Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Daily Readings for TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 - Saint Mark the Evangelist

St Mark the Evangelist

Opening Sentence

Their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:4

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 Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Ecclesiasticus 2:1-11

My child, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for testing. Set your heart right and be steadfast, and do not be impetuous in time of calamity. Cling to him and do not depart, so that your last days may be prosperous. Accept whatever befalls you, and in times of humiliation be patient. For gold is tested in the fire, and those found acceptable, in the furnace of humiliation. Trust in him, and he will help you; make your ways straight, and hope in him. You who fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; do not stray, or else you may fall. You who fear the Lord, trust in him, and your reward will not be lost. You who fear the Lord, hope for good things, for lasting joy and mercy. Consider the generations of old and see: has anyone trusted in the Lord and been disappointed? Or has anyone persevered in the fear of the Lord and been forsaken? Or has anyone called upon him and been neglected? For the Lord is compassionate and merciful; he forgives sins and saves in time of distress.

Psalm 2 Quare fremuerunt gentes?
1   Why are the nations in an uproar? Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
2   Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt, and the princes plot together, against the LORD and against his Anointed?
3   Let us break their yoke, they say; let us cast off their bonds from us.
4   He whose throne is in heaven is laughing; the Lord has them in derision.
5   Then he speaks to them in his wrath, and his rage fills them with terror.
6   I myself have set my king . upon my holy hill of Zion
7   Let me announce the decree of the LORD: he said to me, "You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.
8   Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession.
9   You shall crush them with an iron rod and shatter them like a piece of pottery."
10   And now, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11   Submit to the LORD with fear, and with trembling bow before him;
12   Lest he be angry and you perish; for his wrath is quickly kindled.
13   Happy are they all who take refuge in him!

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Ephesians 4:7-8, 4:11-16

But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people." The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Mark 1:1-15

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,'" John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased." And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."

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 God, by the hand of Mark the evangelist you have given to your Church the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God: We thank you for this witness, and pray that we may be firmly grounded in its truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

A Prayer for Peace

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of 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 TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 - Saint Mark the Evangelist

Almighty God, by the hand of Mark the evangelist you have given to your Church the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God: We thank you for this witness, and pray that we may be firmly grounded in its truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Verse of the Day - April 25, 2017 - 10th Day of Easter

Colossians 1:27-28 (NIV) To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "A Conquering Victor"

Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.
Luke 9:51 (NKJV)

It offends me when movies about the life of Christ present Him as losing control, almost as though everything was going great until one of His disciples betrayed Him, and He was taken against His will and crucified.

This was always the plan of God from the very beginning. Jesus spoke of it frequently. He would tell His disciples, in effect, “Guys, listen to what I’m saying. I am going to be betrayed. I am going to be crucified. And I am going to rise again on the third day.” Somehow this went right over their heads. They just didn’t get it.

Jesus did not go into Jerusalem as a helpless victim; He went as a conquering victor in full control of the circumstances. And here is the amazing thing: He knew what was ahead.

I think all of us, at one time or another, have wished we could have known what the future was. We’ve thought, “If I would have known this, I would have never done that.” But there are times when I’m glad I don’t know what is ahead. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

Jesus knew everything. That is why, in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Bible says He sweat, as it were, great drops of blood and said, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42).

So the Bible says He “steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). He would let nothing or no one stop Him from His course.

Why? He knew there was no other way we could be forgiven of our sins. He knew there was no other way we could come into a relationship with Him. So He went to the cross for you and me.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - Temprano, te buscaré

Alégrese el corazón de los que buscan al Señor. Recurran al Señor y a su fuerza; busquen siempre su rostro.
Salmo 105:3-4, NVI

¿Qué es lo primero que hiciste hoy cuando te levantaste? Seguro que me dirás: «Bueno, me lavé los dientes». Otros me dirán: «En realidad, me tomé un cafecito. Es más, dejé la cafetera programada». Otros dirán: «Lo primero que hago cuando me despierto es darle gracias a Dios por un día más de vida».

Esta reflexión la quiero basar en esta última respuesta.

La Biblia habla acerca de la bendición de buscar a Dios en las primeras horas del amanecer. Es como si nuestro Dios nos dijera: «Sé que es un sacrificio para ti, pero cuando lo hagas, encontrarás gran bendición».

Son muchos los testimonios que he escuchado de personas que realizan lo mismo que hacemos hoy en este devocional, y que lo acompañamos con una oración y un momento a solas con Dios. Sé que cuando uno se lo propone, enseguida surgen cosas a fin de que no te puedas mantener. Nos da de repente un sueño que no podemos ni abrir los ojos. Incluso, te empieza a doler algo o dices: «Hoy no puedo, empiezo mañana».

La búsqueda del tiempo, aunque parezca raro, requiere disciplina, constancia y sacrificio. De modo que recordemos todo lo que hace Dios por nosotros y propongámonos buscar cada día unos minutos para la oración y la lectura de su Palabra… y veremos el resultado en el diario vivir.

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - ALL KINDS OF PRAYER

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 

Prayer is mentioned in the context of the wardrobe of the Christian warrior but not as a specific weapon of war or a piece of armor. That’s because prayer is the key to consistent victory in our warfare. Therefore, prayer is one of the most important things we can do when fighting the enemy.

David’s battle with Goliath was not won when the stone flew from the sling. It was won in David’s close relationship with the Living God. Our battles are won or lost in the way we walk with God. Prayer is talking with God and letting Him talk with you. Prayer is taking a stand against the spiritual forces of darkness that influence events and circumstances in the world.

Prayer is asserting God’s victory before we walk into battle. But prayer is more than kneeling before God. Prayer is as much an attitude as it is an act. Prayer is keeping your heart open to His leadership. Prayer is the constant communion with God needed to face the challenge of completing Jesus’ mission.

A Bible courier recounts: “We walked up to the customs with our suitcases full of Bibles. We know that at that moment there are as many as a hundred people praying for us. And can you feel it! We felt peace and joy as we push our trolley of suitcases towards the customs desk. I am absolutely certain that we were surrounded by angels. It sounds strange, but I just know.

‘Excuse me, ladies, do you have anything to declare?’ says the custom agent. At that moment, a good friend rushes up to the officer. They greet each other profusely. The customs man no longer sees us. We walk on, and a moment later we are standing with all our suitcases, which have not been opened, waiting for a taxi.

“I feel small and think, ‘Who am I? I only walk past the customs with my suitcases and I don't even have to answer any questions. That’s all that God asks of me. And it’s He who does the rest—incredibly!’”

RESPONSE: Today I commit myself to being a person of prayer as I put on the whole armor of God.

PRAYER: Pray today with all kinds of prayers for all of God’s people. A great challenge and a great opportunity!

Girlfriends in God - When You Wonder if God is Concerned About You

by Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. (Exodus 3:7, NIV)

Friend to Friend

Have you ever wondered if God really cares about you?

If God sees you?

If God is concerned about you?

I have. Many times. And I think Moses did too.

He was on the far side of the wilderness when God spoke to him through the burning bush. He had failed in Egypt and bailed to Midian. Yep, failed and bailed. He ran away to the wilderness where he stayed for the next forty years.

And friend, sometimes it is only on the far side of the wilderness where God can get our attention. Sometimes it is when we feel alone, abandoned, and forgotten that our ears are pricked to hear. Isolation is often God’s place of invitation.

Now that you know the backstory, let’s join Moses at his wakeup call.

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am” (Exod. 3:1–4).

Let’s hit the pause button for a second. Here’s something interesting about this encounter. When God spoke, He didn’t speak through a fragrant rose bush, a blooming rhododendron, or a genteel hydrangea. God spoke through a prickly, gnarly, thorny, dried up old desert tumbleweedish shrub. Oh yes, when God chooses to speak through something or someone, any old bush will do. I don’t know about you, but that gives me great hope!

Did you notice when God began to speak? “When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look.” When God saw that He had Moses’ attention, He began to speak. I wonder how many times I’ve missed God’s gentle whisper and tender tug because I wasn’t paying attention. How many times has God tried to speak to me, but I was too busy being busy to notice? Moses turned aside. God spoke.

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them (Exod. 3:3-9, emphasis added).

This was sounding good to Moses! (And it sounds good to me!)

God sees!

God hears!

God is concerned!

God will rescue!

This is an amazing story, and we’re going to stop right here.

No matter what you’re going through today. Even if you HAVE failed and bailed, even if you are somewhere on the backside of the wilderness, God sees you. God hears you. God is concerned about you. And God will rescue you.

Perhaps He is waiting for you to turn aside. To see the burning bushes in your own backyard.

Make no mistake about it. He has not left you. Never has. Never will. He speaks to us and waits for us to turn aside and listen.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, thank You for never giving up on me, even when I give up on myself. Thank You for seeing me, for hearing me, for being concerned about me, and for rescuing me. Thank You for proving that by sending Your Son, Jesus, just for me.
In His Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

How have you observed that God sees you?

How have you observed that God hears you?

How have you observed that God is concerned about you?

How have you observed that God has rescued you?

Write God a prayer of praise for all the times He has come to your aid.

If you know that you know (that’s not a typo) that God cares for you, click over to my Facebook page and say, “I know God cares for me.”

More from the Girlfriends

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LHM Daily Devotion - April 25, 2017 - "Indispensable "

Indispensable. Some things are indispensable. For example...

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

"Indispensable "

April 25, 2017

1 Corinthians 15:12-14 - Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

Indispensable. Some things are indispensable. For example,

• you can't drive most cars very far without gasoline; petrol is indispensable.
• you can't bake a good loaf of bread without flour; flour is indispensable.
• you can't have a fun day at the lake without water; H20 is indispensable.

Now I have a pretty good idea of what you're thinking.

You're saying something like this: "What a waste of paper and time. Those statements are incredibly obvious. Nobody has to make a big thing about matters so obvious."

I hope you're not too surprised when I confess that I agree with you.

Just as I agree the third-day resurrection of the Redeemer ought to be considered indispensable to any individual who professes to believe on the Lord Jesus -- anyone who trusts that God has forgiven and saved them.

Yes, the essential quality of the resurrection ought to be indispensable to the faith, but it's not.

As proof I would point you to a study that was commissioned by the BBC. Immediately before Holy Week, the news organization decided to do a survey of the faith of people living in Great Britain. The results of that survey were disturbing. For example, it was found that:

• only 17 percent of all people believed the Bible version of the resurrection word for word;
• only 31 percent of Christians fully believed the Bible account of the resurrection.

That's a sad set of statistics. It gets worse, much worse. The poll also found out that 25 percent of people who said they were Christians did not believe in the resurrection of Jesus.

Having seen the poll, Rev. Dr. Lorraine Cavanagh, a spokesperson for liberal Christianity, said, "... to ask an adult to believe in the resurrection the way they did when they were at Sunday school simply won't do, and that's true of much of the key elements of the Christian faith."

Well, Dr. Cavanagh has her opinion and the apostle Paul shares the Lord's view of the resurrection. Is the resurrection of the Christ an option -- something we can take or leave? Paul is clear: if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

In other words, Dr. Cavanagh is totally wrong and Paul is right. Truth is, if Jesus isn't raised, we can close down the churches, give up our faith, and go into perpetual mourning. But, thankfully, Christ is risen and those who know and believe what He has done for them have been rescued from sin, condemnation, death, and damnation.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks that Jesus has risen, the Holy Spirit has given me faith, and You have forgiven me. Now I ask You will protect all believers from thinking there is any other Gospel than the one which says, "Christ is risen!" In Jesus' Name, I pray Amen

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CPTLN Devocional de 25 de Abril de 2017

Alimento Diario

El Señor hace grandes cosas

25 de Abril 2017

Y tú, tierra, ¡alégrate y llénate de gozo! No temas, que el Señor hará grandes cosas. Y ustedes, animales del campo, no teman, porque los pastos del desierto volverán a reverdecer, y los árboles, las higueras y las vides volverán a dar su fruto. Joel 2:21-22

Hace unos años, el periódico Washington Post publicó un artículo nada alentador ni optimista sobre la economía mundial.

En él se explicaba cómo la economía mundial está decayendo a pasos agigantados... más rápido de lo que los expertos pensaban que iba a hacerlo. También hablaba de cómo la industria de la construcción era cada vez menor, de cómo estaban sufriendo las corporaciones y de los millones de personas que habían perdido su trabajo.

Lo más probable es que usted, o algún familiar o conocido, haya sido afectado por la crisis económica por la que pasamos.

Si es así, leamos nuevamente las palabras del profeta: "Y tú, tierra, ¡alégrate y llénate de gozo! No temas, que el Señor hará grandes cosas. Y ustedes, animales del campo, no teman, porque los pastos del desierto volverán a reverdecer, y los árboles, las higueras y las vides volverán a dar su fruto."

De veras el Señor ha prometido, y así lo cumple, derramar bendiciones sobre las naciones que se arrepienten de sus pecados del pasado y se presentan humildemente ante él. Una y otra vez el Señor ha mostrado que les sonríe a quienes se vuelven a él. Más aún, los cristianos tienen la certeza de que, aun cuando su país le dé vuelta la espalda al amor del Señor, por el sacrificio de su Hijo ellos seguirán siendo bendecidos.

La vida, muerte y resurrección de Jesús confirma que el Señor de la vida está con nosotros, y que un día nos reuniremos con él en el cielo. Aun en los momentos difíciles, los cristianos sabemos que nada nos puede quitar las bendiciones que el Salvador nos da. Aun en los momentos difíciles, los cristianos tenemos esa paz que sobrepasa todo entendimiento humano.

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, en medio de tantas malas noticias y de las amenazas del diablo de un futuro oscuro, haz que la luz del amor y la vida dada por el Salvador disipe toda depresión y desaliento. En el nombre de Jesús. Amén

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Our Daily Bread - Don’t Give Up


Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Bob Foster, my mentor and friend for more than fifty years, never gave up on me. His unchanging friendship and encouragement, even during my darkest times, helped carry me through.

We often find ourselves determined to reach out and help someone we know who is in great need. But when we fail to see improvement right away, our resolve can weaken and we may eventually give up. We discover that what we hoped would be an immediate change has become an ongoing process.

The apostle Paul urges us to be patient in helping one another through the stumbles and struggles of life. When he writes, “Carry each other’s burdens” and so “fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2), he is comparing our task to the work, time, and waiting it takes for a farmer to see a harvest.

How long should we keep praying and reaching out to those we love? “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”  (v. 9). How many times should we reach out? “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (v. 10).

The Lord encourages us today to trust Him, to remain faithful to others, to keep on praying, and to not give up!

Father in heaven, we ask for hope and perseverance to continue reaching out to others.

In prayer we call on God “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.”Ephesians 3:20

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Đừng Bỏ Cuộc

Đọc: Ga-la-ti 6:1-10 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: 2 Sa-mu-ên 21-22; Lu-ca 18:24-43

Chớ mệt mỏi trong khi làm việc thiện, vì nếu chúng ta không nản lòng thì đến mùa chúng ta sẽ gặt. Ga-la-ti 6:9

Bob Foster, người cố vấn và là bạn của tôi suốt 50 năm qua, không bao giờ ngừng tin tưởng tôi. Tình bạn và sự khích lệ không đổi dời của anh đã giúp tôi vượt qua ngay cả những thời khắc đen tối nhất của cuộc đời.

Chúng ta thường thấy mình quyết tâm đến giúp đỡ ai đó khi biết họ đang rất khốn khó. Nhưng khi không thấy chút cải thiện nào ngay lập tức thì quyết tâm của chúng ta giảm dần, và cuối cùng có thể bỏ cuộc. Chúng ta phát hiện ra rằng điều mình hy vọng sẽ thay đổi tức thời lại là một quá trình tiếp diễn lâu dài.

Sứ đồ Phao-lô khuyên chúng ta kiên nhẫn giúp nhau vượt qua những vấp ngã và tranh chiến của cuộc sống. Khi viết: “Hãy mang gánh nặng cho nhau” và như vậy “làm trọn luật pháp của Đấng Christ” (Ga-la-ti 6:2), ông đang so sánh nhiệm vụ của chúng ta với công việc, thời gian và sự chờ đợi của người nông dân để nhìn thấy mùa gặt.

Chúng ta nên cầu nguyện và giúp đỡ những người mình yêu thương trong bao lâu? “Chớ mệt mỏi trong khi làm việc thiện, vì nếu chúng ta không nản lòng thì đến mùa chúng ta sẽ gặt” (c.9). Chúng ta nên giúp đỡ họ bao nhiêu lần? “Vậy, đang lúc có cơ hội, chúng ta hãy làm điều thiện cho mọi người, nhất là cho anh em trong gia đình đức tin” (c.10).

Hôm nay, Chúa khích lệ chúng ta tin cậy Ngài, kiên nhẫn với người khác, tiếp tục cầu nguyện và đừng bỏ cuộc!

Lạy Cha trên trời, xin ban cho chúng con sự hy vọng và kiên trì để tiếp tục giúp đỡ tha nhân.

Khi cầu nguyện, chúng ta kêu cầu cùng Đấng “có thể làm trổi hơn bội phần mọi điều chúng ta cầu xin hoặc suy tưởng.” Ê-phê-sô 3:20

Nuestro Pan Diario - No te rindas

Leer: Gálatas 6:1-10 | La Biblia en un año: 2 Samuel 21–22; Lucas 18:24-43

No nos cansemos, pues, de hacer bien; porque a su tiempo segaremos, si no desmayamos (v. 9).

Bob Foster, mi mentor y amigo por más de 50 años, nunca se dio por vencido conmigo. Su amistad y ánimo inmutables, incluso en mis momentos más oscuros, me ayudaron a seguir adelante.

A menudo, nos decidimos a ayudar a alguien que está pasando una gran necesidad. Pero, cuando las cosas no mejoran enseguida, nuestra determinación se debilita y terminamos rindiéndonos. Descubrimos que el cambio inmediato que esperábamos se transformó en un proceso constante.

El apóstol Pablo nos anima a ser pacientes al ayudarnos unos a otros en los tropezones y las luchas de la vida. Cuando escribe «sobrellevad los unos las cargas de los otros» y «cumplid así la ley de Cristo» (Gálatas 6:2), compara nuestra tarea con el trabajo, el tiempo y la espera que la cosecha le demanda al agricultor.

¿Cuánto tiempo deberíamos seguir orando por aquellos que amamos y buscándolos? «No nos cansemos, pues, de hacer bien; porque a su tiempo segaremos, si no desmayamos» (v. 9). ¿Cuántas veces tenemos que extender nuestra mano? «Así que, según tengamos oportunidad, hagamos bien a todos, y mayormente a los de la familia de la fe» (v. 10).

Hoy, el Señor nos anima a confiar en Él, a permanecer fieles unos a otros, a seguir orando, ¡y a no rendirnos!

Padre, te pedimos esperanza y perseverancia para seguir ayudando a los demás.

Dios hace «más abundantemente de lo que pedimos o entendemos» (Efesios 3:20).

Unser Täglich Brot - Gib nicht auf

Lesen: Galater 6,1-10 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 2.Samuel 21–22; Lukas 18,24-43

Lasst uns aber Gutes tun und nicht müde werden; denn zu seiner Zeit werden wir auch ernten, wenn wir nicht nachlassen. Galater 6,9

Bob Foster, mein Mentor und Freund seit über 50 Jahren, hat mich nie aufgegeben. Seine unveränderliche Freundschaft und Ermutigung, selbst in meinen dunkelsten Zeiten, haben mir durchgeholfen.

Oft nehmen wir uns vor, auf andere zuzugehen, die Hilfe brauchen, und ihnen beizustehen. Aber wenn wir keinen unmittelbaren Fortschritt sehen, lässt unsere Entschlusskraft nach und irgendwann geben wir auf. Wo wir eine sofortige Veränderung erhofft haben, ist stattdessen ein Prozess in Gang gesetzt worden.

Der Apostel Paulus mahnt uns zur Geduld, wenn wir einander durch die Kämpfe und Widrigkeiten des Lebens helfen. Wenn er schreibt: „Einer trage des andern Last, so werdet ihr das Gesetz Christi erfüllen“ (Gal. 6,2), dann vergleicht er unsere Aufgabe mit der Arbeit, Zeit und dem Warten eines Landwirts bis zur Ernte.

Wie lange sollten wir für die Menschen beten, die wir lieben, und ihnen nachgehen? „Lasst uns aber Gutes tun und nicht müde werden; denn zu seiner Zeit werden wir auch ernten, wenn wir nicht nachlassen“ (V.9). Wie oft sollten wir anderen nachgehen? „Solange wir noch Zeit haben, lasst uns Gutes tun an jedermann, allermeist aber an des Glaubens Genossen“ (V.10).

Der Herr ruft uns dazu auf, ihm heute zu vertrauen, anderen treu zu sein, zu beten und nicht aufzugeben!

Vater im Himmel, wir bitten dich um Hoffnung und Ausdauer, damit wir andere nicht aufgeben.

Im Gebet rufen wir zu Gott, „der überschwänglich tun kann über alles hinaus, was wir bitten oder verstehen.“ Epheser 3,20

Notre Pain Quotidien - Ne vous relâchez pas

Lisez : Galates 6.1‑10 | La Bible en un an : 2 SAMUEL 21 – 22 et LUC 18.24‑43

Ne nous lassons pas de faire le bien ; car nous moissonnerons au temps convenable, si nous ne nous relâchons pas. V.9

Bob Foster, mon mentor et ami depuis plus de 50 ans, ne m’a jamais tourné le dos. Son amitié et ses encouragements de tous les instants, même durant mes heures les plus sombres, m’ont aidé à tenir le coup.

Nous sommes souvent déterminés à venir en aide à quelqu’un de notre entourage dans le creux de la vague, mais si nous ne voyons aucune amélioration immédiate se produire, notre résolution risque de faiblir et nous amener à baisser les bras en découvrant que ce que nous avions espéré voir se produire d’emblée était devenu un processus continu.

L’apôtre Paul nous exhorte à nous entraider avec patience au fil des revers. En écrivant : « Portez les fardeaux les uns des autres, et vous accomplirez ainsi la loi de Christ » (GA 6.2), il compare notre tâche au travail, au temps et à l’attente qui s’imposent à l’agriculteur en vue de la récolte.

Pendant combien de temps devons‑nous prier pour nos êtres chers et chercher à les gagner à Christ ? « Ne nous lassons pas de faire le bien ; car nous moissonnerons au temps convenable, si nous ne nous relâchons pas » (V. 9). Combien de tentatives devrions‑nous faire pour les gagner ? « Ainsi donc, pendant que nous en avons l’occasion, pratiquons le bien envers tous, et surtout envers les frères en la foi » (V. 10).

Dieu nous encourage aujourd’hui à lui faire confiance, à rester fidèles aux autres, à prier sans cesse et à ne pas nous relâcher !

Dieu peut faire « infiniment au‑delà de tout ».

Хліб Наш Насущній - Не здавайтесь


А роблячи добре, не знуджуймося, бо часу свого пожнемо, коли не ослабнемо. — Галатів 6:9

Боб Фостер – мій друг і духовний наставник – ніколи не переставав піклуватися про мій духовний стан. Навіть у найчорніші дні мого життя його незмінна дружба й підбадьорення допомагали мені йти далі.

Часто буває, що ми твердо вирішили допомогти комусь, хто стикнувся з великими проблемами. Але не бачимо миттєвих позитивних змін, тому наша рішучість слабне і ми зрештою здаємося. Ми стикаємося з тією реальністю, що замість швидких результатів, на які ми сподівались, відбувається доволі тривалий процес.

Апостол Павло спонукає нас бути терплячими, коли допомагаємо один одному здолати різні життєві перепони й проблеми. Він пише: “Носіть тягарі один одного, і так виконаєте закона Христового” (Гал. 6:2). Він порівнює цей процес із працею фермера, якому для отримання врожаю потрібен час, терпіння і наполегливий труд.

Як довго потрібно молитись і змагатись за тих, кого ми любимо? Павло відповідає: “Роблячи добре, не знуджуймося, бо часу свого пожнемо, коли не ослабнемо” (Гал. 6:9). Скільки разів потрібно докладати зусиль заради інших? “Поки маємо час, усім робімо добро, а найбільш одновірним!” (Гал. 6:10).

Господь закликає нас сьогодні довіряти Йому, бути вірними і продовжувати молитись за інших. Не здавайтесь!

Отче Небесний, зміцнюй нашу надію і витривалість, коли намагаємося допомагати іншим духовно.

В молитві ми звертаємося до Бога, “Хто може зробити значно більш над усе, чого просимо або думаємо”. —Ефесян 3:20

Хлеб наш насущный - Не сдавайтесь

Читать сейчас: Галатам 6:1-10 | Библия за год: 2 Царств 21-22; Луки 18:24-43

Делая добро, да не унываем, ибо в свое время пожнем, если не ослабеем. — Галатам 6:9

Боб Фостер, мой наставник и друг на протяжении более 50 лет, никогда не ставил на мне крест. Его неизменная дружба и поддержка, даже когда я был не на высоте, помогли мне все преодолеть.

Всем нам знакомо желание помочь оказавшимся в большой нужде. Но если улучшения не наступают сразу, наша решимость ослабевает и мы склоняемся к тому, чтобы сдаться. То, что предполагалось получить легко и сразу, оказывается не таким простым и требует сил и времени.

Апостол Павел побуждает нас быть терпеливыми в преодолении жизненных трудностей и невзгод. Обращаясь к галатам со словами: «Носите бремена друг друга, и таким образом исполните закон Христов» (Гал. 6:2), он сравнивает наш труд, терпение и ожидание с работой земледельца, ожидающего жатвы.

Сколько нужно молиться и работать, чтобы получить зримые плоды в жизни людей? «Делая добро, да не унываем, ибо в свое время пожнем, если не ослабеем» (Гал. 6:9). Сколько раз нужно протягивать руку помощи? «Доколе есть время, будем делать добро всем, а особенно своим по вере» (Гал. 6:10).

Господь побуждает нас доверять Ему, оставаться верными друг другу, продолжать молиться и никогда не сдаваться.

Отче Небесный, просим у Тебя веры и терпения в служении окружающим нас людям.

В молитве мы взываем к Богу, Который «может сделать несравненно больше всего, чего мы просим или о чем помышляем».