Deceit

Ephesians 4:17 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?  I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind.”  At this point in our study we have learned about the evils of lying, gossip and criticism. But as Paul so clearly teaches in Ephesians 4:17-25, we can learn to […]

Slander

Proverbs 15:4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. One of the most valued possessions a person has is their good name. Someone has said that it is better to die with a good name than to live with a bad one. Solomon said, “A […]

Heard It from a Freind

Proverbs 15:4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.  Two ladies in the community gossiped about one of their friends. They found out later that they were wrong, but her reputation had been greatly scarred. They went to their pastor and asked what they should […]

The Trouble with Lying

Psalms 12:1-2 “Help, Lord, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men. Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception.” A church, like Grace Church, was studying the Ten Commandments. As the pastor wrapped up his sermon on the Eighth Commandment, he told the congregation, “next week […]

America: 24-7

Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28) We continue our look at the Fourth Commandment by focusing today on the priority of rest. An interesting phrase entered into American culture in the 1990s that summarizes our life: 24-7. From grocery stores to local […]

Holy Sabbath Becomes Son Day!

Yesterday we learned of the Jewish roots to the Sabbath. Ask three believers what the Sabbath means to them today, however, and you will likely get three different answers. Pastor and author Stewart Briscoe describes in his book The Ten Commandments his childhood memories of the Sabbath: “We went to Sunday morning church, Sunday afternoon […]