What does hallelujah mean?

It isn’t terribly uncommon for people to use Bible words without knowing their meaning. For example, consider the word “hallelujah.”

Hallelujah is a word we read in the scriptures (depending upon the translation), sing in songs, and may even use in conversational exchanges … but is it possible some of us don’t understand what we’re saying? Odds are, the answer is yes.

The meaning of hallelujah is quite simple to understand and remember. Primarily made of two Hebrew words, hallel/hallal (meaning to praise, to celebrate or to boast) and Jah/Yah (the principal portion of YHWH, translated as LORD/Lord, who is the God of the Bible). When these two words are combined it brings forth the phrase “praise the Lord” or “praise God” or “praise be to God.” At times, the words “hallel” and “Jah” are recorded next to each other but are not combined (Psalm 150:1); but whether standing alone or combined into one phrase, the meaning remains unchanged.

If you didn’t understand what was really being said when the word hallelujah was used, now you do; and being more aware of its meaning may give you more opportunities to joyfully say it.

After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!” (Revelation 19:1 NKJV)

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May 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (How to Study the Bible – Part 2.)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • How to do a Topical Study (Dewayne Bryant)
  • Words of Wisdom for Better Bible Study (Cody Westbrook)
  • How to do a Word Study (Kevin Cauley)
  • How to Study a Book of the Bible (Richard Rutledle)
  • How to do a Character Study (Randy Robinson)
  • How to Study Apocalyptic Literature (Sam Dilbeck)
  • Terms and Tools (John Haffner)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

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Have your say on the Word of the Day: troop

Today’s word came about by a random word generator. “Troop.” What Bible passage or truth comes forward in your mind with this word? It appears 26 times in the ESV, with only two in the NT.

The first verse I thought of was Psa 18.29, which was my theme verse some years back: Continue reading

#bible-words, #vocabulary

Meekness understood with common words

Meekness is a word that causes many people to draw a picture in their head as soon as they hear it – and for many people the picture looks like this: ?

The “technical” definition of meekness would be something similar to, “power or strength brought under control in such a way that the result is a gentle spirit or a mild disposition in dealing with others”.

Got it? Perhaps sorta? Perhaps not?

Then let’s use a simpler way to describe it.

To put it in simple words meekness would be, “trusting the judgment of God and treating others in a way that cares more about being right with God than just setting others right even when they’re wrong in the way they treat us”.

This doesn’t mean the meek can’t get angry with a righteous anger; but it does mean that being meek keeps our anger from keeping us from being who God has called us to be.

Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.” (Zephaniah 2:3)

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Bible words that will stay in our Culture

Even though the western culture is desperate to get rid of important Bible words like sin, Jesus and judgment there are Bible words that will remain despite the best efforts of some to rid them from our vocabulary.

For example, a handful of miles away from where I live there is a community called “Goshen.” Now why would a little community in the heart of Tennessee be named after a piece of land in Africa? Read Genesis 45:9-11 to find out.

For another example, toward the top of the nation there is a prominent city named Saint Paul. Now even though the Beatles (or at least one of them) thought that they were bigger than Jesus, the city up in Minnesota has nothing to do with one of its members. So who is Saint Paul? He’s this guy.

Another example, and it’s a big one, is our calendar. Yup, I said our calendar. Whenever anyone in the western culture refers to a history timeline, a present date or a future appointment they are using a time line that revolves around the appearance of the Man who doesn’t change with time. And who’s that? He’s the one we mean whenever someone says B.C. and A.D.. And even if one ignores the initials, they can’t ignore the dividing line.

People can plug their ears, cover their eyes and refuse to speak of the Bible’s purpose or existence, but they won’t be able to ignore the Bible words that remind them that it was and forever will be the God of Heaven who has blessed and shaped our culture. From small communities, to large cities and right down to the dates that they were established, as long as there is a western culture, our culture will depend upon Bible words.

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Hugh’s News & Views (Speech Patterns)



In order to maintain an undenominational stance in the religious world, members of the body (church) of Christ must avoid the use of denominational language. Surrounded as we are by those who do not use a biblical vocabulary, it is easy to pick up their unbiblical terminology and/or to use biblical terminology in unbiblical ways. Consider the following expressions which we as New Testament Christians should avoid.

“I’m Church of Christ.” This reflects a denominational view of the church. We are Christians, disciples of Christ, saints, brethren, members of the church, but we are not “Church of Christ” or “Church of Christ-ers”! A number of years ago a good Christian woman said to me, “I’m Church of Christ all the way!” While I appreciated her spirit of loyalty to the cause of Christ, I was appalled by her sectarian and denominational manner of expression.

Church of Christ preacher, etc. We would not refer to a gospel preacher (the proper and biblical term to use) as a “church of God preacher,” a “body of Christ preacher,” or a “kingdom of heaven preacher.” Yet all of these phrases (and various others) are biblical descriptors of the church, and all of them refer to the same entity. To speak of “Church of Christ” ministers, schools, colleges, papers, etc. is to be guilty of using a biblical descriptor in a sectarian manner.

Further, since the church does not determine the doctrine to be taught, it is not “Church of Christ” doctrine or teaching that we are to set forth, but rather the doctrine of Christ and His apostles as revealed in the New Testament. To speak of “Church of Christ” doctrine conveys the notion that we are a denomination, with our own humanly devised doctrine.

Still further, since “church” and “congregation” have the same meaning, the height of redundancy is reached when one speaks of “a congregation of the Church of Christ” or “Churches of Christ congregations.” It is the same as saying “a church of the Church of Christ” or “Churches of Christ churches”! Continue reading

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A misused word: miracle

What prompted yesterday’s nudge about misused Bible words was a statement in which someone declared something to be a miracle. It reminded me how much that word is misused, applied to all sorts of events and nonevents. We’ve mentioned this before on TFR. Births, airplane crashes where people survive, sunsets, even, have been described as miracles. People have little idea of the unique nature of Biblical miracles, which leads to all sorts of false concepts and dead-end departures from the path.

#bible-words, #miracles

Daily Nudge: most misused word — and news

What is the most misused and abused word in the Bible? In your book. Candidates abound. If you want to go off into a treatise about false doctrine, that’ll be fine. Or just a brief mention of the word and how it’s mistreated.

After two days of intense prep for these classes at month’s end, I’m already behind. Yikes! (Is that a euphemism?)

Tell me, oh, tell me, some news of the saints.
A light-hearted story, a preacher who faints;
Or serious progress in lands from afar,
But nothing too tragic or sad or bizarre.

Oh, I heard tell that some network did a special on Mary Winkler. They’ll revisit this story time and again. We ought to expect that, if not like it.

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