Today we're in Exodus 20:17 for the final charge of the Ten Commandments. Let's finish strong and spend some concentrated time in the text and in Chapter 10 of "Ten Words to Live By."
As promised, we have an update for you on last weekend's Camp Agape, which was held at Camp Harlow in northwest Eugene for 163 children and teens impacted by incarceration. The Agape Families team along with roughly 140 volunteers led by Faith Gilchrist appreciated your prayers. Thank you!
We could easily call this season that we’re living in the Time of Great Mistrust. Information dissemination is fraught with falsehoods. Some of it is intentional and some purely because we live in a sin-scarred world where even once-trusted sources can innocently mislead us. Political and religious leaders make poor choices they then attempt to cover up, and when their sin is exposed, we feel violated for placing our confidence in them. As a result, we begin to doubt all the leaders in our lives. We can’t even go to the grocery store without someone looking sideways at us — or us at them. While we might feel that trustworthiness is at an all-time decline, the truth is “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). That’s why God needed to put the ninth commandment on the Tablets of Testimony and why the psalmist David reminds us that the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
This week we are in Exodus 20:16 as we look at the importance of a truthful testimony. While we find many verses throughout the Bible admonishing us to not lie, especially in Proverbs, this verse from Exodus is a specific command against speaking mistruths about the people in our lives. Let's jump right into reviewing the Ten Commandments and then ponder how we speak about other people.
On Thursday more than 200 children and teenagers impacted by incarceration arrived at Camp Harlow in northeast Eugene for a three-night camp designed just for them. They were met by an incredible team of volunteers, men, women, and in many cases, entire families, who are invested in bringing the hope found in Jesus Christ to these young people. Today we're sharing ways you can pray throughout the weekend for Camp Agape.