Friday, August 3, 2012

Family Night: Truth and Lies

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This week’s Family Night has an important and familiar theme: telling the truth.

As Christian parents, it is our duty to instruct our children in the virtues of honesty and trustworthiness. We do this, first, by helping them to discern the difference between a truth and a lie. This usually begins when they are toddlers but must be continuously reinforced for the next several years until they are developmentally mature enough to discern consistently on their own (usually somewhere around the age of 7).

We must also be ready and able to discipline our children, young or old, and to teach them the consequences of telling a lie. Then, we hold their hand and walk them through the valley of repentance that leads to the mountaintop of God’s forgiveness.

What a wonderful and blessed duty we have been entrusted with!

If you find anything of value or worth in the following plan, I invite you to use it with your own family. God bless you as you pass on a spiritual heritage to your children—it is the greatest gift you can give them!

Family Night
August 3, 2012

“Do not lie to each other…” – Colossians 3:9

Refreshment
Popcorn, root beer floats

Opening Song
“Child of God”

Opening Prayer
Spontaneous prayer of thanks to our God of Truth.

Scripture Reading
Genesis Ch. 3

Lesson

  • Who tells a lie in this story?
  • What happens as a result of Satan’s lie?
  • What might have happened if no one told lies or believed them?
  • Can you think of a time when you told a lie? What happened as a result?
  • What makes us want to tell lies?
  • If we tell a lie, does God know the truth?

Activity

  • Read The Berenstain Bears and the Truth and discuss.
  • Memorize Proverbs 12:22 – “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.”

Closing Prayer
Intercession for family members to resist the temptation to lie and to embrace the virtues of honesty and trustworthiness.

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