Peru Missions Trip (Entry 1/6)

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June 22, 2018

Missionaries often say that flexibility is a requirement for being on the mission field. I learned that in regards to flights in the summer of 2017 when I traveled to Mexico for a missions trip. Today, I got a second chance to learn a little more about flexibility. When heading out the door to be taken to the airport, I checked my flight schedule and saw that my first flight out of Roanoke, Virginia would be delayed for about 40 minutes. Traveling to Charlotte was a short trip, but the window of time to get to Miami was minimal. I missed the connection, but that was quite all right as another flight got me to Miami in just enough time for my 5:40 flight to Lima—my first international flight while by myself.

I rushed to my gate while trying to get one last chance to talk to my wife before leaving the country. Out of breath I arrived at the gate, and thankfully I didn’t miss it. This airplane also would be delayed…and delayed…and delayed. First a mechanical problem, then a rough storm, and then there was “difficulty filling the tank with fuel.” No problem again though, as we could just make it a red eye flight—but there was a problem. Lima’s airport closes at 2:30 a.m. until later in the morning, and we were projected to make it by around 3. We literally turned back from the runway to wait in line for hotel and food vouchers.

While certainly tiring and disappointing, I had the chance to meet a couple of very interesting people. First, I spoke with Joaquin. As we walked what seemed like a mile to the other end of the Miami airport we joked about the long commute. I found out that his destination was also Cusco, and naturally he asked what I would be doing—Machu Picchu, right? Well, that’s certainly a perk, but I responded that I would be teaching at a Bible institute. “Which denomination?” he asked. I shared that I was working with Baptist Mid-Missions, and to my surprise, he revealed that he had come to know Christ as Savior through the ministry of a BMM missionary when he lived in the Dominican Republic. And not only that, but he also was going to the region of Cusco for missions—specifically evangelizing through a summer camp.

Later in the evening, while I was standing in line for the vouchers and a bit tired from the incessant waiting of the day, I simply the person behind me if he was from Peru. We then got into my reason for heading to Peru, and when I shared that I was going to teach at a Bible institute, he told me that he has taught at Bible institute in Peru for ten years. Currently, he’s living in Chicago and attending Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS). We then got into a wonderfully interesting discussion about Christianity and biblical education in Latin America. He spoke of the urgent need to help young Christian think and know why they believe what they believe. Instantly, this conversation reaffirmed why I was going to the mission field for three long weeks away from my family and comforts of the U.S.

June 23, 2018

I woke up this morning in a Holiday Inn, not in Peru of course, but in Miami due to the delays yesterday. Arriving at the airport with plenty of time, I used one of my food vouchers at a place called Juan Valdez Café. Wow, was this good. Not knowing what a espresso cubano was, I ordered it anyway because I’m always up for new coffee delights. This rich, double-shot espresso was mixed with brown sugar, which hit the spot to be sure. By 10:15, we boarded and left around 10:30. The crowd of a majority of native Peruvians clapped as we elevated into the air (in contrast to last night’s groans and probably a bunch of Spanish curse words that I couldn’t translate). Finally, the destination of Lima was on the horizon.

I had never seen such natural beauty from an airplane as we passed the snow-capped Andes Mountains piercing through the overcast, cloudy skies. Indeed, I was in Peru! I walked downstairs to get my 30-day tourist visa—nothing more than a stamp on my passport really. Then I proceeded to pick up my luggage to then transfer it to LATAM (Latin American Airlines). There were a lot of large, black suitcases that came off the plane. One came in after another. Yet as the rate of new suitcases slowed down in the baggage claim facility, I soon realized that my luggage wasn’t in Lima. This, of course, was pretty stressful, especially as I was trying to catch a plane to Cusco with little time remaining. After filling out paperwork, I quickly tried to check in for my receiving a boarding pass. The self-service machines were not working for me, so I waited in a rather long and slow-moving line. I didn’t know that I was going to make it. Providentially, a LATAM worker approached me and asked what I needed (there were probably 50 people in front of me at least). I said I didn’t have any luggage to check, just carry-ons, but I needed a boarding pass. “Come with me,” she replied. And within one minute I was on the way upstairs with my boarding pass in hand.

I took about an hour flight to Cusco, arriving in somewhat worn-down airport. Heading outside, I met up with a missionary in Cusco, Aaron, who had helped me tremendously with the baggage fiasco. He brought me to his home, where I was graciously welcomed by his wife and three young children. What I came to realize what made this trip so difficult thus far was not necessarily the craziness of late flights and missing baggage; it was traveling without a team. But just spending the evening with Aaron, his wife Stephenie, and children really took a great deal of stress off and provided much joy in our time of fellowship.

June 24, 2018

The blessing in disguise about the flight challenges was that I actually got to sleep for several hours in an actual bed. Had I arrived in Lima on time, I would’ve stayed overnight in the airport in order to catch the early morning flight out to Cusco. After enjoying a wonderful breakfast (and really delicious potato soup the previous evening) with the missionaries in Cusco, we went to their small local church nearby. After being dropped off via taxi ride (no parking places at this church), we walked up one street and were greeted by a steep dirt trail that led to the congregation’s modest building.

The people were very friendly and rather young (though there were several older adults as well). There was a keyboard, but no keyboardist, so I offered to play for their music. While I was told I was a blessing to them, it really was a blessing for me to be part of the ministry that Sunday morning. We sang about 5 or 6 songs (one I had to quickly sight read) and the pastor preached a heart-filled sermon. After the service, a young Peruvian boy went over to the keyboard to play. He pressed a button that teaches the song “Pachelbel’s Canon.” I asked him if he knew the name of the song, and he did. I then asked him if he knew “Fur Elise,” so I played that for him. We couldn’t speak a whole of one another’s spoken language, but we both love music, which really is a kind of language that can cross cultural and linguistic boundaries.

The missionary family took me out to lunch in the city. I enjoyed a stir-fry type of meal with beef, onions, and tomatoes. On the side, I had fries and white rice. This was all accompanied by an assortment of tasty sauces. After an enjoyable meal, Aaron took me to a transportation center, where a van would take me down to Urubamba—the final destination!

We traveled through the busy city streets, filled not just with cars, but people walking everywhere and not a few wandering dogs. The windy streets had plenty of twists and turns—and llamas of course! In this drive, poverty and picturesque landscape were everywhere. I was the only “gringo” in the van, so I was a little apprehensive about the exact location I was supposed to exit the vehicle. After trying to converse with my lackluster Spanish (or in Peru, it’s called Castellano to avoid some of the historical discomforts with the Spanish invaders), I left the vehicle to arrive at a gas station in Urubamba which, thankfully, was indeed the correct location. The local missionary in Urubamba, Rachel, and a high school intern picked me up and we traveled just a few minutes to the seminary campus. The final road that led to the campus had about few inches of room on each side of the vehicle. I was tremendously thankful to arrive at my room on campus with my lost luggage now found and back in my possession.

I changed into some dress clothes and then we walked about 8 or 9 minutes to a local church in Urubamba. This congregation was much larger than the one in the morning, but to attend each service was a privilege for me. After another song-filled service with plenty of preaching time, we returned to the campus, where I got a lot of my things in order and prepared for tomorrow’s day of classes.

June 25, 2018

Today was a packed day of many exciting things. I had ten students—which includes the high school intern—attend the first day of classes in my course, Doctrina I (Doctrine I). After getting the technology in order, I explained what was to be expected throughout the next three weeks of coursework. I’m using the materials of a previous professor, so thankfully a lot of the intricate work had already been prepared, though I did slightly amend a few things.

The students seemed to enjoy the teaching and were pretty involved when asking for volunteers or when I asked questions—they even laughed at my jokes! I covered every item I needed to cover today, which was a big accomplishment. The songs during the chapel service filled the room with the sound of a few dozen Peruvians, men and women, singing quite beautifully. In total, I taught for about three and half hours, plus the hour of chapel.

For lunch, there was chicken, rice, and potatoes alongside a soup with very similar ingredients (though a little bit of beef instead of chicken). At 2:30, we left for an absolutely breathtaking site called Ollantaytambo. I cannot adequately describe this ancient Incan fortress city, filled with ruins, terraces, and other unique imagery. As a tourist hub, there were numerous gift shops, including a chocolate museum, where I bought chocolate coffee and chocolate tea.

The team members that went, eight of us in total, were able to pass out dozens of tracts to people as well, written in Spanish. For dinner, I had an alpaca burger at a place called Hearts Café. This was quite delicious, as it was certainly a little “earthy” in flavor, fresh tasting, and served with fries (and what seemed like homemade ketchup).

On the way back, the lead missionary for our group, Rachel, picked up some of the best tasting bread I’ve ever had. It was lightly sweet, soft, and very fresh. It was a busy Monday, but man was it enjoyable. I am in complete awe of the beauty of the sites of Peru, but also am greatly encouraged by the spirit of the people here. Our team of missionaries, teachers, translators, etc. is also a fantastic bunch! I look forward to what tomorrow might bring.

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Why You Should Vote for Nick Freitas

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Tomorrow, June 12th, thousands of Virginians will be going to the polls to cast their votes. It’s a primary election, so I don’t expect the turnout to be in droves. The incumbent on the Democratic side, Tim Kaine, will face off in November against one of three Republican candidates—Corey Stewart, E.W. Jackson, or Nick Freitas. Tomorrow’s vote will finalize the Republican choice to run against Kaine. Some might think tomorrow’s primary election is largely inconsequential, but I beg to differ. There are two solid choices for the office of U.S. Senate that I would recommend, but one is most prepared for the job: Nick Freitas.

E.W. Jackson is a commendable Republican, and if the choice was between Corey Stewart and E.W. Jackson, then there’s no question that Jackson would be the right statesman. However, when compared to the international experience that Nick Freitas has as a veteran, combined with formal experience in governance and well-polished views of how economics and liberty are essentials to American values, Freitas has the edge.

The likely favorite for tomorrow’s GOP primary is Corey Stewart, which is truly unfortunate. Yes, he does espouse and defend a lot of the same views as Jackson and Freitas, like the second amendment and lower taxes, but Stewart is a tremendously poor choice for the Republicans in November for at least three reasons: his ineffective political methodology, his incoherent understanding of economics, and his clumsy views of what liberty really means. Freitas presents the opposite and ideal alternative to each.

Donald Trump was able to capture the vote in many swing states during his 2016 election for the presidency, likely in part to his unabashedly anti-PC (politically correct) methodology. It worked in places like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and elsewhere, but it didn’t in Virginia. Corey Stewart, meanwhile, literally is a Trump-wannabe who seems to think that he can insult people into the U.S. Senate. It didn’t work for Trump in Virginia, it didn’t work for Stewart when he lost the GOP gubernatorial primary to Ed Gillespie, and it won’t work this coming November. When Freitas confronted Stewart in a spring debate at Liberty University over racially-demeaning comments that his field directors made towards the last name, “Freitas,” Stewart didn’t distance himself from those egregious comments whatsoever, but simply justified this type of gross behavior since he said the Kaine campaign would be running a dirty campaign too. The last time I checked, “principled conservatives” were supposed to have principles, which are noticeably absent from Stewart and his campaign.

Another noticeable difference between Stewart and Freitas is economics. Freitas is a libertarian-leaning Republican, similar to the likes of Rand and Ron Paul, and with that comes a robust, free-market ideology. Stewart, however, might call for lower taxes and spending, but he is not entirely in defense of a free market. When the two debated the issue of Facebook’s anti-conservative algorithms in the promotion of certain news content, Stewart challenged that Facebook was taking away our first amendment rights. He actually called for governmental intervention by invoking anti-trust laws—you know, the laws that progressive Democrats of the early 1900s helped push. Freitas, on the other hand, has a much better solution—keep government out of the free market, even if we don’t like the political viewpoints of a powerful, social media company. Facebook wants to limit conservative voices in the news—so what? They are a private company. Go to another social media platform, or create your own. That’s how a free market works. The government exists to protect our lives, liberty, and property—not our Facebook newsfeed.

All of this is to say that Nick Freitas is the candidate of liberty, while Stewart is the candidate of rage. I would argue that Stewart’s vision of freedom is the freedom to be in agreement with him. Freitas’s understanding of freedom is that people have the right to make their own decisions, so long as they do not infringe upon the freedom of other people. This is a crucial distinction in ideas, and it’s one that may just be enough to give Freitas enough votes over Tim Kaine in November. Republicans need to get a lot of votes from independents and libertarians in order to win. The prospect that Stewart would get a sizeable amount of votes outside of registered Republicans is laughably improbable. Freitas, meanwhile, has both political views and the respectful personality that could pick up plenty of non-registered Republicans.

Tomorrow is an important primary election. Nick Freitas is really the ideal candidate for the Republican Party. He truly is a principled conservative in every aspect of the term. His policies would be invigorating to Virginia and the United States as a whole. Please vote for Nick Freitas and help the state of Virginia recapture the spirit of liberty in the lines of George Washington, James Madison, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Booker T. Washington, and others who helped make this country great.

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Sermon on the Ten Commandments (#10): “You Shall Not Covet”

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  • Covet or Content?
  1. (Luke 12:15) Don’t Seek Possessions
    • (Explanation) Jesus warns us not to rest our identity upon money. We can try to build up our savings accounts, get great jobs, buy huge houses, but completely miss out on all joy in our lives. The deceiving thing about coveting is this: there’s no limit. You can never be satisfied if you struggle with coveting. It’s like as if every time you covet something you big yourself a deeper hole, trapping yourself in a pit. The only way out is by being content.
    • (Illustration) Amy Carmichael: As a child, she wanted blue eyes so badly; constantly, she would pray that God would miraculously change their color – He never did though. Later in her life, she became a missionary to the country of India. At that time, people who had any kind of eye color other than brown were viewed suspiciously. In fact, to blend in with the people, she dyed her skin with coffee. If her childhood prayer had become a reality, her life work would’ve been altered significantly. In India, Amy Carmichael had a remarkable life of service, ministering in that country for 55 years.
    • (Application) Consider this quote from Carmichael: “One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving.” This is the exact opposite of covetousness, for when one covets, he is selfishly seeking to satisfy his own appetite and desires. However, love is sacrificial service to another. Which leads us to the second point…
  2. (Matthew 6:19-21) Seek Heavenly Treasure
    • (Explanation) Here’s the thing about “desires”: desires are good. Buddhism teaches that we need to be rid of desires altogether and experience a state of nirvana, which is illogical because in attempting to rid yourself of “desires,” you are actually “desiring” nirvana. Jesus, on the other hand, calls us to desire things that will not wear down, rust, or get destroyed. I think this refers to how much we value God, and that means, if we live our lives according to God’s will on earth, then there will be rewards for us in heaven.
    • (Illustration) Imagine that you are given a credit card with an unlimited limit. Each time you use that credit card, you add more on your account. However, this is a “Kingdom” credit card, so whenever you do things to build up treasure in heaven, you can use this card. So, the more you use the card, the more treasure you are storing up in heaven.
    • (Application) [1] How do we “build up” treasure? Loving God and serving others with a heart that is pleasing to God. [2] What is the heavenly treasure? Scripture doesn’t tell us too much on this detail – there are 5 crowns mentioned in the Bible. Whatever the treasure is, we can be assured that it’s good.
  3. (2 Corinthians 8:9) Seek Christ, Our Ultimate Treasure {Who to consider}
    • (Explanation) Out of everything that we can see about this 10th commandment, I think this verse presents the most amazing truth: Christ became poor so that we could become rich. Imagine Bill Gates giving up his entire life saving’s so that someone else would become as he once was. Christ gave up everything, even His own life to be crucified on the cross, so that we could be rich in His grace. G-R-A-C-E (“God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense”).
    • (Illustration) Joe Flacco: 120.6 million dollar contract for 6 years. Let’s say you are a homeless bum on the streets of Baltimore. As he walks towards you, He says, here’s 120.6 million dollars; it’s all yours. Consequently, Flacco is out of money, and so he becomes the bum on the street.
    • (Application) If you struggle with coveting, think as often as you can about the example of Christ – how He became poor so that we could become rich. Maybe even memorize this verse if you’d like.

Conclusion:

  • Do we covet what others have? {covet other families have more money; covet someone’s appearance; covet the talents of others; etc.) It can be hard not to. But you see, coveting what others have shows us that we don’t really value what God has provided for us. And also, God wanted to show us that our desires are easily captured by things that don’t matter. So really, this command is meant for us to keep our minds and hearts directed toward God. (Isaiah 26:3)

Sermon on the Ten Commandments (#9): “You Shall Not Bear False Witness”

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  • “True and False Witnesses”
  1. (Matthew 15:19-20a) A False Witness Destroys Lives
    • (Explanation) If you notice, these kinds of sins affect others, except for that first one. So speaking lies can have a devastating affect to not only yourself, but others too. Where do lies come from? The heart. And the heart is extremely powerful, so much that we can cook up feelings of hatred toward others, even to the point of destroying lives by speaking falsely about them.
    • (Illustration) Ray Lewis – What if the witnesses at the scene were Giants fans or enemies to Lewis? Witnesses can either tell the truth to defend a person’s innocence, or lie to take advantage of them.
  2. (Proverbs 14:25) A True Witness Saves Lives
    • (Explanation) Can you mame some jobs that involve saving lives: firemen, doctors, paramedics, military, etc. Here, the Bible teaches us that speaking the truth can save lives.
    • (Application) Ways that speaking the truth can save lives: (1) Sharing the Gospel (2) Confronting sin (3) Encouraging the depressed. Whatever the case, speaking the truth is always an honorable thing.
  3. (John 18:33-40) A False Witness Killed Jesus
    • (Explanation) For everyone who has ever been falsely accused of doing wrong, Jesus is the greatest example. This government ruler, Pilate, questions Jesus to see why in the world people want Him executed. The only reason is that people hate the fact that He calls Himself a King; it’s a ridiculous trial! Now, in those days, the people would celebrate a holiday called Passover – at that time, the people could release one prisoner. This time it could be either Jesus or a criminal named Barabbas. They released the guilty man and convicted the innocent man. Think about this: perhaps this is a picture of all of us. We’re all the rightful criminals against God, and yet we are released from the penalty of our sin because Jesus died in our place on the cross. A false witness got Jesus killed and we’re all responsible. But look at what’s next: A true witness not only died for us, but saved our lives.
    • (Illustration) Katniss & Prim – Katniss took the place of Prim that surely would’ve led to the little girl’s death.
    • (Application) What makes the story of the Gospel even greater is that Jesus didn’t die for just the cute, “innocent” 12-year olds, but the evil thieves and criminals.
  4. (1 John 2:1-2) A True Witness Saved Our Lives
    • (Explanation) God’s desire for us is that we would not sin; but when we do sin, we don’t look to Jesus as our judge in the courtroom but as our lawyer.
    • (Illustration) Driving in a car when you’re speeding, you see a police car on the shoulder – you get fined, he pays for the ticket, all you have to do is sign.
  • Conclusion:
    • Telling the truth is important because it shows love, rather than hatred, towards others.
    • The truth about Jesus, that He is either your judge or advocate, is probably the most important thing to ever think about.

Sermon on the Ten Commandments (#8): “You Shall Not Steal”

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3 Truths About Jesus And Thieves

  1. (Ephesians 4:28) Jesus Confronted Thieves {see also Jesus and the money changers @ the temple}
    • (Explanation) The whole idea in Ephesians 4 is how Christians can live in a new and better way than previously. So, here the Apostle Paul, who is getting this information from Jesus, says, “Don’t steal anymore if you’re a Christian.” What is at the core of stealing? The very simplest explanation is that stealing shows that you simply don’t care about your neighbor – you automatically consider yourself better than others. Also, stealing shows that you simply don’t care about God. There are thoughts that go through your mind when you steal something: one is that that “nobody will ever know.” But the truth is, God does know AND your stealing habits do affect others.
    • (Illustration) Robin Hood {steal from rich/give to poor} – However, God’s Word says, “Stop stealing, earn money, and then give to the poor.”
    • (Application) Illegal music downloading
  2. (Luke 19:1-10) Jesus Befriended Thieves
    • (Explanation) Some of you are familiar with the children’s song: “Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he. He climbed in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see…” Here’s the thing about Zacchaeus: everyone hated him because he was a tax collector, and he would often charge people way too much in taxes, and just keep a lot of the extra tax money for himself – that’s stealing. So, it’s understandable why he was an outcast, but had lots of money. And when people saw that Jesus was going to eat a meal with Zacchaeus in his house, people “grumbled” – they were shocked and angry. The question is, would our attitudes be the same? If we saw Jesus going to the house of Zacchaeus, would we grumble?
    • (Application) 2 People to consider in this store: [1] Maybe you’re Zacchaeus in this story – The feeling you can’t be forgiven and that you are stuck in your ways of deception. [2] Maybe you’re an onlooker in the crowd – The feeling of being sinned against.
    • (Illustration) Debit card theft – my emotions towards the unknown thief were quite negative. I couldn’t stand the reality that someone tried to take what I worked so hard to get – over $800. If I saw Jesus inviting that man for dinner, I would get a little uncomfortable to say the least. All I know is that by God’s grace, a man like Zacchaeus can be completely changed just by encountering the Son of God. And since I come to Jesus as a Zacchaeus, a man who tried to manipulate His Father for my own benefit, why should I ever look to others with a begrudging heart?
  3. (Luke 23:32-43) Jesus Died For Thieves And With Thieves
    • (Explanation) On the cross, as Jesus was being crucified, there were two men with him. One of them was completely in opposition to Jesus, while the other had a repentant heart – his heart toward Christ was changed. Even this one thief was a terrible criminal and deserved his crime, he was on a cross next to Jesus, who was perfect; Jesus didn’t deserve death. And yet, there he hung, between two thieves.
    • (Illustration) Write on a piece of paper: What is the worst you can image? Then, throw away the paper.
    • (Application) The Bible is not a story of how good people go to heaven; it’s a story of how sinners can have a relationship with the God whom they have sinned against.

