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The Daily Readings for WEDNESDAY, February 8, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Isaiah 59:15-21

Truth is lacking, and whoever turns from evil is despoiled. The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, and was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm brought him victory, and his righteousness upheld him. He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in fury as in a mantle. According to their deeds, so will he repay; wrath to his adversaries, requital to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render requital. So those in the west shall fear the name of the LORD, and those in the east, his glory; for he will come like a pent-up stream that the wind of the LORD drives on. And he will come to Zion as Redeemer, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression, says the LORD. And as for me, this is my covenant with them, says the LORD: my spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your children, or out of the mouths of your children's children, says the LORD, from now on and forever.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from 2 Timothy 1:15-2:13

You are aware that all who are in Asia have turned away from me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chain; when he arrived in Rome, he eagerly searched for me and found me -- may the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! And you know very well how much service he rendered in Ephesus. You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well. Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving in the army gets entangled in everyday affairs; the soldier's aim is to please the enlisting officer. And in the case of an athlete, no one is crowned without competing according to the rules. It is the farmer who does the work who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in all things. Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David-- that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful-- for he cannot deny himself.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Mark 10:1-16
Glory be to Thee, O Lord

He left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he again taught them. Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" He answered them, "What did Moses command you?" They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her." But Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery." People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

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

Morning Psalms

Psalm 119: Mem Quomodo dilexi!
97   Oh, how I love your law! all the day long it is in my mind.
98   Your commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, and it is always with me.
99   I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your decrees are my study.
100   I am wiser than the elders, because I observe your commandments.
101   I restrain my feet from every evil way, that I may keep your word.
102   I do not shrink from your judgments, because you yourself have taught me.
103   How sweet are your words to my taste! they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.
104   Through your commandments I gain understanding; therefore I hate every lying way.

Psalm 119: Nun Lucerna pedibus meis
105   Your word is a lantern to my feet and a light upon my path.
106   I have sworn and am determined to keep your righteous judgments.
107   I am deeply troubled; preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word.
108   Accept, O LORD, the willing tribute of my lips, and teach me your judgments.
109   My life is always in my hand, yet I do not forget your law.
110   The wicked have set a trap for me, but I have not strayed from your commandments.
111   Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; truly, they are the joy of my heart.
112   I have applied my heart to fulfill your statutes for ever and to the end.

Psalm 119: Samekh Iniquos odio habui
113   I hate those who have a divided heart, but your law do I love.
114   You are my refuge and shield; my hope is in your word.
115   Away from me, you wicked! I will keep the commandments of my God.
116   Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be disappointed in my hope.
117   Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and my delight shall be ever in your statutes.
118   You spurn all who stray from your statutes; their deceitfulness is in vain.
119   In your sight all the wicked of the earth are but dross; therefore I love your decrees.
120   My flesh trembles with dread of you; I am afraid of your judgments.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 81 Exultate Deo
1   Sing with joy to God our strength and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.
2   Raise a song and sound the timbrel, the merry harp, and the lyre.
3   Blow the ram's-horn at the new moon, and at the full moon, the day of our feast.
4   For this is a statute for Israel, a law of the God of Jacob.
5   He laid it as a solemn charge upon Joseph, when he came out of the land of Egypt.
6   I heard an unfamiliar voice saying, "I eased his shoulder from the burden; his hands were set free from bearing the load."
7   You called on me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered you from the secret place of thunder and tested you at the waters of Meribah.
8   Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you: O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
9   There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not worship a foreign god.
10   I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, "Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it."
11   And yet my people did not hear my voice, and Israel would not obey me.
12   So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, to follow their own devices.
13   Oh, that my people would listen to me! that Israel would walk in my ways!
14   I should soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.
15   Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their punishment would last for ever.
16   But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat and satisfy him with honey from the rock.

Psalm 82 Deus stetit
1   God takes his stand in the council of heaven; he gives judgment in the midst of the gods:
2   How long will you judge unjustly, and show favor to the wicked?
3   Save the weak and the orphan; defend the humble and needy;
4   Rescue the weak and the poor; deliver them from the power of the wicked.
5   They do not know, neither do they understand; they go about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6   Now I say to you, 'You are gods, and all of you children of the Most High;
7   Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, and fall like any prince.'"
8   Arise, O God, and rule the earth, for you shall take all nations for your own.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The New Revised Standard Version Bible may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible or account for fifty percent (50%) of the total work in which they are quoted.

