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July 17, 2016 - Honoring Limits - Exodus 20:14-15

posted Jul 26, 2016, 10:31 AM by Grant Garber
  • Freedom is only found in places with boundaries and limitations.
  • Jesus was always worried most of all about the heart, from where all evil is born.
  • None of us can sustain our pretensions to righteousness based on the law. According to Jesus, we’ve all broken these commandments.
  • The Gospel always comes to us with both compassion and conviction.
  • The spiritual landscape of Christianity is littered with churches that offer only half a gospel, which is really no gospel at all.
  • The law is actually a grace. Without that guide, we would never make it to true freedom.
  • It is in reaching for forbidden fruit that we lose the garden we had. And it is then that we realize the garden we had was paradise. Only now it is paradise lost.
  • We need to stop thinking about taking, and start thinking about receiving. The positive way to say, “You shall not commit adultery and steal,” is to find joy in what God is giving you.
  • If you start out on the quest for happiness, you’ll just keep consuming your whole life. And that next thing or person will always be the idol that vainly promises happiness, which is a way of stealing your soul from God.
Pastor Jim Spon | Exodus 20:14-15