Parables from North Fork
The Rifleman: The Horse Traders —
Still the Best Policy Cheating makes us cheaters and lying makes us liars. But if we walk a path of honesty we are free to be genuine, free to be real in our relationships with others. And that is God’s desire for us.
At the end of a service a preacher asked his congregation to read the 25th chapter of Joshua. To prepare for the following week’s message. The next Sunday he asked how many people had read the chapter. About a third of the people had raised their hands. After looking around at the congregation, the preacher said, "Today’s message is about truth and I am preaching it specifically to those who raised their hands. You see, Joshua only has 24 chapters." Q. What is your definition of an honest person? Q. What would you do if you found $10,000 in a bag in the Wal- Mart parking lot and nobody saw you find it? Q. What if you found $50 in that same bag instead of $10,000?
Proverbs 16:11 “Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value a man who speaks the truth.”Proverbs 24:26 ”An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.”
2Corinthians 6:3-10 “We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, in hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonment and riots, in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness, in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report, genuine, yet regarded as imposters; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”
Think of someone you know who is a real character. Someone whom you may not “throw as far as you can trust.” (no names please!) · Now think of someone you know who is of high character… “Their word is their bond.” (NOW they can share names!) Q. What does honesty have to do with character? Q. Why do people’s hackles raise if you drive over the speed limit? (and I hope yours do!) Q. Define character assassination. What are some ways we can kill our own character? Took: Consider the following this week: Wes Gerig, a theology professor at Taylor University Fort Wayne, talks often about his driving habits. He stated that he never consciously drove over the speed limit. He says often, “If we cheat in the little things, we will cheat in the big things.” Honesty is not a matter of degrees, you either are or aren’t. It isn’t a dimmer switch that you turn up or down, honesty is an old fashioned on-off switch. Take time for prayer, allowing your students to identify area(s) in their life that is affecting their character, areas in heir life that they are choosing to be dishonest about. Then lead them in a prayer of repentance.