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This Sunday is All Saints’ Day. Many Christians across the world will continue to honor their Saints. It has been a Christian celebration for centuries. “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.” Ephesians 2:19-20

Words always matter is my point this week. On a lighter note, we can think of words that sound like what they mean: buzz, beep, whack, boom and giggle. Instead of using onomatopoeia, I am thinking about words that have strength when uttered.

My favorite examples are the words righteous and justice. Webster’s defines righteous as “acting in accord with divine or moral law.” Justice means the “establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity.”

A good start to this discussion is to review the righteousness of God, which is similarly described in the three Abrahamic religions and in some Eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. The righteousness of God is defined as “the quality or state of being righteous; holiness; purity; uprightness as used in
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