Verse of the Day - February 08, 2017

Matthew 5:43-45 (NIV) [ Love for Enemies ] “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Read all of Matthew 5

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "The Purpose of a Godly Parent"

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.
Psalm 127:4–5, NKJV

As a parent, you have a very important purpose in the life of your child. You are there to teach them right from wrong, provide for them, and lay a foundation in their life. Most importantly, your job is to lead your child to Jesus Christ.

Psalm 127:3 says, "Children are a heritage from the LORD." The word heritage could be translated as "gift." So another way to say it is: children are a gift from God. What a great privilege it is to have children. I will tell you something else: kids need their parents.

Kids need their parents to nurture them and point them to Christ. It is your job as a mom or a dad to train your children and to bring them up in the way of the Lord. Kids don't need Mom and Dad to be their best friends. Sometimes you read about celebrities that go out and party with their children. That's so absurd. Don't do that. Be a parent—and be an example. Friends come and go, but parents are for life.

Remember, teaching your children is a daily thing. It is a lifestyle. The best thing a man can do for his kids is love his wife. And the best thing a woman can do for her children is love her husband. Show your children what real love looks like.

And live a godly life. Your child should be able to measure their relationship with God according to their relationship with you.

If you are a parent, ask God today for His help to be the best parent you can be.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Devotion by Greg Laurie © 2016 Harvest Christian Fellowship; all rights reserved.

Un Dia a la Vez - Oración por renuncia

Mi ayuda y mi libertador eres tú; Dios mío, no te tardes. Salmo 40:17, RV-60

Dios mío, ¿a quién acudo si no es a ti? Primero te pido perdón por mis debilidades. Perdóname porque muchas veces te he prometido cambiar y no lo he hecho. Te he prometido dejar este vicio que me está acabando, he prometido renunciar a esta relación que no es aprobada y que está en contra de tu Palabra. He prometido buscarte más y hacer tu voluntad y lo hago por un tiempo y vuelvo atrás.

Señor, estoy cansado de vivir esta doble vida. Así que hoy quiero renunciar a todo lo que no te agrada. Quiero empezar a ver los frutos de mi obediencia con las bendiciones que tienes para mí.

Te entrego esta situación ________________________ (señala las cosas a las que debas renunciar). Me pongo delante de ti para decirte que necesito de tu ayuda porque yo solo no puedo.

Por favor, Dios mío, hazme valiente cada día y dame las fuerzas que necesito para enfrentar la tentación y huir.

Entrego mi vida en tus manos. En el nombre de Jesús, amén y amén.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón. Reina-Valera 1960 (RVR1960) Versión Reina-Valera 1960 © Sociedades Bíblicas en América Latina, 1960. Renovado © Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas, 1988.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - DOUBT AND FEAR

But as for me, I keep watch for the Lord, I wait in hope for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Do not gloat over me my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the Lord's wrath, until he pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his justice. Micah 7:7-9

Chinese Pastor Wang Ming-dao was under tremendous pressure after his first arrest in the mid-1950’s. He was promised release from prison and return to his pulpit if he would just “preach for the government.” In his mind this would be lying and he was certain he could not live a hypocritical life.

Pastor Wang was firm in his resolve, until he heard that his beloved wife, Debra, had also been arrested and was in grave danger. He heard that she was not eating properly and was growing critically weak because of the poor food she was receiving in prison. She would not survive if something were not done. This news so disturbed him that he broke and agreed with his persecutors that he would preach “a lie” and join the government-controlled church.

His plan was to get his wife to safety with her mother and then he would commit suicide. He reportedly wandered the streets murmuring “I am Peter...I am Peter...” and his heart sickness began to affect his body.

When the authorities realized that he would not compromise himself by preaching in the government-controlled church, Pastor Wang and wife, Debra, were re-arrested. She received a fifteen-year sentence and he life imprisonment.

Early in this second imprisonment, God brought these verses from Micah 7:7-9 to his mind, which he had memorized at the age of twenty-one.

Wang Ming-dao was no longer afraid—for himself or his wife. He was finally released in 1980 at eighty years of age—very frail, nearly blind and all-but-deaf. He had served over twenty-three years in prison. His wife Debra had been released three years earlier for health reasons. For the remaining eleven years of his life he was a great encouragement to the church in China as well as the many foreign visitors he and Debra entertained.

