Vainly Naming the Name
As with all commandments, we keep them not just by avoiding certain behaviors but also by doing good works. So we are reminded to pray, praise, and verbally give thanks to God for his goodness and to call out to him in times of trouble. We must work to ensure proper teaching and employ God's name in defense of truth and goodness.
Or, as the psalmist says, "… call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me" (50:15, ESV).
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'Bless and Do Not Curse' | What should happen to ESPN's Dana Jacobson? (January 24, 2008)
Clean Air for Ears | The FCC has rejoined the war against indecency. (June 1, 2004)
Joyous Cursing | Was Dale Earnhardt Jr. right about profanity? (October 1, 2004)
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Same Sex, Different Marriage | Many of those who want marriage equality do not want fidelity. (May 10, 2010)
Is Cosmetic Surgery Immoral? | Even more importantly: Why do you want to know? (March 16, 2010)
Segregated in a Whole New Way | A church family from the same generation isn't much of a family. (January 28, 2010)
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