Third Commandment

Of the Ten Commandments given to us in both (Exodus 20:2-17) and (Deut5;6-21), only one has a punishment promised for the violator! It seems to me that it must be the most important commandment, and not to be taken lightly. It is sad how many modern-day translations didn’t get the translation correct! Some say “do not take the name of the LORD in vain”, while others say “Don’t misuse the name of the LORD”. There is a huge gap between the two meanings, as they have nothing in common, except the LORD’s name!

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Digesting 24/7

When we eat food, hopefully, our bodies digest it. This process starts in our mouths. As the food gets to the stomach, stomach juices/acid gets to work. However, real digestion starts in our intestines. Once we are done digesting what we need, we dispose of the rest. Digesting poisonous or unhealthy food has negative consequences and should be avoided. Are there informational and experiential parallels?

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Love Comes in Many Versions

I love, absolutely love pizza. Make it with a cauliflower crust, chicken, and Alfredo sauce! You can now convince me that I am already in heaven. Ahhhhhh. I also love the Boston Red Sox and have for about 50 years. I also love my tremendous wife, my children, and every dog I have ever had the pleasure to raise for the duration of their life. (Sorry, not a cat person. Yet.) So what does the word “love” mean? Is all “love” the same? I think that because we have diluted that word so much, it’s easy to not recognize “unconditional love” when it is offered.

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Personalized Scriptures!

Want to read some scripture that reads like it was written to YOU? or about YOU? Here’s a way to also send love, or a hug to a friend by sending them scripture with their name in it! It’s powerful and has helped hundreds since the idea was created and then finally put on the web so that it could be shared all over the world.

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Is Any Religious Group 100% Correct?

The main focus of John 3:16 is God’s love for people. He loves ALL the people, all over the world, in all eras, ages, ethnic groups, and countries. So God loves everyone, EVERYONE? No matter when they lived, where they lived, what skin color or creed? Even, those _______ (you fill in that blank with someone that you just KNOW God can’t possibly love)? If, as some religions say, all of us are God’s children, which religion is the “right one”? Or is there a “right one”? Most zealots of many major religions would answer that question with a resounding “Yes, MY religion is the right one!” Well … 

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12 Days of Christmas

Some things are not as they seem, and if we judge something quickly, we may miss something very special about it. Several songs are that way. If you don’t know the background, or as Paul Harvey so often said, “The Rest of the Story” then you deprive yourself of beauty and warmth. One such example is the story behind this song. You may wonder how “The Twelve Days of Christmas” still fits into the 2020s. It is not simply an archaic design by the songwriter, it is much, much more!

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Deadly End or Dead End?

There is a proverb in the book of Proverbs, that is of such stature that it is found in two separate places, both as Proverbs 14:12, and Proverbs 16:25. In the Hebrew style, most such repetition occurs immediately, for the sake of emphasis. So to have a phrase found in two completely unrelated places is very different, in fact, unique. I want to analyze this twice-stated proverb, and try to see what it really means to us today.

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Faith, Hope, and Love

Many people don’t like using “old” words from previous generations. Who uses “groovy” anymore? We are more comfortable using words that are contemporary, or at least with their “current” meaning. “Gay” once meant happy, joyous and having a positive attitude. That’s not what it means here in the 21st century. Despite this, the church holds tightly to words that no longer have meaning in today’s world, or are even used outside the church. “Faith” is one such word, and I am convinced it is misunderstood and misused.

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Names of God

Many of us have heard the phrase “names of God”. I have even heard of Bible Studies looking at that long list of names for God found in scripture. Someone compiled that list by going through the Bible and finding every single name someone either gave to God or used to address God. One such list can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_God_in_Christianity. Some of these lists go beyond just the name and look at the name’s meaning. One day as I was thinking about this, I realized something that none of these lists talked about: I also have had a lot of names throughout my life. The same goes for everyone in my family, and everyone I have ever met. What do all these names mean?

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