Monday, January 9, 2017

Morning Prayer

O God:
Give me strength to live another day;
Let me not turn coward before its difficulties or prove recreant to its duties;
Let me not lose faith in other people;
Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, or meanness;
Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them;
Help me to keep my heart clean, and to live so honestly and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten me or take away the joy of conscious integrity;
Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things;
Grant me this day some new vision of thy truth;
Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness;
and make me the cup of strength to suffering souls;
in the name of the strong Deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Daily Readings for MONDAY, January 9, 2017

First Reading
Isaiah 40:12-23
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? Who has directed the spirit of the LORD, or as his counselor has instructed him? Whom did he consult for his enlightenment, and who taught him the path of justice? Who taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding? Even the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as dust on the scales; see, he takes up the isles like fine dust. Lebanon would not provide fuel enough, nor are its animals enough for a burnt offering. All the nations are as nothing before him; they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness. To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him? An idol?-- A workman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold, and casts for it silver chains. As a gift one chooses mulberry wood-- wood that will not rot-- then seeks out a skilled artisan to set up an image that will not topple. Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.

Second Reading
Ephesians 1:1-14
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God's own people, to the praise of his glory.

The Holy Gospel
Mark 1:1-13
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,'" John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased." And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Morning Psalms
Psalm 1 Beatus vir qui non abiit
1   Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
2   Their delight is in the law of the LORD, and they meditate on his law day and night.
3   They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; everything they do shall prosper.
4   It is not so with the wicked; they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5   Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
6   For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed.

Psalm 2 Quare fremuerunt gentes?
1   Why are the nations in an uproar? Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
2   Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt, and the princes plot together, against the LORD and against his Anointed?
3   Let us break their yoke, they say; let us cast off their bonds from us.
4   He whose throne is in heaven is laughing; the Lord has them in derision.
5   Then he speaks to them in his wrath, and his rage fills them with terror.
6   I myself have set my king . upon my holy hill of Zion
7   Let me announce the decree of the LORD: he said to me, "You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.
8   Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession.
9   You shall crush them with an iron rod and shatter them like a piece of pottery."
10   And now, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11   Submit to the LORD with fear, and with trembling bow before him;
12   Lest he be angry and you perish; for his wrath is quickly kindled.
13   Happy are they all who take refuge in him!

Psalm 3 Domine, quid multiplicati
1   LORD, how many adversaries I have! how many there are who rise up against me!
2   How many there are who say of me, "There is no help for him in his God."
3   But you, O LORD, are a shield about me; you are my glory, the one who lifts up my head.
4   I call aloud upon the LORD, and he answers me from his holy hill;
5   I lie down and go to sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
6   I do not fear the multitudes of people who set themselves against me all around.
7   Rise up, O LORD; set me free, O my God; surely, you will strike all my enemies across the face, you will break the teeth of the wicked.
8   Deliverance belongs to the LORD. Your blessing be upon your people!

Evening Psalms
Psalm 4 Cum invocarem
1   Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; you set me free when I am hard-pressed; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2   You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; how long will you worship dumb idols and run after false gods?
3   Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; when I call upon the LORD, he will hear me.
4   Tremble, then, and do not sin; speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.
5   Offer the appointed sacrifices and put your trust in the LORD.
6   Many are saying, "Oh, that we might see better times!" Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O LORD.
7   You have put gladness in my heart, more than when grain and wine and oil increase.
8   I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; for only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 7 Domine, Deus meus
1   O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me;
2   Lest like a lion they tear me in pieces and snatch me away with none to deliver me.
3   O LORD my God, if I have done these things: if there is any wickedness in my hands,
4   If I have repaid my friend with evil, or plundered him who without cause is my enemy;
5   Then let my enemy pursue and overtake me, trample my life into the ground, and lay my honor in the dust.
6   Stand up, O LORD, in your wrath; rise up against the fury of my enemies.
7   Awake, O my God, decree justice; let the assembly of the peoples gather round you.
8   Be seated on your lofty throne, O Most High; O LORD, judge the nations.
9   Give judgment for me according to my righteousness, O LORD, and according to my innocence, O Most High.
10   Let the malice of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; for you test the mind and heart, O righteous God.
11   God is my shield and defense; he is the savior of the true in heart.
12   God is a righteous judge; God sits in judgment every day.
13   If they will not repent, God will whet his sword; he will bend his bow and make it ready.
14   He has prepared his weapons of death; he makes his arrows shafts of fire.
15   Look at those who are in labor with wickedness, who conceive evil, and give birth to a lie.
16   They dig a pit and make it deep and fall into the hole that they have made.
17   Their malice turns back upon their own head; their violence falls on their own scalp.
18   I will bear witness that the LORD is righteous; I will praise the Name of the LORD Most High.

