Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Daily Readings for WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017


The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Jeremiah 8:18-9:6

My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick. Hark, the cry of my poor people from far and wide in the land: "Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King not in her?" ("Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their foreign idols?") "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved." For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored? O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people! O that I had in the desert a traveler's lodging place, that I might leave my people and go away from them! For they are all adulterers, a band of traitors. They bend their tongues like bows; they have grown strong in the land for falsehood, and not for truth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know me, says the LORD. Beware of your neighbors, and put no trust in any of your kin; for all your kin are supplanters, and every neighbor goes around like a slanderer. They all deceive their neighbors, and no one speaks the truth; they have taught their tongues to speak lies; they commit iniquity and are too weary to repent. Oppression upon oppression, deceit upon deceit! They refuse to know me, says the LORD.

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


The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Romans 5:1-11

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person-- though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

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


The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in John 8:12-20
Glory be to Thee, O Lord!


Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." Then the Pharisees said to him, "You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid." Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf." Then they said to him, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also." He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

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


Morning Psalms

Psalm 119: Mem Quomodo dilexi!
97   Oh, how I love your law! all the day long it is in my mind.
98   Your commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, and it is always with me.
99   I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your decrees are my study.
100   I am wiser than the elders, because I observe your commandments.
101   I restrain my feet from every evil way, that I may keep your word.
102   I do not shrink from your judgments, because you yourself have taught me.
103   How sweet are your words to my taste! they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.
104   Through your commandments I gain understanding; therefore I hate every lying way.


Psalm 119: Nun Lucerna pedibus meis
105   Your word is a lantern to my feet and a light upon my path.
106   I have sworn and am determined to keep your righteous judgments.
107   I am deeply troubled; preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word.
108   Accept, O LORD, the willing tribute of my lips, and teach me your judgments.
109   My life is always in my hand, yet I do not forget your law.
110   The wicked have set a trap for me, but I have not strayed from your commandments.
111   Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; truly, they are the joy of my heart.
112   I have applied my heart to fulfill your statutes for ever and to the end.


Psalm 119: Samekh Iniquos odio habui
113   I hate those who have a divided heart, but your law do I love.
114   You are my refuge and shield; my hope is in your word.
115   Away from me, you wicked! I will keep the commandments of my God.
116   Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be disappointed in my hope.
117   Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and my delight shall be ever in your statutes.
118   You spurn all who stray from your statutes; their deceitfulness is in vain.
119   In your sight all the wicked of the earth are but dross; therefore I love your decrees.
120   My flesh trembles with dread of you; I am afraid of your judgments.


Evening Psalms

Psalm 81 Exultate Deo
1   Sing with joy to God our strength and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.
2   Raise a song and sound the timbrel, the merry harp, and the lyre.
3   Blow the ram's-horn at the new moon, and at the full moon, the day of our feast.
4   For this is a statute for Israel, a law of the God of Jacob.
5   He laid it as a solemn charge upon Joseph, when he came out of the land of Egypt.
6   I heard an unfamiliar voice saying, "I eased his shoulder from the burden; his hands were set free from bearing the load."
7   You called on me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered you from the secret place of thunder and tested you at the waters of Meribah.
8   Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you: O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
9   There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not worship a foreign god.
10   I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, "Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it."
11   And yet my people did not hear my voice, and Israel would not obey me.
12   So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, to follow their own devices.
13   Oh, that my people would listen to me! that Israel would walk in my ways!
14   I should soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.
15   Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their punishment would last for ever.
16   But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat and satisfy him with honey from the rock.


Psalm 82 Deus stetit
1   God takes his stand in the council of heaven; he gives judgment in the midst of the gods:
2   How long will you judge unjustly, and show favor to the wicked?
3   Save the weak and the orphan; defend the humble and needy;
4   Rescue the weak and the poor; deliver them from the power of the wicked.
5   They do not know, neither do they understand; they go about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6   Now I say to you, 'You are gods, and all of you children of the Most High;
7   Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, and fall like any prince.'"
8   Arise, O God, and rule the earth, for you shall take all nations for your own.


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Verse of the Day - March 22, 2017


Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV) [The Armor of God] Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Read all of Ephesians 6

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "He Knows Best"

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

There are some things this side of Heaven that I never will understand. But when I don’t know something, I fall back on what I do know. There are times when someone asks, “Cap'n, why did God do this?”

And many times I say, “I don’t know. I just can’t answer that. But I know this: God loves you. God is wiser than you. And ‘all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.’”

It’s during those difficult times that we must walk by faith. We don’t understand, and there is turmoil going on deep inside. But we don’t know what God has in store.

Maybe you’ve had a setback in your life. Things were going well, and then all of a sudden, you went down in flames. You’re wondering, “What is this all about? How could this possibly result in anything good?”

I think Joseph must have felt that way. He was faithful to the Lord, yet it seemed as though he had setback after setback and went deeper and deeper into his problems. But each setback actually was a stepping stone to a greater plan God in store for him. That resulted in his being used more powerfully by God than anything else Joseph could have accomplished.

One day we’ll be able to look back and say, “Now I know why the Lord did this and why He did that.” For some of us, it only will be on the other side of eternity when we can look back and understand it.

We don’t see the big picture. But the great comfort is that He who makes and controls all circumstances knows what is best and will act accordingly. He will do the right thing.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV® Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Devotion by Greg Laurie © 2017 Harvest Christian Fellowship; all rights reserved.

Un Dia a la Vez - No menosprecies tu llamado


Porque hemos buscado a Jehová nuestro Dios; le hemos buscado, y él nos ha dado paz por todas partes. Edificaron, pues, y fueron prosperados.
2 Crónicas 14:7 (RVR1960)

Muchos somos los que dedicamos nuestra vida a tiempo completo en el servicio a Dios. Hay quienes lo hacen en un medio de comunicación, una escuela o una iglesia. Otros lo realizan como pastores, líderes, cantantes, etc. Incluso, hay quienes son farolitos alumbrando el amor de Dios. Por mencionarte algunos casos, veamos algunas personas muy reconocidas y queridas por todos nosotros:
  • Fernando Arau, un tremendo humorista en «Despierta América», de la cadena Univisión,
y líder junto con su esposa de un grupo de apoyo a matrimonios.
  • Yuri, presentadora de «Noche de Estrellas» por Univisión. Además, dedica su vida en el apoyo a su esposo, Rodrigo Espinosa, pastor de una iglesia de más de trescientos miembros en el Distrito Federal.
  • Nuestro presidente del Grupo Génesis, el pastor Edwin Lemuel Ortiz, dueño de las estaciones La Nueva 88.3 y La Nueva 90.9, en Miami. Por más de quince años, la hermosa voz principal de la cadena Univisión.
  • Nuestro Ernesto Suazo no solo es pastor y presentador por varios años del programa de «La Nueva» El Top 20, sino que también es una de las voces destacadas de la cadena Telemundo.
Y así te podría nombrar a miles de personas que Dios coloca como faros en diferentes lugares. Allí, de una manera única, llevan la Palabra de Dios a personas que nosotros nunca podríamos alcanzar. No menosprecies tu llamado, ni menosprecies el llamado de los demás.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón. Versión Reina-Valera 1960 © Sociedades Bíblicas en América Latina, 1960. Renovado © Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas, 1988.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - WHY PERSECUTION AND MARTYRDOM?

…in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. John 16:2b (NIV)

Today we begin a two-part look at the testimony of a terrorist persecutor named Maulana who ultimately gave his life to Christ and became a Christian missionary:

I was born in a Muslim family in a small town of Demak, central Java, Indonesia. My family was very strict in following Islamic Sharia laws. As a Muslim, I read a lot of the Koran, Hadits, the sayings of the prophet Mohammed, and all the other books that help me be a devoted Muslim.

I started to learn about a famous international Muslim named Ayatollah Komeini from Iran. I welcome Ayatollah Khomeini’s ideas and his call to revolution to all Muslims because it will be very nice to have Islamic Sharia law applied in our society. That would arrange all ways of life in this country according to the truth of the Koran. I don’t like the West because their lifestyle has affected the Eastern lifestyle, young people dress like those in the West, which is so far from Islamic propriety. I hate that.

And this has also caused me to hate tourists who come to Indonesia. They bring Western lifestyle and can’t be a role model for us in Islam. I see Christians as hindering Sharia teaching in Indonesia. Indonesia must be cleansed from the cross. It’s a must! Sharia must happen in civil society. The Christians worship Jesus, who is merely a man. For us this is sin, and we must stop this movement through churches.

The Indonesian government is committed to freedom of religion, as stated in our national constitution. But for Muslims this is not good. It will not bring any good to the country’s future. Because we do not get support from the government, we take law into our own hands. We attack churches; we shoot pastors while they are preaching to cause fear. We do it because the government does not back us up, so we do it by ourselves. We do not fear death because we were encouraged by Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini to spill our blood to the last drop to make this happen.

Remember the bombing in Bali? That was a combined expression of our frustration and our goal. Calling us terrorists is a big mistake, because we’re just Muslim God lovers.

The government supports Eastern Indonesia and the islands to be Christian, and is actually hindering us from teaching or implementing Sharia law there. So we devised secret plans to bring about Sharia law in Eastern Indonesia. I was one of the first 5,000 soldiers sent from east Java on a ship to the island of Ambon. En route from Surabaya to Ambon, we hijacked the ship in Solo. We searched the ship and checked each passenger’s identity. Anyone with a Christian ID was either killed or thrown into the ocean. And together our group took over the ship and headed for Ambon Island to eliminate the church of Jesus Christ.

Tomorrow the change that comes to Maulana’s life when he meets Jesus.

RESPONSE: Today I understand that it is Jesus in me which prompts persecution and martyrdom.

PRAYER: Pray for Christians in conflict zones like Indonesia who risk their lives living for Jesus.

Scripture from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Girlfriends in God - The Power of Your Story

by Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth

“Thomas fell to his knees and cried, "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28 NIV)

Friend to Friend

When Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection, there was one who was absent from the motley crew: Thomas. When he came back to the group, they were all abuzz talking about Jesus’ surprise appearance. But Thomas didn’t believe a word of it.

“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it,” he declared.

A week later his disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus suddenly appeared and stood among them.

“Peace be with you!” he said.

Then Jesus turned to a stunned Thomas and said, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."

Thomas fell to his knees and cried, "My Lord and my God!"

The world is full of “Thomases.” I was one and perhaps you were one too. And even though I did not run my fingers over Jesus’ nail-scarred hands or thrust my hand into his sword-pierced side, I recognized Jesus through the scars of the men and women who were not afraid to share their stories of healing and redemption…and I believed.

In Revelation 12:11, John wrote, “They overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Incredible power is released when we drop the chains of bitterness, fear and shame to tell our stories.

Because Satan knows that our stories are instrumental in his ultimate defeat, he will do anything and everything to convince us to keep the treasures hidden away. Oh dear one, God is calling us to not be ashamed of our scars, for it is by those very scars that others will recognize the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Do you know a “Thomas” who needs to see Jesus’ scars…perhaps in your own life? This week, I encourage you to share your story of redemption with one other person and watch a miracle take place!

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, thank You that there was no hint of condemnation from the other disciples when Timothy doubted. I pray that I will never condemn a friend who is struggling with her own faith. Give me the courage to show my scars to someone who needs to see what You’ve done in my life. I want to be one of those people whom Jesus mentioned when he said to Timothy, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29 NIV).
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.


Now It’s Your Turn

Have you ever had times of doubting God? If so, what changed your heart?

Is there a friend who is struggling with her faith in God? If so, how can you help her see God at work?

Is there a scar in your own life that, if revealed, would help someone believe?

I would love to hear your story! You can email me directly at Sharon@sharonjaynes.com. I may not be able to respond to every email, but I promise to read your story and pray for you!

More from the Girlfriends

Did you know that your scars are beautiful to God? He longs to turn your hurt into hope, your pain into purpose, and your messes into ministry. Don’t waste your sorrows! Allow God to use what you have gone through to be a blessing to others. To learn more, see my book, Your Scars are Beautiful to God: Finding Peace and Purpose in the Hurts of Your Past. It also includes a study guide for those who want to dig deeper into God’s Word. And for you married gals, I’d love for you to hop over and join us at the new Praying Wives Club at www.Facebook.com/ThePrayingWivesClub.

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LHM Daily Devotion - "Tears For The Holy City"





Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Tears For The Holy City"

March 22, 2017

And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples." He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out" (Luke 19:39-40, ESV).


Jesus enters Jerusalem with a large crowd joyfully singing His praises. Some Pharisees come out of Jerusalem and urge Jesus to silence His supporters. But Jesus refuses; this King will have His rightful praise. Even if the people remain silent, the stones themselves will cry out.

In a few days the Pharisees will have their way. These praises will fall silent as the crowds begin shouting, "Crucify, crucify Him!" Reaching the ridge of Jerusalem Jesus begins sobbing. If only the city realized how easily it could escape disaster. All its citizens have to do is turn from their wrongs and trust in Jesus. Woefully, that great peace is hidden from their eyes.

Jesus' tears flow because His all-knowing eyes see what will happen here in 40 years. He sees the Roman legions arriving, encircling the city, and cutting down the trees to build their siege weapons. He sees violence and disease breaking out through the doomed metropolis. He sees starvation and plague ravaging those who remain. He sees the Romans breaking through the city walls and savagely attacking the last defenders at the temple walls. He sees the temple in flames and the defenders being slaughtered, as they turn from their Roman attackers in a desperate attempt to extinguish the fires. He sees the temple reduced to rubble, with not one stone left upon another.

And He weeps bitterly because all this is so needless. If only they would recognize God graciously visiting them through His Son.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, Your heart broke at the senseless devastation Jerusalem would suffer because of its foolish unbelief. Guard my heart and mind against unbelief, so I may live with You in heaven, and not suffer eternally in hell. 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.

Jesus enters Jerusalem with a large crowd joyfully singing His praises.

Devociones de Cuaresma - La actitud policíaca de los fariseos

 

Devociones de Cuaresma  2017

La actitud policíaca de los fariseos

22 de Marzo de 2017

Moisés nos ordenó apedrear a mujeres como ésta. ¿Y tú qué dices? Juan 8:5, RVC (8:1-11)

Una escena parecida a la de Juan 8:1-11 se repitió varias veces durante el ministerio de Jesús: el templo, Jesús enseñando, el pueblo escuchando. En esta ocasión aparecen fariseos con un reo y un caso para juzgar. Vinieron a Jesús con versículos bíblicos en los labios: "Moisés nos ordenó..." Seguramente no encontraron a esta mujer por casualidad, sino que la estuvieron espiando para sorprenderla. Siendo que el adulterio se penaba con la muerte, quienes se aventuraban en tales cosas se cuidaban de no ser descubiertos. ¿Cómo fue que los fariseos la descubrieron?No tuvieron ninguna piedad ante esta indefensa mujer, semidesnuda o desnuda, puesta en medio del pueblo, y de Jesús y sus discípulos. A los fariseos no les importaba que se matara a una mujer, si con ello le ganaban a Jesús una pulseada teológica. Citaron la Biblia, pero sin consideración por la vida de una persona. Le preguntaron a Jesús cuál era su opinión, ¡en un caso de vida o muerte!, aunque ellos ya habían juzgado.

A veces soy tan fariseo como los fariseos que critico por su falta de amor. Juzgo a los demás, espío para ver cómo viven. A veces vengo a Jesús con preguntas de las cuales ya tengo la respuesta. Sólo quiero saber si Jesús piensa como yo.

¿Y tú qué dices, estimado hermano? ¿Cómo vienes a Jesús? ¿Qué le traes? ¿Qué le preguntas? Esta historia nos pone en nuestro lugar. No somos Jesús, pero podemos ser el pueblo escuchando, o los fariseos acusadores, o la mujer sorprendida en pecado. ¡No es muy difícil para Dios sorprendernos en pecado! El silencio de Jesús es respetuoso. Nos hace pensar en nuestro propio pecado para revestirnos con su perdón y librarnos de situaciones de condena y de muerte.

Querido Padre, gracias porque Jesús no nos acusa de inmediato, y porque su silencio nos hace pensar en cuánto nos amas. Amén.

© Copyright 2017 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Reina Valera Contemporánea (RVC) Copyright ©  2009, 2011 by Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas.

Alimento diario... un mensaje de esperanza

Our Daily Bread - What Are You Known For?

Read: Hebrews 11:23–28 | Bible in a Year: Joshua 10–12; Luke 1:39–56

[Moses] regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. Hebrews 11:26

A memorial stone stands in the grounds of a former Japanese prison camp in China where a man died in 1945. It reads, “Eric Liddell was born in Tianjin of Scottish parents in 1902. His career reached its peak with his gold medal victory in the 400 metres event at the 1924 Olympic Games. He returned to China to work in Tianjin as a teacher. . . . His whole life was spent encouraging young people to make their best contributions to the betterment of mankind.”

In the eyes of many, Eric’s greatest achievement was on the sports field. But he is also remembered for his contribution to the youth of Tianjin in China, the country where he was born and that he loved. He lived and served by faith.

What will we be remembered for? Our academic achievements, job position, or financial success may get us recognized by others. But it is the quiet work we do in the lives of people that will live long after we are gone.

Moses is remembered in the faith chapter of the Bible, Hebrews 11, as someone who chose to align himself with the people of God instead of enjoying the treasures of Egypt (v. 26). He led and served God’s people by faith.

Ask God to show you how you can make a difference in the lives of others. For what would you like to be remembered?

Faithfulness to God is true success.


© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Bạn Được Biết Đến Vì Điều Gì?

Đọc: Hê-bơ-rơ 11:23-28 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Giô-suê 10-12; Lu-ca 1:39-56

Ông coi sự sỉ nhục về Đấng Christ là quý hơn châu báu Ai Cập, vì ông trông mong sự ban thưởng. (Hê-bơ-rơ 11:26)

Một hòn đá tưởng niệm dựng ở khu đất của một trại tù Nhật trước đây ở Trung Quốc, nơi mà một người đàn ông đã chết vào năm 1945. Hòn đá có viết: “Eric Liddell sinh năm 1902 tại Thiên Tân, ba mẹ là người Scốt-len. Sự nghiệp của ông thành công nhất với chiến thắng huy chương vàng ở giải 400 mét tại Thế Vận Hội năm 1924. Ông đã trở lại Trung Quốc để dạy học ở Thiên Tân… Ông đã dùng toàn bộ cuộc đời mình để khích lệ những người trẻ hết lòng góp sức nhằm giúp nhân loại tốt hơn.”

Trong mắt nhiều người, thành tựu lớn nhất của Eric là trong lĩnh vực thể thao. Nhưng ông cũng được nhớ đến vì sự đóng góp cho giới trẻ Thiên Tân ở Trung Quốc, đất nước nơi ông sinh ra và là nơi ông yêu mến. Ông đã sống và phục vụ bằng đức tin.

Chúng ta sẽ được nhớ đến vì điều gì? Những thành tựu học vấn, địa vị công việc hay thành công về tài chính có thể khiến chúng ta được người khác công nhận. Nhưng công việc thầm lặng mà chúng ta làm trong cuộc đời người khác mới sống mãi sau khi chúng ta qua đời.

Môi-se được nhớ đến trong Hê-bơ-rơ 11, là chương đức tin của Kinh Thánh, như là người đã chọn để đứng với dân sự Chúa thay vì hưởng thụ những châu báu của Ê-díp-tô (c.26). Ông đã lãnh đạo và phục vụ dân sự Chúa bằng đức tin.

Hãy cầu xin Chúa chỉ cho bạn cách để tạo sự khác biệt trong cuộc đời người khác. Điều bạn muốn được nhớ đến là gì?

Trung tín với Chúa là sự thành công thật.

bởi C. P. Hia

© 2017 Lời Sống Hằng Ngày

Nuestro Pan Diario - ¿Por qué cosas te conocen?

Leer: Hebreos 11:23-28 | La Biblia en un año: Lucas 1:39-56

[Moisés tuvo] por mayores riquezas el vituperio de Cristo que los tesoros de los egipcios; porque tenía puesta la mirada en el galardón (Hebreos 11:26).

En un antiguo campo de concentración japonés en China, hay una lápida dedicada a un hombre que murió allí en 1945, que dice: «Eric Liddell nació en Tianjin en 1902, hijo de escoceses. Su carrera alcanzó la cima al ganar la medalla de oro en la competición de 400 metros en los Juegos Olímpicos de 1924. Posteriormente, regresó a China a trabajar como maestro en Tianjin […]. Pasó toda su vida alentando a los jóvenes a hacer todo lo posible para el mejoramiento de la humanidad».

Para muchos, el mayor logro de Eric fue en la esfera deportiva, pero también se lo recuerda por su contribución a la juventud de Tianjin, en China, país en donde nació y al que amaba. Vivió y sirvió por fe.

¿Por qué cosas se acordarán de nosotros? Nuestros logros académicos, posición laboral o éxito financiero quizá nos concedan el reconocimiento de los demás, pero lo que perdurará después de que hayamos partido es el trabajo silencioso que hayamos hecho en la vida de otras personas.

Hebreos 11, el capítulo de la fe en la Biblia, recuerda a Moisés como alguien que prefirió ponerse del lado de los israelitas en vez de disfrutar de los tesoros de Egipto (v. 26). Guió y sirvió por fe al pueblo de Dios.

Señor, muéstrame hoy cómo puedo marcar una diferencia en la vida de los demás.

El éxito verdadero es la fidelidad a Dios.


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Lesen: Hebräer 11,23-28 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Josua 10–12; Lukas 1,39-56

[Mose] hielt die Schmach Christi für größeren Reichtum als die Schätze Ägyptens, denn er sah auf die Belohnung. Hebräer 11,26

Auf dem Gelände eines ehemaligen japanischen Gefangenenlagers in China erinnert ein Gedenkstein an einen Mann, der dort 1945 starb. Auf dem Stein heißt es: „Eric Liddell wurde 1902 als Sohn schottischer Eltern in Tianjin geboren. Höhepunkt seiner Karriere war der Gewinn der Goldmedaille im 400-Meter-Lauf an den Olympischen Spielen von 1924. Er kehrte nach China zurück, um in Tianjin als Lehrer zu arbeiten . . . Sein ganzes Leben setzte er dafür ein, jungen Menschen Mut zu machen, damit sie ihr Bestes geben zum Nutzen der Menschheit.“

In den Augen vieler erbrachte Eric seine größte Leistung auf dem Sportplatz. Man gedenkt seiner aber auch wegen seinem Einsatz für die Jugend von Tianjin in China, dem Land, in dem er geboren wurde und das er liebte. Er lebte und wirkte aus Glauben.

Woran wird man bei uns denken? Unsere Bildung, berufliche Stellung oder finanziellen Erfolg können uns vielleicht Anerkennung einbringen. Aber es sind die kleinen Dinge, die wir in der Stille im Leben anderer bewirkt haben, die noch lange nach uns weiterleben.

Mose wird in Hebräer 11 als Held des Glaubens bezeichnet, der sich lieber zu Gottes Volk hielt, als die Schätze Ägyptens zu genießen (V.26). Er führte und diente Gottes Volk im Glauben.

Bitte Gott, dir zu zeigen, was du tun kannst, um andere zu fördern. Woran soll man sich später einmal erinnern, wenn man an dich denkt?

Treue zu Gott ist wahrer Erfolg.


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Notre Pain Quotidien - À quoi tient notre réputation ?


[Regardant] l’opprobre de Christ comme une richesse plus grande que les trésors de l’Égypte, car il [Moïse]/em> avait les yeux fixés sur la rémunération. ( Hébreux 11.26)

On a érigé en Chine une pierre commémorative sur le terrain d’un ancien camp de prisonniers japonais où un homme est mort en 1945. On peut y lire : « Eric Liddell est né à Tianjin de parents écossais en 1902. Sa carrière a atteint son apogée lorsqu’il a remporté la médaille d’or au 400 mètres lors des Jeux olympiques d’été de 1924. Il est revenu en Chine pour travailler comme enseignant à Tianjin. […] Il a passé sa vie entière à encourager les jeunes à apporter leurs meilleures contributions à l’avancement de l’humanité. »

Aux yeux de bien des gens, Eric a réalisé son plus grand exploit sur le terrain sport, mais on se le rappelle également pour sa contribution au bien des jeunes de Tianjin, en Chine, le pays où il est né et qu’il aimait tant. Il y a vécu et y a servi Dieu par la foi.

À quoi tient notre réputation ? Il se peut que nos réalisations scolaires, notre poste ou notre réussite financière nous vaillent la reconnaissance des gens, mais c’est l’oeuvre que nous accomplissons en silence dans la vie des gens qui nous survivra le plus longtemps.

On évoque Moïse dans le chapitre de la foi de la Bible, Hébreux 11, comme quelqu’un qui s’aligne sur le peuple de Dieu au lieu de se réjouir des trésors de l’Égypte (V. 26). Il a dirigé et servi le peuple de Dieu par la foi.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Чим ви запам’ятаєтесь?

Читати: Євреїв 11:23-28 | Біблія за рік: Ісуса Навина 10–12 ; Луки 1:39-56

Він наругу Христову вважав за більше багатство, ніж скарби єгипетські, бо він озирався на Божу нагороду. — Євреїв 11:26

У Китаї, на місці де колись був японський табір військовополонених, стоїть меморіальний камінь, присвячений одній людині, що померла в тім таборі у 1945 році. На ньому написано: “Ерік Ліддел. Народився в 1902 році у місті Тяньцзінь, в сім’ї шотландців. Піком його кар’єри стало здобуття золотої медалі на стометрівці на Олімпійських Іграх у 1924 році. Потім він повернувся до Китаю, де працював вчителем у Тяньцзіні… Все своє життя він надихав молодих людей робити свій посильний внесок у те, щоб людям у всьому світі жилося краще”.

В очах багатьох людей Ерік досяг найбільших успіхів у спортивній сфері. Але він запам’ятався також своїм внеском у виховання молоді Китаю – країни, в якій він народився і яку щиро любив. Його життя й служіння спрямовувались вірою.

А чим запам’ятаємось ми? Наші академічні або спортивні досягнення, наш фінансовий успіх можуть здобути широке визнання, але наша непримітна праця в житті людей залишить вплив, що триватиме набагато довше за наше життя.

Мойсей теж запам’ятався багато чим. Його ім’я потрапило до списку “людей віри” в 11-му розділі Послання до євреїв. Він проміняв скарби єгипетські на життя серед народу Божого (Євр. 11:26). Вірою він керував Божим народом і служив йому.

Попросіть, щоб Бог відкрив вам, як ви можете позитивно вплинути на життя інших людей. Чим би вам хотілось запам’ятатись?

Вірність Богу – справжній успіх.


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Хлеб наш насущный - Чем вы запомнитесь?

Читать сейчас: Евреям 11:23-28 | Библия за год: Иисуса Навина 10-12; Луки 1:39-56

[Моисей] поношение Христово почел большим для себя богатством, нежели египетские сокровища, ибо он взирал на воздаяние. — Евреям 11:26

На месте бывшего японского концлагеря в Китае стоит мемориальный камень. Здесь в 1945 г. погиб человек. На камне надпись: «Эрик Лиддел родился в Тяньцзине в шотландской семье в 1902 г. Достиг вершины спортивной карьеры в 1924 г. на Олимпийских играх, завоевав золотую медаль в забеге на 400 м. Вернулся в Китай работать учителем... Посвятил жизнь воспитанию молодых людей, побуждая их трудиться на благо человечества».

В глазах многих величайшим достижением Лиддела была победа на Олимпиаде. Но его также помнят за вклад в воспитание молодежи в Китае, стране, в которой он родился и которую любил. Он жил и работал в согласии со своей верой.

Чем запомнимся мы? Академические достижения, положение на работе, финансовые успехи могут сделать нас известными. Однако более важную роль играет незаметный труд, совершаемый для людей. Это влияние продолжится и после нашего ухода.

В Послании к евреям говорится о вере Моисея. Он решил примкнуть к страдающему Израилю, оставив египетские сокровища (Евр. 11:26). В согласии со своей верой он возглавлял Божий народ и служил ему.

Попросите Бога показать, как вы можете послужить окружающим вас людям. За какие дела они будут вас вспоминать?

Верность Богу – истинный успех.


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