Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Daily Readings for THURSDAY, February 16, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Isaiah 65:1-12

I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask, to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, "Here I am, here I am," to a nation that did not call on my name. I held out my hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices; a people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens and offering incense on bricks; who sit inside tombs, and spend the night in secret places; who eat swine's flesh, with broth of abominable things in their vessels; who say, "Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am too holy for you." These are a smoke in my nostrils, a fire that burns all day long. See, it is written before me: I will not keep silent, but I will repay; I will indeed repay into their laps their iniquities and their ancestors' iniquities together, says the LORD; because they offered incense on the mountains and reviled me on the hills, I will measure into their laps full payment for their actions. Thus says the LORD: As the wine is found in the cluster, and they say, "Do not destroy it, for there is a blessing in it," so I will do for my servants' sake, and not destroy them all. I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah inheritors of my mountains; my chosen shall inherit it, and my servants shall settle there. Sharon shall become a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down, for my people who have sought me. But you who forsake the LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny; I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter; because, when I called, you did not answer, when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my sight, and chose what I did not delight in.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from 1 Timothy 4:1-16

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared with a hot iron. They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by God's word and by prayer. If you put these instructions before the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with profane myths and old wives' tales. Train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. These are the things you must insist on and teach. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Mark 12:13-27
Glory be to Thee, O Lord

Then they sent to him some Pharisees and some Herodians to trap him in what he said. And they came and said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?" But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, "Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me see it." And they brought one. Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?" They answered, "The emperor's." Jesus said to them, "Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were utterly amazed at him. Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children; and the second married her and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman herself died. In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had married her." Jesus said to them, "Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong."

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

Morning Psalms

Psalm 105: Part I Confitemini Domino
1   Give thanks to the LORD and call upon his Name; make known his deeds among the peoples.
2   Sing to him, sing praises to him, and speak of all his marvelous works.
3   Glory in his holy Name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
4   Search for the LORD and his strength; continually seek his face.
5   Remember the marvels he has done, his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
6   O offspring of Abraham his servant, O children of Jacob his chosen.
7   He is the LORD our God; his judgments prevail in all the world.
8   He has always been mindful of his covenant, the promise he made for a thousand generations:
9   The covenant he made with Abraham, the oath that he swore to Issac,
10   Which he established as a statute for Jacob, an everlasting covenant for Israel,
11   Saying, "To you will I give the land of Canaan to be your allotted inheritance."
12   When they were few in number, of little account, and sojourners in the land,
13   Wandering from nation to nation and from one kingdom to another,
14   He let no one oppress them and rebuked kings for their sake,
15   Saying, "Do not touch my anointed and do my prophets no harm."
16   Then he called for a famine in the land and destroyed the supply of bread.
17   He sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18   They bruised his feet in fetters; his neck they put in an iron collar.
19   Until his prediction came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him.
20   The king sent and released him; the ruler of the peoples set him free.
21   He set him as a master over his household, as a ruler over all his possessions,
22   To instruct his princes according to his will and to teach his elders wisdom.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 105: Part II Et intravit Israel
23   Israel came into Egypt, and Jacob became a sojourner in the land of Ham.
24   The LORD made his people exceedingly fruitful; he made them stronger than their enemies;
25   Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people, and dealt unjustly with his servants.
26   He sent Moses his servant, and Aaron whom he had chosen.
27   They worked his signs among them, and portents in the land of Ham.
28   He sent darkness, and it grew dark; but the Egyptians rebelled against his words.
29   He turned their waters into blood and caused their fish to die.
30   Their land was overrun by frogs, in the very chambers of their kings.
31   He spoke, and there came swarms of insects and gnats within all their borders.
32   He gave them hailstones instead of rain, and flames of fire throughout their land.
33   He blasted their vines and their fig trees and shattered every tree in their country.
34   He spoke, and the locust came, and young locusts without number,
35   Which ate up all the green plants in their land and devoured the fruit of their soil.
36   He struck down the firstborn of their land, the firstfruits of all their strength.
37   He led out his people with silver and gold; in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled.
38   Egypt was glad of their going, because they were afraid of them.
39   He spread out a cloud for a covering and a fire to give light in the night season.
40   They asked, and quails appeared, and he satisfied them with bread from heaven.
41   He opened the rock, and water flowed, so the river ran in the dry places.
42   For God remembered his holy word and Abraham his servant.
43   So he led forth his people with gladness, his chosen with shouts of joy.
44   He gave his people the lands of the nations, and they took the fruit of others' toil,
45   That they might keep his statutes and observe his laws. Hallelujah!

