Why does this Alpha Omega Portal blog now exist?
- Have you ever found yourself asking… “What is your life really about?”
- Have you ever sensed there is more to help answer “Why am I here?” than frequently offered by science alone?
- Do you have it in your heart to expand your own one-to-one relationship with God, our Heavenly Creator?
I’m convinced in time, you will conclude it was not by accident that you find yourself here; that you are reading and pondering right alongside with me.
In the Book of Revelations, the last book of the Holy Bible, Jesus Christ reveals to His Apostle John “…I am the Alpha and the Omega”.
You likely already know that Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. I offer to you that “Alpha” is intended to convey that Jesus Christ is the beginning of all. “Omega” is intended to help us perceive that in Jesus Christ is the “completion” of all!
Very briefly about me. I may be much like so many of you. I’m pretty shy. My career has been as an engineer and business person. I am not ordained as a minister, nor priest. Nor have I had formal academic training in theology.
As providence so provided for me, I found myself in the direct linage of either 11, 14 or 17 generations of Orthodox Christian Priests. (Yes, thankfully, Orthodox Priests may be married and have families.)
My family history details were a little uncertain regarding the number of generations of service to our Lord Jesus Christ vis-a-vis the details of my own grandfather, the most recent Priest in our family. Early in the 1900’s he started and served either 11, 14, or 17 Orthodox Christian parish communities around the mid-west and north east United States.
Yet, here I am. I am called upon through the Holy Spirit of God to share with you via this site and blog.
You may know the Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale. How Jonah resisted the Lord who directed him to take the message of repentance to the people of Nineveh.
Well, I too tried resisting bringing this message. I resisted for 21 years. Yet I’ve always known I must reach out with the Alpha Omega Portal.
My personal prayer is that our Good Lord will guide this Alpha Omega Portal and help me to be of service sharing together with you and others who may also find themselves here.
This Alpha Omega Portal is a web conversation between us (that is, each of YOU who find yourself here along with me). Along the journey, we will try to explore how Two Thousand Twenty Years of Orthodox Christian faith guide us toward understanding ourselves vis-a-vis the above three important questions.
I invite you to journey along with me in cyber space.
You are invited to share back how the Holy Spirit of God guides such understandings within your life.
“Lord I believe. Help my unbelief!” I pray for faith to honestly “know” in my heart that you, Jesus Christ, are the “Son of God”!
I also foresee that I will come to “know” our God, my Heavenly Father, only as and when Jesus Christ finds my heart is open to my accepting His revealing to me of my Heavenly Creator.
In Holy Scripture 1 John 5:20, the Apostle John writes “And we know that the Son of God has arrived, and that he has given us understanding, so that we may know the true God, and so that we may remain in his true Son. This is the true God, and this is Eternal Life.”
Christ is “…true God, and this is Eternal Life” and true salvation. Namely, I seek to “know” Jesus Christ and God, our Heavenly Father, who has sent Him.
As I come to “know” Jesus Christ, and come to “know” God, our Heavenly Father, as Jesus Christ reveals Him to me, I also come to “know” the “fruit” or the “gifts” of God’s Blessed Holy Spirit.
And I realize what a wonderful benefit to my life are these “fruits”, these “gifts”!