Speak The Truth In Love

Sanctify them in truth

John 17:17
John 17:11-19

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Seventh Sunday of Easter,

Sermon Topic


The great State of Texas is known for many things. Not the least of them is the tendency of its citizens to bend the truth a little in order to create the impression that Texas is “Number One” in everything. The story is told of the Texan who asked a visitor, “Did you know that George Washington originally came from Texas?” The visitor replied, “No, I didn’t know that. I thought he came from Virginia. What’s the story?” The Texan replied, “You see, the Washington family originally lived on a ranch in Texas. One day, George cut down his father’s favorite cherry tree. When his father asked who did it, George said, ‘Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did it.’ Whereupon his father said, ‘Any boy who cannot tell a lie cannot be from Texas.’ So they moved to Virginia.'”

Even if Texans should claim to be “Number One” in bending the truth, they have no monopoly on lying. In our culture, unfortunately,…

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