Friday: March 9                                                        

Exodus 20:1-17

Then God spoke all these words:

I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work–you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

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            Lent is a time of introspection, of preparing ourselves for the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord.  It is a time to make sure we are being the kind of Christian that God would want us to be.  You frequently hear football coaches complain that their team isn’t playing very well, that what they need to do is to get back to the basics.  Sometimes Christians need to do the same thing, and for us the basics are the Ten Commandments.  Jesus took the Ten Commandments and summarized them in two commandments: love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.  When God is first in our lives, we don’t have other gods that interfere with our Christian walk.  And when we treat others with love, we show forth Christ’s love—the love that led him to the cross for us.

Heavenly Father, help us to get back to the basics:

love for you and for each other.

Pastor Wesley Howsare

Big Run Christian Church, Cameron,

Fork Ridge Christian Church, Glen Easton

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