These words are found in Mt. 6:9. The word “hallow” means to regard as holy while “hallowed” means honored as holy. We know that God is holy. In 1 Pet. 2:15-16 Peter writes, “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” “Hallowed be thy name” shows us the deep reverence we are to show to his holy name. Continue reading ““Hallowed By Thy Name” by Leon Brashear”
How often do you hear someone say, “Oh My God”? You may hear this at work, at school, while in the grocery store and you may even say it yourself. Television is one place that you hear this often. It may be on a game show, home improvement show and I suppose about any other type of program.
“Oh My God” has become a very common saying. Probably some cannot imagine why it is so wrong to use this statement. In the Bible we find that men and women held the name of God in reverence and deep respect. Can you imagine any of the great Patriarchs of old (Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob etc.) referring to God in such a loose and irreverent manner? God is to be reverenced (Heb. 12:28). “Oh My God!” or substitute expressions such as “Goodness!” or ”Good Gracious!” or “Gee!” or “Gosh!” or “Golly!” are wrong. They are simply weak attempts to disguise the reference one is making to God. (Please look up these euphemisms in the dictionary along with “Gad, Egad, Good Grief, My Lordy, Darn, Dickens etc.) Remember, our speech reflects our character and attitude (Mt. 12:34-35). Let us determine not to be guilty of showing such low regard for the God of Heaven (Eph. 4:29). Please click on the following link for articles about the name of God.
One problem that seems to be a part of every congregation of the Lord’s Church is attendance. Some Christians seem to have a problem when it comes to meeting with the saints to worship God. We are all busy but we must remember that we have a duty to put God first before all things and all others (Mt. 6:33; 1 John 2:15-17; Lk. 12:15-21; MT. 10:37-39).We find in Heb. 10:25 concerning the assembly: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” This seems plain enough. We are not to forsake the assembly. When the church meets where we are members, we ought to be there unless hindered in some way. We may be too sick to meet with the saints on some occasions or there could be some emergency arise that would keep us from assembling. However, these should be the exceptions and not the rule!
Please click on the following links for further study on attendance.
http://www.netbiblestudy.net/bulletin/new_page_16.htm Our attendance of worship
http://www.thebible.net/modules.php?name=Read&itemid=128&cat=4 Is church attendance important?