Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Daily Readings for TUESDAY, January 31, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Isaiah 52:1-12

Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion! Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for the uncircumcised and the unclean shall enter you no more. Shake yourself from the dust, rise up, O captive Jerusalem; loose the bonds from your neck, O captive daughter Zion! For thus says the LORD: You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money. For thus says the Lord GOD: Long ago, my people went down into Egypt to reside there as aliens; the Assyrian, too, has oppressed them without cause. Now therefore what am I doing here, says the LORD, seeing that my people are taken away without cause? Their rulers howl, says the LORD, and continually, all day long, my name is despised. Therefore my people shall know my name; therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns." Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the LORD to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of it, purify yourselves, you who carry the vessels of the LORD. For you shall not go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Galatians 4:12-20

Friends, I beg you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong. You know that it was because of a physical infirmity that I first announced the gospel to you; though my condition put you to the test, you did not scorn or despise me, but welcomed me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. What has become of the goodwill you felt? For I testify that, had it been possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? They make much of you, but for no good purpose; they want to exclude you, so that you may make much of them. It is good to be made much of for a good purpose at all times, and not only when I am present with you. My little children, for whom I am again in the pain of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, I wish I were present with you now and could change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Mark 8:1-10
Glory be to Thee, O Lord

In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, "I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way-- and some of them have come from a great distance." His disciples replied, "How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?" He asked them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven." Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. Now there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.

Here ends the Gospel lesson for today.
Glory be to Thee ,O Christ!

Morning Psalms

Psalm 61 Exaudi, Deus
1   Hear my cry, O God, and listen to my prayer.
2   I call upon you from the ends of the earth with heaviness in my heart; set me upon the rock that is higher than I.
3   For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.
4   I will dwell in your house for ever; I will take refuge under the cover of your wings.
5   For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have granted me the heritage of those who fear your Name.
6   Add length of days to the king's life; let his years extend over many generations.
7   Let him sit enthroned before God for ever; bid love and faithfulness watch over him.
8   So will I always sing the praise of your Name, and day by day I will fulfill my vows.

Psalm 62 Nonne Deo?
1   For God alone my soul in silence waits; from him comes my salvation.
2   He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.
3   How long will you assail me to crush me, all of you together, as if you were a leaning fence, a toppling wall?
4   They seek only to bring me down from my place of honor; lies are their chief delight.
5   They bless with their lips, but in their hearts they curse.
6   For God alone my soul in silence waits; truly, my hope is in him.
7   He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
8   In God is my safety and my honor; God is my strong rock and my refuge.
9   Put your trust in him always, O people, pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
10   Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
11   On the scales they are lighter than a breath, all of them together.
12   Put no trust in extortion; in robbery take no empty pride; though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
13   God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, that power belongs to God.
14   Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, for you repay everyone according to his deeds.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 68 Exsurgat Deus
1   Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee before him.
2   Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away; as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3   But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; let them also be merry and joyful.
4   Sing to God, sing praises to his Name; exalt him who rides upon the heavens; YAHWEH is his Name, rejoice before him!
5   Father of orphans, defender of widows, God in his holy habitation!
6   God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners into freedom; but the rebels shall live in dry places.
7   O God, when you went forth before your people, when you marched through the wilderness,
8   The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain, at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9   You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance; you refreshed the land when it was weary.
10   Your people found their home in it; in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor.
11   The Lord gave the word; great was the company of women who bore the tidings:
12   Kings with their armies are fleeing away; the women at home are dividing the spoils.
13   Though you lingered among the sheepfolds, you shall be like a dove whose wings are covered with silver, whose feathers are like green gold.
14   When the Almighty scattered kings, it was like snow falling in Zalmon.
15   O mighty mountain, O hill of Bashan! O rugged mountain, O hill of Bashan!
16   Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountain, at the hill which God chose for his resting place? truly, the LORD will dwell there for ever.
17   The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of thousands; the Lord comes in holiness from Sinai.
18   You have gone up on high and led captivity captive; you have received gifts even from your enemies, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
19   Blessed be the Lord day by day, the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.
20   He is our God, the God of our salvation; God is the LORD, by whom we escape death.
21   God shall crush the heads of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of those who go on still in their wickedness.
22   The Lord has said, "I will bring them back from Bashan; I will bring them back from the depths of the sea;
23   That your foot may be dipped in blood, the tongues of your dogs in the blood of your enemies."
24   They see your procession, O God, your procession into the sanctuary, my God and my King.
25   The singers go before, musicians follow after, in the midst of maidens playing upon the hand-drums.
26   Bless God in the congregation; bless the LORD, you that are of the fountain of Israel.
27   There is Benjamin, least of the tribes, at the head; the princes of Judah in a company; and the princes of Zebulon and Naphtali.
28   Send forth your strength, O God; establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.
29   Kings shall bring gifts to you, for your temple's sake at Jerusalem.
30   Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds, and the peoples, a herd of wild bulls with its calves.
31   Trample down those who lust after silver; scatter the peoples that delight in war.
32   Let tribute be brought out of Egypt; let Ethiopia stretch out her hands to God.
33   Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; sing praises to the Lord.
34   He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.
35   Ascribe power to God; his majesty is over Israel; his strength is in the skies.
36   How wonderful is God in his holy places! the God of Israel giving strength and power to his people! Blessed be God!

