You shall not bear false witness

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” Is that true?

“Sticks and stones can break my bones…but lies can crack hearts, ruin reputations, vandalize marriages and start riots”

Why does God tell people not to lie? Why is it important to be trustworthy? What about a bit of harmless gossip? Listen to the sermon on the 9th Commandment here. The second reading was from Matthew 18:15-20 and can be found here.

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Harvest in Larah 2018

We had our harvest service in Larah on Sunday, thanks to those who beautifully decorated the church (see photos below - if you click you should get more photos). Thanks also to Simon Donohoe who preached very clearly from Mark 4, you can read Mark 4 here and listen to Simon’s talk at the link below. This coming Sunday we’ll be joined by Damien Burke from Drogheda at our harvest service in Lavey.

Do not murder - the 6th Commandment

Anastasia Kriegel was found dead on Wed 16 May in a derelict farmhouse in Lucan, Dublin. She was just 14 years old.

Two 13 year olds have been arrested, they are the youngest people in the history of the state to be put on trial for murder.

In 2018 in America, already been—234 mass shootings.

In Ireland in 2017 - 18,803 Threats to murder/assault/harassments

Where does all this violence come from? How can we protect our children and ourselves? Are the seeds of murder within our own hearts? You can read what Jesus says about where the problem starts here and listen to Nick's sermon on the 6th commandment at the link below. 

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Honour your parents! (Exodus 20v12, 5th commandment)

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Find out who said: “Youth today love luxury.  They have bad manners, contempt for authority, no respect for older people, and talk nonsense when they should work.  Young people do not stand up any longer when adults enter the room. They contradict their parents, talk too much in company, guzzle their food, lay their legs on the table, and tyrannize their elders.” And when they said it! You might be in for a surprise. 

You can listen to this morning's sermon at the link above, and the resources mentioned are here and here

Have a break, have a Sabbath! (4th Commandment) Exodus 20:8-11

In 1924 Eric Liddell, the flying Scotsman, was set to win Olympic gold in the 100m, but he refused to run because the heats were being run on a Sunday. He was a Christian and for him Sunday was the Lord's Day - a day of rest and worship.  Was he right to refuse to run? What does it mean to "remember the Sabbath and keep it holy"? Does this still apply to Christians?

You can read Exodus 20:8-11 here and our second reading from Matthew 11:25-30 here and listen to the sermon at the link above. 

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