Conclusion:

    • So what does this all mean for us?
      • 1- Stealing is a sin [it goes against loving God & loving our neighbors]
      • 2- Thieves are not out of the reach of God’s grace and a relationship with Jesus Christ – the question is, to each of us, will we be like the one thief on the cross who had a careless attitude towards Christ? Or, will we be like the other thief who humbled himself and trusted in Christ to save him from his sins?
      • 3- If you are a Christian, and you are struggling with the sin of stealing, will you make a commitment tonight to follow God in obedience to the 8th commandment?
        • Return stolen items
        • Get a friend for accountability help
        • Daily asking God for the courage to follow His commandments

Sermon on the Ten Commandments (#7): “You Shall Not Commit Adultery”

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  • 3 Questions to Ask About Adultery
  1. (Genesis 2:18-25 & 3:7-8) Why Is Adultery So Serious?
    • (Explanation) Okay, so we’re backtracking all the way to the creation of the world where God created Adam, but He announces that this isn’t good. So he makes someone who will be a perfect wife for him, and while sleeping, Adam has emergency surgery and God forms a woman. He wakes up, looks across from him and says, “Whoa man.” In verse 24, we see that God has a pattern for a man and a woman: leave father and mother, and join together in marriage. And so they really had a perfect marriage for a little while. But then, what happened in chapter 3? The very first sin involved a marriage: Adam didn’t show protective leadership for his wife, and Eve and herself was deceived too. Look at verses 7-8 though; their sin caused a shame between one another and between themselves and God. And so, they couldn’t completely trust one another any more.
    • It destroys trust with the person you are closest to.
  2. (Hosea 2:7) What Are The Consequences of Adultery?
    • (Explanation) Don’t know if you’ve ever gone through the book of Hosea, but in this book, there’s a strange story happening. {Have student imitate Hosea} God spoke to his prophet Hosea, and told him that his wife was going to commit adultery against him. But God told Hosea to stay committed to his wife, even though she would be completely unfaithful. And so through the life of Hosea, God is teaching all of us that we’re like Hosea’s wife, Gomer. We’re often unfaithful to God; we often are swept away by sin and idols like a woman betrays her husband. But what happens to us when we’re unfaithful to God? Look at the end of verse 7: we realize that a life committed to God is much better than the way we’ve been living. We are left empty and in despair. You ever feel that way?
    • It deceives you into emptiness and despair. But is there any hope for an adulterer?
  3. (Matthew 5:27-28) How Do I Know If I Am Committing Adultery?
    • (Explanation) You know, it’s easy to follow the 7th commandment if all that matters whether or not we cross a line we design ourselves. When does adultery occur, say, for a man who cheats on his wife? Is it on a date? Is it in the secret “love” letters? Is it when he’s in her home alone, or further? Jesus says that it’s even before any of those actions are taken: adultery starts in the heart.
    • It is not about crossing a man-made line but causing lust.
  • Conclusion: We’ve probably all broken this commandment to some degree. So, we’re all equally guilty before God – what’s done is done and we can’t reverse it. However, the only hope that we could ever have a relationship to God is only possible because of the grace of God. Jesus didn’t die for the your sins, he died for those who have cheated on spouses, who have been unfaithful to God all of their lives, etc. God’s grace covers all. I don’t know where you stand on this commandment, whether you’ve been physically immoral or whether you’ve simply broken this commandment in your heart. Wherever you stand, I want you remember the grace that God offers. So that if we break the 7th commandment, we would repent of our disobedience and find forgiveness in what Jesus has done for you through the cross and His resurrection.