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Sharing Our Lives

We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.
(1 Thessalonians 2:8)

As Christine and I were planning our wedding, we were considering what hymns and Scripture readings we would like to include in the service (a Christian wedding after all is a worship service).  We read through many passages and talked about music that we liked.  I was the pre-seminary student, but she is the one who brought up this verse from 1 Thessalonians.

At the time, the idea of sharing our lives with others meant, at least in my mind, that we were glad to have the opportunity in our wedding to have the Gospel of Jesus shared and to share our lives with those who came.

Little did I know how true this verse would be for us and our marriage.

In the years since we've been married we have been sharing our lives with others constantly.  At seminary, we shared our lives with my brother and his family as well …

The First Commandment

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You shall have no other gods.
What does this mean?

We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things. 

The Romans perfected the use of the archway.  Without mortar or cement, these archways held together so well that some are still in existence today.  The key to the archway was the heavy, perfectly fitted, keystone that was at the center of the archway.

The archway would hold together as long as the keystone was in place and held it's integrity.  However, remove the keystone or have it crumble, and the archway will quickly fall to the ground.

In a very real way, the First Commandment is like the keystone of an archway.  When God is first in your life, when you truly do fear, love, and trust in God above all things, then the other things fall into place.

When you honor God then you will...
honor parents and others in authority, even if they don't deserve it, out of love for God.use God's name properly.desire to be in God's house to receive his gifts.love your nei…

The Basics and Beyond

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How long has it been for you since you reviewed the basics of the Christian faith?  How long since you seriously examined your life, your beliefs, where you are and what you are doing in light of God's Word?