Committed Love

Committed Love This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:12-13 There is a popular fable about a chicken and a pig. It goes like this:  A chicken wants to open a restaurant … Continue reading Committed Love

Doubting God’s Generosity

Doubting God’s Generosity 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 The dictionary on my phone defines covet as “to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of … Continue reading Doubting God’s Generosity

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

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

Sex, Lust, and Adultery

Note to parents: This Life Note contains a frank discussion of sexual topics that may not be appropriate for young children. Please review first, and then use your discretion. Sex, Lust, and Adultery “You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14 The seventh of the Ten Commandments is short and to the point: You shall not … Continue reading Sex, Lust, and Adultery

Do Not Kill

Life Worship Notes “You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13 Do Not Kill The notes in my Bible state the key word in this sixth of the Ten Commandments translates appropriately as either murder or kill. A quick survey of popular Bible translations shows a slight preference for murder over kill, but both are used. While … Continue reading Do Not Kill

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