Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Daily Readings for TUESDAY, January 10, 2017

First Reading
Isaiah 40:25-31
To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God"? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Second Reading
Ephesians 1:15-23
I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

The Holy Gospel
Mark 1:14-28
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea-- for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him. They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, "What is this? A new teaching-- with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him." At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

Morning Psalms
Psalm 5 Verba mea auribus
1   Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my meditation.
2   Hearken to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I make my prayer to you.
3   In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.
4   For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, and evil cannot dwell with you.
5   Braggarts cannot stand in your sight; you hate all those who work wickedness.
6   You destroy those who speak lies; the bloodthirsty and deceitful, O LORD, you abhor.
7   But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy I will go into your house; I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.
8   Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness, because of those who lie in wait for me; make your way straight before me.
9   For there is no truth in their mouth; there is destruction in their heart;
10   Their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue.
11   Declare them guilty, O God; let them fall, because of their schemes.
12   Because of their many transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.
13   But all who take refuge in you will be glad; they will sing out their joy for ever.
14   You will shelter them, so that those who love your Name may exult in you.
15   For you, O LORD, will bless the righteous; you will defend them with your favor as with a shield.

Psalm 6 Domine, ne in furore
1   LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; do not punish me in your wrath.
2   Have pity on me, LORD, for I am weak; heal me, LORD, for my bones are racked.
3   My spirit shakes with terror; how long, O LORD, how long?
4   Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me for your mercy's sake.
5   For in death no one remembers you; and who will give you thanks in the grave?
6   I grow weary because of my groaning; every night I drench my bed and flood my couch with tears.
7   My eyes are wasted with grief and worn away because of all my enemies.
8   Depart from me, all evildoers, for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
9   The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD accepts my prayer.
10   All my enemies shall be confounded and quake with fear; they shall turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

Evening Psalms
Psalm 10 Ut quid, Domine?
1   Why do you stand so far off, O LORD, and hide yourself in time of trouble?
2   The wicked arrogantly persecute the poor, but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised.
3   The wicked boast of their heart's desire; the covetous curse and revile the LORD.
4   The wicked are so proud that they care not for God; their only thought is, "God does not matter."
5   Their ways are devious at all times; your judgments are far above out of their sight; they defy all their enemies.
6   They say in their heart, "I shall not be shaken; no harm shall happen to me ever."
7   Their mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression; under their tongue are mischief and wrong.
8   They lurk in ambush in public squares and in secret places they murder the innocent; they spy out the helpless.
9   They lie in wait, like a lion in a covert; they lie in wait to seize upon the lowly; they seize the lowly and drag them away in their net.
10   The innocent are broken and humbled before them; the helpless fall before their power.
11   They say in their heart, "God has forgotten; he hides his face; he will never notice."
12   Rise up, O LORD; lift up your hand, O God; do not forget the afflicted.
13   Why should the wicked revile God? why should they say in their heart, "You do not care"?
14   Surely, you behold trouble and misery; you see it and take it into your own hand.
15   The helpless commit themselves to you, for you are the helper of orphans.
16   Break the power of the wicked and evil; search out their wickedness until you find none.
17   The LORD is King for ever and ever; the ungodly shall perish from his land.
18   The LORD will hear the desire of the humble; you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear;
19   To give justice to the orphan and oppressed, so that mere mortals may strike terror no more.

Psalm 11 In Domino confido
1   In the LORD have I taken refuge; how then can you say to me, "Fly away like a bird to the hilltop;
2   For see how the wicked bend the bow and fit their arrows to the string, to shoot from ambush at the true of heart.
3   When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
4   The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD'S throne is in heaven.
5   His eyes behold the inhabited world; his piercing eye weighs our worth.
6   The LORD weighs the righteous as well as the wicked, but those who delight in violence he abhors.
7   Upon the wicked he shall rain coals of fire and burning sulphur; a scorching wind shall be their lot.
8   For the LORD is righteous; he delights in righteous deeds; and the just shall see his face.

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Verse of the Day - January 10, 2017

1 Peter 1:15-16 (NIV) But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "The Pull of Heaven"

We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace. (1 Chronicles 29:15, NLT)

When we're young, life seems to go slowly. But as we get older, we can't believe how quickly life goes. We can't believe how quickly a week goes—then a month, then a year.

