Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Daily Readings for TUESDAY, April 4, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Jeremiah 25:8-17

Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: Because you have not obeyed my words, I am going to send for all the tribes of the north, says the LORD, even for King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon, my servant, and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants, and against all these nations around; I will utterly destroy them, and make them an object of horror and of hissing, and an everlasting disgrace. And I will banish from them the sound of mirth and the sound of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. This whole land shall become a ruin and a waste, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Then after seventy years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity, says the LORD, making the land an everlasting waste. I will bring upon that land all the words that I have uttered against it, everything written in this book, which Jeremiah prophesied against all the nations. For many nations and great kings shall make slaves of them also; and I will repay them according to their deeds and the work of their hands. For thus the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: Take from my hand this cup of the wine of wrath, and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it. They shall drink and stagger and go out of their minds because of the sword that I am sending among them. So I took the cup from the LORD's hand, and made all the nations to whom the LORD sent me drink it:

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Romans 10:1-13

Brothers and sisters, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. I can testify that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they have not submitted to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that "the person who does these things will live by them." But the righteousness that comes from faith says, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down) "or 'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? "The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, "No one who believes in him will be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in John 9:18-41

The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?" His parents answered, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself." His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, "Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner." He answered, "I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see." They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" He answered them, "I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?" Then they reviled him, saying, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from." The man answered, "Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." They answered him, "You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?" And they drove him out. Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" He answered, "And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him." Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he." He said, "Lord, I believe." And he worshiped him. Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind." Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, "Surely we are not blind, are we?" Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, 'We see,' your sin remains.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 120 Ad Dominum
1   When I was in trouble, I called to the LORD; I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
2   Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips and from the deceitful tongue.
3   What shall be done to you, and what more besides, O you deceitful tongue?
4   The sharpened arrows of a warrior, along with hot glowing coals.
5   How hateful it is that I must lodge in Meshech and dwell among the tents of Kedar!
6   Too long have I had to live among the enemies of peace.
7   I am on the side of peace, but when I speak of it, they are for war.

Psalm 121 Levavi oculos
1   I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come?
2   My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.
3   He will not let your foot be moved and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
4   Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep;
5   The LORD himself watches over you; the LORD is your shade at your right hand,
6   So that the sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
7   The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; it is he who shall keep you safe.
8   The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth for evermore.

Psalm 122 Lætatus sum
1   I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD."
2   Now our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.
3   Jerusalem is built as a city that is at unity with itself;
4   To which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, the assembly of Israel, to praise the Name of the LORD.
5   For there are the thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
6   Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you.
7   Peace be within your walls and quietness within your towers.
8   For my brethren and companions' sake, I pray for your prosperity.
9   Because of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek to do you good."

Psalm 123 Ad te levavi oculos meos
1   To you I lift up my eyes, to you enthroned in the heavens.
2   As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
3   So our eyes look to the LORD our God, until he show us his mercy.
4   Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy, for we have had more than enough of contempt,
5   Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, and of the derision of the proud.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 124 Nisi quia Dominus
1   If the LORD had not been on our side, let Israel now say;
2   If the LORD had not been on our side, when enemies rose up against us;
3   Then would they have swallowed us up alive in their fierce anger toward us;
4   Then would the waters have overwhelmed us and the torrent gone over us;
5   Then would the raging waters have gone right over us.
6   Blessed be the LORD! he has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.
7   We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; the snare is broken, and we have escaped.
8   Our help is in the Name of the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 125 Qui confidunt
1   Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
2   The hills stand about Jerusalem; so does the LORD stand round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.
3   The scepter of the wicked shall not hold sway over the land allotted to the just, so that the just shall not put their hands to evil.
4   Show your goodness, O LORD, to those who are good and to those who are true of heart.
5   As for those who turn aside to crooked ways, the LORD will lead them away with the evildoers; but peace be upon Israel.

Psalm 126 In convertendo
1   When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, then were we like those who dream.
2   Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.
3   Then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
4   The LORD has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed.
5   Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the watercourses of the Negev.
6   Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.
7   Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

Psalm 127 Nisi Dominus
1   Unless the LORD builds the house, their labor is in vain who build it.
2   Unless the LORD watches over the city, in vain the watchman keeps his vigil.
3   It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; vain, too, to eat the bread of toil, for he gives to his beloved sleep.
4   Children are a heritage from the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is a gift.
5   Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.
6   Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them! he shall not be put to shame when he contends with his enemies in the gate.

