You Shall Not Covet

Text: Ninth and Tenth Commandments “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” This was King David’s fervent prayer to God, after the prophet Nathan made known to him his sin. David had taken another man’s wife to be his own and, moreover, had the man killed byContinue reading “You Shall Not Covet”

To Build Up, Not Tear Down

Text: Eighth Commandment St. Paul wrote to the Ephesians, in chapter 4, about the new life they had received in Christ. Their new life – to which they were called by Baptism and faith – was different than the life they previously lived, including how they used to relate to their neighbor. St. Paul said, Continue reading “To Build Up, Not Tear Down”

The Lord Provides

Text: Seventh Commandment Our Lord teaches us in the Sermon on the Mount about being anxious over our earthly well-being. He says, Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life moreContinue reading “The Lord Provides”

Chaste in Word and Deed

Text: Sixth Commandment The Holy Spirit teaches us in Genesis 2 that after God formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, He found that it was not good for Adam to be alone. Every beast of the field had its mate – its helper –Continue reading “Chaste in Word and Deed”

Not Hurt, But Help

Text: Fifth Commandment In Luke 10 a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test. He asked our Lord what good thing he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asked this expert what the Scriptures say and he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with allContinue reading “Not Hurt, But Help”

Honor Your Father and Your Mother

Text: Fourth Commandment “Honor your father and your mother,” the Lord said on Mount Sinai,“that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” With these words the Lord moves us into what we call the Second Table of the Commandments. If you imagine Moses coming down from theContinue reading “Honor Your Father and Your Mother”

Remember the Sabbath Day

Text: Third Commandment Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy,Continue reading “Remember the Sabbath Day”

Call Upon Me

Text: Second Commandment When we gathered this past Sunday, we began our Lenten review of the Catechism. The Catechism is a collection of our Lord’s teachings that is essential for all Christians to know. It includes the Commandments, Creed, and Lord’s Prayer; and also, Baptism, Confession, and the Lord’s Supper. Our Lord has impressed uponContinue reading “Call Upon Me”

No Other Gods

Text: The First Commandment On the eve of their entrance into the Promised Land, Moses spoke to the children of Israel. He said to them,  Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with allContinue reading “No Other Gods”

One With Us, One with Him

Text: Matthew 3:13-17 Today we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ by John in the Jordan River. Sometime toward the end of John the Baptist’s ministry, Jesus came out to him to be baptized; and, when He had come up from the water, God the Father and the Holy Spirit proclaimed the GospelContinue reading “One With Us, One with Him”