Deuteronomy 5:20 (You shall not lie)

Perhaps no sin is committed more frequently than lying.  Everyone lies at one time or another – even the best of saints.  It is one of the first sins we figure out at a very young age – “Did you take the cookie?”  “Uh…no!” – and it never stops being a temptation until the day […]

Deuteronomy 5:19 (You shall not steal)

The eighth commandment begins to get closer to us in its likelihood of temptation.  Many cannot envision committing murder or adultery (at least the physical acts) but can at some levels see themselves stealing.  The command seems to hit us more where we live even before we fully understand its application.  In its place as […]

Suffering

Refines our faith – I Pet 1:6-7 Produces endurance and perseverance – Jas 1:3-4; Rom 5:3-4 Broadens our understanding of God’s sovereignty – Job 42:2-6 Forces us to depend on God’s strength – II Cor 12:7-10 Drives us to God’s word – Ps 119:105-120 Incites us to pray – Jas 1:5; Matt 14:30 Enables us […]

Deuteronomy 5:17 (You shall not murder)

The Ten Commandments show us how far we fall short of the perfection needed to approach God.  They do this by causing us to understand sin.  Paul says in Romans 7 that without the Law we would not know what sin is – “I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; […]

Prayer Idea

I thought I’d pass along something I started doing last year that I’ve really liked.  It’s nothing all that new in that people have been praying through Paul’s prayers for generations, but I took it a step further for my own use and thought you might find it helpful. I took three prayers of Paul […]

Deuteronomy 4:1-40

Moses comes to the end of his first sermon.  After giving the Israelites a history lesson on all that has happened since they left Egypt, he now begins to transition to his second address where he will remind them of the commands of the Law.  In this chapter he extols the nature and achievements of […]