Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/07/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.
This commandment applies broadly. Like the other commandments, they are about our common experiences.
False testimony is words without worth or said another way, they are worthless words.
What are the characteristics of worthless words? The words are often untrue, often lack justice, shameful and damaging to relationships.
How do we rid ourselves of worthless words?
Ephesians 4:29 speaks directly to us on how to rid our words of worthlessness. We need to ask these questions before we speak. Is it wholesome? Does it build up? Does it need to be said? Does it add value?
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 10/31/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.
When you think of the commandment do not steal, you think automatically of taking something that doesn’t belong to you. But is there more to this commandment than that?
The Bible says that stealing is outright taking what does not belong to you. However, the Bible also says stealing is tricking someone out of something, depriving someone of something that is theirs, or kidnapping someone.
There are spiritual roots of stealing. The deeply rooted spiritual damage in theft includes creating mistrust, damaging reputation and not reflecting the image of God.
Stealing is a matter of the heart. Frequently, stealing is the result of small faith, and is born of greed. Stealing is an outgrowth of selfishness.
How do we counter these natural impulses? We trust God, honor God and imitate Him.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 10/03/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Why do we need to remember the Sabbath?
When we don’t, there can be signs in our life that show the need for Sabbath. If you notice you smile less, struggle to find joy, sleep patterns have changed, feel disconnected, irritable, anxious or emotional stability eludes you, then you may need to examine how you remember the Sabbath.
We need time to rest and relax. We need time to reflect and rejoice in God. We need time to replenish and to refill. All these reasons are why we nee Sabbath!
In order to have a good Sabbath you need to discipline yourself to get all your work done in the other six days. You need to recall the week’s blessings. You need to use the Sabbath to rest!
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