reward for speaking
the truth is love.
should spring, not from the anticipation
of a reward, but from a thankful heart because of Christ’s love for us. His gracious
forgiveness should motivate us to obey
Him. The greatest deterrent and reward
for speaking the truth is love. When children know that they are fully loved, fully
known, without any fear of rejection,
they will be motivated to speak the truth.
Most importantly, they must know that
love never fails.
If you are seeking role models who speak
the truth in spite of their fear or characters who suffer the natural consequences
of lying, the following Lamplighter titles
will be a powerful influence in your children’s lives:
• Challenge at Runaway Brook by
•;Clean Your Boots, Sir? Anonymous
•;Helen’s Temper and Its Consequences by Mrs. George Gladstone
•;Teddy’s Button by Amy Le Feuvre
•;Throw Me Overboard Anonymous
• Tom Watkins’ Mistake by Emma
Ages 12 and Up
•;The Basket of Flowers by Christoph
•;The Boy of Mt. Rhigi by C. M.
•;The Crew of the Dolphin by Hesba
•;Falsely Accused in the High Sierras
by Frederick Vining Fisher
•;The Hedge of Thorns by John Carrol
Ishmael by E.D.E.N. Southworth
•;Rising to the Top by Mary E. Ropes
•;The Education of a Child from the
Wisdom of Fenelon by Francois
Mark Hamby is the founder and president
of Lamplighter Ministries, where he serves
with a dedicated staff to make
Lamplighter Publishing, Lamplighter Theatre,
Lamplighter Guild, Lamplighter Life-Transforming Seminars, and Lamplighter
Moments Daily Radio Broadcast a reality. It is his mission to make ready a people
prepared for the Lord by building Christlike
character . . . one story at a time. You can
read or listen to the most recent Lamplighter production at
1. F. Fenelon, The Education of a Child from the
Wisdom of Fenelon, ed. Mark Hamby (
Pennsylvania: Lamplighter Publishing, 2000) 47.
2. George Mueller for the first four years after conversion at age 20 said, “I made no progress in my
spiritual development. But when I regularly read
on through the whole Bible with reference to my
own heart and soul, I directly made progress.
Then my peace and joy continued more and
more; now I have been doing this for 47 years;
I have now read through the whole Bible about
100 times and I always find it fresh when I begin again. Thus my peace and joy have increased
more and more.” He said this when he was 71. He
lived 21 more years; A. T. Pearson, who wrote his
biography, said that Mueller by the time he was
92 had read the Bible from cover to cover, 200
times. Which means that from 71 to 92, he was
reading through the Bible four times each year!