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Lent 1, 6th Command: Loving your Neighbors in an Angry Culture

This Sunday, we will be in the middle of the second table of the Law of God given to us in the 10 Commandments.  We will continue to explore the narrow and broad, positive and negative aspects of each of the 10 Commandments.  This Sunday: You shall not kill.  

Increasingly our culture is setting aside God’s command ‘to not kill’ as various forms of killing through violence, questionable ethical decisions, and hate are on the rise.  Cultures and societies disintegrate into chaos when the value of life is diminished.  Issues of capital punishment, uncontrolled anger, war, wars of words, ethnic cleansing, suicide, revenge, gun violence, gang violence, euthanasia, abortion – are only a few of the issues that are on the mainstream of discussion today.  

And Jesus doesn’t let anyone off the hook by expanding this command to include hate, name calling, and general disdain or disregard for another person’s life as a breaking of this command.  For preparation for Sunday, revisit Jesus words from the Sermon on the Mount in Mathew 5:21-26.  Where do all of these things lead?  Death and God’s judgment.  

God gave us the 10 Commands as gracious and wonderful boundaries for our flourishing.  As we move from honoring father and mother, to promoting life, to respecting others property, being truthful and being content – What will we choose? 

Sunday we welcome Marissa Perry Saints to our worship service and download time share information and to lead us in a discussion on immigration. 

Peace in the name of Jesus,
Pastor Mark

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Fifth Command: Honoring Authority in an Age of Disrespect

On Sunday we move from the 1st Table of the Law (four commands focused on ‘Loving God’) to the 2nd Table (six commands focused on ‘Loving our neighbor’ well.)  This Sunday, is Commandment Five: Honor your father and mother so that you may live long in the land God has given.  

We will look at the positive and negative aspects to the command as well as the narrow and broad scope: Honoring Authority in an Age of Disrespect.

In an age of family breakdown, abuse of authority, and messed up relationships between parent and child, parent to parent, and a general questioning of anyone in a position of authority, how ought we to honor and obey this command?  Lets dive in on Sunday.

Congratulations to Chase and Ethan Rietema as they make their profession of faith and experience their baptism.  We rejoice with their commitment of faith and public stance for Jesus.  Come and celebrate with us this coming Sunday!

For the Kingdom of God,

Pastor Mark

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Third Command: Protecting God’s Reputation

On to the 3rd command, “You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.”  This is a good command to restate in the positive – “Do everything you can to promote God’s good name and reputation in both word and deed.”  The scope of this command can be narrowly and broadly applied and cover everything from our speech to the way we live.

How do we as Christ followers bring honor or dishonor to God’s name?  When does our use of God’s name cross over into commandment breaking?  In what ways do we tarnish God’s name in the things we do?  Why does God make this one of his core commands for his people?  

“The law of the Lord is perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, pure, and firm – refreshing the soul, making wise the simple, giving joy to the heart, giving light to the eyes, enduring forever – they are altogether righteous.  They are more precious than gold, sweeter than honey.  By them your servant is warned and in keeping them there is great delight.”  Psalm 19:7-11.  Our new TQ!

See you Sunday!

Pastor Mark