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Honoring the Lord’s Name

I have a hard time speaking up when I hear people taking the Lord’s name in vain, especially when it’s my friends and family using slang phrases like “Oh my goodness” or “Oh my word.” Do you have any simple responses to help me stand up for God’s name, while doing this in love and […]

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Ten Commandments and Music (Part 2)

There have always been subjects in the church that have been a bit harder to put a finger on what is right and what is wrong. There are some issues that Christians are at liberty to decide on by themselves (within the bounds that Christ has set). There are issues that we can see are […]

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No Other Gods

It would be interesting to analyze music (whether worldly or church) in the light of the Ten Commandments. The Commandments are the rule of life that God has set before us and are applicable to every part of our life. In my next few articles I intend to do just that, and I would like […]

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The Ten Commandments

I am the Lord; the Lord, your God; I made the heav’ns and earth. From Egypt’s bondage I have led And brought my people forth. Before Him, you shall never make An image—wood or stone, Or any man—made concept: For I am God alone. You may not serve nor bow yourselves To objects you’ve observed; […]

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Thou Shalt Not Covet

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Of all the commandments God gave us. I believe the 10th is the one we most easily rationalize our way around. If you’re admiring a certain sleek looking automobile or beautiful house for example, and some­one says, “You mustn’t covet.” What’s the first thing […]

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Lying: A Prevalent Evil

You Liar! Have you ever called someone that? Probably. Most of us have. And usually with great disgust, and apparently good reason. How we hate to have people lie about us, or deceive us by lying. Then again, has anyone ever called you that? Again, probably. Justifiably? Hopefully not. But even if there was reason […]

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No Other Gods

John Calvin once described the inner motiva­tions of people in this way, “The poor yield to the rich, the common people to the nobles, the ser­vants to the masters, the ignorant to the schol­ars; but there is nobody who does not imagine that he is really better than the others. Everyone flatters himself and carries […]

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The Fifth Commandment

“Not another article (sermon!) on the fifth commandment,” I can hear some of you say. It’s the same old thing over again: “Honor your father and your mother.” How many times haven’t we heard this? And you are right. You will learn nothing essentially new who endure me long enough to read this article through […]

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The Second Commandment

Question 96 of the Heidelberg Catechism asks, “What doth God require in the second commandment?” Answer “That we in no wise represent God by images, nor worship him in any other way than he has commanded in his word”. How we are to serve him is the instruction we find here. Now don’t say right […]

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An Introduction to the Ten Commandments

The Law of God has fallen into disrepute. Not only is there no appreciation for the moral law in the world but, also in the church, there is more and more a de-emphasis of the Decalogue. Often a few words of summary are sufficient and the details of the Law of God are given no […]

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An Introduction to the Ten Commandments

The Law of God has fallen into disrepute.  Not only is there no appreciation for the moral law in the world but, also in the church, there is more and more a de-emphasis of the Decalogue.  Often a few words of summary are sufficient and the details of the Law of God are given no […]

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The Ten Commandments: No Other Gods

John Calvin once described the inner motivations of people in this way, “The poor yield to the rich, the common people to the nobles, the servants to the masters, the ignorant to the scholars; but there is nobody who does not imagine that he is really better than the others.  Everyone flatters himself and carries […]

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Can You Quote the Ten Commandments?

The minister was teaching his Catechism class; he was giving instruction concerning Moses’ leading Israel out of Egypt to the Mount of God at Horeb.  He asked his class very casually: can you quote the Ten Commandments? To his surprise a few hands were raised.  There were others who indicated that they could not recite […]

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Serve the Lord Diligently

“But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law… to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” – Joshua 22:5 Where love is the incentive the way is not long.  The […]

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The Divine Pattern

The prime requisite of all Christian living is the glory of God. In last analysis this is all that matters. Ultimately the sole, all-determining question is: Is the purpose of all our activities, of every issue of the heart, of every thought and word and deed and inclination, with respect to anything and everything God […]

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