For many years Sam Rayburn was a Congressman from Texas and long time speaker of the House of Representatives. A congressional office building is named for him.  He was widely respected for his honesty.  He once said, "I don't remember what I say.  I don't have to."  What a burden it is for the dishonest person to have to remember what he said and to whom he said it.  Those who always speak the truth have no such burden.


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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.