Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Daily Readings for TUESDAY, March 21, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Jeremiah 7:21-34

Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat the flesh. For in the day that I brought your ancestors out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to them or command them concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. But this command I gave them, "Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk only in the way that I command you, so that it may be well with you." Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but, in the stubbornness of their evil will, they walked in their own counsels, and looked backward rather than forward. From the day that your ancestors came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the prophets to them, day after day; yet they did not listen to me, or pay attention, but they stiffened their necks. They did worse than their ancestors did. So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You shall call to them, but they will not answer you. You shall say to them: This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips. Cut off your hair and throw it away; raise a lamentation on the bare heights, for the LORD has rejected and forsaken the generation that provoked his wrath. For the people of Judah have done evil in my sight, says the LORD; they have set their abominations in the house that is called by my name, defiling it. And they go on building the high place of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire-- which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind. Therefore, the days are surely coming, says the LORD, when it will no more be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of Slaughter: for they will bury in Topheth until there is no more room. The corpses of this people will be food for the birds of the air, and for the animals of the earth; and no one will frighten them away. And I will bring to an end the sound of mirth and gladness, the voice of the bride and bridegroom in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; for the land shall become a waste.

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

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Romans 4:13-25

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." He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith "was reckoned to him as righteousness." Now the words, "it was reckoned to him," were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

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

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in John 7:37-52
Glory be to Thee, O Lord!

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, 'Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, "This is really the prophet." Others said, "This is the Messiah." But some asked, "Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?" So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, "Why did you not arrest him?" The police answered, "Never has anyone spoken like this!" Then the Pharisees replied, "Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law-- they are accursed." Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked, "Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?" They replied, "Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee."

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

Morning Psalms

Psalm 78: Part I Attendite, popule
1   Hear my teaching, O my people; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2   I will open my mouth in a parable; I will declare the mysteries of ancient times.
3   That which we have heard and known, and what our forefathers have told us, we will not hide from their children.
4   We will recount to generations to come the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the LORD, and the wonderful works he has done.
5   He gave his decrees to Jacob and established a law for Israel, which he commanded them to teach their children;
6   That the generations to come might know, and the children yet unborn; that they in their turn might tell it to their children;
7   So that they might put their trust in God, and not forget the deeds of God, but keep his commandments;
8   And not be like their forefathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, and whose spirit was not faithful to God.
9   The people of Ephraim, armed with the bow, turned back in the day of battle;
10   They did not keep the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
11   They forgot what he had done, and the wonders he had shown them.
12   He worked marvels in the sight of their forefathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13   He split open the sea and let them pass through; he made the waters stand up like walls.
14   He led them with a cloud by day, and all the night through with a glow of fire.
15   He split the hard rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink as from the great deep.
16   He brought streams out of the cliff, and the waters gushed out like rivers.
17   But they went on sinning against him, rebelling in the desert against the Most High.
18   They tested God in their hearts, demanding food for their craving.
19   They railed against God and said, "Can God set a table in the wilderness?
20   True, he struck the rock, the waters gushed out, and the gullies overflowed; but is he able to give bread or to provide meat for his people?"
21   When the LORD heard this, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob, and his anger mounted against Israel;
22   For they had no faith in God, nor did they put their trust in his saving power.
23   So he commanded the clouds above and opened the doors of heaven.
24   He rained down manna upon them to eat and gave them grain from heaven.
25   So mortals ate the bread of angels; he provided for them food enough.
26   He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens and led out the south wind by his might.
27   He rained down flesh upon them like dust and wingéd birds like the sand of the sea.
28   He let it fall in the midst of their camp and round about their dwellings.
29   So they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved.
30   But they did not stop their craving, though the food was still in their mouths.
31   So God's anger mounted against them; he slew their strongest men and laid low the youth of Israel.
32   In spite of all this, they went on sinning and had no faith in his wonderful works.
33   So he brought their days to an end like a breath and their years in sudden terror.
34   Whenever he slew them, they would seek him, and repent, and diligently search for God.
35   They would remember that God was their rock, and the Most High God their redeemer.
36   But they flattered him with their mouths and lied to him with their tongues.
37   Their heart was not steadfast toward him, and they were not faithful to his covenant.
38   But he was so merciful that he forgave their sins and did not destroy them; many times he held back his anger and did not permit his wrath to be roused.
39   For he remembered that they were but flesh, a breath that goes forth and does not return.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 78: Part II Quoties exacerbaverunt
40   How often the people disobeyed him in the wilderness and offended him in the desert!
41   Again and again they tempted God and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42   They did not remember his power in the day when he ransomed them from the enemy;
43   How he wrought his signs in Egypt and his omens in the field of Zoan.
44   He turned their rivers into blood, so that they could not drink of their streams.
45   He sent swarms of flies among them, which ate them up, and frogs, which destroyed them.
46   He gave their crops to the caterpillar, the fruit of their toil to the locust.
47   He killed their vines with hail and their sycamores with frost.
48   He delivered their cattle to hailstones and their livestock to hot thunderbolts.
49   He poured out upon them his blazing anger: fury, indignation, and distress, a troop of destroying angels.
50   He gave full rein to his anger; he did not spare their souls from death; but delivered their lives to the plague.
51   He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, the flower of manhood in the dwellings of Ham.
52   He led out his people like sheep and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53   He led them to safety, and they were not afraid; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54   He brought them to his holy land, the mountain his right hand had won.
55   He drove out the Canaanites before them and apportioned an inheritance to them by lot; he made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
56   But they tested the Most High God, and defied him, and did not keep his commandments.
57   They turned away and were disloyal like their fathers; they were undependable like a warped bow.
58   They grieved him with their hill-altars they provoked his displeasure with their idols.
59   When God heard this, he was angry and utterly rejected Israel.
60   He forsook the shrine at Shiloh, the tabernacle where he had lived among his people.
61   He delivered the ark into captivity, his glory into the adversary's hand.
62   He gave his people to the sword and was angered against his inheritance.
63   The fire consumed their young men; there were no wedding songs for their maidens.
64   Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.
65   Then the LORD woke as though from sleep, like a warrior refreshed with wine.
66   He struck his enemies on the backside and put them to perpetual shame.
67   He rejected the tent of Joseph and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
68   He chose instead the tribe of Judah and Mount Zion, which he loved.
69   He built his sanctuary like the heights of heaven, like the earth which he founded for ever.
70   He chose David his servant, and took him away from the sheepfolds.
71   He brought him from following the ewes, to be a shepherd over Jacob his people and over Israel his inheritance.
72   So he shepherded them with a faithful and true heart and guided them with the skillfulness of his hands.

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Verse of the Day - March 21, 2017

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV) “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Read all of Jeremiah 17

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "God Goes With You"

The chief of staff renamed them with these Babylonian names: Daniel was called Belteshazzar. Hananiah was called Shadrach. Mishael was called Meshach. Azariah was called Abednego.
Daniel 1:7 (NLT)

Nebuchadnezzar could change their names, but he couldn’t change their hearts. Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had a God to serve and a stand to make.

The powerful king had made the call for some of Israel’s finest young men. He wanted the brightest and the best. He wanted to indoctrinate and brainwash them in the ways of Babylon. And he wanted them to abandon the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and worship the gods of Babylon instead.

Ancient Babylon was a wonder to behold, filled with jaw-dropping opulence. Yet there was no reverence for the Lord in that place. Everyone cowered in fear in the presence of King Nebuchadnezzar.

It is believed by many commentators that Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were somewhere between the ages of 14 and 19. They were good Jewish boys who had been raised by their parents in the way of the Lord. But their world, as they knew it, changed overnight. Torn away from their families, they were placed in an alien culture of paganism and unparalleled luxury. Up to that point, they would have lived in simple conditions. But they suddenly found themselves in the palace of the most powerful man on earth.

Maybe your world has changed recently. Maybe you were going a certain direction and have unexpectedly found yourself on a different path. Maybe you recently headed to college, and it is an entirely new world for you—and not exactly a world that is supportive of your Christian values. Maybe your business has sent you to a different city, or maybe you are stationed overseas. Here is what you need to know: Wherever you go, God goes with you. He doesn’t live in one place; He is present with all His children. And He hasn’t forgotten about you.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation®, NLT® copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. Devotion by Greg Laurie © 2017 Harvest Christian Fellowship; all rights reserved.

Un Dia a la Vez - Testimonio

Tú, Señor, me llenas de alegría con tus maravillas; por eso alabaré jubiloso las obras de tus manos.
Salmo 92:4 (NIV)

Le doy muchas gracias a Dios porque este libro lo disfruto tanto como tú. En estos meses de preparación acelerada del devocional, Dios me llenó de tantas vivencias y testimonios que me permitieron definitivamente su terminación. Durante este año, no solo podré hablarte de mi vida y lo que ha hecho Dios, sino también de lo que he podido crecer con los testimonios de muchos de mis oyentes.

Mi esposo, Edgar, conoció una pareja que es fiel oyente de «Buenos Días Familia». Muy contentos por conocerle, le dijeron cómo las oraciones y los mensajes que Dios ha depositado en mi corazón sirvieron, en un momento determinado de sus vidas, como una inyección espiritual que se convirtió en esperanza de vida.

Al hermano de esta oyente dominicana lo trasladaron a Colombia para realizarle un trasplante de médula ósea. Entonces, como era oyente en Miami, una vez terminada su operación y al iniciar su recuperación, pidió seguir escuchando las oraciones vía Internet. Aun sin poder moverse y en los momentos de dolor, esta radio y esta voz fueron instrumentos de nuestro Dios.

Me sentí tan feliz que dije: «Dios mío, quizá nunca podré saber en cuántas personas lograremos influir con solo hablar de una verdad tan hermosa que es tu amor y el regalo de tu salvación».

Gracias le doy a Dios porque aunque muchos tal vez crean que yo desarrollaría mejor mi talento en otro medio de comunicación, quizá con más dinero y menos sacrificios, nunca me he arrepentido de haber dejado la radio secular. Por eso, mi testimonio es que han sido diez años, la mitad de mi carrera radial, llenos de satisfacciones.

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - PRISONER OF JESUS CHRIST

I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles…

Prison! Even the word sends shivers down the back and the thought is immediately pushed to the back of our minds. Yet we in the western world often have no idea just how horrible conditions are in prisons in non-western countries.

For most people anywhere in the world, imprisonment is simply the biggest shock of their life. One of the most famous prisoners, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, was almost poetic in his description in his book The Gulag Archipelago. “Arrest [and imprisonment] is an instantaneous, shattering thrust, expulsion, and somersault from one state to another.”

Prison is extremely challenging for those, like Aleksandr, who find themselves there unjustly. It is rigorous even for those who acknowledge their guilt and must pay the price. But a strong faith in God and trust in God’s ultimate goodness and purposes enables Christian prisoners to emerge with victorious testimonies. And like the Apostle Paul they can say they were “prisoners of Jesus Christ.”

For example, Pastor Steven in Vietnam is a courageous leader of the unofficial church. He had a ticket to the USA in 1975 but chose to stay and suffer with his people. He is passionate about the gospel and says, “I always have my suitcase packed by the front door, ready for prison again.”

He spent seven and a half years in a tiny cell after being arrested for “illegal Christian activity.” He was tortured for sharing Christ with other prisoners, but his faith impacted thousands. One Vietnamese pastor says, “Before 1975, we were only allowed to preach in prisons on Tuesdays, but now there are brothers witnessing there seven days a week!”

An Open Doors-Africa co-worker named Solomon was assigned to find out if there were many Christians in prison or labor camps in Mozambique during the communist regime there. While researching, he was arrested himself. “In prison, all my possessions, including my Bible were taken from me. Then I was subjected to a cross-examination for six hours, after which I was thrown into a cell, exhausted. I had to sleep on a concrete floor without even a blanket.

