Monday, March 20, 2017

The Daily Readings for MONDAY, March 20, 2017 - Saint Joseph's Day (Traditional)

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from 2 Samuel 7:4, 8-16

But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan: Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. When he commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings. But I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever.

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


Psalm 89:1-29
1   Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing; *
from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
2   For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; *
you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
3   I have made a covenant with my chosen one; *
I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
4   'I will establish your line for ever, *
and preserve your throne for all generations.'"
5   The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O LORD, *
and to your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
6   For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? *
who is like the LORD among the gods?
7   God is much to be feared in the council of the holy ones, *
great and terrible to all those round about him.
8   Who is like you, LORD God of hosts? *
O mighty LORD, your faithfulness is all around you.
9   You rule the raging of the sea *
and still the surging of its waves.
10   You have crushed Rahab of the deep with a deadly wound; *
you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11   Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours; *
you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it.
12   You have made the north and the south; *
Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your Name.
13   You have a mighty arm; *
strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
14   Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; *
love and truth go before your face.
15   Happy are the people who know the festal shout! *
they walk, O LORD, in the light of your presence.
16   They rejoice daily in your Name; *
they are jubilant in your righteousness.
17   For you are the glory of their strength, *
and by your favor our might is exalted.
18   Truly, the LORD is our ruler; *
The Holy One of Israel is our King.

Psalm 89: Part II Tunc locutus es
19   You spoke once in vision and said to your faithful people: *
"I have set the crown upon a warrior and have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20   I have found David my servant; *
with my holy oil have I anointed him.
21   My hand will hold him fast *
and my arm will make him strong.
22   No enemy shall deceive him, *
nor any wicked man bring him down.
23   I will crush his foes before him *
and strike down those who hate him.
24   My faithfulness and love shall be with him, *
and he shall be victorious through my Name.
25   I shall make his dominion extend *
from the Great Sea to the River.
26   He will say to me, 'You are my Father, *
my God, and the rock of my salvation.'
27   I will make him my firstborn *
and higher than the kings of the earth.
28   I will keep my love for him for ever, *
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
29   I will establish his line for ever *
and his throne as the days of heaven."

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Romans 4:13-18

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations")-- in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become "the father of many nations," according to what was said, "So numerous shall your descendants be."

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

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Luke 2:41-52
Glory be to Thee, O Lord!

Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day's journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety." He said to them, "Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

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

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Verse of the Day - March 20, 2017

1 Peter 2:2-3 (NIV) Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Read all of 1 Peter 2

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Ignoring God's Warnings

"But you would not listen to me," says the Lord. "You made me furious by worshiping idols you made with your own hands, bringing on yourselves all the disasters you now suffer."
Jeremiah 25:7 (NLT)

Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were Jewish teenagers who ended up as captives in ancient Babylon. Through the years, their people had a propensity to turn to false gods. So the Lord raised up prophets again and again to warn them, but they didn’t listen. God even raised up the prophet Jeremiah to tell them that if they didn’t stop their idol worship, He would judge them and allow another nation to defeat them in battle and take them captive. Not only did God tell them this would happen, but He also told them which nation would defeat them.

The Israelites persisted in ignoring God’s warnings, however, and just as He predicted, King Nebuchadnezzar overtook them and hauled them off to Babylon as captives.

Speaking through Jeremiah, God said to them, “Because you have not listened to me, I will gather together all the armies of the north under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, whom I have appointed as my deputy. I will bring them all against this land and its people and against the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy you and make you an object of horror and contempt and a ruin forever” (25:8–9).

I can’t help but think that God has been giving warnings to our own nation as well. How long will people in the United States continue to thumb their noses at God? How long will they continue to mock Christians and mock the Word of God? Do they not think that God could allow another nation to defeat us? Do they not think that we could reap the inevitable consequences of our sin?

We could. I believe the Lord is warning our nation. And I think we have two options before us in the United States: judgment or revival. I hope it’s the latter.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - Oración por aceptación

¡Cuán precioso, oh Dios, es tu gran amor! Todo ser humano halla refugio a la sombra de tus alas.
Salmo 36:7 (NVI)

Hoy busco tu rostro, Dios mío, porque he entendido que mi identidad está en ti. Que no importa la condición física que tenga, pues tú me aceptas y me amas.

Así que debo empezar por aceptarme a mí mismo, ya que solo con tu ayuda lograré ser capaz de salir de esta ansiedad, esta tristeza y esta inconformidad por haber quedado con limitación o por la de algún ser querido.

En este día me declaro aceptado, amado, respetado, valorado y querido.

Además, pongo mi vida completa en tus manos, sabiendo que cuidas de mí y me cubres con tus alas de amor.

Ayúdame a desarrollar el carácter de tu Hijo y a vivir aceptando los propósitos que tienes para mí.

Te pido, mi Dios, que sanes mi alma, me limpies de toda falta de perdón y me uses como un ejemplo a seguir. Permite que mi vida sea de testimonio para cada uno de mis familiares, mis amigos y de todas las personas para las que mi vida pueda servir de influencia.

Gracias por tu misericordia que es nueva cada día.

Amén y amén.

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - JESUS IS WORTH IT ALL

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

In Eritrea today, thousands of Christians are imprisoned for their faith without formal charges. Recently three prisoners who had escaped the prison setting were interviewed in safety. Their interpreter said, “They have really suffered. They did nothing wrong. But just for their faith they have spent years in prison. They were locked up in containers, tied up in the helicopter position, denied food. Why? Because they worship Christ. Because they say they are born-again. Because it is wrong to be evangelical Christians.”

The three men, Peter, Paul and John met in prison after being arrested for their Christian activity involvement. They worked hard. They farmed, mined, did building work on government projects—always in the sun. No shade or rest in very high degree heat.

They say, “The prisons are very dirty. There is no washing, no cleaning. And the food is very little—just bread many times, sometimes even no food. This makes many prisoners sick. They did not allow us to see a doctor. Many people died. It is very sad. Also, they beat us very much, for no reason. Some had broken hands, legs, even chest bones and most of the time no doctor to attend to our injuries. Some died from their injuries. We think some also died because they lost hope. Their hearts just gave up! We saw some die like this.”

They were repeatedly asked to deny their faith and sign an official document. One said, “The police threatened to arrest our other family members also if we refused to recant and sign the document. But we refused because we do not want to leave Jesus and become Marxist.”

They say they encouraged each other not to give up. Finally, one evening they broke out of the line and jumped over the fence surrounding the prison. One said, “The fence was made up of plants with big thorns. We jumped over them and ran. When the prison guards started shooting, we went in different directions. We heard bullets flying over our heads but none hit us.”

The Lord proved faithful and all three men separately and safely crossed the border after walking for days. How happy they were when they were miraculously reunited at a camp. They however could not stay at that refugee camp as they were informed that they could still be arrested and repatriated. And through the help that God provided using Christian brethren, they moved on to a safer place where they are awaiting God’s opening of doors to resettle at a more secure place.

One of them spoke for the others in saying, “When I reached here, I looked back, and saw that I had lost my freedom. But I also see now that I had lost time. I could not continue with school, I could not get skills training. I do not know how to do office work. I can’t even see myself marrying and having my own family. I am almost forty years now and I have to start from nothing.” Then he smiled and concluded, “But I still have Jesus. And He is worth it all.”

RESPONSE: Today I will appreciate what I have in Christ and know that He is worth every deprivation.

PRAYER: Pray for the many still in prison today in Eritrea. Pray they will also be strong in faith.

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Women of the Bible - Deborah

Her name means: "Honey Bee"

Her character: Her vision of the world was shaped not by the political situation of her day but by her relationship with God. Though women in the ancient world did not usually become political leaders, Deborah was just the leader Israel needed—a prophetess who heard God and believed him and whose courage aroused the people, enabling them to throw off foreign oppression.
Her sorrow: That her people had sunk into despair because of their idolatry, forgetting God's promises and the faith of their ancestors.
Her joy: That God turned the enemy's strength on its head, bestowing power to the weak and blessing the land with peace for forty years.
Key Scriptures: Judges 4-5

Her Story

Jericho, gateway to Canaan, had lain in ruins for two hundred years. From there, the Israelites had swept across the country like a storm of locusts, devouring everything in their path. But the native peoples had somehow managed to survive, and like well-rooted weeds, their idolatry spread until it began to strangle Israel's faith.

Rahab and Joshua were the palest of memories now, and the slaves-turned-warriors were once again underdogs, oppressed for twenty years by a coalition of Canaanite rulers, whose chief warrior was Sisera. His nine hundred iron-plated chariots terrified the ill-armed Israelite people, threatening to sweep over them with invincible force. Small wonder no one challenged him.

Sisera must have felt smugly secure, especially since Israel was now led by a woman. But his military calculations failed to account for one key variable: the strategic power of that woman's faith. Deborah was a prophetess who held court under a palm tree several miles northwest of Jericho. Though much of Israel was divided and dispirited, she refused to lose heart. How could she forget God's faithfulness, living so close to ruined Jericho?

She summoned Barak, a Hebrew from the north, and told him plainly: "The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: 'Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead the way to Mount Tabor. I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.' " But, like every other man of Israel, Barak was terrified of Sisera, and he refused to comply unless one condition was met: Deborah must accompany him in battle. She would be his talisman in the fight. "Very well," she replied, "I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will hand Sisera over to a woman."

Hearing of the plot, Sisera led his troops and chariots to the Kishon Wadi, a dry riverbed, determined to crush the uprising. But his very strength turned against him as rain swelled the valley to floodtide. Suddenly, nine hundred iron chariots became a huge liability. No matter how furiously the soldiers flogged their horses, urging them onward, oozing mud held them. They became easy targets for Barak's troops sweeping down from Mount Tabor, putting every man but Sisera to the sword.

Once again, God had heard his people's cries and had sent a deliverer—this time a woman whose faith stilled the nattering voices of doubt and timidity so that the people could hear the one Voice that mattered. On their day of victory, Deborah and Barak sang this song:
When the princes in Israel take the lead,
when the people willingly offer themselves—
praise the Lord!
Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers!
I will sing to the Lord, I will sing;
I will make music to the Lord, the God of Israel….
Village life in Israel ceased,
ceased until I, Deborah, arose,
arose a mother in Israel. - Judges 5:2-3, 7
Indeed, a mother in Israel had arisen, a woman whose strong faith gave birth to hope and freedom and a peace that lasted forty years. Never again would the Canaanites join forces against Israel. Like an ancient Joan of Arc, Deborah arose and called the people to battle, leading them out of idolatry and restoring their dignity as God's chosen ones.

Her Promise

Godly Deborah has been an encouragement to women throughout the centuries. When women feel confined or mistreated, when they are unsure of what is right or which way to proceed, when they are entering unknown territory, when they feel overlooked or ignored—they gain stability and help from remembering Deborah. Whatever Deborah had is available to you today. Her wisdom is discovered in the Scriptures. Her confidence in God is found in a relationship with him. Her bravery is achievable when you put your trust in God and his promises. Her inner strength and calm leadership are characteristic of confidence not in herself but in her God. All Deborah offered to Israel she offers to you as an example of a woman willing to be used by God.

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Girlfriends in God - Not a Fan of Closed Doors?

by Mary Southerland

Today’s Truth

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:11, NIV).

Friend to Friend

As a grandmother, I can testify to the importance of gates. Shortly after our grandson Hudson’s first birthday, he started to walk. He had been a champion crawler for several months - and he loved stairs. We just happened to live in a townhouse that had three flights of stairs, much to Hudson’s delight. Oh, we bought him toys, but they were nothing more than momentary distractions from his favorite toy – the stairs.

