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Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart

“Feelings are feelings, they’re neither right nor wrong, it’s what you do with them that counts.” How often have you heard this kind of sentiment?  (And interestingly, it is a sentiment!). You’re probably as likely to hear it in church as anywhere else these days.  Even Christians will say we should only put acts of […]

Love thy neighbour

What’s the law all about?  A supposed expert in the law asked Jesus that very question.  Jesus boiled it all down to ‘love’.  He quoted from two places in the Old Testament: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) […]

Face to face

Children love “staring competitions” with their parents.  But we all know the “competition” is a front.  We know what the child wants, we know what the parent wants.  Face to face. Or think of the long-distance relationship.  Lovers who are sick of letters and phone-calls.  They want face to face. Or the misunderstandings of work […]

Thou shalt not covet

What do we make of a regime that has thought crime on the statute books? Well then, what do we think of God the Father?  Because on Mount Sinai here is His concluding word of the ten: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor […]

Honour thy father and thy mother

It’s interesting to read modern alternatives to the Ten Commandments.  Their silence on the subject of God is deafening.  Few people today see God as having anything to do with the “Good Life.”   Maybe that’s not surprising.  But what’s also consistently absent are expectations about family commitments.  In fact committed relationships of any kind are […]

I am a jealous God

It’s right there in the midst of the ten words from Mount Sinai: “I the LORD thy God am a jealous God”  (Exodus 20:5) What a horrible idea, we might think, a jealous God!?  What kind of a God gets jealous? Well Mount Sinai is no unguarded moment of candour.  The LORD is very open […]

Graven Images

Where do we look for strength, for comfort, for help, for love, acceptance and joy?  Where do we look for life? According to the bible, the answer is: all the wrong places. We are inveterate idolaters.  That is to say, our hearts are forever being set on idols: things that are not God.  The human […]

God rested

Work to live or live to work?  We know how we should answer that question.  The testimony of our lives is probably another matter.  But let’s ask the question of God – because I reckon our unspoken assumption is that, basically, God lives to work. You see, for many people “Creator” is God’s most basic […]

And Behold, it was very good

A good God makes a good world.  Perhaps that should be the banner over Genesis chapter 1. There’s no regrets here.  God doesn’t say “It’s not quite what I’d imagined.  It was better in rehearsals.  I’ve kept the receipts in case you want to exchange it.”  No, Genesis 1:28 – “Behold!  It’s very good” … […]

Be fruitful and multiply

On day 4 we’ve hit a milestone.  Here’s the first of many King James phrases that have become swear words!  “Be fruitful and multiply.” It’s God’s way of saying… well… let’s stick to the way God says it: “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28) It’s a phrase that actually gives us a window onto: the […]