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Verse of the Day - February 16, 2017

1 John 3:11 (NIV) [ More on Love and Hatred ] For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - The Last Thing God Wants to Do

"As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die?"
Ezekiel 33:11, NLT

When the prophet Jonah very reluctantly went to the city of Nineveh and preached that God would judge them in forty days, the king of Nineveh repented of his sin and set an example for his subjects. All the people repented of their sin, and God’s judgment was lifted.

In the same way, God told the people during Noah’s time that judgment was coming, but 120 years passed before it happened.

The Bible says, “When a crime is not punished quickly, people feel it is safe to do wrong” (Ecclesiastes 8:11). If we get away with something, we may think we’ll never get caught. But one thing is certain: It may be ten years from now, it may be ten hours from now, or it may be ten minutes from now, but God will keep His word. We will reap what we sow. We can take that to the bank.

God is in no rush to judge us. But at the same time, there comes a moment when the hammer drops, when our number is up. Understand, God doesn’t want to judge us. He says, “I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live” (Ezekiel 33:11). The Bible also says that God “does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9).

The last thing God wants to do is judge you. The last thing He wants to do is see you go to Hell. The last thing He wants to do is see your life wasted and thrown away. You were made in His image. He cares about you. And that is why He sent His own Son to die on the cross in your place and in mine.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - Dame sabiduría

Si a alguno de ustedes le falta sabiduría, pídasela a Dios, y él se la dará [...] Pero que pida con fe, sin dudar. Santiago 1:5-6, NVI

Así comienza una bellísima canción. Sé que no todos conocen al intérprete. La canción se llama «Dame sabiduría» y al cantante le dicen cariñosamente «Perucho» (Héctor Perucho Rivera), donde dice «dame sabiduría para alargar mis días».

En el Manual de Instrucciones se nos enseña que si tenemos falta de sabiduría, se la pidamos a Dios y Él nos la dará en abundancia (Santiago 1:5). También en ese mismo capítulo de Santiago, Dios nos advierte que pidamos con fe para que no seamos «como las olas del mar, agitadas y llevadas de un lado a otro por el viento» (v. 6).

La sabiduría nos capacita para enfrentarnos a diferentes pruebas. Al mismo tiempo, nos invita a tener un gran gozo. Algo muy interesante es que la sabiduría no es la posesión de información, sino la cordura.

A las mujeres se nos afirma con claridad en Proverbios 14:1 lo siguiente: «La mujer sabia edifica su casa; la necia, con sus manos la destruye».

La Biblia dice también que «el corazón del sabio hace prudente su boca, y añade gracia a sus labios» (Proverbios 16:23, rv-60).

Cuando aprendemos a ser sabios, sabemos que tomaremos mejores decisiones. Seremos mejores seres humanos y sabremos administrar como Dios quiere nuestra vida en general.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón. La Santa Biblia, Nueva Versión Internacional® NVI® Copyright © 1986, 1999, 2015 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Versión Reina-Valera 1960 © Sociedades Bíblicas en América Latina, 1960. Renovado © Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas, 1988.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - GOD AS DELIVERER

“And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Exodus 3: 9-10 (NIV)

Moses may have been delighted to hear that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was a God with a heart for His people’s suffering. Delighted too that this God with such a father’s heart then rises from His throne—not commanding armies of angels to relieve the suffering of His people—and comes down in His own person to deliver them from the hands of the Egyptians.

But Moses is totally taken back by the command, “I am sending YOU, Moses, to Pharaoh in order to bring the Israelis out of Egypt.” Moses reaction is one of self-deprecation and insecurity. He poses innumerable questions and obstacles. God promises to go with him and give Moses the exact words to say. God is able to deliver. And often He will ask YOU to be His agent.

In Iran, Pastor Haik Hovsepian (martyred in 1994) recorded many messages. It has been possible to distribute thousands of his tapes. One of the people who recently got hold of a tape is a Quran reciter. He has a very powerful voice and many times he has been invited to recite the Quran in different mosques in Iran. He also passionately recited about the life of the dead Imams (Muhammad’s descendants) in mourning ceremonies in order to make people cry. He used to be a very religious person himself.

When he got hold of a sermon of Haik, he realized that through religion he cannot be saved. He was in captivity of some immoral sins such as alcohol abuse and adultery. When he heard about the difference between religion and salvation of Jesus, the Spirit of God spoke to his heart. Every time he listened to this tape, he felt even more convinced that he needed the salvation of Jesus, until he finally gave his life to the Lord. By then he was not only liberated from the captivity of his sins, but also from the captivity of the religion with which he was identifying. He is now using his voice to sing for the Lord and shares about Jesus wherever he goes.

As he was a well-known person among Muslim religious leaders and other people, one evening the secret police knocked at his door. Two weeks later, they released him from prison on bail until his trial date. He had to borrow half of the money from his relatives as his savings were not enough. Since he lost his job as a Quran reciter, he does not have any source of income, so it is difficult for him to live and to pay the money back to his family. He is trusting God to totally deliver him. Praise God for the steadfast faith of this brother in following Jesus.

RESPONSE: Today I will trust God for deliverance from every challenge and temptation I face.

PRAYER: Thank You Lord for this precious deliverance record of Your power and goodness. I am available to act as Your agent in this world of suffering.

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NIV Devotions for Men - Zacchaeus: The Rich, Short Ruler

Luke 19:1–10

He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. (Luke 19:3)

Everyone in town knew him, but nobody liked him. He threw the worst parties and was always the first one drunk on his horribly cheap wine. It’s not as though he couldn’t afford anything better. Zacchaeus sat atop the whole dirty, tax-collecting heap, and from their years of overpaying collectors, the savvy residents of Jericho knew their money could buy better wine.

So when rumor started that a well-known teacher from the backwater of Galilee who had a penchant for waxing eloquent about money matters was making his way to Jericho, you can bet the person everyone least expected to see in the welcoming party was Zacchaeus. To everyone’s surprise the little man, dressed to the nines, showed up anyway. This teacher was, after all, growing extremely popular, and maybe it would do the collection agency’s reputation some good to see its chief officer rubbing shoulders with a hero of the working class. But when the day arrived, if Zacchaeus had come to be seen, the irony was only too apparent when it was he who had trouble seeing.

The crowds had started at the city gate where Jericho’s main drag began its meandering path through the city. Despite his compromised stature, Zacchaeus had always loved a crowd—crowds meant influence and power, not to mention a concentration of taxable pocketbooks. This small-town teacher’s people skills and crowd-gathering ability could come in handy for an unpopular political figure. If only Zacchaeus could see how this teacher did it.

Zacchaeus knew the parade route well, as he’d been a key figure in many of Jericho’s past spectacles. Picking up the fine linen hem of his garment, the short-legged tax collector hightailed it to a certain bend where the road took a dogleg left to get around a large sycamore tree near the center of town. He hadn’t climbed a tree since all his friends were still his height, and if all of Jericho hadn’t been down the road heralding the teacher, the crowd would have relished watching Zacchaeus fumble his way up the branches.

The only thing sillier than watching Zacchaeus climb up the tree was to see him come barreling out of it when the teacher called him by name: “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today” (Luke 19:5). The crowd must have groaned, knowing the dismal reputation of the tax collector’s social insensitivity. However, over the huffs, Zacchaeus’s voice rose up, “Here and now I’m a different person.” Whether or not he realized at that moment that the crowd was standing there has been a topic of conjecture ever since.

Back to the Future
  • Why do you think Zacchaeus wanted so badly to see Jesus?
  • What measures are you willing to take to gain a clearer “sight” of Jesus?
  • Jesus invites himself into your heart: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20). What can you do to show Jesus that you want him to “come in and eat with you”?
The Story Continues …

Get the whole story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1–10.

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Girlfriends in God - A Lion, A Sheep and a Lesson on Fear

Today’s Truth

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4, NIV).

Friend to Friend

For much of my life, I have battled fear. After surrendering my life to Christ, I assumed that I would no longer have to deal with fear. I soon realized that was not the case. I was confused. If God’s presence drives out fear, I must be doing something wrong.

The story is told of a little girl who developed the bad habit of lying. When her birthday came, she received a Saint Bernard puppy but told all of her friends she’d been given a lion. When her mother heard this story, she was not happy. “I told you not to lie. Honesty is very important. Now go upstairs and tell God you’re sorry. Promise Him you’ll never lie again.” The little girl slowly climbed the stairs to her room, said her prayers, and then came back down to play. Her mother was waiting. “Well, did you tell God you’re sorry?” she asked. “Yes, I did,” her daughter quickly responded. “And God said that sometimes He thinks it hard to tell a Saint Bernard from a lion, too.”

Oh, how I can relate to this little girl’s tactic. I am a master at rationalization. But there is one truth in this story that we shouldn’t miss. We must learn to face fear in total honesty instead of pretending it is something it is not. Trying to bury fear in some dark corner of our soul is pointless. Fear loves darkness. But when we drag it into the light of God’s truth, fear shrivels and dies.

I began to study the Word and soon realized that the presence of God always exposes fear and lets us see it for what it really is – powerless. The only power fear can have in my life is the power I allow it to have. I asked God to lead me to the truths that would teach me how to overcome fear. It didn’t take me long to land right in the middle of Psalm 23 where God reminded me that I am a sheep and He is my Shepherd.

Always in search of sweeter, greener grass, sheep tend to wander off into rocks and get into places from which they cannot escape. They will even jump down 10 or 12 feet, only to discover that they can’t jump back up again.

What do they do? Bleat like crazy - and the Shepherd comes running – right? Nope!

When the shepherd hears his sheep, he waits until the sheep is so weak from bleating that it can’t stand. He then ties a rope around the exhausted sheep and pulls it to safety. When asked why he waits so long before rescuing the sheep, the shepherd replied, “I have to wait until the sheep has no energy left because sheep are foolish. In an attempt to escape, they would run over the edge of the rocks and be killed.”

Oh, I am definitely a sheep. How about you? We often try everything and everyone else before gong to God as a last resort instead of the first place we should turn to when we are afraid. When we reach the end of ourselves, choose to face fear head on, and are willing to trust God completely, He will rescue us.

Let’s Pray

Father, I want to thank You for Your goodness to me this past year. I confess that there were times when I allowed fear to overwhelm me and overpower my faith. Please help me begin this New Year with my eyes on You and my glance on the circumstances. Teach me how to walk through my fear. Right now, Father, I surrender to You and the plan You have for me in 2017.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Take time to review the past year and consider the following questions:
  • What fears have you faced this year?
  • Was your response to these fears right or wrong?
  • How do you typically handle fear?
  • What fears are you facing today?
  • How do the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ affect those responses?
  • Read Luke 2:8-14. Examine your life in light of this passage.
More from the Girlfriends

Can you believe that the clean slate of 2017 is here? A new beginning and a fresh start! However, what did we learn in 2016 that will make a difference in the weeks and months ahead? I pray that your heart and mind will look ahead to all that this year holds. Guard your heart and mind against darkness. Stand firm in God’s power and presence. He is faithful and He is sufficient for whatever tomorrow brings.

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LHM Daily Devotion - "Remembering"

 February 16, 2017

You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.Deuteronomy 5:15a (ESV)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the man who made Sherlock Holmes famous.

I can't be sure, but I don't think he ever wrote about the time when the great detective and his sidekick, Dr. Watson, were on safari in Africa. In the middle of the night, Holmes awoke, nudged his companion, and asked, "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

Deliberately, Dr. Watson replied: "Holmes, I see many things. Astronomically, I see millions of galaxies. From the placement of the stars, I see that time is about half-past three. Meteorologically, I can see we have every possibility of enjoying a sunny day tomorrow."

