Tag: ten commandments

Living Abundantly

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. -Jesus, in the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew Here’s an old sermon trick for you. Ready? Okay. It’s a series of reflective questions: If you could…

Telling The Truth

When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like…

Sell All You Have

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money[a] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. -from the Gospel of Mark, chapter 10 I’m not sure…

On Love

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. -Jesus, in the 5th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel Last week, we talked about murder. I opened my sermon by ruining everyone’s Sunday plans by saying that murder is…

Practical Peacemaking

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.” -Jesus, in the 5th chapter of Matthew In the Ten Commandments, we read that we aren’t…

Transmission

Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother…

Public Witness

Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ But the tax collector stood at a…

No Idols

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” -from John 4 Before Moses was a great prophet, before he was Moses the mighty leader, before the plagues and the water-partings and the sky-fallen bread, he was a shepherd. Out with his sheep, one day, Moses a bush that was on fire but not consumed. Moses…

No Other God But Hope

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then…

Commanded

If a man hits a manservant or maidservant in the eye and destroys it, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the eye. And if he knocks out the tooth of a manservant or maidservant, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the tooth.  If a bull gores a man or a woman to death,…