Category Archives: Relationship with Christ

The Possibility of Keeping His Commandments

It is critical that we keep God’s commandments.  However, it is impossible to keep them…if we do not have faith. What is faith?  It is the assurance that Jesus sees everything – the conviction that nothing escapes His notice. Without … Continue reading

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To Understand Love, Understand God’s Commandments

I wrote yesterday (Understanding the Structure of God’s Commandments) that when Jesus told us to love one another, He was not eliminating or replacing the Ten Commandments.  Rather, He was explaining them. His servant Paul made the point this way (quotations … Continue reading

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The Golden Rule

Here are the Ten Commandments that apply to our relations with other people: #5  –  Honor your father and your mother…  (Exodus 20:12) #6  –  You shall not murder.  (Exodus 20:13) #7  –  You shall not commit adultery.  (Exodus 20:14) … Continue reading

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The Commandments of God Are the Will of God

You have probably recognized that the last few days I’ve been writing about some of the Ten Commandments. Murder and Hate (#6 – “You shall not murder”) Adultery (#7 – “You shall not commit adultery”) Coveting (#10 – “You shall … Continue reading

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Murder and Hate

About 1,500 years before Christ, Moses said: You shall not murder. –  Exodus 20:13 Then when Christ came, He said: “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable … Continue reading

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What Matters to God?

What does God care about?  What does He think is important? Jesus gave us a starting point for answering that question: …that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God. –  Luke 16:15 “Destestable.”  Wow. And … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Being a Disciple 7 of 7

Review I’ve spent each day of the last two weeks writing about some aspect of what it means to be a disciple – a learner, a student, a pupil – of Jesus Christ.  Let’s review all that’s been said. Here’s … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Being a Disciple 6 of 7

A Word to the Wise Is Sufficient Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him. – Proverbs 27:22 Some people are unwilling to learn righteousness even … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Being a Disciple 5 of 7

Seeking Feedback from the Teacher Imagine trying to learn from a teacher who only lectured to you – never gave you any feedback on how you were doing.  It would be very frustrating to attempt to learn from such a teacher. … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Being a Disciple 4 of 7

Letting Your Progress Be Evident to All Paul wrote these words to Timothy: Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. –  1 Timothy 4:15 Yesterday I referenced the fact … Continue reading

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