God is the Judge
Write down the questions in green in your notes and the answers in another color ink.

1 The LORD abhors dishonest scales,     but accurate weights are his delight.

2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

3 The integrity of the upright guides them,   but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.

5 The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.

"Let's talk about cheating"

What is Cheating?

(Verse 1) is defined as the practice of fraud or trickery.  To violate rules dishonestly.

Is it ever OK to cheat on schoolwork?
No Maybe?


What about not giving 100%?  Is that cheating? Yes. You cheat yourself and your team mates.

What is integrity?  Honesty. To follow a code of moral or artistic values.


Write down 5 ways you have (can have) integrity at school
Have you ever felt that God has cheated you?

A cheating judge may seem like an oxymoron, but what if the judge is God? A cheating God is even more unthinkable. And yet, did you know that Jeremiah, one of God's most faithful servants, once complained that he had been cheated by God? And he's not the only one. Over the years, I've known many people who felt that God had dealt unfairly with them. I have to say there have been times when I've even felt it myself. And the question is: Why? Everything that happens is like a lesson, you can learn from the lesson or not, you can consider it a blessing in disguise or not.

Keep talking to God no matter how painful that conversation becomes.

We know that God is good. We know that God is just. We know that God can't cheat. So why are there times we feel as if God has cheated us? The answer is simple. We feel cheated by God when he doesn't seem to live up to his end of the bargain. There are times when it feels as if God has lured us on—as though he has promised one thing and then done something else. To put it bluntly, we have times when we feel as if God has deceived us. And that is certainly how the prophet Jeremiah felt.

I want you to notice what he says in the first half of verse 7. He says, "O Lord, you deceived me, and I was deceived." What Jeremiah really has to say to God here may shock and even offend you, because the language he uses is the language of seduction and rape. This word that's translated "deceived" is used in Exodus 22:16 to refer to seduction. It says, "If a man seduces a virgin who is not pledged to be married and sleeps with her, he must pay the bride price, and she shall be his wife." That's what Jeremiah is saying to God. He's saying: God, you seduced me. You enticed me.

It's also the word used to speak of Delilah's enticing Samson into revealing the secret of his strength. Judges 16:5 says, "The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, 'See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength … .'" And that's what Jeremiah is saying about God. He's saying: God, you lured me into this situation. You drew me in and then you took advantage of me.

In Jeremiah 1:5 we're told that God spoke to Jeremiah saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Imagine how it would affect you to hear God say such a thing: Before you were conceived, I was thinking about you; before you were born, I commissioned you.


Some people are shocked by this; I'm not. After all, this is the age of Enron, of insider trading, of doping and lip-syncing. This is an age where stealing can be as easy as a click of a mouse. It's easier now than ever before to behave in a way that just isn't ethical.

In 2000, I watched in admiration as American sprinter Marion Jones won five medals at the Olympics in Sydney. Earlier this year, though, she admitted that she had used undetectable steroids to fuel her victory. I was devastated.

Jones lost her medals and retired from track and field, her career suddenly irrelevant. She lost the trust of her fans and the people around her. And she's not the only one to have done so: A number of well-respected baseball players have recently been linked to alleged steroid use.

What were they thinking? Did they think they wouldn't get caught? Was winning so important they had to lie, cheat and break the law to get there? Is winning ever that important? I don't think so.

If those who are considered role models behave like this, it's no wonder Junior Achievement got such alarming results on their ethics survey.

These days, following a code of ethics --- doing the right thing --- is more important than ever, as culture and technology make it easier and more socially acceptable to cheat in school and business. Students are falling prey, even ones that should know better --- for example, the freshman in a college history class taught by a friend of mine who copied from Amazon.com and handed it in as her own work, expecting not to get caught. Instead, she nearly failed the class.

Cheaters often think they're not actually hurting anyone else if they don't get caught. That's not true.

Karen Osborne is a columnist with Catholic News Service

Read verse 4.   Think of some proverbs or cliches about money.

Which modern proverb sums up your philosophy of money management? 1. A penny saved ia a penny earned. 2. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish. 3. You can't take it with you. 4.  Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.  5.  He who dies with the most toys wins.

What is one smart thing you have done with your money?

What is the most foolish thing?

When should you give your money?

Do you tithe?


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Basketball: http://blogs.suntimes.com/sportsprose/PX041_128F_9.JPG

Integrity: http://ninitalk.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/integrity.jpg

Karen Osborne is a columnist with Catholic News Service





Verse 1

Our actions, like our words, are important to God.  At work, we should not cheat other people.  We must be fair.  In a shop, a kilo or pound weight should be accurate.  If we use false measurements, we lie to our customers.  We should be honest.

Verse 2

Humble people know that God is great.  God likes humble people.

God likes humble people because they look after other people.  A humble person considers that other people are important. 

A proud person thinks only about himself.

Verse 3

An honest man is a good man.  He loves the truth.  His decisions will be right.

Jesus met a man called Nathanael.  Jesus said, ‘This man is a genuine member of the nation of Israel.  This man is totally honest.'  (John 1:47)  Nathanael had the right attitudes, and these attitudes helped him to find Jesus.

An evil man is not honest.  He will suffer because of his lies.

Verse 4

A judge in court does not ask whether a man is wealthy.  If a man is guilty, then the judge will punish him.  The judge does not care whether the guilty man is rich or poor.

God will be the judge of everybody.  We have all done evil things, so we all deserve punishment.  Our money cannot save us from God's punishment.  We must trust in God.  God can forgive us.  He will teach us to do the right things.

Verse 5

Solomon compares life to a journey.  We must be honest.  Then we will be like travellers who walk along good paths.  We shall take the correct route to heaven.  This is a good, straight path.  It does not bend into dangerous places.  We shall not lose our way.

Verse 6  We have a simple choice.  We can choose to do good things.  Or we can choose to do evil things.  We can choose to do the right things.  Or we can choose to do the wrong things.  We can choose freedom, or prison. 

The decision to obey God is also a simple choice.  A wise person invites God into his life.  This person loves God, and God looks after him.  But a foolish person will not listen to God's wisdom.




OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:

1. Describe the significance of cheating in a Christian School

2. Explain the difference between the Wisdom and Knowledge

3. describe the

4. chart on a map the

5. define the terms

6. Explain the significance of

Knowledge: Recall of data.

Comprehension: Understand the meaning, translation, interpolation, and interpretation of instructions and problems. State a problem in one's own words.

Use a concept in a new situation or unprompted use of an abstraction. Applies what was learned in the classroom into novel situations in the workplace.

Separates material or concepts into component parts so that its organizational structure may be understood. Distinguishes between facts and inferences. 

Builds a structure or pattern from diverse elements. Put parts together to form a whole, with emphasis on creating a new meaning or structure.

Make judgments about the value of ideas or materials.

Remember : Recognizing, Recalling
Understand : Interpreting, exemplifying, classifying, summarizing, inferring, comparing, explaining
Apply : Executing, implementing
Analyze : Differentiating, organizing, attributing
Evaluate : checking, critiquing
Create: generating, planning, producing