Friday, January 20, 2017

Highlights 1.20.2017

Matthew 15:10-20

And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.” And he said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

Psalms 119:145-152

With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord!
     I will keep your statutes.
I call to you; save me,
     that I may observe your testimonies.
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
     I hope in your words.
My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,
     that I may meditate on your promise.
Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;
     O Lord, according to your justice give me life.
They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;
     they are far from your law.
But you are near, O Lord,
     and all your commandments are true.
Long have I known from your testimonies
     that you have founded them forever.

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