Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Daily Readings for SATURDAY, February 4, 2017 - Cornelius the Centurion

In this painting by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout an angel appears to the Roman centurion Cornelius. The angel tells him to seek out St. Peter.

 The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Isaiah 57:3-13

But as for you, come here, you children of a sorceress, you offspring of an adulterer and a whore. Whom are you mocking? Against whom do you open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue? Are you not children of transgression, the offspring of deceit-- you that burn with lust among the oaks, under every green tree; you that slaughter your children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks? Among the smooth stones of the valley is your portion; they, they, are your lot; to them you have poured out a drink offering, you have brought a grain offering. Shall I be appeased for these things? Upon a high and lofty mountain you have set your bed, and there you went up to offer sacrifice. Behind the door and the doorpost you have set up your symbol; for, in deserting me, you have uncovered your bed, you have gone up to it, you have made it wide; and you have made a bargain for yourself with them, you have loved their bed, you have gazed on their nakedness. You journeyed to Molech with oil, and multiplied your perfumes; you sent your envoys far away, and sent down even to Sheol. You grew weary from your many wanderings, but you did not say, "It is useless." You found your desire rekindled, and so you did not weaken. Whom did you dread and fear so that you lied, and did not remember me or give me a thought? Have I not kept silent and closed my eyes, and so you do not fear me? I will concede your righteousness and your works, but they will not help you. When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you! The wind will carry them off, a breath will take them away. But whoever takes refuge in me shall possess the land and inherit my holy mountain.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Galatians 5:25-6:10

If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another. My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor's work, will become a cause for pride. For all must carry their own loads. Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher. Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Mark 9:14-29
Glory be to Thee, O Lord

When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. When the whole crowd saw him, they were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to greet him. He asked them, "What are you arguing about with them?" Someone from the crowd answered him, "Teacher, I brought you my son; he has a spirit that makes him unable to speak; and whenever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, but they could not do so." He answered them, "You faithless generation, how much longer must I be among you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him. When the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood. It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us." Jesus said to him, "If you are able!-- All things can be done for the one who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out, "I believe; help my unbelief!" When Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You spirit that keeps this boy from speaking and hearing, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again!" After crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he was able to stand. When he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" He said to them, "This kind can come out only through prayer."

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

Morning Psalms

Psalm 75 Confitebimur tibi
1   We give you thanks, O God, we give you thanks, calling upon your Name and declaring all your wonderful deeds.
2   I will appoint a time, says God; I will judge with equity.
3   Though the earth and all its inhabitants are quaking, I will make its pillars fast.
4   I will say to the boasters, 'Boast no more, ' and to the wicked, 'Do not toss your horns;
5   Do not toss your horns so high, nor speak with a proud neck.'"
6   For judgment is neither from the east nor from the west, nor yet from the wilderness or the mountains.
7   It is God who judges; he puts down one and lifts up another.
8   For in the LORD'S hand there is a cup, full of spiced and foaming wine, which he pours out, and all the wicked of the earth shall drink and drain the dregs.
9   But I will rejoice for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10   He shall break off all the horns of the wicked; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

Psalm 76 Notus in Judæa
1   In Judah is God known; his Name is great in Israel.
2   At Salem is his tabernacle, and his dwelling is in Zion.
3   There he broke the flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of battle.
4   How glorious you are! more splendid than the everlasting mountains!
5   The strong of heart have been despoiled; they sink into sleep; none of the warriors can lift a hand.
6   At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both horse and rider lie stunned.
7   What terror you inspire! who can stand before you when you are angry?
8   From heaven you pronounced judgment; the earth was afraid and was still;
9   When God rose up to judgment and to save all the oppressed of the earth.
10   Truly, wrathful Edom will give you thanks, and the remnant of Hamath will keep your feasts.
11   Make a vow to the LORD your God and keep it; let all around him bring gifts to him who is worthy to be feared.
12   He breaks the spirit of princes, and strikes terror in the kings of the earth.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 23 Dominus regit me
1   The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
2   He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters.
3   He revives my soul and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
4   Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5   You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
6   Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 27 Dominus illuminatio
1   The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?
2   When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who stumbled and fell.
3   Though an army should encamp against me, yet my heart shall not be afraid;
4   And though war should rise up against me, yet will I put my trust in him.
5   One thing have I asked of the LORD; one thing I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life;
6   To behold the fair beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
7   For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter; he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling and set me high upon a rock.
8   Even now he lifts up my head above my enemies round about me.
9   Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with sounds of great gladness; I will sing and make music to the LORD.
10   Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call; have mercy on me and answer me.
11   You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." Your face, LORD, will I seek.
12   Hide not your face from me, nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
13   You have been my helper; cast me not away; do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
14   Though my father and my mother forsake me, the LORD will sustain me.
15   Show me your way, O LORD; lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
16   Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me, and also those who speak malice.
17   What if I had not believed that I should see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
18   O tarry and await the LORD'S pleasure; be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; wait patiently for the LORD.

