Sometimes the Best Thing to Do is Run!

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Colossians 3:1-15   I.         Timothy was admonished to fight the good fight – I Timothy 6:12             A.        We are in a battle for our lives, and we must have the courage to do battle – Ephesians 6:10-18             B.        We cannot be passive against sin – James 4:7             C.        But a person trained in warfare…

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Covetousness

Prohibition Exodus 20:17, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.” Psalms 10:3, “For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, And the covetous renounceth, yea, condemneth Jehovah.” Proverbs 28:16, “The…

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What is the difference between coveting and stealing?

Question: What is the difference between coveting and stealing? Answer: Coveting is wanting to possess what another person has. A similar word to “coveting” is “greed.” “For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire, and the greedy man curses and spurns the LORD” (Psalms 10:3). In other words, a covetous man is selfish. Other people…

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Why are you only not to covet your neighbor’s things?

Question: Deuteronomy 5:21: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Why was covetousness mentioned in relation to only the neighbor and no one else, e.g, parents, siblings, relatives,…

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Am I being covetous thinking about a girl who turned me down?

Question: Last year, I met a wonderful girl who has been on my mind almost constantly since I first saw her.  In addition to being incredibly beautiful in every physical way, she also has a very sweet demeanor — one of those personalities that just lights up the room.  Sadly, I was never able to…

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Thou Shalt Not …

Text: Romans 13:8-10   I.         In continuing our series on understanding the Ten Commandments, I would like for us to focus our attention on the commands which begin “You shall not …” – Exodus 20:13-17             A.        The repeating of a phrase, in this case “you shall not”, causes one to pay attention to the words. It sets…

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The Story of Balaam

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Numbers 22:22-35  I.         Background             A.        As the children of Israel left their wanderings in the wilderness and move towards the promised land, they had to cross through the territories of a few countries.                         1.         The leaders of these countries were nervous to have such a large mass of people (a few million) move…

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Notes on Ten Commandments

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” Repeated in the New Testament: Matthew 4:10; Acts 17:16; Romans 1:25; I Corinthians 8:4-6; Philippians 3:19; Colossians 2:18; Revelation 19:10; 22:9 “You shall not make for…

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