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Mar 12, 2023

While the Pharisees were accusing Him of giving false testimony (John 8:13), Jesus told His own followers, “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). This morning’s service is built around this contrast between truth and lies. We ask the Lord to “lead us in Your truth” (the Call to Worship from Psalm 25), and not to give us over to our foes because “false witnesses arise against [us]” (O Lord, Teach Me To Follow You—Psalm 27). We ask Him to “give us truth” (Lord, Hear My Voice—Psalm 61), since only the one who “speaks truth in his heart” (Psalm 15:2) can dwell on His holy hill. We look for protection from those whose “mouths are false, for lies they speak” (Blest Be The Lord, My Rock, My Might—Psalm 144), crying out “save me from the lies of godless men” (O Lord, My God—Psalm 43). We ask for God to plant His truth deep within us, and we look forward to the day when “truth [will] prevail over unbelief” and “truths … will echo down through eternity” (Speak, O Lord). We go out secure in the knowledge that our “firm foundation” is Christ Himself, the “true and faithful Word” (Stricken, Smitten, And Afflicted), praying that this true Word, “the way, the truth, and the life,” would be found on the lips of “friend and stranger” (Christ Be With Me). —Henry C. Haffner

Exodus 20:1-17 God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image…You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Honor your father and your mother… You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet…” Keystone Verse: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (Exodus 20:16)

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