RESPONSE: Today I will not give in to Satan’s tactics of doubt and fear. I will concentrate on the greater cost to Jesus of my redemption.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the reminder that persecuted Christians are not super-heroes but they show us how our failure must turn into repentance and renewal with deeper dependence on You and not into self-condemnation.

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Girlfriends in God - Hungry into Satisfied

Today’s Truth

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.(Psalm 90:14 NIV)

Friend to Friend

One night as Brad and I prepared to put our kids to bed, our middle child, Hunter, had an emotional meltdown. Our little gumdrop went from sweet to sour in two seconds flat. The day had been packed full with school and other activities, and it was late. He should have turned into a pumpkin a smidgen before his meltdown took place. You know how those days are.

In an eight-year-old kind of way, Hunter was completely irrational. Tears flowed freely as he floated down his raging river of drama. He said that nobody loved him and that he felt mistreated. I had to just shake my head and wonder, “How in the world could one of my children feel unloved?”

The love Brad and I have for our children is immovable-mountain strong. We are not perfect, nor do we love them perfectly, but we do tell them of our love daily with words. We show them through our actions. We hug and affirm. We laugh and play with them. We spend our lives loving our children. It amazes me that any of our children could think, for even one second, that they are not loved.

As we endured the tear-filled bedtime drama, Brad and I suddenly realized why our son had such a dim perspective: he was hungry. Really hungry.

Earlier that evening, Hunter had chosen not to finish his dinner. Our son believes he should have choices. We assure him that he does have choices—eat or be hungry.

Simple as that.

As I emptied the dishwasher this morning, it occurred to me that we were created to be hungry. Our bodies need constant nourishment, and hunger is simply a trigger designed by God to stimulate a necessary response. Whether we’re talking about physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual hunger, you and I are temporarily satisfied when an appropriate response meets a need.

Think about it…

The satisfying response to physical hunger is food and drink.

The satisfying response to emotional hunger is love (among other things).

The satisfying response to mental hunger is knowledge.

And the only satisfying response to spiritual hunger is God. Nothing can take His place. Not the latest-greatest beauty gimmick, not the most fabulous outfit, not a hunky man or a good smelling baby. Not money in the bank, not that promotion you might be after, not the affection you might be craving, and not the appreciation you desire for your efforts.

Nothing can supplant God if you want to satisfy your spiritual hunger.

Our souls constantly demand to be fed, and make no mistake about it: if God does not have the proper place in your life, your soul will remain hungry. When I invite God into my days, I experience His satisfying presence no matter what I face. But when I don’t pray, when I don’t read my Bible, and when I don’t praise, I get hungry. Really hungry (not to mention grouchy).

Christians are hungry people. Just like the Israelites who wandered in the desert, we need God’s daily bread, His spiritual manna. Jesus taught us to ask for a daily portion. In the New Testament book of Matthew, Jesus took a moment to teach His followers how to pray. In that prayer, commonly referred to as the Lord’s Prayer, He said, “Give us today our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).

He didn’t ask to be fed for an entire week—just for today.

We would be wise to do the same.

Some people might think that once we become Christians all of our spiritual hunger subsides. Not so! I’ve found that the more I get to know God, the more I want to know Him. The more I experience His peace, presence, and power in my life, the more I want to experience His peace, presence, and power. I crave Him more.

Every day we eat bread (food) to keep us healthy and strong. We stay healthy and strong spiritually by continually communing with Jesus. He calls Himself the Bread of Life as well as the Living Water. In order for food and water to sustain and strengthen us physically, we must eat and drink it. Likewise, we need to call on Jesus each day to sustain us spiritually.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Thank You for the invitation to come, eat, drink, and be satisfied in You. You are all that I need, and more than enough. I pray that You will bear the weight of the burdens on my heart today, and ask that You would fill my soul with Your rest.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,


Now It’s Your Turn

Read and meditate on Psalm 63:1-8. GET WITH GOD. Abide. Seek Him. Experience His grace and be renewed in HIs goodness.

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LHM Daily Devotion - "Ready to Hear"

 February 8, 2017

And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.  - Psalm 50:15, ESV

Most parents, as soon as their little ones are able, begin to teach safety.

