by Rick White

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Rick White
Exodus 20:13 / Matthew 1-24

Message Truth: The sixth commandment forbids the taking of life. All human life is sacred because life is a gift from God. We are to honor God by showing honor and respect for what He has created in other people.

Exod. 20:13 "You shall not murder

Matt. 5:21 "You have heard that the ancients were told, 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER' and 'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.' 22 "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, 'Raca,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, 'You fool,' shall be guilty {enough to go} into the fiery hell.

Introduction: One of the most memorable events in my life took place on New Year's Day 1989. While attending a party with other members of our church at Tap Root Farm I received a long distance phone call from a pastor friend in another state. It was obvious from the time I answered the call that this was not his typical call to wish us the good fortunes associated with the new year. He was somber and to the point. He said, "I'm calling because I need your help. He explained how he had been with a family in his church earlier in the days who's son ( a member of the military stationed in Kentucky) had murdered his wife in a fit of rage the night before. He had stabbed her repeatedly. He shared with me that her parents lived in Nashville, and someone was needed to go and break the horrible news to them. Along with Dr. Gerald Stow I made my way to the part of the city in which they lived, found the house, and walked up and knocked on the door.

It was after dark when we arrived and they were naturally hesitant to let us in. We were persistent, knowing that we had to deliver them the news of this family tragedy. After we were in the house I told these parents that I had ...

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