Ground Rules For Healthy Homes: Part 2

Are The Ground Rules For Your Family Centered Around God?

Tim Lundy
Jul 1, 2019    38m
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In the second part of this series, we will explore how the last five of the Ten Commandments can applied in your home. By applying the Ten Commandments in our homes, we create healthy boundaries that create a healthy impact on our families. Video recorded at Los Gatos, California.

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Tim Lundy (00:00):
If you've got your Bibles and you want to turn there, we're going to be looking again in Exodus 20 or we'll have the passages on the screen. And as I told you last week, we're doing just a short two week series and it's entitled Ground Rules for Healthy Homes. But what are some set rules that would impact and strengthen any home? And in it, we're looking at the 10 Commandments. Again, not like people who are under the law people who have to keep these Commandments in order to earn God's favor. We look at these as people who've been redeemed by Christ and even where we failed to meet them, knowing that He has met them. And in His righteousness, that's been given to us. His goodness has given to us. But it gives us clarity of God's standards. It gives us clarity of what God says will bring truth and wholeness and life.

Tim Lundy (00:52):
And as we look at this, I don't want us to again, pull back from the issue of rules. We kind of go, I don't want to be a rule-based home. It actually brings great freedom. It was interesting. Social scientists did a study with children just to test their sense of security. They built a playground in the middle of a big field and invited children to come play and they would watch as the different groups of children would come play. In the middle of the field, the children never very far from the structure. They just stayed close. Then they came back to the exact same location. And they built a fence around the edge of the field all the way around and then brought children back again. It was interesting this time because instead of just staying on the structure, now they wandered across the whole field. They played in the corners.

Tim Lundy (01:45):
There's a sense of security that the boundary brought that actually expanded their world instead of decreasing it. And that's what God's truth does for us, especially where God is explicitly clear. And you're going to see in these passages today, there's none of the commands that we'll read through that you'll go, huh? I don't know what that means. I mean it is about as direct and short and clear. And part of it is it's a firm boundary. But that boundary then gives us freedoms, especially in our homes, in our families to go, all right, how do we do life to the fullest here knowing full well what God has declared so that we have the freedom within that? If you look in your notes, you see the five that we looked at last week. Just read through those with you. Rule number one, only God gets to be God. God's in control. Rule number two, no idols. Make God the center of your home. Rule number three, respect God and the way you talk about Him. Rule number four, set aside one day a week to renew spiritually and physically. You notice these first four are all directed with our relationship with God. If we don't get that relationship right and make Him the priority in it, it's hard to live out then these horizontal relationships.

Tim Lundy (03:11):
Rule number five moves to the first one in the home, especially respect the God-given authority of father and mother. Now look at rule number six. And again, it's pretty direct. Value life and protect it. Value life and protect it. And the command from Exodus, you can see in the passage, you shall not murder and murder is actually the right translation here. Some of the older ones say, thou shalt not kill. Hebrew had about eight different words for killing and they're very specific to what they meant. Self-defense had a word, in battle, the authorities, all the things, capital punishment. Those were all separate words with it. Murder is the word retzach, and it's specific the taking of innocent life. It is taking a life that it's not yours to take. Now again, I know we're doing a series about the home and this command's kind of explicit and you go, okay, not real issue in our household.

Tim Lundy (04:21):
I'll just say, you know, whenever there's a murder, you know where they look first? The family. And there's a reason why. In fact, the very first homicide that ever existed in human history took place in a family between two brothers. Someone did a study of specific Google searches. When people type in a specific sentence, they're looking for and they want to see how many times a month this was coming up. And so the first one, the sentence, why did I get married? 40,500 monthly searches on that phrase. How to mend a broken heart, 9,900 monthly searches. How to have an affair, 5,400 monthly searches. Here's one. How to get away with murder, 1,900 a month. How to hide a dead body, 1,000 searches a month. And that's kind of chilling, isn't it? Now let me just say, first of all, you do know when you punch these things in, someone's tracking it. Okay? Just fair warning on any of your searches with that. None of this stuff is anonymous. But the reality of this being able to impact a home and relationships, you know, Ruth Graham, Billy Graham's wife was asked once did she ever consider divorce? And she said, divorce, no. Murder, yes.