When Hudson first learned to climb up the stairs, we bought a gate to keep him from falling down those same stairs. I wondered how he would react to his new confinement. It didn’t take long to find out. When our daughter dropped him off for a visit, Hudson played with the toys I kept for him downstairs in the living room. After a few minutes, his sparkling blue eyes caught mine, and I knew what was about to happen. Yep! He made a mad dash for the stairs. Halfway up, he looked back at me with a mischievous smile as if to ask, “Are you coming, Mimi?” Laughing, I scrambled up the stairs behind him. When we reached the landing, I quickly scooped him up in my arms, put the gate in place, and sat him on the floor to play. Hudson clapped his hands and laughed … until he saw the gate.

With a look of suspicion and doubt … definitely doubt … Hudson reached out to touch the wall now separating him from his beloved stairs. He glanced back at me and seemed to ask, “What have you done, Mimi?” I tried to play the gate up as a good thing that was for his safety and protection, but Hudson was not buying one word of my cheery explanation. His chubby little hands tentatively grasped the gate as he pulled himself to his feet for a closer inspection. I watched as our precious grandson peered through the bars of the gate to the stairs below. He then turned to stare at me in disbelief and promptly burst into tears. He was not done. He pulled and pushed the gate with every ounce of toddler strength he could muster, wailing in anger and frustration as he tried to dislodge his prison wall. Hudson made it crystal clear that he was not a fan of gates.

I tend to react the same way to the gates God places in my life.

I have a plan – one that I think is right. I like my plan and don’t really see the need to bother God with the details of that plan. After all, my plan is logical and could even be described as good since it fits within the parameters of Scripture. It must be His will for my life, right? So I scramble through the steps of my plan until I run smack dab into a wall or, as Hudson would call it, a gate. My first reaction is suspicion and doubt – definitely doubt – and I quickly conclude that Satan must have placed the gate there.

I try everything within my human strength to knock down the barrier to my beloved plan. The gate does not move. Frustration and anger fill my heart as I cry out to God, pleading for Him to remove the unwanted obstacle from my path. It is then that He takes me in His arms and gently explains, “Child, the gate is for your good. It is for your protection and safety.”

When will I understand that God’s plan for my life is higher and better than any plan I can possibly imagine? When will I learn to wholly trust Him? When will I realize just how much He loves me? When I look back over my life, I cannot count the number of times I first considered a closed door to be the work of Satan, only to discover it was really the hand of God protecting me or keeping me from making a terrible mistake.

How about you? Has God closed a door that you thought was the perfect opportunity? Has He placed a gate across the path that you thought was so right? Trust Him. Wait on Him. He is at work in your life.

Let’s Pray

Father, I come to You today, choosing to trust You. Thank You for the perfect and amazing plan You have for my life. Help me learn to trust You more. Teach me how to praise You for the doors You have closed - as well as for the ones You have opened. Today, I rest in Your unfailing love for me and lean wholly on You.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Look back over your life. Pinpoint five “gates” God placed in your path that you now see are for your good. Record them in your journal. Thank God for each one.

Read and memorize Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.” Record this verse in your journal. Circle all of the action words. Which ones of these actions do you need to take?

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LHM Daily Devotion - "Not Yet - But Soon"

Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Not Yet - But Soon"

March 20, 2017

(Jesus said) "But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We do not want this man to reign over us'" (Luke 19:14, ESV).

Read Luke 19:11-27

Jesus' choice to stay with the chief tax collector Zacchaeus divides the crowd. Some are upset Jesus is associating with such an open sinner. Others think God's kingdom will appear at once when He reaches the Jewish capital Jerusalem. Jesus tells a parable that answers both ideas.

The people have no trouble picturing His story of a nobleman traveling to a distant country to have himself proclaimed king. That was the way the Roman Empire worked. Herod the Great left the land of Palestine and travelled to Rome before Emperor Augustus proclaimed him king. Only then could he return to rule.

Jesus pictures Himself as that nobleman-the great Son of David and Son of God. Instead of beginning His reign when He enters Jerusalem, He will be murdered by His enemies. But after His resurrection He will leave the earth, ascending into heaven where the Father will proclaim Him King. Then on the Last Day-and not until that Day-Jesus will return to reward His faithful servants and establish His kingdom on the new earth.

