Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Daily Readings for THURSDAY, March 23, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Jeremiah 10:11-24

Thus shall you say to them: The gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens. It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens. When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightnings for the rain, and he brings out the wind from his storehouses. Everyone is stupid and without knowledge; goldsmiths are all put to shame by their idols; for their images are false, and there is no breath in them. They are worthless, a work of delusion; at the time of their punishment they shall perish. Not like these is the LORD, the portion of Jacob, for he is the one who formed all things, and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance; the LORD of hosts is his name. Gather up your bundle from the ground, O you who live under siege! For thus says the LORD: I am going to sling out the inhabitants of the land at this time, and I will bring distress on them, so that they shall feel it. Woe is me because of my hurt! My wound is severe. But I said, "Truly this is my punishment, and I must bear it." My tent is destroyed, and all my cords are broken; my children have gone from me, and they are no more; there is no one to spread my tent again, and to set up my curtains. For the shepherds are stupid, and do not inquire of the LORD; therefore they have not prospered, and all their flock is scattered. Hear, a noise! Listen, it is coming-- a great commotion from the land of the north to make the cities of Judah a desolation, a lair of jackals. I know, O LORD, that the way of human beings is not in their control, that mortals as they walk cannot direct their steps. Correct me, O LORD, but in just measure; not in your anger, or you will bring me to nothing.

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

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Romans 5:12-21

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned-- sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man's trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. If, because of the one man's trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. But law came in, with the result that the trespass multiplied; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in John 8:21-32
Glory be to Thee, O Lord!

Again he said to them, "I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come." Then the Jews said, "Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, 'Where I am going, you cannot come'?" He said to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he." They said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him." They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him." As he was saying these things, many believed in him. Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

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

Morning Psalms

Psalm 83 Deus, quis similis?
1   O God, do not be silent; do not keep still nor hold your peace, O God;
2   For your enemies are in tumult, and those who hate you have lifted up their heads.
3   They take secret counsel against your people and plot against those whom you protect.
4   They have said, "Come, let us wipe them out from among the nations; let the name of Israel be remembered no more."
5   They have conspired together; they have made an alliance against you:
6   The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; the Moabites and the Hagarenes;
7   Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines and those who dwell in Tyre.
8   The Assyrians also have joined them, and have come to help the people of Lot.
9   Do to them as you did to Midian, to Sisera, and to Jabin at the river of Kishon:
10   They were destroyed at Endor; they became like dung upon the ground.
11   Make their leaders like Oreb and Zeëb, and all their commanders like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12   Who said, "Let us take for ourselves the fields of God as our possession."
13   O my God, make them like whirling dust and like chaff before the wind;
14   Like fire that burns down a forest, like the flame that sets mountains ablaze.
15   Drive them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm;
16   Cover their faces with shame, O LORD, that they may seek your Name.
17   Let them be disgraced and terrified for ever; let them be put to confusion and perish.
18   Let them know that you, whose Name is YAHWEH, you alone are the Most High over all the earth.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 85 Benedixisti, Domine
1   You have been gracious to your land, O LORD, you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.
2   You have forgiven the iniquity of your people and blotted out all their sins.
3   You have withdrawn all your fury and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.
4   Restore us then, O God our Savior; let your anger depart from us.
5   Will you be displeased with us for ever? will you prolong your anger from age to age?
6   Will you not give us life again, that your people may rejoice in you?
7   Show us your mercy, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.
8   I will listen to what the LORD God is saying, for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.
9   Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
10   Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11   Truth shall spring up from the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12   The LORD will indeed grant prosperity, and our land will yield its increase.
13   Righteousness shall go before him, and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.

