Friday, April 7, 2017

The Daily Readings for FRIDAY, April 7, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Jeremiah 29:1-13

These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. This was after King Jeconiah, and the queen mother, the court officials, the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the artisans, and the smiths had departed from Jerusalem. The letter was sent by the hand of Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom King Zedekiah of Judah sent to Babylon to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. It said: Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let the prophets and the diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, says the LORD. For thus says the LORD: Only when Babylon's seventy years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart,

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Romans 11:13-24

Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry in order to make my own people jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead! If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; and if the root is holy, then the branches also are holy. But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in their place to share the rich root of the olive tree, do not boast over the branches. If you do boast, remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you. You will say, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in." That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand only through faith. So do not become proud, but stand in awe. For if God did not spare the natural branches, perhaps he will not spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness toward you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. And even those of Israel, if they do not persist in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree.

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in John 11:1-27

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, "Lord, he whom you love is ill." But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it." Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?" Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them." After saying this, he told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him." The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right." Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him." Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him." When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 22 Deus, Deus meu
1   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?
2   O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; by night as well, but I find no rest.
3   Yet you are the Holy One, enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
4   Our forefathers put their trust in you; they trusted, and you delivered them.
5   They cried out to you and were delivered; they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
6   But as for me, I am a worm and no man, scorned by all and despised by the people.
7   All who see me laugh me to scorn; they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
8   He trusted in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, if he delights in him.
9   Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, and kept me safe upon my mother's breast.
10   I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; you were my God when I was still in my mother's womb.
11   Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.
12   Many young bulls encircle me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
13   They open wide their jaws at me, like a ravening and a roaring lion.
14   I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; my heart within my breast is melting wax.
15   My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
16   Packs of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me; they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.
17   They stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.
18   Be not far away, O LORD; you are my strength; hasten to help me.
19   Save me from the sword, my life from the power of the dog.
20   Save me from the lion's mouth, my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.
21   I will declare your Name to my brethren; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.
22   Praise the LORD, you that fear him; stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; all you of Jacob's line, give glory.
23   For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither does he hide his face from them; but when they cry to him he hears them.
24   My praise is of him in the great assembly; I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
25   The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the LORD shall praise him: "May your heart live for ever!"
26   All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations bow before him.
27   For kingship belongs to the LORD; he rules over the nations.
28   To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29   My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him; they shall be known as the LORD'S for ever.
30   They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn the saving deeds that he has done.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 141 Domine, clamavi
1   O LORD, I call to you; come to me quickly; hear my voice when I cry to you.
2   Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
3   Set a watch before my mouth, O LORD, and guard the door of my lips; let not my heart incline to any evil thing.
4   Let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers, nor eat of their choice foods.
5   Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke; let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head; for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
6   Let their rulers be overthrown in stony places, that they may know my words are true.
7   As when a plowman turns over the earth in furrows, let their bones be scattered at the mouth of the grave.
8   But my eyes are turned to you, Lord GOD; in you I take refuge; do not strip me of my life.
9   Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me and from the traps of the evildoers.
10   Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I myself escape.

Psalm 143 Domine, exaudi
1   LORD, hear my prayer, and in your faithfulness heed my supplications; answer me in your righteousness.
2   Enter not into judgment with your servant, for in your sight shall no one living be justified.
3   For my enemy has sought my life; he has crushed me to the ground; he has made me live in dark places like those who are long dead.
4   My spirit faints within me; my heart within me is desolate.
5   I remember the time past; I muse upon all your deeds; I consider the works of your hands.
6   I spread out my hands to you; my soul gasps to you like a thirsty land.
7   O LORD, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me; do not hide your face from me or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
8   Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning, for I put my trust in you; show me the road that I must walk, for I lift up my soul to you.
9   Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD, for I flee to you for refuge.
10   Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God; let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
11   Revive me, O LORD, for your Name's sake; for your righteousness' sake, bring me out of trouble.
12   Of your goodness, destroy my enemies and bring all my foes to naught, for truly I am your servant.

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Tikhon, Patriarch of Russia

Today the church remembers Tikhon, Patriarch of Russia, Confessor and Ecumenist, 1925.

Born as Vasily Ivanovich Belavin, Tikhon spent his early years with the church as a lay leader. Educated at St. Petersburg Theological Academy, he was an instructor of moral and dogmatic theology at Pskov Seminary. At age twenty-six, in 1891, Belavin took monastic vows and became known as Tikhon. He was ordained as bishop in 1897, becoming the Archbishop of the Aleutians and Alaska and head of the Russian Orthodox Church in America in 1898.

In this role, he developed warm friendships with Episcopalians in the United States. Tikhon attended the ordination of the Bishop of Fond du Lac in 1900, and was prepared to take part in the laying on of hands, but the Episcopal Church's House of Bishops forbade this. Tikhon returned to Russia in 1907.

Ten years later, he was elected Patriarch of Moscow, amidst a time of great political and social tumult. He condemned the killing of the Tsar and his family in 1918 and publicly opposed the nationalization of church property. In his later years, statements were issued in his name, renouncing his antigovernment positions. However, the authenticity of these statements is questioned, and the Russian Orthodox Church considers him to have remained loyal.

Exhausted from his work and imprisoned for more than a year by the Soviets, Tikhon died on April 7, 1925, a martyr for his faith. One of his most widely acclaimed quotations captures his zeal and his hope. It our prayer this day.

May God teach every one of us to strive for His truth, and for the good of the Holy Church, rather than something for our own sake. Amen

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Holy God, holy and mighty, you call us together into one communion and fellowship: Open our eyes, we pray, as you opened the eyes of your servant Tikhon, that we may see the faithfulness of others as we strive to be steadfast in the faith delivered to us, that the world may see and know you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be glory and praise unto ages of ages. Amen

Verse of the Day - April 7, 2017

Galatians 2:20 (NIV) I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "A New Relationship"

Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'"
John 20:17 (NKJV)

On the morning of the Resurrection, Jesus didn’t allow Mary to touch Him. He was essentially saying, “It’s not going to be the way it used to be. You can’t hold on to Me in the old way. It’s a new covenant.”

Then He made a radical statement: “Go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God’” (John 20:17). For Jesus to call God His Father was one thing. But He said, “I am ascending to My Father and your Father. . . .” In other words, “He is your Father now too.”

If you came from a fatherless home, God can be the Father you never had. Jesus opened up a new relationship for us through His death on the cross and His Resurrection from the dead. No longer must we go through a high priest to seek atonement for our sins, because Jesus became the final sacrifice for our sins. And He has given us free access to God the Father, to whom we can come in times of need.

Do you know God as your Father? Or does He seem like some distant force? If that is the case, I have good news for you: God is not some mere force or distant power somewhere in the universe. He is personal, He is caring, and He loves you. And that is why He sent His Son to die on the cross in our place.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - La edad con dignidad

Enséñanos a contar bien nuestros días, para que nuestro corazón adquiera sabiduría.
Salmo 90:12, NVI

El devocional de hoy lo motivó el de ayer. Podríamos decir que es otro caso muy común que se presenta en ciertas personas y, sobre todo, en determinadas edades de la vida.

Cuando vemos que ya no somos jovencitos, que la belleza se va deteriorando debido a que la gravedad hace su efecto y «todo se cae», vienen las preocupaciones de los hombres y las mujeres por sentirse jóvenes. De ahí que cambie su comportamiento y, algunas veces, se presenten los divorcios.

En el caso del hombre, el deseo está en demostrar que aún puede conquistar. En el de las mujeres, su anhelo está en provocar admiración. Este comportamiento va de la mano con la manera de vestirse y de actuar que se manifiesta de una forma bien llamativa. El resultado es que vemos mujeres de edades bien avanzadas con minifaldas y escotes, mientras que los hombres se visten como jovencitos y su comportamiento deja mucho que desear.

Vivamos cada etapa de nuestra madurez con dignidad. Disfrutemos el hecho de ser personas con experiencia y que esas canas, más que ser cabellos blancos, infunden respeto.

Pidámosle a Dios que nos ayude a aceptarnos tal y como somos a medida que vamos envejeciendo. Y que podamos dejar un hermoso legado a nuestros hijos y a nuestros nietos.

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - LIVING FOR JESUS

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

Manuel was an effective evangelist among the mountain Quechua people in Peru. He felt called by the Lord to take Bibles and share the gospel with the anti-government guerilla soldiers who camped in hiding in the mountains. For the many illiterates he took the New Testament on cassette. It was a bold and risky ministry.

One day some Shining Path guerrillas with their big AK-47 guns intercepted him on the trail and ordered him to stop going to the mountains; stop handing out Bibles, cassettes and other Christian materials; and stop preaching about Jesus. They threatened his life if he did not desist.

Some months later Manuel did not return home when expected. A search party discovered his dead body at the side of the trail. It was more than just a cadaver. His feet, hands and tongue had been cut off. And with a knife they had carved on his torso a message in Spanish, “We told you to stop!” The chopped body parts completed the message, “stop visiting the villages; stop distributing Bibles; stop preaching about Jesus!”

There was a memorial service for Manuel attended by many believers. Hundreds of people came from the mountains to honor his memory. Our Open Doors co-worker reported that there were more people standing outside the rural church than sitting inside the crowded sanctuary.

An evangelist preached the memorial service message and challenged young people to come forward and take Manuel’s place. Ten young people made the commitment and knelt at the front altar.

An elder standing at the side asked in a loud voice, “But young people. What if the same thing happens to you as happened to Manuel?”

One of the youths at the front cried out, “If we die, a hundred will spring up and take our place!”

Living for Jesus is actually harder than dying for Jesus. It means I must die to myself every day!

RESPONSE: Since Jesus gave His life for me, what more can I give Him than my own life. And until that day of physical death, I will die to myself daily.

PRAYER: Thank You Jesus, for giving Your life blood for me. I give You my life in service today and every day until You call me to be with You in Your heavenly home.

Men of the Bible - Samson

His name means: "Little Sun"

His work: To deliver Israel from the Philistines.
His character: Samson's erotic attachments to foreign women eventually led to his death. A man of mythic strength, he was inwardly weak, given to anger and unfaithful to his Nazirite vows. His prayers as well as his actions against the Philistines seem to have been motivated by the desire for personal vengeance.
His sorrow: To have been blinded and imprisoned by his lifelong enemies.
His triumph: To have killed more Philistines by his death than he had while living.
Key Scriptures: Judges 13-16

A Look at the Man

One of the first Bible stories children hear is the story of Samson, the man who defeated his enemies with a superhuman feat of strength. But it is such an unsavory story that we find ourselves leaving out certain details, for example, Samson's boasting, his visits to prostitutes, or his murderous rage. Even the man's prayers were selfish, focused as they were on his own desire for revenge rather than on God's glory.

Why would God, knowing the future, choose such a person to play such a role, even sending an angel to announce his birth? The question is not easily answered. But it is certainly true that Samson would have been a better man had he paid attention to the call God had placed on his life. Instead, he seems to have squandered the promise of his life by living it in a self-centered, self-directed way.

Ironically, the pattern of his life formed a vivid picture of Israel's own unfaithfulness during a period when it seemed incapable of resisting the allurement of foreign gods. And so the people God had set apart and called his own, the nation he intended to build up and make strong, grew progressively weaker in the land he had promised.

Samson's story reminds us of God's faithfulness, of his ability to deliver his people regardless of the circumstances and despite their sins. It also reminds us of what can happen when we allow ourselves to become attached to things and people, however enticing, that might end in our own self-destruction.

Reflect On: Judges 16:23–31
Praise God: For his sovereignty.
Offer Thanks: For God’s strength working within you.
Confess: Any promises you have made to God and not kept.
Ask God: To make you a person who is strong on the inside.

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Girlfriends in God - Hot or Cold

by Arlene Pellicane

Today’s Truth

So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth (Revelation 3:16, NIV).

Friend to Friend

I have a habit with my coffee that some of you will relate to. Others may be tempted to think less of me, but I will just have to risk that for the sake of this devotion.

I am a coffee re-heater. I take my morning cup of coffee and I nurse that same cup for hours. I take a few nice hot sips and set my mug down. Several minutes later, my coffee is lukewarm. It’s no longer good. I head to the microwave to make it hot again. I take a few sips and repeat this process a few more times throughout the morning.

Coffee’s good either hot or cold. There is no in-between. The example of lukewarm coffee can remind us of the importance of having a hot faith. You’re either an all-in Jesus follower or you’re not. Listen to the words written to the church of Laodicea in the Book of Revelation, “Because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

This example of lukewarm liquid would make a lot of sense to the Laodiceans. One of the city’s problems was a poor water supply, which made them very vulnerable to attack. If an enemy surrounded the city, they could easily cut off the water supply. The main supply came on a six-mile aqueduct from the hot springs of Hierapolis. By the time it flowed into Laodicea, it was lukewarm and uninviting.

Just like drinking lukewarm water is terribly unpleasant, so is being a lukewarm believer. This is a picture of apathy, indifference, or compromise. Being spiritually lukewarm is like being hot enough to make it to church most Sundays but cold enough to play down Christianity when it’s not convenient or profitable to you.

When you try to serve both God and world, you end up being rejected by both. The hot Christian is zealous for God, wanting to have an on-fire love for Him. This person is blessed. But why would God prefer someone to be cold than lukewarm as it says in verse 15 “I wish you were either one or the other”?

If someone is cold towards Christ, he or she may hit rock bottom and discover the need for Jesus. When we are away from God, that emptiness can drive us back to Him. But when we have just enough of Jesus to think everything is okay, yet we’re embracing much of the world, we are growing lukewarm and that’s a dangerous place to be.

I was in a café recently and the coffee served was lukewarm. I try to be a flexible person, but I figured I paid for that cup of coffee and I wanted it hot. I ended up using the microwave, not the classiest experience but at least my coffee was hot.

You know Jesus has paid the highest price for us. We don’t want to give Him a lukewarm life. May we burn brightly for Him, constantly stoking the fire of our faith to guard ourselves against lukewarm living.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, forgive me for being neither hot or cold sometimes. I want to be completely devoted to You. Give me an undivided heart that I may fear Your Name.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Would you describe your relationship with God as hot, cold or lukewarm?

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LHM Daily Devotion - "Before the Jewish Court"

While Peter is outside denying Jesus, the men holding Jesus in custody...

Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Before the Jewish Court"

April 7, 2017

When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. ...( Luke 22:66a, ESV).

Read Luke 22:63-71

While Peter is outside denying Jesus, the men holding Jesus in custody are mocking and beating Him. They blindfold Him, slap His face, and demand Him to tell them who had struck Him. Through all the abuse Jesus remains silent.

When day comes they lead Him before the Jewish high court. Then they challenge Him: "If You are the Christ, tell us."

Jesus knows they aren't interested in the truth; they only want a charge to level against Him. Pointing out their stubborn indifference He says, "If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I ask you, you will not answer." Then He answers their question with power and majesty, "From now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God."

Indeed, He is the Messiah, but He is not the earthly king they expect. He is the exalted Messiah of the Scriptures-the Son of God and Son of Man, who rules in power and glory from the Father's right hand in heaven. He is the God who will be their Judge on the Last Day.

To be clear, the court demands, "Are You the Son of God?"

Jesus answers, "You say that I am." His answer sounds evasive in our English, but not in Luke's Greek. Jesus affirms the words they have just spoken are true: He is the Son of God.

The Jewish high court condemns Jesus for claiming to be God's Son. But time is running short. Soon the city will be awake, and the dreaded crowds will return. They need Jesus on the cross before that happens. So they rush Him off to the Roman governor.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, despite their doubts and hostility, You fearlessly revealed the truth to the Jewish leaders. Give me faith to believe You are God's Son, ruling at His right hand. Amen

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Devociones de Cuaresma - Resistencia, carácter, esperanza

Devociones de Cuaresma  2017

Resistencia, carácter, esperanza

07 de Abril de 2017

Nos regocijamos en los sufrimientos, porque sabemos que los sufrimientos producen resistencia, la resistencia produce un carácter aprobado, y el carácter aprobado produce esperanza. Y esta esperanza no nos defrauda, porque Dios ha derramado su amor en nuestro corazón por el Espíritu Santo que nos ha dado. Romanos 5:3-5, RVC (5:1-5)

Tengo entendido que la riqueza es terreno fértil para las tentaciones, que el éxito puede llevar al orgullo y la arrogancia, y que la salud del cuerpo puede llevar al descuido del uso de la energía física. La riqueza, el éxito y la salud son regalos de Dios que pueden ser bien o mal usados. San Pablo nos habla de lo opuesto al éxito, la riqueza, y la salud. Pablo resume en la palabra "sufrimiento" el dolor, el luto, la burla, el desprecio, la soledad, como aspectos en nuestra vida de fe que reafirman nuestro carácter cristiano. Más aún, él se regocijaba en los sufrimientos porque estaba convencido que traían un sinnúmero de bendiciones temporales y eternas.

Pero no siempre hemos entendido esto así. El cristiano principiante piensa a veces que Dios le solucionará todas las cosas en la vida, pero Jesús, Pablo, y toda la Biblia dicen lo contrario. No estamos exentos del sufrimiento, como bien sabemos por experiencia. El paso adelante que Pablo nos indica es que aprendamos a encontrar gozo en el Señor en medio de los sufrimientos, así como Jesús pudo regocijarse en sus injustos sufrimientos sabiendo que su Padre lo resucitaría en forma gloriosa y la daría la victoria sobre todos los males, incluso la muerte.

La esperanza que Jesús nos da nos permite resistir el dolor, crecer en el carácter benigno y paciente, y esperar con gozo el cielo prometido.

Gracias, Padre, por estar a nuestro lado en los sufrimientos de esta vida. Ayúdanos a aferrarnos más y más a tu gracia, para que encontremos gozo y paz en medio del dolor. Amén

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Our Daily Bread - Godliman Street

“Look, in this town there is a man of God.” 1 Samuel 9:6

My wife, Carolyn, and I were walking in London and came across a road named Godliman Street. We were told that a man once lived there whose life was so saintly that his street became known as “that godly man’s street.” This reminded me of an Old Testament story.

Saul’s father sent his son and a servant to look for some donkeys that had wandered away. The young men searched for many days but couldn’t find the animals.

Saul was ready to give up and go home, but his servant pointed toward Ramah, the prophet Samuel’s village, and replied, “Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let’s go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take” (1 Sam. 9:6).

Throughout his years and into old age, Samuel had sought friendship and fellowship with God, and his words were weighty with truth. People knew him to be a prophet of the Lord. So Saul and his servant “set out for the town where the man of God was” (v. 10).

Oh, that our lives would so reflect Jesus that we would leave a mark on our neighborhoods, and that the memory of our godliness would linger on!

I'm not sure, Lord, how my neighbors would describe me. But I want to be close to You and to be a light in my corner of the world.

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Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Đường Người Tin Kính
Đọc: 1 Sa-mu-ên 9:1-10 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: 1 Sa-mu-ên 7-9; Lu-ca 9:18-36

“Kìa! Trong thành nầy có một người của Đức Chúa Trời.” 1 Sa-mu-ên 9:6

Vợ chồng tôi đang đi dạo trên đường phố Luân Đôn thì đi ngang qua một con đường tên là Đường Người Tin Kính. Chúng tôi được nghe kể rằng có một người từng sống ở đó rất thánh thiện đến mức con đường nơi ông ở được mọi người biết đến với cái tên “đường của ông thánh thiện.” Điều này nhắc tôi nhớ đến một câu chuyện trong Cựu Ước.

Cha của Sau-lơ bảo ông và một người đầy tớ đi tìm mấy con lừa lạc bầy. Hai người trẻ tuổi ấy tìm kiếm suốt nhiều ngày nhưng không thấy.

Sau-lơ quyết định bỏ cuộc về nhà, nhưng người đầy tớ của ông chỉ về hướng Ra-ma, ngôi làng của tiên tri Sa-mu-ên và trả lời: “Kìa! Trong thành nầy có một người của Đức Chúa Trời, là người rất được tôn trọng; tất cả những gì ông nói đều chắc chắn xảy ra. Vậy, chúng ta hãy đi đến đó, có lẽ ông ấy sẽ chỉ cho chúng ta con đường phải đi” (1 Sa-mu-ên 9:6).

Trong suốt những năm tháng đời mình và khi về già, Sa-mu-ên luôn nuôi dưỡng tình bạn và mối tương giao với Đức Chúa Trời, lời nói của ông có sức ảnh hưởng vì ông luôn nói lẽ thật. Người ta biết ông là tiên tri của Chúa. Vì thế, Sau-lơ và đầy tớ đã “đi đến thành có người của Đức Chúa Trời đang ở” (c.10).

Ồ, ước gì cuộc đời chúng ta cũng phản chiếu Chúa Jêsus, để lại tiếng tốt nơi mình sinh sống, và ước gì mọi người cứ nhớ mãi về đời sống tin kính của chúng ta!

Chúa ơi, con không biết những người lân cận sẽ nói về con ra sao. Nhưng con muốn được gần Ngài và là ánh sáng cho thế gian ở mọi nơi con sống.

Lời chứng mạnh mẽ nhất chính là một cuộc đời tin kính.

Nuestro Pan Diario - Calle Godliman
Leer: 1 Samuel 9:1-10 | La Biblia en un año: 1 Samuel 7–9; Lucas 9:18-36

… He aquí ahora hay en esta ciudad un varón de Dios… (v. 6).

Mi esposa y yo estábamos caminando por Londres, cuando llegamos a una calle llamada Godliman [Hombrepiadoso]. Nos dijeron que, una vez, allí vivió un hombre cuya vida era tan santa que su calle llegó a conocerse como «la calle de ese hombre piadoso». Esto me recordó una historia del Antiguo Testamento.

El padre de Saúl lo envió a él y a un criado a buscar unas asnas perdidas. Los jóvenes buscaron durante días, pero no pudieron encontrarlas.

Saúl estaba listo para rendirse y volver a su casa, pero su criado señaló hacia Ramá, el pueblo del profeta Samuel, y dijo: «He aquí ahora hay en esta ciudad un varón de Dios, que es hombre insigne; todo lo que él dice acontece sin falta. Vamos, pues, allá; quizá nos dará algún indicio acerca del objeto por el cual emprendimos nuestro camino» (1 Samuel 9:6).

Toda su vida, Samuel había buscado la amistad y la comunión con Dios, y sus palabras tenían el peso de la verdad. Lo conocían como un profeta del Señor. Entonces, Saúl y su siervo «fueron a la ciudad donde estaba el varón de Dios» (v. 10).

¡Que nuestras vidas puedan reflejar a Jesús de tal manera que dejemos huella en nuestros vecindarios, y que el recuerdo de nuestra piedad permanezca!

Señor, no sé cómo me describirían mis vecinos. Pero quiero estar cerca de ti y ser luz en mi rincón del mundo.

El testimonio más poderoso es una vida piadosa.

Unser Täglich Brot - Godliman-Straße
Lesen: 1.Samuel 9,1-10 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 1.Samuel 7–9; Lukas 9,18-36

Siehe, es ist ein berühmter Mann Gottes in dieser Stadt. 1.Samuel 9,6

Ich war mit meiner Frau in London unterwegs, als wir auf eine Straße stießen, die „Godliman Street“ hieß. Man erzählte uns, dass hier einmal ein Mann gelebt hat, der so fromm war, dass man die Straße die „Straße des frommen (godly) Mannes“ nannte. Mir fiel dazu eine Geschichte aus dem Alten Testament ein.

Sauls Vater schickte seinen Sohn und einen Knecht los, um ein paar Eselinnen zu suchen, die sich verirrt hatten. Die jungen Leute suchten mehrere Tage, konnten die Tiere aber nirgends finden.

Saul wollte schon aufgeben und umkehren, aber sein Knecht zeigte nach Rama, den Ort, an dem der Prophet Samuel wohnte, und sagte: „Siehe, es ist ein berühmter Mann Gottes in dieser Stadt; alles, was er sagt, trifft ein. Nun lass uns dahin gehen; vielleicht sagt er uns unsern Weg, den wir gehen sollen“ (1.Sam. 9,6).

Sein ganzes Leben bis ins hohe Alter hatte Samuel die Gemeinschaft mit Gott gesucht. Seine Worte hatten Gewicht. Die Leute wussten, dass er ein Prophet des Herrn war. Also machten sich Saul und sein Knecht auf den Weg „nach der Stadt, wo der Mann Gottes war“ (V.10).

Wie schön wäre es, wenn auch unser Leben so viel von Jesus widerspiegeln würde, dass unsere Nachbarn es merken und die Erinnerung an unseren Glauben wachbleiben würde!

Herr, ich bin mir nicht sicher, was meine Nachbarn über mich sagen würden. Aber ich möchte in deiner Nähe bleiben und an meinem Platz in der Welt ein Licht sein.

Das wirkungsvollste Zeugnis ist ein gottgefälliges Leben.

Notre Pain Quotidien - La rue Godliman
Lisez : 1 Samuel 9.1‑10 | La Bible en un an : 1 SAMUEL 7 – 9 et LUC 9.18‑36

Voici, il y a dans cette ville un homme de Dieu. V.6

Ma femme, Carolyn, et moi marchions dans Londres quand nous sommes tombés sur une rue portant le nom de Godliman (Homme pieux). On nous a dit qu’un homme y avait vécu une vie d’une telle sainteté que l’on avait fini par la connaître comme « la rue de l’homme pieux ». Or, cela m’a rappelé une histoire de l’Ancien Testament.

Le père de Saül avait envoyé son fils et un serviteur retrouver des ânes qui s’étaient égarés, mais ces jeunes hommes les avaient cherchés en vain pendant plusieurs jours.

Saül avait été sur le point d’abandonner les recherches pour rentrer chez lui quand son serviteur lui avait désigné du doigt Rama, le village natal du prophète Samuel, en lui déclarant : « Voici, il y a dans cette ville un homme de Dieu, et c’est un homme considéré ; tout ce qu’il dit ne manque pas d’arriver. Allons‑y donc ; peut‑être nous fera‑t‑il connaître le chemin que nous devons prendre » (1 S 9.6).

Tout au long de sa vie jusque dans la vieillesse, Samuel avait recherché l’amitié et la communion avec Dieu, et ses paroles étaient tout à fait véridiques. Les gens reconnaissaient en lui un prophète du Seigneur. Si bien que Saül et ses serviteurs « [s’étaient rendus] à la ville où était l’homme de Dieu » (V. 10).

Puisse notre vie refléter Jésus au point d’influencer notre quartier et que le souvenir de notre piété dure longtemps !

Il n’y a pas de témoignage plus puissant que celui d’une vie de piété.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Вулиця Благочестивого

Ось у цьому місті є чоловік Божий. — 1 Самуїлова 9:6

Ми з дружиною Кароліною прогулювались Лондоном і натикнулись на вулицю, що мала назву “Вулиця Благочестивого”. Нам розповіли, що колись там жив чоловік, життя якого було настільки святим, що вулицю, на якій він жив, почали називати “Вулиця Благочестивого”. Це нагадало мені одну старозавітну історію.

Батько відправив свого сина Саула та його слугу шукати ослів, що десь заблукали. Чимало днів обидва парубки витратили на пошуки, але не змогли знайти заблукалих тварин.

Саул був ладен здатися й припинити пошуки, але слуга, вказавши пальцем на Раму – місто, де жив пророк Самуїл, – сказав: “Ось у цьому місті є чоловік Божий, а той чоловік шанований. Усе, що він говорить, конче справджується. Тепер сходімо туди, може він покаже нам нашу дорогу, що нею ми пішли б” (1 Сам. 9:6).

Все своє життя аж до сивини Самуїл шукав дружби і близьких відносин з Богом. Тому його слова мали велику вагу і завжди були правдиві. Люди знали його як пророка Господня. Отже, Саул та його слуга пішли до того міста, де був чоловік Божий (1 Сам. 9:10).

Наше життя теж має так відображати Ісуса, щоб ми могли залишити після себе слід у тому місці, де живемо. Важливо, щоб після нас залишилась добра пам’ять про наше благочестиве життя!

Я не знаю, Господи, як мене сприймають мої сусіди, але хотів би бути ближчим до Тебе, щоб бути світлом у тому куточку, де живу.

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Найбільш ефективне свідоцтво – благочестиве життя.

Хлеб наш насущный - Улица Благочестивого
Читать сейчас: 1 Царств 9:1-10 | Библия за год: 1 Царств 7-9; Луки 9:18-36

Вот в этом городе есть человек Божий. — 1 Царств 9:6

Мы с моей женой Кэролин гуляли по Лондону и набрели на улицу, которая называлась улица Благочестивого. Нам рассказали, что когда-то давно здесь жил человек, чья жизнь был настолько святой, что эта улица стала известна как улица Благочестивого. Это напомнило мне ветхозаветное повествование о Самуиле.

Отец Саула послал сына в сопровождении слуги поискать заблудившихся ослиц. Молодые люди несколько дней искали животных, но так и не нашли.

Саул уже собирался отправиться домой, как слуга указал на Раму, деревню пророка Самуила, и сказал: «Вот в этом городе есть человек Божий, человек уважаемый; все, что он ни скажет, сбывается; сходим теперь туда; может быть, он укажет нам путь наш, по которому нам идти» (1 Цар. 9:6).

С юных лет и до седины Самуил искал общения с Богом, и его слова были полны истины. Люди знали, что он – пророк Господа. Поэтому Саул и слуга «пошли в город, где человек Божий» (1 Цар. 9:10).

О, если бы и наши жизни так отражали характер Христа, чтобы оставить подобный добрый след среди знающих нас и чтобы память о нашем благочестии сохранилась надолго!

Я не знаю, Боже, как мои соседи охарактеризуют меня. Но я хочу быть ближе к Тебе и быть светом там, где нахожусь.

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