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BACK TO BASICS – PART 2

Last week we went “back to basics” by considering what we often call “the first table of the law,” that is, the first three commandments which deal with our “vertical” relationship with God.  This week, we consider “the second table of the law,” the remaining seven commandments which deal with our “horizontal” relationship to our neighbor, to each other. A number of years ago there was a best-seller entitled All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten by…

BACK TO BASICS

Our journey through Exodus brings us to the Ten Commandments.  It may seem like a back to the basics, but as each generation passes, one cannot assume that this baton has been firmly placed into the hands of the generation that follows.  Even among those who bear the name Christian, one often encounters a stunning ignorance of even the ABCs of Bible knowledge, of law and gospel, of the most famous passages.   Perhaps this is why an old gal shakes…

WWJD?

Some years ago a faddish abbreviation took hold among many Christians.  Pretty soon bumper stickers, bracelets and other trinkets were being marketed with the abbreviation WWJD. The abbreviation stands for:  “What Would Jesus Do?” It’s not a new question.  Christian parents and teachers have long used the question to get children to consider how to behave in any given instance. We rightly teach our children to follow and imitate the Savior’s example.  We don’t want them to follow the crowd.…

“GLORY!”

In Genesis 15, Abraham sees a vision of a smoking fire pot and a blazing torch moving between the sacrificial animal pieces – a vision of “the glory of the Lord.”    This combination of fire and smoke appears in various forms throughout the Old Testament – in the burning bush, in the pillar of cloud and fire in the wilderness, in the thunder, fire and smoke on Mt. Sinai when God gives the Ten Commandments,  in the bright cloud…

A NEW SERMON SERIES – GEMS FROM JEREMIAH

Last Sunday we completed our sermon series on The Ten Commandments.  This morning we turn to the Old Testament Prophet Jeremiah. God calls Jeremiah to the prophetic office during the declining days of the southern kingdom of Judah.  The Babylonian empire is bearing down on God’s people of promise, threatening their very existence. But far worse is the enemy within.  Good King Josiah sits on the throne when Jeremiah begins his ministry.  But the kings that follow have shown their backs…

BACK TO BASICS

A number of years ago there was a best-seller entitled All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. Fulghum provoked smiles and nods of agreement with some of the basic, common-sense things he learned in Kindergarten such as: 1. Share everything. 2. Play fair. 3. Don’t hit people. 4. Put things back where you found them. 5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS. 6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. 7. Say you’re SORRY when you…

LOVE & THE LAW

Today we begin a sermon series on The Ten Commandments.  Paul comments on the commandments in our epistle lesson from Romans today.  He says, “Love is the fulfillment of the Law.” This is a passage much misunderstood.  Love, as the Bible speaks of it, and as Jesus lived it and expounded it, is not an unprincipled piece of sentimental fluff floating in the clouds somewhere. Nor does the Bible ever set love in opposition to the law, to the timeless…