The Tenth Commandment : Don’t covet

The Tenth Commandment : Don’t covet

You shall not covet. (Exodus 20:17) I remember, as an adolescent, struggling with this commandement. The other nine focus on actions – things we should or shouldn’t do – but the tenth commandment targets our thoughts and desires. I thought this was surely unreasonable. After all, sometimes random thoughts and desires just seem to come unbidden to the mind and, as long as I didn’t act on anything unsavoury or unkind, what...

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Go and tell…

Go and tell…

It’s Sunday evening, time to send my offering off to Wyn for tomorrow’s posting. I was so blessed with the message in our worship service this morning, I want to share some of it with you all. Pastor Tim is a middle-aged, very energetic man. Leading the service he draws us all in immediately and we find ourselves loving to worship our Creator, our Lord and Savior. When I leave Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, I know I have truly worshipped God!...

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The Ninth Commandment : Don’t lie

The Ninth Commandment : Don’t lie

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. (Exodus 20:16 ESV) How would you react if someone called you a liar? I expect most of us would take great offense. And yet, scholars note that ‘the thing that separates human beings from other animals isn’t the ability to reason or use tools, but rather it’s telling lies and human capacity for self-deception.’ In fact, they contend that ‘lying is a...

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The foundation

The foundation

Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose,...

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One way…

One way…

My turn for writing seems to come around so quickly! I find, however, that there always seems to be pertinent things happening, giving me something to share with you all. I shouldn’t be surprised about that, should I? The life of God’s child will always hold something worthwhile to share with our brothers and sisters. This past week has been very busy in our retirement. When I was attending Trinity Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis (from age...

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