Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Daily Readings for SATURDAY, March 11, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Deuteronomy 11:18-28

You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the LORD swore to your ancestors to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. If you will diligently observe this entire commandment that I am commanding you, loving the LORD your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him, then the LORD will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and mightier than yourselves. Every place on which you set foot shall be yours; your territory shall extend from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the Western Sea. No one will be able to stand against you; the LORD your God will put the fear and dread of you on all the land on which you set foot, as he promised you. See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn from the way that I am commanding you today, to follow other gods that you have not known.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Hebrews 5:1-10

Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you" as he says also in another place, "You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek." In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in John 4:1-26
Glory be to Thee, O Lord!

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, "Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John" -- although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized-- he left Judea and started back to Galilee. But he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?" (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?" Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water." Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come back." The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband' for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!" The woman said to him, "Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem." Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us." Jesus said to her, "I am he, the one who is speaking to you."

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

Morning Psalms

Psalm 55 Exaudi, Deus
1   Hear my prayer, O God; do not hide yourself from my petition.
2   Listen to me and answer me; I have no peace, because of my cares.
3   I am shaken by the noise of the enemy and by the pressure of the wicked;
4   For they have cast an evil spell upon me and are set against me in fury.
5   My heart quakes within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
6   Fear and trembling have come over me, and horror overwhelms me.
7   And I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
8   I would flee to a far-off place and make my lodging in the wilderness.
9   I would hasten to escape from the stormy wind and tempest."
10   Swallow them up, O Lord; confound their speech; for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
11   Day and night the watchmen make their rounds upon her walls, but trouble and misery are in the midst of her.
12   There is corruption at her heart; her streets are never free of oppression and deceit.
13   For had it been an adversary who taunted me, then I could have borne it; or had it been an enemy who vaunted himself against me, then I could have hidden from him.
14   But it was you, a man after my own heart, my companion, my own familiar friend.
15   We took sweet counsel together, and walked with the throng in the house of God.
16   Let death come upon them suddenly; let them go down alive to the grave; for wickedness is in their dwellings, in their very midst.
17   But I will call upon God, and the LORD will deliver me.
18   In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament, and he will hear my voice.
19   He will bring me safely back from the battle waged against me; for there are many who fight me.
20   God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me and bring them down; they never change; they do not fear God.
21   My companion stretched forth his hand against his comrade; he has broken his covenant.
22   His speech is softer than butter, but war is in his heart.
23   His words are smoother than oil, but they are drawn swords.
24   Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous stumble.
25   For you will bring the bloodthirsty and deceitful down to the pit of destruction, O God.
26   They shall not live out half their days, but I will put my trust in you.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 138 Confitebor tibi
1   I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing your praise.
2   I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your Name, because of your love and faithfulness;
3   For you have glorified your Name and your word above all things.
4   When I called, you answered me; you increased my strength within me.
5   All the kings of the earth will praise you, O LORD, when they have heard the words of your mouth.
6   They will sing of the ways of the LORD, that great is the glory of the LORD.
7   Though the LORD be high, he cares for the lowly; he perceives the haughty from afar.
8   Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right hand shall save me.
9   The LORD will make good his purpose for me; O LORD, your love endures for ever; do not abandon the works of your hands.

Psalm 139 Domine, probasti
1   LORD, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
2   You trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with all my ways.
3   Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, but you, O LORD, know it altogether.
4   You press upon me behind and before and lay your hand upon me.
5   Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
6   Where can I go then from your Spirit? where can I flee from your presence?
7   If I climb up to heaven, you are there; if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
8   If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
9   Even there your hand will lead me and your right hand hold me fast.
10   If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night, "
11   Darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to you are both alike.
12   For you yourself created my inmost parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
13   I will thank you because I am marvelously made; your works are wonderful, and I know it well.
14   My body was not hidden from you, while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth.
15   Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written in your book; they were fashioned day by day, when as yet there was none of them.
16   How deep I find your thoughts, O God! how great is the sum of them!
17   If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.
18   Oh, that you would slay the wicked, O God! You that thirst for blood, depart from me.
19   They speak despitefully against you; your enemies take your Name in vain.
20   Do I not hate those, O LORD, who hate you? and do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
21   I hate them with a perfect hatred; they have become my own enemies.
22   Search me out, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my restless thoughts.
23   Look well whether there be any wickedness in me and lead me in the way that is everlasting.

