Category Archives: Old Testament

The Ten Commandments – Responsive Prayer


The Ten Commandments – Responsive Prayer

P:      “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”
C:      God the Father has freed us.  Help us to be eternally grateful.

1P:    “You shall have no other gods before me.”
C:      You are the only God that we will ever need.  You are all that we want.  You supply all our needs.

2P:    “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,  but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
C:      We desire a personal relationship with God because He is infinitely better than any earthly idols.  Help us to see this when we become weak.

3P:    “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. “
C:      We are your people; we bear your name.  Help us to value this privilege and to treat your name with the utmost respect.

4P:    “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
C:      You have made a beautiful world for us to enjoy.  Help us to worship you, together, as a gathering of believers on a weekly basis.  We will enjoy our day with you and we look forward to it each week.

5P:    “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
C:      We thank you for the gift of parents; help us to respect them and others in authority as you have directed.

6P:    “You shall not murder.”
C:      We view all life as sacred and having enormous worth.

7P:    “You shall not commit adultery.”
C:      You have created the institution known as marriage for our enjoyment and fulfillment.  Help us to love one another as Christ loved the church.

8P:    “You shall not steal.”
C:      We thank you for the blessings of material goods.  Help us to be thankful for these possessions and to be respectful of others.

9P:    “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.”
C:      We are to love one another for we are all your children and You see value in us.  Help us to not speak negatively of each other; be it verbally or in writing.

10P: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
C:      We are thankful for the blessings which you have given to us.  Help us to love people and not things.

Exodus 20:2-17 (New International Version 1984, ©1984)

The Fear of Man


The Fear of Man

The fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.
–         Proverbs 29:25

It is the fear of man that says we cannot do it.
It is the fear of man that says we don’t have the funding.
It is the fear of man that says we don’t have the talent.
It is the fear of man that says we don’t have the manpower.
It is the fear of man that says we don’t have the time.
It is the fear of man that says we don’t have the wherewithal.
It is the fear of man that says we might fail.
It is the fear of man that says it is impossible.
It is the fear of man that says it is impractical.
It is the fear of man that says it is improbable.
It is the fear of man that says it has failed in the past.
It is the fear of man that says we’ve always done it this way.

And it is the fear of man that asks “why?”

What our Synod and our church’s need are more:
hope, in Him who can move mountains;
faith, in Him who can split the seas;
trust, in the one that is referred to as the “truth”;
more appreciation and acknowledgement of grace
and more fear of Lord; which is the beginning of real wisdom.

Good Advice!


Good Advice!

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
a father’s delight is behind all this.

-Proverbs 3:5-12 (MSG)

Happy Valentine’s Day


Near as I can tell, there is only one place in the bible where God specifically says the three words together “I love you.”

 

This is what the LORD says—

       he who created you,

       he who formed you,

       “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

       I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

 

When you pass through the waters,

       I will be with you;

       and when you pass through the rivers,

       they will not sweep over you.

       When you walk through the fire,

       you will not be burned;

       the flames will not set you ablaze.

 

For I am the LORD, your God,

       the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

 

Since you are precious and honored in my sight,

       and because I love you,

 

– Adapted from Isaiah 43

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

 

 

Write Your own Psalm


Write Your Own Psalm

Praise the LORD.
Praise Him in your church;
praise Him throughout all the earth.
Praise Him for His power;
praise Him for His indescribable greatness.
Praise Him with the sounding of the keyboards,
praise Him with the guitar and bass,
praise Him with drums and cymbals,
praise Him with piano, the organ and MIDI,
praise Him with the clash of the high hat,
praise Him with everything that is in you.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.

– Inspired by Psalm 150:1-6

Perhaps this might be a good teen activity – have them rewrite a Psalm using their own words.