Contributed on Jan 15, 2012
God gives us his commands for our good - to protect the crown of his creation: us.
“No running. And no diving into the shallow end.” These are a couple rules you might find at the local swimming pool. Aren’t they annoying? That’s what I used to think until I realized that these rules keep me safe. If I run on a wet surface, for example, I may slip and bang ...read more
Contributed on Jan 29, 2012
Through his name God reveals his heart.
Do you have a name that people often mispronounce? Habben, rhymes with “robin” but those reading it for the first time often pronounce it like “happen” or “hay bin.” I realize that not everyone knows how to pronounce a German name but I still feel a prick of ...read more
Contributed on Feb 12, 2012
Through the Third Commandment God shows his love for his people.
If you haven’t experienced it, you know someone who has: a flight delay. I’m not talking about a flight delayed for an hour or two because of bad weather; I’m talking about a flight that is delayed for eight hours or more because there is no crew available to work the shift. ...read more
Contributed on Feb 19, 2012
God gives us parents and other in authority to bless us. Therefore he wants us to honor them.
“Ginger curry and lots of tea.” That’s what a recent marathon-running hundred-year-old said was the secret to his longevity and spunk. What are some other “secrets” for long life that you’ve heard? Hard work? Clean living? Plenty of exercise? A loving family? Did ...read more
Contributed on Feb 26, 2012
Seeing what a blessing the Fifth Commandment is for us.
How protective are you of your computer files like digital pictures? I have an external hard drive at home that instantly backs up everything I do as I work on my computer. In addition to that, my Saturday routine is to backup all my computer files on another external hard drive which I then bring ...read more
Contributed on Mar 4, 2012
Sermon on Sixth Commandment: "You shall not commit adultery."
What would you do if I told you that I have a bag of Hershey Chocolate Kisses to hand out? Would you be among the first to bound up here for one…or two? I think you would change your mind pretty quickly, however, if you saw that before I gave away a chocolate I unwrapped it, popped it into my ...read more
Contributed on Mar 11, 2012
With the Seventh Commandment we show love to our neighbor and trust in God to provide.
Today’s Gospel Lesson (John 2:13-22) is jarring isn’t it? Instead of the meek and mild Jesus, we get one with whip in hand driving out cattle merchants and flipping over the moneychangers’ tables. But you can understand Jesus’ anger. After all, these crooked salesmen were ...read more
Contributed on Mar 18, 2012
Why does God want to protect our reputation?
“Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me.” Do you remember being taught that little saying after your feelings had been hurt by some bully at school? It does keep the hurt in perspective. Better to be called “four eyes” than actually get punched in ...read more
Contributed on Mar 25, 2012
With the Ninth and Tenth Commandments God protects his gift of a peaceful heart.
Do you remember flipping through the Sears Catalogue as a child? Which were your favorite pages? The toy section – especially the page which pictured the doll house the size of a dog house? I was always partial to the sports equipment pages. I would have loved to own every baseball mitt ...read more