Holmes asked, "Is that  all  you see?"

Watson finally had to admit, "Yes, that's all I see. Is there more?"

With a sigh Holmes said, "Yes, Watson, you are not seeing someone has taken our tent."

Watson had managed to miss the single thing that should have been most obvious.

In similar fashion, I see a great many people following in Watson's footsteps. Newspapers report wonderful advancements in knowledge; the radio talks about breakthroughs in technology; television points to the marvels of modern science. They tell us we live in a most wondrous time.

Still, if these are the only things we see, like Dr. Watson, we're missing the most obvious.

We are missing the Lord's handiwork in the affairs of humankind. Now, it would hardly be the first time such a thing has happened. The people before the flood thought they could do without God. And after the deluge they raised a tower to show their contempt of the Deity.

When the Children of Israel, having seen God's miracles in Egypt and having experienced His guidance through the Sinai, were prepared to enter the Promised Land, God spoke to them. He reminded them not to forget they were there because He had brought them there. Then He concluded it all by saying, "Remember."

Remember. That's what God's people in every generation are supposed to do.

We are to  remember . Now remembering the Lord who has given us all ought to be elementary, but it isn't. As proof, I can say every nation throughout history has managed to forget God and give into the sin of pride. Every global power, having enjoyed a period of prosperity, looks around and concludes that they -- not God -- have earned what they have. They forget.

Well, we are not completely responsible for what our nation remembers or forgets, but we are in charge of our homes and our own lives. We can remember how the Lord sent His Son to be the sacrifice which saves us, or we can forget. We can remember how Jesus gave His life so we might have life, or we can forget. We can remember the resurrection and know it will produce a great, unending heavenly reunion, or we can forget. We can remember to thank the Savior with our lives, or we can forget.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, every good and perfect gift comes from You. May we remember to give thanks for them and for the greatest gift of all: the salvation that is ours through our Savior's sacrifice. In His Name we pray. Amen.

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CPTLN Devocional - Conmigo para siempre

16 de Febrero 2017

Mi carne y mi corazón pueden desfallecer, pero Dios es la fortaleza de mi corazón y mi porción para siempre. Salmo 73:26 (LBLA)

En el mundo de los deportes de la escuela secundaria Rochelle en Texas, la alumna Bonnie Richardson se consagró como la atleta más destacada. Salió primera en salto alto, segunda en salto largo y tercera en lanzamiento de disco. Y luego salió primera en la carrera de 200 metros y segunda en la de 100 metros.

Esta alumna, por sí sola, logró acumular 42 puntos, ganando el título de Campeón del Estado.

Ahora, más allá de todos los laureles y trofeos que acumulemos en esta vida, las palabras del salmista siguen siendo ciertas: la carne y el corazón eventualmente van a desfallecer. Los grandes atletas del pasado hoy están confinados a los libros de historia y a los recuerdos en la memoria de sus admiradores.

Veamos lo que sigue diciendo el salmista: "Mi carne y mi corazón pueden desfallecer, pero Dios es la fortaleza de mi corazón y mi porción para siempre".

Lo más probable es que a cada uno de nosotros nos llegará el momento en que el cuerpo se rehusará a obedecer las órdenes del cerebro y las cosas no funcionarán como antes.

Cuando eso nos suceda, nuestro futuro nos podrá parecer sombrío y desalentador. Pero para quienes tenemos a Jesucristo como el Salvador de nuestras vidas, las cosas van a ser distintas. Porque gracias a él, sabemos que no estamos solos para enfrentar ese futuro. Nuestro Padre celestial, quien envió a su Hijo a salvarnos del castigo del pecado y de los estragos de la desobediencia, siempre está y va a estar con nosotros ayudándonos, protegiéndonos, guiándonos, y consolándonos. En él podemos confiar. Él nunca nos dejará ni nos abandonará.

ORACIÓN: Señor Jesús, te damos gracias por la fuerza de la juventud. Pero también te damos gracias porque por más dolores y problemas que suframos y por más viejos que nos volvamos, tu amor y cuidado son siempre constantes en nuestra vida. En tu nombre. Amén.

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Our Daily Bread - The Junkyard Genius

Read: John 9:1–11 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 19–20; Matthew 27:51–66

One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see! John 9:25

Noah Purifoy began his work as an “assemblage” artist with three tons of rubble salvaged from the 1965 riots in the Watts area of Los Angeles. From broken bicycle wheels and bowling balls to discarded tires and damaged TV sets—things no longer usable—he and a colleague created sculptures that conveyed a powerful message about people being treated as “throw-aways” in modern society. One journalist referred to Mr. Purifoy as “the junkyard genius.”

In Jesus’s time, many people considered those with diseases and physical problems as sinners being punished by God. They were shunned and ignored. But when Jesus and His disciples encountered a man born blind, the Lord said his condition was not the result of sin, but an occasion to see the power of God. “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). When the blind man followed Jesus’s instructions, he was able to see.

When the religious authorities questioned the man, he replied simply, “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (v. 25).

Jesus is still the greatest “junkyard genius” in our world. We are all damaged by sin, but He takes our broken lives and shapes us into His new creations.

Lord, I thank You today for Your amazing grace!

Jesus is the restorer of life.

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Thiên Tài Ve Chai

Đọc: Giăng 9:1-11 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Lê-vi ký 19-20; Ma-thi-ơ 27:51-66

Nhưng tôi chỉ biết một điều, ấy là trước tôi đã mù mà bây giờ thấy được. (Giăng 9:25)

Noah Purifoy bắt đầu công việc nghệ sĩ “lắp ráp” của mình với ba tấn gạch vụn phế thải từ những cuộc bạo loạn năm 1965 tại khu vực Watts của Los Angeles. Từ những bánh xe đạp bị gãy vụn và những quả bóng bowling bị hư đến những lốp xe bị vứt đi và những chiếc Tivi hỏng – những thứ không còn sử dụng được nữa – anh và những đồng nghiệp đã tạo nên những tác phẩm điêu khắc chuyển tải một thông điệp mạnh mẽ về những người bị đối xử như những “thứ đáng bỏ đi” của xã hội hiện đại. Một phóng viên đã gọi Purifoy là “thiên tài ve chai, đồng nát”.

Trong thời Chúa Jêsus, nhiều người coi những người bị bệnh tật về thể chất như những tội nhân bị Đức Chúa Trời hình phạt. Họ bị xa lánh và phớt lờ. Nhưng khi Chúa Jêsus và các môn đệ của Ngài gặp một người đàn ông bị mù, Chúa đã nói rằng bệnh tật của ông không phải là do tội lỗi, nhưng đó là cơ hội để quyền năng của Đức Chúa Trời được thể hiện. “Đang lúc Ta còn ở thế gian, Ta là ánh sáng của thế gian” (Giăng 9:5). Khi người mù đó làm theo sự chỉ dẫn của Chúa Jêsus, mắt ông đã thấy được.

Khi những người lãnh đạo tôn giáo chất vấn người mù đó, ông đáp lại cách đơn giản: “Tôi chỉ biết một điều, ấy là trước tôi đã mù mà bây giờ thấy được” (c.25).

Chúa Jêsus vẫn là “thiên tài ve chai” vĩ đại nhất trong thế giới của chúng ta. Chúng ta ai cũng bị tội lỗi hủy hoại, nhưng Ngài đã đón nhận cuộc đời tan vỡ của chúng ta và nắn chúng ta nên những tạo vật mới của Ngài.

Lạy Chúa, con cảm ơn Ngài vì ân điển diệu kỳ của Ngài!

Chúa Jêsus là Đấng phục hồi cuộc đời.

Nuestro Pan Diario - El genio de la basura

Leer: Juan 9:1-11 | La Biblia en un año: Mateo 27:51-66

… una cosa sé, que habiendo yo sido ciego, ahora veo (Juan 9:25).

Noah Purifoy empezó como artista de «recolección» con tres toneladas de escombros de los vandalismos de 1965 en una zona de Los Ángeles, Estados Unidos. Desde ruedas de bicicletas rotas y bolas de boliche hasta llantas desechadas y televisores dañados —cosas ya inservibles—, él y un colega crearon esculturas que transmitían un enérgico mensaje sobre cómo la sociedad moderna «descarta» a las personas. Un periodista se refirió a Purifoy como «el genio de la basura».

En la época de Jesús, muchos consideraban que quienes tenían enfermedades y problemas físicos eran pecadores a quien Dios estaba castigando. Entonces, los evitaban e ignoraban. Pero, cuando Jesús y sus discípulos se encontraron con un hombre que había nacido ciego, el Señor explicó que su estado no se debía al pecado, sino que era una ocasión para ver el poder de Dios: «Entre tanto que estoy en el mundo, luz soy del mundo» (Juan 9:5). El ciego siguió las indicaciones de Jesús y pudo ver.

Cuando las autoridades religiosas le preguntaron, él simplemente contestó: «una cosa sé, que habiendo yo sido ciego, ahora veo» (v. 25).

Jesús sigue siendo el gran «genio de la basura» del mundo. El pecado nos dañó a todos, pero Él toma nuestras vidas rotas y crea una nueva.

Señor, te agradezco por tu gracia asombrosa.

Jesús es el restaurador de la vida.

Unser Täglich Brot - Schrottkünstler

Lesen: Johannes 9,1-11 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 3.Mose 19–20; Matthäus 27,51-66

Eins aber weiß ich: dass ich blind war und bin nun sehend. Johannes 9,25

Noah Purifoy begann seine Laufbahn als „Assemblage“-Künstler mit drei Tonnen Abfall. Aus kaputten Fahrradrädern und Kegelkugeln über entsorgte Reifen bis hin zu kaputten Fernsehern—Dingen, die nicht mehr gebrauchstüchtig sind—schuf er mit einem Kollegen Skulpturen, die eindrücklich bewusstmachen, wie Menschen von der modernen Gesellschaft als „Abfallprodukte“ behandelt werden.

Zu Jesu Zeiten hielt man Menschen, die von Krankheiten oder körperlichen Problemen gequält wurden, für Sünder, die Gott strafte. Sie wurden verachtet und ignoriert. Aber als Jesus und seine Jünger einem Mann begegneten, der blind geboren war, sagte er, die Blindheit dieses Mannes sei nicht die Folge einer Sünde, sondern eine Gelegenheit, Gottes Macht zu erleben. „Solange ich in der Welt bin, bin ich das Licht der Welt“ (Joh. 9,5). Als der Blinde Jesu Aufforderung folgte, konnte er sehen.

Als die frommen Führer ihn befragten, sagte er einfach: „Eins weiß ich, dass ich blind war und bin nun sehend“ (V.25).

Jesus ist immer noch der größte „Schrottkünstler“ der Welt. Die Sünde hat uns alle kaputt gemacht, aber er nimmt unser zerbrochenes Leben und formt daraus etwas Neues.

Herr, ich danke dir heute für deine erstaunliche Gnade!

Jesus bringt das Leben wieder in Ordnung.

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - Le génie de la décharge

[Je] sais une chose, c’est que j’étais aveugle et que maintenant je vois. (Jean 9.25)

Noah Purifoy a amorcé sa carrière d’artiste d’« assemblage » avec pour matière première trois tonnes d’ordures récupérées après les émeutes survenues en 1995 dans la région de Watts, à Los Angeles. À partir notamment de roues de vélo cassées, de boules de jeu de quilles, de pneus usés et de téléviseurs endommagés – des choses inutilisables –, un de ses collègues et lui ont créé des sculptures au message puissant concernant les gens que l’on traite comme des « détritus » au sein de la société moderne. Un certain journaliste a surnommé M. Purifoy « le génie de la décharge ».

À l’époque de Jésus, beaucoup de gens considéraient les malades et les infirmes comme des pécheurs que Dieu avait ainsi punis. On les évitait et l’on ne faisait aucun cas d’eux. Lorsque Jésus et ses disciples ont croisé le chemin d’un homme né aveugle, le Seigneur a toutefois indiqué que son état ne résultait pas d’un péché, mais constituait l’occasion de faire voir la puissance de Dieu : « Pendant que je suis dans le monde, je suis la lumière du monde » (JN 9.5). Quand l’aveugle s’est mis à suivre les directives de Jésus, la vue lui a été accordée.

Lorsque les autorités religieuses d’alors ont questionné l’aveugle, celui‑ci leur a simplement répondu : « [Je] sais une chose, c’est que j’étais aveugle et que maintenant je vois » (V. 25).

Jésus reste le plus grand « génie de la décharge » du monde, car de nos vies brisées par le péché, il fait de nouvelles créations.

Jésus est celui qui restaure la vie.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Геній звалищ

Читати: Івана 9:1-11 | Біблія за рік: Левит 19−20 ; Матвія 27:51-66

Одне тільки знаю, що я був сліпим, а тепер бачу! — Івана 9:25

Ноа Пуріфой почав свою справу як “митець збирання” з трьома тоннами різного непотребу, що він назбирав після заворушень у 1965 році в Уоттсі, передмісті Лос-Анджелеса. Використовуючи різні зламані і вже нікому не потрібні речі – від велосипедних коліс і м’ячів боулінгу до пошкоджених шин і телевізорів, – Ноа зі своїм колегою створював скульптури, що дуже яскраво відображали життя тих знедолених, яких у сучасному суспільстві вважають за непотріб. Один із журналістів назвав містера Пуріфоя “генієм звалищ”.

За часів Ісуса суспільство загалом вважало людей з хворобами та фізичними вадами грішниками, що їх покарав Бог. Їх уникали, ігнорували. Але коли Ісус з учнями зустрів одного чоловіка, що був сліпим від народження, Господь вказав, що його сліпота є не результатом гріха, а можливістю продемонструвати Божу силу. “Доки Я в світі, Я Світло для світу” (Ів. 9:5). Сліпець послухався наказів Ісуса, завдяки чому отримав зір.

Коли релігійні лідери почали допитуватись колишнього сліпця, як він прозрів, той просто відповів: “Одне тільки знаю, що я був сліпим, а тепер бачу!” (Ів. 9:25).

Ісус і тепер залишається найбільшим у світі митцем. Всі ми пошкоджені гріхом, але Його праця – взяти наше зламане життя і зробити з нього шедевр.

Господи, дякую Тобі сьогодні за Твою чудову благодать!

Ісус відновлює людські життя.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Мусорный гений

 Читать сейчас: Иоанна 9:1-11 | Библия за год: Левит 19-20; Матфея 27:51-66

Одно знаю, что я был слеп, а теперь вижу. — Иоанна 9:25

Ной Пьюрифой начал свою работу «художника-собирателя» с трех тонн булыжников, оставшихся на улицах Лос-Анжелеса после беспорядков в 1965 г. От сломанных велосипедных колес и шаров для боулинга до изношенных автопокрышек и сгоревших телевизоров – из всего этого он с помощниками создает скульптуры, которые повествуют о людях, ставших «отбросами» в современном обществе. Один журналист назвал Пьюрифоя «мусорным гением».

Во дни Иисуса Христа многие люди с болезнями и увечьями считались грешниками, наказанными Богом. Их презирали и изгоняли. Но когда Иисус, идя с учениками, увидел слепого от рождения человека, Он сказал, что его состояние – не результат греха, а возможность для Бога проявить Свою силу. «Доколе Я в мире, Я свет миру», – сказал Он (Ин. 9:5). Исполнив все, что велел ему Иисус, слепой прозрел.

Иудеи стали расспрашивать прозревшего о подробностях, а он просто ответил: «Знаю, что я был слеп, а теперь вижу» (Ин. 9:25).

Иисус – по-прежнему величайший художник, способный создавать великое из ничтожного. Мы все испорчены грехом, но Он берет нас в Свои руки и превращает в новое творение.

Господь, благодарю за Твою изумительную благодать!

Иисус Христос – восстановитель жизни.

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный