Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 - Tuesday in Easter Week (Easter Tuesday)


The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 - Tuesday in Easter Week
(Easter Tuesday)
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
A Song of Victory
1  O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
     his steadfast love endures forever!

2  Let Israel say,
     “His steadfast love endures forever.”

14 The Lord is my strength and my might;
     he has become my salvation.

15 There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous:
   “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly;
16   the right hand of the Lord is exalted;
     the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.”
17 I shall not die, but I shall live,
     and recount the deeds of the Lord.
18 The Lord has punished me severely,
     but he did not give me over to death.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,
     that I may enter through them
     and give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord;
     the righteous shall enter through it.

21 I thank you that you have answered me
     and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
     has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing;
     it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
     let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Judges 4:17-23; 5:24-31a
4:17 Now Sisera had fled away on foot to the tent of Jael wife of Heber the Kenite; for there was peace between King Jabin of Hazor and the clan of Heber the Kenite. 18 Jael came out to meet Sisera, and said to him, “Turn aside, my lord, turn aside to me; have no fear.” So he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug. 19 Then he said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink; for I am thirsty.” So she opened a skin of milk and gave him a drink and covered him. 20 He said to her, “Stand at the entrance of the tent, and if anybody comes and asks you, ‘Is anyone here?’ say, ‘No.’” 21 But Jael wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, until it went down into the ground—he was lying fast asleep from weariness—and he died. 22 Then, as Barak came in pursuit of Sisera, Jael went out to meet him, and said to him, “Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking.” So he went into her tent; and there was Sisera lying dead, with the tent peg in his temple.

23 So on that day God subdued King Jabin of Canaan before the Israelites.

5:24 “Most blessed of women be Jael,
     the wife of Heber the Kenite,
     of tent-dwelling women most blessed.
25 He asked water and she gave him milk,
     she brought him curds in a lordly bowl.
26 She put her hand to the tent peg
     and her right hand to the workmen’s mallet;
   she struck Sisera a blow,
     she crushed his head,
     she shattered and pierced his temple.
27 He sank, he fell,
     he lay still at her feet;
   at her feet he sank, he fell;
     where he sank, there he fell dead.

28 “Out of the window she peered,
     the mother of Sisera gazed through the lattice:
   ‘Why is his chariot so long in coming?
     Why tarry the hoofbeats of his chariots?’
29 Her wisest ladies make answer,
     indeed, she answers the question herself:
30 ‘Are they not finding and dividing the spoil?—
     A girl or two for every man;
   spoil of dyed stuffs for Sisera,
     spoil of dyed stuffs embroidered,
     two pieces of dyed work embroidered for my neck as spoil?’

31a “So perish all your enemies, O Lord!

Revelation 12:1-12
The Woman and the Dragon
12:1 A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth. 3 Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne; 6 and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, so that there she can be nourished for one thousand two hundred sixty days.
Michael Defeats the Dragon


7 And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming,

   “Now have come the salvation and the power
     and the kingdom of our God
     and the authority of his Messiah,
   for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down,
     who accuses them day and night before our God.
11 But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb
     and by the word of their testimony,
   for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.
12 Rejoice then, you heavens
     and those who dwell in them!
   But woe to the earth and the sea,
     for the devil has come down to you
   with great wrath,
     because he knows that his time is short!”

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Daily Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2019, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2018 was Year B. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest on what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org
Easter Tuesday is the third day of the Octave of Easter and is a holiday in some areas. Easter Tuesday in the Western Christian liturgical calendar is the third day of Eastertide and analogously in the Byzantine Rite is the third day of Bright Week.

The Morning Prayer for TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 - Tuesday in Easter Week (Easter Tuesday)



Tuesday morning prayer

Lord, on this day I chose to put You first. Thank You that when You are at the center of our family, our lives are rich with love and goodness. Lord, be the running stream, springing up at the very heart of our household. Might we drink daily from the water of life, that our days would be filled with kindness, forgiveness, trust and love. Amen.




May this day be a gentle time
Of love and kindness shown,
To all my friends and family
A love that helps us grow.

Let Tuesday always prompt my heart
To place my life in You.
To see Your holy will be done
I give my life anew.


Prayer Before Work



Today I will remember to put you before all things.
Lord before tiredness - you are energy
Lord before stress - you are peace
Lord before need - you are the gift
Lord before decisions - you are truth
Lord before toil - you are rest.
Today I will remember to put your energy, your peace, your gift, your truth and your rest before my working day.
That I may go not in my own strength but be led by your Spirit.

Amen.

Verse of the Day for TUESDAY, April 23, 2019


Romans 14:11 (NIV) It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”

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Un dia a la Vez - No te envicies con tu trabajo

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No te envicies con tu trabajo

No te jactes del día de mañana, porque no sabes lo que el día traerá. No te jactes de ti mismo; que sean otros los que te alaben.

Todos los extremos son malos. En el día de hoy, Dios quiere que unamos el pensamiento de ayer acerca de los llamados a trabajar, sobre todo en su obra, con tu llamado en particular como maestro, arquitecto, enfermera, trabajador de la construcción, cocinera, vendedor y hasta ama de casa. Y si no mencioné tu trabajo, añádelo, por favor. No podemos vivir solo para el trabajo y producir dinero. Esa no es la voluntad de Dios.

Dios deseas bendecirnos con nuestros trabajos y que podamos tener el dinero suficiente a fin de pagar nuestras cuentas y todo lo demás. Sin embargo, no nos dio el trabajo para que no hagamos otra cosa que trabajar, trabajar y, si sobra algo, trabajar. Esto desagrada a nuestro Dios.

¿Has pensado en las horas que has dejado de estar en casa porque tal parece que tienes mucho trabajo? ¿Has considerado las muchas veces que no te puedes despedir de tus hijos porque sales tan temprano que aún duermen y llegas tan tarde que también duermen?

Reflexiona en que hoy es el día de cambiar. No podemos seguir haciendo las cosas a nuestra manera. Piensa en esto: Tú dejas de disfrutar con los tuyos por estar trabajando, pero el día que te enfermes por exceso de estrés, nadie va devolverte la salud. Además, recuerda algo que yo siempre tengo muy presente: «Todos» somos reemplazables.

Después de mi enfermedad entendí esto y, aunque me encanta lo que hago, ahora saco tiempo mi familia y para mí, y comprendo que soy reemplazable.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón

Standing Strong Through the Storm - THE HELMET OF SALVATION

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THE HELMET OF SALVATION

Take the helmet of salvation…

In describing the Christian’s helmet, Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:8, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” The best armor you can give a soldier is the kind that cannot be destroyed by the enemy. Paul, knowing the eternal nature of God’s salvation, exhorts the servant-soldier to put on—that is, believe in—the hope of life beyond this world. Soldiers without fear of death? What a mighty force!

God also provides the helmet to protect our minds. When the enemy tries to infiltrate our thinking with doubts about our salvation, the helmet becomes our protection.

You are God’s own child. He Himself redeemed you from slavery. He does not want the enemy to overcome you. You are secure in your relationship with God. The power within you is greater than the power in your enemy. Give no place to doubt. Take your stand for God in confidence wearing you helmet of salvation.

Teshome comes from northern Ethiopia and grew up in the traditional Orthodox Church. In Sunday school he was taught that the evangelical Christians eat the meat of dogs and cats when they celebrate Holy Communion. Their Sunday school teachers made a mistake by asking them to read the gospels and so Teshome discovered the truth about Jesus Christ. He went to evangelical Christians to hear more about Jesus. He found that his Sunday school teachers, priests and bishops were teaching him lies. He accepted Christ. After this he was chased away by his family, community and congregation.

Brother Teshome and new friends went to live with Christians who received them in their homes. It was during their stay with these Christians that they heard about a well-established evangelical church. They contacted its leadership and joined after getting a positive reply. Presently they have sixty members in their region. Brother Teshome’s vision is to go back to his people and witness to them.

RESPONSE: Today I put on the helmet of salvation so Satan will not have a stronghold on my thoughts.

PRAYER: Lord, I rejoice in my salvation and ask You to help me keep my mind focused on You.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

Girlfriends in God - Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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A Shameless Audacity

Today’s Truth

Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.
~ Psalm 136:2 (NIV)

Friend to Friend

I want it all. I want everything God has for me. However, I don’t believe my life really reflects that attitude. I tend to settle for so much less than God’s very best for my life.

God longs to pour out His blessings on His children. We have somehow bought into the lie that we will receive good things from God by working harder, trying to be better or doing more good things. Girlfriend, that is from the pit and smells like smoke.

We are saved by God’s grace and nothing we do or don’t do will ever be good enough to earn the favor of God. In Ephesians the apostle Paul tells us that salvation is a gift – period. 

Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God … “

If we could earn salvation, it would simply be a salary for works we have done. We are saved through faith in God alone. Salvation and the blessings of God are His gifts to us. We simply receive them. And yet, we try to make the blessings of God seem almost impossible to experience. He is just waiting for us to seek Him … to listen for His voice … and then to follow Him.

Just imagine that today is your child’s birthday. You have a wonderful party planned and have spent a lot of time picking out the perfect birthday gift. Do you expect your child to earn that gift by cleaning the house, doing the laundry, taking out the trash and completing every job on a very long list of chores you have prepared? Of course not! You simply want to delight in the joy on your child’s face when he or she receives and opens that special gift.

I have received the gift of salvation as have many of you. We have surrendered our lives to Him and are seeking to follow Him. But I want everything He has planned for me – don’t you? The good news is that God wants us to come to Him with “shameless audacity” and ask for His blessings.

Luke 11:5-10 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Did you catch the mind-blowing truth in this passage of Scripture? The words “shameless audacity” jumped out at me for the first time as my husband preached a powerful message on this passage of Scripture. Don’t miss this truth! God wants us to pray and live and breathe with the mindset that we want everything He has planned for us now and eternally! And we can come to Him with that shameless audacity – not because of anything we have done – but because of who He is and what He has planned for each one of us. He is God! He is our Lord and Savior and our Father who is just waiting to pour out His amazing blessings on His daughters. Why? Because He loves us! He adores us! We were created by God for God. As Max Lucado says, “If God had a refrigerator our pictures would be on it!”

Today, grab hold of the truth that in the eyes of God you are somebody special. You are planned and wanted. You belong. You are chosen. Come before Him and tell Him you want it all! Yes, you want everything He has planned for you! Now hold out your hands, girlfriend. God’s highest and richest blessings for your life are on their way!

Let’s Pray

Father, I am tired of settling for the meager leftovers this world has to offer. Forgive me for not being willing to step out in faith and seek You and the plan You have for my life. Lord, I really do want everything You have in store for me. Right now, I come to You in shameless audacity and ask that You pour those blessings into my life. I receive them from Your hand of mercy and grace and thank You in advance for what You are going to do in my life as I seek and follow You.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read and memorize Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” How would you define “grace” and “faith” as they apply to your life?

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LHM Daily Devotions - A Game of Whack-a-Mole

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"A Game of Whack-a-Mole"

Apr. 23, 2019

Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women ... But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, "Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life."

You've probably seen the game Whack-a-Mole. Plastic moles come up out of holes in the game surface, and your job as a player is to whack them on the head with a hammer, forcing them back into their holes. Of course, they never stay gone forever—as soon as you whack one mole, you can count on it coming right back.

The Jewish religious leaders in Jerusalem must have felt like they were playing a game of Whack-a-Mole. First, there was Jesus, healing and teaching and becoming vastly popular with the people. They arrested Him and put Him to death. But now Jesus was back again, in the person of His disciples. They also were teaching and healing, and "the people held them in high esteem. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women."

What could they do? The same thing they did the first time—they arrested the disciples, just like Jesus. But again, it didn't work. An angel came and opened the doors to their prison, sending them to the temple to start teaching about Jesus again!

It must have been incredibly frustrating for the priests. But I imagine it was rather hard on the disciples as well. They were not idiots. They knew perfectly well that the last time the priests got this jealous of anyone, He wound up crucified.

But it didn't stop them. They continued to teach others about Jesus. How could they do that, when they knew the price they might pay for it? Only in one way—by putting their trust in Jesus, laying the whole weight of their fears on Him.

Most of us don't live under the same sort of persecution the disciples did. And yet sometimes we, too, feel like we are on the receiving end of a Whack-a-Mole hammer. We run into temptation after temptation. Trials afflict us—disease, death, loss of work or home or friendships. Just keeping going as a Christian can sometimes be incredibly hard. We think we're finally getting somewhere, and then BAM! The hammer comes down again.

What can we do in this situation? Exactly the same thing as the disciples did. We can throw our whole weight of trust onto Jesus our Savior—not trying to handle things ourselves, but totally leaning on Him for help. He knows what it is like to suffer and be weary. He loved us enough to die for us. He will certainly help us.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me when the troubles of my life become too much. Strengthen me through Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Kari Vo. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
You've probably seen the game Whack-a-Mole. Plastic moles come up out of holes in the game surface, and your job as a player is to whack them on the head with a hammer, forcing them back into their holes. Of course, they never stay gone forever—as soon as you whack one mole, you can count on it coming right back.

Devocional de la CPTLN del 23 de Abril de 2019 - El juego de Whack-a-Mole


ALIMENTO DIARIO

El juego de Whack-a-Mole

23 de Abril de 2019

Dios hacía muchas señales y prodigios entre el pueblo por medio de los apóstoles, y todos ellos se reunían sin falta en el pórtico de Salomón. Ninguno del pueblo se atrevía a juntarse con ellos, aunque el pueblo los elogiaba mucho. Los hombres y mujeres que creían en el Señor iban aumentando en número... El sumo sacerdote y todos los que estaban de su parte, es decir, los de la secta de los saduceos, reaccionaron llenos de celos y aprehendieron a los apóstoles y los echaron a la cárcel del pueblo. Pero en la noche un ángel del Señor llegó y abrió las puertas de la cárcel. Cuando ellos salieron, el ángel les dijo: «Vayan al templo y anuncien al pueblo todas las enseñanzas acerca de esta vida.»

Quizás conozcas el juego Whack-a-Mole, en el cual cada vez que un topo de plástico aparece por un hoyo, el jugador debe golpearlo en la cabeza con un mazo, obligándolo a volver a su agujero. Es claro que nunca se termina, pues tan pronto como golpeas a uno, aparece otro por otro agujero.

Los líderes religiosos judíos en Jerusalén deben haberse sentido como si estuvieran jugando al juego de Whack-a-Mole. Primero, Jesús había estado sanando, enseñando y haciéndose enormemente popular con el pueblo. Entonces lo detuvieron y lo mataron. Pero ahora Jesús estaba de vuelta, esta vez a través de sus discípulos, quienes también enseñaban y sanaban, y "el pueblo los elogiaba mucho. Los hombres y mujeres que creían en el Señor iban aumentando en número".

¿Qué podían hacer? Lo mismo que hicieron la primera vez: arrestar a los discípulos, así como arrestaron a Jesús. Pero, una vez más, no funcionó. ¡Un ángel vino y abrió las puertas de su prisión, enviándolos al templo para que siguieran enseñando acerca de Jesús!

Para los sacerdotes debe haber sido increíblemente frustrante. Pero me imagino que también fue bastante duro para los discípulos. No eran para nada tontos. Sabían perfectamente bien que la última vez que los sacerdotes se pusieron tan celosos de alguien, ese Alguien terminó crucificado. Pero eso no los detuvo. Continuaron enseñando a otros acerca de Jesús. ¿Cómo pudieron, cuando sabían el precio que podrían pagar por ello? Solo de una manera: poniendo su confianza y sus miedos en Jesús.

La mayoría de nosotros no vivimos bajo el mismo tipo de persecución que los discípulos. Y, sin embargo, a veces nosotros también sentimos que estamos expuestos al mazo del Whack-a-Mole. Las tentaciones nos persiguen, los problemas nos afligen: enfermedad, muerte, pérdida del trabajo, o del hogar o amistades. Hay veces en que el seguir adelante como cristianos puede ser increíblemente difícil. Creemos que finalmente estamos llegando a alguna parte, y de pronto el mazo nos pega de nuevo.

¿Qué podemos hacer? Exactamente lo mismo que hicieron los discípulos. Podemos confiar completamente en Jesús nuestro Salvador, sin tratar de resolver las cosas por nosotros mismos, sino apoyándonos en Él por ayuda. Él sabe lo que es sufrir y estar cansado. Él nos amó lo suficiente como para morir por nosotros, y ciertamente nos ayudará.

ORACIÓN: Querido Señor, ayúdame a confiar cada momento y problema de mi vida en ti, y fortaléceme a través de tu Espíritu Santo. Amén.

© Copyright 2019 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
Quizás conozcas el juego Whack-a-Mole, en el cual cada vez que un topo de plástico aparece por un hoyo, el jugador debe golpearlo en la cabeza con un mazo, obligándolo a volver a su agujero. Es claro que nunca se termina, pues tan pronto como golpeas a uno, aparece otro por otro agujero.

Nuestro Pan Diario - Ver la luz

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Ver la luz

Leer: Mateo 4:12-25 | La Biblia en un año: 2 Samuel 16–18 Lucas 17:20-37

… los que moraban en tierra de sombra de muerte, luz resplandeció sobre ellos (Isaías 9:2).

En las calles de Los Ángeles, un hombre sin techo que luchaba contra las adicciones entró en una misión de rescate para pedir ayuda. Así comenzó el largo recorrido de Brian para recuperarse.

En el proceso, redescubrió su amor por la música. Finalmente, se unió a Street Symphony, un grupo de músicos profesionales dedicados a ayudar a los indigentes. Le pidieron a Brian que ejecutara un solo del Mesías de Händel, conocido como «El pueblo que andaba en tinieblas». Así escribió el profeta Isaías sobre un período oscuro en la historia de Israel: «El pueblo que andaba en tinieblas vio gran luz; los que moraban en tierra de sombra de muerte, luz resplandeció sobre ellos» (Isaías 9:2). Un crítico de música de la revista The New Yorker escribió que Brian «hizo que el texto sonara como si hubiese sido tomado de su propia vida».

El evangelista Mateo citó el mismo pasaje. Tras ser llamado por Jesús de una vida de engaño a sus compatriotas israelitas, describe cómo cumplió Jesús la profecía de Isaías al llevar la salvación «al otro lado del Jordán», a «Galilea de los gentiles» (Mateo 4:13-15).

¿Quién hubiese pensado que un recaudador de impuestos para César, un adicto como Brian o personas como nosotros pudiéramos mostrar con nuestras vidas la diferencia entre la luz y la oscuridad?
Padre, ayúdame a ver la luz de tu Hijo.
¿Cómo te ha afectado la luz de Cristo? ¿De qué manera la reflejas a los demás?


© 2019 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario
En las calles de Los Ángeles, un hombre sin techo que luchaba contra las adicciones entró en una misión de rescate para pedir ayuda. Así comenzó el largo recorrido de Brian para recuperarse.