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President’s Day Children’s Message: I Cannot Tell a Lie

Use this President’s Day message: I Cannot Tell a Lie, to help children learn not to hide the truth.


You’ll need:

  • a white sheet of paper for each child,
  • lemon juice, and
  • access to a lit light bulb.

President’s Day Children’s Message: I Cannot Tell a Lie

Give each child a sheet of white paper. Have children take turns using lemon juice from a plastic, squeeze-style lemon to write a word on their paper.

After the word dries, have children each show their paper to at least three other people. See who can guess the hidden words.

Then have children hold up their papers to a turned-on light bulb without touching the bulb. The light will activate the carbon in the lemon juice, and the word will appear.

Ask:

  • How easy was it to discover the hidden words?
  • How did you feel when you saw your word suddenly appear?

Read aloud Luke 8:17.

Ask:

  • Have you ever tried to hide something to stay out of trouble? Tell about your experience.
  • What are other reasons people hide the truth?
  • Is hiding the truth the same as lying? Why or why not?
  • What does this Scripture say is going to happen to the things that people have hidden?

Tell the story about George Washington and the cherry tree. When George’s father confronted him after he cut down a cherry tree, young George said, “I cannot tell a lie” and confessed to his misbehavior.

Ask:

  • Do you think God was pleased with George Washington? Why or why not?
  • What can you do the next time you’re tempted to hide the truth?

Greg and Monica Rosa
Indianapolis, Indiana

 

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