The Neighbor

Chiseled ThumbWe concluded our series on the Ten Commandments, “Chiseled,” this weekend at Eastbrook Church by looking at the ninth and tenth commandments from Exodus 20:16-17.

Many commentators divide the Ten Commandments into two categories: 1) those dealing more with how we relate to God and 2) those dealing more with how we relate to others. Strictly speaking, the final two commandments are the only ones that mention the word ‘neighbor’, drawing into focus the ways in which we treat those around us.

The outline for the message is below. You can view the message online here or listen to it via our audio podcast here. You can now access all the messages from the “Chiseled” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This series is part three of an occasional series we are doing from Exodus. You can enjoy the first two parts of this extended series on Exodus here:

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Confused in Pergamum

Revealed-thumbnail-04-03This weekend at Eastbrook Church, I continued our “Revealed” series by looking at the letter to the church in Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17). I wanted to highlight the fact that often the most destructive attacks we face in our lives come not from full frontal assaults by evil but the side doors and back doors. I focused on how Jesus was calling the church into an awareness of their setting and alertness about those potential pitfalls.

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.

The message outline is included below.

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Saturday Prayer 51

Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. (Psalm 86:1 NIV)

oh, Father,

you see me,
both what I am and what I am not.
because of Your mercy,
open my life more fully to Your power and presence.
grace me with Your goodness
and widen my heart with Your compassion.
ground me in Your truth
and make me active with Your justice.

thank You, Father, for who You are:
forgiving and good,
abounding in love,
a joy-bringer,
a guardian,
trustworthy,
and One who answers prayer.

all my hope is in You. a

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

Saturday Prayer 29

How can those who are young keep their way pure? By living according to Your word. (Psalm 119:9)

Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth. (John 17:17

Lord, make me alive according to Your word.
Take me into the truth, for Your word is truth.
I want to live according to Your word, but am amazed by how I fall out of Your path.
Come and teach me.

Shine upon the crooked, untrue ways in me, that I might live in You.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

Saturday Prayer 26

In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. (2 Corinthians 8:2)

Lord, I want to give myself over to You first and foremost. I know that only then will true joy begin in my life. I know that only then will true generosity toward others begin.

I know that I tend toward self-made version of joy and generosity that all too easily fail. Lead me to You, so that I might grasp Your gracious giving to me and lay all myself down at Your feet.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]