Does God ever approve of us using deception? Does God Himself ever use deception? And if there’s a yes to either of those, how do we reconcile that with the command not to bear false witness? Do we have inconsistencies here?
Jeremiah 9:23-24 presents us with 2 trios - one describing what we have (Wisdom, Might, and Riches), one describing what we should do with what we have (Steadfast Love, Justice, and Righteousness). We take a deep dive into the terms used and what it means to know God.
The Psalms are not just worship poetry. They also contain strong ethical teachings, giving us portraits of righteous living. Of the 10 Commandments, the 9th Commandment - not bearing false witness - receives the most treatment in the Psalms. We look at some of these passages and uncover a wide array of dishonest practices which any of us can fall prey to.
In the 3rd of three sermons on The Ten Commandments, we explore how the New Testament handles the 10 which were the basis of Israel’s Ethical Standards. Do they have relevance to the Christian? And if so, then what advantage do we have of living them out?
In followup to a recent sermon on how our culture views sex, we explore the application of 1 Thessalonians 4, which calls upon us to possess our bodies in holiness and honor. We talk strategy for the sexual battlegrounds we face.
Studies have shown we are generally more likely to trust the people we find attractive or have a “presence” about them. Those who “look the part” are more likely to receive our listening ears, our votes, our willingness to hire them, and our delegation of important roles to them. 1 Samuel highlights how the Israelites, including the prophet Samuel, fall into the trap of relying on the data their eyes are receiving. But God has a strong message about the reliability of our eyes in making value judgments. We explore and apply.
Developing habits, virtues, skills, resistance against sin, everything else involved in our walk with Christ shares parallels with development in professional or athletic fields. Stan Hammonds walks us through allowing the text of 2 Peter 1 to become the basis for a development plan.
We live among a sexually schizophrenic culture - one which champions sexual freedom but is waking up to some of the impossibilities of a view of sex with no boundaries. We examine the “Babylon” of Revelation with parallels to our culture’s view of consumerism and sex, which ultimately are 2 sides of the same coin of idolatry.