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TITLE: Untrue Truisms
Luke 4:22-24
We must not accept every statement as true.


  1. Many proverbs contradict each other. See quote below.

  2. A proverb is a truism – a generally true or true most of the time statement

  3. If you say something often enough, people will believe it to be true.

  4. However, along the way – we have “bought” some truisms that are not true as stated.


If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  1. Leave well enough alone.”

  2. Wrong – There is always room for improvement.

  3. Still driving Model A.

  4. Philippians 3:12-14 “I press on toward the mark”

  5. Hebrews 6:1 “Let us go on to perfection”


What you see is what you get.

  1. WYSIWYG – computer term – on screen is what will print on paper

  2. People are more than what is seen on the surface.
    I am more than glasses and gray hair.
    I am also – Feelings, emotions, concerns, character, reputation

  3. Hebrews 11:1 Faith is based on evidence of things NOT seen.
    2 Corinthians 5:7 We walk by faith, not by sight.

  4. In reality, what you don’t see is what you get.


Talk is cheap.

  1. Talk COSTS – lives, relationships, happiness

  2. Lies, gossip, rumor

  3. Power of death and life are in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21)


Practice makes perfect.

  1. PERFECT practice makes perfect.

  2. You can practice wrong – and perfect a wrong golf swing

  3. Wrong practice means you only make things worse.


The way to success is to work smarter, not harder.

  1. Successful people work smarter and harder.

  2. Get rich quick, easy, and in your spare time = dream on!

  3. There is no magic formula to success – job, marriage, faith.


From Maybe, (Maybe Not), Robert Fulghum, pages 21, 22

I once began a list of contradictory notions I hold:

Look before you leap. He who hesitates is lost.

Two heads are better than one. If you want something done right, do it yourself.

Nothing ventured; nothing gained. Better safe than sorry.

Out of sight, out of mind. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

You can’t tell a book by its cover. Clothes make the man.

Many hands make light work. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. It’s never too late to learn.

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