by Steve Wagers

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The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth (6 of 16)
Series: The Constitution of Christianity
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Matthew 5: 27-32

1. Speak Responsibly!
A) The Making of Shallow Promises
B) The Keeping of Sacred Promises
2. Speak Reverently!
A) Their Trivial Attitude
B) Their Tragic Assumption
3. Speak Reliably!
A) Keep it Concise
B) Keep it Clean

I read about a fifth grader named Johnny that was always late for school and he always had a big lie explaining why. The teacher was fed up with his lies and told him that if he was late again she was going to take him to the principal. The next day he showed up two hours late. His story was, "I left home two hours early today so I had time to fish in a pond on my way to school. I caught a 17-pound trout and had to take it home. If I hadn't cleaned it and put it in the freezer, my mom would have been mad. That's why I'm late." The teacher took him by the arm and escorted him to the principal.

She explained what had been happening and told him the story Johnny had just told her. The principal thought to himself, "I'm going to tell this boy a lie so big he will never tell another lie again." The principal sat down in front of Johnny and said, "Let me tell you about you my trip to school this morning.

I was walking to school through the park when I heard something behind me. I turned around and there was a giant grizzly bear behind me. He was 24-feet tall and had 6-inch fangs. He was going to eat me, Johnny! Just then a little dog ran out from the bushes, jumped on the bear, killed it, and ate the whole bear right there in front of me. Now, what do you think of that, Johnny?" Johnny smiled and said, "Oh yeah, that's my dog Sparky. That's his third bear this week."

The story makes me think of one definition that I found for lying; "A lie is an abomination to the Lord and a very present help in the time of trouble."

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