Do Not Steal

Do Not Steal You shall not steal. Exodus 20:15 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer; but you are making it a den of robbers.’” Matthew 21:13 The eighth of the Ten Commandments, like the sixth and seventh, is straightforward: Do not steal. The common interpretation … Continue reading Do Not Steal

Throwing Stones

Life Notes—September 5, 2013    “…they said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.  Now in the law of Moses commanded us to stone such women.  Now what do you say?’  When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let anyone among you … Continue reading Throwing Stones

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

The Seven Deadly Sins: Lust

Life Notes—June 20, 2013  “His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that … Continue reading The Seven Deadly Sins: Lust

The Seven Deadly Sins

Life Notes—June 13, 2013  “When you were slaves to sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed?  The end of those things is death.  But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage … Continue reading The Seven Deadly Sins