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Cornelius the Centurion

Peter Baptizing the Centurion Cornelius
Today the church remembers Cornelius the Centurion.

Our Lord, of course, was Jewish. Some felt that the Christ had come to the Jews alone and that one must first become a Jew in order to become a Christian. Cornelius was a Gentile and a centurion (an officer in the Roman Army) stationed at Caesarea. He was widely respected among the Jews, not only because of his important position but also because he gave liberally to the poor and "honored God as they did." He was called "upright and God-fearing." He learned of Jesus Christ from the Apostle Peter, received the Holy Spirit, and was baptized.

It was Cornelius' profession of faith that led Peter to exclaim, "God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean"God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him." Perhaps the testimony of Cornelius would be helpful to those in our own time who see Christianity as a purely cultural thing. He is a fitting patron for the career soldier.

May we, like Cornelius, be ready to hear the Good News and to respond with our whole being. Amen.

Read the Wikipedia article here.

O God, by your Spirit you called Cornelius the Centurion to be the first Christian among the Gentiles: Grant to your Church such a ready will to go where you send and to do what you command, that under your guidance it may welcome all who turn to you in love and faith, and proclaim the Gospel to all nations; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Verse of the Day - February 04, 2017

Psalm 18:1-2 (NIV) [ Psalm 18 ] [ For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: ] I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Read all of Psalm 18

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Our Forever Legacy"

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. —3 John 1:4, NKJV

When David was on his deathbed, he called in his son Solomon. Solomon was going to carry on his reign as king, and here is what David said to him, "As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever" (1 Chronicles 28:9).

Like David, we are all leaving a legacy. And our job as parents is to bring our children to Christ, by our actions and by our words. The legacy we leave for those that follow will affect generations to come.

James Merritt, in his book What God Wants Every Dad to Know, wrote, "Fatherhood is more than conceiving, feeding, clothing, educating, and sending children out on their own. Dads have the responsibility of preparing their children for their eternal destiny of meeting God." I agree with that. We are passing on an eternal legacy.

Listen to this: the choices of our time are binding in eternity—not just during life here on earth, but forever.

Having lived over 60 years on this earth, I have seen many generations. My grandparents' generation. My parents' generation. My generation. My children's generation. My grandchildren's generation. And here is what I have seen: things we do today impact us later in life. Our actions impact our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren.

You are leaving a legacy. The question is: is it a godly legacy or an ungodly legacy?

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - Oración por mi carácter

Pero yo, Señor, en ti confío, y digo: «Tú eres mi Dios». Mi vida entera está en tus manos.

Querido Jesús: Reconozco que muchas veces no he sido un buen ejemplo para mi familia y mucho menos para las personas que me rodean. Sé que muchas veces mis actitudes no han dado buen testimonio de tu nombre.

Te suplico que me ayudes a retener mi boca y no hablar cosas de las cuales me pueda arrepentir.

Aunque sé que te amo, mi Dios, reconozco que he usado tu nombre en vano y he dudado de tu poder, de tu amor y de tu misericordia.

Te pido perdón con todo mi corazón.

Quiero que formes el carácter de tu Hijo en mí y que yo pueda, Señor, ser un instrumento tuyo en esta tierra.

Guíame para que mi vida llegue a ser ejemplo y tú puedas reinar siempre en mí.

Aléjame, Padre, de personas que no aportan nada bueno a mi vida y, por favor, no me sueltes de tu mano. Te necesito, mi Señor.

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - SHUN FEAR AND COURAGEOUSLY PRESS ON

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 1 Peter 3:14

One of the major tactics of Satan is to use difficult situations to create fear in us and thus immobilize our witness. For example, during the 9/11 attack in USA, Heather Mercer and Dayna Curry were being held in a prison in Afghanistan. In an interview with Christianity Today magazine on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Heather Mercer said, “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about it. God sent me to prison to set me free. I don’t think I realized how much fear I actually had in my life until I had to confront some of my deepest, darkest fears. When I first set out to go to Afghanistan, I knew it might cost me my life to reach Muslims with the love of Jesus. Then I had this opportunity to face that fear of, ‘What would I do if someone tried to kill me for sharing the gospel?’ God made Himself known in such a profound way that now, what do I have to fear?”[1]

In Papua New Guinea (PNG), Wycliffe’s Sue Ambrose was out for a walk on February 4th, 2009. She was talking to the Lord about people, issues and life. As she continued her walk, she read memory verses from three Gospels that say, “Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

The slapping sound of bare feet running on packed earth causes her to turn around to see a crazed PNG man charge her with a large machete-like knife raised murderously above his head. After a quick altercation and feeling as though she was dying, Sue was rushed to the medical clinic where friends and co-workers were shocked to see her in such grave condition: many abrasions; a damaged hand; a puncture wound near the sternum just below the diaphragm and lungs; and the knife still stuck fast in her hip.

Sue was remarkably calm through the process and felt no pain. Once stabilized, she was transferred to medical facilities in Australia. While in hospital, God gave Sue a clear vision of an angel, “A big warrior kind of guy that was eight or ten feet tall with his sword raised, saying, ‘No, that is enough! I am not going to let you kill her.’” Sue says, “That really opened my eyes to the whole spiritual realm; that this man was part of Satan’s attacks on us, on the training centre and on the work of SIL.”

Two and a half weeks after being air-lifted out of the country, Sue returned to her ministry in PNG. The Wycliffe magazine, Word Alive reported: That seemingly simple act proves to be a strong counterstrike to the enemy—a living sermon calling others to shun fear and courageously press on in their respective callings. “I don’t think that I ever considered not going back,” says Sue. “God has given us the strength to return and it has spoken volumes to people.” Sue models an attitude that we all must grasp, the article concluded. Let fear not rule![2]

RESPONSE: Today I will not allow the enemy to use the tactic of fear against me.

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for the wonderful examples of fearlessness shown by Your people today.


2. Craig Pulsifer, “Let Fear Not Rule,” Word Alive (Wycliffe Bible Translators, Fall 2011), pp. 33-37.

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NIV Devotions for Couples - Marry Wisdom

Proverbs 1:1–19

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

My father was a great teacher. When I was young, he drilled me on his favorite proverb: “Hindsight is better than foresight, but never as good as insight.” As a child I was more intrigued by the fascinating twist of the words than by the wisdom it communicated. Time, however, has taught me the truth of this proverb (even though it isn’t one of those found in the Bible): We see farther into the past than into the future, but those who are aware of how things fit into God’s grand scheme are truly wise.

The book of Proverbs is the heart of Old Testament Wisdom Literature. Even though Proverbs does not lend itself to theological outlines, a clear understanding of the book’s structure helps us to better understand it. Before the collections of proverbs fashioned in the definition of the English term (short, pithy sayings) begin in chapter 10, chapters 1–9 form a cohesive, well-developed introductory series of lectures. Although the words are addressed to a “son,” this is more of a literary device than a reference to a historical person.

Both wisdom and folly in the Hebrew language are feminine nouns. So the writer of this section used these words to evoke possible partners for a masculine addressee. Throughout Proverbs 1–9, both Wisdom and Folly take turns declaring their attractions in a series of personified mating overtures. The speeches are biased in favor of Wisdom, of course, for this is the thesis stated in Proverbs 1:7.

The goal of Proverbs 1–9 is to show us how godly wisdom merges with real life. Along the way we get principles for building strong marriages, families and work relationships. The proverbs of chapters 10–31 are word pictures that describe the furnishings scattered throughout Wisdom’s house. When we marry Wisdom, we begin to surround ourselves with her sayings, perspectives, tools and visual aids.

These words of introduction and the proverbs that follow are meant to be applied to all dimensions of life. But they resonate clearly with dating and marriage relationships. It is from our fathers and mothers that we first learn what marriage is like. If the lessons of marriage are taught well by parents who have lingered long in Wisdom’s house, we gain invaluable perspectives on how to respect others, to enjoy the give-and-take of domestic living, and to create an environment of hospitality in which to bring children and friends.

The reverse is also true. Our parents are prone to sin and often tempted by Folly. So we may need to unlearn some of their bad lessons, such as deception, lack of discipline, immodesty or infidelity. But that mixed bag of instruction should only remind us that true wisdom, after all, is gained first from God.

Wayne Brouwer

Let’s Talk
  • What lessons from our parents are healthy for our relationship?
  • What bad relationship habits did we learn from them? How should we do things differently? Where do we learn wisdom that transcends parental teachings?
  • How will we model wisdom for our children? What are some good things they will learn about marriage from us?
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LHM Daily Devotion - "Remembered, Loved, and Wanted"

 February 4, 2017

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
- Romans 5:8, ESV

Unremembered, unloved, and unwanted.

That probably is a good description of Lawrence Keys.

It was not always that way. Once Uncle Sam had wanted Keys. For 20 months, from 1956-1957, he served his country as a private-first class. But that was a long time ago.

On November 16th, at the age of 78, Lawrence Keys' heart gave out and he died at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I would love to tell you a loving family was by his side during his last moments. But he had no family other than a distant cousin who had never heard of him. If it were true, I would be glad to tell you his last days were spent bidding farewell to a never-ending line of old friends and pals. Sadly, there were never any guests waiting to see Lawrence Keys.

After Lawrence Keys died his body was taken to the hospital morgue where it waited for someone to claim him. That first day nobody came. The first week, nobody showed. An entire month passed and the shell, which once had been Private First-Class Lawrence Keys, was still in the morgue: unremembered, unloved, and unwanted.


You see, someone did remember Keys. The Rivera Family Funeral Home got involved. In this case involved means:

1. They accepted his body.
2. Then they offered $6,000 so that Lawrence Keys might receive a full military funeral and burial at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
3. They extended invitations to firefighters, police officers, and veterans' support groups, asking them to attend the farewell for Keys.

The response to those invitations has been positive and even a general from the Army National Guard had promised to show up. It appears, because of some caring individuals, at the very end Lawrence Keys was no longer unremembered, unloved, and unwanted.

I hope you remember the story of Lawrence Keys, because it might have been your story.

You see there was a time when you, because of your many sins, might also have been unremembered, unloved, and unwanted. That might have been the case for all of us if the Triune God were not a gracious and merciful Divinity.

You see, in spite of our sins, the Lord continued to love us. Rather than seeing us be forgotten forever in the flames and fire of hell, He sent His Son into this world to save us. From birth to death, Jesus showed us that we were  remembered,  loved, and  wanted.

The Redeemer's life and death leading to His glorious resurrection tell us that this is so.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, we cannot imagine the depth of Your love that reached out to us while we were sinners. May we give thanks for the Savior's sacrifice and lead lives that show we have not forgotten You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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Our Daily Bread - In All Circumstances

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 34–35; Matthew 22:23–46

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

In our suburb we complain about the constant power outages. They can hit three times in a week and last up to twenty-four hours, plunging the neighborhood into darkness. The inconvenience is hard to bear when we cannot use basic household appliances.

Our Christian neighbor often asks, “Is this also something to thank God for?” She is referring to 1 Thessalonians 5:18:  “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” We always say, “Yes, of course, we thank God in all things.” But the half-hearted manner in which we say it is contradicted by our grumbling every time the power goes off.

One day, however, our belief in thanking God in all circumstances took on new meaning. I returned from work to find our neighbor visibly shaken as she cried, “Thank Jesus the power was off. My house would have burned down, and my family and I would have perished!”

A refuse-collection truck had hit the electricity pole in front of her house and brought down the high-tension cables right over several houses. Had there been power in the cables, fatalities would have been likely.

The difficult circumstances we face can make it hard to say, “Thanks, Lord.” We can be thankful to our God who sees in every situation an opportunity for us to trust Him—whether or not we see His purpose.

Father, we honor You with our words, but so often our actions reveal that our hearts don’t trust You. Help us to see You at work in every circumstance, no matter how difficult.

By God’s grace we can be thankful in all things. 

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Trong Mọi Hoàn Cảnh

Đọc: Sáng thế ký 16:1-13 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Xuất Ê-díp-tô ký 34-35; Ma-thi-ơ 22:23-46

Hãy cảm tạ Chúa trong mọi hoàn cảnh, vì đó là ý muốn của Đức Chúa Trời đối với anh em trong Đấng Christ Jêsus. 1 Tê-sa-lô-ni-ca 5:18

Sống ở vùng ngoại ô, chúng tôi hay than phiền về tình trạng mất điện thường xuyên. Có khi một tuần mất điện ba lần và mỗi lần kéo dài có lúc đến 24 tiếng, kéo cả khu dân cư chìm trong bóng tối. Điều này đặc biệt khó chịu khi chúng tôi không thể sử dụng những thiết bị điện gia dụng cơ bản.

Một người tín đồ hàng xóm của tôi thường hỏi: “Đây có phải là điều chúng ta cũng cần cảm tạ Chúa không?” Cô ấy liên tưởng đến 1 Tê-sa-lô-ni-ca 5:18: “Hãy cảm tạ Chúa trong mọi hoàn cảnh, vì đó là ý muốn của Đức Chúa Trời đối với anh em trong Đấng Christ Jêsus.” Chúng tôi luôn nói: “Dĩ nhiên là cần! Chúng ta cảm tạ Chúa trong mọi điều.” Nhưng cách nói miễn cưỡng mâu thuẫn với sự cằn nhằn của chúng tôi mỗi khi bị cúp điện.

Tuy nhiên, một ngày nọ, niềm tin rằng chúng tôi cần cảm tạ Chúa trong mọi hoàn cảnh đã mang một ý nghĩa mới. Khi đi làm về, tôi thấy hàng xóm của tôi vừa run vừa khóc: “Cảm ơn Chúa cho mất điện, nếu không nhà tôi đã cháy rụi, tôi và cả nhà tôi đã chết cháy hết rồi!”

Một chiếc xe rác đã đâm vào cây cột điện ngay trước cửa nhà cô, kéo dây điện cao thế xuống ngay trước mấy căn nhà. Nếu lúc đó có điện thì thương vong là điều không thể tránh khỏi.

Khó khăn chúng ta gặp phải có thể làm chúng ta thấy khó nói: “Con cảm ơn Chúa!” Chúng ta có thể cảm tạ Chúa, Đấng nhìn thấy cơ hội trong mọi hoàn cảnh để chúng ta tin cậy Ngài – dù chúng ta có thấy được mục đích của Ngài hay không.

Cha ôi, chúng con thường tôn kính Ngài bằng lời nói, nhưng hành động của chúng con lại cho thấy lòng chúng con không tin cậy Ngài. Xin giúp chúng con nhìn thấy Ngài hành động trong mọi hoàn cảnh, dẫu khó khăn đến đâu.

Nhờ ân điển của Chúa, chúng ta có thể cảm tạ Ngài trong mọi sự.

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Nuestro Pan Diario - En todas las circunstancias

Leer: 1 Tes. 5:16-18 | La Biblia en un año: Mateo 22:23-46

Dad gracias en todo, porque esta es la voluntad de Dios para con vosotros en Cristo Jesús (1 Tesalonicenses 5:18).

En el barrio residencial donde vivo, nos quejamos permanentemente de los cortes de luz. Pueden ocurrir tres veces por semana y durar todo un día. Es difícil soportar los inconvenientes cuando no se pueden usar los artefactos básicos de la casa.

Una vecina creyente suele preguntar: «¿También hay que dar gracias a Dios por esto?», refiriéndose a 1 Tesalonicenses 5:18: «Dad gracias en todo, porque esta es la voluntad de Dios para con vosotros en Cristo Jesús». Y siempre respondemos que sí, aunque nuestras quejas cada vez que se corta la luz contradicen esta afirmación.

No obstante, un día, nuestra creencia en dar gracias a Dios en todas las circunstancias cobró un nuevo significado cuando, al volver de mi trabajo, encontré a mi vecina visiblemente estremecida mientras exclamaba: «Gracias a Dios se cortó la luz. ¡La casa se habría quemado y mi familia hubiese muerto!». Un camión había chocado contra un poste y los cables de alta tensión habían caído sobre varias casas. Si hubieran tenido electricidad, habrían quemado todo.

Puede ser difícil decir «gracias, Señor» en medio de pruebas, pero podemos estar agradecidos de que nuestro Dios considera que cada situación es una oportunidad para confiar en Él, ya sea que veamos sus propósitos o no.

Señor, ayúdame a verte en cada circunstancia.

Por la gracia de Dios, podemos dar gracias en todo.

Unser Täglich Brot - Unter allen Umständen

Lesen: 1.Thessalonicher 5,16-18 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 2.Mose 34–35; Matthäus 22,23-46

Seid dankbar in allen Dingen, denn das ist der Wille Gottes in Christus Jesus an euch. 1.Thessalonicher 5,18

In unserem Stadtteil fällt häufig der Strom aus und alles versinkt in Finsternis. Das kann bis zu dreimal in der Woche vorkommen und vierundzwanzig Stunden dauern. Besonders lästig ist, dass wir nicht einmal die Haushaltsgeräte benutzen können.

Unsere Nachbarin fragt oft: „Müssen wir Gott dafür dankbar sein?“ Sie bezieht sich auf 1.Thessalonicher 5,18: „Seid dankbar in allen Dingen, denn das ist der Wille Gottes in Christus Jesus an euch.“ Wir sagen dann immer: „Selbstverständlich, wir danken Gott in allen Dingen.“ Aber die halbherzige Antwort steht in krassem Widerspruch zu unserem regelmäßigen Jammern, wenn wieder einmal der Strom ausfällt.

Eines Tages jedoch bekam der Satz eine neue Bedeutung. Als ich von der Arbeit nach Hause kam, fand ich eine sichtlich erschütterte Nachbarin vor, die nur noch stammelte: „Gott sei Dank, dass der Strom ausgefallen ist. Das ganze Haus hätte abbrennen können und wir wären alle umgekommen!“

Ein Müllauto war mit dem Strompfosten vor ihrem Haus kollidiert und die Hochspannungsleitungen waren direkt auf ein paar Häuser gefallen. Hätten die Kabel unter Strom gestanden, hätte es bestimmt Todesopfer gegeben.

In Schwierigkeiten fällt es uns manchmal schwer zu sagen: „Danke, Herr.“ Dennoch können wir unserem Gott dankbar sein, der uns in jeder Situation Gelegenheit gibt, ihm zu vertrauen—ob wir seine Ziele darin erkennen oder nicht.

Vater, wir ehren dich mit unseren Worten, aber unser Handeln zeigt oft, dass wir dir nicht mit dem Herzen vertrauen. Hilf uns, dein Wirken in allen Umständen zu sehen, auch in den schweren.

Mit Gottes Gnade können wir in allen Dingen dankbar sein.

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Notre Pain Quotidien - En toutes choses

Rendez grâces en toutes choses, car c’est à votre égard la volonté de Dieu en Jésus‑Christ. (1 Thessaloniciens 5.18)

Dans le quartier, nous critiquons les pannes d’électricité incessantes. Elles peuvent se produire jusqu’à trois fois par semaine et durer jusqu’à vingt‑quatre heures. L’impossibilité d’utiliser les appareils ménagers rend les choses pénibles.

Notre voisine chrétienne nous demande souvent : « S’agit‑il d’une chose dont nous devrions aussi remercier Dieu ? », en faisant allusion au verset : « Rendez grâces en toutes choses, car c’est à votre égard la volonté de Dieu en Jésus‑Christ. » (1 TH 5.18). À cela, nous lui répondons toujours : « Oui, bien sûr, nous lui rendons grâces en toutes choses. » Reste que notre peu de sincérité trahit le fait que nous maugréons lors de chaque panne.

Un jour, cependant, notre foi mue par le principe selon lequel il est nécessaire de remercier Dieu en toutes choses a revêtu un tout autre sens. À mon retour du travail, notre voisine, visiblement ébranlée, s’est écriée avec larmes : « Merci, Jésus, de la panne d’électricité ! Ma maison aurait été réduite en cendres, et ma famille et moi aurions péri ! »

Un camion d’éboueurs avait percuté un poteau d’électricité devant chez elle, faisant tomber les câbles à haute tension sur plusieurs maisons. Si l’électricité y avait circulé ce jour‑là, des gens auraient pu mourir.

Toute situation pénible risque de nous donner du mal à en remercier Dieu. Nous pouvons néanmoins lui exprimer notre gratitude du fait qu’il voit en toute situation l’occasion de lui faire confiance.

Par la grâce de Dieu, nous pouvons lui rendre grâces en toutes choses.

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Хліб Наш Насущній - Подяка за все

Читати: 1 Солунян 5:16-18 | Біблія за рік: Вихід 34−35 ; Матвія 22:23-46

Подяку складайте за все, бо така Божа воля про вас у Христі Ісусі. — 1 Солунян 5:18

Через постійні відключення електроенергії наш район часто занурюється у темряву. Дуже важко терпіти таку незручність, коли неможливо користуватись дома найважливішими приладами.

Наша віруюча сусідка часто запитувала в нас: “А за це теж потрібно дякувати Богу”. Вона мала на увазі відомий вірш: “Подяку складайте за все, бо така Божа воля про вас у Христі Ісусі” (1 Сол. 5:18). І ми завжди відповідали: “Так, звісно. Треба дякувати Богу за все”. Але ми казали це без особливого ентузіазму, і наші слова суперечили нашим постійним ремствуванням, коли гасло світло.

Але одного дня наша віра в те, що “треба дякувати Богу за все”, набула нового значення. Коли я повернувся з роботи, то побачив, що наша сусідка, знаходячись в стані шоку, плаче й каже: “Слава Ісусу за те, що не стало світла, інакше наш будинок згорів би, і я б напевно загинула з усією моєю сім’єю!” Сталося, що сміттєвоз зачепив стовп, через що високовольтні кабелі впали прямо на її будинок. Якби в цих кабелях була напруга, напевно сталася б трагедія.

За важких обставин не легко буває сказати: “Дякуємо, Господи”. Але маємо завжди дякувати Богу, тому що будь-яка проблемна ситуація – то можливість вчитися довіряти Йому, навіть якщо ми не розуміємо Його цілей.

Отче, ми шануємо Тебе своїми словами, але дуже часто наші дії викривають нашу недовіру Тобі. Допоможи бачити Твою працю у будь-якій ситуації – якою б важкою вона не була.

Божою ласкою ми можемо бути вдячними Богу за все. 

 © 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - В любых обстоятельствах

Читать сейчас: 1 Фессалоникийцам 5:16-18 | Библия за год: Исход 34-35; Матфея 22:23-46

За все благодарите, ибо такова о вас воля Божья во Христе Иисусе. — 1 Фессалоникийцам 5:18

В нашем городе регулярно отключают электричество. Это случается до трех раз в неделю. Порой света нет по двадцать четыре часа, отчего все погружается в непроглядную тьму. Бывает непросто, учитывая, насколько мы зависим от электричества.

Наша соседка-христианка часто спрашивает: «За это тоже нужно благодарить Бога?» Она ссылается на слова Павла: «За все благодарите, ибо такова о вас воля Божья во Христе Иисусе» (1 Фес. 5:18). Мы всегда говорим: «Конечно, нужно благодарить за все». К сожалению, этим словам нередко противоречит наше ворчание, когда свет в очередной раз гаснет.

Тем не менее однажды наше убеждение в том, что нужно благодарить Бога в любых обстоятельствах, приобрело новый смысл. Я вернулся с работы и обнаружил соседку в крайне взволнованном состоянии. Со слезами она воскликнула: «Слава Богу, что света не было! Сгорел бы и дом, и мы вместе с ним!» Оказалось, мусоровоз врезался в электрическую опору рядом с ее домом, и провода упали прямо на крыши нескольких домов. Если бы они были под напряжением, последствия могли быть жуткими.

Трудные обстоятельства могут лишить нас чувства благодарности. Но будем помнить, что Бог в любом положении дает нам возможность довериться Ему, и неважно, понимаем мы что к чему или нет.

Отче, мы чтим Тебя словами уст, но часто наши поступки свидетельствуют о маловерии. Помоги нам видеть Тебя в любых обстоятельствах, какими бы трудными они ни были.

С Божьей помощью мы можем благодарить за все.

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