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The fifth commandment brings with it an incredible promise, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” (Exodus 20:12) This commandment is heavy, literally. The Hebrew word translated “honor” means “weighty” or “heavy”. Th... Keep Reading

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The fourth commandment brings us to God’s command for a Sabbath rest, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God..” In recent years billionaire Bill Gates of Microsoft fame has stated that belief in God makes sens... Keep Reading

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Third Commandment - "The Misuse of God's Name"

February 22, 2018 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

In this series of posts on the Ten Commandments, we come to the third commandment which addresses the problem of misusing God’s name. Exodus 20:7 reads, “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.” The word “vain” is describin... Keep Reading

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First Commandment - "No Other Gods Before Me"

February 16, 2018 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

In our last post introducing the Ten Commandments, we established these words were not suggestions. They were given as merciful words of life, and as authoritative words from the God who is. The account of Israel’s exodus out of Egypt is amazing. Once this nation of slaves was freed by the hand of God, we find them gathered at the bas... Keep Reading

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Second Commandment - "No Idols"

February 16, 2018 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

In our journey through the Ten Commandments, we come to the second command which is a prohibition against idols: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, ... Keep Reading

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I once read of a British fisherman who would troll the North Sea for mackerel. His fishing expeditions would yield abundant catches, but because it was before refrigeration, many of the mackerel would die on his trip back to market. On one particular trip, the fisherman caught a small shark in one of his nets and had to dump it into the tan... Keep Reading

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They Are Not The Ten Suggestions

February 2, 2018 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

Thirty years ago Ted Koppel, the noted journalist, addressed the graduating class of Duke University.  In his commencement address, Koppel made this compelling statement: “We have actually convinced ourselves that slogans will save us. ‘Shoot up if you must; but use a clean needle.’ ‘Enjoy sex whenever with whom... Keep Reading

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Suing Saints

September 12, 2017 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

I did a lot of highway travel this summer and have been amazed by the glut of attorney advertisements along the interstates of this fruited plain. I began to think that if I were a visitor from another country (or another planet), and I was trying to determine what was important in this culture, billboards and television commercials would in... Keep Reading

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Ingratitude is one of the official symptoms of this age. In fact, ingratitude made the noxious list of behavior that characterizes living in the last days (2 Timothy 3:2-4). We are warned in Scripture that ungrateful hearts are often unbelieving hearts.... Keep Reading

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Reflections on Another Birthday

July 5, 2017 | by: James Law | 0 Comments

Yesterday we celebrated the 241st anniversary of the United States of America. We should be grateful for the manifold blessings that God has poured out upon this country. The freedoms we enjoy to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is the envy of many in this world.... Keep Reading

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