Hope

Hope

“Those who hope in the Lord Shall renew their strength. They shall soar on wings like eagles; They shall run and not grow weary, They shall walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40.31 The key to this verse is that there is a difference between just plain hoping and hoping in...
Crackers and Cheese

Crackers and Cheese

The crackers and cheese pictured above look good don’t they. Too bad they are just a picture and not the real thing. So… we cannot taste the crackers and cheese and nuts. Too bad, they look really good. Being present for something is very different from viewing it on...
The Tenth Commandment

The Tenth Commandment

“You Shall Not Covet Your Neighbor’s House; You Shall Not Covet Your Neighbor’s Wife, or Male or Female Slave, or Ox, or Donkey, or Anything that Belongs to Your Neighbor.” Exodus 20.17 This is the tenth and final commandment. To covet is to do more than simply want...
The Ninth Commandment

The Ninth Commandment

“You Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor” Exodus 20.16 Bob and Jack work in a convenience store. Bob steals the money. They call the police to investigate. Bob tells the police. “The money was there when I went into the stockroom; when I came back it...
The Eighth Commandment

The Eighth Commandment

“You Shall Not Steal” Exodus 20.15 This is pretty basic. If a society condones stealing victims of theft will resent their loss and take matters into their own hands. At best the victim would try to recover their property. At worst they would try to recover their...
The Seventh Commandment

The Seventh Commandment

“You Shall Not Commit Adultery” Exodus 20.14 Most ancient societies were patriarchal; laws and customs were established by men for the benefit of men. Women had very few rights. Husbands could divorce a wife for as minor an offense as burning the soup; wives were...