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The flowers are springing up,
the season of singing birds
has come;
Song of Solomon 2v12

How to use this glossary: Each word has two definitions.
The first is a very simple word equivalent, just a phrase or a few words. The second is a more detailed explanation with examples.

Glossary Terms - O

(Lat. votum, vow, promise)
a solemn appeal to a deity, or to some revered person or thing, to witness one's determination to speak the truth, to keep a promise, etc.: to testify upon oath.
A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed. The appeal to God in an oath, implies that the person imprecates his vengeance and renounces his favour if the declaration is false, or if the declaration is a promise, the person invokes the vengeance of God if he should fail to fulfil it. A false oath is called perjury.
[God]  [Vows

The trait of being willing to obey, rather than following your own will
The act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behaviour with respect to another person
[walk with God

Having to do with the devil and demons. Different from cult.
That which is hidden or secret. The term often refers to practices such as spiritism and fortune telling.

The congregation is asked, as an act of worship, to give back to God a portion of what they have received. This is also called the Offertory. We give to God from our time, talent and treasure
Something given to God to worship him. In the Old Testament, God's people offered food and animals to God.
Deuteronomy 12
Psalm 50:7-23
Amos 5:18-27
Micah 6:6-8
Mark 12:28- 34
In the New Testament, Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice to God for us.
Ephesians 5:1-2
Hebrews 10:1-18
The followers of Jesus serve God with their whole lives as an offering of praise to God.
1 Peter 2:4-5
See also the word sacrifice in this dictionary.
[Congregation]  [Offertory]  [Sacrifice]  [Tithe

The verses, anthem, or music said, sung, or played while the offerings of the people are received at a religious service.
The music played or sung while the offering is being received. This is a time when the people of the church can thank God for His blessings and offer back to Him their money, their time and their lives to be used for God's work in the world.
[Congregation]  [Offering

Old Testament
Another name for the Hebrew Scripture, part of the Bible
The name traditionally given by Christians to the Jewish biblical writings that together with "the New Testament" constitute the Christian Bible. For most Protestant Christians, OT is identical to the classical Jewish Bible, while for classical (Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, etc.) Christianity, OT also includes "the Apocrypha
[Bible]  [Bible, Books of]  [Covenant]  [Genesis]  [New Testament]  [OT

Olive Branch
Allusion to the story of Noah in the Book of Genesis, in which a dove returns with an olive branch, signifying that the Flood was receding.

An olive branch is now regarded as a sign of peace, as is the dove.
[Ark, Noah's]  [Flood, Biblical

Olive Trees
Olive trees were one of the ancient Hebrews' most valuable trees. They were regarded as a symbol of strength, beauty, divine blessing and prosperity.
[Garden of Gethsemene

The Last letter of the Greek alphabet, (attributed to Jesus Christ)
Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet. It is sometimes used to mean the last or the end.
[Alpha]  [Alpha-Omega

Omnipotence Of God
Having all power. Only God is omnipotent. (Psalm 147:5)
The Latin term omnipotence is taken from the Greek word pantokrator, and means all-powerful or almighty. It refers specifically to the power or ability attribute of God. It has the connotation of "ruler of all things," Omnipotence is the theological term to describe the unlimited, infinite and eternal power of the three persons of the Trinity.
[Attributes of God]  [Theology

Omnipresence Of God
Having all presence; a characteristic of God. He is able to be everywhere at the same time. There is no place that God cannot go.
Only God is omnipresent. Psalm 139:7-10
Omnipresence of God literally means, "everywhere present" and describes God's attribute of eternal and simultaneous presence in every place. God is not subject to the limitations of space.
[Attributes of God]  [Theology]  [Ubiquity of God

Omniscience Of God
Possessing all knowledge and wisdom without ever having learned anything. Only God in omniscient. Psalm 139:1-6
Omniscience means "all-knowing" and describes God's attribute of complete knowledge of all things, including His foreknowledge.
[Attributes of God]  [Theology

One Who Is, the
The name by which God identified Himself to Moses on Mt. Sinai (Ex. 3:14), also translated as "I am Who I am". In Hebrew this name is "Yahweh" and appears in the King James Version as "Jehovah."
[I Am Who I Am]  [Jehovah]  [Yahweh(YHWH)

Original Sin
The effect of the sin of Adam upon us. (Gen. 3)
Adam's original sin was disobedience to God's mandate in the Garden of Eden. Adam ate the forbidden fruit resulting in spiritual death. Consequently, Adam's corrupt nature and spiritual death were passed to all mankind.
[Adam and Eve]  [Fall, The

With a small "o"; meaning "right doctrine". To be orthodox is to be faithful to the original; in the case of Christians to be true to the teachings of Christ and the Apostles.
With a capital "O" denotes a particular steeped-in-tradition denomination.
[2Tm 2:15,4:3, Tt 1:9,2:1, Mk 7:5-9)
From the Latin [ortho] meaning right, and [doxus] meaning doctrine or belief. In Theological terms it means sound theological doctrine as represented by the strict adherence to the law of God's Word, the Bible. Many Orthodox Churches still use forms of worship that were practised in the first centuries, as they were based to a great degree on passages of Scripture.
[Christian Denomination]  [Doctrine]  [Eastern Orthodox]  [Fundamentalism]  [Scripture(s)

Orthodox. Church
See Eastern Orthodox.
[Eastern Orthodox

Old Testament
[Old Testament