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Commandment #10   Leave a comment

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.  You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”  Exodus 20:17, NIV.

there are many things in life that I want.  I would love to have new vehicles to drive, a bigger house with a basement, some new clothes would be nice, and more money to do the things I like to do for leisure.  There is nothing wrong with having desires, dreams or goals.  That is not what the 10th Commandment is about. Read the rest of this entry »

Commandment #7   Leave a comment

“You shall not commit adultery.”  Exodus 20:14, NIV.

Marital unfaithfulness is devastating.  It destroys the relationships that exist between spouses, between parents and children, between children and children, between extended families, and many time, between friends and even church families.  There seem to be no limits to the destruction that can potentially be caused when one spouse has “relations” outside of the boundaries of marriage.

I have personally seen just how much damage that can be caused by such activities.  The result is the breaking of trust, which is probably one of the most difficult aspects of relationships to repair. Read the rest of this entry »

Commandment #4   Leave a comment

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” Exodus 20:8, NIV.

If you don’t mind, I’d like to add to the above verse the verses that follow.  “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.  On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.  therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”  Exodus 20:9-11, NIV. Read the rest of this entry »

Commandment #9   Leave a comment

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor,” Exodus 20:16 (NIV).

Honesty is still the best policy.  

While not a movie I recommend for Christian family entertainment, I recently saw a movie made by Jim Carrey that told the story of a lawyer whose child wished could not tell a lie for one day.  The wish came true, and this lawyer had to find a way to win a lie-based case. Read the rest of this entry »

Commandment #8   Leave a comment

“You shall not steal”, Exodus 20:15 (NIV).

Stealing is a crime.  There are legal ramifications for those who take things that do not belong to them.  The motivation for this crime often comes from Commandment #10 – coveting.  But for now, let’s deal with the deed.

Obviously, taking some else’s property without their knowledge or permission is stealing.  This goes against the laws of man and God.  As I think about this today, I think of two different aspects of stealing. Read the rest of this entry »