Monday, April 10, 2017

The Daily Readings for MONDAY, April 10, 2017 - Holy Monday

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Isaiah 42:1-9

Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.


Psalm 36:5-11
5   Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, and your faithfulness to the clouds.
6   Your righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like the great deep; you save both man and beast, O LORD.
7   How priceless is your love, O God! your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
8   They feast upon the abundance of your house; you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9   For with you is the well of life, and in your light we see light.
10   Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, and your favor to those who are true of heart.
11   Let not the foot of the proud come near me, nor the hand of the wicked push me aside.

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Hebrews 9:11-15

But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God! For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, because a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in John 12:1-11

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?" (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me." When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

Collect of the Day

Almighty God, whose dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other that the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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Verse of the Day - April 10, 2017

Romans 5:6-8 (NIV) You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - Easter Brings Hope

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live."
John 11:25 (NKJV)

Easter is not about brightly colored eggs, wearing pastels, or enjoying a big meal, although it could include these. Easter is about the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For some, Easter will be a great day, spent surrounded by family and friends. But for others, it will be a sad day, because Easter is a reminder of a loved one who has died and is now desperately missed.

Death seems so cruel, so harsh, and so final. That is what the disciples were feeling when they saw their Lord, whom they had left everything to follow, hanging on the cross. They were devastated. Death had crushed them. But if they would have gone back in their memories, they would have recalled an important event and statement Jesus had made.

They would have remembered Jesus standing at the tomb of His close friend Lazarus. They would have remembered that Jesus did something completely unexpected: He wept (see John 11:35). Jesus wept, because He knew that death was not part of God’s original plan. Humanity was not meant to grow old, to suffer with disease, or to die. But because of the sin of Adam and Eve, sin entered the human race, and death followed with it. And death spread to all of us. Jesus wept, because it broke His heart.

But standing there at Lazarus’ tomb, Jesus also delivered these hope-filled words: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25). Death is not the end. And the Resurrection of Jesus Christ proves it.

If you have put your faith in Christ, then Easter means that you will live forever in the presence of God. Easter brings hope to the person who has been devastated by death.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - La soledad es mala compañía

Alma mía, en Dios solamente reposa, porque de él es mi esperanza. Él solamente es mi roca y mi salvación.
Salmo 62:5-6, RV-60

La soledad no es el mejor aliado de nadie, sino que es un senti-miento desagradable. Podría atreverme a decir que todos la hemos sentido en alguna etapa de nuestras vidas.

En Estados Unidos, donde vivo, es muy común vivir esa soledad de una manera prolongada, pues no todo el mundo tiene el privilegio de vivir aquí con sus familias y la soledad nos golpea duro.

A mi llegada a este país, tuve la experiencia de no tener en el día alguien con quien hablar.

No salía a parte alguna porque todo me era desconocido y ni siquiera tenía transporte.

Así que pasaba horas de horas en un apartamentito compuesto de un cuarto grande, con una cocina diminuta, un baño, una cama… ¡y ya!

Fue una etapa dura, pero permitió que hoy valore y aprecie mucho lo que Dios me ha permitido hacer. Te puedo decir que son etapas que vivimos que nos ayudan a madurar, a crecer y a valorar lo que quizá nunca antes le diéramos importancia.

Sin embargo, cuando empecé mi caminar en Cristo, no volví a experimentar esa horrible sensación de soledad. A pesar de que he pasado momentos de crisis, ya veo las cosas de otra manera. Ahora puedo decir con franqueza que Dios es el único que llena todo vacío y es el que colma de felicidad nuestra vida.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - GOD’S PROMISES ARE STRONGER THAN FEAR

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

“Two days ago the police raided our house. They took away all the Bibles and Christian books that we had in the house,” says Lazar, a church leader in Uzbekistan. The roots of communism seem not to have withered yet. Uzbek Christians are balancing between fear of surveillance, intimidation and imprisonment and faith in God’s promises.

The penalty which Lazar may receive for possession of the “illegal books” he had in his house is a prison sentence of fifteen days or a hefty fine.

“I would prefer a prison sentence,” says Lazar. He knows comparable cases when fines equivalent to over a year’s salary were imposed. Leila, his wife seems bewildered by her husband’s response. “I don’t want you to go to prison,” she responds.

Lazar counters, “The Pharisees persecuted Jesus, but still He went on with His work. The evening after the raid, I read Psalm 91. God is my refuge and my strength. I can hide in Him. I don’t want to allow myself to be governed by fear, because that doesn’t help you at all. After my arrest, one of the neighbours telephoned me. ‘Lazar,’ he said, ‘we’ve packed our things and we’re ready to leave for Moscow. Should we go?’”

Lazar can understand this, but he resolutely teaches his church members to take a different approach. “We must oppose people who are sowing fear. God’s promises are stronger,” he emphasises. “We have difficulties, but we believe that God is with us and that His promises are stronger than fear.”

Still this fear may suddenly take a grip on you if you’re in the middle of a situation of direct persecution. A few days later Lazar suddenly says, “I’m leaving the city tonight. My lawyer has advised us to take a break. It may be the case that another raid is conducted on our home. We can’t cope with this now and so we’re leaving. Please pray for me and my family.”

In the space of a few days Lazar struggles with the horribly hard hand of the regime and with the values of his faith. He’s balancing between fear and faith. Pray that the fear which the government is trying to sow shall not take root in his heart.

A few weeks later, Lazar reports that he and his family are back at home. But the problems are not over. Legal proceedings have been taken against him and he has been threatened with death by the authorities. 

RESPONSE: Today I will boldly affirm that God is with me and His promises are stronger than fear!

PRAYER: Pray for Christians like Lazar and Leila who are on the teeter-totter between fear and faith. Pray that Satan’s tactic of fear will not take root in their hearts.

Women of the Bible - Naomi

Her name means: "My Joy" or "Pleasant"

Her character: Suffering a threefold tragedy, Naomi refused to hide Her Sorrow or bitterness. Believing in God's sovereignty, she attributed her suffering to his will. But her fixation on circumstances, both past and present, led to hopelessness. A kind and loving mother-in-law, she inspired unusual love and loyalty in her daughters-in-law.
Her sorrow: To have lost a husband and two sons in a foreign land, far from family and friends.
Her joy: To have returned safely to Bethlehem with her daughter-in-law Ruth, who would eventually rekindle her happiness and hope.
Key Scriptures: Ruth 1; 4:13-17

Her Story

She stood like an old tree twisted against the sky. Though Naomi could see for miles from her vantage point high on the road that led from Moab to Judah, she could glimpse nothing at all of her future. She thought about robbers, rumored on the road ahead. What more, she wondered, could possibly be taken from her? Her thoughts strayed to the past.

Moses, she knew, had been buried somewhere in these mountains. But his people and hers had moved west into Canaan centuries earlier. Would she, too, be left behind, prevented from ever seeing her kinsfolk again? Was God so displeased with her?

Ten years ago, she and her husband, Elimelech, had lived happily in Bethlehem. But the city whose name meant "house of bread" suddenly had none, so they had migrated to the highlands of Moab to escape the famine. Then Elimelech had died and her sons had married Moabite women, whose race had descended from Abraham's nephew, Lot. Plenty of women lost their husbands. Like them, she would find a way to survive. But then she had suffered the worst grief a mother could—outliving her own children.

Now Ruth and Orpah, her daughters-in-law, were the only kin she had in Moab. Loving them tenderly, she felt their widowhood as a double grief. Together they had cried and comforted each other. The three women finally decided to leave Moab for Bethlehem. But once on the road, Naomi's misgivings outran her craving for companionship. It wasn't right for young women to forsake their families and friends for so uncertain a future. What chance would they, widows and strangers, have in Bethlehem, even now that the famine had run its course?

"Go back, each of you, to your mother's home," she told them. "May the Lord show kindness to you, as you have shown to your dead and to me. May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband."

But Orpah and Ruth insisted, "We will go back with you to your people."

"Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons—would you wait until they grew up?"

The three women embraced, tears streaking their cheeks. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye. But Ruth clutched Naomi and whispered fiercely, "Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me."

The old woman's stubbornness was no match for the younger woman's love. And so Naomi and Ruth continued on to Bethlehem. After so long an absence, Naomi's return created a great commotion in the town, and all the women welcomed her, saying, "Can this be Naomi?"

"Don't call me Naomi," she told them. "Call me Mara [meaning 'bitter'], because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me."

Naomi could not see past her suffering. Like many of us, she may have felt as though her tragedies were punishment for her sins. Yet had she known the blessings in store, she might not have felt so hopeless. Instead, she may have compared herself to the tree that Job so graciously describes:
At least there is hope for a tree:
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots will not fail.
Its roots may grow old in the ground
and its stump die in the soil,
yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put forth shoots like a plant.
- Job 14:7-9
Though she didn't know it, the scent of water was in the air. Naomi's life was beginning again, her story still unfolding.

Her Promise

God's faithfulness to restore to fullness an empty life is revealed more in this story of Naomi than in any other biblical account. The famine and hunger that drove Naomi and her husband and sons away from Bethlehem are finally replaced with full harvests and bread baked from grain gleaned in the fields. The anguish of losing her husband and sons is replaced with the loving care and concern of her daughter-in-law Ruth, who is "better to [Naomi] than seven sons" (Ruth 4:15). And Naomi's empty mother-arms are filled with the son of Boaz and Ruth. She is no absent grandmother; the Scriptures say Naomi took Obed and "laid him in her lap and cared for him" (Ruth 4:16). (We'll hear more about this grandson in the next chapter.)

Like Naomi, we may have trouble recognizing God's goodness and his faithfulness at times. But he is still with us no matter the circumstances.

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Girlfriends in God - I Hear You!

by Mary Southerland

Today’s Truth

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak … (James 1:19, NIV).

Friend to Friend

Every relationship begins with listening. Listening is hard work and something we are not prone to do. I tend to use listening time as time to prepare the eloquent things I am going to say when the other person stops talking.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt got tired of smiling that big smile he was known for and saying the usual things he said at the White House receptions. One evening he decided to find out if anyone was really listening to what he was saying. As each person came up to him to shake his hand, he flashed his big smile and said, "I murdered my grandmother this morning." People automatically responded with comments such as "How lovely" or "Keep up the great work, Mr. President." Nobody listened to what he was saying except for one foreign diplomat. When the president said, "I murdered my grandmother this morning," the diplomat softly responded, “I’m sure she had it coming, Mr. President.”

There is a reason God created us with two ears and one mouth. We need to listen twice as much as we speak. Listening should always take precedence over speaking.

Proverbs 18:13 (NIV) “To answer before listening – that is folly and shame.”

Listening is the first step we should take to act out Scriptural truth. Jesus modeled this principle in a powerful way. If anyone had all the answers … if anyone had the right to do all the talking … it was Jesus. But if you read the gospels, you will find His conversations were always saturated with questions.

Remember when Jesus was just a boy and was accidentally left behind by His parents when they went to Jerusalem for Passover? Where was He found? In the temple.

“After three days they found Him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions” (Luke 2:46).

Jesus knew how to ask questions.

In the gospel of Mark there are 67 conversations. In those 67 conversations, Jesus asked 50 questions. Jesus asked questions … and then He listened.


People listen to people who listen.

Jesus had way of listening to people that reached into their heart and soul. Jesus knew how to prime the pump. When we take the time to ask questions and then really listen to the answers people give, we are priming the pump of their hearts. What is inside will come pouring out.

Listening doesn’t require that we fix anything or even that we arrive at a solution. Listening sends the message, “I’m here for you. I want to understand your pain. I’m willing to share your pain.”

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about unless you are willing to listen.

When our two children were young, we had a set bedtime routine. After dinner, they played for about an hour before taking a bath and brushing their teeth. I then asked them to choose a book to read before going to sleep. We would then snuggle under a blanket while reading the book. We all prayed together and I tucked them in. Ba-da-beem. Ba-da-boom. Right? In a perfect world, maybe, but we all know this world is far from perfect.

One night, Dan was out of town and needed to study, so I was trying to hurry up the bedtime routine. Our son was easy, but our daughter – not so much. When I walked into her room and lay down beside her on her bed, she took one look at me and immediately turned away. “Honey, what’s wrong?” I asked. Nothing. “Danna, please talk to me,” I persisted. She finally turned back to me and said, “You’re not here, Mama.” I was incredulous. “Honey, I am right here. Ready to read a book with you and tuck you in.” Danna turned back to me and softly but surely drove home the truth, “Mama, you’re not here on the inside.”

I run headlong through each twenty-four hours from the minute my feet hit the floor until I crawl into bed each night. It is in those quiet moments before sleep that I hear Him ask, “Did you make a difference today? Did you recognize that “intruder” or “interruption” as a divine appointment from Me instead of an inconvenience?

Jesus would have done things differently. With every breath, He was aware of the hurting and wounded, pursuing the broken people instead of avoiding them. Jesus carefully and deliberately invested every moment of His time on earth. He listened then … and He listens now. And there has never been a life that has made such a difference or mattered so much!

Let’s Pray

Father, I know I miss so many chances to truly listen to those people You place in my life. Forgive me for not taking the time to genuinely listen to them. Forgive me for being selfish and self-centered. Break my heart for the hurting people around me. Help me learn to listen to others in the same way You listen to me.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Be honest. Are you a good listener? If not … why? Is it because you are more concerned about yourself than the person who is speaking? Is it because you are too busy to really listen? Ask the Father to make you someone who really listens.

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LHM Daily Devotion - "Back to Pilate"

Pilate has examined Jesus and found no crime based on the charges made...

Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Back to Pilate"

April 10, 2017

... Then, arraying Him in splendid clothing, he sent Him back to Pilate. (Luke 23:11b, ESV)

Read Luke 23:13-25

Pilate has examined Jesus and found no crime based on the charges made against Him. This was also the case with Herod or he would have condemned Him. Again, Jesus should be set free immediately. Instead, however, Pilate proposes a solution, "I will therefore punish and release Him."

Perhaps Pilate thinks he is offering the Jewish leaders a way to save face before their people. They surely wouldn't want him to release Jesus and publicly humiliate them, would they? But seeing Pilate back down from his verdict, the priests know they need to stand their ground, and Pilate will eventually surrender Jesus.

Pilate's punishment for Jesus was the brutal Roman scourging. It used whips with pieces of bone or lead fastened to the tips. After this horrific violence, Pilate honors a custom, giving the crowds their choice of two criminals. He offers them a severely abused Jesus or the most dangerous criminal in prison: Barabbas. Pilate may not realize it, but he has lowered Jesus to the status of a criminal, thus making it easier for the Jewish leaders and the crowds to call for His death. The Jewish leaders convince the Jews to demand Barabbas' release and Jesus' crucifixion.

For a third time Pilate asks what terrible thing this Man has done? The judge is now pleading with the people; he has totally lost control of this trial. The crowds increasingly demand Jesus' crucifixion. Their voices prevail over Pilate's sense of justice. He orders Barabbas released, and Jesus is to be handed over to their will.

Jesus' prophecy about His passion has been accomplished: Judas handed Jesus over to His Jewish enemies; the Jews handed Jesus over to Pilate, and Pilate now hands Jesus over to the crowds that are demanding His crucifixion.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, Pilate watched Your trial spiral out of control. Help me see that You were in complete control, winning my salvation by Your innocent suffering and death. Amen

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Devociones de Cuaresma - Limpieza total

Devociones de Cuaresma  2017

Limpieza total

10 de Abril de 2017

Lunes de Semana Santa

Después de mirar todo a su alrededor, se fue a Betania con los doce, pues ya estaba anocheciendo. Marcos 11:11, RVC (1-11)

¿Se habrán desilusionado aquellos que entraron con Jesús a Jerusalén y lo acompañaron al templo? Porque fue una gran entrada, pero, aparentemente, nada más que eso. A simple vista, pareciera que ese domingo Jesús no hizo nada. Sólo entró, observó todo, y luego se fue porque estaba oscureciendo.

Ese domingo Jesús vio muchas cosas. Vio personas orando, aprendiendo, haciendo sociales, comprando y vendiendo animales para el sacrificio, cambiando dinero. Vio personas enterándose de las noticias que traían los visitantes que venían del extranjero. Seguramente también vio y sintió cómo algunos tramaban cosas diabólicas, y cómo los jefes de los sacerdotes y los fariseos lo miraban con recelo y maquinaban atraparlo para deshacerse de él.

Pero Jesús no se apuró. Había muchas cosas que arreglar en la 'casa de su Padre' -así es como Jesús llamaba al templo-. Como ese día ya no quedaba mucho tiempo, Jesús se retira y se va a la casa de sus amigos en Betania, donde hay gran alegría porque todavía estaban festejando la resurrección de Lázaro. Seguramente allí compartió con ellos las cosas que había visto. Seguramente también oró y meditó en todo lo que estaba pasando, y planeó las actividades para el día siguiente, cuando echó a los usureros y ladrones que esquilmaban a las personas que iban al templo a adorar a Dios.

¿Cómo está el templo de tu corazón? Cualquiera sea el estado en el que se encuentre tu corazón, recuerda que Jesús quiere entrar en él. Para eso vino al mundo: para entrar, limpiar, y ocupar tu corazón. Su venida no tuvo ningún otro propósito, sino el de entrar en tu corazón para llenarlo de paz, para habitar en él, y para llevarte al cielo.

Gracias, Padre, porque enviaste a Jesús a limpiar nuestro corazón con su propia sangre. Amén

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Our Daily Bread - Our Best Friend

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12

When I was twelve years old our family moved to a town in the desert. After gym classes in the hot air at my new school, we rushed for the drinking fountain. Being skinny and young for my grade, I sometimes got pushed out of the way while waiting in line. One day my friend Jose, who was big and strong for his age, saw this happening. He stepped in and stuck out a strong arm to clear my way. “Hey!” he exclaimed, “You let Banks get a drink first!” I never had trouble at the drinking fountain again.

Jesus understood what it was like to face the ultimate unkindness of others. The Bible tells us, “He was despised and rejected by mankind” (Isa. 53:3). But Jesus was not just a victim of suffering, He also became our advocate. By giving His life, Jesus opened a “new and living way” for us to enter into a relationship with God (Heb. 10:20). He did for us what we could never do for ourselves, offering us the free gift of salvation when we repent of our sins and trust in Him.

Jesus is the best friend we could ever have. He said, “Whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37). Others may hold us at arm’s length or even push us away, but God has opened His arms to us through the cross. How strong is our Savior!

Love’s redeeming work is done, fought the fight, the battle won. Death in vain forbids him rise; Christ has opened paradise. Charles Wesley

God’s free gift to us cost Him dearly.

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Người Bạn Tốt Nhất
Đọc: Hê-bơ-rơ 10:19-23 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: 1 Sa-mu-ên 15-16; Lu-ca 10:25-42

Nhưng bất cứ ai tiếp nhận Ngài, tức là tin danh Ngài, thì Ngài ban cho họ quyền trở nên con của Đức Chúa Trời. Giăng 1:12

Khi tôi được 12 tuổi, gia đình tôi chuyển đến sống tại một thị trấn trong vùng sa mạc. Sau khi học môn thể dục trong không khí oi ả tại trường mới, chúng tôi chạy ào ra vòi nước uống. Vốn gầy gò và nhỏ tuổi hơn so với các bạn cùng lớp, thỉnh thoảng tôi bị xô ra khỏi hàng khi đứng đợi đến lượt uống nước. Một ngày nọ, Jose, người bạn trông to con khỏe mạnh hơn so với tuổi, thấy chuyện này xảy ra. Cậu ấy bước tới và dang cánh tay to khỏe ra để mở đường cho tôi. “Ê!”, cậu ấy la lên: “Để Banks uống trước đi!” Kể từ đó, tôi không bao giờ gặp phiền phức khi đi uống nước ở đó nữa.

Chúa Jêsus hiểu cảm giác đối diện với sự tàn nhẫn cùng cực của người khác là như thế nào. Kinh Thánh cho chúng ta biết: “Người đã bị người ta khinh rẻ và chối bỏ” (Ê-sai 53:3). Nhưng Chúa Jêsus không chỉ là nạn nhân của sự đau khổ, Ngài còn trở thành người bênh vực chúng ta. Qua việc phó mạng sống mình, Chúa Jêsus mở ra một “con đường mới và sống” cho chúng ta bước vào mối quan hệ với Đức Chúa Trời (Hê-bơ-rơ 10:20). Ngài làm cho chúng ta điều chúng ta không thể tự làm cho mình, ban cho chúng ta món quà cứu rỗi miễn phí khi chúng ta ăn năn tội và đặt niềm tin nơi Ngài.

Chúa Jêsus là người bạn tốt nhất mà chúng ta có được. Ngài phán: “Ai đến với Ta, Ta sẽ không bỏ ra ngoài đâu” (Giăng 6:37). Người khác có thể xa lánh chúng ta hoặc thậm chí hắt hủi chúng ta, nhưng qua thập tự giá, Chúa mở rộng vòng tay chào đón chúng ta. Đấng Cứu Thế của chúng ta mạnh sức dường bao!

Công tác cứu chuộc của tình yêu đã hoàn tất, đã chiến đấu và chiến thắng. Sự chết vùng dậy trong vô vọng; Đấng Christ đã mở cánh cửa thiên đàng. Charles Wesley

Đức Chúa Trời đã phải trả giá đắt để ban món quà miễn phí cho chúng ta.

Nuestro Pan Diario - Nuestro mejor Amigo
Leer: Hebreos 10:19-23 | La Biblia en un año: 1 Samuel 15–16; Lucas 10:25-42

Mas a todos los que le recibieron […], les dio potestad de ser hechos hijos de Dios (Juan 1:12).

Cuando tenía doce años, mi familia se mudó a una ciudad en el desierto. Después de la clase de gimnasia, en medio del calor, salíamos corriendo a tomar agua. Como era delgado y pequeño, a veces, me empujaban para adelantarse a tomar agua. Un día, mi amigo José, que era grande y fuerte, vio lo que me sucedía. Estiró su brazo y exclamó: «¡Oigan! ¡Dejen que Banks beba primero!». Nunca volví a tener problemas en el bebedero.

Jesús entendía lo que es enfrentar el maltrato extremo. La Biblia muestra que fue «despreciado y desechado entre los hombres» (Isaías 53:3). Pero Jesús no fue solo una víctima, sino que se transformó en nuestro defensor. Al entregar su vida, abrió un «camino nuevo y vivo» para relacionarnos con Dios (Hebreos 10:20). Hizo por nosotros lo que jamás podríamos haber logrado solos, al ofrecernos el regalo de la salvación si nos arrepentimos de pecado y confiamos en Él.

Jesús es el mejor amigo que podríamos tener. Él dijo: «al que a mí viene, no le echo fuera» (Juan 6:37). Otros quizá nos hayan rechazado o incluso empujado, pero Dios nos abrió los brazos a través de la cruz. ¡Qué fuerte es nuestro Salvador!

«La obra redentora del amor se cumplió; peleada está la guerra; ganada la batalla. En vano la muerte le prohíbe levantarse; Cristo ya abrió el paraíso». Charles Wesley

El regalo de Dios tuvo un alto precio para Él.

Unser Täglich Brot - Unser bester Freund
Lesen: Hebräer 10,19-23 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 1.Samuel 15–16; Lukas 10,25-42

Wie viele ihn aber aufnahmen, denen gab er Macht, Gottes Kinder zu werden. Johannes 1,12

Als ich zwölf Jahre alt war, zog unsere Familie in eine Stadt in der Wüste. Dort war es sehr heiß. Nach dem Sportunterricht an der neuen Schule rannten wir alle sofort zum nächsten Wasserspender. Da ich sehr schmal und für mein Alter eher klein war, wurde ich beim Anstehen manchmal zur Seite geschubst. Eines Tages fiel das meinem Freund Jose auf, der für sein Alter sehr groß und stark war. Er kam herbei und bahnte mir mit seinen kräftigen Armen den Weg. „He!“, rief er, „lasst Banks mal als Ersten ran!“ Danach hatte ich nie wieder Probleme.

Jesus wusste, was es bedeutet, von anderen fertig gemacht zu werden. Die Bibel berichtet: „Er war der Allerverachtetste und Unwerteste“ (Jes. 53,3). Aber Jesus war nicht nur Opfer, er wurde auch unser Fürsprecher. Indem er sein Leben hingab, tat er uns einen „neuen und lebendigen Weg“ auf, um mit Gott in Beziehung zu kommen (Hebr. 10,20). Er tat für uns, was wir selbst nie hätten tun können. Er bietet uns das Geschenk der Erlösung an, wenn wir unsere Sünde bereuen und ihm vertrauen.

Jesus ist der beste Freund, den wir je haben können. Er hat gesagt: „Wer zu mir kommt, den werde ich nicht hinausstoßen“ (Joh. 6,37). Andere mögen auf Armes Länge Abstand von uns halten oder uns sogar wegschubsen. Gott aber hat am Kreuz seine Arme für uns ausgebreitet. Wie stark ist unser Erlöser!

Der starke Gottessohn zerbrach der Sünde Macht. Als er das Werk vollbracht, bestieg er seinen Thron. Charles Wesley

Gottes Geschenk an uns hat ihn sein Liebstes gekostet.

Notre Pain Quotidien - Notre meilleur ami
Lisez : Hébreux 10.19‑23 | La Bible en un an : 1 SAMUEL 15 – 16 et LUC 10.25‑42

Mais à tous ceux qui l'ont reçue [Jésus, la Parole faite chair], à ceux qui croient en son nom, elle a donné le pouvoir de devenir enfants de Dieu. Jean 1.12

Lorsque j’avais douze ans, ma famille a déménagé dans une ville du désert. À ma nouvelle école, après mes cours d’éducation physique donnés sous un soleil de plomb, nous courrions nous désaltérer à la fontaine. Étant maigre et plus jeune que mes compagnons de classe, je me faisais parfois pousser à l’écart de la file d’attente. Un jour, mon ami Jose, qui était gros et grand pour son âge, en a été témoin. Il s’en est mêlé et m’a frayé un passage jusqu’à la fontaine à la force de son bras, en déclarant : « Hé ! Vous allez laisser Banks boire le premier ! » Or, je n’ai plus jamais eu de difficulté à boire à la fontaine par la suite.

Jésus savait ce que c’était que de subir la méchanceté pure des gens, car la Bible nous dit qu’il a été « [méprisé] et abandonné des hommes » (ÉS 53.3). Par contre, Jésus n’a pas simplement été une victime, mais encore il est devenu notre Avocat. En donnant sa vie pour nous, Jésus nous a ouvert une « route nouvelle et vivante » afin que nous entrions en relation avec Dieu (HÉ 10.20). Il a fait pour nous ce que nous n’aurions jamais pu faire pour nous‑mêmes, en nous faisant don du salut lorsque nous nous repentons de nos péchés et que nous mettons notre foi en lui.

Jésus, le meilleur ami qui soit, a dit : « [Je] ne mettrai pas dehors celui qui vient à moi » (JN 6.37). Il se peut que les autres nous tiennent à distance ou nous poussent même à l’écart, mais Dieu nous a ouvert les bras à la croix. Combien notre Sauveur est puissant !

Dieu a payé le prix fort pour le cadeau qu’il nous a fait.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Найкращий Друг

А всім, що Його прийняли, їм владу дало дітьми Божими стати, тим, що вірять у Ймення Його. — Івана 1:12

Коли мені було 12 років, моя сім’я переїхала до містечка, що було розташоване в пустелі. Після занять фізкультурою на розпеченому повітрі ми зазвичай бігли до питного фонтанчика. Я був худорлявим, виглядав молодшим за свій вік, тому мене часто виштовхували з черги. Одного дня це побачив мій друг Хосе – кремезний і завеликий для свого віку хлопець. Він вийшов з черги і міцною рукою розчистив для мене шлях. “Ей! – вигукнув він. – Нехай спочатку поп’є Бенкс!” З тих пір я ніколи не мав проблем з водою.

Ісус пізнав на власному досвіді, що таке прояв найбільшої людської злоби. Біблія засвідчує: “Він погорджений був, Його люди покинули” (Іс. 53:3). Але Ісус не просто був жертвою страждань. Він став нашим заступником. Віддавши Своє життя, Він проклав “нову й живу дорогу” близьких стосунків із Богом (Євр. 10:20). Він зробив для нас те, чого б ми ніколи не зробили самі. І тепер пропонує усім вільний дар спасіння, якщо каємося в гріхах і покладаємося вірою на Нього.

Ісус є найкращий Друг з усіх можливих друзів. Він сказав: “Хто до Мене приходить, Я не вижену геть” (Ів. 6:37). Люди можуть тримати нас на відстані простягнутої руки і навіть відштовхувати нас. Але Бог відкриває нам Свої обійми через хрест Ісуса. Який вірний та сильний є наш Спаситель!

Свій труд завершив Він, я знаю. Його любов перемогла. Відкрив Спаситель двері раю. Завадити смерть не змогла. — Чарльз Веслі

Ісус даром дає спасіння, яке коштувало Йому дуже дорого.

Хлеб наш насущный - Лучший Друг
Читать сейчас: Евреям 10:19-23 | Библия за год: 1 Царств 15-16; Луки 10:25-42

Тем, которые приняли Его, верующим во имя Его, дал власть быть детьми Божиими. — Иоанна 1:12

Когда мне было двенадцать лет, наша семья переехала в город, находящийся в пустыне. После занятий в спортзале в моей новой школе мы выстраивались в очередь к питьевому фонтанчику. Я был моложе своих одноклассников, кроме того, еще и тощим, поэтому из очереди меня часто выталкивали. Однажды мой друг Хосе, большой и сильный парень, увидел это. Он тут же вступился и одной рукой расчистил мне путь. «Эй, вы, – крикнул он, – Бэнкс будет пить первым!» После этого проблем с фонтанчиком не возникало.

Иисус понимал, что такое обиды и притеснения. В Библии говорится: «Он был презрен и умален пред людьми» (Ис. 53:3). Но Иисус не был просто жертвой, Он еще стал и нашим заступником. Отдав Свою жизнь, Господь открыл нам новый и живой путь (Евр. 10:20). Он совершил для нас то, чего мы никогда не смогли бы сделать сами, одарив спасением всех, кто покаялся в своих грехах и доверился Ему.

Иисус – лучший Друг из всех, которые могут быть. Он сказал: «Приходящего ко Мне не изгоню вон» (Ин. 6:37). Люди могут держать нас на расстоянии, а то и вовсе прогнать, но Бог открыл нам объятия через крест. Как велик наш Спаситель!

Спасительный труд совершен, Священный исполнен закон. Гробница Иисуса пуста, Распахнуты рая врата. — Чарльз Уэсли

Дар спасения стоил Богу невообразимо дорого.