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Verse of the Day - January 31, 2017

Psalm 86:5 (NIV) You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.

Read all of Psalm 86

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "When Sorrow Is Good"

For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There's no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. (2 Corinthians 7:10, NLT)

C. S. Lewis said, "Repentance is no fun at all. It is something much harder than merely eating humble pie. It means unlearning all the self-conceit and self-will that we have been training ourselves into for thousands of years."

We read of people in the Bible who were sorry, but they weren't repentant. For example, a hardened Pharaoh admitted his sin. In Exodus we read, "Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron. 'This time I have sinned,' he confessed. 'The Lord is the righteous one, and my people and I are wrong.'" (9:27). Yet Pharaoh went on to deliberately sin against God and His people.

An insincere king Saul admitted his sin, saying to Samuel, "I have sinned. I have disobeyed your instructions and the LORD'S command" (1 Samuel 15:24). But that didn't stop Saul from going on a collision course with judgment.

The rich young ruler came to Jesus and asked how to have eternal life. When Jesus told him, he went away sorrowful but not repentant. He wasn't willing to change.

These people were experiencing what the apostle Paul called "worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, [and] results in spiritual death" (2 Corinthians 7:10).

There is a difference between remorse and repentance. This is important to understand. People are sorry when their sin catches up with them. They are sorry when they begin to reap what they sow. But that doesn't necessarily mean they are repentant.

If you are truly sorry in a godly way, then you not only will have remorse for what you have done, but you also will change your behavior.

This should be a warning to us not to take spiritual truth for granted. Let us not sit by passively and listen without any real intent to apply it to our lives.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. Devotion by Greg Laurie © 2016 Harvest Christian Fellowship; all rights reserved.

Un Dia a la Vez - La libertad está en Dios

No amen al mundo ni nada de lo que hay en él [...] El mundo se acaba con sus malos deseos, pero el que hace la voluntad de Dios permanece para siempre. (1 Juan 2:15, 17, NVI)

¿Por qué le doy al pensamiento de hoy el nombre de «La libertad está en Dios»? Porque no solo es bíblico, sino que es real. Hace unos meses pude conocer a un oyente muy jovencito, de veintidós años. Su nombre es Víctor Huete y fue cabecilla de un grupo de las «Maras Salvatruchas». Mediante una carta que envió a nuestra radio, nos contó cómo llegó a formar parte de esa pandilla desde los catorce años de edad, cómo cometió una serie de actos para integrarse al grupo y los pactos que estableció directamente con Satanás. También contó que desde que llegó a la cárcel, después de caer preso en la ciudad de Miami, se reconcilia con Dios y le reconoce como su Salvador. En medio de la soledad y la frustración por estar en una cárcel, este joven comienza su andar con Jesús. Hoy en día, su vida está transformada. Así que, en la cárcel, les habla a otros de la Palabra y de sus experiencias, al decirles de dónde lo rescató el Señor. Ahora, con autoridad, evita que otros jóvenes caigan en ese mundo oscuro y cruel de las pandillas. No obstante, lo más hermoso es que en su cara hay paz. Su carita refleja el amor de Dios y, lo que es más importante, en medio de esa cárcel, de esa celda donde todavía permanece, ha encontrado lo que muchos no tienen a pesar de que viven en su propia casa: «LIBERTAD».

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - THE WINNER!

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 15:57, NIV)

The five-year-old soccer goalie of Team One was an outstanding athlete, but he was no match for three or four on Team Two who were also very good and they began to score on him. The goalie gave it everything he had, recklessly throwing his body in front of incoming balls, trying valiantly to stop them.

After the third goal was scored against him, he could see it was no use; he couldn’t stop them. He didn’t quit, but he became quietly desperate. Futility was written all over him.

After the fourth goal, the little boy needed help so badly, and there was no help to be had. He retrieved the ball from the net and handed it to the referee. Then he fell to his knees and cried the tears of the helpless and broken-hearted.

His father ran onto the field and said, “Scotty, I’m so proud of you. You were great out there. I want everybody to know that you are my son.”

“Daddy,” the boy sobbed, “I couldn’t stop them. I tried, Daddy, I tried and tried, and they scored on me.”

“Scotty, it doesn't matter how many times they scored on you. You’re my son, and I’m proud of you. I want you to go back out there and finish the game. I know you want to quit, but you can’t. And, son, you’re going to get scored on again, but it doesn’t matter. Go on, now.” The little guy ran back on to the field and they scored two more times. But it was okay.

I get scored on every day. I try so hard. I recklessly throw my body in every direction. I fume with rage. I struggle with temptation and sin with every ounce of my being - and Satan laughs. And he scores again, and the tears come, and I go to my knees - sinful, convicted, helpless. And my Father rushes right out on the field—right in front of the whole jeering, laughing world—and he picks me up, and he hugs me and he says:

Son, I’m so proud of you. You were great out there. I want everybody to know that you are my son. And because I control the outcome of this game, I declare you - The Winner!”

RESPONSE: Today I will rejoice in my Father’s love and support. I will not give up as the battle rages.

PRAYER: Thank You Lord for Your love and for declaring me a winner!

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Girlfriends in God - Why Your Redemption Story Isn’t Yours

Today’s Truth

‘Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching’ (John 14:23a, NIV).

Friend to Friend

There is a feature on my cell phone that allows me to decline an incoming call. There are a thousand reasons why I might choose to hit the “decline” button when my phone rings. Sometimes I’m writing and have a deadline to make. Decline. Sometimes a call comes in when I’m mid-conversation with a friend or when I’m connecting with my family. Decline. At times, true confessions here, I decline a call simply because I don’t have the energy or desire to talk to the person who’s calling me at that moment. (Don’t even judge me. You do it too.)

Similarly, there are times in my life when I try to ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit as if I were declining a cell phone call. Times when I just don’t feel like doing what I know God wants me to do. Times when I don’t want to hear the still small voice that whispers to my soul: “forgive him” – “release your anger” – “humble yourself and ask for forgiveness” or “focus on my plan for you … not on my plan for another person.”

One such time took place several years ago in Tennessee. It was after the final session of a three-day ministry event. I was focused and fervent, determined to head home to my husband and three children as quickly as possible. I busied myself wrapping microphone cords, loading products from my resource table, and prepping to leave. While I was mid-busy, a friendly thirty-something woman came up to me with her friend. I was courteous to them, but in a “see-you-later, girlfriend” kind of way.

Not getting my subtle clues, this woman inquired excitedly about the book I was in the middle of writing. I lifted my head with surprise as she announced, “I can’t wait to read your book! Your enthusiasm for the Lord is so contagious, and I just know you have an amazing testimony!”

Then she and her friend stood there expectantly. Decline.

Okay, feel my pain here. It was day three of a three-day event! I was exhausted. I was done. Yet this woman and her friend wanted to hear my testimony. So, I did what any normal fleshy woman would do. I told God, Not now, Lord. I’m going home. I’ve done what I came to do and now I’m going home to my family. I’m tired, slightly grumpy, definitely hungry, and done. I can’t tell these girls about my abortion right now! Nope. Not going to go there. Please don’t ask me to!

So I looked up at these two sweet women and, with a forced smile, said, “Yeah, I’ve got a doozy of a story, but don’t we all? Thank God for grace.”

There! Now they should leave me alone, I thought.

But God kept nudging my heart. Tell them, Gwen.

Before I had a chance to continue my dialog with the Lord, another couple of women came to join our conversation. I was so not amused.

God, are You kidding me? We are done here!

But He kept nudging.

So I finally conceded and shared my testimony with the six women who had gathered to speak to me. Within minutes, two of the six were crying. They’d had abortions as well and for years had lived under the weight of shame. We instantly became a bonded band of blubbering sisters. The story of my redemption from brokenness and the beauty of healing I found in Christ had become a tool in the hands of God that afternoon.

What had once been a wound became a weapon… but only because I accepted the call. (Even if it did take me a while to concede.)

Jesus told his disciples that if they loved Him, they would obey His commands and His teachings (John 14:15-27). A simple if-then statement. If you love me, then you will obey. He also told them that when He returned to the Father in heaven, He would send the Holy Spirit to teach, to guide in truth, to convict of sin and to remind believers of what Jesus taught (John 16:7-14). To help us. To empower us.

The Spirit of God lives within every Christ follower. He equips us for each task as we yield to His leading. When God prompts us to do something on His behalf, He is faithful to lead the way and to bless our obedience – for His own glory. It’s all about His glory. He simply wants our willingness and our obedience.

Friend, God’s plans need to be our plans … even if His plans seem to “interrupt” our plans. Let’s be women who accept His call. Are you willing today?

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Please forgive me for the times when I’ve chosen my plan over Your plan. Align my will and heart to Yours. Help me to express my love for You by obeying your Word and by responding to the promptings of Your Spirit so that You can be glorified in and through me.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Is there something God is calling you to do today? Are you withholding forgiveness from someone? Are you aware of a need that God wants you to meet? Does He want you end a toxic relationship? Spend a few minutes in prayer about this.

God calls each of us to be witnesses of His hope. Right before He ascended into heaven, Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, emphasis added.) That call—that commission—will look different for each of us.

Friend, what does this look like for you today? Let’s talk about it and pray for each other on my blog. Leave a comment, prayer need, or thought on my wall and let’s take this discussion deeper.

More from the Girlfriends

Portions of today’s devotion are excerpts from Gwen’s book, Broken Into Beautiful, which features her testimony, along with Scriptural truths and stories of how God brings restoration to the hearts of those wounded by painful life experiences. Explore God’s healing and hope for your life today as you read Broken Into Beautiful. To order the book, go to Amazon, your favorite Christian bookstore, or for a signed copy, order from Gwen’s web store.

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LHM Daily Devotion - "Christ and Not a Coin-Flip"

January 31, 2017

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ - 1 Corinthians 15:56-57, ESV

You probably don't know the name of rock-and-roll guitar player Tommy Allsup.

On the other hand, many of you would be able to tell me what Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the "Big Bopper" have in common. Yes, that is correct. Those last three, along with pilot Roger Peterson, were all killed when their plane crashed into a snowy, Iowa cornfield on February 3, 1959.

Now back to Tommy Allsup. What does Tommy Allsup have to do with the other guys?

Let me explain by telling you that Allsup was part of Buddy Holly's band. The three headliners, along with others, were making a lot of one-night stands as they toured the country. Most of the time they would finish a gig, get on a bus, and drive to the next location. It was a grueling schedule, and one which everyone hated.

After their concert in Clear Lake, Iowa, a small plane was made available to take a select few to their next destination. Two of the headliners, the Big Bopper and Buddy Holly, were immediately given seats on the plane.

Who would get the last seat was decided by the toss of a coin between Tommy Allsup and Ritchie Valens.

Valens won the coin toss and died; Allsup lost the coin toss and lived. Indeed, lucky Tommy Allsup lived for more than another half century.

According to the Associated Press, on January 11, 2017, at the age of 85, in Springfield, Missouri, lucky Tommy Allsup passed away from complications after a surgery.

Death may have ignored Allsup in 1959, but death never forgot him.

Indeed, death, with a few notable exceptions recorded in Scripture, never forgets anyone. You may lead a charmed life; you may have the "luck of the Irish"; you may manage to get through life without stubbing your toe or bumping your funny bone, but death will not forget you.

All of us are sinners and the price we pay for being sinners is this: all of us can expect that death, someday, will pay us a personal visit. He may give us a long warning that he is coming, or he may simply show up at an unexpected, unannounced and inconvenient time.

The coming of death is the bad news of this devotion.

The fact that you don't have to fear his approach is the good news. So that the fear of death might be minimized and the sting of the grave might be diminished, the Lord sent His Son into this world to become our Substitute. Jesus' perfect life was ended in an unfair death. Through life and death Jesus took our place, and now things are different for those who believe on Him as Savior.

Things are different because we are saved and because we are saved we know death is not our end and the grave is not our finish.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, may we always give thanks to You for giving us the victory over death and grave, through the victory of our living Lord Jesus. In His Name we pray. Amen.

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CPTLN Devocional - Invalorable

31 de Enero 2017

Así que no teman, pues ustedes valen más que muchos pajarillos. Lucas 12:7b, RVC

$1.07 es una cantidad que suena extraño en los Estados Unidos. En cambio $1.07 no suena tan raro para alguien que está en Europa, porque equivale al valor de un Euro, la moneda del Mercado Común Europeo.

De acuerdo a un artículo publicado por AP, esa fue la cantidad que unos padres de la ciudad de Krumbach en Bavaria, estaban pidiendo en Ebay a cambio de su hijito.

El aviso decía: "Ofrezco mi niño recién nacido, porque se ha vuelto demasiado ruidoso. Es un varón, mide 28 pulgadas (70 cm.), y puede llevarse en un carrito para bebés o en brazos".

La madre de 23 años dice que sólo estaba haciendo una broma.

Después de haber visto el aviso, muchas personas pensaron que no era gracioso y lo denunciaron a la policía. La policía de Bavaria tampoco creyó que fuera gracioso, por lo que fueron al domicilio de la familia, se llevaron al bebé y lo pusieron al cuidado de la División de Menores.

Cuando leí la historia me surgieron dos preguntas. Primero: ¿será que esos padres estaban simplemente haciendo una broma, o hablaban en serio? Como no puedo contestar esta pregunta, la dejo para que la corte lo decida.

La segunda pregunta que me vino a la mente fue: ¿cuánto vale realmente una persona? No me cabe duda que vale más que $1.07, pero, ¿cuánto valemos en realidad? La mayoría de los padres dirían que sus hijos son invalorables, y la mayoría de los hijos diría lo mismo de sus padres. Pero, ¿cuánto valemos realmente?

El Señor ha contestado esa pregunta. Es cierto que valemos más que una bandada de pajarillos, Jesús mismo lo dijo. Pero, ¿cuánto más? La respuesta correcta la encontramos en la vida, muerte, y resurrección de Jesús. Para el Padre celestial valemos tanto, que envió a su Hijo a este mundo para que cumpliera las leyes que nosotros quebramos, para que cargara con el castigo por los pecados que cometemos, y para que muriera la muerte que nosotros merecíamos.

¿Cuánto cree que vale usted? Si alguna vez se hace esta pregunta, recuerde que Dios dio la vida de su único Hijo como rescate por la suya. ¿Cuánto vale? Nada vale más para Dios que usted sea salvo... Invalorable, sin lugar a dudas.

ORACIÓN: Señor Jesús, que viniste a dar tu vida como rescate por muchos, incluyéndome a mí, ayúdame a vivir como hijo perdonado, salvado, y valorado por Dios. En tu nombre. Amén.

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Our Daily Bread - The Talking Tree

Read: Colossians 1:15–20 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 25–26; Matthew 20:17–34

"He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross. 1 Peter 2:24

One of the earliest Christian poems in English literature is “The Dream of the Rood.” The word rood comes from the Old English word rod or pole and refers to the cross on which Christ was crucified. In this ancient poem the crucifixion story is retold from the perspective of the cross. When the tree learns that it is to be used to kill the Son of God, it rejects the idea of being used in this way. But Christ enlists the help of the tree to provide redemption for all who will believe.

In the garden of Eden, a tree was the source of the forbidden fruit that our spiritual parents tasted, causing sin to enter the human race. And when the Son of God shed His blood as the ultimate sacrifice for all of humanity’s sin, He was nailed to a tree on our behalf. Christ “bore our sins in his body on the cross” (1 Peter 2:24).

The cross is the turning point for all who trust Christ for salvation. And ever since the crucifixion, it has become a remarkable symbol that represents the sacrificial death of the Son of God for our deliverance from sin and death. The cross is the inexpressibly wonderful evidence of God’s love for us.

Lord, may my heart give You praise whenever I see a cross, for You gave Yourself for me in love.

Christ gave His life on the tree for our salvation.

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - El árbol que habla

Leer: Colosenses 1:15-20 | La Biblia en un año: Mateo 20:17-34

Quien llevó él mismo nuestros pecados en su cuerpo sobre el madero… (1 Pedro 2:24).

Uno de los poemas cristianos más antiguos de la literatura inglesa es The Dream of the Rood [El sueño del crucifijo]. Un crucifijo es la imagen de Cristo crucificado. En esa antigua poesía, la historia de la crucifixión se narra desde la perspectiva de la cruz. Cuando el árbol se entera de que lo convertirán en una cruz para matar al Hijo de Dios, rechaza la idea. Pero Cristo consigue la ayuda de ese árbol para dar redención a todos los que creen.

En el huerto de Edén, un árbol fue el origen del fruto prohibido que comieron nuestros primeros padres, haciendo que el pecado entrara en el género humano. Cuando el Hijo de Dios derramó su sangre como el sacrificio supremo por el pecado de toda la humanidad, también fue clavado en un árbol. Cristo «llevó él mismo nuestros pecados en su cuerpo sobre el madero» (1 Pedro 2:24).

La cruz es el punto de inflexión para todos los que reciben a Cristo para ser salvos. Desde aquella crucifixión, ese madero se ha convertido en un símbolo notable de la muerte sacrificial del Hijo de Dios para rescatarnos del pecado y de la muerte. La cruz de Cristo es la prueba maravillosa e inefable del amor de Dios por nosotros.

Señor, que cada vez que vea una cruz, mi corazón te alabe al recordar que me amas y que moriste en la cruz en mi lugar.

Cristo dio su vida sobre el árbol de la cruz para salvarnos.

Unser Täglich Brot - Der sprechende Baum

Lesen: Kolosser 1,15-20 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 2.Mose 25–26; Matthäus 20,17-34

[Er hat] unsere Sünde selbst hinaufgetragen an seinem Leibe auf das Holz. 1.Petrus 2,24

Eines der ältesten christlichen Gedichte in der englischen Literatur ist „The Dream of the Rood“ (dt. Der Traum vom Kreuz). Das Wort rood kommt vom altenglischen rod oder „Stab“ und bezieht sich auf das Kreuz, an dem Jesus starb. Das Gedicht erzählt die Geschichte der Kreuzigung aus der Sicht des Kreuzes. Als der Baum, aus dem es gezimmert wird, erfährt, dass er verwendet werden soll, um den Sohn Gottes zu töten, wehrt er sich. Aber Jesus bittet ihn um Hilfe, damit er für alle, die an ihn glauben, die Erlösung schaffen kann.

Im Garten Eden trug ein Baum die verbotene Frucht, von der unsere geistlichen Eltern aßen und so die Sünde unter die Menschheit brachten. Und als der Sohn Gottes sein Blut als Opfer für die Sünde der Menschheit vergoss, da wurde er unsertwegen an einen Baum genagelt. Christus hat „unsere Sünde selbst hinaufgetragen an seinem Leibe auf das Holz“ (1.Petrus 2,24).

Das Kreuz ist der Wendepunkt für alle, die sich Christus als ihrem Erlöser anvertrauen. Und seit der Kreuzigung ist es ein gewaltiges Symbol für den stellvertretenden Opfertod von Gottes Sohn, der uns damit von Sünde und Tod befreit. Das Kreuz ist der unaussprechlich wunderbare Beweis für Gottes Liebe.

Herr, wann immer ich ein Kreuz sehe, will ich dich loben. Denn du hast dich selbst aus Liebe zu mir hingegeben.

Jesus gab sein Leben am Kreuz zu unsrer Erlösung.

Notre Pain Quotidien - L’arbre parlant

[Il] a porté lui‑même nos péchés en son corps sur le bois. (1 Pierre 2.24)

Un des plus vieux poèmes chrétiens de la littérature anglaise est « The Dream of the Rood » (Le Rêve de la Croix). Le mot rood provient du terme issu du vieil anglais rod ou pole, qui désigne la croix à laquelle Christ a été crucifié. Dans ce très vieux poème, l’histoire de la Crucifixion est racontée de nouveau, mais selon la perspective de la croix. En apprenant que l’on doit l’abattre pour servir d’instrument à la crucifixion du Fils de Dieu, l’arbre rejette cette idée monstrueuse. Christ le convainc toutefois de l’aider à apporter la rédemption à tous ceux qui croiraient.

Dans le jardin d’Éden, un arbre a été à la source d’un fruit défendu auquel nos parents spirituels ont goûté, ce qui a eu pour conséquence de faire entrer le péché dans l’espèce humaine. Et lorsque le Fils de Dieu a versé son sang en guise de sacrifice ultime pour expier les péchés de toute l’humanité, on l’a cloué à un arbre à notre place. Christ « a porté lui‑même nos péchés en son corps sur le bois » (1 PI 2.24).

La croix marque le tournant dans le parcours de tous ceux qui ont mis leur foi en Christ pour obtenir le salut. Et même depuis la Crucifixion, elle est devenue un symbole remarquable qui représente la mort sacrificielle du Fils de Dieu en guise de délivrance de nos péchés et de la mort. La croix constitue la preuve à la fois inexprimable et extraordinaire de l’amour que Dieu nous porte.

Christ a donné sa vie sur le bois pour nous apporter le salut.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Два дерева

Читати: Колосян 1:15-20 | Біблія за рік: Вихід 25–26 ; Матвія 20:17-34

Він тілом Своїм Сам підніс гріхи наші на дерево. — 1 Петра 2:24

Один із найдавніших християнських віршів в англійській літературі називається “Сон хреста”. Цей термін походить від староанглійського слова “rod”, що означає палицю, жердину, і також вказує на той хрест, де був розіп’ятий Ісус Христос. В цьому вірші історія розп’яття розповідається з точки зору хреста. Коли це дерево довідалось, що його збираються використати для вбивства Сина Божого, воно спочатку відмовилось бути використаним таким чином. Але Христос заручився підтримкою цього дерева, щоб принести спасіння всім, хто увірує.

В Едемському саду теж було одне дерево, але воно стало джерелом непослуху. На ньому був заборонений плід, і наші предки скуштували його, через що гріх прийшов у цей світ. Але на дереві – Голгофському хресті – був розіп’ятий Божий Син. Там Він пролив Свою кров, тобто приніс найбільшу й остаточну жертву за весь людський гріх. “Він тілом Своїм Сам підніс гріхи наші на дерево” (1 Петр. 2:24).

Хрест – то поворотний пункт для кожного, хто вірує в Христа як Спасителя. І після розп’яття хрест став відомим символом, що вказує на жертовну смерть Божого Сина, що принесла визволення від гріха та смерті. Хрест – то величне свідоцтво Божої любові до нас, яке не можна виразити словами.

Господи, нехай щоразу, коли бачу Твій хрест, моє серце славить Тебе за безмірну жертовну любов.

Христос віддав на хресті Своє життя заради нашого спасіння.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Говорящее дерево

Читать сейчас: Колоссянам 1:15-20 | Библия за год: Исход 25-26; Матфея 20:17-34

Он грехи наши Сам вознес телом Своим на древо. — 1 Петра 2:24

Одно из самых ранних христианских стихотворений в английской литературе называется «Мечта дерева». Там рассказывается о дереве, из которого был сделан крест для распятия Иисуса Христа. Все повествование о страшном событии представлено с точки зрения этого дерева. Когда оно узнало, что на нем будет убит Божий Сын, то поначалу воспротивилось такому применению. Но затем к дереву обратился Сам Христос, сказав, что без его помощи Он не сможет искупить тех, кто уверует в Него.

В Эдемском саду росло дерево с запретным плодом, от которого вкусили наши прародители, из-за чего в мир вошел грех. А когда Божий Сын проливал кровь в жертву за грех мира, дерево также сыграло важную роль: оно стало орудием казни и материальной основой духовного спасения. Христос «грехи наши Сам вознес телом Своим на древо» (1 Пет. 2:24).

Крест – основание жизни для всех, уверовавших во Христа. Две тысячи лет он служит символом жертвенной смерти Божьего Сына ради нашего освобождения от греха и смерти. Крест – удивительное и невыразимо прекрасное доказательство Божьей к нам любви.

Господь, пусть мое сердце воздает Тебе хвалу всякий раз, когда я вижу крест, потому что Ты страдал на нем из любви ко мне.

Христос отдал Свою жизнь ради нашего спасения.

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Daily Readings for MONDAY, January 30, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Isaiah 51:17-23

Rouse yourself, rouse yourself! Stand up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his wrath, who have drunk to the dregs the bowl of staggering. There is no one to guide her among all the children she has borne; there is no one to take her by the hand among all the children she has brought up. These two things have befallen you-- who will grieve with you?-- devastation and destruction, famine and sword-- who will comfort you? Your children have fainted, they lie at the head of every street like an antelope in a net; they are full of the wrath of the LORD, the rebuke of your God. Therefore hear this, you who are wounded, who are drunk, but not with wine: Thus says your Sovereign, the LORD, your God who pleads the cause of his people: See, I have taken from your hand the cup of staggering; you shall drink no more from the bowl of my wrath. And I will put it into the hand of your tormentors, who have said to you, "Bow down, that we may walk on you" and you have made your back like the ground and like the street for them to walk on.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Galatians 4:1-11

My point is this: heirs, as long as they are minors, are no better than slaves, though they are the owners of all the property; but they remain under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father. So with us; while we were minors, we were enslaved to the elemental spirits of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods. Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits? How can you want to be enslaved to them again? You are observing special days, and months, and seasons, and years. I am afraid that my work for you may have been wasted.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Mark 7:24-37
Glory be to Thee, O Lord

From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, "Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." But she answered him, "Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." Then he said to her, "For saying that, you may go-- the demon has left your daughter." So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone. Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, "He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."

Here ends the Gospel lesson for today.
Glory be to Thee ,O Christ!

Morning Psalms

Psalm 56 Miserere mei, Deus
1   Have mercy on me, O God, for my enemies are hounding me; all day long they assault and oppress me.
2   They hound me all the day long; truly there are many who fight against me, O Most High.
3   Whenever I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.
4   In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust and will not be afraid, for what can flesh do to me?
5   All day long they damage my cause; their only thought is to do me evil.
6   They band together; they lie in wait; they spy upon my footsteps; because they seek my life.
7   Shall they escape despite their wickedness? O God, in your anger, cast down the peoples.
8   You have noted my lamentation; put my tears into your bottle; are they not recorded in your book?
9   Whenever I call upon you, my enemies will be put to flight; this I know, for God is on my side.
10   In God the LORD, whose word I praise, in God I trust and will not be afraid, for what can mortals do to me?
11   I am bound by the vow I made to you, O God; I will present to you thank-offerings;
12   For you have rescued my soul from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

Psalm 57 Miserere mei, Deus
1   Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, for I have taken refuge in you; in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until this time of trouble has gone by.
2   I will call upon the Most High God, the God who maintains my cause.
3   He will send from heaven and save me; he will confound those who trample upon me; God will send forth his love and his faithfulness.
4   I lie in the midst of lions that devour the people; their teeth are spears and arrows, their tongue a sharp sword.
5   They have laid a net for my feet, and I am bowed low; they have dug a pit before me, but have fallen into it themselves.
6   Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, and your glory over all the earth.
7   My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and make melody.
8   Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp; I myself will waken the dawn.
9   I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD; I will sing praise to you among the nations.
10   For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
11   Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, and your glory over all the earth.

Psalm 58 Si vere utique
1   Do you indeed decree righteousness, you rulers? do you judge the peoples with equity?
2   No; you devise evil in your hearts, and your hands deal out violence in the land.
3   The wicked are perverse from the womb; liars go astray from their birth.
4   They are as venomous as a serpent, they are like the deaf adder which stops its ears,
5   Which does not heed the voice of the charmer, no matter how skillful his charming.
6   O God, break their teeth in their mouths; pull the fangs of the young lions, O LORD.
7   Let them vanish like water that runs off; let them wither like trodden grass.
8   Let them be like the snail that melts away, like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.
9   Before they bear fruit, let them be cut down like a brier; like thorns and thistles let them be swept away.
10   The righteous will be glad when they see the vengeance; they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
11   And they will say, "Surely, there is a reward for the righteous; surely, there is a God who rules in the earth."

Evening Psalms

Psalm 64 Exaudi, Deus
1   Hear my voice, O God, when I complain; protect my life from fear of the enemy.
2   Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from the mob of evildoers.
3   They sharpen their tongue like a sword, and aim their bitter words like arrows,
4   That they may shoot down the blameless from ambush; they shoot without warning and are not afraid.
5   They hold fast to their evil course; they plan how they may hide their snares.
6   They say, "Who will see us? who will find out our crimes? we have thought out a perfect plot."
7   The human mind and heart are a mystery; but God will loose an arrow at them, and suddenly they will be wounded.
8   He will make them trip over their tongues, and all who see them will shake their heads.
9   Everyone will stand in awe and declare God's deeds; they will recognize his works.
10   The righteous will rejoice in the LORD and put their trust in him, and all who are true of heart will glory.

Psalm 65 Te decet hymnus
1   You are to be praised, O God, in Zion; to you shall vows be performed in Jerusalem.
2   To you that hear prayer shall all flesh come, because of their transgressions.
3   Our sins are stronger than we are, but you will blot them out.
4   Happy are they whom you choose and draw to your courts to dwell there! they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the holiness of your temple.
5   Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness, O God of our salvation, O Hope of all the ends of the earth and of the seas that are far away.
6   You make fast the mountains by your power; they are girded about with might.
7   You still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the clamor of the peoples.
8   Those who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your marvelous signs; you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy.
9   You visit the earth and water it abundantly; you make it very plenteous; the river of God is full of water.
10   You prepare the grain, for so you provide for the earth.
11   You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; with heavy rain you soften the ground and bless its increase.
12   You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths overflow with plenty.
13   May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, and the hills be clothed with joy.
14   May the meadows cover themselves with flocks, and the valleys cloak themselves with grain; let them shout for joy and sing.

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Verse of the Day - January 30, 2017

Ephesians 4:2 (NIV) Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "A Mob Mentality"

Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed Him. (Matthew 26:49)

Some people question why Jesus would choose Judas to be His disciple, knowing that Judas would do what he did. If someone had to condemn Jesus, if it was written in the Scriptures that Jesus would be condemned by a friend, then why condemn Judas? Wasn't he just a pawn?

Not at all. It's important to realize that the Lord's selection of Judas as one of the Twelve did not seal his fate. Rather, it gave him an opportunity to observe Jesus closely. As Judas properly concluded later, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood" (Matthew 27:4).

God, in His sovereignty, had determined that His Son would be betrayed by a friend. But divine foreknowledge does not destroy human responsibility or accountability. Judas made a decision freely and would be judged accordingly.

In that dramatic moment when Judas identified Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus said to him, "Friend, why have you come?" (Matthew 26:50). Then we're told, "They came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him."

The Bible says a multitude came to arrest Jesus, and this would have included the officers of the temple, who were granted limited powers by the Romans in matters concerning Jewish religion and society. They were moving together as a mob. That is so typical of the mob mentality. Many of the people who joined in on this probably had no idea of what they were doing or why.

The same is true today. To a large degree, a vast majority of people do not reject Christ because they have looked into it or because they have some honest questions about the Bible or Christianity. They reject Christ because they let others do their thinking for them. They mock because others mock. And they become willing victims of someone else's prejudice.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - La oración tiene poder

Pidan, y se les dará; busquen, y encontrarán; llamen, y se les abrirá. (Mateo 7:7, NVI)

Quizá tú no seas quien más ora. No seas el que separa unos segundos o minutos del día para orar y levantar una comunicación directa con tu Dios. Aun así, quiero decirte que la oración tiene muchas bendiciones en nuestra vida.

A través de la oración te acercas más al Padre. Cuando nuestros hijos necesitan algo, o quieren que les compremos algo, se acercan de manera confiada a nosotros. Incluso cuando han hecho algo malo se acercan para decirnos que les perdonemos, pues cometieron una falta, y casi suplican por misericordia.

Lo mismo sucede con nuestro Dios que desea que tú y yo tengamos una relación personal con Él. Que desea que nos acerquemos de manera confiada a Él. No para repetir como loros lo que queremos cada día, sino también para conocerle con mayor profundidad. Como Padre, desea que tú y yo le busquemos y le pidamos «TODO» lo que necesitemos.

Comienza a desarrollar momentos íntimos con Dios. Sepárate y establece esa comunión con Él. Al principio, sentirás que no sabrás qué decirle ni cómo hablarle, pero al poco tiempo te darás cuentas que tus palabras fluirán y serás capaz de derramar tu corazón ante Papá (Dios).

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - COMMANDOS FOR JESUS

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8, NIV)

Brother Andrew continues his teaching on Satan’s strategic attacks:

Our methods of taking the Bible into places where it is not available nor permitted is actually very close to the New Testament concept of transmitting the Word of God. In our Western nations, we enjoy the rare privilege of seeing people come to us for the message. We even wait for them to come and we put up special buildings for them to come to. Then we open the doors and welcome them with a smile.

Such methods make me feel that we’ve responded very wrongly to Jesus’ announced intention to make us “fishers of men.” We have made a beautiful net of our church buildings and have set it up on the shore waiting for the fish to jump in of their own accord!

Our pattern of waiting for people to come to us is exactly the reverse of the Great Commission. Because we have done it this way for so long we have even begun to question the original way that God intended for it to be. What a topsy-turvy world we live in!

We must have the courage, the Holy Spirit boldness, to live a life that is more revolutionary than that of any non-Christian faith. The Lord will give us the courage to work like commandos if we want Him to, but we must go and carry out His commission.

The command has been given by the risen Lord and the call is clear: prepare for spiritual battle! Let’s go in Jesus’ name and do it! We can do it because ever since He first issued the orders, Jesus has given to every generation the ability, the strength, the manpower, and the opportunity to do it.

Although every generation has failed in some way, the first generation almost accomplished it. Almost! In our generation we don’t need to fail. We can fulfill the commission because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. He who holds all authority in heaven and on earth has authorized us to advance on His enemy everywhere, including across every “closed” border. He still endues us with the power of the Holy Spirit that we might be witnesses to the uttermost parts of the earth.

Awake and strengthen what remains” (Revelation 3:2). That is the watchword of our ministry to fellow-believers in China, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. What constrains us is the love of Christ; for love, the Word of God tells us, is the fulfillment of all divine commands. I want others to have the one who makes me happy—Jesus. I want others to have what makes me grow spiritually—the Bible.

The God of miracles will bring it to pass!

RESPONSE: Today I commit to going—not waiting—to carry out Jesus’ commission and be a fisher of men in the power of His Holy Spirit.

PRAYER: Lord, give me the boldness to advance against our enemy everywhere—even in so-called “closed” countries.

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