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Verse of the Day - April 4, 2017

Ephesians 1:7 (NIV) In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Certain of His Death"

Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15:3 (NKJV)

An advice columnist received this letter about the Resurrection: “Dear Uticus, Our preacher said on Easter that Jesus just swooned on the cross and the disciples nurtured Him back to health. What do you think? Sincerely, Bewildered.”

Here was the response: “Dear Bewildered, Beat your preacher with a cat of nine tails with 39 heavy strokes. Nail him to a cross. Hang him in the sun for three hours. Run a spear through his heart. Embalm him. Put him in an airless tomb for 36 hours, and see what happens. Sincerely, Uticus.”

Inevitably, unbelievers will offer their own concepts regarding the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus in an attempt to discredit the Bible and its message. Among the most commonly held theories is “the swoon theory,” proposing that Jesus didn’t actually die on the cross, but went into a deep coma, or swoon. It further proposes that He was revived in the cool atmosphere of the tomb, was somehow able to get out of the tightly wrapped strips of cloth, and appeared to His disciples.

Yet the Roman guards were the first to report the death of Jesus. They were experts at execution, and they would be put to death themselves if they allowed a condemned man to escape death. These soldiers were so certain Jesus was dead, they did not bother to break His legs. They thrust a spear into His body and out came blood and water (which occurs when the heart stops beating), giving them the final proof they needed.

We can either believe or hang our doubts on some flimsy theory. But the death and Resurrection of Jesus means that one day, we all will stand before God and be held accountable.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - Oración por confianza en Dios

En ti confían los que conocen tu nombre, porque tú, Señor, jamás abandonas a los que te buscan.
Salmo 9:10, NVI

Te busco con todo mi corazón porque he podido reflexionar acerca de las veces que no he confiado en ti y he puesto mi mirada en otras imágenes. Las veces en que he prestado mis oídos para escuchar a personas que usurpan tu lugar adivinando el futuro que solo tú conoces.

He entendido que esto te desagrada y que las consecuencias no son las mejores.

Por eso, Dios mío, te pido perdón y renuncio hoy mismo a este tipo de creencias.

Te pido que me limpies y me liberes de cualquier atadura con el enemigo.

Hoy, Dios mío, me comprometo a confiar en ti y a creer en que tú tienes grandes cosas para mi vida.

Señor, dame sabiduría y ayúdame a vivir día a día bajo tus cuidados y protección.

Gracias por todo lo que estás haciendo y por todo lo que harás.

Amén y amén

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - TAKE UP YOUR CROSS

Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:25

A tentmaker missionary in Morocco struggled with the issue of dying for Christ. He shares these words:

Is faith in Christ worth dying for? I quickly saw that if it wasn’t, I had no business presenting the Gospel to Muslims. You see, when a Muslim receives Christ, he faces certain persecution and possible death. How can I ask a Muslim to receive Christ as Lord if I have doubts in my own heart. If Christ isn’t worth dying for, He isn’t worth living for. On the other hand, if Christ is worth living and dying for, then we have a Gospel that is of infinite value to Muslims...

Ahmed came to see me one day, honestly sharing his fears with me about following Christ. He asked, “What if I go to prison?” This kind of question had always intimidated me; I wasn’t sure that I could ask someone to be willing to go to prison when I myself had never gone. Yet now I realized that it was Jesus who was calling him to take up his cross and follow, not me. This was between Ahmed and the Lord.

A thirty-two-year-old pastor works in Upper Egypt, an area of intense persecution for Christians. He runs a day care center, a medical clinic, a literacy training program as well as caring for the families of those in prison. He has been beaten twice by Muslim extremists and threatened daily with death. He knows they are trying to kill him...but he continues to daily bear his cross.

A leading pastor in Egypt shared about a parishioner who tearfully came for counseling. Young people she had trained at her work were recently promoted to be her supervisors. She was passed over solely because she was a Christian. The pastor concluded, “That’s the cross we must bear here in Egypt!”

The essence of these examples is that instead of exercising and asserting my will, I learn to cooperate with God’s wishes and comply with His will.

