November 8, 2015

Proverbs 28-31
Honest people are relaxed and confident, bold as lions.  When the country is in chaos, everybody has a plan to fix it--but it takes a leader of real understanding to straighten things out...  

God has no use of the prayers of the people who won’t listen to him.  A tenderhearted person lives a blessed life; a hardhearted person lives a hard life...Committed and persistent work pays off;...

Playing favorites is always a bad thing; you can do great harm in a seemingly harmless way...In the end, serious reprimand is appreciated far more than bootlicking flattery...A grasping person stirs up trouble, but trust in God brings a sense of well-being... 

Real survivors learn wisdom from others...A leader of good judgment give stability...

The good-hearted understand what it is like to be poor;...

A sage trying to work things out with a fool gets only scorn and sarcasm for his trouble...a fool lets it all hang out; a sage quietly mulls it over...

Discipline your children; you’ll be glad you did--they’ll turn out delightful to live with...

It takes more than talk to keep workers in line; mere words go in one ear and out the other...observe the people who always talk before they think---even simpletons are better off than they are.  If you let people treat you like a doormat; you’ll be quite forgotten in the end...

The fear of human opinion disables; trusting God protects you from that....

The believer replied, “Every  promise of God proves true; he protects  everyone who runs to him for help.  So don’t second-guess him; he might take you to task and show up your lies”   And then he prayed,  “God, I’m asking for two things before I die, don’t refuse me---banish lies from my lips and liars from my presence.  Give me enough food to live on, neither too much nor too little.  If I’m too full, I might get independent, saying, ‘God, who needs him?‘  If I’m poor, I might steal and dishonor the name of God.”... Don’t blow the whistle on your fellow workers behind their backs....don’t curse your father....don’t be stuck up...don’t be greedy....

Three things amaze me, no four things I’ll never understand---1) how an eagle flies so high in the sky, 2) how a snake glides over a rock, 3) how a ship navigates the ocean, 4) why adolescents act the way they do....

Three things are too much for even the earth to bear, yes four things shake its foundations --1) when the janitor becomes the boss, 2) when a fool gets rich, 3) when a whore is voted “woman of the year,” 4) when a girlfriend replaces a faithful wife.  

There are four small creatures, wisest of the wise they are---1) ants --frail as they are, get plenty of food for the winter;  2) marmots--vulnerable as they are, manage to arrange for rock-solid homes;  3) locust---leaderless insects, yet they strip the field like an army regiment; 4) lizards--easy enough to catch, but they sneak past vigilant palace guards.  

There are three solemn dignitaries, four that are impressive in their bearing ---1) a lion, king of the beast, deferring to none; 2) A ROOSTER, PROUD AND STRUTTING, 3) a billy goat; 4) a head of state in stately procession  

Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and outers.  Speak out for justice!

A good woman is hard to find and worth far more than diamonds.  Her husband trusts her without reserve and never has reason to regret it...and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.  When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly....Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.  The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.  Give her everything she deserves!  Festoon her life with praise. 

Matthew 28
“There is nothing to fear here...He was raised, just as he said.  Come and look at the place where he was placed...

The women, deep in wonder, and full of joy, lost no time in leaving the tomb.  They ran to tell the disciples. Then Jesus met them, stopping them in their tracks...They fell to their knees, embraced his feet and worshipped him...

Later, the 11 were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion.  The moment they saw him they worshipped him... Jesus gave them his charge...”Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son and Holy Spirit... I will be with you as you do this, day after day after day right up to the end of the age.”