Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation
This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship.
The Third Commandment: No Misuse of God’s Name
What does it mean to use the Lord's name in vain? In this devotion based on Exodus 20:7, Mark Roberts considers the different ways that we cheapen the name of God in our contemporary culture.
Would Jesus Pray at a City Council Meeting?
This article reflects on Jesus' teachings on prayer, in particular Matthew 6:5-6, and their application to practices of civil religion. Too often such practices take God's name in vain or promote our various false, shallow gods....
The Third Commandment: No Misuse of God’s Name
This devotional on Exodus 20:7 considers the third commandment, suggesting that by treating God’s name with reverence, we nurture in our souls a reverence of God himself.
Epiphany: God's Name and Our Identity
This lectionary resource for Epiphany offers planning tools for New Year's Day. It also includes sermon starter notes for texts that show God's intervention in human history.
Hallowed Be Your Name in the Workplace
This article considers how frequently and flippantly God's name is used in our world, suggesting that we clearly represent our regard for the holiness of God’s name in our actions and in our words.
Take the Name and Hold it High
A service plan from the Lord's Prayer focused on the use of God's name and how we are to honor it in a series on prayer as explained in the Heidelberg Catechism.
Names Are Special
Arthur Landwehr discusses the importance of God's hallowed name and being created in the image of God.
The Lord's Name, Marriage, Unity
This audio recording by Scott Hoezee and David Bast on Exodus 20:7, Romans 5:8, and Isaiah 1:18 discusses what it means to take the Lord's name in vain, biblical views on same-sex marriage, and unity.
'Tis the Season: What Don't You Know?
Questioning whether we know enough about Christianity or God to claim that certain political ideologies or political candidates align with Christianity or God, James C. Howell's article encourages us to seek God's will for our world.
Praying the Lord's Prayer . . . Without Taking the Lord's Name in Vain
To pray the Lord’s Prayer mindlessly is to take the Lord’s name in vain. How can we better understand the commitments we are making in this prayer?
The RCA and the Kingdom of God
Daniel Meeter, a New York pastor, reflects on his own congregation, the Reformed Church in America, and its shifting attitude towards the doctrine of the Kingdom of God.
Full Text Hymns on Taking God's name in vain
O God, My Heart Is Fully BentPD
LORD, Our Lord, Your Glorious NamePD
That men a godly life might livePD
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God's Work Goes On
Many of us struggle with over-scheduling and repeatedly find ourselves over-committed. Tune in to this radio episode and study 2 Kings 2:1-18 to learn more about our servant participation in God’s kingdom work.
Name(s) Above All Names: Enriching our ways of addressing God
The Bible reveals many ways to for us address God. Using a variety of names for God in liturgy can enrich congregational worship. In this article, Richard Vander Vaart shares some of them.
Working Within Ethnic Boundaries for God
Describing how ethnic identity affected one's ability to do God's work in the first-century, Kyle Fever's commentary on Acts 10:34-43 discusses Peter's counter-cultural claim that any social group can bear witness to God through Christ's mission.
Scripture Catechism: Commandments 2-4
Sections from Matthew Henry's "Scripture Catechism" concerning the second, third, and fourth commandments of the decalogue. Arranged in a question-and-answer format that offer Scriptural references for each answer.
This look at the 10 Commandments sheds light on the many way we encounter the heart of God's love through his law and the many challenges he has for us there.
Who Are We in Christ?
This worship resource provides worship planning and sermon notes for the texts Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85, Colossians 2:6-15, and Luke 11:1-13. It focuses on God's judgment and compassion, our identity in Christ, and the Lord's prayer....
Work for God's Glory
Scott Hoezee and David Bast look at three texts, Isaiah 60:4-19, Jeremiah 29, and Revelation 21:22-27, and discuss the heavenly value of the things we create and our work, and how they add to God's glory.
To Whom Shall We Go?
This Catholic article is a a Pastoral Letter on the spiritual nature of the human person and the role of God’s grace in guiding us to live the fullness of our humanity in today’s world.