Tim Lundy (06:06):
And part of it is around the emotions within a family. And if you go back to the very first homicide, the reason Cain killed Abel, God addressed him first. Cain, you're so angry. Why are you so angry? He was angry at God. He was angry and jealous of his brother. It's one of the reasons when Jesus addressed this command, He says, well, thou shalt not murder. And you think, okay, I'm fine. But if you're angry and you're angry in your heart, Jesus says, you're committing that in your heart. Maybe not the act of it. Maybe you're not crossed the line of it. It's one reason I'm excited next month, the sermon series Chip is going to do, Overcoming Emotions that Destroy, because we live in such an emotional age, especially angry. There's so many angry people and it can invade our homes and our families and our life. And what do you do with that? How do you handle that in a healthy way? How do you be angry and not sin as Scripture says? How do you process through that? I really would encourage you to come be a part of that series. It will be just really healthy for all of us in it. But I do encourage you. There's other ways that this command shows up in our home.

Tim Lundy (07:20):
It shows up through euthanasia. We live in the age of physician assisted suicide. Suicide is a violation of this command. It is. And you go, but it's my life. But it's not your life to take it. It's not your right to do that. And so I'd just encourage you in that. I would also say there's so much confusion around this topic. Suicide is not the unpardonable sin. Christians struggle with it. And in a group of this size, there's probably somebody here, maybe you have suicidal thoughts. You wrestle with that. Some of that's due to anxiety. Can be all different causes. I would encourage you, don't wrestle with it alone if you find yourself wrestling with those thoughts. Because the evil one will want to trigger those thoughts, and in the same moment, he comes along and go, well, you can't be a good Christian if you have those kinds of thoughts. Guys, as Christians, we struggle. We've been talking about this that there's no perfect family in it. And so if you find yourself struggling with it, talk to somebody. Talk to your church. Talk to a pastor. Let somebody know. Just invite them into that.

Tim Lundy (08:37):
Maybe the key way this command shows up in our homes and our lives and our personal life is through abortion. And I'll just say directly abortion is a violation of this command because it is the taking of an innocent life. And that there's no line in Scripture that says life the womb then is not the violation of the command. Because the life is not able to live out on its own doesn't mean that it's still ours to take. And so I just say that clearly because there's so much confusion, so much emotion around this topic. And part of the reason there's so much heat and emotion is it's one of those powerful lines. Life is powerful and there's a reason God puts these boundaries In place because He knows the devastation of crossing those boundaries. He knows the pain of it, the regret of it. And I do not bring this up to heighten the pain of anyone.

Tim Lundy (09:43):
If you've made that choice in the past and you wrestle every day with that regret, I don't bring this up to compound your regret. I do speak to it to keep someone else from experiencing what you're experiencing. I do speak to it because there may be somebody here, you're wrestling right now, what to do with the pregnancy, maybe an unplanned pregnancy. Hear me. Protect the life. Invite us in. Let us help you. You do not want the pain of carrying that choice. And if you have, hear me as well. There's grace, that there's not a command that's on here that there's not God's grace for. And if you read through the stories of Scripture, you see the people that needed, our heroes needed grace for these kind of commands. David was a man after God's own heart, but he committed murder. Had a man killed to hide his affair and the life of a child he had had out of wedlock. Paul was a man who participated in murder, had people thrown in prison. Participated in the murder of a young man, Steven, who had done nothing wrong and they stoned him. You know, I love the way Paul always talked about himself the rest of his life. When he described himself, he always said, I'm the chief of sinners and I can't help but think, his past would come back. He'd feel the regret of that.

Tim Lundy (11:22):
It's one of the reasons he's such a strong champion of grace because he knew that he had experienced it. And so I say that. We are a people who need God's grace for all of these, no matter what we've done. But we also want to be a people, instead of hiding in our shame, we step into the grace and we stand in the grace and we call other people to the truth of God's Word so that they don't have to experience what we've been through. There's a command that speaks to our home and it speaks to our life. As a church, we have to speak into it. We have to as well, the seventh one. The seventh one speaks to our homes and families as well. Guard the sexual purity of your home. Guard the sexual purity of your home. And He puts it again in a direct command, Exodus 20:14. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not cross the lines of sex outside of marriage in that. God has given sex as a beautiful, powerful gift, but He gives real clear boundaries on that. And again, this is one that culturally, it's debated in so many ways. I'd say there's a clarity of Scripture that God has given us not because He's trying to rob us of anything. He wants us to experience freedom but freedom according to His design.

Tim Lundy (12:52):
He knows the devastating impact, especially within a home and within a family. And we see this showing up in a number of ways. It's not just, okay, there's the line of adultery and I'd never crossed it. You know, as I've talked to people who've struggled with this, who've committed adultery, who violated marriage vows in that, none of them ever say, you know, I just woke up one day and it just happened. There's a progression there that you guard the heart so that I don't get there. Probably one of the biggest struggles as a church, as people, we struggle with how do I have sexual purity with what I'm seeing, especially in a culture that's bombarding me now. I mean literally we are bombarded with sexual images, with pornography in all different forms. And this isn't just a man issue. Men and women struggle with it in different ways. And it's not just an issue outside of church. It's an issue that is part of the church because of the culture we live in. And so part of it is just speaking directly about it because we have so much shame. We don't even want to say anything about it at all as opposed to going, you know, we're the people of grace and yes, this is a real struggle and yes, it's all around and yes, some struggle with it more than others, some even to the point it can be addictive. And maybe you find yourself, you go, it just feels like an addictive pattern in my life.

Tim Lundy (14:18):
Hear me. God's truth calls us out of this. God's grace helps us walk out of that. God's church are the people that in community, we share our struggles and we walk together. Instead of just pretending, like it's this thing out there, sharing it and be open with a few people. This isn't the kind of thing that you can share broadly. But if you've shared it with no one, man, you're trapped alone. How are we protecting our hearts and our minds? How are we protecting our emotions? You know, a lot of times before an affair ever starts, it begins with the emotions. It begins with what I call emotional adultery. That maybe as a couple, you're in a little bit of a rough patch, you're not talking as much, you've gotten a little more disconnected. Life is busy with that. And you find yourself at work and there's this guy at work. Man, he is so nice. Boy, I love talking to him. And we find ourselves talking more. Or there's a woman at your club where you work out and you find yourself kind of working out next to her more. Maybe we'll grab a cup of coffee afterwards. And you keep telling yourself, it's no big deal. I mean we're not crossing any lines. And yet the heart gets connected. And as the emotions get connected, guys, I'm gonna just tell you, the rest follows. It just does.

Tim Lundy (15:52):
So even as I say that, right now, maybe you go, man, you know what? I am getting too connected with that person. That's dangerous. Listen to that. That's the Holy Spirit telling you. And He's not telling you that because God's against you. He's telling you that because God loves you. He's trying to protect you. See, sex is so powerful. It was interesting. I was reading an article in Psychology Today. It's not a Christian magazine. But the writer of the article is a guy named Alain de Botton. And he's a self-professed atheist. In fact, he's written a book for atheists, Religion for Atheists. A God for atheists, how you can believe even though you're an atheist. And here's the interesting thing. When he got to the subject of sex, it was the one area that he said, you know, religious people probably got this one right. He said, it is so powerful.

Tim Lundy (16:58):
Listen to his words. He said, only religion sees sex as something potentially dangerous and needing to be guarded against. Perhaps only after killing many hours online at YouPorn.com can we appreciate that on this point, Christianity got it right. Sex and sexual images can overwhelm our higher rational faculties with depressing ease. Christians are often mocked for being prudish, but they wouldn't judge sex to be quite so bad if they didn't also understand that it could be rather wonderful. Isn't that interesting? That even an atheist, he sees the power of the boundaries God put in place? Now, if you are here and you've crossed those boundaries in any way, I can promise you right now, you feel this overwhelming sense of guilt because the guilt and the shame that comes with sex is deeper than few other things. And I again, would encourage you go back to Scripture. I love that every one of the commands that you read through this, Jesus interacted with people that have violated them. And I always look at okay, how did He treat him? What did He say? What did He do with a woman who literally was caught in the act of adultery?

