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 This is the 
"Home of the 10 Commandments!"

(What? Different lists of 10 commandments
How can that be? Please see comment at the bottom of this page.)

We PRAY for peace, for the safety of the men and women around the world who are protecting us.  We ask for the Lord's protection for them and all who stand guard!  Bring them back safely.  In Jesus name!  AMEN

Before we get to the 10, I want to share a quote with you that has had a profound effect on me personally!  It reminds me of my responsibility to speak up for people who are not present to defend themselves, and to be on guard that I don't disparage others. 
They came first for the Communists...
but I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews...
but I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Unionists...
but I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics...
but I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me...
and by that time...
there was no-one left to speak up for me.
Rev. Martin Niemoller,
(a Lutheran Minister in Germany) commenting on events in Germany 1933-1939 
For more on Rev. Niemoller

The Ten Commandments
 (with expanded comments by Martin Luther, 1529)

I. I Am The Lord Thy God; Thou Shalt have no other gods Before Me.
We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

II. Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord, Thy God, In Vain.

We should fear and love God that we may not curse, swear, use witchcraft, lie, or deceive by his name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

III. Remember The Sabbath Day, to Keep it Holy.

We should fear and love God that we may not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.

IV. Thou shalt honor thy Father And Thy Mother, that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

We should fear and love God that we may not despise our parents and masters, nor provoke them to anger, but give them honor, serve and obey them, and hold them in love and esteem.

V. Thou Shalt Not Kill.

We should fear and love God that we many not hurt nor harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

VI. Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery.

We should fear and love God that we may lead a chaste and decent life in word and deed, and each love and honor his spouse.

VII. Thou Shalt Not Steal.

We should fear and love God that we may not take our neighbor's money or goods, nor get them by false ware or dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and business.

VIII. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor.

We should fear and love God that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, nor defame our neighbor, but defend him, speak well of him, and put the best construction on everything.

IX Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's House.

We should fear and love God that we may not craftily seek to get our neighbor's inheritance or house, nor obtain it by a show of right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it.

X. Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is thy neighbor's..

We should fear and love God that we may not estrange, force, or entice away from our neighbor his wife, servants, or cattle, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

2 Sets of Commandments - How could that be?
When I put this up there, I copied the list of 10 commandments that I learned as part of my Lutheran upbringing.  It's the list that Luther outlined in his Small Catechism.  Since placing this list on the internet I have received several pieces of email (some of them even threatening my very being - and certainly where I was going to spend eternity).  Yes it seems that the Lutherans and Catholics have a slightly different list.  Yes we could put a large dissertation about their respective merits up here.  I'm not even going to try to tell you that I have the correct list.   Right now I'm in the "productive years" of my life.  I am working many hours about 6 1/2 days per week.  God gets my entire attention for Sunday mornings.  If you have a comment on this list, or would like me to also post the other Protestant list, please prepare it in an HTML format and send it to me.  But PLEASE, I don't have time to get into a give and take.  Email me that you like it and I'll reply, email me with constructive suggestions and I'll reply, but please don't look to me as the next person that you want to get into a theological discussion with.
    Sincerely,   webmaster John

perhaps you'll like this set better!

The Ten Commandments

These Ten Commandments have been taken from The Living Bible, Red Letter Edition.

20)Then God issued this edict:

2 "I am the Jehovah your God who liberated you from your slavery in Egypt.

3 "You may worship no other god than me.

4 "You shall not make yourselves any idols: no images of animals, birds, or fish.

5 "You must never bow or worship it in any way; for I, the Lord your God, am very possessive. I will not share your affection with any other god! "And when I punish for their sins, the punishment continues upon the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of those who hate me;

6 but I lavish my love upon thousands of those who love me and obey my commandments.

7 "You shall not use the name of Jehovah your God irreverently, * nor use it to swear to a falsehood. You will not escape punishment if you do.

8 "Remember to observe the Sabbath as a holy day.

9 Six days a week are for your daily duties and your regular work,

10 but the seventh day is a day of Sabbath rest before the Lord your God. On that day you are to do no work of any kind, nor shall your son, daughter, or slaves-whether men or women-or your cattle or your house guests.

