Hands Off! Hands Out!

William C. Brownson

READ : Exodus 20:15 Don’t be a taker. Be a giver instead. Welcome to the eighth in our series on the Ten Commandments. Remember again, dear friends, the background of saving love from which these commandments come. As the apostle John says, “God’s commandments are not burdensome.” Those who know the goodness behind them say along with the psalmist, “Oh, how I love your law!” We’ve seen how God calls for a response to his love in worship, in family …

The Marriage Covenant

William C. Brownson

READ : Exodus 20:14 God is the faithful God who keeps his covenant promises. Blessed are all who, by his grace, keep theirs! Welcome to the session # seven of our Ten Commandments series! This is about the marriage covenant. Remember again the background of grace here, that all God’s commands are given after he has already acted on our behalf in the most amazing love. So every command, we can be assured, is for our good always. That is …

Cherish Life!

William C. Brownson

READ : Exodus 20:13 Human life is unspeakably precious, and must be guarded and enhanced because we are made in God’s image. Welcome to Session 6 of our Ten Commandments series! Remember always the background of grace behind them, God’s beforehand love. The first four have to do with our relationship with God. In the fifth, we show honor to God in honoring parents. Now in the final five of the commandments we are shown how to treat our fellow …

Honoring Mom and Dad

William C. Brownson

READ : Exodus 20:12 The way we treat our parents is a self-fulfilling prophecy about our own future. Welcome to this fifth session of our Ten Commandment series! Let’s remember again how they begin. God loves his people, sees them in their bondage and distress and comes down to help. He brings them out of the house of bondage, lavishes care on them. Only then does he call them to respond with an answering love and to obey his will. …

The Sabbath and the Lord's Day

William C. Brownson

READ : Exodus 20:8-11 The Sabbath is a day for resting from labor. The Lord’s Day is for celebrating Jesus’ resurrection. Welcome to this fourth in our series on The Ten Commandments. I’ve so enjoyed preparing for these. I hope you enjoy hearing them even a fraction as much. Remember again today how all the commandments come from the God of grace who first shows his love for us in saving action and then gives commands. His commands and prohibitions …

What's in a Name?

William C. Brownson

READ : Exodus 20:7 A name is closely identified with the one who bears it. However we treat God’s name is the way we are treating him. Welcome to this third message in our series on The Ten Commandments! We’ve looked at the first. We’ve seen its background in grace and in covenant. We’ve looked at the rival gods that threaten then and now. We’ve seen that God wants to be worshiped not through images, but in response to his …