Walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you. (Deuteronomy 5:33)

For thousands of years the Ten Commandments have been an inspiration to both religiously and civically-minded people. In the New Church these Divine Laws bring even greater fulfillment as the Heavenly Doctrine uncovers an internal, spiritual thread to each of them that shows in detail how to love the Lord and our neighbor. For example, the commandment "you shall not murder" forbids natural, physical murder, but also spiritual murder, such as hating another person. If we strive to keep the commandments on all levels, we can help bring peace into the lives of those around us and draw closer and closer to our Heavenly Father.

With this issue of New Church Vineyard Magazine, we invite you to explore the Ten Commandments and ways to apply them to your life.

Highlights include

"The Importance of the Ten Commandments" by the Rev. Patrick A. Rose
A sermon discussing why we should keep these ten rules at the center of our lives.

Quotes from the Lord's Word about Keeping His Commandments

 "Why We Need Rules" by the Rev. Willard D. Heinrichs

 Spiritual Task for the First Commandment by the Rev. David Roth
See For Teens or For Your Life for tasks for each of the Ten Commandments.

An Overview of Projects and Activities for Families
Projects and activities about Divine Laws from the Lord, The Ten Commandments on Two Tables, Keeping the Covenant, and Loving the Lord

 Moses Holds the Ten Commandments Coloring Page (PDF)

  Children's Prayers on Keeping the Ten Commandments (PDF)
 
 The Ten Commandments, audio file of a song by John and Lori Odhner (MP3)

 Jacob's Ladder Lesson on the Ten Commandments - for ages 7-9 (PDF)
Retells the story of the Lord giving us the Ten Commandments and then explains what each commandment means. Includes a Good Deeds book for the student project.

 FEATURE: Rise Above It!
Rise Above It, a book developed by Rev. Ray and Star Silverman from a series of seminars, leads you on a spiritual journey through the meaning of the Ten Commandments. Filled with candid and inspiring journal entries and enriched by the teachings of the great religions, this book invites you to enter into a life of ever increasing love, wisdom and service. As it is written in the Gospel of Matthew, "If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."

Read a sample chapter (PDF) from Rise Above It or order the book.