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Stop! Thieves! Exodus 20:15 Message 8 in our series called God’s Top Ten Keys to Successful Living Sunday, February 22, 2009 Speaker: Dr. David Dawson.

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1 Stop! Thieves! Exodus 20:15 Message 8 in our series called God’s Top Ten Keys to Successful Living Sunday, February 22, 2009 Speaker: Dr. David Dawson

2 10 Commandments – Exodus 20:1-17 1. You shall have no other gods before me: There is one God 2. Make no idols: Don’t bow to other gods 3. Don’t misuse the name of the Lord -> Father, Son, Spirit 4. Remember Sabbath –> Rest 5. Honour your father and your mother 6. You shall not murder 7. You shall not commit adultery – Father and mother together forever 8. You shall not steal 9. You shall not lie 10. You shall not covet

3 Ephesians 4:22-28 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 "In your anger do not sin". Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

4 Ephesians 4:28 1. Let him who steals, steal no longer ->Stop stealing!

5 THREE-QUARTERS of all Britons steal from their employers, according to a major new report on the criminal tendencies of people in the workplace. The study, published by the University of Nottingham Business School, defines three types of employee: those who set out to steal whenever they can, estimated at as many as a quarter of the total workforce; those who steal if the chance arises, accounting for half of all employees; and those who never stray from the straight and narrow.

6 Canada: Theft in Retail Industry The Retail Council of Canada estimated in 2006 that theft cost the Canadian retail industry about $2.7 billion - more than $7 million a day. The Council says that if there were no shoplifting in Canada, retailers could create 100,000 new jobs in their stores.

7 1. “Stop Stealing!” (1) - Eph 4:28a A. Employees 1. Padding expense accounts 2. Reporting more hours than were worked 3. High tech theft – creating false bills, crediting Interac accounts, copying client lists 4. Providing poor workmanship 5. Cheating on company time – sick days, tardiness, prolonged breaks 6. Taking home office supplies B. Employers 1. Mistreating of workers – working conditions, wages 2. Misleading stockholders - intentional overestimating (fudging quarterly results) 3. Deceiving clients – Selling copycat designer clothing; adjustment of car mileages

8 1. “Stop Stealing!” (2) - Eph 4:28a C. Personal 1. Reneging on a debt 2. Pocketing what a clerk overpays in change 3. Dodging customs duties 4. Pirating of music or movies 5. Phony business loans 6. Evading taxes – income taxes, “cash” for renovations 7. Running that extra cable at home to avoid bigger bill D. Student life: Cheating, plagiarizing E. Hospitals F. Banking system G. Church – Can a man rob God? Malachi 3:8,9

9 Two Masters? “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Luke 16:13 KJV 1909 painting The Worship of Mammon by Evelyn De Morgan.Evelyn De Morgan

10 Everything belongs to God … and nothing belongs to us! 11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. 12 Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. 1 Chronicles 29:11,12 (NIV)

11 Ephesians 4:28 - Summary 1. Let him who steals, steal no longer -> Stop stealing! 2. Work hard doing something useful with your own hands -> Work hard!

12 Ephesians 4:28 - Summary 1. Let him who steals, steal no longer -> Stop stealing! 2. Work hard doing something useful with your own hands -> Work hard! 3. That you may have something to share with those in need -> Love giving!

13 Ephesians 4:28 – Another look 1. Don't steal in order to have 2. Don't work in order to have 3. Work in order to have so that you can give

14 Take-Out 1. Be honest about theft 2. Seek forgiveness from God 3. Make amends 4. Love giving 5. Trust God


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