The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)

There must be a hellfire and brimstone preaching church near Glacier National Park. As we drew near there were signs with Ten Commandments plastered everywhere. These did not radiate hope and new life. They radiated condemnation. It was sad.

God’s rules for life are not flaming sticks to beat me over the head. They are the way of life. The enemy’s lie is God’s rules are rigid and confining, that if I really want to live I’ll have to find a way around them.

Trust means believing God intends the best for me, that his rules are not restrictions on living but an invitation to live.


  1. Carl Phillip Peterson on August 8, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Hi Maury, I finally found how to get in contact with you. God has put you on my heart for over two years. John and Nancy said you were online and low and behold here you are. Nancy gave me anchor only, so I looked under your Dr. at the college and It said you were affiliated with Anchor Point. I have been missing fellowship a lot, I got a good dose of it the last two days, Mary Ann, John and Nancy and now you and your family of whom God has overshadowed me with love of all. I don’t want to be nosey but if you have anything specific that I might ask God for you and your family, I would feel honored to pray for you and have been since God put you on my heart two years ago.

    In Christ and Christ in you, your brother In Him: Phillip

    Love the podcasts.

    • Maury on August 8, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Hi Phil. Great to have from you! Thanks so much for hunting us down! Yep. We’re off on a new venture. I would e very grateful for your prayers as we establish Anchorpoint and launch our three kids. It’s an exciting but scary phase of life for us.

  2. Darby on August 8, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Maury, did you ever get the Messanger message I sent you?

    • Maury on August 9, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Hi Darby! Sorry, but I’m not seeing it. Feel free to email me at

  3. David Stimmel on August 8, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Interesting we at Trinity Church just finished studying the 10 commandments in our Exodus journey. The main point was not condemnation but grace. God had already given grace to the Isrielites and save them from slavery in Egypt before bringing them to the desert experience where they were given the 10 commandments. I am appreciating God’s grace much more now that I was convicted of how far short I fall from keeping any of his commandments.

    • Maury on August 9, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Sounds like a great series! I agree. It’s always been about grace. Thanks. David!

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