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Bible Study Starting!

Pastor Janet Stoddard has offered to hold a twice monthly Tuesday evening 7:00 p.m. Bible Study via Google Meet. All church members are welcome to participate. The dates are: February 9th & 23rd, March 9th & 23rd, and April 6th & 13th. Bible passages will...

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2020 Adopt-a-Family

2020 Adopt-a-Family

Merry Christmas to our Adopt-a-Family!. Keren Paquette and Astrid Calderon of WH Social Services are with the gifts we collected for the family of 5. Thanks to all the church members who contributed! Ho Ho Ho!

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Noisy Gongs

Noisy Gongs

“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, But do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clashing cymbal.” I Corinthians 13.1 “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Old Saying “Do I not destroy my enemies When I make them my friends?”...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The Sixth Commandment

The Sixth Commandment

“You Shall Not Murder.” Exodus 20.13 Earlier translations read, “Thou shalt not kill.” This was not an accurate translation because ancient Israel was involved in many wars. They had capital punishment. Clearly the intention here is against committing murder, killing...

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In Congress, July 4, 1776.

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the...

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The Fifth Commandment

The Fifth Commandment

“Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land That the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20.12 In that time and place very few people could read or write. It was a traditional, oral culture in which knowledge and lore were memorized...

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The Fourth Commandment

The Fourth Commandment

“Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” Exodus 20.8 I lived in Massachusetts when the state legislature voted that stores and businesses could be open on Sunday. Legislators were very vocal in promising that under the new law no one would be fired for refusing to...

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The Third Commandment

The Third Commandment

“You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, For the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.” Exodus 20.7 Many of us are more familiar with the King James Version of this Commandment. “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in...

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The Second Commandment

The Second Commandment

You shall not make for yourself an idol, Whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, Or that is on earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” Exodus 20.4 As noted yesterday the Israelites were an island of monotheism surrounded by cultures...

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