Church Dictionary

Church Dictionary

Church Dictionary: Bless

Bless the Lord, O my soul,     and all that is within me,     bless his holy name. –Psalm 103:1 What does “bless” mean? Thousands of years before gaining popularity as a misused hashtag on social media, blessed was a word used to express profound thankfulness and gratitude. It’s something much deeper and more meaningful than luck or some intangible magic spell. What does it mean to bless God? The Hebrew word we translate as “bless” is “shachah.” The most literal translation of “shachah”…

Church Dictionary: Amen

[ Editor’s Note: This is the first in our new Church Dictionary series, where we will help define words that you may hear in church but nowhere else. If you have a suggestion for a word or phrase you’d like us to demystify, let us know! ] Amen is one of those immediately recognizable church words. People with no religious background or upbringing know the word and how to use it correctly, but few of us know what it actually…