Tim Lundy (18:13):
He looked at her and He goes, I don't condemn you. Your life's not condemned. This isn't who you are. You don't have to stay trapped here. But then He adds this line at the end. Go and sin no more. Again, there's a command in it, but there's also an invitation. You don't have to live this way. And one of the things the enemy loves to do around sexual shame is both shame you with it and convince you you're trapped in it. This is who you are. That's not the voice of Jesus. He offers forgiveness and grace and the opportunity to go, you don't have to live like this. By faith, you've got to trust Him and believe in Him. And proactively in our homes, in our families, in our personal lives, we need to look at it and go, okay, how am I putting some healthy boundaries in place? Because I don't want to cross that. I don't want that to impact my life. Look at the third one, third one today or rule number eight with it, no stealing. Value what is gained honestly. Value what is gained honestly. And this is a real hard command to understand. Look how He puts it in Exodus. You shall not steal. And this word in Hebrew means steal. Yeah, this isn't hard. This is clear. It's explicit. And all that means is I don't take anything that's not mine.

Tim Lundy (19:59):
And really it surfaces for us, how do I even see the world, how do I see the resources of the world? And I love the way Jerry Bridges puts it. He says that when you think about it, there's three basic attitudes. We can say what is yours is mine and what's mine is mine. That's a thief thinks that. Not only is what mine is mine, but I should have the right to whatever you have as well. The second attitude is what's mine is mine and I'll keep it. That's the selfish attitude. Really for believers, where we start with is man, everything is God's and I'm just a steward of it. When you move to that place, it's amazing the freedom it gives you. It also breaks you out of a pattern. The reason you see unfortunately cheating and stealing and taking anything, whether you're a student and you cheat on an exam, that's a form of violating this command. Whether you're taking pirated material or stealing from an artist, someone who's produced something and you find a work around that I don't have to pay for that. Whether you cheat on your taxes.

Tim Lundy (21:10):
Any of these ways that it can just kind of show up in life. And it usually doesn't show up in this huge way. I really doubt we have anyone here that was going to go rob a bank this afternoon. But it shows up in the little choices over and over again. And we live in a culture that's pretty free in what we want to take when we think no one knows. You know, they did a survey of over a hundred high schools, randomly selected high schools around the U.S. 30,000 students participated in it. Listen to some of the things that came back with it. 64% of students said they had cheated on a test in the past year. 30% had stolen from a store. 42% said they would lie to save money. 83% said they'd lied to their parents about something significant. Despite all that, here was an interesting thing to me, 93% of the students said that they were pretty moral, ethical people. We live in this disconnect between that little one behavior is not really me when Scripture really says it's an indicator of the heart.

Tim Lundy (22:26):
And one of the greatest things that we can just emphasize again, in our homes, again, in our own personal life is don't just assume. Speak to it. That we're going to be honest people. We'll never take what's not ours. In fact, everything we do have, it came from God to begin with. So when we start with that heart of gratitude, it releases me in a way, and it sets a healthy boundary of the heart as well. You know, again, I love how Jesus approached people. Remember the little guy, Zacchaeus? He was a thief. He used his job to steal from others. And instead of just judging him in the moment, here's what I love about Jesus. He said, let's go to your house. Let's have a meal. Let's talk.

Tim Lundy (23:20):
And the more Zacchaeus was around the truth, the more conviction in his heart, I can't live this way. I can't do that. You know, he made a pretty radical step. He not only confessed, he made restitution. He said, how do I make this right? And if you're wrestling with this, God may lay that on your heart. How could you not only stop, but maybe He's asking you to make right in the circumstance. Look at the ninth one. Be truthful and protect the reputation of others. Be truthful and protect the reputation of others. Specifically, it was given to them in Exodus. You can look at the passage. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You can't say anything against another person or about another person that's not true. And so much of the society, especially the Hebrew society, the Israelites in that culture, but in our society as well, so much was a built on truth. I've got to be able to trust your word in it. I've got to be able to trust what you're saying about someone is true. I've got to be able to trust that what I'm hearing is true. And again, I think this speaks to our culture and our struggle with this because now we have so many means to be able to talk about people.

Tim Lundy (24:36):
We have Instagram and texting and Twitter and Snapchat and all these things. And we've got information coming all the time at us. We don't even know now if the news is telling the truth, honestly, at times, because everybody has to be the first to get it out. You got to have the quickest information whether it's accurate information. It's easy for us to be people that man, I'll just share that too and I'll reshare that. And what we're sharing is not even true. Christians should be the ones that when we speak, people always trust it. They go, okay, I know that's true. I know they would not say that if it wasn't true. I mean that's what this command is calling us to. It calls us up to a standard that you go, well, nobody else lives that way. Yeah, of course not. But we have God as our God. And so people should have almost a sense of trust that they go, okay, I can trust them because I know Christians have said that. Is that our reputation today? It needs to be. And so part is the people of the church that follow Jesus, you go, man, I'm going to be a truth teller. And in that, part of what it's calling you to is you protect other people's reputations. You have their back. And that needs to be true not only what we say out there, but boy, that needs to be true in here. That needs to be true in a church.

Tim Lundy (26:04):
Church should be the place that you go, man, if anybody has got my back, I know that group does. If anybody, I know they're not going to be the first to talk about me or say that or spread that. That needs to mark us. It needs to start in your home. It needs to start with your family. Are you people of truth? And part of the trust that comes out of truth means that we don't lie to ourselves either. We don't all pretend and have a major issue in the house that nobody is willing to talk about. And so we just kind of convince ourselves of our own lies. That erodes trust. Part of it is in a marriage relationship and a parent-child relationship and a friendship. Wherever those close bonds are, they know you're telling the truth. You know, again, in years of counseling people in different situations, people that no matter what action they've done, all different ways, I'll tell you the thing that erodes a family the most. You'll sit there with a spouse and they go, I can handle all the actions, I can handle what they've done. Here's what I can't handle anymore. I can't handle the lies. I just can't do it. Because it erodes a trust. So I just challenge you. Are you a truth teller? Is your home marked by truth? Is your life marked by truth?

Tim Lundy (27:35):
Final command, and just because it's last doesn't mean it's least. I think it may be the one that is probably the deepest, most comprehensive and we wrestle with it the most. Look at it. Rule number ten, don't covet what you don't have. Learn contentment. Now look how He puts it. Now I love the way God wrote this one out. Lest we kind of look at it because you can kind of use terms like covet and contentment. Oh yeah, I don't really struggle with that. He goes, well, let me get real explicit with you. Look at the verse. You shall not covet. Well, let's start here. Your neighbor's house. So you don't look over at their house and say, oh, I wish I had that house. Oh, that house is so nice. Nor shall you covet your neighbor's wife or husband. You don't leave the dinner party going, oh, he is so cute and he listens. Even or his male servant or his female servant, the people that work for him. You don't look at his company or her company and you go, oh, they've got it made. Or his ox. Man, he has a nice car. Or his donkey. I mean I love that God just kind of keeps going down the list in case you think it didn't apply to you. And then finally, Ge goes or anything that is your neighbor's.

Tim Lundy (29:13):
You don't look at anybody's life and you go, oh, I wish that was mine. I wish we had that. I wish our marriage was like that. Now hear me. There's healthy ambitions in life. That doesn't mean that you just accept your lot in life. Stick where you are. There's parts of it of seeing healthy people, seeing people that are succeeding, learning from them, growing from them. There's a big difference though between that and grinding. And it can be possessions. It can be a relationship. It can be abilities. It was interesting story. Linda Ronstadt, considered to have one of the greatest singing voices, 11 time Grammy winner. She writes about though the first time she heard Emmylou Harris sing. And as soon as she heard it, she was like, oh, that's so beautiful. And then in her heart, something went, oh, she's better than me. And she said, I had to wrestle with the choice in that moment. Would I forever be miserable when I heard her sing? Or what I choose to embrace, to enjoy? And ultimately, she ended up partnering with her. They did several albums together.

Tim Lundy (30:33):
Guys, it happens in those moments and I think it's impacting our homes more than we like to admit. It impacts our lives, especially again, in this age, the age of social media. Because here's what's in our face all day long. I got Facebook and I got Instagram and I got all these things. And somebody's constantly showing me their wonderful life. Look at this delicious meal. Look how beautiful we are. Look at this award my children won again. Look at, I mean it's all going on with it. And you can constantly sit there and go, I mean we have terms for it. FOMO, fear of missing out. Hate like where I'll like your picture, but I really hate it. And we grind and it can take root enough that suddenly you go home and you don't like your house and you're mad at your spouse and you're frustrated with your kids. Now again, can we just go ahead and admit no one is putting out the cruddy parts of their life? No one posts that. You're seeing highlights of someone else's life and that's not even real. It's just not.

Tim Lundy (31:56):
But in that gap, you know what fills that gap? Discontentment. When you let it take root in the heart. And it can happen to anyone. I love Paul's admission. You know, the Apostle Paul, he was Mr. Religious. He said, I kept all the rules. What shall we say then is the law sin? May it never be. He says, the law was actually good. Those boundaries, hey, here's how they helped me. On the contrary, I would not have come to no sin except through the law for I would not have known about coveting if the law had not said, you shall not covet. He looked at his own life and he said, I thought I was on top of it. I thought I was a perfect person. I thought I had it all together. And then, you know what he realized? Oh, I got a coveting problem. Man, I want what someone else has. And in that conviction, he realized I had to learn how do I deal with this, where do I go with this?

Tim Lundy (32:57):
I love later in his life. Paul would write, I learned the secret. I learned the secret whether I have a lot, whether I have a little, whether everybody around me has more than me, that doesn't bother me. It doesn't impact my life. Look what the secret is. In Philippians, he writes not that I'm speaking of being a need, for I've learned whatever situation to be content. I know how to be brought low. I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I've learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. Here's the secret. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. The only thing that deals with this, I can promise you this because you can tell yourself I don't want money. I'm going to just, I'm going to live in Austin. You can go through all different mental hopes. It will not solve it. The only thing that will solve this is Christ. And where you find yourself in that gap, where you find yourself struggling, here's what I'd encourage you. It's not about having what they have or getting more because they'll never be enough.

Tim Lundy (34:05):
It's about resting and coming to Christ and go, Christ, I got a heart issue. And the reality is there's a hole here. And no matter what I keep pouring in it, it's not enough. And it drains through and I'm actually wearing the people around me out and I'm worn out with it. So I need you to teach me the secret that I could do this through you because you did this. Guys, I would say this is not only the secret for this command. It's the secret for all of them, all ten of these commands, no matter who you are. There's one, two, maybe all of them, they cut across your life in a real way. You struggle with them. And you can approach it one of two ways. You can go, all right, I'm going to double down. I'm going out today. I'm going to do it that much harder. And I'm going to put my brain to it and I'm not going to do that and I am going to do that. And you will go and then fail again. Or you step back and go, God, I can't do this. I'm a broken person and I struggle with my mind and I struggle with my stuff and I struggle with loving people the way I'm supposed to. And instead of feeling like boundaries, I do feel little crushed under all this.

Tim Lundy (35:33):
I need Jesus. I need the one who kept all the commands, and instead of using that as something that He condemns me with, He uses it and says, I did it for you. Here's my righteousness. Let me do something in you. And the beauty of our relationship with God, the new covenant is instead of writing these laws on tablets that we have to keep them out there, He said let me do something radical. Let me write them on your heart. Let me make this a part of who you are. Let me do something in you from the inside out. I'd encourage you today, if you've never done that in a relationship with Christ, that's where it starts. It starts with going, Jesus, I need you. I need what you accomplished, your forgiveness, your atonement on the cross. You paid for it so that I can receive it. And then if for those of us who have received it, and we look at this and we go, man, Jesus, I need your grace to actually live this. Write it on my heart. Make this a part of who I am.

Tim Lundy (36:42):
See, in this, the health of these explicit commands, they give us great boundaries. They also give us a great starting place to go back to Him and go, I need your grace here again in my life. In fact, as we finish out, we're going to go to that starting place. We're going to remember what He did on the cross because it all begins there. That's the secret. It's the secret to all of it. And so I'm going to have the ushers come in just a moment and then pass out communion. And when they come, I'd encourage you, if you're a follower of Jesus, take hold the elements, remember what He did for us. And maybe while you hold them, you could also just reflect on your own heart. Maybe one of these commands or several of them, man, they kind of crossed and convicted you in a way that you are reminded again how much you need what you're holding, how much you need the forgiveness of a broken body and bloodshed, how much you need what Jesus did for you to be the starting place to do something new within you.

Tim Lundy (37:51):
Let's pray together and then the ushers will come. Father, we thank you. We thank you for your grace. And we lift before you just our hearts, our lives, our struggles. Lord, your Word is so clear and convicting at times. And so we pray, not as people who are crushed by it, but people who want to be changed by it. Lord, I thank you for this reminder. I thank you that you gave us this explicit way to remember what Jesus did. And so as we take this communion, I pray, any place that we need to leave at the foot of the cross, anything you're convicting now, give us the courage. Write on our hearts what we know to be true. And we pray this in Christ's name. Amen.

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