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To do something in vain is to do it without purpose.
The Bible says not to take the Lord’s name in vain. What does this mean exactly?
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Exodus 20:7 (NKJV)
This means anytime we say any of God’s names without purpose we are taking His name in vain.
A good thing to remember is when we say God’s name we need to be talking to Him or about Him.
Some people think taking the Lord’s name in vain just involves putting a swear word after it.
There are a lot of Christians who say God’s name without talking to Him or about Him all the time. “Oh God that’s terrible I am so sorry to hear that.” “For Christ’s sake I can’t believe that.” “Good Lord I didn’t realize that.”
So what is the big deal about this commandment?
This is the heartbeat behind the offense. When we say anyone of God’s names, we have His undivided attention.
To say His name and then not be talking to or about Him is rude and offensive to God and is a sin.
When we say God’s name, He says, “Yes, I’m listening.” Every time.
I say to myself, “Brett do not take God’s name in vain. God’s name is Holy and I have His undivided attention when I say it and then ignore Him.”
Remember it is one of the Ten Commandments along with Do Not Murder. God wants us to take this very seriously.
Have you been doing this without realizing the great offense? It’s not too late to make a change.
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In our busy lives, most adults are unaware that there are great numbers of studies being done that link healthier living to being in and among nature and forests.
Scientific evidence is pointing to the conclusion that children who spend time playing near trees are less stressed out then children who are always indoors.
I can buy that. I think most of us can.
We have a wood and wetlands near our house that allowed our kids to take a break from their video games and enjoy the benefits of looking for turtles and frogs and taking walks among God’s creation.
So this Tip is to simply say, “Let’s encourage our kids to get outside, be active and discover what God has for them in His great nature.”
Healthier parenting. Healthier kids. Healthier living.
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Psalms 96:11-12 (NIV)
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10 (NIV)
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Traditions are so important because they say, “This is who we are as a family.” They give our family a sense of history.
Carol and I started life-long traditions from our first year of marriage that we still hold to today. We had lots of different kinds of traditions. Over the next few months I am going to talk about those many different kinds of traditions. However, today I want to talk about traditions with food.
Some of you have wonderful heritage foods from your family’s rich history. We did not have many of those so we needed to be creative. We worked hard to make sure that each holiday had a traditional food or foods. Christmas Eve became and still is a Seafood Extravaganza. There is a breakfast casserole that my wife Carol only cooks on Thanksgiving and Christmas morning. New Years Eve is always appetizers. Independence Day is always corn on the cob, Carol’s homemade potato salad (Her mom would be proud! Incredible!), watermelon, a festive fruit dessert and something from the grill.
Some days of the week had traditional foods as well. Let me explain.
When I was growing up there was a TV commercial that said, “Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day.” Pretty brilliant. Prince Spaghetti became a Wednesday staple in a lot of homes in America because of that commercial.
Carol and I took our cues from that. Friday became Pizza Day. But we didn’t just have pizza; we had “Pizza Wars”.
There were seven of us and we would buy two large pizzas Friday night but each pizza was from a different pizzeria. Then we rated each pizza to see which one won the Pizza War. Everyone voted. There were points for: The crust, the toppings, the overall taste, the box, the value, etc. Each pizza got a score. Whichever pizza won that week would be the one that moved onto the next week and went up against a different pizza from a different pizzeria.
This was a great tradition for Friday nights for a long time. Sunday’s were “Roast Day.” Another family favorite.
We always made sure we didn’t make food the center, but always really enjoyed it,
We created some great traditions and always made sure we thanked God for the food. Have a great week!