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The Seventh Commandment

Next to our own person and our spouse, our temporal property is dearest to us. This too, God wants to have protected. He has forbidden us to rob or pilfer the possessions of our neighbour…This includes taking advantage of our neighbour in any sort of dealing that results in loss to him…A person steals not only when he robs a man’s stronghold or his pocket, but also when he takes advantage of his neighbour at the market, in a grocery shop, butcher stall, wine and beer cellar, workshop, and in short, wherever business is transacted and money is exchanged for goods or labour. (Concordia: 395:223-224)

Suppose, for example, that a man-servant or maid-servant (worker), is unfaithful in his or her domestic duty and does damage or permits damage to happen when it could have been avoided. Or suppose that through laziness, carelessness, or malice a servant wastes and neglects things to the vexation and annoyance of his master or mistress. (Ephesians 4:28; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-8) When this is done deliberately – for I am not speaking of what happens inadvertently or unintentionally – a servant can cheat his employer out of thirty or forty gulden or more a year. If a thief had taken such sums he would be strangled with a noose, but the servant may even become defiant and insolent and dare anyone to call him a thief! (395:225)

Let everyone know, then that it is his duty, at the risk of God’s displeasure, not to harm his neighbour, take advantage of him, or defraud him by any faithless or underhanded business transaction. (Philippians 2:4; Exodus 23:4-5; Genesis 13:8-12) More than that, he is under obligation faithfully to protect his neighbour’s property and further his interests, especially when he takes renumeration for such services (396;233)

Excerpts from Large Catechism; Seventh Commandment.    

Mark Hampel

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Mark Hampel is an enthusiastic communicator of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was ordained in 1988 and has served in churches and schools in 3 states. He currently lives in Chinchilla, Qld. His passion is building up the faith of God’s people and working with them so that all will come to know Christ as their joy and salvation.

Mark is happily married to Veronica and they have 4 children and 4 grandsons. He is also a farmer of sorts, having spent the last decade establishing a date plantation in Western Queensland. Other hobbies include Australian history, travel, film & literature and of course, family.

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Downfall Creek

St John’s

St John’s Downfall Creek, has been a centre of Christian faith and life in the area for over 100 years. They operated a Christian school for twenty-two years (1940 – 62).

This faith community is a warm-hearted bunch, who love to share their hospitality with the district. They enjoy many a pot luck dinner and host ‘Easter Dawn Service & Breakfast’, ‘Christmas Eve’ & ‘Advent Tea’’ and ‘Games Nights’ for the community.

Home Groups are an important part of life in the Downfall. Discussion and exploration of the faith are encouraged.

Religious Education at the nearby Guluguba Primary School is provided by St John’s.

Downfall Creek



Redeemer Miles, is a dedicated group who know the love of Christ and are keen to share it. They meet regularly in various homes throughout the district for intergenerational worship and home groups.  

Religious Education at nearby Drillham State Primary School is provided by Redeemer.



The Charleville faith community meet for worship once a month, then go out for a fellowship meal together. A Home Group is planned to begin soon.

They host the annual ‘Western Muster’, an ecumenical Bible teaching gathering, held on the first weekend after Easter.


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