The 10 Commandments: Relevant or Passe?

Today’s Sunday Church Reading: “Moses said to the people…In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin upon you, you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it. Deuteronomy 4:1-2 The 10 Commandments, as given to Moses by God Himself, give great discernment, direction, and light to our days.  This Scripture clearly tells the Israelites that we are not to add to them or subtract from them, because by so doing, the  meaning may be obscured and essentially changed. This message was not just meant for the Israelites, but for all Judeo-Christian followers for generations to come, until the end of time. Are the 10 C’s relevant or Passe? As a succinct, brief reminder, Jesus gave us His mandates to 1) Love God with all your heart and mind, and 2) Love one another, which is the summation of the 10 Commandments, rather than a replacement for them. Today, when we follow Jesus’ mandate mindful of the 10 Commandments, we are able to avoid sin, which separates us from God and each other. The great message here, is all about Love. That is, God’s love for us, and what we do to show our love for Him in return. It is not a one way street, as the door swings both ways. When we love God, we recognize that we are sinners, but trust He loves us despite that fact. However, we try to follow the 10 C’s as closely as possible, asking for forgiveness when we fall short. As this Scripture passage says, we must find a way to love the orphan (born and unborn), the grieving widow, the...

The Just Shall Flourish

“The just shall flourish like the palm tree, shall grow like a cedar of Lebanon, 14 Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.” Psalm 92:13-14 Today’s Holy Scripture tells us that the just who follow God’s commands shall grow strong and flourish. Not just exist or get by, but flourish like a tall cedar of Lebanon by a river bed! The implications of this Bible passage for believers are, indeed, far-reaching, as we consider the operative key word, God’s promise for the just: FLOURISH!   When we flourish in God’s sight, through His intercession in our lives, we are able to live knowing that we are His children, and thereby, we reap the plentiful benefits of close communion with Jesus. He provides us with the discernment to know His Divine Will, and follow it, and the compassion to love one another as He does. He enables the just with the fortitude and perseverance to follow Him closely in all things, to the best of one’s ability.   With the Holy Spirit as our Advocate, our companion guide for the journey, we are able to reach out for Jesus’ hand and heart, and connect with Him at any given time and place for any reason. In the face of both adversity and serenity, we are able to pray to Jesus directly, with confidence, knowing He hears our prayers and answers them specifically in His own special time and way.   When we flourish, we are able to walk in gratitude to God for the many blessings He showers on our lives, the key...