RESPONSE: Today I give my will over to God and comply with His will for me.

PRAYER: Lord, I want to cooperate with Your wishes and desires. Help me bear my cross for You.

Girlfriends in God - Jesus, Take The Whole Car

by Gwen Smith

Today’s Truth

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2, NIV)

Friend to Friend

One of the things we do at dinnertime as a family is a daily recap. Simple stuff: we talk through the things that happened that day. When my kids were in elementary school, one of the first things they talked about was who got to be the line leader that day. It was a pretty big deal, especially to young Smiths who really, really loved being the line leader. (I don’t know where they get that . . .)

Okay, I need to be honest here. Following is not necessarily my strong suit. I like to be in charge and in control. Especially on the road. If you and I have somewhere to go together, you might just want to let me drive because I tend to freak out in the passenger seat. I wonder why the invisible brake on my side never works, even when I pump it. I get frustrated with the guy in the passing lane who drives ten miles an hour below the speed limit and does not pass anybody. It’s the PASSING lane, people, therefore, pass! Clearly no one can drive as well as I can . . .

Hot messes. All of us!

We are so concerned with blue ribbons and lead positions.

Lord, forgive us.

Jesus showed us a better way to get where we need to go. He told his disciples to follow Him. To stop doing their own things and to do His thing. These instructions were meant for you and me as well. He wants us to do what He did—to love like He loved, to lead like He led. And He led by serving others. By humbling Himself sacrificially. He was the greatest, but treated others as if they were.

In her book Love Story, songwriter and author Nichole Nordeman puts it this way. “Jesus sort of topples the model of traditional leadership. He starts at the bottom. First things first. Let’s get those feet washed. This is how Jesus leads. And it’s why marriages and corporations and ministries thrive under his model of servant leadership. Stooping, not looming. Tending, not monitoring.”

I know this.

I really do.

I want this.

I want this for me, and I want this for my family. I want this for you. I want to live this type of radical life that showcases Jesus and pushes His fame to the forefront. Not only on the good days, but also on the bad days. Not only in the comfortable times, but also in the uncomfortable, fiery times. Don’t you?

I am thankful that God convicts my heart when I get bossy, start comparing, running ahead of God, or getting caught up in self-centered pursuits. His Spirit reminds me that my flesh needs to be put down because I am bound to Christ and He is my master. The Spirit of God reminds me that I am not to live as a slave to sin, but to live as a slave to righteousness (Romans 5).

When Jesus becomes our focus, we will be in the center of God’s will for us.

Today, for me, this probably means I will do more praying than social media posting or news watching. And it also means that when that certain mom bends my ear about the awesome accomplishments of her darling daughter, I will smile, share in her joy, and not respond with, “Well, my daughter just...”

Things go better for me when I choose humility, make a big deal about God’s greatness, and follow His lead by lovingly serving the people in my life. When I live by the instructions that Paul gave to the church of Ephesus, Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2)

My peace is greater when I look to the needs of others instead of my own, when I humble myself before our awesome Lord and beg for Him to be magnified in my words, thoughts, efforts, and decisions.

Jesus is the line leader.

I am just a girl in line who needs to keep her eyes fixed on the Guy up front.

Let’s Pray

Lord Jesus, Please lead me. Take the wheel. Take the whole car! Take my life. No more pushing to the front of the line for me. I want You, Jesus. I want more of You.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Ephesians 4.

Write out verse 2 then write down the initials of a few people you need to apply this with. Pray for the Lord to help you ... and pray for those people.

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LHM Daily Devotion - "Betrayed with a Kiss"

Jesus awakens His disciples. While He is telling them to stay awake and...

Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Betrayed with a Kiss"

April 4, 2017

But Jesus said to him, "Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?" (Luke 22:48, ESV).

Read Luke 22:47-48.

Jesus awakens His disciples. While He is telling them to stay awake and pray, Jewish temple guards come forward with Judas at the lead. They come in force to maintain control, as they take Jesus into custody. Their presence will be especially necessary if word should get out to the great crowd of Jewish pilgrims, hanging on Jesus' words in the temple.

