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Keeping the Ten Commandments

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They're often mistakenly considered God's "rules"-his outdated list of do's and don'ts that add up to a guilt-ridden, legalistic way of life. But as beloved author and Bible scholar J. I. Packer probes the purpose and true meaning of the Ten Commandments, you'll discover that these precepts can aptly be called God's blueprint for the best life possible. They contain the wi

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ebook, 94 pages
Published January 31st 2008 by Crossway (first published 2007)
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Wade
Nov 12, 2009 Wade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A solid overview of the Ten Commandments, by not making them simply legalistic rules. Packer builds from two basic foundational principles about God’s Law: that God’s Law expresses His character and that God’s Law fits human nature (as in, human beings are most fulfilled when living under God’s Law).
Todd Wilhelm
Sep 15, 2012 Todd Wilhelm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People ask whether God's law binds all men or only believers. The answer is that it binds all—first, because God made us all; and second, because we are so made that without learning to obey the law we can never find the happiness and fulfillment for which we were made. There is a paradox here, which it is best not to conceal but to parade. The fulfillment of which we speak here is known only from the inside, by those who taste and see; from the outside it regularly looks to us like its exact op ...more
Dan Glover
The 10 Commandments have historically had an important place in the day to day life of the Church. Sadly, as a wide-spread tradition, this is a thing of the past. In this little book on the 10 Commandments, J.I. Packer has once again done a fantastic job of saying a lot in a small space. In this very accessable little volume (actually a section from a previously published book), Packer calls the modern Church to a recovery of the moral law of God in all of thought and life. Packer does a great j ...more
Phil Dunn
Oct 18, 2010 Phil Dunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent (brief) review of the ten commandments.

Previously I had been a little unsure of the role of the commandments today - but Packer gives a very accessible understanding of their function (in society, in the life of the unbeliever, and in the life of the Christian.

There is not even a hint of legalism here - but that is not to say you will not feel deeply challenged and convicted as you read. Packer has a wonderful way of getting under the radar to show how we often do break the comman
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Logan
Jul 06, 2014 Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It accomplished its purpose very well: it explained the relevance of God's moral law for today and did so in a very concise yet comprehensive manner. One of the best (short) treatments of the ten commandments I've read.
David
Aug 12, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Loved it! Only people like Packer, who use words so economically, who have such a depth of insight that they can keep things simple even when sharing things profound, should be allowed to write what the industry refers to as "accessible" books. This was terrific! I will re-read and recommend it.
Margaret
May 28, 2008 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Stimulating thought and awe is one of Packer's talents. I have never ready anything from him that did not sing to me

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When I read this book, I imagine aged Mr. Packer sitting in front of me with his intelligent speech (in which each word matters), trying to pass me invaluable things I need in my life.
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What do J. I. Packer, Billy Graham and Richard John Neuhaus have in common? Each was recently named by TIME magazine as among the 25 most influential evangelicals in America.

Dr. Packer, the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College, was hailed by TIME as “a doctrinal Solomon” among Protestants. “Mediating debates on everything from a particular Bible translation to the acceptabi
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