11 For in six days the Lord made the heaven, earth, and sea, and everything in them, and rested the seventh day; so he blessed the Sabbath day and set it aside for rest. *

12 "Honor your father and mother, that you may have a long, good life in the land the Lord your God will give you.

13 "You must no murder.

14 "You must not commit adultery.

15 "You must not steal.

16 "You must not lie. *

17 "You must not be envious of your neighbor's house, or want to sleep with his wife, or want to own his slaves, oxen, donkeys, or anything else he has."

Exodus 20: 1-17

Why is this here? In searching the internet through various search engines, we could find no place where the 10 Commandments were outlined simply and for everyone to see. So we created this site. It's our belief that a strong faith can be condensed down to a few simple ideals. That religion should be INCLUSIVE not exclusive. That it's our job to bring folks to Christ without concern for their past. Believing that first and last; forgiveness comes as a gift from God. This is our beginning.

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This really made me stop and think.  I hope it has the same effect on you!

This one will make you sit up a little and take note of EVERY OPPORTUNITY to acknowledge HIS Presence....

As you got up this morning, I watched you and hoped you would talk to me - even if it was just a few words, asking my opinion or thanking me for something good that happened in your life yesterday - but I noticed you were too busy trying to find the right outfit to put on and wear. I waited again. When you ran around the house getting ready, I know there would be a few minutes for you to stop and say hello, but you were too busy. At one point you had to wait 15 minutes with nothing to do except sit in a chair. 

Then I saw you spring to your feet. I thought you wanted to talk to me but you ran to the phone and called a friend to get the latest gossip. I watched as you went out and I waited patiently all day long. With all your activities I guess you were too busy to say anything to me. I noticed that before lunch you looked around, maybe you felt embarrassed to talk to me, that is why you didn't bow your head. You glanced three or four tables over and you noticed some of your friends talking to me briefly before they ate, but you didn't. That's okay. There is still more time left, and I have hope that you will talk to me even yet. You went home and it seems as if you had lots of things to do. After a few of them were done you turned on the TV.

I don't like TV, just about anything goes on there & you spend a lot of time each day in front of it not thinking about anything just enjoying the show.

I waited patiently as you watched TV and ate your meal but again waited for you to talk to me. As you did your work I waited again as you did what you had to do.

At bedtime I guess you felt too tired. After you said goodnight to your family you plopped into bed and fell asleep in no time.

That's okay because you may not realize that I am always there for you. I've got patience more than you will ever know. I even want to teach you how to be patient with others as well.

Because I love you so much, a long time ago I left a wonderful place called Heaven and came to Earth. I gave it up so that I could be ridiculed and made fun of, and I even died so you wouldn't have to take my place. I love you so much that I wait everyday for a nod, prayers, or a thought or a thankful part of your heart. It is hard to have a one-sided conversation. Well you are getting up again and I will wait with nothing but love for you hoping that today you will give
me some time.

Have a nice day!
Your friend,

P.S. Do you have enough time to send this to another person?

I know the following prayer has been around, but I really like it so it's here....
Lord, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes;  we have plenty
of food to eat.

Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry;  we have plenty
of nice clothes to wear.

And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade beds;
they were so warm and comfortable last night.  I know that many
have no bed.

My thanks to you, Lord, for this bathroom, complete with all
the splattered mirrors, soggy, grimy towels and  dirty lavatory;
they are so convenient.

Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs
defrosting so badly;  It has served us faithfully for many years.
It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.

Thank you, Lord, for this oven that absolutely must be cleaned
today.  It has baked so many things over the years.

The whole family is grateful for that tall grass that needs
mowing, the lawn that needs raking; we all enjoy the yard.

Thank you, Lord, even for that slamming screen door.  My kids
are healthy and able to run and play.

Lord, the presence of all these chores awaiting me says You
have richly blessed my family.  I shall do them cheerfully and I
shall do them gratefully.

I would guess that the following is NOT a true story, but it's well written and really touched me!

There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given just three months to live.  As she was getting her things "in order," she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.  She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. The woman also requested to be buried with her favorite Bible.

Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. "There's one more thing," she said excitedly.  "What's that?" came the pastor's reply. "This is very important," the woman continued..."I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand."  The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite what to say.  "That surprises you, doesn't it?" the woman asked. "Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the pastor. The woman explained. "In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say," keep your fork."

