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We are pleased to present the sermons of Dr. James Merritt, one of America’s great expository preachers. For more than 40 years, Dr. Merritt has preached God’s Word through the local church he pastors, as well as through Touching Lives weekly television broadcasts. 

Dr. Merritt’s messages are available here via digital download, along with outlines, note pages, PowerPoint slides and other resources, for a modest cost.

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To Catch a Thief

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Scriptures: Exodus 20:15, Ephesians 4:28, Job 34:21-22, Amos 8:5, Malachi 3:8-9, Acts 20:33-35, Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:31-33


If you have broken any of the prior seven commandments, you've automatically broken the eighth commandment. This is a commandment that God ever gave to the family and to the home for a reason. One of the greatest lesson parents will ever teach children is how to live with honesty and integrity--and that is what this commandment does in four short words. In this message, Dr. Merritt details how respecting the property of others and acting honestly in all our ways is a character trait that God greatly admires.


"It doesn't matter whether it is by gunpoint in broad daylight or by breaking through a window in the darkness of night we can steal from other people. It doesn't matter to God whether it is a piece of candy or a piece of jewelry, whether it is a dime or a dollar. It doesn't matter whether the person you are taking it from is rich or not. It is stealing and God condemns it." --Dr. Merritt


Keywords: law, God, commandments, guidelines, eighth, eight, steal, thief, take, honesty, Moses, Mt. Sinai


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