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Verse of the Day - January 09, 2017

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV) [ Treasures in Heaven ] “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "A Heavenly Perspective"

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.Matthew 5:8

In his book called Heaven, Randy Alcorn wrote, "We may imagine we want a thousand different things, but God is the one we really long for. His presence brings satisfaction; his absence brings thirst and longing. Our longing for Heaven is a longing for God."

When we long for heaven, we're longing for God. The Bible promises that a day is coming when we will see God face to face. Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8).

Heaven isn't just a state of mind; it's a real place. And one day we will see God. Seeing Him will be like seeing everything else for the first time. Not only will we see God, but He will be the lens through which we see everything else—people, ourselves, and the events of this life. When we get to heaven, everything will suddenly make sense to us. We will see everything from a different perspective.

When things happen in life that don't make sense, we'll say, "This is wrong. This is not fair. This is so hard." But one day when we get to heaven, we will see these things from God's perspective. I don't think we will forget everything in heaven. The fact is that we will know more in heaven, not less.

The Bible says, "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known" (1 Corinthians 13:12). I'll take it a step further, even. I believe we will learn in heaven, that we will continue to grow. But we'll have a divine perspective when we get there. That is the hope of the follower of Jesus Christ when we see God face to face.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Girlfriends in God - True Love

Today’s Truth

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love (1 John 4:8, NIV).

Friend to Friend

A group of four-through eight-year-olds was asked: “What does love mean?” Their answers vary from the amusing to the profound.

Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne, and they go out and smell each other.

Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.

Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.

When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.

Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.

When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis, too. That’s love.

When you tell someone something bad about yourself and you’re scared they won’t love you anymore. But then you get surprised because not only do they still love you … they love you even more.

Love is when mommy sees daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Denzel Washington.

Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.

Love cards, like Valentine’s cards, say stuff on them that we’d like to say ourselves, but we wouldn’t be caught dead saying.

Yes, the response of these children is both precious and humorous. But the reality is that there is only one place where we can find true love – in a personal relationship with God.

God loves you. He created you. The words of Psalm 139 beautifully express the heart of God toward each one of us:

For You created my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:13-16).

God’s love does so many big things in our lives. God’s love transforms the ugliness of life into a beautiful trophy of grace. Love covers the scars of sin. Love heals wounds and eases pain. Jesus was and is the living illustration and certain fulfillment of His Father’s love. The love of God is unconditional and unfailing and will stubbornly pursue us no matter where we go, no matter what we do or don’t do. God’s love satisfies the deepest longings of our soul, enables us to love ourselves, and frees us to love others.

God’s love shows up in big ways … but sometimes it is when God’s love shows up in little ways that He really gets to me. But the love of God always shows up! I am reminded that God is real … that He is faithfully present, and that He really does care about every minute detail of my life.

We stand on the threshold of a new year. Many of you are facing painful circumstances. Others are in a place you never thought you would be. The uncertainty of what lies ahead can be frightening … unless you truly know and trust the One who holds every minute of this new year in His hands.

God is for you … and He is with you. Let His unfailing love surround and fill your heart with hope.

Let’s Pray

Thank You for loving me, God. Honestly, I don’t understand that kind of love; a love that sent Jesus Christ to the cross so that I can live. But today, I celebrate Your love. Father, please help me learn how to freely share that love with the people in my world.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Look for the evidence of God’s love at work in your life.

Look around. Someone in your world needs to know that Jesus loves him or her. What can you do to help them experience the love of God? Make a plan … and then do it!

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Un Dia a la Vez - Reconcíliate con Dios

El Señor tu Dios está en medio de ti [...] Se deleitará en ti con gozo, te renovará con su amor [...] como en los días de fiesta. Sofonías 3:17-18

Como seres humanos, es muy común que cuando una relación no da resultado, ni nos llena, la dejamos. Rompemos con ella y tratamos de olvidarnos para siempre de esa persona que nos ofendió o nos abandonó.

Aun así, he escuchado a través de la vida en Cristo que muchas personas se pelean con Dios por diferentes razones. Quizá perdieran un ser querido y culparan a Dios. O porque tuvieron una petición especial y Dios no la concedió. O a lo mejor sufrieron una amarga experiencia en una iglesia o le falló un líder en el que depositaron toda la confianza. Entonces prefieren cortar toda relación con Dios.

¿Sabes? Es un atrevimiento enojarse con quien te dio la vida. Debemos entender que muchas de nuestras decisiones son las causantes de lo que vivimos. Debemos entender que a Dios le interesa nuestra felicidad y que no se goza con nuestro dolor y sufrimiento. Quizá muchas veces antes de tomar decisiones equivocadas Él nos alertara de varias maneras y no lo escuchamos.

A pesar de eso, si fallamos, recuerda que Él no te falla. Él no es un Dios cambiante. Él permanece para siempre. Si estás enojado con Dios, hoy es el día de tu reconciliación con Él. Pídele perdón de todo corazón por haberle juzgado, por haberte alejado, y verás que Él, como un Dios Padre misericordioso, te recibe una vez más en sus brazos.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - BOLDNESS, LOVE AND NON-VIOLENCE

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:17, 18

A few years ago I was leading a group from my home church in Canada on a mission trip to Cuba. The church in Cuba had experienced a significant revival movement and the fast-growing house church movement was overflowing with new believers.

In Havana we visited the Baptist Seminary and were delighted to have some time with its then elderly president, Dr. Vegilla. He spoke perfect English and shared with us how he had spent five years in Castro’s prison system in the 1960’s just because he was a Christian pastor. He further itemized the pressures the church had experienced at the hand of the regime over the past five decades. Then he smiled and in his very positive style of expression concluded, “But we have learned three things through all of this. We learned not to fear, not to hate and not to harm!”

I have meditated on this statement for some time and concluded that it expresses very succinctly the biblical essence of standing strong through any storm. And although his three point outline is stated negatively, there are very positive aspects of each:

· learning “not to fear” infers a development of boldness and courage

· learning “not to hate” implies a focus on love, forgiveness and grace

· learning “not to harm” indicates a commitment to the biblical principles of non-violence and aggressive love

Dr. Vegilla summed it up perfectly and as you continue to read these devotionals, you will see dozens of specific applications for all aspect of discipleship in following our Lord Jesus.

RESPONSE: Today I want to live in boldness, love and non-violence. I am committed not to fear, not to hate, and not to harm anyone.

PRAYER: Lord, this kind of living is counter-culture. I need Your strength and power to live this way. Help me—as well as Your persecuted church—to keep this as my focus.

Women of the Bible - Hagar

Her name means: "Fugitive" or "Immigrant"

Her character: A foreigner and slave, Hagar let pride overtake her when she became Abraham's wife. A lonely woman with few resources, she suffered harsh punishment for her mistake. She obeyed God's voice as soon as she heard it and was given a promise that her son would become the father of a great nation.
Her sorrow: That she was taken from her homeland to become a slave in a foreign land, where she was mistreated for many years.
Her joy: To know that God cared, that he saw her suffering and heard her cry, and that he helped her when she needed him most.
Key Scriptures: Genesis 16; 21:8-21; Galatians 4:22-31 

Her Story

An Egyptian slave and Sarah's bitter rival, Hagar still had one thing going for her that her mistress never enjoyed: a personal revelation of God, who lovingly intervened on her behalf, not once but twice. It happened when she was alone and afraid, without a shekel to her name—but that's getting ahead of the story.

You may remember that Abraham, whom we honor as the father of faith, showed little evidence of that faith when he and Sarah first entered Egypt to escape a famine in Canaan. Certain the Egyptians would kill him once they caught sight of his beautiful wife, he advised her to pose as his sister. Soon enough, Pharaoh added Sarah to his harem and rewarded Abraham with an abundance of camels, sheep, cattle, donkeys, and servants. But God punished Pharaoh for his unwitting error so effectively that, when he found out that Sarah was actually Abraham's wife, he ordered the two of them to leave Egypt with all their belongings. Possibly, Hagar was part of the booty Abraham and Sarah took with them—a gift they later regretted.

Still, of the three parties involved in the scheme to make Hagar a surrogate mother, she was perhaps the only innocent one, a slave with little power to resist. When Sarah told Abraham to sleep with her maid, she opened the door to spiritual catastrophe. As soon as Hagar discovered her pregnancy, she began lording it over her mistress, hardly a smart move for a young foreigner up against a woman entrenched in her husband's affections.

In fact, Sarah made life so difficult for Hagar that she fled into the desert, a desperate move for a pregnant woman who was so far from home. She hadn't gotten far before she heard a voice calling, "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going? Go back to your mistress and submit to her." But then, as if to sweeten the order, came a word of assurance: "You will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery."

Remarkably, Hagar didn't argue but returned to Abraham and Sarah. Like a stream of water in the desert, God's word had penetrated the wilderness of her heart. Her bondage, her bitterness, her anxiety about the future—God had seen every bit of it. He knew about the child in her womb, naming him Ishmael, meaning "God Hears." In the years to come, whenever Hagar would hold her son close, watch him play, or worry about his future, she would remember that God was near, listening for the child's cry. Little wonder that she had responded to the voice in the desert by calling the Lord "the God who sees me."

Some sixteen years later, Hagar found herself once again in the wilderness, this time by force rather than by choice. In a crescendo of bitterness against her younger rival, Sarah had expelled Hagar and Ishmael from their home. Dying from thirst, Hagar placed her son under a bush and withdrew, unable to witness his agony.
Her weeping was soon broken by an angel's voice, "Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation." With that, the angel of the Lord opened Hagar's eyes so that she discovered a well of water nearby that would save her son's life.

The last we see of Hagar, she is living in the Desert of Paran in the Sinai Peninsula, busy securing a wife, and, therefore, a future, for Ishmael. God had made a way in the wilderness for a single woman and her son, without friends, family, or resources to help her. He had seen, he had heard, and he had indeed been faithful.

Her Promise

A thin young woman sits huddled in the front seat of her car. She covers her ears to block out the sound of her little son as he whimpers with cold in the backseat. Her husband abandoned her and the boy two months before. Left without resources, she was soon turned out of her apartment. The car is now their only home. It has long since seen its last drop of gasoline, and its worn interior provides little protection from the winter winds outside.

This modern-day Hagar is no further from God's promises than was Hagar herself as she poured out her sorrow in the desert. God sees her heartache, just as he saw Hagar's. Though you may not be as desperate as Hagar or her modern counterpart, you may have experienced times in your life that made you fear for the future. Whether you are living in a wilderness of poverty or loneliness or sorrow, God's promises, love, and protection are just as available to you now as they were to Hagar.

Daily Devotion January 9, 2017 "For Justice that Lasts, Put Your Faith in Jesus"

 January 9, 2017

(The LORD said) "Here is My Servant, whom I uphold, My Chosen One in whom I delight; I will put My Spirit on Him, and He will bring justice to the nations.." - Isaiah 42:1, NIV

Let me say it straightforwardly today: The Lutheran Hour  and Lutheran Hour Ministries is not a political program. That doesn't mean there aren't important issues to be prayed about and voted on. That doesn't mean there aren't moral and ethical perspectives in the Bible that are God's commands and should inform our votes and public service. That statement merely speaks a clear biblical perspective that nothing in the world, outside of Jesus, will solve the big, important issues that need solving. Jesus is the only One who can speak clearly to all of us today and say, "Repent of your sin." And Jesus is the only One who can forgive your sin and mine because He paid the price of justice for our sinful rebellion against God. Even when the public ministry of Jesus, you know -- those pastors -- forgive people, or even when private Christians share Christ's forgiveness, we are all merely mouthpieces of God's grace, sharing His forgiveness in His stead and by His command.

So, today, with an election behind us in the United States, with a New Year celebration in the rearview mirror, the message for this moment -- for justice and peace that lasts -- is to put your faith in Jesus Christ alone. There is a cosmic dimension to the peace, justice and joy that Jesus brings that no leader, no country, no corporation or government can ever bring. In fact, our efforts always pale in comparison.

I saw this especially way back when on 9/11 in New York City. We had Bible studies Tuesdays on Wall Street and, ironically, 9/11 happened on a Tuesday. So, the message for many in NYC just a week earlier was that all was wonderful, blessed, and full of promise and peace. And yet, for many of those same people, the very next week was full of terror, destruction and the end of their way of life. I point this out merely to contrast that with the message we shared every Tuesday on the seventh floor of 9 Broad Street in downtown New York. It was a message about Christ, about His work, His justice, His grace. That was the same the week before 9/11 as it was the week after 9/11. For justice and peace and mercy that lasts, it cannot be a result of our works, our efforts, of merely our hopes and dreams. That kind of peace and justice and hope that lasts -- it only comes from God's work in this world.

Listen. As you venture out into the new year, yes, you have your hopes and dreams. Reach for the stars in all that you do, but most of all, seek to honor Jesus Christ in all you are and do. Strive for excellence in His Name, and whatever comes your way in the new year, it will be something you can handle, something you can rejoice in, something you can struggle through, all because you are Christ's person by faith. That makes all the difference. That's a way to live a week before 9/11, as well as a week after 9/11, as well as living today and beyond.

THE PRAYER : Dear Jesus, give me wisdom to root my hopes and dreams -- even my desires for justice and peace -- in Your Word, Your work, Your Law, Your grace. Help me also to be a person of faith in You, in a world that never seems to get things right, even when we're doing our best. Amen!

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CPTLN Devocional de 09 de Enero de 2017 - Jesús está a mi favor

09 de Enero 2017

Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree no se pierda, sino que tenga vida eterna. Juan 3:16, RVR-60

Hace unos años, mi esposa y yo construimos la casa de nuestros sueños a orillas de un lago en las afueras de la ciudad. En el piso de arriba hicimos una sala bien grande para acomodar grupos de jóvenes. Esa casa ha sido de gran bendición.

Dado que la casa mira hacia el oeste, hemos visto algunas puestas de sol increíblemente preciosas. De veras, una puesta de sol sobre el agua es una maravilla.

Pero también tenemos el privilegio de ver la luna reflejada en el agua, lo cual es otra maravilla de Dios. A veces me levanto a las 3:30 o 4:00 de la mañana y me voy al lago en el kayak, a la luz de la luna llena.

¿Qué tiene todo esto que ver con una devoción? Es que más allá de donde uno se encuentre, en la costa o en el kayak en el medio del lago, los rayos de luz siempre le llegan directamente.

Cuando estoy parado en el muelle, los rayos de luz van directamente a mis pies. ¿Cómo puede ser entonces que, sea que vaya caminando por la costa o remando en medio del lago, los rayos del sol o de la luna siempre me sigan?

¿No es algo maravilloso? ¡Sin lugar a dudas! Es una maravilla que nos recuerda cómo el amor de Dios nos llega en forma directa, personal y poderosa. Nos llega aun cuando no nos damos cuenta o no lo apreciamos. ¡Qué consuelo!

El rayo de luz me recuerda que Jesucristo el Salvador, la luz del mundo, es también la luz de mi vida.

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, te doy gracias por haber enviado a tu Hijo a salvar al mundo, incluyéndome a mí. En su nombre. Amén.

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Our Daily Bread - Old Yet New

Read: Revelation 21:1–5 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 23–24; Matthew 7

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new.” Revelation 21:5

In 2014, a sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, swallowing eight vintage, irreplaceable Chevrolet Corvette sports cars. The automobiles were severely damaged—some beyond repair.

One car in particular received a lot of attention. The one-millionth Corvette, which rolled off the assembly line in 1992, was the most valuable in the collection. What happened to that gem after it was pulled from the sinkhole is fascinating. Experts restored the car to mint condition, mainly by using and repairing its original parts. Although this little beauty was in horrible shape, it now looks as good as it did the day it was built.

The old and damaged was made new.

This is a great reminder of what God has in store for believers in Jesus. In Revelation 21:1, John spoke of seeing “a new heaven and a new earth.” Many biblical scholars see this “new” earth as a renovated earth, for their study of the word new here reveals that it means “fresh” or “restored” after the decay of the old has been wiped away. God will renovate what is corrupt on this earth and provide a fresh, yet familiar place where believers will live with Him.

What an amazing truth to contemplate: a new, refreshed, familiar, and beautiful earth. Imagine the majesty of God’s handiwork!

Lord, we thank You for this beautiful world we live in—but at the same time we anticipate greatly the new world You have in store for us. We praise You for Your love for us, revealed in Your amazing plans for our future.

Our Creator God makes everything new.

© 2016 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - Antiguo, pero nuevo

Leer: Apocalipsis 21:1-5 | La Biblia en un año: Mateo 7

Y el que estaba sentado en el trono dijo: He aquí, yo hago nuevas todas las cosas… (Apocalipsis 21:5)

En 2014, se hundió un sumidero debajo del Museo Nacional Corvette, en Kentucky, Estados Unidos, y se tragó ocho autos deportivos antiguos e irremplazables. El daño en los automóviles fue tremendo; en algunos casos, imposible de reparar.

Uno en particular captó la mayor atención. Tasado en un millón de dólares, fue fabricado en 1992 y era el más valioso de la colección. Lo que sucedió con él después de sacarlo del pozo es fascinante: los expertos lo restauraron a la perfección, esencialmente, usando y reparando sus partes originales. Aunque esta belleza había quedado en una condición espantosa, ahora luce tan hermoso como cuando fue fabricado.

Lo antiguo y dañado fue hecho nuevo.

Este es un gran recordatorio de lo que Dios tiene preparado para los creyentes en Cristo. En Apocalipsis 21:1, Juan habló de haber visto «un cielo nuevo y una tierra nueva». Muchos eruditos de la Biblia creen que esta Tierra «nueva» es una Tierra renovada, ya que, según sus estudios sobre la palabra hebrea en este versículo, entienden que significa «fresca» o «renovada» después de haberle quitado su vieja degradación. Dios renovará lo corrupto en esta Tierra y proveerá un lugar nuevo, aunque también conocido, donde los creyentes vivirán con Él.

Señor, gracias por el mundo nuevo que nos tienes preparado.

Dios, nuestro Creador, hace todo nuevo.

© 2016 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Aus alt mach neu

Lesen: Offenbarung 21,1-5 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 1.Mose 23–24; Matthäus 7

Und der auf dem Thron saß, sprach: Siehe, ich mache alles neu! Offenbarung 21,5

2014 öffnete sich unter dem nationalen Corvette-Museum in Kentucky in Amerika ein Erdloch und verschluckte acht Oldtimer. Die Autos waren eigentlich unersetzlich und die Schäden teilweise irreparabel.

Eines dieser Autos erhielt ganz besondere Beachtung, eine Corvette, die erst 1992 vom Fließband gelaufen war. Sie war das wertvollste der Ausstellungsstücke und hatte einen Wert von rund einer Million US$. Und es war faszinierend zu beobachten, was mit dem Schmuckstück geschah, nachdem es erst einmal aus dem Loch geborgen war. Fachleute reparierten die Originalteile und verwendeten sie, wo immer es möglich war, sodass man dem Wagen nichts mehr von dem Schaden ansah, sondern er hinterher aussah wie neu.

Das Alte und Kaputte war neu geworden.

Das erinnert uns an das, was Gott für die bereithält, die an Jesus glauben. In Offenbarung 21,1 berichtet Johannes, dass er „einen neuen Himmel und eine neue Erde“ sah. Viele Ausleger meinen, diese „neue“ Erde sei eine wiederhergestellte Erde, denn das Wort „neu“ habe hier die Bedeutung von „frisch“ oder „erneuert“, nachdem das Alte weggeräumt ist. Gott wird das, was auf dieser Erde kaputt ist, renovieren und einen „frischen“ und doch vertrauten Ort schaffen, an dem die Gläubigen mit ihm leben.

Was für ein gewaltiger Gedanke: eine neue, erneuerte, vertraute und schöne Erde. Gottes Schöpfung!

Herr, wir danken dir für die schöne Welt, auf der wir leben—gleichzeitig aber freuen wir uns auf die herrliche, neue Welt, die du für uns bereithältst. Wir preisen dich für deine Liebe, die in deinem Plan für unsere Zukunft zum Ausdruck kommt.
Gott, unser Schöpfer, macht alles neu.

Хлеб наш насущный - Старое, но новое

Читать сейчас: Откровение 21:1-5 | Библия за год: Бытие 23-24; Матфея 7

И сказал Сидящий на престоле: «Вот, творю все новое». — Откровение 21:5

В 2014 г. под Национальным музеем «Корвет» в Кентукки образовалась вымоина, в которую провалились восемь уникальных винтажных автомобилей «шевроле». Машины получили серьезные повреждения, некоторые уже не подлежали восстановлению.

Один из автомобилей привлек особое внимание – миллионный «корвет», сошедший с конвейера в 1992 г., был самым ценным экземпляром в коллекции. То, что с ним произошло после извлечения из ямы, поразительно. Эксперты восстановили машину до первоначального состояния в основном из оригинальных частей. Хотя машина превратилась в груду металлолома, теперь она выглядит как новенькая.

Старое и поврежденное было воссоздано заново.

Это замечательное напоминание о том, что Бог приготовил верующим в Иисуса Христа. В книге Откровение 21:1 Иоанн видит «новое небо и новую землю». Многие толкователи считают, что это будет обновленная, то есть «восстановленная» после разрушения старого мира, земля. Бог устранит все повреждения и подарит верующим обновленное, хотя и знакомое место, где они будут жить с Ним.

Какая удивительная истина: новая, восстановленная, знакомая и прекрасная земля. Только представьте себе величие ожидающего нас шедевра божественного труда!

Господи, мы благодарим Тебя за прекрасный мир, в котором мы живем, но в то же время с восхищением ожидаем нового мира, который Ты приготовил для нас. Мы славим Тебя за Твою любовь, открывающуюся в Твоем удивительном замысле.

Наш Создатель творит все новое.

© 2016 Хлеб Наш Насущный

Notre Pain Quotidien - À la fois ancien et nouveau

Et celui qui était assis sur le trône dit : Voici, je fais toutes choses nouvelles. (Apocalypse 21.5)

En 2014, un gouffre s’est creusé sous le National Corvette Museum, au Kentucky, entraînant au fond huit Corvettes Chevrolet sport classiques irremplaçables ; toutes très endommagées, certaines même irréparables.

Une voiture en particulier a retenu une grande attention. La Corvette d’un million de dollars, qui avait disparu de la chaîne de montage en 1992, était la plus précieuse de la collection. Or, il est fascinant de constater le sort que l’on a réservé à ce joyau après sa sortie du gouffre. Des spécialistes l’ont remise à neuf, surtout en utilisant et en réparant ses pièces d’origine. Bien que cette petite merveille ait été dans un état lamentable, elle ressemble en tout point à ce qu’elle était le jour de sa fabrication.

L’ancien et l’endommagé est ainsi redevenu nouveau.

Voilà un superbe rappel de ce que Dieu réserve à ceux qui mettent leur foi en Jésus. Dans Apocalypse 21.1, Jean a dit avoir vu « un nouveau ciel et une nouvelle terre ». Or, de nombreux érudits de la Bible voient en cette « nouvelle » terre une terre restaurée, car leur étude du mot « nouvelle » leur révèle qu’il signifie ici « rafraîchie » ou « restaurée » après que la corruption des choses anciennes a été éliminée. Dieu réparera donc ce qui a été endommagé sur la terre et nous procurera une demeure rafraîchie, mais accueillante, où les croyants vivront avec lui.

Quelle étonnante vérité que celle d’une terre nouvelle tout aussi magnifique ! Imaginez toute la majesté de l’oeuvre divine !

Dieu notre Créateur rend toutes choses nouvelles.

© 2016 Ministères NPQ