It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!  So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder 'What's with the fork?' Then I want you to tell them: "Keep Your Fork....The best is yet to come".

The pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the woman had a better grasp of Heaven than he did. She KNEW that something better was coming.  

At the funeral, people walked by the woman's casket and they saw the pretty dress she was searing, the favorite Bible, and the fork placed in her right hand.  Over and over the pastor heard the people whisper quietly to each other, "What's with the fork?"  And over and over he smiled.  During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the woman shortly before she died.  He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her.  The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.  He was right.

So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you, oh so gently, that....
the best is yet to come!

Some billboards are getting some attention in Dallas.  Some reported
seeing one or two messages, but the newspaper listed all of them.
Here's a list of all variations of the "God Speaks" billboards.  The
billboard are a simple black background with white text.  No fine print or
sponsoring organization is included.  These are awesome...enjoy.

          Let's meet at my house Sunday before the game.
          C'mon over and bring the kids.
          What part of "Thou Shalt Not..." didn't you understand?
          We need to talk.
          Keep using my name in vain, I'll make rush hour longer.
          Loved the wedding, invite me to the marriage.
          That "Love Thy Neighbor" thing... I meant it.
          I love you and you and you and you and...
          Will the road you're on get you to my place?
          Follow me.
          Big bang theory, you've got to be kidding.
          My way is the highway.
          Need directions?
          You think it's hot here!
          Have you read my #1 best seller?   There will be a test.
          Do you have any idea where you're going?
          Don't make me come down there.

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webmaster's note: People often ask me questions about being a Lutheran.  Some have the idea that we somehow hold Luther up as more God-like than the rest of us, or that we have some "secrets" that make us special.  After years of searching, this is a summation that I like the best!  (Material in this description was adapted by the Rev. Susan P. Thomas from Baptized We Live: Lutheranism as a way of life by Daniel Erlander, 1981 Daniel W. Erlander)

  • To be a Lutheran is to be a Christian (not the other way around!). Many characteristics of the Lutheran way are also traits of other Christian traditions. Lutherans have no monopoly on certain ways of being Christian, but are part of the ``church catholic'' (``catholic'' means ``universal'').


  • The Lutheran Church comes out of Martin Luther's sixteenth-century protesting of certain Roman Catholic church teachings for which Luther found no biblical basis. His primary insight into the Gospel was that salvation is never earned by our own effort, but is a free gracious gift of God. Thus, Lutherans have ties to Roman Catholicism (Martin Luther was, after all, an Augustinian monk), as well as to other Protestant churches.


  • Lutheran Christians confess Jesus as the Christ, the Savior of the World. Through Jesus, God has said to us, ``Yes. I made you. I sustain you. I love you. I give you forgiveness, wholeness, and eternal life. The gift is unconditional. You need not be somebody or do anything to deserve the gift. It's free and can't be bought for any price! Only receive it by faith.'' Faith is not intellectual acceptance of doctrines about God, but dynamic, life-changing trust that God's promises will be kept. The good works that we do are done out of thankfulness to God for what we have already received, not out of a need to earn God's favor.


  • Within the church, Lutherans are committed to:

    • the task of reminding ourselves that we are catholic. We are not a breakaway sect but a part of the continuation of the universal church built upon the foundation of Christ and the apostles. We live for the healing of division within the whole church.

    •  the task of serving as an evangelical teaching movement within the universal church---teaching that God's unconditional grace in Christ is the center of the Christian faith. We joyfully proclaim the good news---God comes in flesh and says YES to all humanity.

    •  the task of living as a reforming movement---constantly letting the Holy Spirit show us where our personal and corporate lives must change in order to conform to the Gospel. When the Spirit directs us to reformation (of our own lives, the church, our society), we act in obedient trust. We seek peace and justice, calling for and working for necessary reform in God's creation.


  • Commitment to all of this cannot be sustained without prayer. We come together regularly to praise God and receive nurture and guidance. We take the Bible seriously, trusting that although some of it may appear to be straw, it holds the precious Word of God just as the manger held Jesus (God's Word made flesh). We receive Baptism and Holy Communion as renewed promises that God will not ever or finally forsake us but remains as close to us and to the world as cleansing water, bread, and wine.