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Talk is Cheap 110211

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Psalm 128

Proverbs 16:21-33

Matthew 15:1-9

 

Talk is Cheap 110211

In Matthew 15:8 Jesus says “8This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me….”

Theology is needlessly complex sometimes if our goal is to draw near to God and to Jesus. It seems we are often lost in a struggle to understand doctrine, to understand the church and to understand why Christians so often disagree and sometimes even go to war over doctrine.

Taking about Jesus doesn’t matter, but letting our hearts draw close to Jesus does matter. One has to remember to allow silence and listening to God in our daily prayer time, to read the Bible some every day, and to pray as often as we can. Many people, some of different religions pray multiple times a day. How often do we pray and allow ourselves to be closer to Jesus?

Pray today, several times! Let your daily thoughts and struggles turn you toward Jesus. Pray for the peace that Jesus brings!

(brother) Bill

Psalm 128

1Happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways.

2You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you.

3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.

4Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.

5The Lord bless you from Zion. May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.

6May you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!

Proverbs 16:21-33

21The wise of heart is called perceptive,
and pleasant speech increases persuasiveness.
22Wisdom is a fountain of life to one who has it,
but folly is the punishment of fools.
23The mind of the wise makes their speech judicious,
and adds persuasiveness to their lips.
24Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
25Sometimes there is a way that seems to be right,
but in the end it is the way to death.
26The appetite of workers works for them;
their hunger urges them on.
27Scoundrels concoct evil,
and their speech is like a scorching fire.
28A perverse person spreads strife,
and a whisperer separates close friends.
29The violent entice their neighbors,
and lead them in a way that is not good.
30One who winks the eyes plans perverse things;
one who compresses the lips brings evil to pass.
31Gray hair is a crown of glory;
it is gained in a righteous life.
32One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
and one whose temper is controlled than one who captures a city.
33The lot is cast into the lap,
but the decision is the Lord’s alone.

Matthew 15:1-9

15Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2“Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands before they eat.” 3He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? 4For God said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.’ 5But you say that whoever tells father or mother, ‘Whatever support you might have had from me is given to God,’ then that person need not honor the father. 6So, for the sake of your tradition, you make void the word of God. 7You hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied rightly about you when he said: 8‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; 9in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’”

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

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