Year: 2014

The Healing of a Boy With an Evil Spirit: Mark 9:14-32

1.  I think every retreat I attended concluded with this story and the warning that returning from a mountain top experience we were likely to face the reality and frustration we had left to get away for a few days. We leave the mountain and return to the valley of real life. It’s true ­ but especially true for Jesus and the three disciples as they have just experienced not merely a retreat ...[Read More]

Psalm 148

1.  As we get older we tend to focus on what matters most.  I have several friends who tell me they have stopped reading business magazines or current events.  Instead, they have started reading Shakespeare, Ecclesiastes, Job or other classics whose themes and wisdom are more fundamental and tested. I’ve thought about that when I look at the last six psalms David wrote.  All of them begin wi ...[Read More]

Created To Rest

Last week we talked about our being created to work. And we talked about the purposes of our work not just being to provide for our families but we listed several “so that’s” about work. So that we will not be a burden to others. So that we may win respect. So that we can live a productive life. So that we can provide for our families. So that we can share with those in need. So ...[Read More]

False Witness: Exodus 20:16

There is probably more Scripture about lying than any other sin other than greed – and they do go hand in hand more often than not.  The first lie is in the Garden when Satan causes Eve to question the goodness of God.  In fact, in John 8:44 it says that Satan is the Father of Lies.  It is the one thing he does – the only thing he does in fact.  He lies. Scott Peck says that the source ...[Read More]

Caleb

A couple of things have happened this week that started me thinking about Caleb. The first was an email conversation with a young friend. In last week’s blog I had quoted a poem by Wendell Berry that said: “So, friends, every day do something that won’t compute. Love the Lord. Love the world. Work for nothing. Take all that you have and be poor. Love someone who does not deserve ...[Read More]

Do Not Covet

So, here we are at the final commandmentry. Do not covet. The commandment has been used to describe a number of sins and faults and I would like to describe it this morning as the sin that comes at the end of a process – and not something that is sometimes spontaneous like murder or lying or even adultery. There is something about covetousness that reflects intentionality and meditation. In ...[Read More]

Stealing

1.  You have probably heard this: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among them are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. There are some things that we hold as self-evident which means you need no proof for them. They are accepted by all people at all times as true ...[Read More]

Adultery

1.  Now we come to the seventh commandment: you will not commit adultery. In a sense adultery is a combination of all the sins that follow. It is theft in that it involves the taking of something is not ours. It is covetousness in that it is desiring something belonging to someone else and it always involves a lie. That is why it comes after murder – it is a type of murder. The murder of fid ...[Read More]

Murder

1.  Last week we looked at the fifth commandment – honor your mother and father – and pointed out that the first four commandments are about who God is and our relationship with him. The fifth commandment is then about the next most important relationship in our lives – that with our parents. That relationship is the root of all our other relationships in life. The sixth commandm ...[Read More]

Honor Your Father and Mother

1.  We’ve come to the fifth commandment this morning. First, God gives the four commandments that focus on the nature of God and our relationship with him. Now the fifth commandment that comes directly after that. What is the nature of our relationship with our family? It’s almost as important as our relationship with God. After the fifth commandment will be the description of our beha ...[Read More]