Lies, Rumors, and Deceit

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." -Exodus 20:16 As Martin Luther would say, "What does this mean?" "We should fear and love God that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, or defame our neighbor, but defend him, [think and] speak well of him, and put the best construction on everything." -Lutheran Small Catechism So, you want...

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You Shall Not Steal

“You shall not steal.” -Exodus 20:15 You can steal someone’s thunder or their heart. You can steal a base in baseball or even steal away with the one you love. Of course, these are not the types of stealing meant in Exodus 20:15. Back when the Ten Commandments were written, “You shall not steal” meant to take the material possessions...

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To Forgive…or to Murder?

“You shall not murder." -Exodus 20:13 When we first read the 5th Commandment here, it seems pretty simple.  Don't murder.  Great, finally a Commandment I can say I haven't broken.  Though, I have to admit, there were a few times I came pretty close while driving around town.  And then there was that kid who picked on me middle school.  Well,...

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When We Make Idols

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth...

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