The verse of the day

The verse of the day

I sat at the gate, sipping a coffee as I waited to board the plane for my 6:20 a.m. flight. Despite the early hour, fellow travelers buzzed with conversations, excited, I am sure, for adventures ahead. I was excited, too. Ready for a break from work and looking forward to seeing my nephew and his family after too many years. One of the aspects of travel that I enjoy most is people watching. I love observing how people interact in families,...

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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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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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The Eighth Commandment : Don’t steal

The Eighth Commandment : Don’t steal

You shall not steal. (Exodus 20:15 ESV) Even though the 8th Commandment is short and succinct, it addresses an insidious and pervasive sin that comes in many forms. There are countless things we can steal and numerous ways in which we can do so. I think most people would agree that we shouldn’t steal but sadly, theft is endemic to the human race. We don’t like to acknowledge that we steal and so we use an array of alternative...

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The Seventh Commandment: Don’t commit adultery

The Seventh Commandment: Don’t commit adultery

You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14 ESV) Like the sixth commandment (You shall not murder), the seventh commandment is equally, short, unequivocal and seemingly quite straightforward. And, just like the sixth, it’s altogether more far-reaching than we might imagine. While there’s no such concept as ‘small sin’ versus ‘large sin’, adultery has the particular characteristic of involving deceit and a desire for someone who is, in...

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