The Bible says this about our lives: "We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace" (1 Chronicles 29:15).

Yet the Bible also says that God "has planted eternity in the human heart" (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We are not highly evolved animals; we are uniquely made in the image of God with a soul and a desire to know the God who created us.

For those of us who have put our trust in Christ, we are citizens of a different place. You might say that we have dual citizenship. We are citizens of the planet Earth, but we are heavenly citizens as well. Philippians 3:20 says, "We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior."

I heard the story of a little boy who was flying his kite, which had gone up so high, he could no longer see it. Someone saw him tugging on the string and asked, "Where is your kite?"

"Up there," he said.

"I can't see your kite. How do you know it's there?"

"It's there," the boy said. "I feel its tug."

We feel the same thing. We feel the pull of heaven deep down inside. As Augustine wrote, "Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it [rests] in Thee." There's a desire in us, a craving in us, that nothing on this earth will ever satisfy.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Un Dia a la Vez - Tú haces tu día diferente

No se inquieten por nada; más bien, en toda ocasión, con oración y ruego, presenten sus peticiones a Dios y denle gracias. Filipenses 4:6

Por favor, no te levantes repitiendo un viejo refrán: «Estoy salado. ¡Hoy no es mi día!».

Hoy es el día que Dios hizo para ti y para mí. Lo hizo con tanto amor que Él dice en el Manual de Instrucciones que las misericordias de Dios «nuevas son cada mañana» (Lamentaciones 3:23, RV-60).

No todos los días son buenos ni son malos. Solo que cada uno es diferente y tiene sus propias preocupaciones. Sin embargo, tú eres el chef que le da la sazón. Tener problemas, preocupaciones, levantarte y ver el día nublado, no debe determinar tu felicidad. Esto parece fácil, pero no lo es cuando estamos en días difíciles.

En medio de mis pruebas aprendí a mantener el gozo. Así que un día llevé de mi mente al corazón lo que quizá has escuchado y repetido muchas veces: «El gozo del Señor es nuestra fortaleza» (Nehemías 8:10). O sea, que si a pesar de lo que estoy viviendo, entiendo y practico este principio, el resultado va a ser que mi día será mucho mejor y voy a poder sentirme feliz aunque esté pasando por un momento de preocupación.

Esta actitud es precisamente lo determinante ante la vida. Así que cambia los pensamientos negativos por pensamientos positivos y busca a Dios con todo el corazón. De ese modo, notaras la diferencia. Sentirás que ese día que parecía imposible de sobrevivir, fue uno liviano y hasta feliz.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - GOD HAS EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL

When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever. Proverbs 10:25

Throughout the Bible, God reveals that He is always in control over His vast universe and even our seemingly insignificant lives. Here is a true-life story from a member of the persecuted church:

“I was the only convert of a man who died thinking he was useless to God. Both our crimes were for violent robbery and we actually shared a prison cell together.

“He told me about how—by mistake—he had been placed into a cell with a group of Christians. They were singing hymns at night and praising God together. He saw them as a soft touch and robbed them of their food parcels. He even beat them to show who was boss. For the first time in years he felt powerful again. But somehow they were not afraid of him and repeatedly shared their faith in Christ.

“One day in a fit of anger he took his knife to kill one of them. But something—or Someone—blocked him from bringing down the knife. For the first time, he was up against a force more powerful than himself, and one he could not understand. At that moment he put his trust in Christ. The prison authorities realized he had been allocated to the wrong cell and they moved him to solitary confinement. There he pleaded with God, ‘Lord, let me witness to Your power and love before I die.’

“One night the prison was overcrowded and I was put into his cell. I could see he was far-gone, barely conscious. He beckoned me close to his lips told me all about Jesus and how He loved me and wanted to save me. “When I woke up in the morning, he was cold and dead. I was to be moved to a hard labor camp that day but the truck that was to take me there broke down. So I ended up in another cell—the one full of Christians.

“My truck was delayed a week. In that time the Christians told me the whole story about this man. They were delighted to learn he had witnessed to me before he died. The night before I was moved, I too trusted Christ.

“That’s the strength of suffering for Christ. It kept a dying man going because he wanted to witness. It kept those Christian prisoners buoyant all through their captivity. It gave me hope when I looked ahead at eight years of hard labor camp. I would have died if not for Christ.”

RESPONSE: Today I will live in the awareness and peace that God has everything under control—no matter what storms I face.

PRAYER: Pray that all those living in conditions as described above will also understand God’s purposes for their lives and realize the strength and meaningfulness in suffering for Christ.

Girlfriends in God - Your Final Interview

Today’s Truth

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (Romans 10:9-10, ESV).

Friend to Friend

My palms were slightly sweaty, yet calm. My posture was poised, yet not stiff. My dress was conservative, yet fashionable. I waited in a small room lined with bookshelves, diplomas, and awards. A mammoth wooden desk dwarfed my small chair positioned in the center of the interrogation room.

It was my first job interview. I wonder if you remember yours.

After completing Dental Hygiene School and passing both State and National Boards, I was ready to cross over the bridge from student to the employed. Even though Dr. Ford (the man who would decide my professional destiny) seemed somewhat intimidating, I felt fairly confident. My GPA was excellent and board scores commendable. I was ready for anything this guy had to throw at me.

Let the games begin, I mused. And so they did.

“What was the last book you read?” he asked.

Reviewing for National Boards and The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis,” I replied.

“What did you eat for breakfast this morning?” he questioned.

“Coffee cake and milk,” I answered.

“What’s your least favorite household job?” he volleyed.

“Dusting,” I returned.

“What would you do if you bought a set of living room furniture and it went on sale the next day?” he shot.

“Return it and buy it back again at the sale price,” I returned fire.

This line of rapid fire questioning went on for forty-five minutes. For each question, I offered an honest reply. But all the while I was thinking, “What does this have to do with dentistry? Is this what I’ve studied so hard for?”

After a few more minutes of chitchat, Dr. Ford leaned forward, and with a sincere smile said, “Sharon, we would like for you to join our team.”

I was shocked! In my naiveté, I looked my prospective boss in the eye and asked, “Aren’t you even going to ask me what kind of grades I made in school?”

With that, Dr. Ford threw back his head and filled the room with thunderous laughter. With a twinkle in his eye he answered, “I imagine they were pretty good.”

I could feel the color start at the end of my toes and rise to the top of my head. Did I really say that out loud? How did that comment escape my practiced lips? I wanted to crawl under my chair and never come out.

Thus began my career as a dental hygienist. I learned a lot over the next few years, but perhaps the most important lesson took place in the interview. What I discovered was that Dr. Ford was much more interested in my character than my credentials—what was in my heart than what was in my head. Even though the questions seemed pointless to me, they spoke volumes to him about my life choices in common everyday situations.

And today, I’m thinking about my final interview…and your final interview…the one where the keeper of the Pearly Gates asks the important questions. See, God’s not going to ask about our accomplishments here on earth. He’s not interested in worldly credentials.

For that last interview He will ask you one question: “Do you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that I raised Him from the dead?”

That’s the answer that counts.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV).

What about you? What will your answer be?

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You that Jesus took on human flesh, and gave His life as a sacrifice for my sin. I am so grateful that I don’t have to try to earn my way to heaven, but that Jesus did it for me. Amazing grace…how sweet the sound.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Do you ever fall into the trap of thinking that you have to earn God’s love and acceptance?

If so, where do you think that faulty thinking comes from?

What does “saved by grace” mean to you?

If God were to ask you why He should let you into heaven, what would you say?

If you’re not sure, click hereto find out more about how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

More from the Girlfriends

Have you been so busy taking care of life’s daily tasks that you’ve forgotten to focus on your love? Have kids, work or other obligations taken all your time and left you with little energy for your marriage? Has the routine of chores and responsibilities left you wondering what happened to the romance you shared in the early years? If so, it's time to spice up your relationship and rekindle the passion. For all the married GiGs, my latest book is finally here: A 14-Day Romance Challenge. It is the expanded print version of the previous eBook with double the content and over 250 ways to romance your husband.

Pain that Leads to Prejudice - Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, Day1

What does the Bible have to say about prejudice? What messages of love does God have for all the people and cultures He created? What opportunities does a diverse church of today have in a society still troubled by racism?

The two-week Fearfully and Wonderfully Made daily devotional—based on passages from the NKJV Modern Life Study Bible—will guide you through a series of Biblical excerpts focused on confronting ethnic prejudice. You'll walk through both the Old and New Testaments, discovering a tapestry of cultural connections throughout the historical richness of Scripture and learn about God's promises of love to those who face discrimination and prejudice. From the call of Abraham to the Samaritan woman at the well, find out how the God of Israel has shown himself to be the God of all tribes and nations.

Today’s reading is drawn from Numbers 20:14-21.

Anyone hurt by a member of a different ethnic or racial group is at risk for developing prejudice against all members of that group. Even slight offenses may powerfully reinforce old biases, as the conflict between Israel and Edom shows.

The king of Edom refused to open the King’s Highway to Moses and his people, a hostile act that likely grew out of a prejudice with roots going back hundreds of years to a feud between two brothers: Jacob, the ancestor of Israel, and Esau, the ancestor of the Edomites. Jacob obtained Esau’s birthright and cheated him out of their father’s blessing (Gen. 27:36). Esau swore he would get even (27:41, 42).

Years later the brothers reconciled (33:4, 10, 11). But until this incident in Numbers 20, the Bible doesn’t again mention Esau’s descendants, the Edomites. Apparently those descendants never forgot the wrongs that Jacob had committed against their ancestor. As the Israelites struggled to traverse the desert, the king of Edom perhaps saw an opportunity for payback.

Refusing Moses’ request made life difficult for the Hebrews. Had Edom let Israel pass, the Israelites may have escaped the fiery serpents (Num. 21:4–9). Worse yet, the Edomites’ action perpetuated hostility between the two ethnic groups. Even though God commanded His people not to “abhor” an Edomite (Deut. 23:7, 8), the Israelites did not stop nursing their hurt feelings. Later, Saul harassed the Edomites (1 Sam. 14:47). David slaughtered thousands of Edomites (2 Sam. 8:13, 14, according to some manuscripts) and turned their land into a military possession. David’s general Joab then carried out a campaign of genocide against them (1 Kin. 11:15, 16).

The cycle of hate continued for centuries. Even the baby Jesus felt its impact: King Herod, who ordered the slaughter of infants at Bethlehem (Matt. 2:16–18), was descended from the Edomites.

Whatever our race or ethnic group, as Christ’s followers we are called to break the cycle of prejudice. If we are offended or attacked by someone of another race or nationality, we gain nothing by amplifying our pain into general mistrust and hatred of an entire group of people. Rather than furthering stereotypes, we can reach out and seek better understanding.

More: Christians aren’t immune to racial and ethnic biases. Christ wants us to guard against prejudice to keep it from compromising our integrity as His people.

LHM Daily Devotion - January 10, 2017 "A New Sola"

January 10, 2017

(Jesus said) "I have much to say about you and much to judge, but He who sent Me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from Him."   - John 8:26, ESV

Most Lutherans are familiar with the three "solas" of the Reformation. As a refresher, they are: "sola gratia, sola fide, and sola Scriptura." Translated, that means we are saved by grace alone, by faith alone, which is based on Scripture alone.

Recently, there are observers who are suggesting that another sola is trying to insert itself into our spiritual lives. This sola is "sola feels." Sola feels is a new way of thinking that says, "My faith is based first, foremost and alone on how I feel." In practical terms, sola feels takes God's truth and makes it secondary to how a person feels. A few examples of sola feels would be the following:

• The Bible says God created the world, but if I feel Genesis is illogical and simplistic, I can disregard that book.

•The Scriptures say that some lifestyles and personal preferences are sinful and unacceptable to the Lord, but if I feel those verses were only written for -- and applicable to -- people who lived long ago and far away, I can live my life the way I want.

• The Gospel of Mark quotes our Redeemer as having said, "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned" (Mark 16:16). But, if I feel God would never send anyone to hell, I can forget Jesus' words and make it so His sacrifice to save us was totally unnecessary.

In other words, sola feels says, "If a doctrine makes me feel comfortable, if it goes along with what I prefer to believe, if it allows me to do what I want, then it must be true." On the other hand, "If something in Holy Scriptures makes me feel uncomfortable, if it tries to modify my lifestyle or threatens me, then it must be false."

Now you may think all of what has been written here is a great exaggeration.

It isn't. If you doubt me, ask your own pastor. There are very few preachers who have not had to deal with people who hold tightly to sola feels.

In confirmation, in Bible classes, in counseling, we often run into people who, having heard God's clear words of Law and Gospel, reply, "But  my  God would never do or say such a thing."

And, of course, they are right.

Their  God would never do such a thing, but the God of Scripture would. Again and again, the Bible shares how the Lord hates and condemns sin. Then, even as the Triune God declares the wrongness of humankind's sinful thoughts, words and actions, He offers forgiveness to those who believe on His Son who was sacrificed to redeem us. And this, more than our feelings, is most certainly true.

THE PRAYER: "Blessed Lord, who has caused all Holy Scripture to be written for our learning, grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by the patience and comfort of Thy Holy Word we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life which Thou hast given us in our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen" (prayer taken from  The Lutheran Hymnal ).

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

CPTLN Devocional de 10 de Enero de 2017 - ¿El infierno en la tierra?

10 de Enero 2017

Los lazos de la muerte me rodearon, y los terrores del Seol (infierno) vinieron sobre mí; angustia y tristeza encontré. Invoqué entonces el nombre del Señor, diciendo: Te ruego, oh Señor: salva mi vida. Clemente y justo es el Señor; sí, compasivo es nuestro Dios. El Señor guarda a los sencillos; estaba yo postrado y me salvó. Salmo 116:3-6 (LBLA)

Hace unos años, cuando Australia sufrió los peores incendios de su historia que destruyeron cientos de viviendas y arrasaron miles de hectáreas costando o alterando la vida de miles de personas, Kevin Rudd, el entonces Primer Ministro, se refirió a ellos diciendo que eran como el "infierno con toda su furia".

Y en una entrevista con la prensa, agregó: "El infierno con toda su furia ha visitado en las últimas 24 horas a la buena gente de Victoria".

Probablemente usted también haya pasado por momentos difíciles y dolorosos que quizás lo han llevado a pensar: "Esto es un infierno. Ya no hay nada peor que me pueda pasar."

Si usted piensa que sus problemas son 'el infierno en la tierra', no es el primero en pensarlo. Hace ya muchos siglos, en medio de su angustia y desánimo, David, el Rey de Israel, dijo: "... los terrores del Seol (infierno) vinieron sobre mí; angustia y tristeza encontré."

Fue para salvarnos de los fuegos de la vida y de los fuegos eternos del infierno, que el Señor envió a su Hijo al mundo. Jesús vivió como uno de nosotros y dio su vida inocente para que nosotros, los culpables, pudiéramos ser salvos del infierno. Es por eso que ahora, junto con el perdón y la garantía de la vida eterna en el cielo, quienes confiamos en él podemos, al igual que el Rey David, invocar al Señor.

Después de orar a su misericordioso Dios, David pudo decir: "... estaba yo postrado, y me salvó".

Dios promete hacer lo mismo por las personas que sufren por incendios u otros desastres naturales, y va a hacer lo mismo por usted, sin importar los fuegos que puedan estar acosándole.

ORACIÓN: Querido Padre celestial, en este mundo hay fuegos muy calientes... fuegos que pueden abatirnos y destruir todo lo que amamos. Ayúdanos, y ayuda a quienes están sufriendo en estos momentos en todo el mundo, para que podamos confiar en ti como la fuente de toda misericordia. En el nombre de tu Hijo. Amén.

© Copyright 2017 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones

Our Daily Bread - Random Acts of Kindness

Read: Ruth 2:8–13 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 25–26; Matthew 8:1–17

“Why have I found such favor [grace] in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?” Ruth 2:10

Some say that the American writer Anne Herbert scribbled the phrase “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a placemat at a restaurant in 1982. The sentiment has since been popularized through film and literature and has become a part of our vocabulary.

The question is “Why?” Why should we show kindness? For those who follow Jesus, the answer is clear: To show the tender mercy and kindness of God.

There’s an Old Testament example of that principle in the story of Ruth, the emigrant from Moab. She was a foreigner, living in a strange land whose language and culture she did not understand. Furthermore, she was desperately poor, utterly dependent on the charity of a people who took little notice of her.

There was one Israelite, however, who showed Ruth grace and spoke to her heart (Ruth 2:13). He allowed her to glean in his fields, but more than simple charity, he showed her by his compassion the tender mercy of God, the One under whose wings she could take refuge. She became Boaz’s bride, part of the family of God, and one in a line of ancestors that led to Jesus, who brought salvation to the world (see Matt. 1:1–16).

We never know what one act of kindness, done in Jesus’s name, will do.

Lord, what do You want me to do for another today? Lead me. And may that person see a glimmer of You.

Share your ideas of how you can show kindness in the name of Jesus today at Facebook.com/ourdailybread.

It’s never too soon to be kind.

© 2016 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - Actos fortuitos de bondad

Leer: Rut 2:8-13 | La Biblia en un año: Mateo 8:1-17

… ¿Por qué he hallado gracia en tus ojos para que me reconozcas…? (Rut 2:10).

A lgunos afirman que la escritora Anne Herbert garabateó en un mantel de un restaurante la frase «practica actos de bondad fortuitos y de belleza sin sentido». Este sentimiento se ha popularizado mediante películas y literatura, y algunos lo han hecho parte de su vocabulario.

La pregunta es: «¿Por qué debemos ser bondadosos con los demás?». Para los seguidores de Jesús, la respuesta es clara: para mostrar la misericordia y la bondad de Dios.

En el Antiguo Testamento, la historia de Rut, una inmigrante moabita, ilustra este principio. Esta mujer vivía en una tierra cuya cultura e idioma no entendía. Además, era sumamente pobre y dependiente por completo de la caridad de un pueblo que casi la ignoraba.

Sin embargo, hubo un israelita que actuó bondadosamente y le habló al corazón (Rut 2:13). Permitió que ella cosechara en sus campos, pero, además de ser simplemente caritativo, le mostró con su compasión la misericordia y la bondad amorosa de Dios, Aquel bajo cuyas alas ella podía refugiarse. Finalmente, Rut se convirtió en la esposa de aquel hombre, Booz, en parte de la familia de Dios y en antepasada de Jesús, quien trajo la salvación al mundo (ver Mateo 1:1-16).

Nunca sabemos qué puede lograr una obra de bondad hecha en el nombre de Jesús.

Señor, ¿qué quiere que haga hoy por otra persona?

Nunca es demasiado tarde para ser bondadoso.

© 2016 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Gute Werke

Lesen: Ruth 2,8-13 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 1.Mose 25–26; Matthäus 8,1-17

Womit habe ich Gnade gefunden vor deinen Augen, dass du mir freundlich bist, die ich doch eine Fremde bin? Ruth 2,10

Es heißt, die amerikanische Autorin Anne Herbert habe ihren Satz „Praktiziere spontane Gesten der Freundlichkeit und sinnlosen Schönheit“ 1982 zunächst auf einem Tischset im Restaurant notiert. Inzwischen ist daraus eine ganze Bewegung geworden und es gibt sogar den „Weltfreundlichkeitstag“.

Die Frage lautet: „Warum?“ Warum sollten wir freundlich sein? Für die, die Jesus nachfolgen, ist die Antwort klar: Um die Gnade und Barmherzigkeit Gottes zu zeigen.

In der Geschichte von Ruth, einer Emigrantin aus Moab, findet sich im Alten Testament ein Beispiel für dieses Prinzip. Sie war eine Fremde in einem fremden Land, dessen Sprache und Kultur sie nicht verstand. Außerdem war sie arm und abhängig vom Wohlwollen anderer, die kaum Notiz von ihr nahmen.

Einen Israeliten gab es jedoch, der nett und freundlich zu Ruth war—Boas (Ruth 2,13). Er erlaubte ihr, auf seinen Feldern Ähren zu lesen. Das war jedoch nicht nur eine nette Geste, sondern er zeigte Ruth damit auch etwas von der Gnade und Freundlichkeit Gottes, unter dessen Flügeln auch sie Zuflucht finden konnte. Sie wurde seine Frau, ein Teil der Familie Gottes und damit die Erste in einer Geschlechtslinie, aus der schließlich Jesus, der Erlöser der Welt, hervorging (siehe Matth. 1,1-16).

Wir wissen nie, was eine spontane, freundliche Geste, die wir in Jesu Namen tun, bewirken kann.

Zum nett sein ist es nie zu spät.

© 2016 Unser Täglich Brot

Хлеб наш насущный - Добрые поступки

Читать сейчас: Руфь 2:8-13 | Библия за год: Бытие 25-26; Матфея 8:1-17

«Чем снискала я в глазах твоих милость, что ты принимаешь меня, хотя я и чужеземка?» — Руфь 2:10

Говорят, что американская писательница Энн Герберт в 1982 г. написала на салфетке в ресторане фразу: «Творите добро без расчета и красоту без цели». Фраза стала популярной благодаря фильмам и литературе, и теперь ее знают во многих странах.

Вопрос в следующем: «Почему?» Почему мы должны делать добро? Для верующих в Иисуса Христа ответ прост: чтобы явить Божью милость и благость.

Ветхозаветное повествование о Руфи содержит прекрасный пример такого отношения. Моавитянка Руфь была чужеземкой, пришедшей в страну, языка и обычаев которой она не знала. Более того, она терпела крайнюю нужду, надеясь только на доброту людей, которые не особо ею интересовались.

Тем не менее там был один израильтянин, который оказал Руфи милость и говорил к ее сердцу (Руфь 2:13). Он позволил ей питаться от его полей. Однако кроме простой человеческой доброты Он явил ей и милость Бога – Того, под крылами Которого она решила найти убежище. Через некоторое время Руфь стала невестой Вооза, частью Господнего общества и одной из прародительниц Иисуса Христа, принесшего спасение всему миру (см. Мф. 1:1-16).

Кто знает, к чему приведет одно доброе дело, совершенное во имя Иисуса Христа!

Господь, что Ты желаешь, чтобы я сделал для людей? Укажи мне, и пусть они увидят во мне Твое отражение.

Доброта всегда своевременна.

© 2016 Хлеб Наш Насущный

Notre Pain Quotidien - Des gestes de bonté

Comment ai‑je trouvé grâce à tes yeux, pour que tu t’intéresses à moi, à moi qui suis une étrangère ? (Ruth 2.10)

Certains disent que l’écrivaine américaine Anne Herbert aurait griffonné l’expression « S’exercer à faire au hasard des gestes de bonté ayant la beauté de l’altruisme » sur le napperon d’un restaurant en 1982. Or, on l’a reprise dans des films et des livres, l’intégrant ainsi à notre vocabulaire.

La question est de savoir « Pourquoi ? » Pourquoi devrions‑nous user de bonté envers les gens ? Pour ceux qui suivent Jésus, la réponse va de soi : pour manifester la tendre miséricorde et l’infinie bonté de Dieu.

Un exemple vétérotestamentaire de ce principe se trouve dans le livre de Ruth, l’émigrante de Moab. C’était une étrangère vivant dans un pays étranger dont elle ne comprenait ni la langue ni la culture. Par ailleurs, elle était désespérément pauvre, entièrement dépendante de la charité d’un peuple qui faisait peu cas d’elle.

Un certain Israélite a toutefois usé de grâce envers elle en parlant à son coeur (RU 2.13). Il lui a permis de glaner dans ses champs, sans compter qu’il lui a aussi témoigné par sa propre compassion de la miséricorde et de l’amour de Dieu empreints de tendresse, celui‑là même sous l’aile duquel elle pourrait s’abriter. Elle est devenue la fiancée de Boaz, un membre de la famille de Dieu et une descendante de la lignée menant jusqu’à Jésus, qui allait apporter le salut au monde (Voir MT 1.1‑16).

On ne sait jamais ce qu’un simple geste de bonté fait au nom de Jésus pourrait accomplir.

Il n’est jamais trop tard pour user de bonté.

© 2016 Ministères NPQ