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July 3, 2016 - Living With the Holy - Exodus 20:7-11

posted Jul 9, 2016, 6:13 AM by Grant Garber
  • The Ten Commandments are not only laws but also markers for the journey through the great wilderness called life. These markers can still lead anyone to freedom.
  • What does it mean to take the Lord’s name in vain? What is more typical of us is not that we misuse the name of God, but that we no longer use it at all. To take God’s name in vain is to ignore His character as the Savior who is very involved.
  • Anytime you think you can find a little salvation in your own work, you are in grave danger. The danger is this: if you fail, or worse yet, if you succeed for a while, then you’re stuck with yourself for a god.
  • Ironically, to be frantic with busy-ness is a lazy thing. It avoids the hard work of calling upon the Lord’s name and looking for His involvement.
  • If, through all of life’s experiences, you are looking for the sign of God’s presence, then all of life becomes an opportunity to encounter the Holy One.
  • How do we see God’s presence in our lives? By remembering the Sabbath and keeping it holy.
  • We don’t worship because we have to. We worship because we get to. This is our chance to see what is going on from heaven’s perspective.
  • Worship is our opportunity to see the glorious creativity of all of those ordinary days in-between.
Sabbath = “give it a rest”, “stop”, “cut it out”!
  • If you resist this created rhythm of your life, instead of joining God in saying, “It is good”, all you will ever seem to say is that it’s just not good enough.
  • In worship, we choose to enjoy and celebrate the goodness of God in the life we have.
Pastor Jim Spon | Exodus 20:7-11