Psalm 86 Inclina, Domine
1   Bow down your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and in misery.
2   Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; save your servant who puts his trust in you.
3   Be merciful to me, O LORD, for you are my God; I call upon you all the day long.
4   Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
5   For you, O LORD, are good and forgiving, and great is your love toward all who call upon you.
6   Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer, and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7   In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, for you will answer me.
8   Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD, nor anything like your works.
9   All the nations you have made will come and worship you, O LORD, and glorify your Name.
10   For you are great; you do wondrous things; and you alone are God.
11   Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.
12   I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart, and glorify your Name for evermore.
13   For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.
14   The arrogant rise up against me, O God, and a band of violent men seeks my life; they have not set you before their eyes.
15   But you, O LORD, are gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.
16   Turn to me and have mercy upon me; give your strength to your servant; and save the child of your handmaid.
17   Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; because you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

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Verse of the Day - March 23, 2017

James 1:12 (NIV) Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Because He Loves Us"

So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.
John 11:6 (NKJV)

Lazarus was sick. But instead of going to see him in Bethany, Jesus intentionally waited two more days. Then He arrived in Bethany a full four days after Lazarus had died.

Sometimes it might seem as though Jesus is completely indifferent to our troubles. He might not do what we’re expecting Him to do.

As Martha and Mary were waiting for Jesus to heal their brother Lazarus, maybe they thought, “He’s going to let us down. Maybe prayer doesn’t work.”

But John 11:5 tells us, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.” Jesus delayed His arrival, yet we read that He loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus.

In the original language, the word for loved is the Greek word agape. It speaks of a sacrificial, agonizing love that loves a person in spite of his or her lovability.

It’s the same word used in John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jesus died for every person. God loves us in spite of ourselves, in spite of our lovability.

Interestingly, when Martha and Mary sent word that Lazarus was sick, they said, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick” (John 11:3). The word they used for love is the Greek word phileo, from which we get our English word Philadelphia. It speaks of “brotherly love,” the love that a friend has for a friend.

Martha and Mary were thinking only of friendship, but Jesus was thinking of sacrificial love. They were thinking only of their temporal comfort, but Jesus was thinking of their eternal benefit. They wanted a healing; He wanted a resurrection. He wanted to do above and beyond that which they could ask or think.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny 

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Un Dia a la Vez - Dile «no» a la crítica

No juzguen, y no se les juzgará. No condenen, y no se les condenará. Perdonen, y se les perdonará [...] Porque con la medida que midan a otros, se les medirá a ustedes.
Lucas 6:37-38, NVI

Como humanos, somos muy dados a la murmuración y la crítica. Es triste, pero entre nosotros mismos somos más fuertes en nuestras apreciaciones y comentarios.

Muchas veces he escuchado cómo critican a quienes hacen una labor de tanto valor como ciertas personas que mencioné en el devocional de ayer.

Creemos que porque se desenvuelven en un mundo secular, merecen estas críticas, muchas veces injustas, sin saber que a lo mejor estén haciendo más obra que tú y que yo.

Me vienen a la mente otros dos grandes seres humanos:

Ricardo Montaner, quien no solo a donde va proclama quién es Jesucristo en su vida, sino que ha grabado temas cristianos. En la actualidad, tiene ministerios en los que ayuda a los niños con condiciones especiales.

¿Y qué me dices de Juan Luis Guerra? Aunque está constantemente en sus presentaciones, siempre le da el reconocimiento a Dios en su vida. Además, se encuentra en una de las mayores iglesias de República Dominicana.

Si esto no es cumplir la misión, ¿qué esperamos de la vida?

Paremos la crítica y más bien preocupémonos por lo que tú y yo estamos haciendo por el conocimiento de la Palabra. Es más, reflexiona en esto hoy: ¿Cuándo fue la última vez que le hablaste a alguien de Jesús?

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - PEACE THAT OVERCOMES FEAR

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27, NIV

Yesterday we shared the first part of the life story of Maulana the Islamic terrorist persecutor from Indonesia. Here is part two of his dramatic conversion story:

Our focused activity on Ambon was how to close churches. From the persecution, the Christian people did not fight back. When I see children with no parents running around the church, I feel guilty.

As time passes, my heart becomes softer, and then love enters my heart. There’s a change in my heart that I become sensitive and start to love them slowly. The love becomes thick. One night, I was fasting and praying, I said, “God, you’re the one who create my heart, show me your righteousness.” In the middle of my heart-crying, I saw a man appear to me. There was fresh blood spattered on the bottom of his white robe, He greeted me with “Salaam Al I Kum,” (Peace be with you!) I tried to figure out who I had seen in my vision. It could be the angel of Gabriel, or Mohammed, or could be Nabi Isa, maybe He is Jesus.

To earn income, I became a distributor of an Islamic magazine in Solo, and then went to a small town called Desa Mangu. One day I was distributing magazines, and an old man called to me. He said, “Maulana, come here. I was waiting for you.” It was Friday at lunch time. He asked me to eat rice and noodle sarimi together with him. Then he prayed in the name of Jesus before eating. I was shocked!

After lunch, he brought me to a room, and he picked up a large Bible and opened it to John 14:27. It said, “I am leaving you with a gift, peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” The mystery of the voice is Isa (Jesus). I confess that Jesus is God! Jesus is great! And I cry, and I received Him, Isa, as the people of Ambon whom I’ve persecuted.

Now that I believe Jesus is Savior, there is a miracle that happens in my life. What I received from God is an assignment, instead of regrets. My first Christmas morning as a Christian, I was walking with courage and joy on my way to church. But all of a sudden there’s a group of young people standing in front of me. One of them knew me and asked, “Where are you going?”

I said, “To church.” They said, “Stop! You’re not going there!” Then punches from all directions come to my body. When I was there in the hospital, I prayed like Stephen prayed. “God, forgive them for they know not what they were doing.” Spiritual strength from within!

That is powerful and gives me strength to be brave and give testimony. I deliver to the people that this government is under His authority. God’s authority works in every believer so that we have the freedom to speak. The authority is from the Lord. God’s authority is in every believer, so you don’t need to be afraid.

RESPONSE: Today I will submit to the peace Jesus gives that overcomes troubles and fear.

PRAYER: Pray that many more terrorists will have an encounter with Jesus and become His follower.

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NIV Devotions for Men - Operating System

1 Corinthians 2:1–16

Recommended Reading: Proverbs 1:1–7; 2:1–22; 4:1–27

Do you stay up on New Year’s Eve to wait for the clock to strike midnight? If you do, you probably don’t care that much about when the New Year begins in places like Fiji or Auckland, New Zealand. However, you probably cared a bit more on December 31, 1999, as TV cameras captured the stroke of midnight in those locations to see whether the world had avoided the Y2K disaster. As clocks struck 12:00, 12:01, 12:02 in each time zone around the world, we all breathed a collective sigh of relief that televisions still functioned, nuclear power plants hadn’t failed and cars continued running.

Remember the craziness that preceded Y2K? Companies and governments spent billions of dollars to hire software programmers to pore over and correct millions of lines of computer code. All because of a looming catastrophe if computers were to misread the last two zeroes in the year 2000 as 1900.

Ironically, most of us have zero understanding of computer code. The apostle Paul said that wisdom is much the same way. Unless we have the Holy Spirit to help us know the language of God’s wisdom, we won’t really understand it. “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:14). People who don’t have the Holy Spirit dwelling within them quite naturally struggle to grasp spiritual wisdom—God’s Word, his desires, his character, his values. In fact, God’s wisdom often seems foolish to non-Christians. It’s like a foreign language to them. But when people trust in Christ as Savior, God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within them (see John 14:16–17). They can begin learning God’s wisdom while the Holy Spirit helps them understand it.

If we believe that true wisdom comes only from God, where should we turn when we seek wisdom? Paul provides the answer: “’What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived—the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit’” (1 Corinthians 2:9–10). In the Bible God speaks the language that drives us—our spiritual operating system. If we want to know God’s wisdom so that we can process the joys and trials of everyday living, we need to turn often to God’s Word and ask the Spirit to help us understand it.

To Take Away
  • Do you ever struggle to understand thoughts and concepts from the Bible? How do you think the Holy Spirit can help?
  • Are you growing in your understanding of God and spiritual truth? When was the last time you asked the Spirit to help you understand God’s Word?
  • What practical steps can you take to grow in God’s wisdom?

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Girlfriends in God - Celebrate Your Weaknesses!

by Mary Southerland

Today’s Truth

But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me’ (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV).

Friend to Friend

For many years, I did everything I possibly could to hide or erase any weakness in my life. When that didn’t work, I simply pretended that those weak areas didn’t exist. Why? Because if I was weak, how could Jesus love me? How could anyone love me? How could I love myself?

When our son, Jered, began to walk, I immediately noticed that his feet turned inward. Our pediatrician recommended a specialist who examined Jered thoroughly, then ordered several x-rays. The more he examined Jered, the more concerned we became. When the specialist finally called us in for a consultation, we braced ourselves for bad news … just in case. The doctor’s stoic face revealed nothing, but his diagnosis was a gift. “There is nothing wrong with Jered’s feet,” he said. “They are simply the feet of a natural athlete and were designed to give him great balance.” What we feared as a weakness, an obstacle to overcome, was really a great strength and part of the Master’s plan for Jered who graduated from college with the help of a football and academic scholarship.

The same is true in our lives as children of God. God created us according to His plan, in love and with purpose – weaknesses and all. We tend to view our weaknesses as liabilities. However, since our worth does not depend upon us in any way, we must be honest about our weaknesses, knowing they do not diminish our value in the heart and mind of God. In fact, our weaknesses can become the areas through which God does His greatest work.

Instead, we try to ignore weaknesses, hoping no one will notice. We live in denial, assigning blame to others when we fail. Eventually, we attempt to bury our weaknesses only to find them resurrecting themselves when we least expect it.

A powerful life embraces pain, brokenness and weakness, and understands that perfection is for Heaven, not Earth. The words of Paul are profound, “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27, NIV).

When we are honest about our weaknesses, we are conceding the fact that only God can accomplish anything good in or through us. God’s power is instantly recognizable in obvious weakness. God has always allowed man’s weakness to validate the immeasurable need of His redemption and His sufficiency in our lives. He can and will use us if we allow Him to do so – not despite our weaknesses – but through our weaknesses.

We are not the message – just the messenger. Our weaknesses are not excuses to escape God’s plan. They are divinely appointed opportunities for that plan to work. More important than where you have been or even where you are, is where you are headed.

Don’t wait until you have it all figured out. That won’t happen this side of Heaven.

Don’t wait until you think you are good enough. You never will be.

Step up to the plate and be the imperfect you; allowing God’s perfection to shine through each and every weakness.

Do not listen to the doubts and lies of Satan. His goal is to render you helpless and defeated, no longer a threat to him or his kingdom.

I recently told a friend, “I want to get to the place in my walk with God, that when my feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says, ‘Oh, no! She’s awake!’” I know I have a long way to go, but join me in the choice to embrace weakness and pain, allowing God’s strength and restoration to shine through each broken place.

Let’s Pray

Father, right now, I yield to the truth that I am weak and You are strong. Forgive me for the arrogance and pride that makes me think I can do anything good on my own. Keep me broken, Father, and on my face before You. Please use the broken places in my life to let Your light shine through.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn
  • Read the story of Gideon in Judges 6:1 – 27.
  • What was Gideon’s response to God when God called him to serve? What is your usual response to God’s voice?
  • Whose strength accomplished the task God called Gideon to do? How can you relate that to your own daily life?
More from the Girlfriends

For years, I struggled with not being good enough. Many of my hopes and dreams were lost or paralyzed by doubt and fear … until I found myself in a clinical pit of depression where God taught me so many life changing lessons. No one can take my place in the Father’s heart. I am indispensable to no one but God. I will never be “good enough” but my relationship with God does not exist because of good works, nor will it be sustained by what I do. Instead, He lives through me, and I live by His power. Do not let the enemy backhand you with the lie that you are nothing to God. Girlfriend, you are everything to Him. Go for it!

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LHM Daily Devotion - "Time to Clean House"

Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Time to Clean House"

March 23, 2017

And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold (Luke 19:45, ESV).

Read Luke 19:45-48

The Jerusalem temple was a reminder of God's presence with His people, and animal sacrifices were a central component of the worship there. As the worshipper laid his hands on the animal's head and confessed his sins, God transferred his guilt to the animal, which was put to death in his place. All these sacrifices pointed ahead to Jesus. He is the Lamb of God who would take our place and be put to death for the sins of the whole world.

Since Jewish pilgrims travelled great distances for the Passover feast, they were unable to bring along their own sacrificial animals. Jesus has no problem with sacrificial animals being available for sale or with moneychangers converting foreign currency into temple currency. His problem is where those animals were being sold-in the courtyards of the temple.

In holy wrath Jesus drives all of them out. He quotes Isaiah, "It is written, 'My house shall be a house of prayer,' but you have made it a den of robbers'" (Matthew 21:13; see Isaiah 56:7). It is bad enough to make themselves robbers by selling the sacrificial animals at unreasonable prices. But even worse, they carry on their trade in the very courtyard of the temple, where worshippers are trying to pray to God amidst all these distractions.

The Jewish leaders are infuriated that Jesus would challenge their authority and interfere with their trade. But they cannot destroy Him because the great crowds of pilgrims are hanging on His words. As we'll see in the coming days, His teachings will grow more pointed, and His popularity will continue to increase.

THE PRAYER: Almighty God, Your Son drove out all distractions from Your temple courts. Clear my mind of all distractions that I may worship You with all my heart, mind and soul. I pray in Jesus' Name. 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.

The Jerusalem temple was a reminder of God's presence with His people...

Devociones de Cuaresma - Con la piedra en la mano

Devociones de Cuaresma  2017

Con la piedra en la mano

23 de Marzo de 2017

Aquel de ustedes que esté sin pecado, que arroje la primera piedra. Juan 8:7, RVC (8:1-11)

Una vez vi en un noticiero en la televisión algo que sucedió hace pocos años en un país del Medio Oriente: una multitud iba corriendo detrás de un muchacho con piedras y ladrillos en la mano. Cuando lo alcanzaron, comenzaron a tirarle las piedras hasta matarlo. El muchacho no tendría más de 20 años. Presenciar una lapidación me causó escalofrío. Pensé que hay que estar enardecido y lleno de odio para juntar piedras para tirárselas a otro.

No me imagino cómo estaría temblando la mujer a punto de ser lapidada. Los fariseos ya la habían sentenciado. Seguramente había piedras por todas partes. El odio y la falta de amor y compasión sobraban en los líderes religiosos. ¿Qué iba a suceder ahora?

Pero Jesús es diferente. Él no sentencia a la ligera, ni está cargado de odio, ni le falta compasión. Jesús guarda un respetuoso silencio, no para ignorar a los fariseos, sino para poner las cosas en perspectiva. Luego habla, involucrando a cada uno de los acusadores: "Aquel que esté sin pecado..." No hizo falta decir nada más. Ahora el silencio fue mayor. Las acusaciones ahora apuntaban a otro lado. Los versículos bíblicos que condenaban, ahora se dirigían a los fariseos. Jesús les dio el tiempo necesario para que sus conciencias los acusaran y se fueran alejando, vencidos.

Los fariseos se fueron vencidos, pero no avergonzados por Jesús. Él ni siquiera levantó la vista. Él no avergüenza a nadie. Él vence con amor.

Los silencios de Jesús son para hacernos pensar, para que aprendamos a poner las cosas en perspectiva, y para que su ley obre en nosotros mostrándonos que somos tan pecadores como los demás. Él no nos arrojó piedras, no nos avergonzó por nuestro pecado. Él nos venció con su amor.

Gracias, Padre, porque no nos haces pasar vergüenza, porque tu perdón nos permite estar ante tu presencia. Amén.

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

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Our Daily Bread - Cradled in Comfort

Read: Isaiah 66:12–16 | Bible in a Year: Joshua 13–15; Luke 1:57–80

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you. Isaiah 66:13

My friend entrusted me with the privilege of holding her precious, four-day-old daughter. Not long after I took the baby into my arms, she started to fuss. I hugged her closer, my cheek pressed against her head, and began to sway and hum in a gentle rhythm to soothe her. Despite these earnest attempts, and my decade and a half of parenting experience, I couldn’t pacify her. She became increasingly upset until I placed her back into the crook of her mother’s eager arm. Peace washed over her almost instantaneously; her cries subsided and her newborn frame relaxed into the safety she already trusted. My friend knew precisely how to hold and pat her daughter to alleviate her distress.

God extends comfort to His children like a mother: tender, trustworthy, and diligent in her efforts to calm her child. When we are weary or upset, He carries us affectionately in His arms. As our Father and Creator, He knows us intimately. He “will keep in perfect peace all who trust in [him], all whose thoughts are fixed on [him]” (Isa. 26:3 nlt).

When the troubles of this world weigh heavy on our hearts, we can find comfort in the knowledge that He protects and fights for us, His children, as a loving parent.

Lord, help me to look to You for my comfort in times of distress.

For help in finding God’s comfort, read The Lord Is My Shepherd: Rest and Renewal from Psalm 23 at

God’s comfort soothes us perfectly.

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Được An Ủi

Đọc: Ê-sai 66:12-16 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Giô-suê 13-15; Lu-ca 1:57-80

Ta sẽ an ủi các con như người mẹ an ủi con mình. (Ê-sai 66:13)

Bạn tôi tin cậy cho tôi đặc ân bế đứa con gái 4 ngày tuổi quý giá của cô ấy. Không lâu sau khi tôi bế cháu trong vòng tay, cháu bắt đầu quấy khóc. Tôi ôm cháu chặt hơn, má tôi áp sát đầu cháu và bắt đầu lắc lư và ngân nga giai điệu êm dịu để dỗ cháu. Dù cố gắng hết sức thì kinh nghiệm mười lăm năm làm mẹ của tôi cũng không thể làm cháu ngưng khóc. Cháu ngày càng khó chịu cho đến khi tôi trao cháu lại trong vòng tay trìu mến của mẹ. Cháu cảm thấy bình yên ngay lập tức; tiếng khóc lặng dần và thân hình bé nhỏ của cháu thoải mái khi được đặt trong vòng tay an toàn mà cháu tin tưởng. Bạn tôi biết nên bế con thế nào và biết cách vỗ về để dỗ dành cháu.

Đức Chúa Trời bày tỏ sự an ủi với con cái Ngài như người mẹ: nhẹ nhàng, đáng tin cậy và cố gắng để trấn an đứa bé. Khi chúng ta mệt mỏi hay buồn bã, Chúa trìu mến ẵm bồng chúng ta trong vòng tay Ngài. Là Đấng Tạo Hóa và là Cha, Ngài biết chúng ta rất rõ. “Người nào để tâm trí mình nương cậy nơi Chúa, thì Ngài sẽ gìn giữ người trong sự bình an trọn vẹn” (Ê-sai 26:3).

Khi những hoạn nạn của thế giới này làm tấm lòng chúng ta trĩu nặng, thì chúng ta có thể tìm thấy sự an ủi khi biết rằng Chúa đang bảo vệ và chiến đấu cho chúng ta là con cái Ngài như một người mẹ yêu thương.

Lạy Chúa, xin giúp con tìm sự an ủi nơi Ngài trong những lúc đau buồn.

Sự an ủi của Chúa xoa dịu chúng ta cách trọn vẹn.

© 2017 Lời Sống Hằng Ngày

Nuestro Pan Diario - Arrullo consolador

Leer: Isaías 66:12-16 | La Biblia en un año: Lucas 1:57-80

Como aquel a quien consuela su madre, así os consolaré yo a vosotros… (Isaías 66:13).

Mi amiga me confió el privilegio de sostener a su preciosa hija de cuatro días de edad. Poco después de tomarla en mis brazos, la bebé empezó a protestar. La abracé un poco más, puse suavemente mi mejilla contra su cabeza, y empecé a hamacarla y a tararearle con delicadeza para calmarla. A pesar de mis denodados esfuerzos y mis más de quince años de criar hijos, no lo logré. Se ponía cada vez peor, hasta que volví a colocarla en el hueco arrullador del brazo de su mamá. La paz la envolvió casi de inmediato; dejó de llorar y su cuerpecito recién nacido se relajó en la seguridad en la que ya confiaba. Mi amiga sabía exactamente cómo sostener y palmear a su hijita para aliviar su malestar.

Dios consuela a sus hijos como lo hace una madre: mostrando ternura, confiabilidad y diligencia al esforzarse para calmar a su bebé. Cuando estamos cansados o decepcionados, el Señor nos arrulla cariñosamente en sus brazos. Como nuestro Padre y Creador, nos conoce íntimamente. Por eso, podemos decir con el profeta: «¡Tú guardarás en perfecta paz a todos los que confían en ti; a todos los que concentran en ti sus pensamientos!» (Isaías 26:3 ntv).

Cuando los problemas nos agobien, el consuelo está en saber que Él nos protege y lucha por nosotros, sus hijos, como un padre amoroso.

Señor, abrázame fuerte.

El consuelo de Dios nos calma por completo.

Unser Täglich Brot - Getröstet

Lesen: Jesaja 66,12-16 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Josua 13–15; Lukas 1,57-80

Ich will euch trösten, wie einen seine Mutter tröstet. Jesaja 66,13

Meine Freundin gewährte mir die Gunst, ihre kostbare, erst vier Tage alte Tochter zu halten. Doch ich hatte die Kleine noch nicht lange auf dem Arm, da begann sie zu quengeln. Ich zog sie näher an mich, legte meine Wange auf ihren Kopf und fing an, sie zu wiegen und eine leise Melodie zu summen, damit sie sich beruhigte. Doch trotz aller Bemühungen und fünfzehn Jahren eigener Erfahrung als Mutter, konnte ich sie nicht zur Ruhe bringen. Sie wurde immer aufgeregter, bis ich sie schließlich zurücklegte in die wartenden Arme ihrer Mutter. Fast augenblicklich wurde sie still, das Weinen verstummte und sie entspannte in der so vertrauten Sicherheit. Meine Freundin wusste genau, wie sie ihre Tochter halten und streicheln musste und was ihr guttat.

Gott will seine Kinder trösten wie eine Mutter: zart, vertraut und beruhigend. Wenn wir müde oder durcheinander sind, trägt er uns liebevoll auf seinen Armen. Als unser Vater und Erschaffer kennt er uns genau. Er gibt „Frieden dem, der sich fest an [ihn] hält und [ihm] allein vertraut“ (Jes. 26,3 HFA).

Wenn die Sorgen dieser Welt schwer auf uns lasten, können wir Trost finden in dem Wissen, dass er uns, seine geliebten Kinder, schützt und für uns kämpft, wie ein Vater es tut.

Herr, hilf mir, in schwierigen Zeiten bei dir Trost und Hilfe zu suchen.

Gottes Trost bringt uns zur Ruhe.

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - Bercé et consolé

Comme un homme que sa mère console, ainsi je vous consolerai. (Ésaïe 66.13)

Mon amie m’a accordé le privilège de tenir sa fillette de quatre jours dans mes bras. Peu après l’avoir prise, le bébé s’est mis à regimber. Je lui ai alors pressé la tête contre ma poitrine, et j’ai commencé à la bercer en fredonnant doucement pour la calmer. Malgré mes efforts redoublés et mon expérience parentale d’une décennie et demie, je ne suis pas parvenue à l’apaiser. Comme elle s’agitait de plus en plus, j’ai fini par la remettre entre les bras de sa mère, qui ne demandait pas mieux que de la reprendre. La paix a alors envahi la petite presque instantanément ; ses larmes se sont taries et son corps minuscule s’est détendu dans la sécurité qu’elle ressentait déjà. Mon amie savait pertinemment comment tenir et caresser son enfant pour apaiser sa détresse.

Dieu apporte la consolation à ses enfants comme une mère le ferait, en usant de tendresse, de fiabilité et de zèle dans ses efforts pour calmer son enfant. Lorsque nous sommes inquiets ou bouleversés, il nous prend affectueusement dans ses bras. Étant notre Père et notre Créateur, il nous connaît intimement. Il nous assure la paix parce que nous nous confions en lui (ÉS 26.3).

Lorsque les problèmes de ce monde nous accablent, nous pouvons trouver du réconfort dans le fait de savoir qu’il nous protège et combat pour nous, ses enfants, comme tout bon parent le ferait.

La consolation de Dieu nous apaise à la perfection.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Заколисані Божою втіхою

Читати: Ісаї 66:12-16 | Біблія за рік: Ісуса Навина 13–15 ; Луки 1:57-80

Як когось його ненька втішає, так вас Я потішу. — Ісаї 66:13

Моя подруга дала мені потримати на руках крихітну доньку, якій було лише чотири дні. Та не встигла я взяти крихітку на руки, як вона почала нервувати. Я притулила її ближче до себе, щоб її голівонька торкнулась моєї шоки. Потім почала ніжно колихати і тихенько наспівувати колискову, щоб її заспокоїти. Однак, незважаючи на всі мої щирі спроби, на весь мій п’ятнадцятирічний материнський досвід, немовля почало плакати. Маленька плакала все гучніше, поки я не віддала її знову до рук матері. Крихітка майже миттєво заспокоїлась. Її тільце відразу розслабилось, відчувши знайомі обійми, яким вона вже звикла довіряти. Моя подруга точно знала, як потрібно тримати і пестити свою доньку, щоб угамувати її неспокій.

Бог пропонує Своїм дітям втіху, немов та ненька – ніжна, надійна і старанна у своїх спробах заспокоїти своє немовля. Коли ми втомлені або сумні, Бог з любов’ю несе нас на Своїх руках. Як наш Отець і Творець, Він дуже близький до нас. “Думку, оперту на Тебе, збережеш Ти у повнім спокої, бо на Тебе надію вона покладає” (Іс. 26:3).

Коли тягарі життєвих проблем тиснуть на нашу душу, можемо знаходити втіху в тій істині, що Бог захищає нас і бореться за нас, Своїх дітей, мов любляча ненька.

Господи, допоможи в часи випробувань підіймати очі до Тебе, Джерела втіхи.

Божа втіха – довершене джерело спокою.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Утешение

Читать сейчас: Исаия 66:12-16 | Библия за год: Иисуса Навина 13-15; Луки 1:57-80

«Как утешает кого-либо мать его, так утешу Я вас». — Исаия 66:13

Подруга доверила мне подержать ее прелестную малышку четырех дней от роду. Девочка побыла у меня на руках всего ничего, как вдруг начала капризничать. Я обняла ее покрепче, прижалась щекой к ее головке и стала плавно раскачиваться, напевая ласковую песенку. Вопреки всем стараниям и пятнадцатилетнему родительскому стажу, капризуля не успокаивалась. Напротив, хныкала все громче. Пришлось отдать ее матери. Через секунду на лице девочки появилось умиротворение. Почувствовав знакомые руки, она расслабилась и засопела. Подруга в точности знала, что делать с дочерью, чтобы та успокоилась.

Бог утешает Своих детей словно мать: нежно и умело. Когда мы расстроены или утомлены, Он заботливо берет нас на руки. Наш Отец и Создатель хорошо знает нас. Он будет хранить «в совершенном мире» тех, чьи мысли обращены к Нему (Ис. 26:3).

Когда заботы мира сего тяжелым бременем ложатся на наши сердца, мы можем обрести утешение в сознании того, что Небесный Отец защищает и оберегает Своих детей. Он может успокоить нас лучше любой матери.

Господь, помоги мне в любой скорби искать утешения у Тебя.

Божье утешение имеет идеальное действие.

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный