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Teaching Kids to Tell the Truth (9 of 10)
Series: Timeless Values for Today's Family
We are continuing in a series of messages on the Ten Commandments and the title of the series is "Timeless Values For Today's Family". We hear a lot about value today and we know that America needs to get back to the values on which many of us were reared. The values of honesty, integrity, truth, worship of God, love for family, honoring the marriage vows, these are all timeless values that build strong families today in any generation. And one of the things parents are concerned about today is passing on the values that we were taught. The Bible teaches to children who are going to be the leaders of tomorrow and who are going to carry on in the next generation and that is what we want to talk about today in part 9 of this series, "Teaching Kids To Tell The Truth".
I hope you can take home a remembrance of the truth we learn today, timeless values for today's family. One of those values is truth and teaching children to tell the truth. Exodus 20:16, the ninth commandment, is where we take our text today. The Bible expands this commandment many times in many verses to include all lying, include all false testimony. Jesus is the truth. The devil is the lie. God is concerned about the truth because the truth is who God is. Psalm 34:12 says, would you like to enjoy life, do you want long life and happiness then keep from speaking evil and from telling lies." Proverbs 11:3, "people who can't be trusted are destroyed by their own dishonesty." So it says dishonesty will destroy. And then in Proverbs 13:17, "reliable communication permits progress." That is when someone tells the truth, when you can count on the word of a person then it permits progress in a relationship whether it is in the marriage or in the school, in the home, between young people wherever it may be.
I. THE REALITY OF LYING
The first thing I want us to l ...
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