We rehearse them so they are able to give their name, their address, and their phone number. At almost the same time we tell them that if they need help, they should go to a policeman and if there is an emergency, they should call 911. We assure them that when they call 911, someone will  always be there to offer them help.

Now in the vast, vast majority of situations the above information is true.

Still, as Crenshanda Williams shows, that statement is not always accurate. Let me amplify. In July 2014 Williams was hired by the Houston Emergency Center. All went well until her supervisors checked out the call log and saw she had an incredibly high number of "short calls," that is, phone calls that took less than 20 seconds to complete.

Indeed, between October 2015 and March 2016 there were thousands of calls that Williams had cut short. Most disturbing was the fact that one of those calls had been reporting a robbery and murder, while two of them involved speeding motorists.

The supervisors began to pay closer attention. They even heard her hang up on a police officer who was reporting a crime. As she did so, Williams said, "Ain't nobody got time for this."

Eventually, the police interviewed Williams about what she had been doing. Understandably, they wanted to know why. Her reply was incredibly simple and direct. She confessed she "did not want to talk to anyone at that time."

Williams has been charged with interference with an emergency telephone call and her bond was set at $1,000.

I'm sure you will agree with me in offering thanks to the Lord that there are not many such individuals on the other end of our 911 calls. When we have an emergency, we need someone who will be there, someone who will give us their attention, who will do his or her best to take care of our problem and help us find a positive resolution to whatever is wrong.

This takes me back to the verse at the top of our page where, because of His Son's sacrifice, our Heavenly Father says, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." Note, He doesn't say I may deliver you, or I  probably will deliver you, or I might possibly deliver you.

God's promise is unbreakable.

He will deliver those who, in faith, come to Him. In every situation and every circumstance He will hear us and answer our prayers in the best way possible. True, those answers may not always be the ones we had wanted, nor do they always come according to our timetable, but God's deliverance does come and when it does, in faith we pray, "Thy will be done" (see Matthew 9-15).

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, we cannot explain why You would pay attention to us, but we give thanks that You are ready to hear us. May we be equally ready to praise Your Name. In Jesus' Name I pray it. Amen.

Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin!  Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM). The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

CPTLN Devocional - Un refugio real

08 de Febrero 2017

Dios es nuestro amparo y fortaleza. Nuestro pronto auxilio en todos los problemas. Salmo 46:1, RVC

El Salmista nos dice que el Señor es nuestro refugio y fortaleza.

Pero parece que la iglesia se convertió en un lugar de refugio para un ex oficial de la KGB de la Unión Soviética, Mikkail Lennikov, a quien se le dijo que no podía continuar viviendo en Canadá.

El día que debía ser deportado, Lennikov fue a refugiarse en la Primera Iglesia Luterana del Este de Vancouver. La iglesia dijo que ellos lo protegerían mientras siguiera en vigencia la orden de deportación.

Pero él no ha sido el primero en buscar refugio en la iglesia. En la Edad Media en Europa, la ley ordenaba que la iglesia podía servir de refugio para los criminales.

Aun cuando Canadá no tiene leyes explícitas con respecto a esto, la policía no se atrevió a arrestar a alguien que había buscado asilo en un santuario. En la opinión de algunos, el que la policía invadiera una iglesia sería el rompimiento de la separación de iglesia y estado.

Al leer el relato de este ex-espía, no pude dejar de pensar en cuán a menudo la gente olvida que Dios es su refugio. A causa del sacrificio que el Salvador hizo en la cruz, y a causa de su gloriosa resurrección, quienes creemos hemos recibido la protección del santuario.
  • Cuando seguimos a Cristo, nuestros pecados son perdonados y somos liberados de la culpa.
  • Cuando nos mantenemos entre los redimidos, Satanás no puede demandar que seamos deportados a su reino.
  • Cuando confiamos en la resurrección del Señor Jesús, la muerte no nos puede reclamar.
No sé qué sucedió con Lennikow, quien confió en la iglesia para mantenerse físicamente seguro; pero sí sé con certeza qué pasará con todos los creyentes en Cristo.

Junto con el Salmista podremos decir: "Dios es nuestro amparo y fortaleza. Nuestro pronto auxilio en todos los problemas."

ORACIÓN: Salvador, gracias a tu sacrificio y a que eres mi refugio, ayudador y salvador, tengo un nuevo hogar, un nuevo país y una familia de fe. En tu nombre oro. Amén.

© Copyright 2017 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Reina Valera Contemporánea (RVC) Copyright © 2009, 2011 by Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas.

Our Daily Bread - The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Read: 1 Samuel 20:35–42 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 4–5; Matthew 24:29–51

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5

A dear friend of mine sent me a text message that said, “I’m so glad we can tell each other the good, the bad, and the ugly!” We have been friends for many years, and we have learned to share our joys and our failures. We recognize we are far from perfect, so we share our struggles but we also rejoice in each other’s successes.

David and Jonathan had a solid friendship too, beginning with the good days of David’s victory over Goliath (1 Sam. 18:1–4). They shared their fears during the bad days of Jonathan’s father’s jealousy (18:6–11; 20:1–2). Finally, they suffered together during the ugly days of Saul’s plans to kill David (20:42).

Good friends don’t abandon us when external circumstances change. They stay with us through the good and the bad days. Good friends also may point us to God in the ugly days, when we may feel tempted to walk away from our Lord.

Real friendships are a gift from God because they exemplify the perfect Friend, who remains loyal through the good, the bad, and the ugly days. As the Lord reminds us, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Dear Lord, I thank You for the good friends You have placed in my life, but above all, I thank You for Your friendship.

Read about living in the power of the Spirit and serving one another in love at

A friend is the first person who comes in when the whole world has gone out.

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Những Ngày Tươi Đẹp Và Những Ngày Đen Tối

Đọc: I Sa-mu-ên 20:35-42 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Lê-vi ký 4-5; Ma-thi-ơ 24:29-51

Ta sẽ chẳng lìa con, chẳng bỏ con đâu. Hê-bơ-rơ 13:5

Một người bạn yêu quý đã gửi cho tôi một tin nhắn nói rằng: “Tôi rất vui vì chúng ta có thể nói với nhau về những điều tốt, điều xấu và điều tồi tệ của chúng ta!” Chúng tôi đã làm bạn với nhau nhiều năm, và chúng tôi đã học cách chia sẻ với nhau mọi niềm vui và thất bại của mình. Chúng tôi nhận ra rằng mình không hề hoàn hảo, vì thế chúng tôi chia sẻ với nhau những tranh chiến của mình, nhưng cũng vui mừng trong những thành công của nhau.

Đa-vít và Giô-na-than cũng có một tình bạn vững bền, bắt đầu bằng những ngày tươi đẹp khi Đa-vít thắng Gô-li-át (1 Sam. 18:1-4). Họ chia sẻ với nhau những sợ hãi của mình trong suốt những ngày đen tối khi cha của Giô-na-than ganh ghét Đa-vít (18:6-11; 20:1-2). Cuối cùng, họ cùng nhau chịu khổ trong suốt những ngày tháng tồi tệ khi Sau-lơ lập mưu giết hại Đa-vít (20:42).

Bạn tốt không từ bỏ chúng ta khi hoàn cảnh bên ngoài thay đổi. Họ đứng bên chúng ta trong những ngày tươi đẹp cũng như những ngày tồi tệ. Bạn tốt cũng hướng chúng ta đến Chúa trong những ngày đen tối nhất, khi chúng ta thấy mình bị cám dỗ cách xa Chúa.

Tình bạn chân thật là một món quà từ Chúa bởi vì tình bạn đó minh họa cho Người Bạn hoàn hảo, Đấng vẫn ở bên chúng ta trong những ngày tươi đẹp, những ngày tồi tệ và cả những ngày đen tối. Như Chúa nhắc nhở chúng ta: “Ta sẽ chẳng lìa con, chẳng bỏ con đâu” (Hê-bơ-rơ 13:5).

Lạy Chúa, con cảm tạ Ngài về những người bạn Ngài đặt để trong cuộc đời con, nhưng trên hết, cảm ơn Ngài về tình bạn của chính Ngài.

Bạn hữu là người đầu tiên chạy đến với ta khi cả thế giới quay lưng.

© 2017 Lời Sống Hằng Ngày

Nuestro Pan Diario - Lo bueno, lo malo y lo feo

Leer: 1 Samuel 20:35-42 | La Biblia en un año: Mateo 24:29-51

… No te desampararé, ni te dejaré (Hebreos 13:5).

Un amigo querido me mandó un mensaje de texto que decía: «¡Me alegra tanto que podamos contarnos lo bueno, lo malo y lo feo!». Somos amigos desde hace muchos años y hemos aprendido a compartir nuestras alegrías y fracasos. Reconocemos que estamos lejos de ser perfectos, por eso hablamos de nuestras luchas, pero también nos regocijamos en las victorias del otro.

David y Jonatán también tenían una amistad sólida, la cual comenzó en los días buenos, cuando David derrotó a Goliat (1 Samuel 18:1-4). Compartieron sus temores durante los tiempos malos de celos del padre de Jonatán (18:6-11; 20:1-2). Finalmente, sufrieron juntos en la época fea en que Saúl planeaba matar a David (20:42).

Los buenos amigos no nos abandonan cuando las circunstancias externas cambian. Permanecen a nuestro lado en las buenas y en las malas. También nos aconsejan acudir a Dios en los momentos feos, cuando quizá nos sintamos tentados a alejarnos de Él.

Los amigos auténticos son un regalo de Dios porque ejemplifican al Amigo perfecto, el cual permanece fiel en días buenos, malos y feos. Tal como nos recuerda el Señor: «No te desampararé, ni te dejaré» (Hebreos 13:5).

Señor, gracias por lo buenos amigos que has colocado en mi vida; pero, por sobre todo, te agradezco por ser tú mi amigo.

Un amigo es aquel que aparece cuando todo el mundo desaparece.

Unser Täglich Brot - Das Gute und das Schlechte

Lesen: 1.Samuel 20,35-42 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 3.Mose 4–5; Matthäus 24,29-51

Ich will dich nicht verlassen und nicht von dir weichen. Hebräer 13,5

Eine gute Bekannte schickte mir eine SMS, in der es hieß: „Ich bin so froh, dass wir über alles reden können, das Gute und das Schlechte!“ Wir sind schon lange befreundet und haben gelernt, über das, was uns freut, genauso zu reden wie über unser Versagen. Wir wissen, dass wir längst nicht vollkommen sind, deshalb reden wir über unsere Probleme. Aber wir freuen uns auch, wenn der anderen etwas gelingt.

David und Jonathan waren seit den guten Tagen, in denen David Goliath besiegt hatte, auch enge Freunde (1.Sam. 18,1-4). In den schweren Tagen, als Jonathans Vater eifersüchtig wurde, teilten sie ihre Ängste (18,6-11; 20,1-2). Und sie litten gemeinsam, als Saul plante, David umzubringen (20,42).

Gute Freunde lassen einander nicht im Stich, wenn sich die äußeren Umstände ändern. Sie halten zu uns in guten wie in bösen Tagen. Gute Freunde können uns auch wieder auf Gott hinweisen, wenn wir in schweren Tagen versucht sind, uns von ihm abzuwenden.

Echte Freundschaft ist ein Geschenk von Gott, weil sie ein Symbol ist, das uns auf den vollkommenen Freund hinweist, der uns in guten und in schlechten Tagen treu bleibt. Er hat gesagt: „Ich will dich nicht verlassen und nicht von dir weichen“ (Hebr. 13,5).

Lieber Herr, ich danke dir für gute Freunde. Du hast sie in mein Leben geschickt. Aber am meisten danke ich dir für deine Freundschaft.

Ein Freund ist der erste, der kommt, wenn alle anderen gegangen sind.

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - Le bon, le mauvais et le laid

Je ne te délaisserai point, et je ne t’abandonnerai point. Hébreux 13.5

Une de mes précieuses amies m’a envoyé un texto pour me dire : « Je suis si heureuse que nous puissions nous dire le bon, le mauvais et le laid ! » Nous sommes amies depuis de nombreuses années, et nous avons appris à partager nos joies et nos échecs. Reconnaissant être loin de la perfection, nous nous confessons nos combats, mais nous nous réjouissons également de nos succès respectifs.

David et Jonathan s’étaient eux aussi étroitement liés d’amitié, dès les beaux jours de la victoire de David sur Goliath (1 S 18.1‑4). Ils se sont raconté leurs craintes durant les mauvais jours où le père de Jonathan jalousait David (18.6‑11 ; 20.1,2). Finalement, ils ont souffert ensemble durant les mauvais jours où Saül planifiait de tuer David (20.42).

Les bons amis ne nous abandonnent pas lorsque la situation se corse. Ils restent à nos côtés dans les bons comme dans les mauvais jours. Il se peut aussi que nos bons amis nous incitent à lever les yeux sur Dieu durant les jours de laideur, lorsque nous serions tentés de nous détourner de lui.

Les véritables amitiés sont un don de Dieu, car elles nous servent d’exemples de l’Ami parfait, qui nous reste loyal durant les bons jours, les mauvais jours et les jours laids. Rappelons‑nous les paroles du Seigneur : « Je ne te délaisserai point, et je ne t’abandonnerai point » (HÉ 13.5).

L’ami est le premier à entrer quand le monde entier est sorti.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Добре, погане й жахливе

Читати: 1 Самуїлова 20:35-42 | Біблія за рік: Левит 4−5 ; Матвія 24:29-51

Я тебе не покину, ані не відступлюся від тебе! — Євреїв 13:5

Одна моя люба подруга надіслала мені повідомлення наступного змісту: “Я дуже рада, що ми можемо розказати одна одній добрі речі, погані й жахливі!” Ми дружимо вже багато років і навчились ділитись як приємними речами, так і своїми помилками. Ми зрозуміли, що нам далеко до досконалості, тому не боїмося зізнаватись у своїх духовних поразках, але й щиро радіємо нашим духовним перемогам.

Давида і Йонатана теж зв’язувала міцна дружба, що почалась ще в ті славні дні, коли Давид переміг Голіята (1 Сам. 18:1-4). Вони ділились своїми страхами в поганий період, коли Саул, батько Йонатана, був сповнений заздрості й підступності (1 Сам. 18:6-11; 20:1-2). Нарешті, вони разом страждали в ті жахливі дні, коли Саул намагався вбити Давида (1 Сам. 20:42).

Справжні друзі не кидають нас, коли наші життєві обставини змінюються не в кращий бік. Вони завжди з нами як в щасливі наші дні, так і в погані. У жахливі дні, коли відчуваємо спокуси, друзі можуть вказувати нам як триматися Господа.

Справжня дружба – то Божий дар. І Сам Бог є прикладом найкращого, довершеного Друга, Хто залишається вірним нам у будь-який період нашого життя – добрий, поганий або жахливий. Господь нагадує нам: “Я тебе не покину, ані не відступлюся від тебе!” (Євр. 13:5).

Дорогий Господи, я дякую Тобі за хороших друзів, що Ти посилаєш у моєму житті. Але понад усе дякую Тобі за Твою дружбу.

Друг – це той, хто першим приходить на допомогу, коли весь світ відвертається від нас.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Хорошее, плохое, ужасное

Читать сейчас: 1 Царств 20:35-42 | Библия за год: Левит 4-5; Матфея 24:29-51

«Не оставлю тебя и не покину тебя». — Евреям 13:5

Близкая подруга прислала мне сообщение: «Я очень рада, что мы можем рассказывать друг другу хорошее, плохое и даже ужасное». Мы дружим уже много лет и научились делиться всеми радостями и печалями. Мы признаем, что далеки от совершенства, поэтому делимся своими неудачами и, конечно же, радуемся успехам.

Давид и Ионафан также близко дружили, начиная со дня победы Давида над Голиафом (1 Цар. 18:1-4). Они делились друг с другом страхами, когда отец Ионафана терзался завистью (1 Цар. 8:6-11; 20:1-2). Наконец, они вместе страдали в те ужасные дни, когда Саул хотел убить Давида (1 Цар. 20:42).

Настоящие друзья не бросают в беде. Они остаются рядом и когда хорошо, и когда плохо. Добрые друзья также могут направить нас к Богу в ужасные дни, когда мы испытываем искушение отступить от Него.

Истинная дружба – дар от Бога, потому что в ней отражается совершенный Друг, Который остается с нами в хорошем, плохом и ужасном. Как сказал Господь: «Не оставлю тебя и не покину тебя» (Евр. 13:5).

Господь, я благодарю Тебя за добрых друзей, которых Ты послал в мою жизнь. Но больше всего я благодарю, что Ты назвал меня Своим другом.

Друг останется рядом, даже когда весь мир отвернется.

автор: Кейла Очоа

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный