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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Who Are Saints? – 1 November 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

Many Western churches observe 1 November as a Christian holy day: All Saints Day. Eastern Christian churches adhere to the original date for honoring all saints of the church: the first Sunday after Pentecost. Pope Gregory III of the Roman Catholic Church changed All Saints Day to 1 November.

During most of my life, I’ve heard that saints were special people who had earned a place far above common folks. Yet the Apostle Paul, in Acts 14:15 says to the people, “We are merely human beings like yourselves!” We have come to bring you the Good News that you should the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.” (New Living Translation)*

The point that I’m trying to make here is that all believers in the Lord Jesus are to change from their old sinful ways and become “new creatures in Christ” who are informed by the Holy Spirit. I believe this means that they should become “saints.” The Apostle Paul was a human being just like us, and he admitted that he had struggles, too. Perhaps some people want to believe that they can’t be saints because then it is easier to excuse their lapses. However, I must admit that martyred saints do set a very high ideal and should be honored for their enormous courage.

*The reason I’ve used the New Living Translation this time is because the other translations that I had on hand used the word “men” to translate the Greek word άνθρωποι which means “human beings.” (The word “anthropology” is derived from this word.) However, the New Living Translation, in my opinion, mistranslates the word for “men” (Greek: άνδρες) into “friends.” (The word “androgen” is derived from this Greek word.)

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