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Ten Freedoms, or Ten Blessings

It's only about every three years that one of the readings assigned to be read in church is the Ten Commandments, and this Sunday is one of those Sundays. The Ten Commandments (Exodus chapter 20, verses 1-14) are among the most famous and important not only in the Old Testament, but in all religious literature. If you're like most people, you probably can't recite them in order...or even remember all ten. Even if you can recite all ten, and in order, I'll bet your impression of them is that you think they are "old" or stodgy requirements...restrictions placed on our freedom. There's something in us all that bristles at the idea of being told "what not to do," even if, at some level, we agree. But -- as I hope to point out in my sermon on Sunday -- I think we can take a fresh look at the Ten Commandments, and see them as the Ten Blessings, or Ten Promises, or Ten Freedoms. Think of a four-way stop near your home. Pi