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Good Trees, Good Fruit 070412

It seems simple. Good fruit comes from good trees.

The problem is that nowadays we can find good looking fruit that is just good looking, but it is bad. The art of deception in our food supply, and also in television and the media, in politics and public affairs is so highly developed that I wonder if anyone really believes advertising, television real life dramas, and politicians. Often, one’s first reaction to any of these is—what is the real truth?

In an era where deception pays more than truth, we must reaffirm our goals and motives. Are we laying aside good treasure in our hearts, so that what comes from us is also good?  I don’t think I can change what I am feeling about what greed and avarice can inspire, but instead look deeply into my own motives and into what goes on in my own heart.

Pray for peace

brother Bill

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Psalm 52

Jeremiah 22:1-9

Luke 6:43-45

Psalm 52

1Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly? All day long

2you are plotting destruction. Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery.

3You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth. Selah

4You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.

5But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah

6The righteous will see, and fear, and will laugh at the evildoer, saying,

7“See the one who would not take refuge in God, but trusted in abundant riches, and sought refuge in wealth!”

8But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.

9I will thank you forever, because of what you have done. In the presence of the faithful I will proclaim your name, for it is good.

Jeremiah 22:1-9

22Thus says the Lord: Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word, 2and say: Hear the word of the Lord, O King of Judah sitting on the throne of David—you, and your servants, and your people who enter these gates. 3Thus says the Lord: Act with justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the orphan, and the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place. 4For if you will indeed obey this word, then through the gates of this house shall enter kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their servants, and their people. 5But if you will not heed these words, I swear by myself, says the Lord, that this house shall become a desolation. 6For thus says the Lord concerning the house of the king of Judah: You are like Gilead to me, like the summit of Lebanon; but I swear that I will make you a desert, an uninhabited city. 7I will prepare destroyers against you, all with their weapons; they shall cut down your choicest cedars and cast them into the fire. 8And many nations will pass by this city, and all of them will say one to another, “Why has the Lord dealt in this way with that great city?” 9And they will answer, “Because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshiped other gods and served them.”

Luke 6:43-45

43“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; 44for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.

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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Comments on: "Good Trees, Good Fruit 070412" (1)

  1. Appreciate your observations about the art of deception.

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