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Summary: Lies lead to other lies.

Mr. Myrick had to go to Chicago on business and persuaded his brother to take

care of his cat during his absence. Though he hated cats, the brother agreed.

Upon his return, Mr. Myrick called from the airport to check on the cat.

“Your cat died,’ the brother reported, then hung up. Myrick was inconsolable.

His grief was magnified by his brother’s insensitivity, so he called again to

express his pain.

“There was no need for you to be so blunt,” he said. “What was I supposed to

say?” asked the perplexed brother. “You could have broken the news gradually,”

explained Myrick. “You could have said, ‘The cat was playing on the roof.’ Then,

later in the conversation, you could have said, ‘He fell off.’ Then you could

have had said, ‘He broke his leg.’ Then when I came to pick him up, you could

have said, ‘I’m so sorry. You’re cat passed away during the night.’ You’ve got

to learn to be more tactful.”

“By the way, how’s Mom?” After a long pause, the brother replied, “She’s playing

on the roof.”

The book The Day America Told the Truth says that:

91 percent of those surveyed lie routinely about matters they consider trivial,

36 percent lie about important matters;

86 percent lie regularly to parents,

75 percent to friends,

73 percent to siblings,

69 percent to spouses.

A stingy soul needed to send a birthday present to a friend, but he

didn’t want to spend much money. He noticed in the store a broken vase that the

owner was about to throw away. He bought it for almost nothing and asked the

store to mail it to his friend.

He knew, of course, that the friend would think the expensive gift had been

broken by the postal service en route. A week later the stingy giver received a

brief note: “Many thanks for the lovely vase. It was nice of you to have each

broken piece wrapped separately!”

On a beautiful fall day, four students decided to go for a drive instead of

showing up to class on time. When they did arrive, the students explained to the

teacher that they had had a flat tire. The teacher accepted the excuse, much to

their relief. "Since you missed this morning’s quiz, you must take it now," she

said. "Please sit in the four corner seats in this room without talking." When

they were seated, the teacher said, "On your papers write the answer to one

question: ’Which tire was flat?’

THE DEVIL LIED TO EVE:

Genesis 3:4 (quickview)  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

CAIN LIED TO GOD:

Genesis 4:9 (quickview)  And the LORD said unto Cain, Where [is] Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: [Am] I my brother's keeper?

SARAH LIED TO THE ANGEL:

Genesis 18:15 (quickview)  Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

JACOB LIED TO HIS FATHER:

Genesis 27:19 (quickview)  And Jacob said unto his father, I [am] Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.


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