Friday, March 17, 2017

The Daily Readings for FRIDAY, March 17, 2017




The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Jeremiah 5:1-9



Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look around and take note! Search its squares and see if you can find one person who acts justly and seeks truth-- so that I may pardon Jerusalem. Although they say, "As the LORD lives," yet they swear falsely. O LORD, do your eyes not look for truth? You have struck them, but they felt no anguish; you have consumed them, but they refused to take correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to turn back. Then I said, "These are only the poor, they have no sense; for they do not know the way of the LORD, the law of their God. Let me go to the rich and speak to them; surely they know the way of the LORD, the law of their God." But they all alike had broken the yoke, they had burst the bonds. Therefore a lion from the forest shall kill them, a wolf from the desert shall destroy them. A leopard is watching against their cities; everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces-- because their transgressions are many, their apostasies are great. How can I pardon you? Your children have forsaken me, and have sworn by those who are no gods. When I fed them to the full, they committed adultery and trooped to the houses of prostitutes. They were well-fed lusty stallions, each neighing for his neighbor's wife. Shall I not punish them for these things? says the LORD; and shall I not bring retribution on a nation such as this?



This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!
The Epistle Lesson


The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Romans 2:25-3:18


Circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law; but if you break the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. So, if those who are uncircumcised keep the requirements of the law, will not their uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? Then those who are physically uncircumcised but keep the law will condemn you that have the written code and circumcision but break the law. For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is true circumcision something external and physical. Rather, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and real circumcision is a matter of the heart-- it is spiritual and not literal. Such a person receives praise not from others but from God. Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much, in every way. For in the first place the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Will their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Although everyone is a liar, let God be proved true, as it is written, "So that you may be justified in your words, and prevail in your judging." But if our injustice serves to confirm the justice of God, what should we say? That God is unjust to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) By no means! For then how could God judge the world? But if through my falsehood God's truthfulness abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? And why not say (as some people slander us by saying that we say), "Let us do evil so that good may come"? Their condemnation is deserved! What then? Are we any better off? No, not at all; for we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin, as it is written: "There is no one who is righteous, not even one; there is no one who has understanding, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned aside, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, there is not even one." "Their throats are opened graves; they use their tongues to deceive." "The venom of vipers is under their lips." "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness." "Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known." "There is no fear of God before their eyes."


This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!
The Holy Gospel Lesson




The Holy Gospel is written in John 5:30-47

Glory be to Thee, O Lord!



"I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me. "If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But I have a testimony greater than John's. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent. "You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?"



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

Morning Psalms

Psalm 69 Salvum me fac
  Save me, O God, for the waters have risen up to my neck.
  I am sinking in deep mire, and there is no firm ground for my feet.
  I have come into deep waters, and the torrent washes over me.
  I have grown weary with my crying; my throat is inflamed; my eyes have failed from looking for my God.
  Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; my lying foes who would destroy me are mighty. Must I then give back what I never stole?
  O God, you know my foolishness, and my faults are not hidden from you.
  Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be disgraced because of me, O God of Israel.
  Surely, for your sake have I suffered reproach, and shame has covered my face.
  I have become a stranger to my own kindred, an alien to my mother's children.
10   Zeal for your house has eaten me up; the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me.
11   I humbled myself with fasting, but that was turned to my reproach.
12   I put on sack-cloth also, and became a byword among them.
13   Those who sit at the gate murmur against me, and the drunkards make songs about me.
14   But as for me, this is my prayer to you, at the time you have set, O LORD:
15   In your great mercy, O God, answer me with your unfailing help.
16   Save me from the mire; do not let me sink; let me be rescued from those who hate me and out of the deep waters.
17   Let not the torrent of waters wash over me, neither let the deep swallow me up; do not let the Pit shut its mouth upon me.
18   Answer me, O LORD, for your love is kind; in your great compassion, turn to me."
19   Hide not your face from your servant; be swift and answer me, for I am in distress.
20   Draw near to me and redeem me; because of my enemies deliver me.
21   You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; my adversaries are all in your sight."
22   Reproach has broken my heart, and it cannot be healed; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I could find no one.
23   They gave me gall to eat, and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.
24   Let the table before them be a trap and their sacred feasts a snare.
25   Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and give them continual trembling in their loins.
26   Pour out your indignation upon them, and let the fierceness of your anger overtake them.
27   Let their camp be desolate, and let there be none to dwell in their tents.
28   For they persecute him whom you have stricken and add to the pain of those whom you have pierced.
29   Lay to their charge guilt upon guilt, and let them not receive your vindication.
30   Let them be wiped out of the book of the living and not be written among the righteous.
31   As for me, I am afflicted and in pain; your help, O God, will lift me up on high.
32   I will praise the Name of God in song; I will proclaim his greatness with thanksgiving.
33   This will please the LORD more than an offering of oxen, more than bullocks with horns and hoofs.
34   The afflicted shall see and be glad; you who seek God, your heart shall live.
35   For the LORD listens to the needy, and his prisoners he does not despise.
36   Let the heavens and the earth praise him, the seas and all that moves in them;
37   For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; they shall live there and have it in possession.
38   The children of his servants will inherit it, and those who love his Name will dwell therein.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 73 Quam bonus Israel!
  Truly, God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
  But as for me, my feet had nearly slipped; I had almost tripped and fallen;
  Because I envied the proud and saw the prosperity of the wicked:
  For they suffer no pain, and their bodies are sleek and sound;
  In the misfortunes of others they have no share; they are not afflicted as others are;
  Therefore they wear their pride like a necklace and wrap their violence about them like a cloak.
  Their iniquity comes from gross minds, and their hearts overflow with wicked thoughts.
  They scoff and speak maliciously; out of their haughtiness they plan oppression.
  They set their mouths against the heavens, and their evil speech runs through the world.
10   And so the people turn to them and find in them no fault.
11   They say, "How should God know? is there knowledge in the Most High?"
12   So then, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase their wealth.
13   In vain have I kept my heart clean, and washed my hands in innocence.
14   I have been afflicted all day long, and punished every morning.
15   Had I gone on speaking this way, I should have betrayed the generation of your children.
16   When I tried to understand these things, it was too hard for me;
17   Until I entered the sanctuary of God and discerned the end of the wicked.
18   Surely, you set them in slippery places; you cast them down in ruin.
19   Oh, how suddenly do they come to destruction, come to an end, and perish from terror!
20   Like a dream when one awakens, O Lord, when you arise you will make their image vanish.
21   When my mind became embittered, I was sorely wounded in my heart.
22   I was stupid and had no understanding; I was like a brute beast in your presence.
23   Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
24   You will guide me by your counsel, and afterwards receive me with glory.
25   Whom have I in heaven but you? and having you I desire nothing upon earth.
26   Though my flesh and my heart should waste away, God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
27   Truly, those who forsake you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful.
28   But it is good for me to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge.
29   I will speak of all your works in the gates of the city of Zion.

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Verse of the Day - March 17, 2017


Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV) [A psalm of David] The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - It Begins—and Ends—with God

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:8–9 (NKJV)

Why does God allow tragedy? I've heard this question asked in many different versions, including these: Why would God allow wars to rage, killing innocent people? What about injustices in the world? Why are there epidemics? Why do horrible things happen? To the point, if God can prevent terrible tragedies, then why does He allow them to happen in the first place?

Let's take a look at the core question first: If God is good and loving, why does He allow evil? The very question is based on a false premise. It's essentially saying that God doesn't necessarily meet our criteria for goodness. In essence, we're making ourselves the moral centers of the universe.

God doesn't become good because we think He is good or if our opinion of Him is good. God is good because God says He is good. Jesus said, "No one is good but One, that is, God" (Luke 18:19). God is good whether we believe it or not. God—and He alone—is the final court of arbitration. The Bible says, "Let God be true but every man a liar" (Romans 3:4).

That brings us to the question of what is good. Good is whatever God approves. It is not what you think is good. It is not what I think is good. It is not what we vote on as good. If God says it is good, then it is good. And if God says it is bad, then it is bad. Everything begins with God and ends with God.

As Isaiah 55:8–9 points out, God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts. God's ways are above our ways. There is no higher standard of goodness than God's own character and His approval of whatever is consistent with that character. God is good. Period.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - ¡Y nos quejamos!




Cumplan su tarea con alegría y sin quejarse, pues el quejarse no les trae ningún provecho.
Hebreos 13:17 (NVI)

Hace unos meses, en una de esas oportunidades que nos da la vida, conocimos a un hombre muy especial que nos llenó de enseñanzas y admiración.

Su nombre es Fredy y nació en Colombia. Se nos acercó y con mucho respeto dijo en inglés: «Flores para la dama». De inmediato, cautivó mi atención, la de mi esposo y mis princesas, pues este hombre vendía rosas desde su silla de ruedas. Sin embargo, no era solo una persona con una incapacidad de sus piernas, sino también de sus brazos y manos. Con todo, nada de eso ha sido impedimento, pues hace ya seis años que se dedica a este oficio.

Fredy nos dejó muy conmovidos por su alegría, su seguridad al hablarnos y una paz en su rostro que en pocos segundos nos mostró que todo lo que tiene es porque se lo ha dado Dios. Que a pesar del tiro que recibió en su cuello hace ya varios años y que lo dejó en una silla de ruedas, nunca se ha dado por vencido. Hoy en día vive de la venta de rosas en la bella ciudad de Homestead.

Nos dijo: «Yo no le fallo a mi Dios en la asistencia a la iglesia, ni al dar mis diezmos y mis ofrendas, y por eso me va bien en todo».

¡Impresionante! En verdad, fue una lección para cada uno de nosotros. Pudimos ver que aunque tiene grandes limitaciones, ya que no puede casi ni usar sus manos y contesta el teléfono con su lengua para presionar las teclas del celular, se le ve en paz y feliz.

¿Y tú y yo que estamos bien y sin limitaciones por qué nos quejamos?


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