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The Importance Of Truth-telling For Our Society

Take the Ten Commandments and rate each one of them on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most serious and 1 being the least serious. How do you think people would rate them?

Looking back, where do you think the ninth commandment would fall?

PURPOSE: To help listeners recognize the benefit of truth in a society.

Take the Ten Commandments and rate each one of them on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most serious and 1 being the least serious. How do you think people would rate them?

How The Truth Will Set You Free

Take the Ten Commandments and rate each one of them on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most serious and 1 being the least serious. How do you think people would rate them?

Looking back, where do you think the ninth commandment would fall?

PURPOSE: To help listeners recognize the benefit of truth in a society.

Take the Ten Commandments and rate each one of them on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most serious and 1 being the least serious. How do you think people would rate them?

Coveting Is Disordered Desire

Sometimes to say something correctly, we have to say the negative to give the positive.

When we say that covetousness is "disordered desire," what possible conclusions might people derive from that?

PURPOSE: To help listeners recognize that there are legitimate desires.

Sometimes to say something correctly, we have to say the negative to give the positive.

When Does Desire Become Coveting?

Do you think that definitions can serve good purposes or bad purposes?

For example, if someone says, "What do you mean exactly by 'stealing'?" what comes to your mind?

PURPOSE: To help listeners discern between legitimate and illegitimate desires.

Do you think that definitions can serve good purposes or bad purposes?

How The Pursuit Of Happiness Can Lead To Sin

In the original draft of the American Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote that we have the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of possessions. The committee changed the wording to "the pursuit of happiness."

PURPOSE: To help listeners think biblically about the pursuit of happiness.

In the original draft of the American Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote that we have the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of possessions. The committee changed the wording to "the pursuit of happiness."

Symptom Of Coveting: Wanting What You Shouldn't Have

When do you decide to go to a physician rather than treat yourself?

Do you think you’re always able to diagnose your own diseases?

It may be very difficult for us to see

PURPOSE: To help listeners diagnose covetousness in their lives.

When do you decide to go to a physician rather than treat yourself?

Symptom Of Coveting: A Lack Of Generosity

Do you think it’s easier to spot a covetous spirit in other people than in yourself?

Why?

We have a tendency to justify in ourselves the sin that we can see much more clearly in someone else.

PURPOSE: To help listeners evaluate covetousness in their hearts.

Do you think it’s easier to spot a covetous spirit in other people than in yourself?

The Fine Line Between An Appropriate And Inappropriate View Of Possessions

What do we mean when we talk about a paradox?

The word paradox comes from two Greek words: para meaning "against" and dokein meaning "to think." It means "to think against."

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate the complexity of simple thought.

What do we mean when we talk about a paradox?

The Heavy Responsibility That Goes With Having Money And Possessions

Joy Davidman wrote that "Christianity is everywhere paradoxical . . . but no more so than in its doctrine of worldly goods."

Think about some of the paradoxes.

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate the complexity of simple thought.

What do we mean when we talk about a paradox?

You Shall Not Covet: Be Content

Joy Davidman wrote that "Christianity is everywhere paradoxical . . . but no more so than in its doctrine of worldly goods."

PURPOSE: To help listeners appreciate the complexity of simple thought.

What do we mean when we talk about a paradox?

The Danger Of Leaving God Out Of Our Prayers

Discover what our prayers reveal about us in light of the tenth commandment: “Don’t covet.”

Using The Lord's Prayer To Deal With Covetousness

Jesus said, "You cannot serve God and money" (Luke 16:13).

What are the implications of that statement?

PURPOSE: To help listeners see how their prayers reflect what they really want in life.

Jesus said, "You cannot serve God and money" (Luke 16:13).

What The Bible Says About The Benefits And Dangers Of Wealth

It is possible to be both wealthy and godly.

Some of God’s outstanding people were wealthy people.

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand that covetousness and God’s blessing will not abide each other in our hearts.

I. It is possible to be both wealthy and godly.

The Results Of Covetousness

It is possible to be both wealthy and godly.

Some of God’s outstanding people were wealthy people

PURPOSE: To help listeners understand that covetousness and God’s blessing will not abide each other in our hearts.

I. It is possible to be both wealthy and godly.

A Realistic Alternative To A Money-centered Life

Let's talk about coveting and why it is that we have such a hard time believing that money won’t make us happy—or at least living like we believe it.