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“Yes and No.”

August 7th, 2017 -Tom Kirkendall

I am pretty excited. I was digging through my spam folder and discovered an important email. Apparently, I am somehow related to royalty. There are several million dollars waiting for me in the Bank of England and all I have to do is provide $10,000 and all my banking information. Perhaps I should also invest in those ocean-front properties in Nevada.

As we use to chant, “Liar, liar your pants are on fire.”
This Sunday we continue our series in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus continues to paint the picture of just how different the Kingdom of God is. Jesus has put anger with murder, lust with adultery and instructed on marriage and divorce. Now he comes to swearing – making oaths. Fitting that it comes right after marriage and divorce, isn’t it?

Here is what Jesus says: 
“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, ‘Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.’” Matthew 5:33-37

 
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