The Road is Hard

The Road is Hard  Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14 This teaching … Continue reading The Road is Hard

False Witness

False Witness You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Exodus 20:16  Witnesses in Old Testament days, as now, were vitally important. The Jewish Law reads, “A single witness shall not suffice to convict a person of any crime or wrongdoing in connection with any offense that may be committed. Only on the evidence … Continue reading False Witness

Honor Your Father and Mother

Honor Your Father and Mother “Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12 The first four of the Ten Commandments address our relationship to God. We will have no gods before our God, we will not make … Continue reading Honor Your Father and Mother

The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride

Life Notes—August 1, 2013  “For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart, those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.  In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, ‘God will not seek it out;’ all their thoughts are, ‘There is no God.’”  Psalm 10:3-4 The last of the Seven Deadly Sins, … Continue reading The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride

The Seven Deadly Sins: Envy

Life Notes—July 25, 2013  “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”  Exodus 20:17 In my younger days I had a hero.  Actually, it was more of a man-crush. He was tall and … Continue reading The Seven Deadly Sins: Envy

The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath

Life Notes—July 18, 2013  “Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.  Do not fret—it leads only to evil.”  Psalm 37:8 Most of the time I am an even-tempered person.  Of course I get annoyed when my computer takes longer than normal to start up.  I do not appreciate when someone cuts me off in traffic.  And … Continue reading The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath

The Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth

Life Notes—July 11, 2013  “Then the one who had received one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.  Here you … Continue reading The Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth

The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

  Life Notes—July 4, 2013    “And he said to them, ‘Take care!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.’”  Luke 12:15   The third of the seven deadly sins is greed.  Like the preceding deadly sins, lust and gluttony, greed is … Continue reading The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

The Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony

Life Notes—June 27, 2013  “O Lord, Father and God of my life, do not give me haughty eyes, and remove evil desire from me.  Let neither gluttony nor lust overcome me, and do not give me over to shameless passion.”  Sirach 23:4-6 At my home I am the trash man.  Every Tuesday evening I empty … Continue reading The Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony