God is the Creator of the Universe and of all that there is of the animal and plant life, and creator of all of us—he is our Sovereign. We depend upon him for our lives. We depend upon him for our shelter, for our food, and for our well-being. It is appropriate that we worship him and adore him. We pray to the God that made us and guides us.

“In him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts17:27)

We call upon our God, our Savior to teach us, to forgive us, to keep us on the right paths.

The Ten Commandments:

I. You shall have no other gods before me.

II. You shall not make for yourself a graven image. You shall not bow down to them or serve them.

III. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

IV. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.

V. Honor your father and your mother.

VI. You shall not murder.

VII. You shall not commit adultery.

VIII. You shall not steal

IX. You shall not bear false witness against you neighbor.

X. You shall not covet.

There are many other teachings, that are important for us. For instance Matthew 7:12:

“So whatever you wish that men would do to you do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.”

In the Bible we are referred to as sinners—that may jar us—we must humble ourselves before him! Many places in the Bible remind us that we have fallen short—we have not honored or obeyed God’s teachings. How are we to live a good life? How are we to be the people that he would have us to be? If we have reckoned with our sins before God, what are we to do? How do we find his favor. We must seek his forgiveness. He invites us to repent of our sins and seek his forgiveness. How can a holy God ignore our sins?

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1,2)

It is a fact that all of us have sinned. We have not fully kept the teachings of the Ten Commandments, nor have we kept the commandments as we look through the Bible. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that every man who looks at a woman lustfully has committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27)

“And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell. James 3:5,6)

It is God’s purpose to save sinners

The consequences of the suffering of the cross were fulfilled by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ paying the penalty for our sins. We reckon with our sin. We seek God’s forgiveness, knowing that the Heavenly Father will forgive us if we confess our sins and ask for his forgiveness. What are we to do? We are to recognize what God has taught, and to confess our sins to him. We know that Christ our Savior has suffered the penalty for our sins that we may be forgiven.

The mercy, kindness, and forgiveness of God is seen in the parable of the workers who worked in the vineyard hour by hour. They were hired one by one to work until the evening. When the end of the day had come, the workers got in line to be paid. Each one was give a denarius from the last to the first. The early ones grumbled that the last ones had been paid the same. Jesus said, “…take what belongs to you, and go; I chose to give to this last as I gave to you. Am I not allowed to do as I chose with what belongs to me?… So the last will be first and the first last.” (Matthew 20:1-16) God is merciful.

“He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he it is who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21)

Jude, verse 24, “Now to him is able to keep you from falling and to present you without blemish before the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever.” Amen.


Foster H. Shannon
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Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
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He enjoys riding his bicycle and swimming weekly. He likes both classical and popular music. He roots for the CAL Bears and the Chicago Cubs.