25 Save us, O Son of God, (who rose from the dead/who are wondrous among your saints) to Thee we sing: Alleluia   Good morning Prayer Team! The word “Antiphon” means to sing with a different voice.  So the “Antiphons” of the Liturgy are hymns where half of the...

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Does Salvation Come From Faith, Works or Grace?

Does Salvation Come From Faith, Works or Grace?

Do you want to be in heaven?  Why wait?  Fr. Theodore Stylianopoulos, Professor of New Testament (emeritus)  at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology  and Fr. Chris speak about salvation and how we can experience heaven here on earth.  Is it by faith or by works?  Listen to this...

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Zacchaeus and the Salvation of Sinners

Zacchaeus and the Salvation of Sinners

Zacchaeus lives in the Church, abiding as an image of us all. In some sense, everyone of us is Zacchaeus, for everyone of us is a sinner at heart. That is why Zacchaeus is invoked and his example recalled every time the priest enters someone’s home to invoke the presence...

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Is Suffering Redemptive?

Is Suffering Redemptive?

The existence of suffering, and how to deal with it, challenges everyone. Does suffering have any meaning? Can it even be redemptive and a means of spiritual growth in Christ? In the video interview embedded above, originally aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1973, a journalist puts some of...

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Come and See – There is Good News on the Horizon

Come and See – There is Good News on the Horizon

When the Apostle Andrew saw Jesus Christ for the first time, he couldn’t help but run to his brother Simon Peter and tell him the Good News. “We have seen the Messiah!” The Apostles joyfully spread the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world, even though their personal lives...

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Humbleness is the key to keep the Grace

Humbleness is the key to keep the Grace

By Fr. Raphael Noica (of Essex) Fr. Raphael: Monasticism is like living something from the age that shall come, in which, as the Savior says: “They neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the Angels of God in heaven” (Matthew 22:30). We are not like the...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 2

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 2

The Saints challenge us to reach beyond the common conception of salvation that predominates in the West. For the Orthodox Church, salvation is more than the pardon of sins and transgressions. Salvation is more than being justified or acquitted for offenses committed against God. According to Orthodox teaching, salvation certainly...

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The Fallen Man

The Fallen Man

Join us this week as we revisit a conversation with Frederica Mathewes-Green entitled “The Fallen Man.” Hear Frederica’s thoughts on the dangers of picking and choosing religious ideas as we see fit, why your inner voice may not always be correct, and the problems of hiding behind the expression “I...

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