Feb 16, 2020
The Freedom of Faithfulness (Exodus 20:14)
The seventh command is all about faithfulness. At first glance any of us would say it is about faithfulness in marriage. But the ramifications are deeper. One who is faithful in marriage is faithful in other areas of life. Jesus would go so far as to remind us that this command had to do with how we even think about members of the opposite sex. So it also means we are faithful in our hearts. There is great freedom in being faithful.
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  • Feb 16, 2020The Freedom of Faithfulness (Exodus 20:14)
    Feb 16, 2020
    The Freedom of Faithfulness (Exodus 20:14)
    The seventh command is all about faithfulness. At first glance any of us would say it is about faithfulness in marriage. But the ramifications are deeper. One who is faithful in marriage is faithful in other areas of life. Jesus would go so far as to remind us that this command had to do with how we even think about members of the opposite sex. So it also means we are faithful in our hearts. There is great freedom in being faithful.
  • Feb 9, 2020Respecting Human Life as Image Bearers (Exodus 20:13)
    Feb 9, 2020
    Respecting Human Life as Image Bearers (Exodus 20:13)
    Each human being is created in the image of God. Therefore, human life is sacred in God’s eyes. The sixth command is straightforward, literally rendered “No murder.” To take an innocent human life in a premeditated, violent manner is to attack the very image of God. But what about attacking and assassinating the character of that person. As we delve into this command the heart of it is to respect deeply in all ways one another. We are the image bearers.
  • Feb 2, 2020Honor and Respect (Exodus 20:12)
    Feb 2, 2020
    Honor and Respect (Exodus 20:12)
    The first four commandments deal with one’s relationship with God. The final six deal with one’s relationship with others. Just as God is our ultimate authority, our parents are our first human authority. We will discover in this command how our response to primary relationships can have impact for our entire lives.
  • Jan 26, 2020Freedom in Rest (Exodus 20:8-11)
    Jan 26, 2020
    Freedom in Rest (Exodus 20:8-11)
    God did not create us to be on the go 24/7/365. We all need rest. Not just a three week vacation once a year, but a regular rhythm of work and rest. When we operate within a rhythm of work and rest, we are healthier, more productive, and just easier to live with. Consider your own rhythm of work and rest, where does God come into your routine?
  • Jan 20, 2020What’s in a Name? (Exodus 20:7)
    Jan 20, 2020
    What’s in a Name? (Exodus 20:7)
    Sometimes we just skirt by the third commandment and assure ourselves that we are okay because we don’t swear. But the third commandment is more than just a prohibition against uttering profanity. It is a reminder that in all of our words and deeds we are to remember that we represent the person and character of God on a daily basis.
  • Jan 13, 2020Staying Focused (Exodus 20:4-6)
    Jan 13, 2020
    Staying Focused (Exodus 20:4-6)
    The temptation of the Israelites was to worship other gods. In their mind other gods offered more options. We are tempted in the same way, maybe not with stone or metal idols but with so many distractions. Yet when we refuse to let anything or anyone interfere with our relationship with God, there is a stability that is indescribable. There is freedom and security in staying focused on our God.
  • Jan 5, 2020A Holy God Who Delivers (Exodus 20:1-3)
    Jan 5, 2020
    A Holy God Who Delivers (Exodus 20:1-3)
    We begin a new series today as we will examine the 10 Words; also known as the 10 Commandments. We will find that these are not prohibitions as much as they are “guardrails” that provide freedom and security for an enjoyable life. In the first word we find that there is stability, hope, protection, and provision when we remember that there is only one God.
  • Dec 29, 2019Make a Difference (Matthew 5:13-16)
    Dec 29, 2019
    Make a Difference (Matthew 5:13-16)
    We find ourselves on that Sunday between two years. It is a time to look back and reflect and a time to think ahead. How will we individually and collectively represent our God in the this coming year? What image of God do people see in the way we live our lives? We will look at Jesus’ word picture of “a city on a hill” and consider what that word picture could mean for us collectively as well as individually.
  • Dec 22, 2019Bathsheba: Victimized yet Victorious (2 Sam. 11-12; Matthew 1:6)
    Dec 22, 2019
    Bathsheba: Victimized yet Victorious (2 Sam. 11-12; Matthew 1:6)
    For anyone who has ever in any way been a victim of the sin of another this story is for you. Jesus came to give life to all. He was announced to lowly shepherds who were marginalized in the society. He was born to a poor couple who were ostracized from their community and eventually fled as refugees to Egypt to escape danger. He was worshiped by magi from the East. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus this week, we need to remember that he is Lord for all of us. The story of Bathsheba and her inclusion in the genealogy of Jesus if nothing else reminds us of God’s grace and healing for all.
  • Dec 15, 2019Ruth: Faithful and True
    Dec 15, 2019
    Ruth: Faithful and True
    The book of Ruth is one of the more tender stories in the Bible. First we, see this woman who is a foreigner, who is marginalized by those in Bethlehem, and who even describes herself as not even having the standing of a servant. But we see her as faithful to one who had no means of providing. Willing to trust the word of her mother-in-law, and courageously placing herself under the care of a man who was a stranger to her. God rewards the faithfulness of this marginalized foreigner and welcomes her into his family. Something for us to consider.