The large number of temple guards is unnecessary. If Jesus didn't want to be arrested, He could overpower them all with a word, or He could call on His Father to send an angel army 72,000 strong. Instead, He submits to His Father's will. But He does not remain silent. He speaks one last time to Judas, trying to awaken his conscience. "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?" The betrayer's hypocrisy is striking, using something as familiar as a kiss and making it the instrument by which he would deliver Jesus over to His enemies.

But Judas does not see his guilt or his shame. He kisses Jesus in order to distinguish Him from the other disciples. But even this is pointless. Jesus is already stepping forward to put Himself in their hands.

This must have been one of the most painful things for Jesus. In this bitter betrayal, one that He loved now turned against Him with a simple kiss. But that was not all. Jesus knew Judas wouldn't recognize the terrible thing he just did, and later he would rush off in despair and take his own life.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, how sharp the pain You suffered as Judas whom You loved betrayed You with a kiss! Forgive me the times I thoughtlessly betray You. Amen

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Devociones de Cuaresma - ¿A quién imitamos?

Devociones de Cuaresma  2017

¿A quién imitamos?

04 de Abril de 2017

Por tanto, imiten a Dios, como hijos amados. Vivan en amor, como también Cristo nos amó y se entregó a sí mismo por nosotros, como ofrenda y sacrificio a Dios, de aroma fragante. Efesios 5:1-2, RVC (5:1-9)

¿En qué está pensando el apóstol Pablo? ¿Imitar a Dios? ¡Cómo si fuera fácil! Dios es un creador increíble, más poderoso que nadie en el mundo. Lo sabe todo: conoce el pasado, el presente, y el futuro. Dios es santísimo e impecable. ¿Cómo imitar a alguien de semejante altura?

Pablo no nos llama a imitar el poder y la soberanía de Dios, sino su actitud. Por eso menciona a Cristo y lo que él ha hecho, por qué lo ha hecho, y cómo lo ha hecho. Jesús fue el Hijo amado de Dios que voluntariamente obedeció sin cuestionamientos la voluntad santa del Padre celestial. Y porque obedeció, se entregó sin miedo en forma total hasta dar la vida entera para que nosotros podamos ser rescatados. ¡Qué actitud de amor! Cristo pudo haberse quedado cómodamente en su lugar. Sin embargo, decidió descender para ocupar nuestro lugar. Ésa es la actitud que Pablo nos llama a imitar.

Para imitar a Dios como hijos amados tenemos que aprender a descender de nuestra soberbia, a salir de nuestra comodidad, y a ocupar el lugar del otro que está sumido en tristeza, cargado de dolor y frustración, marcado por las cicatrices de sus malas decisiones, inhibido por sus culpas, y paralizado por sus temores. ¿No hemos sido eso nosotros antes de que la "ofrenda y sacrificio fragante de Jesús" nos cambiara la vida para siempre? El olor fragante de ese sacrificio se transmite a otros cuando imitamos la actitud sumisa y obediente de Jesús: perdonando como él nos perdonó, no haciendo las cosas a las escondidas, sino a la luz de la Palabra de Dios, y confiando que su gracia nos limpia y nos lleva al cielo.

Gracias, Padre, por llamarnos a imitarte como hijos amados. Amén

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Our Daily Bread - His Word the Last Word

Read: Psalm 63:1–11 | Bible in a Year: Ruth 1–4; Luke 8:1–25

On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 63:6–7

Dawson Trotman, a dynamic Christian leader of the mid-twentieth century and founder of The Navigators, emphasized the importance of the Bible in the life of every Christian. Trotman ended each day with a practice he called “His Word the last word.” Before going to sleep he meditated on a memorized Bible verse or passage, then prayed about its place and influence in his life. He wanted the last words he thought about each day to be God’s words.

The psalmist David wrote, “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings”  (Ps. 63:6–7). Whether we are in great difficulty or enjoying a time of peace, our last thought at night can ease our minds with the rest and comfort God gives. It may also set the tone for our first thought the next morning.

A friend and his wife conclude each day by reading aloud a Bible passage and daily devotional with their four children. They welcome questions and thoughts from each child and talk about what it means to follow Jesus at home and school. They call it their version of “His Word the last word” for each day.

What better way to end our day!

Thank You Father, for Your Word in our hearts and our minds—our last thought at night as we rest securely in You.

Do you have a favorite verse you have committed to memory? Share it on Facebook.com/ourdailybread.

The Spirit of God renews our minds when we meditate on the Word of God.

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Lời Chúa Là Lời Cuối

Đọc: Thi Thiên 63:1-11 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Ru-tơ 1-4; Lu-ca 8:1-25

Khi nằm trên giường, con nhớ đến Chúa, và suy ngẫm về Ngài suốt các canh đêm. Vì Chúa đã giúp đỡ con, và con hát mừng dưới bóng cánh của Ngài. Thi Thiên 63:6-7

Dawson Trotman, một lãnh đạo Cơ Đốc năng động sống vào giữa thế kỷ 20 và là người sáng lập Hội Navigators, ông luôn nhấn mạnh tầm quan trọng của Kinh Thánh trong đời sống Cơ Đốc nhân. Trotman kết thúc mỗi ngày bằng việc mà ông gọi là “Lời Ngài là lời cuối.” Trước khi đi ngủ, ông suy gẫm một câu Kinh Thánh thuộc lòng hoặc một phân đoạn, sau đó cầu nguyện xin Lời Chúa tác động và thay đổi đời sống ông. Ông muốn những lời cuối cùng ông nghĩ đến mỗi ngày là Lời Chúa.

Tác giả Thi Thiên là vua Đa-vít đã viết: “Khi nằm trên giường, con nhớ đến Chúa, và suy ngẫm về Ngài suốt các canh đêm. Vì Chúa đã giúp đỡ con, và con hát mừng dưới bóng cánh của Ngài” (Thi 63:6-7). Dầu đang đối diện với hoàn cảnh khó khăn hay cuộc sống đang yên bình, thì việc suy gẫm lời Chúa mỗi tối có thể khiến tâm trí bình an khi Chúa ban cho chúng ta sự thư thái và an ủi. Nó cũng tạo nên thanh âm cho những suy nghĩ đầu tiên của chúng ta vào sáng hôm sau.

Vợ chồng bạn tôi khép lại mỗi ngày bằng cách đọc lớn tiếng một phân đoạn Kinh Thánh và một bài tĩnh nguyện hằng ngày cùng với bốn đứa con. Họ khích lệ mỗi đứa đặt ra câu hỏi và chia sẻ những suy nghĩ của mình, và thảo luận về ý nghĩa của việc theo Chúa trong gia đình và tại trường học. Họ gọi đó là phiên bản “Lời Chúa là lời cuối” của họ mỗi ngày.

Đó là một cách rất tốt để kết thúc một ngày của bạn!

Cảm ơn Cha đã ban Lời Ngài trong lòng và trong trí chúng con—là lời mà chúng con suy gẫm hằng đêm khi nghỉ ngơi trong sự bình an của Ngài.

Thánh Linh Chúa làm mới tâm trí chúng ta khi chúng ta suy gẫm Lời Ngài.

Nuestro Pan Diario - Su Palabra es la última palabra

Leer: Salmo 63:1-11 | La Biblia en un año: Rut 1–4; Lucas 8:1-25

… cuando medite en ti en las vigilias de la noche. Porque has sido mi socorro… (vv. 6-7).

Dawson Trotman, un líder cristiano de mediados del siglo xx y fundador de Los Navegantes, enfatizaba la importancia de la Biblia en la vida de los cristianos. Trotman terminaba cada día practicando lo que llamaba «su Palabra es la última palabra». Antes de irse a dormir, meditaba en un pasaje bíblico memorizado, y oraba por el lugar y la influencia que este tenía en su vida. Quería que las últimas palabras que pensara cada día fueran las de Dios.

El salmista David escribió: «Cuando en mi lecho me acuerdo de ti, en ti medito durante las vigilias de la noche. Porque tú has sido mi socorro, y a la sombra de tus alas canto gozoso» (Salmo 63:6-7 LBLA). Ya sea que estemos pasando grandes dificultades o disfrutando de un tiempo de paz, que nuestro último pensamiento de la noche aquiete nuestra mente con el descanso que el Señor da. Además, puede marcar la pauta para el día siguiente.

Un amigo mío y su esposa terminan el día leyendo en voz alta un pasaje bíblico y un devocional con sus hijos. Reciben gustosos preguntas y comentarios de cada niño y hablan de lo que significa seguir a Jesús en casa y en la escuela. Es su versión de «su Palabra es la última palabra».

¡Qué mejor manera de terminar nuestro día!

Padre, que tu Palabra sea nuestro último pensamiento antes de descansar seguros en ti.

El Espíritu Santo renueva nuestra mente al meditar en la Palabra de Dios.

Unser Täglich Brot - Er hat das letzte Wort

Lesen: Psalm 63,1-12 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Ruth 1–4; Lukas 8,1-25

Wenn ich mich zu Bette lege, so denke ich an dich, wenn ich wach liege, sinne ich über dich nach. Denn du bist mein Helfer, und unter dem Schatten deiner Flügel frohlocke ich. Psalm 63,7-8

Dawson Trotman, ein dynamischer Christ in der Mitte des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts und Gründer der Navigatoren, betonte, wie wichtig die Bibel im Leben jedes Christen sein sollte. Trotman beschloss jeden Tag mit einer Übung, die er „Er hat das letzte Wort“ nannte. Ehe er ins Bett ging, meditierte er über einen Bibelvers oder -abschnitt, den er auswendig gelernt hatte, und betete um den Einfluss in seinem Leben und für den Platz, den er einnehmen sollte Er wollte, dass das letzte Wort, an das er an einem Tag dachte, ein Wort Gottes war.

Der Psalmist David schrieb: „Wenn ich mich zu Bette lege, so denke ich an dich, wenn ich wach liege, sinne ich über dich nach. Denn du bist mein Helfer, und unter dem Schatten deiner Flügel frohlocke ich“ (Ps. 63,7-8). Ob wir in Schwierigkeiten sind oder friedliche Zeiten erleben, unser letzter Gedanke am Abend kann uns zur Ruhe bringen und mit Gottes Trost erfüllen. Und er kann auch schon den Ton angeben für den ersten Gedanken am nächsten Tag.

Ein Freund und seine Frau beenden jeden Tag damit, dass sie mit ihren vier Kindern laut einen Abschnitt aus der Bibel vorlesen. Die Kinder können Fragen stellen und ihre Gedanken äußern und sie reden darüber, was es heißt, Jesus nachzufolgen, ob daheim oder in der Schule. Das ist ihre Version von: „Er hat das letzte Wort.“

Und wie könnte man einen Tag besser beenden!

Danke, Vater, für dein Wort. Lass es am Abend unser letzter Gedanke sein, damit wir sicher in dir ruhen.

Der Geist Gottes erneuert unsere Gedanken, wenn wir über Gottes Wort nachdenken.

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - Sa Parole : le mot de la fin

Lisez : Psaume 63.1‑11 | La Bible en un an : RUTH 1 – 4 et LUC 8.1‑25

Lorsque je pense à toi sur ma couche, je médite sur toi pendant les veilles de la nuit. Car tu es mon secours, et je suis dans l'allégresse à l'ombre de tes ailes. V.7,8

Dawson Trotman, leader chrétien dynamique du milieu du XXe siècle et fondateur des Navigateurs, a insisté sur l’importance que revêt la Bible dans la vie du croyant. Trotman terminait chacune de ses journées par ce qu’il appelait « Sa Parole : le mot de la fin ». Avant de s’endormir, il méditait un verset ou un passage biblique qu’il avait mémorisé, puis il priait pour que celui‑ci influence le cours de sa vie. Il désirait que les dernières paroles qui nourrissaient sa réflexion chaque jour soient celles de Dieu.

David le psalmiste a écrit : « Lorsque je pense à toi sur ma couche, je médite sur toi pendant les veilles de la nuit. Car tu es mon secours, et je suis dans l’allégresse à l’ombre de tes ailes » (PS 63.7,8). Que nous traversions de dures épreuves ou une période de paix, notre dernière pensée de la soirée peut apaiser notre esprit grâce au repos et à la consolation que Dieu nous accorde. Or, elle pourrait également donner le ton à notre première pensée du lendemain matin.

Un de mes amis et sa femme terminent chacune de leurs journées en lisant à haute voix un passage biblique et une méditation quotidienne avec leurs quatre enfants. Ils invitent alors chacun d’eux à leur poser des questions et à leur exprimer ses pensées, ainsi qu’à leur expliquer ce que signifie pour lui suivre Jésus à la maison et à l’école. C’est ce qu’ils appellent leur version quotidienne de « Sa Parole : le mot de la fin ».

Quelle formidable façon de terminer la journée !

L’Esprit renouvelle nos pensées durant notre méditation de la Parole.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Його Слово – останнє

Читати: Псалом 62:1-12 | Біблія за рік: Рут 1−4 ; Луки 8:1-25

Як згадаю Тебе на постелі своїй, розмишляю про Тебе в сторожах нічних: що став Ти на поміч для мене, в тіні ж Твоїх крил я співатиму! — Псалом 62:7-8

Доусон Тротман – динамічний лідер середини 20 століття і засновник організації “Навігатори” – підкреслював важливість Біблії в житті кожного християнина. У Тротмана була благочестива звичка закінчувати кожний день духовною практикою, яку він називав: “Його Слово – останнє слово”. Перед тим, як лягти спати, він розважав над вивченим напам’ять біблійним вiршем або уривком, потім молився, щоб прочитане впливало на його життя. Він хотів, щоб Боже Слово було останнім, про що він думає перед сном.

Псалміст Давид писав: “Як згадаю Тебе на постелі своїй, розмишляю про Тебе в сторожах нічних: що став Ти на поміч для мене, в тіні ж Твоїх крил я співатиму!” (Пс. 62:7-8). Яким би не був день – сповнений серйозних проблем або радістю й миром, – наші останні думки, наповнені Божим Словом, можуть заспокоїти наш розум Божою втіхою. Вечірні розважання також можуть налаштувати нас на благочестиві розважання вранці.

Один мій друг та його жінка кожний день завершують читанням Біблії разом. Вони також читають щоденні духовні тексти своїм чотирьом дітям – заохочують їх задавати питання і пояснюють, як практично слідувати за Ісусом вдома і в школі. Вони називають це своєю версією щоденної практики “Його Слово – останнє слово”.

Хіба є кращий спосіб закінчувати кожний день?

Дякую Тобі, Отче, за Твоє Слово в наших серцях і в нашому розумі – за ті останні духовні думки вночі, перед тим як спочити безпечно у Твоїх руках.

Дух Божий оновлює наш розум, коли ми розважаємо над Божим Словом.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Его Слово – последнее

Читать сейчас: Псалом 62:1-12 | Библия за год: Руфь 1-4; Луки 8:1-25

Я вспоминаю о Тебе на постели моей, размышляю о Тебе в ночные стражи, ибо Ты помощь моя, и в тени крыл Твоих я возрадуюсь. — Псалом 62:7-8

Доусон Тротман, динамичный служитель середины XX в. и основатель движения «Навигаторы», часто подчеркивал важность Библии в жизни каждого христианина. Каждый прожитый день он завершал действом, которое называл «Его Слово – последнее слово». Прежде чем отправиться в кровать, он размышлял над заученным наизусть стихом или отрывком из Библии, а затем молился о его применении в своей жизни. Он хотел, чтобы его последние слова и мысли каждый день были связаны с Божьим Словом.

Псалмопевец Давид писал: «Я вспоминаю о Тебе на постели моей, размышляю о Тебе в ночные стражи, ибо Ты помощь моя, и в тени крыл Твоих я возрадуюсь» (Пс. 62:7-8). Испытываем мы трудности или наслаждаемся временем покоя, размышления перед отходом ко сну могут освободить сердце от забот и наполнить его Божьим утешением. А кроме того, они могут задать тон и для первой мысли после пробуждения.

Мой друг и его жена, узнав о такой привычке Тротмана, теперь тоже завершают каждый день чтением Библии и небольшой духовной статьи со своими четырьмя детьми. Потом отвечают на вопросы детей и беседуют о том, что значит быть христианином в школе и дома.

Может ли быть лучший способ закончить день?

Благодарю Тебя, Отче, за Твое Слово в моем сердце. Помоги всегда приводить его на память, перед тем как успокоиться в Твоих руках.

Когда мы размышляем над Божьим Словом, Его Дух обновляет наш разум.

© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный