Friday, April 21, 2017

The Daily Readings for FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 - Easter Friday

Morning Prayer

O God:
Give me strength to live another day;
Let me not turn coward before its difficulties or prove recreant to its duties;
Let me not lose faith in other people;
Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, or meanness;
Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them;
Help me to keep my heart clean, and to live so honestly and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten me or take away the joy of conscious integrity;
Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things;
Grant me this day some new vision of thy truth;
Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness;
and make me the cup of strength to suffering souls;
in the name of the strong Deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen

The Introit

Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Daniel 12:1-4, 12:13-13

"At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniel, keep the words secret and the book sealed until the time of the end. Many shall be running back and forth, and evil shall increase." But you, go your way, and rest; you shall rise for your reward at the end of the days."


Psalm 118:19-24
19   Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the LORD.
20   This is the gate of the LORD; he who is righteous may enter.
21   I will give thanks to you, for you answered me and have become my salvation.
22   The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
23   This is the LORD'S doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24   On this day the LORD has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Acts 4:1-12

While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who heard the word believed; and they numbered about five thousand. The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, "By what power or by what name did you do this?" Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is 'the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.' There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved."

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in John 21:1-14

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, you have no fish, have you?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, "Who are you?" because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

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

Prayer of the Day

Almighty Father, who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

A Prayer for Fridays

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 our Lord. Amen

A Prayer for Mission

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia!
Thanks be to God! Alleluia, alleluia!

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen

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Prayer of the Day for FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 - Easter Friday

Almighty Father, who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Verse of the Day - April 21, 2017 - Easter Friday

John 10:28-30 (NIV) I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Go Tell Peter"

But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.
Mark 16:7 (NKJV)

Perhaps the most notable of Jesus’ resurrection appearances is when He met Simon Peter. We all know how Peter denied and deserted the Lord. Peter was devastated by his own unfaithfulness; and he really needed encouragement.

The last sight Peter had of his Lord was as Jesus was taken away for trial. Poor Peter, his world came crashing in on him. He had so many regrets. He was never even able to tell the Lord he was sorry.

But the Resurrection of Jesus changed all of that. Peter heard the incredible message, “But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you” (Mark 16:7).

Isn’t that amazing? Here is the Lord directly responding to the doubts, fears, and regrets of one of His followers. The message was not, “Go tell the disciples and James He is risen." Or, "Go tell the disciples and John He is risen." Or, "Tell the disciples and Matthew He is risen." No, it was, "Tell the disciples and Peter He is risen."

More than the rest of the disciples, Peter needed reassurance. His risen Lord knew that, and knew how to restore his faith.

In Jesus,
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Un Dia a la Vez - Honremos a los pastores

En fin, que conozcan ese amor que sobrepasa nuestro conocimiento, para que sean llenos de la plenitud de Dios.
Efesios 3:19, NVI

Los pastores son una tremenda bendición. Muchos dan de su vida y tiempo por sus ovejas. Son tan entregados a la causa, que a veces dejan para el final las necesidades de sus familias y las suyas propias. Ponen como prioridad la atención a los demás. Varios se han preguntado si ese trabajo vale la pena. Tanto sacrificio, no vivir los días normales, sino poner la cara por cada situación que se presenta en la iglesia y, además, ser los consejeros de cada familia. Sin duda alguna, para ser pastor se necesita tener un llamado de parte de Dios, pues este trabajo no es por vocación.

Hoy quiero agradecerles a mi pastor Albert Ixchu y su esposa, Lizbeth, por todo lo que han hecho por mí y por mis princesas. No solo me han orientado en momentos de crisis, sino que han estado incondicionalmente con mis hijas dándoles consejos cuando lo han necesitado. No importa el día, ni la hora… solo sirviendo.

Así que te motivo a que le agradezcas hoy de una manera especial a Dios por la vida de tus pastores, mentores y líderes. También pidámosle a Dios que los bendiga a ellos y a sus familias.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón

Standing Strong Through the Storm - THE SANDALS OF PEACE

…and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

The cry for peace is as old as the dawn of history and as fresh as the morning newspaper. Several centuries before Christ, the prophet Isaiah said, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace….” (Isaiah 52:7)

When the Hebrew prophets foretold the coming of a divine deliverer, they said one of his names would be “Prince of Peace. When the Savior was born, the note struck by the angelic chorus in the nativity story of the shepherds was “…and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)

Therefore, it is not surprising that when describing the armor of God, Paul included the element of peace. As God’s peacemakers, our sandals enable us to march into circumstances to bring peace, not destruction. Christ calls people who have made their peace with God to fight for fellowship, not against it (Hebrews 12:2-3). So we must be ready to go where God sends us with the message of peace, forgiveness and hope. We may be called to march right to the gates of hell—which He promised would not hold us back (Matthew 16:18). It is in this sense that we can be considered “waging” peace.

Your life thus centers on the good news of the kingdom. Everything else comes second. Know how to share the good news. Understand what it has done in your life. See how it can help others. Ask God to give you opportunities to share with others. Be alert for the opportunities. Be prepared to take advantage of them…standing strong in your sandals of peace.

Brother Alagaw in Ethiopia started an aggressive gospel ministry in his region. People accepted the Lord through his preaching. The people of the traditional church colluded with the Muslim fundamentalists to fight Alagaw and his followers. They said, “These people will destroy our country, nation and religions if we do not stop them immediately.”

Alagaw and his followers organized their first evangelistic meeting at the local stadium. They hired sound systems for this big occasion. Early in the morning they started with their outreach. At about 10:00 a.m. a big crowd approached the stadium. Without saying a word, they destroyed the sound system and a lot of other property. Some believers went to the local police station, but the police refused to help. During the attack, a pregnant woman lost her baby.

After this incident other forms of harassment followed. During church services stones were thrown on the roof of the church building. Faceless people burned down their church building. However, the Lord has blessed their ministry and their peaceful responses with one hundred and twenty new believers.

RESPONSE: Today I put on the sandals of peace and stand firm in the good news of the Gospel.

PRAYER: Lord, may Your peace shine through me today and be a light to all I encounter.

Men of the Bible - Samuel

His name means: "The Name of God"

His work: Priest, prophet, and judge, Samuel helped transform Israel from a nation led by charismatic figures called "judges" to one ruled by kings, who were to exercise their authority not as other kings did, but as men who belonged to God. He anointed Israel's first two kings: Saul and David.
His character: Samuel was eager to hear God's voice and willing to speak his word, even when doing so meant rebuking a king and risking his life. A spiritual leader who won military victories against the Philistines, he reminded the people of God's faithfulness and of the vital importance of their obedience. Sadly, he failed to pass on these same character traits to his sons, who acted corruptly as judges in his stead.
His sorrow: That Saul, Israel's first king, failed to obey God.
His triumph: To help shape Israel into a monarchy whose kings were to be God's servants.
Key Scriptures: 1 Samuel 1:1-28; 2:18-26; 3:1-20; 7:2-16; 8:1-10:26; 12:1-25

A Look at the Man

Years had passed since the death of Eli and his sons, and Samuel was growing old, his own sons more like Eli's than he cared to admit. He had judged Israel faithfully for many years, but the elders were clamoring for a change, insisting Israel needed a king like the other nations of the world.

This demand for a king seemed to Samuel like more evidence of their waywardness. This stiff-necked people were impossible to lead, always so certain they knew what was best for them. So Samuel railed against the idea until the people became so adamant that he made it a matter for prayer. He heard a surprising answer from the Lord: "Samuel, listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do."

So Samuel described in frightening detail all the demands a king would place on them—drafting their sons and daughters to work and die for him, devouring the fruits of their labor, requiring so much that they would feel enslaved by him. But the leaders insisted, "We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations with a king to go out before us and fight our battles."

So God gave them a king named Saul, a man who stood a head taller than most other men, yet a man who was no better at following the Lord than they had been. This was the king Samuel had to anoint. The king he had to guide. The king he finally had to pass judgment on, delivering a message any man would fear to render a king—that God intended to tear the crown from him and give it to another man.

Then the Lord told Samuel to fill his horn with oil and go to Jesse of Bethlehem, because one of his sons was to be king. Though Samuel feared Saul's wrath if he were to anoint a new king, he did as the Lord commanded, and as soon as he saw Jesse's eldest son, he was certain he had found Israel's next king.

But the Lord thought otherwise, saying to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." Six more of Jesse's sons passed before Samuel, but each one was rejected. And then came David, the youngest of Jesse's sons, a shepherd boy, as strong and solid on the inside as he looked on the outside. Samuel took the horn and poured the oil over David's head, anointing him king in the presence of his brothers.

Years passed before David finally ascended to the throne of Israel. By then Samuel was dead. But the man who had been an answer to his mother's prayer and who had been dedicated to God in a special way for the whole of his lifetime had fulfilled God's purpose, helping Israel make the transition from the chaotic period of the judges, when every man did what was right in his own eyes, to the period of the kings of Israel, when the Lord God searched for a ruler who would be a man after his own heart.

Reflect On: 1 Samuel 3:1–10
Praise God: For speaking to us.
Offer Thanks: For the way God has revealed himself to you.
Confess: Any failure to listen to what God is saying.
Ask God: To help you listen for his voice.

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LHM Daily Devotion - April 21, 2017 "A Doctor in the House?"

I love to watch old movies. One of the standard scenes in many of...

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

"A Doctor in the House?"

April 21, 2017

For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the One who helps you."  - Isaiah 41:13, ESV

I love to watch old movies.

One of the standard scenes in many of those time-worn flickers occurs when someone has an emergency and an individual close by yells out the call for help: "Is there a doctor in the house?" Then, because the continuation of the plot demands, a wise physician steps forward and saves the day.

I've seen those corny films so often, I want to yell at the screen, "Nope, there's nobody there who can help. This movie is going to end in five minutes."

Of course, there are times when life imitates the movies.

Recently, on a Southwest Airlines flight between Atlanta and Houston, retired Air Force Colonel Tom McCay felt clammy and dizzy before he passed out. His concerned wife started yelling for help. Help came when a doctor offered his assistance. The first physician was joined by another, and another. All told there were 20 doctors, with all kinds of specialties, ready to help the Colonel.

Depending on your perspective, the Colonel was either a very blessed or a very lucky man.

Now you may be thinking such good fortune may come to him, but not all of us are lucky enough to be surrounded by a herd of physicians returning home from a medical conference.

That may be true; but it is certainly true that for the emergencies of life we have Someone we can turn to for help. Because of the work done by the Savior, we have been forgiven and adopted into the family of faith. As part of the Lord's household, we can be sure He is ready to hear us, and more importantly, He is  ready ,  willing , and  able  to help us.

How do I know? In numerous passages of Scripture, the Lord tells of His care and compassion:

Psalm 50:15 - "And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me."
Isaiah 65:24 - "Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking, I will hear."
Philippians 4:19 - "And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in   Christ Jesus."
Psalm 32:7 - "You are a hiding place for me; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with shouts of deliverance."

Because of the Savior's sacrifice, we can be turned to the One Person who can help us bear, or conquer, or endure any trouble that comes our way. And that, my friends, means that while there may not be a "doctor in the house," there is a Savior in our hearts.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, in this sin-filled world, troubles, trials, and terrors are sure to come. May I always remember that You are just as surely there, ready to give me assistance, guidance, and help. For that, accept my gratitude and prayers offered with faith in Jesus' Name. Amen

(NOTE : Colonel McCay is doing all right. He was checked out when they landed and either he was dehydrated or some alcohol reacted negatively with some medication.)

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CPTLN Devocional de 21 de Abril de 2017

Alimento Diario

Paz en el alma

21 de Abril 2017

Estas cosas les he hablado para que en mí tengan paz. En el mundo tendrán aflicción; pero confíen, yo he vencido al mundo.
Juan 16:33, RVC

Cuando leía la historia de la canción "Paz como un río", me pregunté por qué será que Dios permite que su pueblo pase por sufrimientos y calamidades. ¿Qué dirán de nuestro Dios nuestros familiares y amigos cuando a nosotros nos ocurren cosas malas?

El compositor de esta canción fue un abogado que había acumulado una buena fortuna a través de su trabajo, pero que luego perdió todas las propiedades que tenía a causa de un incendio. Sorprendentemente, su confianza en Dios no fue afectada para nada. Como si eso no fuera poco, el barco en que su esposa e hijas cruzaban el Atlántico chocó contra otro barco, sobreviviendo únicamente su esposa.

¡Qué tragedia! ¡Qué calamidad en la vida de este cristiano! Cuando recibió el mensaje, en vez de poner en duda su confianza en Dios, escribió un himno maravilloso que dice: "Suceda lo que me suceda, Tú me has enseñado que todo está bien pues tengo paz en el alma".

Por más asombroso que parezca, de veras Dios nos ha enseñado a decir que "todo está bien", aun en medio de los problemas. Así nos lo promete en su Palabra, para que tengamos paz. En este mundo vamos a tener problemas, pero Cristo ha vencido al mundo a través de su vida perfecta, su muerte sacrificial y su victoriosa resurrección.

Cada día necesitamos la Palabra de Dios para fortalecernos y no confiar en nuestras propias fuerzas, sino depositar toda nuestra confianza en el Señor que guía nuestros pasos. Así, cuando nos lleguen las calamidades, podremos estar seguros de que Dios nos dará la fuerza para que también podamos decir: "todo está bien, pues tengo paz en el alma".

ORACIÓN: Querido Señor, fortalécenos cada día con tu Palabra y ayúdanos a confiar cada vez más en ti. Amén

Biografía del autor: Esta devoción fue escrita por un voluntario de la oficina de Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones en África.

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Our Daily Bread - The Gift of Giving
Read: Luke 3:7–14 | Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 12–13; Luke 16

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion. 2 Corinthians 9:7

A pastor breathed life into the phrase “He’d give you the shirt off his back” when he gave this unsettling challenge to his church: “What would happen if we took the coats off our backs and gave them to the needy?” Then he took his own coat and laid it at the front of the church. Dozens of others followed his example. This was during the winter, so the trip home was less comfortable that day. But for dozens of people in need, the season warmed up just a bit.

When John the Baptist roamed the Judean wilderness, he had a stern warning for the crowd that came to hear him. “You brood of vipers!” he said. “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (Luke 3:7–8). Startled, they asked him, “What should we do then?” He responded with this advice: “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same” (vv. 10–11). True repentance produces a generous heart.

Because “God loves a person who gives cheerfully” (nlt), giving should never be guilt-based or pressured (2 Cor. 9:7). But when we give freely and generously, we find that it truly is more blessed to give than to receive.

Lord, thank You for the many ways You bless us. Forgive us for so often taking Your goodness for granted. Show us what we have that we might use to bless someone else today.

Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Ân Tứ Ban Cho
Đọc: Lu-ca 3:7-14 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: 2 Sa-mu-ên 12-13; Lu-ca 16

Mỗi người nên quyên góp tùy theo lòng mình đã định, không miễn cưỡng hoặc do ép buộc, vì Đức Chúa Trời yêu mến người dâng hiến một cách vui lòng. 2 Cô-rinh-tô 9:7

Một mục sư đã khiến thành ngữ “Cởi áo ra trao cho người khác” (ND: ý nói đến sự rộng rãi, sẵn sàng giúp đỡ người khác) trở nên sống động khi thách thức hội thánh rằng: “Điều gì xảy ra khi chúng ta cởi áo khoác ra và trao cho người cần nó?” Sau đó, ông lấy chiếc áo khoác của mình đặt trước mặt hội thánh. Rất nhiều người đã làm theo gương của ông. Đó là vào mùa đông, vì thế đường về nhà hôm đó không mấy dễ chịu. Nhưng đối với rất nhiều người nghèo khó, thì mùa đông đã ấm lên một chút.

Khi Giăng Báp-tít giảng dạy trong đồng vắng Giu-đê, ông đã đưa ra lời cảnh cáo nghiêm khắc đối với đám đông đến nghe ông giảng: “Hỡi dòng giống rắn độc kia. Hãy kết quả xứng đáng với sự ăn năn!” (Lu-ca 3:7-8). Giật mình, họ hỏi ông: “Vậy chúng tôi phải làm gì?” Ông đưa ra lời khuyên này để trả lời cho họ: “Ai có hai áo hãy chia cho người không có; ai có thức ăn cũng nên làm như vậy” (c.10-11). Ăn năn thật sự sản sinh ra một tấm lòng rộng rãi.

Vì “Đức Chúa Trời yêu mến người dâng hiến một cách vui lòng”, do đó dâng hiến không nên xuất phát từ sự miễn cưỡng hay bị ép buộc (2 Cô-rinh-tô 9:7). Nhưng khi ban cho cách rời rộng, chúng ta sẽ thấy rằng ban cho thật sự có phước hơn nhận lãnh.

Lạy Chúa, con cảm ơn Ngài đã chúc phước cho chúng con bằng nhiều cách. Xin tha thứ cho chúng con vì coi sự tốt lành của Ngài là điều hiển nhiên mình được nhận. Xin cho chúng con thấy mình có gì để chúng con có thể đem phước hạnh đến cho người khác trong hôm nay.

Ai cho người uống nước, chính mình sẽ được nước uống.
Châm Ngôn 11:25

Nuestro Pan Diario - El don de dar
Leer: Lucas 3:7-14 | La Biblia en un año: 2 Samuel 12–13; Lucas 16

Cada uno dé como propuso en su corazón: no con tristeza, ni por necesidad… (2 Corintios 9:7).

Un pastor le propuso un desafío inquietante a su iglesia: «¿Qué sucedería si le diéramos a alguien necesitado el abrigo que estamos usando?». Entonces, se sacó su propio abrigo y lo colocó al frente de la iglesia. Decenas de otras personas siguieron su ejemplo. Esto fue durante el invierno, así que el viaje a casa no fue muy cómodo ese día. Sin embargo, para muchas personas necesitadas, esto significó un cálido abrazo.

Cuando Juan el Bautista estaba en el desierto de Judea, le hizo una seria advertencia a la multitud que había ido a escucharlo. «¡Oh generación de víboras!», decía. «Haced […] frutos dignos de arrepentimiento» (Lucas 3:7-8). Sobresaltados, le preguntaron: «¿Qué haremos?». Juan les contestó: «El que tiene dos túnicas, dé al que no tiene; y el que tiene qué comer, haga lo mismo» (vv. 10-11). El verdadero arrepentimiento produce un corazón generoso.

Como «Dios ama al dador alegre», las ofrendas nunca tendrían que basarse en la culpa o la presión (2 Corintios 9:7). Pero, cuando damos con libertad y generosidad, descubrimos que, sin duda, es mucho mejor dar que recibir.

Señor, gracias por bendecirnos de tantas maneras. Perdónanos porque muchas veces damos por sentada tu bondad. Muéstranos qué tenemos que podamos usar para bendecir a otros hoy.

… el que saciare, él también será saciado.
Proverbios 11:25

Unser Täglich Brot - Schenken will gelernt sein
Lesen: Lukas 3,7-14 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 2.Samuel 12–13; Lukas 16

Ein jeder [gebe], wie er’s sich im Herzen vorgenommen hat, nicht mit Unwillen oder aus Zwang. 2.Korinther 9,7

Ein Pastor forderte seine Gemeinde auf, den Satz: „Für ihn würde ich mein letztes Hemd geben“ einmal ganz wörtlich zu nehmen. „Was würde passieren, wenn wir unsere Mäntel ausziehen und den Bedürftigen geben würden?“, fragte er. Dann nahm er seinen eigenen Mantel und legte ihn vorne nieder. Dutzende folgten seinem Beispiel. Es war Winter und die Heimfahrt war für manche etwas ungemütlich. Doch für Dutzende andere wurde es etwas wärmer.

Als Johannes der Täufer in der Wüste von Juda unterwegs war, hatte er für die Menge, die zu ihm kam, eine ernste Warnung. „Ihr Schlangenbrut“, sagte er. „Bringt rechtschaffene Früchte der Buße“ (Luk. 3,7-8). Verblüfft fragten sie: „Was sollen wir denn tun?“ Sie erhielten den Rat: „Wer zwei Hemden hat, der gebe dem, der keines hat; und wer zu essen hat, tue ebenso“ (V.10-11). Echte Buße bewirkt ein großzügiges Herz.

Weil Gott „einen fröhlichen Geber lieb“ hat, sollte Schenken nie unter Druck oder aus Schuldgefühl geschehen (2.Kor. 9,7). Wenn wir stattdessen frei und großzügig schenken, merken wir selbst, dass Geben seliger ist als Nehmen.

Herr, hab Dank, dass du uns auf so vielfältige Weise segnest. Vergib uns, wo wir deine Güte oft für selbstverständlich halten. Zeige uns, was wir geben können, um heute einen anderen zu segnen.

Wer reichlich gibt, wird gelabt.
Sprüche 11,25

Notre Pain Quotidien - Le don du don
Lisez : Luc 3.7‑14 | La Bible en un an : 2 SAMUEL 12 – 13 et LUC 16

Que chacun donne comme il l'a résolu en son coeur, sans tristesse ni contrainte ; car Dieu aime celui qui donne avec joie. 2 Corinthiens 9.7

Un certain pasteur a donné vie à l’expression « Il te donnerait sa chemise » en lançant ce défi à son Église : « Qu’adviendrait‑il si vous donniez le manteau que vous portez à une personne démunie ? » Puis il a enlevé son manteau et l’a déposé à l’avant de l’église. Des dizaines d’autres l’ont imité. Or, cela se passait en hiver, si bien que leur retour à la maison s’est avéré moins confortable ce jour‑là. Par contre, pour des dizaines de personnes démunies, la saison s’est un peu réchauffée.

Lorsque Jean‑Baptiste parcourait le désert de Judée, il adressait une mise en garde à la foule réunie pour l’entendre : « Races de vipères […] Produisez donc des fruits dignes de la repentance » (LU 3.7,8). Prise de court, elle lui a demandé : « Que devons‑nous donc faire ? » Ce à quoi il a répondu par ce conseil : « Que celui qui a deux tuniques partage avec celui qui n’en a point, et que celui qui a de quoi manger agisse de même » (V. 10,11). La vraie repentance engendre la générosité de coeur.

Étant donné que « Dieu aime celui qui donne avec joie », nous ne devrions jamais donner par sentiment de culpabilité ou d’y être contraints (2 CO 9.7). C’est en donnant de bon coeur et avec générosité que nous découvrons qu’il y a véritablement plus de joie à donner qu’à recevoir.

Celui qui arrose sera lui‑même arrosé.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Дар жертовності
Читати: Луки 3:7-14 | Біблія за рік: 2 Самуїлова 12−13 ; Луки 16

Нехай кожен дає, як серце йому призволяє, не в смутку й не з примусу. — 2 Коринтян 9:7

Один пастор вдихнув нове життя у фразу “шуба з плеча”, коли зробив для членів церкви справжній виклик – не дуже зручний. Він сказав: “Що сталося б, якби ми зараз зняли з себе пальто й віддали його нужденним?” При цьому служитель зняв власне пальто і поклав його біля кафедри. Десятки інших людей послідували його прикладу. Це сталося зимою, тому для цих людей дорога додому була не такою теплою, як зазвичай. Але для десятків нужденних людей ця зима стала трішки теплішою.

Коли Іван Хреститель ходив Юдейською пустелею, він суворо попереджав людей, що приходили христитися в нього: “Роде зміїний, хто навчив вас тікати від гніву майбутнього? Отож, учиніть гідний плід покаяння. І не починайте казати в собі: Маємо батька Авраама”. Люди скрушно запитували в нього: “Що ж нам робити?” І Іван Хреститель радив їм: “У кого дві сорочки, нехай дасть немаючому; а хто має поживу, нехай робить так само” (Лк. 3:7-8). Справжнє покаяння робить серце щедрим. Написано, що “Бог любить того, хто з радістю дає!” (2 Кор. 9:7). Тому дуже важливо, щоб наше давання не було зроблене під тиском або через почуття провини (2 Кор. 9:7). Коли ж даємо справді охоче й щиро, то дійсно пізнаємо, що краще віддавати, ніж брати.

Господи, дякуємо Тобі за те, що благословляєш нас багатьма шляхами. Пробач за те, що дуже часто сприймаємо Твою ласку як належне. Допоможи побачити ті дари, що маємо від Тебе, щоб могли цим благословити сьогодні й інших.

“Душа, яка благословляє, насичена буде”.

Хлеб наш насущный - Дар жертвования
Читать сейчас: Луки 3:7-14 | Библия за год: 2 Царств 12-13; Луки 16

Каждый уделяй по расположению сердца, не с огорчением и не с принуждением. — 2 Коринфянам 9:7

Пастор сумел оживить старую поговорку «Снять с себя». Он встал перед церковью и сказал: «Что будет, если мы снимем свои пиджаки, кофты и пальто и пожертвуем нуждающимся?» С этими словами он снял свой собственный пиджак и положил рядом с кафедрой. Десятки христиан последовали его примеру. Дело было зимой, и путь из церкви домой в тот день оказался менее комфортным. Зато десяткам людей, не имевших зимней одежды, стало теплее.

Проповедуя в иудейской пустыне, Иоанн Креститель сурово обличал слушавшую его толпу: «Порождения ехидны!.. Сотворите же достойные плоды покаяния» (Лк. 3:7-8). В растерянности люди спрашивали его: «Что же нам делать?» Он ответил: «У кого две одежды, тот дай неимущему, и у кого есть пища, делай то же» (Лк. 3:10-11). Истинное покаяние производит жертвенность.

Поскольку «доброхотно дающего любит Бог», жертвование не должно вызываться виной или давлением (2 Кор. 9:7). Но если мы будем жертвовать щедро и искренне, то обнаружим, что давать действительно блаженнее, чем принимать.

Господи, благодарим Тебя за многие благословения. Прости, что так часто принимали Твои дары как должное. Покажи, как мы можем стать благословением для окружающих.

«Кто напоит других, тот и сам напоен будет». — Притчи 11:25