“Knowing that my heavenly father would never forsake me, I directed all my attention to my fellow-prisoners. Although I still had to sleep on the floor and was harassed by malaria, bugs and gnawing hunger, I tried to talk about my faith as much as possible…

“I had the opportunity to preach to my companions. I prayed for the sick and the Lord heard my prayers and healed them. That was of great support to them and during my stay in prison, I led fifteen people to the Lord.

“Unexpectedly, I found out that there were more Christians in prison. Now it became clear to me why I had to be arrested. In the first place, to bring the message of salvation to the lost ones in prison. And secondly, to strengthen my fellow Christians.

RESPONSE: Today I accept the fact I can be a witness for Jesus anywhere and everywhere He leads.

PRAYER: Pray for Christians in prison (Hebrews 13:3) and pray they will be used of God while there.

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Girlfriends in God - So You Have a Past

by Gwen Smith

Today’s Truth

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)

Friend to Friend

The New Testament begins with the book of Matthew and showcases more drama than a Hallmark movie. The book starts off with a genealogy trail that leads from Abraham to the birth of Jesus. This list of names might make you yawn, but it’s actually really important - and even exciting. (Yes. You read that right!) It’s fascinating because it gives evidence to a family line that shows Jesus was a descendent of both Abraham and King David, thus fulfilling what the Old Testament predicted about the lineage of the Messiah.

Scandal steps onto the page in verse three of Matthew chapter one when a woman’s name shows up. (Traditionally, only the names of men appeared in these family lineages.) But this wasn’t just any woman, it’s one from the shady side of the family tree … Tamar. She had a past, and any Jewish scholar worth their salt would know about it. She was used and abused by men that should’ve loved, protected, and provided for her. Once scorned, she schemed for revenge and ended up having twins to her father-in-law. One of the twins, Perez, is an ancestor to King David.

As the list goes on we see a few more eyebrow-raising names…

Rahab’s name is listed. Remember her? She was the prostitute who “turned good” when she helped Joshua and the Israelites capture Jericho. Bathsheba’s on the list too, but they don’t even mention her by name. She’s recorded this way, “David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife.” (Matthew 1:6) Nice. Archived as the woman who had an affair with King David while she was married to a soldier named Uriah.

All three of these women were known, but not necessarily for cleaned up good things. Seeing these women listed among the relatives of Jesus seems very… messy. It seems to me that historians would want to hide those names, not put them out there for everyone to see! But that’s not God’s way. He doesn’t sweep things under the rug and pretend they aren’t there.

And strangely enough, I’m encouraged by the presence of these women in the lineage of Jesus. Why? Because they are powerful displays of His grace. They are proof that God does not require perfection from us in order for His will to be done through us. The apostle Paul summed it up nicely in his second letter to the church of Corinth. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

So you have a past. So did Tamar, Rahab, and Bathsheba. I do too. Who doesn’t?

So you have a few people in your family with rusty reputations. So do I. So did Jesus.

So you have some shame or pain regarding things that were done to you… things that were or are beyond your control. You’re not alone.

God’s mercy reaches beyond the muck and mire of our pasts to recreate us in the grace and love of Jesus. He lifts fallen heads, purifies rebellious hearts, and places slippery feet on solid ground. Nothing about having a “past” or “complicated associations” can keep you from walking out the freedom and hope of Jesus. God always uses the broken to showcase His beauty. Believe it.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Thank you for grace… for not holding my past against me… for declaring me a new creation in Christ. Please help me to trust you with my past and with my future.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Isaiah 41:8-14. What does this passage tell you about God? Where do you sense He is leading you today? Talk to Him. Seek His help, healing, and direction. Then click over to my blog and post a prayer of response or post a prayer need.

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LHM Daily Devotion - "The King Enters"

Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"The King Enters"

March 21, 2017

... the whole multitude of His disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen (Luke 19:37b, ESV).

Read Luke 19:28-38

Jesus has travelled to Jerusalem many times in His life, but this trip will be the last time. Every other time He walked through its gates, but not this time. Today He rides into the city as Jerusalem's King, its Messiah. But the King of kings does not ride a splendid war horse, instead He sends His disciples to bring Him a humble donkey, a lowly beast of burden. This animal fits Jesus' entire earthly life. He came as the meek, humble Baby born in Bethlehem's manger; He will lay down His life in humility on the cross.

The crowds are caught up in excitement. They shout "Blessed is the King who comes in the Name of the Lord." The term "blessed" points to the Father, who chose this King and continues to bless Him. Even though He rides a humble donkey, Jesus enters Jerusalem as our King, coming to conquer our great enemies-Satan, sin, death and hell.

The crowds add "peace in heaven and glory in the highest," the same words the angels shared with the shepherds at Jesus' birth. Peace in heaven celebrates God's peace coming down upon the earth through the Messiah. His victory brings praise to God from His angels in heaven and from all of us who have been saved by His mighty Son.

Jesus accepts this praise sweeping through the crowds because it is right and true. He is the King riding into Jerusalem to prepare to fight to the death to defend His people. In a few days He will stagger out through the city gates, carrying His cross to the battlefield.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, our great conquering King, You rode into Jerusalem to wage war for Your people. Receive my thanksgiving for the victory You won through Your suffering, death and resurrection. Amen.

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

Devociones de Cuaresma - Dios es generoso

Devociones de Cuaresma  2017

Dios es generoso

21 de Marzo de 2017

... y les dio cuanto querían. Juan 6:11, RVC (6:10-15)

Una vez prediqué sobre este pasaje, y luego del culto un señor ya entrado en años, me preguntó: 'Pastor, ¿de dónde habrán sacado las doce cestas para guardar lo que había sobrado?'

Tal vez una pregunta que este milagro sugiere que nos hagamos es: ¿cómo respondemos cuando Dios es generoso? Aquí los discípulos fueron obedientes a las directivas de Jesús, la multitud fue obediente a las directivas de los discípulos, y recibieron la comida que se les brindó tan generosamente. Y vieron el milagro, y se les ocurrió una idea: ¡hacer de Jesús su rey!

Hay que felicitar a la multitud por su capacidad de ver el milagro, porque no todos vieron siempre los milagros de Dios y su generosidad. Pero inmediatamente, cuando no supieron interpretar ese milagro, surgió un problema y, al final, lo que hicieron fue alejar a Dios de su medio: "Jesús... volvió a retirarse al monte él solo." La actitud de la multitud no encajaba en los planes de Dios. A pesar de la grandeza del milagro, la multitud seguía miope. El resto del capítulo 6 de Juan se encarga de explicar la miopía de la multitud.

Dios ha sido sumamente generoso con nosotros también: ha atendido nuestras necesidades cuando acudimos a él, y aun cuando ni siquiera lo buscamos. Su generosidad supera grandemente las doce cestas. Pero, ¿vemos sus bendiciones? La Escritura nos anima a que mantengamos la perspectiva de lo eterno, a que busquemos al que es el pan de vida, Jesús (Juan 6:35). El Hijo de Dios fue enviado para satisfacer nuestra necesidad más importante: la reconciliación con Dios nuestro Padre. Con su muerte y resurrección, Jesús nos da la más grande y abundante de las bendiciones: perdón, vida y salvación eternas.

Gracias, Padre, porque tu pan del cielo sacia nuestra hambre espiritual para siempre. Amén

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Our Daily Bread - Refreshing Spring Rains

Read: Hosea 6:1–4 | Bible in a Year: Joshua 7–9; Luke 1:21–38

He will come to us like the . . . spring rains that water the earth. Hosea 6:3

Needing a break, I went for a walk in the nearby park. As I headed down the path, a burst of green caught my attention. Out of the mud appeared shoots of life that in a few weeks would be cheerful daffodils, heralding spring and the warmth to come. We had made it through another winter!

As we read through the book of Hosea, it can feel in parts like an unrelenting winter. For the Lord gave this prophet the unenviable task of marrying an unfaithful woman as a picture of the Creator’s love for His people Israel (1:2–3). Hosea’s wife, Gomer, broke their wedding vows, but Hosea welcomed her back, yearning that she would love him devotedly (3:1–3). So too the Lord desires that we love Him with a strength and commitment that won’t evaporate like the morning mist.

How do we relate to God? Do we seek Him mainly in times of trouble, searching for answers in our distress but ignoring Him during our seasons of celebration? Are we like the Israelites, easily swayed by the idols of our age, including such things as busyness, success, and influence?

Today, may we recommit ourselves to the Lord, who loves us as surely as the flowers bud in the spring.

Lord Jesus, You gave Yourself that we might be free. Help us to love You wholeheartedly.

Though we may be unfaithful to God, He will never turn from us.

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Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Mưa Xuân Tưới Mát

Đọc: Ô-sê 6:1-4 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Giô-suê 7-9; Lu-ca 1:21-38

Ngài sẽ đến với chúng ta … như mưa xuân tưới đất. (Ô-sê 6:3)

Vì cần nghỉ giải lao nên tôi đi dạo ở công viên gần nhà. Khi đi xuống đường, một mầm xanh đã thu hút sự chú ý của tôi. Từ trong vũng bùn, xuất hiện những chồi sống mà trong vài tuần nữa sẽ trở thành những cây thủy tiên vàng rực rỡ, báo hiệu mùa xuân và sự ấm áp sắp đến. Chúng tôi đã sống sót thêm một mùa đông nữa.

Khi đọc sách Ô-sê, tôi cảm thấy một chút giống mùa đông khắc nghiệt. Vì Chúa đã giao cho vị tiên tri này nhiệm vụ không ai muốn làm là cưới người phụ nữ không chung thủy như bức tranh về tình yêu của Đấng Tạo Hóa đối với dân sự Ngài là Y-sơ-ra-ên (1:2-3). Gô-me, vợ của Ô-sê đã phá vỡ lời nguyện ước hôn nhân, nhưng Ô-sê vẫn chào đón bà trở về, ao ước bà sẽ yêu ông cách hết lòng (3:1-3). Cũng vậy, Chúa ao ước chúng ta yêu Ngài bằng cả sức lực và sự cam kết mà sẽ không tan biến như sương sớm.

Chúng ta đang đối với Chúa ra sao? Phải chăng chúng ta chỉ tìm kiếm Ngài trong những lúc khó khăn, tìm câu trả lời trong lúc khốn cùng nhưng làm ngơ Ngài trong những lúc hanh thông? Chúng ta có giống như dân Y-sơ-ra-ên, dễ dàng bị ảnh hưởng bởi những thần tượng trong thời đại mình sống, bao gồm những điều như sự bận rộn, thành công và ảnh hưởng?

Hôm nay, nguyện chúng ta sẽ tái cam kết với Chúa, là Đấng luôn yêu thương chúng ta như những bông hoa nảy lộc trong mùa xuân.

Lạy Chúa Jêsus, Ngài đã phó chính mình để chúng con được tự do. Xin giúp chúng con yêu Ngài bằng trọn cả tấm lòng.

Dù chúng ta không trung thành với Chúa, nhưng Ngài sẽ không bao giờ quay lưng với chúng ta.

© 2017 Lời Sống Hằng Ngày

Nuestro Pan Diario - Lluvias refrescantes

Leer: Oseas 6:1-4 | La Biblia en un año: Lucas 1:21-38

… vendrá a nosotros como la lluvia, como la lluvia tardía y temprana a la tierra (Oseas 6:3).

Necesitaba un descanso y fui a caminar por un parque cercano. Mientras andaba por un sendero, una ráfaga de verde me llamó la atención. En medio del barro, aparecían brotes de vida que, en pocas semanas, se convertirían en alegres narcisos, anunciando la llegada de la primavera y el calor. ¡Había pasado otro invierno…!

Cuando leemos el libro de Oseas, ciertas partes pueden parecer un invierno implacable. El Señor le encomendó a este profeta la desagradable tarea de casarse con una mujer infiel, como un cuadro del amor del Creador por Israel (1:2-3). Gomer, la esposa de Oseas, rompió los votos matrimoniales, pero el profeta la recibió de nuevo, anhelando que ella lo amara con devoción (3:1-3). Del mismo modo, el Señor desea que lo amemos con una intensidad y consagración que no se evapore como el rocío matinal.

¿Cómo es nuestra relación con Dios? ¿Lo buscamos mayormente en los momentos difíciles, tratando de encontrar respuestas en medio de nuestra angustia, pero lo ignoramos durante las etapas felices? ¿Somos como los israelitas, fácilmente atraídos por los ídolos de nuestra época como el exceso de actividades, el éxito o la posición?

Consagrémonos hoy nuevamente al Señor, cuyo amor por nosotros es tan indudable como que las flores aparecen en primavera.

Señor, ayúdame a amarte de todo corazón.

Aunque le seamos infieles a Dios, Él nunca se alejará de nosotros.

Unser Täglich Brot - Frühlingsregen

Lesen: Hosea 6,1-4 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Josua 7–9; Lukas 1,21-38

So sicher, wie . . . im Herbst und Frühjahr der Regen die Erde tränkt, so gewiss wird er kommen und uns helfen. Hosea 6,3 HFA

Ich brauchte eine Pause. Deshalb ging ich für einen Spaziergang in den nahen Park. Als ich den Weg entlanglief, fiel mein Blick auf etwas Grünes. Aus der Erde spross neues Leben hervor, aus dem sich in ein paar Wochen leuchtende Narzissen entwickeln würden, Vorboten des Frühlings und wärmerer Zeiten. Bald war der Winter vorbei!

Wenn wir das Buch Hosea lesen, kann es uns manchmal vorkommen, als habe der Winter alles in seinem eisigen Griff. Denn Gott gab dem Propheten eine Aufgabe, um die er nicht zu beneiden war—er sollte eine untreue Frau heiraten—als Beispiel für die Liebe des Schöpfers zu seinem Volk Israel (1,2-3). Hoseas Frau Gomer brach das Eheversprechen, aber Hosea holte sie zurück und warb um ihre Liebe (3,1-3). Genauso wünscht sich der Herr, dass wir ihn mit einer Kraft und Hingabe lieben, die nicht vergeht wie ein Morgennebel.

Wie gehen wir mit Gott um? Suchen wir ihn vor allem in Zeiten der Not, wenn wir Antwort auf unsere Fragen brauchen, und ignorieren ihn, wenn es uns gut geht? Sind wir wie die Israeliten, schnell abgelenkt von den Götzen unserer Zeit, zu denen auch Geschäftigkeit, Erfolg und Einfluss gehören?

Mögen wir uns heute wieder ganz neu dem Herrn zuwenden, der uns so gewiss liebt, wie im Frühjahr die Knospen hervorkommen.

Herr Jesus, du hast dich selbst hingegeben, damit wir frei sein können. Hilf uns, dich von ganzem Herzen zu lieben.

Auch wenn wir Gott untreu werden, wendet er sich niemals von uns ab.

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - Une pluie rafraîchissante

Lisez : Osée 6.1‑4 | La Bible en un an : Josué 7 – 9 et Luc 1.21-38

Il viendra pour nous comme […] la pluie du printemps qui arrose la terre. (Osée 6.3)

Ayant besoin d’une pause, je suis allée marcher dans le parc voisin. Sur le sentier, un bouquet de verdure a capté mon attention. De la boue sont sorties des pousses de vie qui deviendraient quelques semaines plus tard de joyeux narcisses annonçant le printemps et les chaleurs à venir. Nous avions survécu à un autre hiver !

La lecture du livre d’Osée peut ressembler en partie à un hiver interminable, car le Seigneur a donné à ce prophète la tâche non enviable d’épouser une femme infidèle en guise d’image de l’amour du Créateur envers son peuple d’Israël (1.2,3). La femme d’Osée, Gomer, a rompu leurs voeux de mariage, mais Osée a accepté de la reprendre, dans l’espoir qu’elle en vienne à l’aimer avec fidélité (3.1‑3). Or, le Seigneur désire aussi se faire aimer de nous avec une force et un engagement qui ne se dissiperont pas comme la rosée.

Comment percevons‑nous Dieu ? Le recherchons‑nous surtout en période éprouvante, alors que nous cherchons à obtenir des réponses à notre détresse, mais en faisant fi de lui en période de célébration ? Sommes‑nous comme les Israélites, qui se laissaient si facilement distraire par les idoles de leur époque, y compris des choses comme l’hyperactivité, le succès et l’influence ?

Aujourd’hui, renouvelons notre consécration à Dieu, qui nous aime tout aussi sûrement que la fleur bourgeonne au printemps.

Malgré notre infidélité, Dieu ne nous tournera jamais le dos.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Весняні дощі

Читати: Осії 6:1-4 | Біблія за рік: Ісуса Навина 7–9 ; Луки 1:21-38

Він прийде до нас… немов дощ весняний, що напоює землю. — Осії 6:3

Щоб відпочити від роботи, я пішла прогулятись до парку. Мою увагу привернуло стрімке появлення зелені навколо. Усюди на чорній землі з’являлись ознаки життя – стеблинки, що за пару тижнів мали перетворитись на блідо-жовті нарциси, що радісно сповіщають прихід весни й теплих днів… Разом ми пережили ще одну зиму!

Коли перечитуєш книгу пророка Осії, інколи виникає відчуття суворої, безжалісної зими. Пророк Осія отримав від Господа незавидне завдання одружитись на зрадливій жінці, що символізувало любов Творця до Свого невірного народу – Ізраїлю (Ос. 1:2-3). Гомер порушила шлюбні клятви, але пророк все одно пропонував їй притулок, бо справді бажав, щоб вона вірно його кохала (Ос. 3:1-3). Так і Господь бажає, щоб ми любили Його усією своєю силою та посвяченням – не такою любов’ю, що щезає немов ранковий серпанок.

Яке наше ставлення до Бога? Чи ми шукаємо Його лише за важких часів? Чи прагнемо відповідей на молитви лише тоді, коли купа проблем, і забуваємо про Нього в періоди благополуччя? Чи ми схожі на тих ізраїльтян, що дуже легко збочували вслід за ідолами? Можливо, ми вклоняємося сучасним ідолам – таким, як бізнес, успіх, вплив тощо?

Давайте сьогодні оновимо своє посвячення Господу, Чия любов така ж певна, як і цвітіння квітів весною.

Господи Ісусе, Ти віддав нам Себе Самого, щоб звільнити нас. Допоможи любити Тебе усім своїм серцем.

Бог ніколи не відвертається від нас – навіть коли ми невірні Йому.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Весенние дожди

Читать сейчас: Осия 6:1-4 | Библия за год: Иисуса Навина 7-9; Луки 1:21-38

Он придет к нам, как дождь, как поздний дождь, оросит землю. — Осия 6:3

Ощутив потребность в отдыхе, я отправилась на прогулку в соседний парк. Идя по тропинке, я увидела посреди черной грязи комочек зелени. Новая жизнь давала всходы, через несколько недель здесь расцветут нарциссы, возвещая весну и приход тепла. Мы пережили еще одну зиму!

Читая Книгу пророка Осии, я словно чувствую бесконечную зиму. Господь дал Своему пророку незавидное поручение: жениться на неверной женщине, чтобы стать живой иллюстрацией любви Создателя к Своему народу Израилю (Ос. 1:2-3). Гомерь, жена Осии, попрала супружеские обеты, но после многих злоключений Осия вернул ее домой, надеясь на покаяние и посвященную любовь (Ос. 3:1-3). Так и Господь желает, чтобы мы любили Его с посвящением, которое не улетучится как утренний туман.

Как мы относимся к Богу? Возможно, ищем Его в дни трудностей, когда нам нужны ответы, но игнорируем во времена благополучия? Не ведем ли мы себя как израильтяне, без особого сопротивления увлекаясь идолами своего времени: бизнесом, успехом, положением?

Вновь посвятим себя Господу, Который любит нас так же верно, как каждой весной на земле появляются цветы.

Господь Иисус, Ты отдал Себя, чтобы мы обрели свободу. Помоги нам любить Тебя всем сердцем.

Хотя мы бываем неверны Богу, Он остается верен нам.

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный