November 5, 2015

Proverbs 19 - 21
Grow a wise heart --you’ll find yourself a favor;  keep a clear head--you will find a good life....  

Mercy to the needy is a loan to God, and God pays back those loans in full.  

Discipline your children while you still have the chance; indulging them destroys them.  

Let angry people endure the backlash of their own anger; if you try to make it better, you’ll only make it worse....

We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails...

Wine makes you mean, beer makes you quarrelsome...

Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within....

Ears that hear and eyes that see--we get our basic equipment from God!...

Form your purpose by asking for counsel, then carry it out using all the help you can get....A bonanza at the beginning is no guarantee of blessing at the end...The very steps we take come from God; otherwise how would we know where we’re going?... 

Love and truth form good leaders; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity... Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by God; he directs it to whatever end he chooses.  We justify our actions by appearances; God examines our motives.  

Clean living before God and justice with our neighbors mean far more to God than religious performance...
    
Simpletons only learn the hard way, but the wise learn by listening...A quietly given gift soothes an irritable person; a heartfelt present cools a hot temper...

Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief...Do your best, prepare for the worst--then trust God to bring victory.                         

Matthew 26:1 - 26:30
When Jesus was at Bethany, a guest of Simon the Leper, a woman came up to him as he was eating dinner and anointed him with a bottle of very expensive perfume.  When the disciples saw what was happening, they were furious...When Jesus saw what was going on, he intervened,...”You will have the poor with you every day for the rest of lives, but not me.  When she poured this perfume on my body, what she really did was anoint me for burial...what she has just done is going to be remembered and admired.”  

That is when one of the Twelve, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the cabal of high priests and said, “What will you give me if I hand him over to you?  They settled for 30 silver pieces... 

After sunset, he and the 12 were sitting around the table.  During the meal, he said “I have something hard but important to say to you;  One of you is going to hand me over to the conspirators.”  They were stunned and began to ask, one after another,”It isn’t me, is it, Master?”...In one sense, the Son of Man is entering into a way of treachery well-marked by Scripture--no surprises here.  In another sense, that man who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man--better never to have been born than do this!”  Then Judas, already turned traitor, said, “It isn’t me, is it, Master?”  Jesus said, “Don’t play games with me, Judas.” 

During the meal, Jesus took and blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples:  Take, eat.  This is my body.  Taking the cup and thanking God, he gave it to them:  Drink this, all of you.  This is my blood.  God’s new covenant poured out for many people for the forgiveness of sins.