Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Girlfriends in God - How to Shrink Your Problems

Today’s Truth

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV).

Friend to Friend

I want to see God today. Don’t you? What I’ve discovered is that there is nothing that will shut my eyes to seeing God’s presence and working in my life than ingratitude.

Ingratitude leaves us groping about in the dark for what will never satisfy the longings of the soul. The cure comes in capsules of praise, thanksgiving, and a grateful heart. Gratitude is the antibiotic of the soul to cure a variety of the world’s ills and restore a sense of intimacy with God.

Take a look at today’s truth. Notice the Bible doesn’t command us to feel thankful in all circumstances. Instead it commands us to “give thanks in all circumstances.” When I begin to praise God in a difficult situation, even if I don’t feel like it, my perspective changes. That was a lesson Corrie ten Boon learned from her sister Betsie as they suffered together in a German concentration camp during World War II. They lived in Barracks 28 in overcrowded filthy conditions and nauseating stench. Reeking straw. Rancid beds. Overflowing toilets. And fleas. Everywhere fleas.

On their first day in the barracks, as Corrie was fighting the nausea from the reeking straw, and the fleas were biting her one after another, she cried out, “Betsie, how can we live in such a place!” And Betsy remembered a Bible verse they had read that very day. First Thessalonians 5:18: “Give thanks in all circumstances.”

“That's it, Corrie!” Betsie exclaimed. “That's His answer. Give thanks in all circumstances!’ That's what we can do. We can start right now to thank God for every single thing about this new barracks!”

Corrie stared at her sister; then around the dark, foul-aired room and wondered what in the world they had to be thankful for. With Betsie’s help, she agreed to give thanks for the fact that they were together, that they snuck a Bible into the camp, and that the overcrowded conditions made it possible for more women to hear the Scriptures when they read each day. But she could not see clear to thank God for the fleas.

"The fleas!” she cried. “This is too much Betsie. There’s no way even God can make me grateful for a flea.”

"'Give thanks in all circumstances,'” Betsie quoted. “It doesn't say, 'in pleasant circumstances.' Fleas are part of this place where God has put us.”

And so they stood between tiers of bunks and gave thanks for fleas. But this time Corrie was sure Betsie was wrong.

One evening Corrie got back to the barracks late from a wood-gathering foray outside the walls. Betsie was waiting for her, as always, so that they could wait through the food line together. Her eyes were twinkling.

"You're looking extraordinarily pleased with yourself,” Corrie told her.

"You know, we've never understood why we had so much freedom in the big room,” Betsie replied. “Well—I've found out. This afternoon, there'd been confusion in our knitting group about sock sizes and they'd asked the supervisor to come and settle it. But she wouldn't. She wouldn't step through the door and neither would the guards. And you know why?"

Betsie could not keep the triumph from her voice: “Because of the fleas! That's what she said. That place is crawling with fleas!"

Sometimes I don’t see God in difficult situations, but I still can praise Him because I know He is there. Gratitude changes the lens through which we see the circumstances in our little slice of time. Thanksgiving changes our perspective despite shattered dreams, broken relationships, and heart-rending circumstances. It changes our perspective in the accumulation of little nuisances in just plain old every day life.

Gratitude is one of the most significant aspects of our relationship with God. Looking back on all the ways God has blessed you will steady your feet in shaky times, no matter what you’re going through. As you praise God for who He is and thank Him for what He’s done, your perspective of Him grows larger and your problems grow smaller.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, I enter Your gates with thanksgiving and Your courts with praise. I don’t understand the whys and what fors in the struggles of my life. But I do know the Who…the Who that is in control. I will praise You even when I don’t understand. I will praise You in the dark; I will praise You in the light. I will praise You in the good; I will praise You in the bad. I will praise You in seeming success; I will praise You in apparent failure. I will praise You because I know that You cause all things work together for my good.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Habakkuk 3:17-19. What did Habakkuk say he was going to do, even though he didn’t see the answers to all his prayers?

Can you praise God with a grateful heart even if you do not see the answers to your prayers?

Do you trust that God has everything under His control and has your best interest at heart?

In what ways do your thoughts, words, and actions confirm your answer?

How are you doing with your list of 100 things you are grateful for?

More From the Girlfriends

Do you long for something more in your relationship with God? Do you have a “glory ache”—a hunger to experience God’s presence on a daily basis? The good news is that https://ci6.googleusercontent.com/proxy/BHmXgpgJxshq03_G5UVO7quOBOLyoVSnHmeHgQ-Xq4lG7VIkG0sFUx6QXa_4eneNVImt_jiUOR3od-RXlatYiFgEzRld7YyWErEsf1WYJRfnzg8ugXa1-fOJQFrhFPdp=s0-d-e1-ft#http://sharonjaynes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Sudden-Glory-Cover1.jpgGod wants that even more than you do. Right smack dab in the spin of the laundry and the sizzle of the bacon—as you live and more and have your being in Him. Dust for His fingerprints on the pages of your everyday life. My book, A Sudden Glory: God’s Lavish Response to Your Ache for Something More will show you how. Click on the link to read a sample chapter. I think you’ll be hooked. It also includes a study guide and free online Bible study videos.

Adapted from The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (Old Tappan, NJ: A Bantam book published by Fleming Revell, 1971, 1974). 

Un Dia a la Vez - Oración por el lugar en Cristo

Dios puede hacer que toda gracia abunde para ustedes, de manera que [...] toda buena obra abunde en ustedes. 2 Corintios 9:8

Dios mío, gracias por este nuevo día que nos regalas. Hoy vengo delante de ti presentando a cada uno de tus hijos, a cada persona que hoy lee estas cortas líneas o que escuchan a través de la radio o la Internet esta pequeña, pero muy significativa oración.

Te pido, mi Dios, que estas palabras logren tener el efecto en las vidas de las personas que necesitan poner su vida por completo en tus manos.

Te ruego por cada uno de esas personas que no se aprecia, ni valora o que su autoestima está por los suelos, a fin de que pueda colocar su identidad en ti. Que con tu ayuda, salgan a conquistar el mundo, sientan el deseo de alcanzar metas y, lo más importante, sentir tu compañía.

Señor, rompe toda cadena de amargura y de depresión. Corta todos los lazos del pasado y en este momento infunde en sus corazones un nuevo soplo de vida cargado de deseos de vivir, de superarse, de olvidar y perdonar. Que de ahora en adelante, sin importar la situación que atraviesen, sepan que su lugar está en ti.

Acompáñanos, mi Dios, y ten misericordia de nosotros.

En el nombre de Jesús, amén y amén.

Verse of the Day - December 13, 2016

Matthew 2:4-6 (NIV) When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.

Read all of Matthew 2

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The Daily Readings for TUESDAY, December 12, 2016

First Reading
from the Old Testament

Bind up the testimony, seal the teaching among my disciples. I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him. See, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion. Now if people say to you, "Consult the ghosts and the familiar spirits that chirp and mutter; should not a people consult their gods, the dead on behalf of the living, for teaching and for instruction?" Surely, those who speak like this will have no dawn! They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry; when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will curse their king and their gods. They will turn their faces upward, or they will look to the earth, but will see only distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be thrust into thick darkness. But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. (Isaiah 8:16-9:1, NRSV)

Second Reading
from the Epistles

Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith as precious as ours through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature. For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For anyone who lacks these things is nearsighted and blind, and is forgetful of the cleansing of past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble. For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you. (2 Peter 1:1-11, NRSV)

The Holy Gospel
according to St Luke, the 22nd Chapter

He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, "Pray that you may not come into the time of trial." Then he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and prayed, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done." Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial." While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, "Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?" When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, "Lord, should we strike with the sword?" Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, "No more of this!" And he touched his ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!" (Luke 22:39-53, NRSV)

Morning Psalms

Psalm 41 Beatus qui intelligit
1   Happy are they who consider the poor and needy! the LORD will deliver them in the time of trouble.
2   The LORD preserves them and keeps them alive, so that they may be happy in the land; he does not hand them over to the will of their enemies.
3   The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and ministers to them in their illness.
4   I said, "LORD, be merciful to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you."
5   My enemies are saying wicked things about me: "When will he die, and his name perish?"
6   Even if they come to see me, they speak empty words; their heart collects false rumors; they go outside and spread them.
7   All my enemies whisper together about me and devise evil against me.
8   A deadly thing, they say, has fastened on him; he has taken to his bed and will never get up again.
9   Even my best friend, whom I trusted, who broke bread with me, has lifted up his heel and turned against me.
10   But you, O LORD, be merciful to me and raise me up, and I shall repay them.
11   By this I know you are pleased with me, that my enemy does not triumph over me.
12   In my integrity you hold me fast, and shall set me before your face for ever.
13   Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, from age to age. Amen. Amen.

Psalm 52 Quid gloriaris?
1   You tyrant, why do you boast of wickedness against the godly all day long?
2   You plot ruin; your tongue is like a sharpened razor, O worker of deception.
3   You love evil more than good and lying more than speaking the truth.
4   You love all words that hurt, O you deceitful tongue.
5   Oh, that God would demolish you utterly, topple you, and snatch you from your dwelling, and root you out of the land of the living!
6   The righteous shall see and tremble, and they shall laugh at him, saying,
7   This is the one who did not take God for a refuge, but trusted in great wealth and relied upon wickedness.
8   But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
9   I will give you thanks for what you have done and declare the goodness of your Name in the presence of the godly.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 44 Deus, auribus
1   We have heard with our ears, O God, our forefathers have told us, the deeds you did in their days, in the days of old.
2   How with your hand you drove the peoples out and planted our forefathers in the land; how you destroyed nations and made your people flourish.
3   For they did not take the land by their sword, nor did their arm win the victory for them; but your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you favored them.
4   You are my King and my God; you command victories for Jacob.
5   Through you we pushed back our adversaries; through your Name we trampled on those who rose up against us.
6   For I do not rely on my bow, and my sword does not give me the victory.
7   Surely, you gave us victory over our adversaries and put those who hate us to shame.
8   Every day we gloried in God, and we will praise your Name for ever.
9   Nevertheless, you have rejected and humbled us and do not go forth with our armies.
10   You have made us fall back before our adversary, and our enemies have plundered us.
11   You have made us like sheep to be eaten and have scattered us among the nations.
12   You are selling your people for a trifle and are making no profit on the sale of them.
13   You have made us the scorn of our neighbors, a mockery and derision to those around us.
14   You have made us a byword among the nations, a laughing-stock among the peoples.
15   My humiliation is daily before me, and shame has covered my face;
16   Because of the taunts of the mockers and blasphemers, because of the enemy and avenger.
17   All this has come upon us; yet we have not forgotten you, nor have we betrayed your covenant.
18   Our heart never turned back, nor did our footsteps stray from your path;
19   Though you thrust us down into a place of misery, and covered us over with deep darkness.
20   If we have forgotten the Name of our God, or stretched out our hands to some strange god,
21   Will not God find it out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.
22   Indeed, for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
23   Awake, O Lord! why are you sleeping? Arise! do not reject us for ever.
24   Why have you hidden your face and forgotten our affliction and oppression?
25   We sink down into the dust; our body cleaves to the ground.
26   Rise up, and help us, and save us, for the sake of your steadfast love.

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Lutheran Hour Ministries - "Christmas Trips"

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-40, ESV)

Read Luke 1:39-45.

Christmas trips were always so much fun. It was exciting to see the Christmas decorations as we walked up to the front door. I loved stepping inside and seeing the Christmas tree, along with all the toys my cousins or friends had gotten for Christmas. Then we'd pull out a few toys of our own that we had brought along.

A Christmas trip to her relative is the first step on Mary's new path. She sets out to see her cousin Elizabeth, who is miraculously pregnant in her old age. Mary quickly travels from the area of Galilee to Zechariah's home in Judea. Filled with excitement she walks up to Elizabeth's door. Beaming with joy she greets her aged cousin-and gets the surprise of her life.

In a loud and excited voice Elizabeth proclaims, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!" (Luke 1:42b). Mary is shocked and delighted. She hasn't even had the chance to say anything more than "hello," and immediately Elizabeth knows everything. The Holy Spirit has revealed to her that the Child just beginning to grow in Mary's womb is actually God's Son.

What a comfort for Mary! She won't face the awkward explanation of the circumstances concerning her pregnancy, or have to convince the priest's wife this was all God's doing. In an instant, before Mary can say anything, the Holy Spirit has done it all. God has led her to the one couple able to fully understand and appreciate the amazing things God has done for her.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for faithful people like Elizabeth who believe Your promises and share our faith. Bring us together this Christmas season that we may rejoice together and share our wonder at Your amazing love in Jesus Christ.

Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).

Devociones de Adviento - El Edén restaurado

Isaías 35:1-10

El desierto... florecerá en abundancia, y también se alegrará y cantará con júbilo, pues le serán dadas la belleza del Líbano y la hermosura del Carmelo... (Is 35:1a-2)

La puna de Atacama, en Chile, es uno de los lugares más áridos del planeta. Debido a esto, es un lugar escogido para ubicar grandes observatorios astronómicos. Muy de vez en cuando ese desierto, en el que la vida parece imposible, se cubre totalmente de flores. ¡Increíble! Debido al fenómeno climático de "El Niño", lluvias inusuales transforman ese desierto en un maravilloso jardín.

La vida humana, con sus dramas a causa del pecado, puede ser comparada con un árido desierto. Allí donde debieran brotar la confianza, el amor y la justicia, vemos las ásperas piedras y arenas quemantes del egoísmo, la incredulidad y la inmoralidad. Muchos han perdido toda esperanza en que esto pueda revertirse; por eso se arrastran por la vida como serpientes astutas, dispuestas a dar caza a la primera presa distraída disponible.

Pero hay otra clase de personas: son quienes esperan con ansias "el fenómeno del niño", aquel que fuera prometido en el Edén. Su presencia en este mundo encenderá la esperanza de una completa renovación, algo posible para los que abrazan con fe su persona y su obra. Él viene a neutralizar en su cuerpo las fuerzas diabólicas que hacen del corazón humano un desierto.

La venida del Prometido abre la esperanza de una lluvia bendecida, un regalo de vida capaz de transformar el desierto de nuestra existencia en un Edén anticipado. Aquí y ahora, por fe, ya recibimos el maravilloso anticipo de esa existencia paradisíaca. En nuestro desierto podemos observar esperanzados al que brilla entre los astros. La estrella de Belén anuncia, brillante, que Él viene a hacer de nuestro desierto un jardín.

Amado Jesús, primogénito de la creación: derrama tu lluvia de gracia sobre la sequedad de nuestra vida, hasta que entremos en tu Edén. Amén.

© Copyright 2016 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones

Our Daily Bread - Good News!

Read: Nahum 1:7–15 | Bible in a Year: Hosea 12–14; Revelation 4

Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Nahum 1:15

World news bombards us from the Internet, television, radio, and mobile devices. The majority seems to describe what’s wrong—crime, terrorism, war, and economic problems. Yet there are times when good news invades the darkest hours of sadness and despair—stories of unselfish acts, a medical breakthrough, or steps toward peace in war-scarred places.

The words of two men recorded in the Old Testament of the Bible brought great hope to people weary of conflict.

While describing God’s coming judgment on a ruthless and powerful nation, Nahum said, “Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace!” (Nah. 1:15). That news brought hope to all those oppressed by cruelty.

A similar phrase occurs in the book of Isaiah: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation” (Isa. 52:7).

Nahum and Isaiah’s prophetic words of hope found their ultimate fulfillment at the first Christmas when the angel told the shepherds, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:10–11).

The most important headline in our lives every day is the very best news ever spoken—Christ the Savior is born!

The birth of Jesus is the best news the world has ever received!

© 2016 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - ¡Buena noticia!

Leer: Nahum 1:7-15 | La Biblia en un año: Apocalipsis 4

He aquí sobre los montes los pies del que trae buenas nuevas, del que anuncia la paz… (Nahum 1:15).

Internet, televisión, radio, dispositivos portátiles… todos nos bombardean con noticias que, en su mayoría, son malas: crímenes, terrorismo, guerras, problemas económicos. Pero también aparecen noticias buenas que alivian la tristeza y la desesperación: actos de abnegación, descubrimientos médicos y posibles acuerdos de paz.

Las palabras de dos hombres del Antiguo Testamento llevaron mucha esperanza a personas abrumadas por los conflictos. Nahum declaró en medio de un inminente juicio: «Ya se oyen sobre los montes los pies del que trae buenas nuevas, del que anuncia la paz» (Nahum 1:15 RVC). E Isaías expresa una frase similar: «¡Cuán hermosos son, sobre los montes, los pies del que trae buenas nuevas! Los pies del que anuncia la paz, del que trae buenas noticias, del que anuncia salvación» (Isaías 52:7 RVC).

Las palabras de esperanza de ambos profetas se cumplieron definitivamente en la primera Navidad, cuando el ángel les dijo a los pastores: «No temáis; porque he aquí os doy nuevas de gran gozo, que será para todo el pueblo: que os ha nacido hoy, en la ciudad de David, un Salvador, que es CRISTO el Señor» (Lucas 2:10-11).

El titular más importante cada día es la mejor noticia de todas: ¡Nació Cristo, el Salvador!

Dios, gracias por la buena noticia de la salvación en Jesús.

¡El nacimiento de Jesús es la mejor noticia que ha recibido el mundo!

© 2016 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Gute Nachricht

Lesen: Nahum 1,7–2,1 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Hosea 12–14; Offenbarung 4

Siehe auf den Bergen die Füße eines guten Boten, der da Frieden verkündigt! (Nahum 2,1)

Internet, Fernsehen, Radio und anderes bombardieren uns mit Nachrichten aus aller Welt. Die meisten berichten Negatives—Verbrechen, Terrorismus, Krieg und wirtschaftliche Probleme. Es gibt aber auch Momente, in denen gute Nachrichten das Dunkel von Hoffnungslosigkeit und Verzweiflung durchdringen—Geschichten von selbstlosem Handeln, einem Durchbruch in der Medizin oder erfolgreichen Friedensbemühungen.

Die Worte von zwei Männern aus dem Alten Testament brachten einem Volk, das müde war von den vielen Konflikten, große Hoffnung.

Nahum schilderte Gottes kommendes Gericht über ein mächtiges, grausames Volk. Doch mittendrin sagt er: „Siehe auf den Bergen die Füße eines guten Boten, der da Frieden verkündigt!“ (Nah. 2,1).

Ein ähnlicher Satz findet sich im Buch Jesaja: „Wie lieblich sind auf den Bergen die Füße der Friedensboten, die da Frieden verkündigen, Gutes predigen, Heil verkünden“ (Jes. 52,7).

Nahums und Jesajas prophetische Worte fanden ihre Erfüllung am ersten Weihnachten, als der Engel den Hirten die Botschaft brachte: „Fürchtet euch nicht! Siehe, ich verkündige euch große Freude, die allem Volk widerfahren wird; denn euch ist heute der Heiland geboren, welcher ist Christus, der Herr“ (Luk. 2,10-11).

Die wichtigste Schlagzeile an jedem Tag unseres Lebens ist die beste Nachricht, die es je gab—Christus, der Retter, ist geboren!

Herr, wir preisen dich für die gute Nachricht von Jesu Geburt und seine machtvolle Gegenwart in unserem Leben. Er ist unser Schutz vor allen Stürmen und unser ewiger Zufluchtsort.

Die Geburt Jesu ist die beste Nachricht, die die Welt je gehört hat!

© 2016 Unser Täglich Brot

Хлеб наш насущный - Хорошая новость!

Читать сейчас: Наум 1:7-15 | Библия за год: Осия 12-14; Откровение 4

Вот, на горах – стопы благовестника, возвещающего мир. — Наум 1:15

Новости бомбардируют нас негативом через Интернет, телевидение, радио и мобильные устройства. Нам рассказывают о преступности, терроризме, войнах и экономических проблемах. И все же порой сквозь этот мрак тоски и отчаяния пробиваются лучи хороших новостей: сюжеты о бескорыстных поступках, медицинских открытиях или действиях по насаждению и укреплению мира в истерзанных войной регионах.

Слова двух авторов Ветхого Завета несут в себе великую надежду для уставших от плохих новостей людей.

Возвещая Божий суд на жестокий и могущественный народ, пророк Наум говорит: «Вот, на горах – стопы благовестника, возвещающего мир» (Наум 1:15). Эта новость принесла надежду всем угнетенным.

Похожие слова появляются в Книге пророка Исаии: «Как прекрасны на горах ноги благовестника, возвещающего мир, благовествующего радость, проповедующего спасение» (Ис. 52:7).

Пророческие слова Наума и Исаии исполнились в событиях Рождества, когда ангел сказал пастухам: «Не бойтесь. Я возвещаю вам великую радость, которая будет всем людям; ибо ныне родился вам в городе Давидовом Спаситель, Который есть Христос Господь» (Лк. 2:10-11).
Самым главным заголовком каждого дня должна стать самая лучшая из всех новостей: в мир пришел Спаситель!

Господь, мы славим Тебя за Благую весть о рождении Иисуса Христа и за Его могущественное присутствие в нашей жизни. Он – наше убежище от бури и наш вечный дом.

Рождение Иисуса Христа – лучшая весть из слышанных миром.

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Notre Pain Quotidien - Annoncer la paix !

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Voici sur les montagnes les pieds du messager qui annonce la paix ! (Nahum 2.1)

Les actualités internationales nous bombardent via Internet, la télévision, la radio et les appareils mobiles, décrivant le plus souvent ce qui ne va pas – crime, terrorisme, guerre et difficultés économiques. Par contre, de bonnes nouvelles envahissent parfois les heures sombres du désespoir – l’histoire de gestes altruistes, une percée médicale ou des pas vers la paix dans des endroits ravagés par la guerre.

Les paroles de deux hommes rapportées dans l’Ancien Testament ont procuré de grands espoirs aux gens las d’être captifs de conflits.

En annonçant le jugement divin à venir contre une nation impitoyable et puissante : « Voici sur les montagnes les pieds du messager qui annonce la paix ! » (NA 2.1), Nahum a ainsi donné de l’espoir à tous les opprimés.

Or, le livre d’Ésaïe y fait écho : « Qu’ils sont beaux sur les montagnes, les pieds de celui qui apporte de bonnes nouvelles, qui publie la paix ! De celui qui apporte de bonnes nouvelles, qui publie le salut ! » (ÉS 52.7.)

Les paroles prophétiques de Nahum et d’Ésaïe, porteuses d’espoir, se sont accomplies lorsque l’ange a déclaré aux bergers : « Ne craignez point ; car je vous annonce une bonne nouvelle, qui sera pour tout le peuple le sujet d’une grande joie : C’est qu’aujourd’hui, dans la ville de David, il vous est né un Sauveur, qui est le Christ, le Seigneur » (LU 2.10,11).

La une de notre vie quotidienne comporte la meilleure nouvelle jamais annoncée : Christ le Sauveur est né !

L’annonce de la naissance de Jésus est la meilleure jamais reçue !

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