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Verse of the Day - March 11, 2017

Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV) Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

Read all of Deuteronomy 7

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Weeping and Working"

When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.
Nehemiah 1:4 (NLT)

Alexander Maclaren said, “Tell me the depth of a Christian man’s compassion, and I will tell you the measure of his usefulness.”

How deep does your compassion go? God is still looking for such people. A lot of Christians say they are too timid or afraid of this or that to share their faith with an unbeliever. But I think, in reality, they don’t really have a burden for them.

Nehemiah was in a position of great influence and power serving under the king. He wasn’t a preacher. He wasn’t a priest. He wasn’t a scribe. He wasn’t in any kind of ministry, as we would call it. But he loved God. And one day, someone told him about the plight of the Jews and how the walls of Jerusalem that once stood in honor of God lay in ruins.

Nehemiah began to weep and pray. But after his weeping came working. After his despair came determination. It touched him, and he wanted to do something about it. So he prayed and devised a plan, and then that plan began to unfold.

Does it affect you to know there are many people who don’t know Christ, who are basically on their way to a certain judgment? Does it move you? Until you are moved in the depths of your soul, you are not going to move your feet.

Effectively sharing our faith must start with a God-given burden, leading us to prayer. And then we need to go out and do something.

I would rather go out, fall flat on my face, and make every mistake there is to make in sharing my faith than to never do anything. When we sit around and do nothing for fear of failure, we are missing what God has called us to do.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - Oración por entendimiento

Con tus manos me creaste, me diste forma. Dame entendimiento para aprender tus mandamientos.
Salmo 119:73 (NVI)

Gracias te doy, Dios mío, porque aunque sea un lector de tu Palabra y me beneficie de sus enseñanzas, hoy, Padre, quiero pedirte por las personas que no te conocen. Quiero pedirte por las personas que tal vez ahora han sentido un gran deseo de empezar a buscar de ti, de conocer más de tu Palabra.

Te pido, Señor, que les des la facilidad de buscar y encontrar una Biblia.

Y, Dios mío, que cuando la encuentren, hallen verdadera revelación y puedan convertirla en un manual de vida y de conocimiento.

Abre sus mentes y prepara sus corazones para recibir todo lo que ya les tienes preparado desde la eternidad.

Gracias, Dios mío, por haberte inspirado y haber dejado esa maravillosa escuela de vida.

También te agradezco que muchos conocerán la Palabra y la Palabra los hará libres.

Te amo con todo mi corazón.

Amén y amén.

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - THE WAY OF THE CROSS

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death…

Members of the persecuted church around the world have long understood the true significance of the cross of Christ. Pastor Allen Yuan in China, who spent almost twenty-two years in prison for his faith away from his large family, often talks about his sufferings over those years. But he invariably concludes with the statement, “They are nothing compared with the Cross!

The best known and loved pastor in China was Watchman Nee who was martyred in the early 1970’s. One of his elderly co-workers said recently, “If we call ourselves Christians—people following Christ—we should know what road we are taking. Christ went the way of the Cross. We should be prepared to do likewise.”

A Canadian Christian aid worker was overwhelmed at the enormous need among the believers of southern Sudan. He recalls some children in a village wearing nothing but hand carved bone crosses fashioned in necklaces around their necks. He pointed to the cross on one emaciated child and questioned her with hand motions. She smiled broadly, took off the necklace and handed it to him.

His thoughtful analysis is this: “That little act symbolizes the state of the suffering church in Sudan. With absolutely nothing in the way of material possessions, they still have the cross of Jesus Christ. They are prepared to share its hope - even though it means death.”

Indian missionary and martyr, Sadhu Sundar Singh, wrote in his diary, “It is easy to die for Christ. It is hard to live for him. Dying takes only an hour or two but to live for Christ means to die daily [to self].”

A thirty-two-year-old pastor works in upper Egypt, an area of intense persecution for Christians. He runs a day care centre, a medical clinic, a literacy training program as well as caring for the families of those in prison. He has been beaten twice by Muslim extremists and threatened daily with death. He knows they are trying to kill him...but he continues to daily bear his cross.

A leading pastor in Egypt shared about a parishioner who tearfully came for counselling. Young people she had trained at her work were recently promoted to be her supervisors. She was passed over solely because she was a Christian. The pastor concluded, “That’s the cross we must bear here in Egypt!”

The essence of these examples is that instead of exercising and asserting my will, I learn to co-operate with God’s wishes and comply with His will.

RESPONSE: Today I will walk the way of the cross with Jesus and comply with His will.

PRAYER: Pray for believers under severe persecution who today will take up their cross to follow Jesus.

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NIV Devotions for Couples - The Big Result of a Little Independence

Jeremiah 2:1–3:5

“You have lived as a prostitute with many lovers—would you now return to me?” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 3:1 (NIV)

A while back, a man who had attended our Bible study stepped down from his responsibilities at church and moved out of his house. He left his wife and children and moved in with a gay lover. Our church was stunned, and our close-knit Bible study group was numb with shock. We hadn’t seen this coming.

Yet the clues were there. With the 20/20 vision that hindsight provides, his wife and I identified numerous tiny infidelities that had led to the ultimate big one. He had often made unilateral decisions, not taking his wife’s feelings or viewpoints into consideration. He often had kept his thoughts and feelings to himself. He certainly had not made a practice of humbly confessing his weaknesses or sins to his wife. His spending of time and money reflected a determination to primarily please himself, not to lay down his life for his family (see 1 John 3:16).

The prophet Jeremiah was called the “weeping prophet” because he often openly expressed his sorrow over the spiritual and moral condition of the faithless people of Judah and their impending destruction. God was long-suffering, but the people would suffer his coming judgment.

Judah’s infidelity showed up in numerous acts of disobedience. The people had fallen into idolatry, immorality and injustice. Personal and social corruption was prevalent. The Israelites fulfilled their religious obligations, but their hearts weren’t in the right place. Prophets, priests, nobility and common citizens were all guilty. God viewed his people’s many acts of independence (rather than God-dependence) as tantamount to adultery, an ultimate breaking of relationship with him.

Most of us can’t imagine how we would ever get to the point of entering into a sexual relationship outside our marriage. And yet adultery happens all the time, almost as often with Christians as with non-believers. And it usually begins with little acts of unfaithfulness that build gradually into bigger ones until suddenly one day we realize we’re up to our necks in a full-blown affair.

So if we want to safeguard the purity of our marriage, we’ve got to be on guard against small acts of faithlessness. We’ve got to ask ourselves questions, such as: Are my decisions to spend money at the mall based primarily on my own self-interests or are they made for the good of my spouse and family? Do I think more about myself than I do about my spouse in making plans for the evening or weekend? How important are the needs of my family in deciding whether or not to take on more work?

If, with God’s help, I refuse to take any baby steps of independence that distance me from my spouse, then I may never take that giant step of adultery. I’m not so overconfident as to say, “Sexual infidelity could never happen to us.” Instead, I humbly say, “Lord, protect my daily faithfulness in every way, both to you and to my spouse.”

Annette LaPlaca

Let’s Talk
  • When have we been totally surprised by someone’s unfaithfulness?
  • If we act as our own “fidelity police,” can we identify ways we’ve each acted independently or without consideration for each other?
  • How can everyday choices lead to lifelong sexual faithfulness?

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LHM Daily Devotion - "Shining in Glory"

Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Shining in Glory"

March 11, 2017

And as He was praying, the appearance of His face was altered, and His clothing became dazzling white (Luke 9:29, ESV).

Read Luke 9:28-36

Eight days after Jesus predicted His death and resurrection, He takes three disciples up a mountain where He is transfigured before them. Peter had called Him the Christ of God. Now he can look upon the glorious face of God's eternal Son. Jesus always had this glory, but from His conception until that very moment it had been hidden behind His humanity. Now, for a brief moment, it bursts forth on the mountain.

This glorious sight might strengthen Peter, James and John's false dream of Jesus reigning over a glorious, earthly kingdom. But Moses and Elijah-two great leaders from the Old Testament-stand speaking with Jesus about His departure and how He will complete His earthly mission through His death, resurrection and ascension. Peter, James and John awaken. Seeing Moses and Elijah beginning to leave, Peter blurts out his desire to build three shelters so they can stay.

Suddenly, a bright cloud envelopes Jesus and the three disciples. And from the cloud the voice of the Father speaks out, "This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!" Jesus has much to teach them-and us-about our earthly life and how He will lay down His life, so we might live forever with Him.

After the voice had spoken, Jesus was again alone with them, back to His normal, veiled appearance. He then leads them down the mountain on the path that will take Him to the cross.

THE PRAYER:  Almighty God, in Jesus' transfiguration we see His full glory as Your mighty and eternal Son. Strengthen my trust in Him as my Savior, so I may see His glory face to face in heaven. I pray this in Jesus' Name. Amen

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Devociones de Cuaresma - El diablo lee la Biblia

Devociones de Cuaresma  2017

El diablo lee la Biblia

11 de Marzo de 2017

También está escrito... Mateo 4:7a, RVC (4:5-7)

Es interesante ver cómo, para tentar a Jesús, el diablo usa la Escritura en forma muy astuta. Textualmente cita los versículos 10 y 11 del Salmo 91, pero se "le olvidó" el versículo 9 de ese Salmo que dice: "Por haber puesto al Señor por tu esperanza, por poner al Altísimo como tu protector, no te sobrevendrá ningún mal..."

Si Jesús no hubiera sabido más que el diablo sobre la Escritura Sagrada, podría haber caído en la trampa. El Salmo 91 no fue escrito para probar a Dios, sino para asegurarnos de la promesa que, cuando confiamos en el Señor, él nos protege, por lo que no necesitamos ponerlo a prueba.

Me pregunto cuántas veces probamos a Dios, utilizando en forma parcial las Escrituras. Pienso en pasajes como: "... todo lo que pidan al Padre, en mi nombre, él se lo concederá" (Juan 16:23). "Todo" no quiere decir todo lo que se nos antoja, sino "todo" lo que tiene que ver con el reino de Dios. ¿Tentamos a Dios recordándole parcialmente sus promesas?

Jesús supo poner la Escritura en el contexto de Dios. Entonces todo cobra sentido: su ministerio, su paciencia con los discípulos, su aceptación de la autoridad de Pilato, su sufrimiento callado, su muerte sacrificial. Jesús entendió la Escritura y la aceptó en los términos de Dios, para que nosotros podamos tener la libertad de dejarnos guiar por ella para vencer las tentaciones. Jesús venció al diablo con la Palabra, y mediante ella nos da sabiduría y fuerza para que nosotros salgamos vencedores ante el maligno.

Gracias, Padre, por tu Palabra santa que nos protege del diablo y nos trae a Jesús. Amén

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Our Daily Bread - Mayday!

Read: Psalm 86:1–13 | Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 14–16; Mark 12:28–44

When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me. Psalm 86:7

The international distress signal “Mayday” is always repeated three times in a row—“Mayday-Mayday-Mayday”—so the situation will be clearly understood as a life-threatening emergency. The word was created in 1923 by Frederick Stanley Mockford, a senior radio officer at London’s Croydon Airport. That now-closed facility once had many flights to and from Le Bourget Airport in Paris. According to the National Maritime Museum, Mockford coined Mayday from the French word m’aidez, which means, “help me.”

Throughout King David’s life, he faced life-threatening situations for which there seemed to be no way out. Yet, we read in Psalm 86 that during his darkest hours, David’s confidence was in the Lord. “Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy.  When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me” (vv. 6–7).

David also saw beyond the immediate danger by asking God to lead his steps: “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name” (v. 11). When the crisis was past, he wanted to keep walking with God.

The most difficult situations we face can become doorways to a deeper relationship with our Lord. This begins when we call on Him to help us in our trouble, and also to lead us each day in His way.

Lord, even as we call to You for help today, please help us to keep walking with You when this crisis is over.

God hears our cries for help and leads us in His way.

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Cấp Cứu!

Đọc: Thi Thiên 86:1-13 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Phục truyền 14-16; Mác 12:28-44

Trong ngày gian truân, con sẽ kêu cầu cùng Chúa, vì Chúa nhậm lời con. (Thi Thiên 86:7)

Tín hiệu cấp cứu quốc tế “Mayday”(Cấp cứu) luôn được lặp lại 3 lần liên tiếp – “Mayday – Mayday – Mayday” – để tình huống sẽ được hiểu rõ là tình trạng khẩn cấp đe dọa đến tính mạng. Từ này được Frederick Stanley Mockford, viên chức radio cao cấp tạo ra vào năm 1923 tại Sân bay Croydon, nước Anh. Lúc bấy giờ, sân bay mà ngày nay đã bị đóng cửa có nhiều chuyến bay đến và đi từ sân bay Le Bourget ở nước Pháp. Theo Viện Bảo Tàng Hàng Hải Quốc Gia, Mockfork đặt ra từ Mayday (“Cấp cứu”) từ chữ m’aidez trong tiếng Pháp, nghĩa là “cứu tôi với”.

Trong suốt cuộc đời của Vua Đa-vít, ông đã đối diện với những nguy cấp dường như không có lối thoát. Tuy vậy, chúng ta đọc trong Thi Thiên 86 rằng suốt những giờ phút đen tối, lòng tin của Đa-vít vẫn đặt trọn nơi Chúa. “Lạy Đức Giê-hô-va, xin lắng tai nghe lời cầu nguyện của con, Xin để ý đến tiếng nài xin của con. Trong ngày gian truân, con sẽ kêu cầu cùng Chúa, vì Chúa nhậm lời con” (c.6-7).

Đa-vít cũng nhìn vượt trên mối nguy hiểm tức thời bằng cách kêu cầu Chúa dẫn bước ông. “Lạy Đức Giê-hô-va, xin dạy con đường lối của Chúa, thì con sẽ đi theo chân lý của Ngài; Xin khiến lòng con kính sợ danh Ngài” (c.11). Khi khủng hoảng qua đi, ông vẫn muốn tiếp tục bước đi với Chúa.

Những hoàn cảnh khó khăn nhất có thể trở thành con đường dẫn đến mối quan hệ sâu sắc hơn với Chúa. Điều này bắt đầu khi chúng ta kêu cầu Ngài giúp đỡ trong lúc hoạn nạn, và cũng dẫn dắt chúng ta đi trong đường lối Ngài mỗi ngày.

Lạy Chúa, như khi chúng con kêu cầu Ngài giúp đỡ, xin giúp chúng con cứ đồng bước với Ngài khi khủng hoảng qua đi.

Chúa nghe lời kêu xin giúp đỡ của chúng ta và dẫn chúng ta đi trong đường Ngài.

© 2017 Lời Sống Hằng Ngày

Nuestro Pan Diario - ¡Mayday!

Leer: Salmos 86:1-13 | La Biblia en un año: Marcos 12:28-44

En el día de mi angustia te llamaré, porque tú me respondes (Salmos 86:7).

L a señal internacional de socorro, Mayday, siempre se repite tres veces seguidas para que se entienda claramente que la situación implica riesgo de vidas. Frederick Stanley Mockford, oficial jefe de radiofonía del ya inactivo Aeropuerto Croydon en Londres, creó esta palabra en 1923. Según el Museo Nacional Marítimo, Mayday surge de la palabra francesa m’aidez (en español, se pronuncia medé), que significa «ayúdenme».

Durante toda su vida, el rey David enfrentó situaciones amenazadoras que parecían no tener salida. Sin embargo, en el Salmos 86, leemos que, en sus horas más oscuras, él confiaba en su Señor: «Escucha, oh Señor, mi oración, y está atento a la voz de mis ruegos. En el día de mi angustia te llamaré, porque tú me respondes» (vv. 6-7).

David también veía más allá del peligro inmediato, y le pedía a Dios que guiara sus pasos: «Enséñame, oh Señor, tu camino; caminaré yo en tu verdad; afirma mi corazón para que tema tu nombre» (v. 11). Cuando pasara la crisis, quería seguir caminando con Dios.

Nuestras circunstancias más difíciles pueden convertirse en umbrales para una relación más profunda con el Señor. Esto empieza cuando clamamos a Él para que nos ayude en nuestras angustias y nos guíe en su camino cada día.

Señor, ayúdame a seguir caminando contigo después de superar las crisis.

Dios oye nuestro clamor por ayuda y nos guía en su camino.

Unser Täglich Brot - Mayday!

Lesen: Psalm 86,1-13 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 5.Mose 14–16; Markus 12,28-44

In der Not rufe ich dich an; du wollest mich erhören! Psalm 86,7

Das internationale Notsignal „Mayday“ wird immer dreimal hintereinander gesendet—„Mayday-Mayday-Mayday“—damit ganz klar ist, dass es sich um einen lebensbedrohlichen Notfall handelt. Der Begriff wurde 1923 von Frederick Stanley Mockford, dem leitenden Funkoffizier am Flughafen London-Croydon, festgelegt. Am inzwischen stillgelegten Flughafen starteten und landeten viele Flüge von oder nach Paris-Bourget. Es wird vermutet, dass Mockford den Ausdruck vom französischen m’aider ableitete, kurz für „Helft mir“.

König David geriet in seinem Leben immer wieder in bedrohliche Situationen, aus denen es scheinbar keinen Ausweg gab. Und doch lesen wir in Psalm 86, dass er auch in den dunkelsten Stunden auf Gott vertraute: „Vernimm, Herr, mein Gebet und merke auf die Stimme meines Flehens! In der Not rufe ich dich an; du wollest mich erhören“ (V.6-7).

David sah auch über die unmittelbare Gefahr hinaus und bat Gott, seine Schritte zu lenken: „Weise mir, Herr, deinen Weg, dass ich wandle in deiner Wahrheit; erhalte mein Herz bei dem einen, dass ich deinen Namen fürchte“ (V.11). Auch nach der Krise wollte er weiter mit Gott gehen.

Auch für uns kann die größte Schwierigkeit zum Ausgangspunkt für ein noch tieferes Vertrauen zu Gott werden. Das fängt damit an, dass wir ihn in unserer Not um Hilfe bitten und um seine Führung an jedem Tag unseres Lebens.

Herr, lass uns nicht nur heute um deine Hilfe bitten, sondern auch nach der Krise weiter mit dir gehen.

Gott hört unsere Hilferufe und führt uns auf seinem Weg.

Notre Pain Quotidien - S.O.S. (Mayday)

Je t’invoque au jour de ma détresse, car tu m’exauces. (Psaume 86.7)

Le signal de détresse international « S.O.S. » (Mayday) est toujours répété trois fois de suite, afin de veiller à ce que l’on comprenne clairement l’urgence de la situation qui représente une menace pour la vie. Alors officier radio en chef à l’aéroport Croydon de Londres, Frederick Stanley Mockford a créé ce signal en 1923. Or, ces installations maintenant fermées ont jadis enregistré un grand nombre de départs vers l’aéroport Le Bourget de Paris et d’arrivées en provenance de ce dernier. Selon le National Maritime Museum, Mockford aurait forgé le mot « Mayday » en déformant l’appel à l’aide en français m’aidez.

Tout au long de sa vie, le roi David a dû surmonter des situations périlleuses qui lui semblaient sans issue. Durant son heure la plus sombre, David a malgré tout gardé confiance en Dieu : « Éternel, prête l’oreille à ma prière, sois attentif à la voix de mes supplications ! Je t’invoque au jour de ma détresse, car tu m’exauces » (PS 86.6,7).

David voyait également au‑delà du danger immédiat, puisqu’il a demandé à Dieu de diriger ses pas : « Enseigne‑moi tes voies, ô Éternel ! Je marcherai dans ta fidélité. Dispose mon coeur à la crainte de ton nom » (V. 11). Une fois la crise passée, il a désiré continuer de marcher avec Dieu.

Nos pires situations de vie peuvent avoir pour effet d’approfondir notre relation avec le Seigneur, et cela, dès que nous sollicitons son aide tant pour les surmonter que pour vivre au quotidien dans ses voies.

Entendant nos appels à l’aide, Dieu nous montre sa voie.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Мейдей!

Читати: Псалом 85:1-13 | Біблія за рік: Повторення Закону 14–16 ; Марка 12:28-44

В день недолі своєї я кличу до Тебе, бо Ти обізвешся до мене! — Псалом 85:7

Міжнародний сигнал біди “мейдей” завжди повторюється тричі підряд, щоб не було сумнівів, що виникла загрозлива для життя ситуація. Це слово у 1923 році придумав Фредерік Стенлі Мокфорд, головний радіо-службовець Лондонського аеропорту Кройдон, який тепер закритий, а раніше приймав багато літаків з паризького аеропорту Лє-Бурже. Як свідчать працівники Національного музею, Мокфорд запозичив цей термін із французького слова “майдез”, що означає “допоможи мені”.

Протягом всього свого життя цар Давид опинявся в загрозливих ситуаціях, з яких, здавалося, не було виходу. Але у Псалмі 85 говориться, що навіть у найчорнішу годину Давид складав свою надію на Господа. “Почуй же, о Господи, молитву мою, і вислухай голос благання мого, в день недолі своєї я кличу до Тебе, бо Ти обізвешся до мене!” (Пс. 85:6-7).

Крізь завісу близької небезпеки Давид бачив руку Бога і благав, щоб Він вказував йому шлях. “Дорогу Свою покажи мені, Господи, і я буду ходити у правді Твоїй, приєднай моє серце боятися Ймення Твого!” (Пс. 85:11).

Навіть найважчі ситуації, в котрих ми опиняємося, можуть стати кроком до поглиблення наших відносин з Господом. Все починається з нашої молитви про допомогу, коли ми у біді, а потім ми вчимося щодня крокувати Божими шляхами.

Господи, навчи нас не збочувати з Твоїх шляхів, коли наша молитва про допомогу почута й криза минула.

Бог чує наш зойк про допомогу і веде нас Своїми шляхами.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Мэйдэй

Читать сейчас: Псалом 85:1-13 | Библия за год: Второзаконие 14-16; Марка 12:28-44

В день скорби моей взываю к Тебе, потому что Ты услышишь меня. — Псалом 85:7

«Мэйдэй» – международный сигнал бедствия в радиотелефонной связи, аналогичный сигналу SOS в телеграфе. Он всегда повторяется три раза, чтобы сообщение об угрозе жизни было ясно понято. Слово появилось в 1923 г., благодаря Фредерику Мокфорду, старшему офицеру в Лондонском аэропорту Кройдон. Теперь он закрыт, а раньше обслуживал много самолетов из аэропорта Ле-Бурже в Париже. Согласно данным Национального музея Мокфорд позаимствовал это слово из французского языка, где m’aidez означает «помогите мне».

Царь Давид за свою жизнь не раз оказывался в опасностях, из которых, казалось, не было выхода. И все же, как видно из Псалма 85, даже в самые трудные периоды Давид надеялся на Бога. «Услышь, Господи, молитву мою и внемли гласу моления моего. В день скорби моей взываю к Тебе, потому что Ты услышишь меня» (Пс. 85:6-7).Кроме избавления от непосредственно грозящей опасности, Давид также просил Бога направить его шаги. «Наставь меня, Господи, на путь Твой, и буду ходить в истине Твоей; утверди сердце мое в страхе имени Твоего» (Пс. 85:11). Он хотел, когда беда минует, продолжать жить по воле Божьей.

Трудности на жизненном пути могут стать дверью к более глубоким отношениям с Господом. Все начинается с того, что мы просим Его помочь нам в невзгодах, а также каждый день направлять на Его стези.

Господь, мы просим у Тебя не только помощи на сегодняшний день, но также водительства после того, как скорбь минует.

Бог слышит наш зов о помощи и ведет Своими путями.

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный