February 28, 2021

Clean the inside of the cup

You blind Pharisee—can’t you see that if you clean the inside of the cup, the outside will be clean too?


February 21, 2021

The essentials of the law

So woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees. You hypocrites! You tithe from your luxuries and your spices, giving away a tenth of your mint, your dill, and your cumin. But you have ignored the essentials of the law: justice, mercy, faithfulness. It is practice of the latter that makes sense of the former.

February 14, 2021

Accoutrements of prayer in the seat of Moses

Jesus: The Pharisees and the scribes occupy the seat of Moses. So you should do the things they tell you to do—but don’t do the things they do. They heap heavy burdens upon their neighbors’ backs, and they prove unwilling to do anything to help shoulder the load. They are interested, above all, in presentation: they wrap their heads and arms in the accoutrements of prayer, they cloak themselves with flowing tasseled prayer garments, they covet the seats of honor at fine banquets and in the synagogue, and they love it when people recognize them in the marketplace, call them “Teacher,” and beam at them.

September 27, 2020

Proverbs 3-4 Highlights

Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely; never depend upon your own ideas and inventions. Proverbs 3:5 https://t.co/FptRMzHzTW @TheVoiceBible — […]

Whatever it takes to gain Wisdom, do it. Proverbs 4:5 https://t.co/HXczwYQVgv @TheVoiceBible — […]

Psalms 144-147 Highlights

Eternal One, stretch out an opening in the heavens, and descend. Psalm 144:5 https://t.co/shaQjjRkGz @TheVoiceBible — […]

One generation after another will celebrate Your great works; they will pass on the story of Your powerful acts to their children. Psalm 145:4 https://t.co/QA90jy4OAS @TheVoiceBible — […]

Do not put your trust in the rulers of this world—kings and princes. Do not expect any rescue from mortal men. As soon as their breath leaves them, they return to the earth; on that day, all of them perish— their dreams, their plans, and their memories. Psalm 146:3-4 — […]

He counts all the stars within His hands, carefully fixing their number and giving them names. Psalm 147:4 https://t.co/EU3kU0TLJQ @TheVoiceBible — […]

September 20, 2020

Psalms 120-126 Highlights

Liars, what will be your prize? Psalm 120:3 https://t.co/xV8BzJ9cyY — […]

I look up at the vast size of the mountains—from where will my help come in times of trouble? The Eternal CREATOR of heaven and earth and these mountains will send the help I need. Psalm 121:1-2 https://t.co/5h6zxDjkdY — […]

Our help has come in the name of the Eternal, the Maker of heaven and earth! Psalm 124:8 https://t.co/b7TiXN3u8M — […]

Those who walk the fields to sow, casting their seed in tears, will one day tread those same long rows, amazed by what’s appeared. Psalm 126:5 https://t.co/BBbUgq7bZF — […]

August 30, 2020

Psalms 68-74 Highlights

He makes a home for those who are alone. Psalm 68:6 https://t.co/6dybbQI3Ml @TheVoiceBible — […]

Allow me to share with the generation to come about Your power; Let me speak about Your strength and wonders to all those yet to be born. Psalm 71:18 https://t.co/Yo8KHSUrIw @TheVoiceBible — […]

There was a time when I envied arrogant men and thought, “The wicked look pretty happy to me.” Psalm 73:3 — […]

Do not allow the persecuted to return without honor Psalm 74:21 https://t.co/39lsDFQYk2 @TheVoiceBible — […]

August 23, 2020

Psalms 43-52 Highlights

O my God, shine Your light and truth to help me see clearly, to lead me to Your holy mountain, to Your home. Psalm 43:3 https://t.co/DBPK4OJUk1 @TheVoiceBible — […]

Teach them to pray for kings (or anyone in high places for that matter) so that we can lead quiet, peaceful lives—reverent, godly, and holy—all of which is good and acceptable before the eyes of God our Savior who desires for everyone to be saved and know the truth. 1 Timothy 2 https://t.co/MrB20TVZp7[…]

The True God never sleeps and always resides in the city of joy; He makes it unstoppable, unshakable. When it awakes at dawn, the True God has already been at work. Psalm 46:5 https://t.co/yRHMeeljKM @TheVoiceBible — […]

All those with influence in this world—princes, kings, and satraps—gather with those who follow Abraham’s God. For these defenders belong to God who reigns over the nations! Psalm 47:9 https://t.co/w2Ad3Zc6YC @TheVoiceBible — […]

The Eternal is great and mighty, worthy of great praise in the city of our True God, upon His holy mountain. Situated high above, Mount Zion is beautiful to see, the pleasure of the entire earth. Psalm 48:1-2 https://t.co/mLfWyvdlka @TheVoiceBible — […]

Our God will come, and He will not enter on a whisper. A fire will devour the earth before Him; the wind will storm wildly about Him. Psalm 50:3 https://t.co/t8diPbSSNC @TheVoiceBible — […]

Set out a sacrifice I can accept: your thankfulness. Psalm 50:14, 23 https://t.co/tBpvV8SjKr @TheVoiceBible — […]

When You speak, You are in the right. When You judge, Your judgments are pure and true. Psalm 51:4 https://t.co/2yYd0PhEgv @TheVoiceBible — […]

My life is abundant—like a lush olive tree cared for at the house of the one True God. I put my trust in His kind love forever and ever; it will never fail. Psalm 52:8 https://t.co/9pcfI8oYBC @TheVoiceBible — […]

August 16, 2020

Psalms 31-40 Highlights

I pour my trust into You, Eternal One. I’m glad to say, “You are my God!” Psalm 31:14 https://t.co/O0xObPf8m6 @TheVoiceBible — […]

You will keep me out of trouble and envelop me with songs that remind me I am free. Psalm 32:7 https://t.co/cPMbZX1HUY @TheVoiceBible — […]

A king is not delivered by the might of his army. Even the strongest warrior is not saved by his own strength. Psalm 33:16 https://t.co/p6EwitVzWR @TheVoiceBible — […]

O LORD, by your hand save me from such men, from men of this world whose reward is in this life (Psalm 17:14). — […]

Look to Him and shine, so shame will never contort your faces. Psalm 34:5 https://t.co/dhu1RUB6l3 @TheVoiceBible — […]

July 26, 2020

Heart, wisdom, joy, hope

Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23). — […]

When will you become wise? Does he who implanted the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see? Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches man lack knowledge? The LORD knows the thoughts of man; he knows that they are futile (Psalm 94:8-11). — […]

You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the desert overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing. (Psalm 65:11-13) — […]

I know my Redeemer lives, and in the end He will rise and take His stand on the earth. And though my skin has been stripped off, still, in my flesh, I will see God. I, myself, will see Him: … me, with these eyes. Job 19:25-27 https://t.co/Vebp1DiZww @TheVoiceBible https://t.co/g4famu7KCb[…]

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