Now Jesus turns to His enemies. He has shown great patience, humility, grace, mercy and love toward them, but they have hated Him, without cause. He warns that the time of judgment is coming. He will return with His angel armies to capture His enemies and slaughter them.

To our ears that judgment sounds harsh. But Christ your King has given you fair warning. If you will not bow your knee to Him in faith, you will forfeit your life and suffer eternally in hell.

THE PRAYER: Almighty God, You have established Your Son as the Ruler of all things in heaven and on earth. Break through my rebellious heart that I may love Him and serve Him now and through all eternity. I pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.

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Devociones de Cuaresma - Aprender a mirar

Devociones de Cuaresma  2017

Aprender a mirar

20 de Marzode 2017

Jesús alzó la vista y vio que una gran multitud se acercaba a él. Juan 6:5, RVC (6:1-9)

La multitud buscaba satisfacción inmediata a sus necesidades concretas: salud, apoyo, guía, contención. Los miles caminaron muchos kilómetros; los padres trajeron con ellos a sus hijos abandonando temporariamente sus hogares y su trabajo, y no previendo demasiado cuánto tiempo estarían afuera.

La actitud de Jesús es reconfortante: "Alzó la vista." Este detalle está cargado de significado. Jesús siempre alzó la vista para alabar a su Padre, y para buscar su orientación en la oración. Aquí levanta la vista para ver más allá de lo inmediato. Jesús levanta la vista para ver a miles que están buscando algo, aunque ese algo no fuese exactamente lo que él vino a darles. Los miles no vinieron a pedirle el perdón de sus pecados, sino porque "veían las señales que hacía con los enfermos".

Jesús se hace responsable: "¿Dónde compraremos pan, para que éstos coman?" Lo curioso de la pregunta es que Jesús ya sabe la respuesta. Los discípulos son como la multitud: sólo ven lo inmediato. Uno dijo: "Ni doscientos denarios de pan bastarían..." Otro encontró un niño con cinco panes y dos pescados, y comentó: "¿Qué es esto para tanta gente? Ni la multitud ni los discípulos alzaron la vista. Ninguno de los dos consideró a Jesús, y lo que él realmente es y puede hacer.

¿Dónde ponemos nosotros nuestros ojos? ¿En lo inmediato? La actitud de Jesús nos anima a que no perdamos la perspectiva. Dios ya sabe lo que va a hacer con nosotros, por eso nos mueve para que con los ojos de la fe veamos al Jesús que puede y quiere darnos mucho más de lo que nuestros mezquinos y miedosos pensamientos pueden sugerir. ¡Dios nos da el cielo entero!

Gracias, Padre, porque antes de que nosotros alzáramos nuestra vista hacia ti, tú ya nos viste y proveíste lo necesario para la salvación: tu Hijo Jesús. Amén.

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Our Daily Bread - Running and Rest

Read: Mark 6:30–46 | Bible in a Year: Joshua 4–6; Luke 1:1–20

[Jesus] said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31

The headline caught my eye: “Rest Days Important for Runners.” In Tommy Manning’s article, the former member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team emphasized a principle that dedicated athletes sometimes ignore—the body needs time to rest and rebuild after exercise. “Physiologically, the adaptations that occur as a result of training only happen during rest,” Manning wrote. “This means rest is as important as workouts.”

The same is true in our walk of faith and service. Regular times of rest are essential to avoid burnout and discouragement. Jesus sought spiritual balance during His life on Earth, even in the face of great demands. When His disciples returned from a strenuous time of teaching and healing others, “He said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’” (Mark 6:31). But a large crowd followed them, so Jesus taught them and fed them with only five loaves and two fish (vv. 32–44). When everyone was gone, Jesus “went up on a mountainside to pray” (v. 46).

If our lives are defined by work, then what we do becomes less and less effective. Jesus invites us to regularly join Him in a quiet place to pray and get some rest.

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your example of prayer alone with Your Father. Give us wisdom and determination to make rest a priority as we follow You.

In our life of faith and service, rest is as important as work.

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Chạy Và Nghỉ Ngơi

Đọc: Mác 6:30-46 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Giô-suê 4-6; Lu-ca 1:1-20

Ngài bảo các sứ đồ: “Các con hãy đi tẽ vào nơi thanh vắng, nghỉ ngơi một lúc.” (Mác 6:31)

Dòng tin tức trên trang đầu khiến tôi chú ý: “Những ngày nghỉ ngơi rất quan trọng đối với các vận động viên chạy đua”. Trong bài viết của Tommy Manning, nguyên là thành viên của Đội Chạy Đua Đường Núi của Mỹ đã nhấn mạnh nguyên tắc mà một số vận động viên chuyên môn đôi khi lơ là – đó là cơ thể cần thời gian để nghỉ ngơi và phục hồi sau khi tập luyện. Manning viết: “Về mặt sinh lý học, kết quả của sự tập luyện là sự thích nghi chỉ xảy ra trong lúc nghỉ ngơi. Điều này có nghĩa là nghỉ ngơi cũng quan trọng như luyện tập.”

Điều đó cũng đúng trong con đường đức tin và phục vụ của chúng ta. Thời gian nghỉ ngơi thường xuyên là rất quan trọng để tránh kiệt sức và nản lòng. Chúa Jêsus đã quan tâm đến sự quân bình thuộc linh trong suốt thời gian Ngài sống trên đất, dù khi đối diện với những nhu cầu lớn lao. Khi các môn đồ trở về sau thời gian giảng dạy và chữa bệnh đầy căng thẳng: “Ngài nói với họ: Các con hãy đi tẽ vào nơi thanh vắng, nghỉ ngơi một lúc.” Mác 6:31. Nhưng đoàn dân đông cứ theo họ, vì vậy Chúa Jêsus dạy dỗ và cho họ ăn chỉ với năm ổ bánh và hai con cá (c.32-44). Khi mọi người đã về, Chúa Jêsus “đi lên núi để cầu nguyện” (c.46).

Nếu cuộc đời chúng ta được định nghĩa bởi công việc, thì điều chúng ta làm ngày càng trở nên ít hiệu quả hơn. Chúa Jêsus mời gọi chúng ta thường xuyên cùng Ngài bước vào nơi yên tĩnh để cầu nguyện và nghỉ ngơi.

Lạy Chúa Jêsus, cảm ơn Ngài đã để lại cho chúng con gương mẫu về sự cầu nguyện một mình với Chúa Cha. Xin ban cho chúng con sự khôn ngoan và sự quyết tâm để biến sự nghỉ ngơi thành ưu tiên khi chúng con theo Ngài.

Trong đời sống đức tin và phục vụ của chúng ta, việc nghỉ ngơi cũng quan trọng như làm việc.

© 2017 Lời Sống Hằng Ngày

Nuestro Pan Diario - Correr y descansar

Leer: Marcos 6:30-46 | La Biblia en un año: Lucas 1:1-20

[Jesús] les dijo: Venid vosotros aparte a un lugar desierto, y descansad un poco… (Marcos 6:31).

El titular me llamó la atención: «El descanso es importante para los corredores». El artículo de un exmiembro de una selección nacional de corredores de montaña enfatizaba un principio que, a veces, los atletas dedicados ignoran: el cuerpo necesita descansar y recuperarse después del ejercicio. Y agregaba: «Fisiológicamente, las adaptaciones que ocurren como resultado del entrenamiento solo se producen durante el descanso. Esto significa que descansar es tan importante como los ejercicios».

Lo mismo sucede con la fe y el servicio. Es esencial descansar con regularidad para evitar el agotamiento y el desánimo. Jesús buscó el equilibrio espiritual durante su vida en la Tierra, aun frente a demandas importantes. Cuando sus discípulos volvieron de un extenuante viaje de enseñanza y sanidades, Jesús les dijo: «Venid vosotros aparte a un lugar desierto, y descansad un poco» (Marcos 6:31). Pero una gran multitud los siguió; entonces, Jesús les enseñó y les dio de comer (vv. 32-44). Cuando se retiraron todos, Él «fue al monte a orar» (v. 46).

Si lo que define nuestra vida es el trabajo, lo que hacemos se torna cada vez más ineficaz. Jesús nos invita a reunirnos con Él en un lugar tranquilo para orar y descansar.

Señor, gracias por tu ejemplo en la oración y el descanso. Ayúdame a imitarte.

En nuestra vida de fe y servicio, el descanso es tan importante como el trabajo.

Unser Täglich Brot - Rennen und ruhen

Lesen: Markus 6,30-46 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Josua 4–6; Lukas 1,1-20

Und [Jesus] sprach zu ihnen: Geht ihr allein an eine einsame Stätte und ruht ein wenig. Markus 6,31

Die Überschrift sprang mir in die Augen: „Ruhetage wichtig für Läufer.“ Der Artikel von einem ehemaligen Mitglied eines Bergläuferteams behandelte ein Thema, das passionierte Sportler manchmal ignorieren—der Körper braucht nach dem Einsatz Zeit zum Ruhen und sich Regenerieren. „Physiologisch gesehen werden die Anpassungen, die durch das Training ausgelöst werden, erst während der Ruhephase wirksam“, hieß es in dem Artikel. „Das heißt, dass Ruhe genauso wichtig ist wie das Training.“

Dasselbe gilt für unseren Glauben und Dienst. Regelmäßige Ruhezeiten sind wichtig, um Frustration und Burnout vorzubeugen. Jesus suchte während seines Erdenlebens selbst in Zeiten größter Herausforderungen die geistliche Balance. Als seine Jünger von einem anstrengenden Einsatz zurückkehrten, sagte er zu ihnen: „Geht ihr allein an eine einsame Stätte und ruht ein wenig“ (Mark. 6,31). Aber eine große Menge folgte ihnen. Also lehrte Jesus sie und speiste sie mit nur fünf Broten und zwei Fischen (V.32-44). Danach „ging er hin auf einen Berg, um zu beten“ (V.46).

Wenn sich unser Leben nur um die Arbeit dreht, wird immer weniger dabei herauskommen. Jesus lädt uns ein, regelmäßig mit ihm eine einsame Stätte aufzusuchen, um zu beten und ein wenig zu ruhen.

Herr Jesus, hab Dank für dein Beispiel. Du hast die Stille gesucht, um allein mit deinem Vater zu reden. Schenke uns Weisheit und den Willen, auch auf unserem Weg der Nachfolge immer wieder die Stille zu suchen.

In deinem Leben und in deinem Dienst sind Zeiten der Ruhe genauso wichtig wie die Arbeit.

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - Course et repos

Lisez : Marc 6.30‑46 | La Bible en un an : Josué 4 – 6 et Luc 1.1-20

Jésus leur dit : Venez à l’écart dans un lieu désert, et reposez‑vous un peu. (Marc 6.31)

Le gros titre a attiré mon attention : « Les jours de repos sont importants pour les coureurs. » Dans l’article de Tommy Manning, l’ancien membre de l’équipe américaine de course en montagne, a insisté sur un principe dont font fi certains athlètes consacrés à leur sport : le corps a besoin de repos pour se refaire après l’exercice. « Sur le plan physiologique, les adaptations qui se produisent après un entraînement ne sont possibles qu’au repos, écrit Manning, ce qui signifie que le repos compte autant que l’entraînement. »

Il en va de même pour notre marche de foi et de service. Il est essentiel de se reposer souvent pour éviter épuisement et découragement. Jésus a recherché un équilibre spirituel au cours de sa vie ici‑bas, même lorsqu’il était très sollicité. Quand ses disciples sont rentrés d’avoir durement travaillé à apporter des enseignements et des guérisons, « Jésus leur dit : Venez à l’écart dans un lieu désert, et reposez‑vous un peu » (MC 6.31). Une foule nombreuse s’est toutefois mise à les suivre, si bien que Jésus l’a enseignée et nourrie au moyen de seulement cinq pains et deux poissons (V. 32‑44). Une fois tout le monde reparti, Jésus « s’en alla sur la montagne, pour prier » (V. 46).

Si notre travail définit notre vie, ce que nous faisons dans la vie perdra de plus en plus de son efficacité. Jésus nous invite à le retrouver souvent dans le silence afin de prier et de nous reposer.

Dans la foi et le service, le repos compte autant que le travail.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Біг та відпочинок

Читати: Марка 6:30-46 | Біблія за рік: Ісуса Навина 4–6 ; Луки 1:1-20

І сказав Він до них: “Ідіть осібно самі до безлюдного місця, та трохи спочиньте”. — Марка 6:31

Заголовок у журналі, що привернув мою увагу, звіщав: “Відпочинок важливий для перемог”. То була стаття колишнього члена команди легкоатлетів. Він підкреслював один важливий принцип, що його часто ігнорують занадто заповзяті спортсмени: тіло потребує часу для спочинку і відновлення після навантажень. “Психологічна адаптація, що є одним із результатів тренувань, можлива лише під час відпочинку, – писав автор. – Це означає, що відпочинок в такій же мірі важливий, що й фізичні вправи”.

Цей принцип стосується нашої віри й служіння. Регулярний відпочинок потрібен, щоб запобігти перегоранню. Ісус, під час земного служіння, шукав духовного балансу – навіть під тиском великої кількості термінових справ. Коли учні Христа повернулись після звершення напруженої місії, Господь сказав їм: “Ідіть осібно самі до безлюдного місця, та трохи спочиньте” (Мр. 6:31). Але великі натовпи людей слідували за ними, тому Ісус навчав їх, а потім накормив їх п’ятьма хлібцями і двома рибками (Мр. 6:32-44). Коли ж люди розійшлися, Христос “пішов помолитись на гору” (Мр. 6:46).

Якщо наше життя цілковито підпорядковується роботі, тоді те, що ми робимо, стає все менш і менш ефективним. Ісус же запрошує нас регулярно приходити до Нього в тихе місце, щоб помолитись і спочити.

Господи Ісусе, дякуємо Тобі за приклад постійного спілкування з Отцем. Дай нам мудрості й рішучості приділяти належну увагу відпочинку в нашому слідуванні за Тобою.

В християнському житті відпочинок настільки ж важливий, як і праця.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Бег и отдых

Читать сейчас: Марка 6:30-46 | Библия за год: Иисуса Навина 4-6; Луки 1:1-20

[Иисус] сказал им: «Пойдите вы одни в пустынное место и отдохните немного». — Марка 6:31

Заголовок в журнале привлек мое внимание: «Отдых важен для побед». Бывший член легкоатлетической команды делился опытом и делал особое ударение на принцип, пренебрегаемый многими бегунами: телу нужно время для отдыха и восстановления после тренировок. «Психологически адаптации, как результат тренировок, возникают только во время отдыха, – пишет автор. – Это значит, что покой так же важен, как и нагрузка».

То же касается нашей веры и служения. Регулярный отдых необходим, чтобы избежать перегорания и разочарования. Иисус соблюдал духовный баланс во время земной жизни, даже перед лицом великих свершений. Когда Его ученики вернулись после напряженного периода проповеди и исцелений, «Он сказал им: “Пойдите вы одни в пустынное место и отдохните немного”» (Мк. 6:31). Но большая толпа пошла за ними следом, поэтому Иисус вначале учил людей, а затем накормил всех пятью хлебами и двумя рыбами (Мк. 6:32-44). Когда все разошлись, Он «пошел на гору помолиться» (Мк. 6:46).

Если жизнь перегружена работой, то производительность будет неуклонно снижаться. Господь призывает нас регулярно приходить к Нему в тихое место для молитвы и отдыха.

Господь Иисус, благодарим Тебя за пример постоянного общения с Отцом. Даруй нам мудрость и последовательность в том, чтобы, следуя за Тобой, уделять отдыху должное внимание.

Для веры и служения отдых так же важен, как и труд.

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный