Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Daily Readings for WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 - 11th Day of Easter

Opening Sentence

On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

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 Daniel 2:17-30

Then Daniel went to his home and informed his companions, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions with the rest of the wise men of Babylon might not perish. Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night, and Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel said: "Blessed be the name of God from age to age, for wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons, deposes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with him. To you, O God of my ancestors, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and power, and have now revealed to me what we asked of you, for you have revealed to us what the king ordered." Therefore Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, "Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; bring me in before the king, and I will give the king the interpretation." Then Arioch quickly brought Daniel before the king and said to him: "I have found among the exiles from Judah a man who can tell the king the interpretation." The king said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, "Are you able to tell me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?" Daniel answered the king, "No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or diviners can show to the king the mystery that the king is asking, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has disclosed to King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen at the end of days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed were these: To you, O king, as you lay in bed, came thoughts of what would be hereafter, and the revealer of mysteries disclosed to you what is to be. But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me because of any wisdom that I have more than any other living being, but in order that the interpretation may be known to the king and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from 1 John 2:12-17

I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven on account of his name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, because you have conquered the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young people, because you are strong and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world-- the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches-- comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in John 17:20-26

"I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. "Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 119: Aleph Beati immaculati
1   Happy are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!
2   Happy are they who observe his decrees and seek him with all their hearts!
3   Who never do any wrong, but always walk in his ways.
4   You laid down your commandments, that we should fully keep them.
5   Oh, that my ways were made so direct that I might keep your statutes!
6   Then I should not be put to shame, when I regard all your commandments.
7   I will thank you with an unfeigned heart, when I have learned your righteous judgments.
8   I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me.

Psalm 119: Beth In quo corrigit?
9   How shall a young man cleanse his way? By keeping to your words.
10   With my whole heart I seek you; let me not stray from your commandments.
11   I treasure your promise in my heart, that I may not sin against you.
12   Blessed are you, O LORD; instruct me in your statutes.
13   With my lips will I recite all the judgments of your mouth.
14   I have taken greater delight in the way of your decrees than in all manner of riches.
15   I will meditate on your commandments and give attention to your ways.
16   My delight is in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

Psalm 119: Gimel Retribue servo tuo
17   Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word.
18   Open my eyes, that I may see the wonders of your law.
19   I am a stranger here on earth; do not hide your commandments from me.
20   My soul is consumed at all times with longing for your judgments.
21   You have rebuked the insolent; cursed are they who stray from your commandments!
22   Turn from me shame and rebuke, for I have kept your decrees.
23   Even though rulers sit and plot against me, I will meditate on your statutes.
24   For your decrees are my delight, and they are my counselors.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 12 Salvum me fac
1   Help me, LORD, for there is no godly one left; the faithful have vanished from among us.
2   Everyone speaks falsely with his neighbor; with a smooth tongue they speak from a double heart.
3   Oh, that the LORD would cut off all smooth tongues, and close the lips that utter proud boasts!
4   Those who say, "With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own; who is lord over us?"
5   Because the needy are oppressed, and the poor cry out in misery, I will rise up, says the LORD, and give them the help they long for.
6   The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined from ore and purified seven times in the fire.
7   O LORD, watch over us and save us from this generation for ever.
8   The wicked prowl on every side, and that which is worthless is highly prized by everyone.

Psalm 13 Usquequo, Domine?
1   How long, O LORD? will you forget me for ever? how long will you hide your face from me?
2   How long shall I have perplexity in my mind, and grief in my heart, day after day? how long shall my enemy triumph over me?
3   Look upon me and answer me, O LORD my God; give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death;
4   Lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him, " and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.
5   But I put my trust in your mercy; my heart is joyful because of your saving help.
6   I will sing to the LORD, for he has dealt with me richly; I will praise the Name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 14 Dixit insipiens
1   The fool has said in his heart, There is no God." All are corrupt and commit abominable acts; there is none who does any good.
2   The LORD looks down from heaven upon us all, to see if there is any who is wise, if there is one who seeks after God.
3   Every one has proved faithless; all alike have turned bad; there is none who does good; no, not one.
4   Have they no knowledge, all those evildoers who eat up my people like bread and do not call upon the LORD?
5   See how they tremble with fear, because God is in the company of the righteous.
6   Their aim is to confound the plans of the afflicted, but the LORD is their refuge.
7   Oh, that Israel's deliverance would come out of Zion! when the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad.

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 and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; 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 Grace

O Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A Prayer for Mission

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia!
Thanks be to God! 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 WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 - 11th Day of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; 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 26, 2017 - 11th Day of Easter

Hebrews 7:25 (NIV) Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "God on Our Terms"

Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.
Lamentations 3:22 (NKJV)

In ancient Rome when a conquering hero returned from war, he would be riding a donkey. So when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and the multitude cried out, “Hosanna!” the significance of this was not missed by the Romans or the Jews.

The Romans thought Jesus was acting as though He were a returning war hero. But the Jews saw a different meaning. The prophet Zechariah had said of the Messiah, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9).

For the Jews, Jesus was saying, “I am your Messiah.” And for the Romans, He was saying, “I am your king.” But Jesus did not come to conquer Rome. He came to conquer sin and death.

The crowd said, “‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!” (John 12:13). These people wanted to see Jesus, but they wanted Him on their own terms: Lord, we want You to be our conquering King.

There are some people who say they want God in their lives, but they want Him on their terms. They essentially would say to God, “Look, God, you can come into my life. But don’t tell me what to do. I’m going to do it my way. But by the way, Lord, I could use Your help in this one situation.”

It doesn’t work that way. Who are we to stand and dictate terms to God Almighty? The Bible says, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not” (Lamentations 3:22). We all deserve His judgment, yet He is loving and tolerant with us.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - Hoy es día de dar gracias

Las muchas aguas no podrán apagar el amor, ni lo ahogarán los ríos.
Cantar de los cantares 8:7, RV-60

En tu caso, no sé lo que tienes que agradecerle a Dios en un día como hoy. En el mío, tengo una gran razón para decirle «GRACIAS»: Me regaló el amor y la felicidad al lado de mi esposo, Edgar.

Además, ¡el día de nuestra boda es inolvidable! La ceremonia se realizó en la bellísima ciudad de Homestead el 26 de abril. Allí me acompañaron muchos de ustedes, mis oyentes, no solo en la iglesia, sino con sus oraciones, sus tarjetas, regalos, detalles y cientos de correos electrónicos.

También doy gracias a Dios por mis compañeros de trabajo que disfrutaron conmigo de un día absolutamente hermoso. Ese día no solo fue azul, sino que vimos a Dios en cada detalle. Lo vimos en el vestido, las flores, la tarta y todo lo que personas tan lindas y cercanas a mí aportaron para que fuera un día donde honraríamos a Dios.

Le doy gracias también porque ahora somos una familia completa. Mis princesas tienen el apoyo en todo de mi esposo y yo tengo una linda relación con sus tres hijos y su familia. Así que valió la pena esperar a que fuese Dios el que trajera a mi vida el hombre que Él sabía me haría muy feliz.

Por eso hoy testifico que la felicidad sí existe y que, cuando confiamos nuestra vida a papito Dios, Él nos sorprende y nos da lo mejor.

Claudia y Edgar

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón

Standing Strong Through the Storm - STANDING AGAINST THE DEVIL

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

The Bible clearly says to use the full armor. We usually feel we are doing okay if we have most of the pieces of armor in place. Yet, if even one piece is missing, we have a weak spot where Satan can injure us, causing us to lose ground rather than standing firm. (1 Peter 5:8-9)

The New Living Translation in Ephesians 6:11 puts it this way: “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil.” It further says in verse 13, “Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm.”

RESPONSE: Today I will put on the full armor of God to stand strong against Satan’s darts of doubt, denial and deceit.

PRAYER: “The Warrior’s Prayer”

Heavenly Father, Your warrior prepares for battle.
Today I claim victory over Satan by putting on the whole armor of God!

I put on the Belt of Truth.
May I stand firm in the truth of your Word so I will not be a victim of Satan’s lies.

I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness.
May it guard my heart from evil so I will remain pure and holy, protected under the blood of Jesus Christ.

I put on the Sandals of Peace.
May I go out and proclaim the good news of the Gospel so your peace will shine through me and be a light to all I encounter.

I take the Shield of Faith.
May I be ready to deflect Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, denial and deceit so I will not be vulnerable to spiritual defeat.

I put on the Helmet of Salvation.
May I keep my mind focused on you so Satan will not have a stronghold on my thoughts.

I take the Sword of the Spirit.
May the two-edged sword of your Word be ready in my hands so I can use it to take authority over the Enemy.

By faith, your warrior has put on the whole armor of God.

I am prepared to live this day in spiritual victory.


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Girlfriends in God - When You Feel God Has Called You to More Than You Can Handle

by Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13, ESV)

Friend to Friend

In my last devotion, we looked at Moses’ encounter with God at the burning bush in Midian. God began by saying:

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. 3:7–9, emphasis added).

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

God sees!

God hears!

God is concerned!

God will rescue!

I imagine Moses’ heart was pounding, his pulse was quickening, his neck hairs prickling. Hope was rising! This was great news! Until the next few words rocked his world.

So now go. I am sending you to the Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exod. 3:10, emphasis added).

Can’t you see Moses backing away from the bush . . . holding up his hands as in, “Whoa. Hold on here. You’ve got the wrong man for the job.”

His exact words were: “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exod. 3:11)?

Every insecurity in Moses’ emotional storehouse rose to the surface. And in his fainthearted and half-hearted objections we discover answers to what keeps us stuck in milquetoast faith—what keeps us from moving forward to the land flowing with milk and honey, what keeps us from experiencing the wall-tumbling, giant-slaying, mountain-moving, lame-man-leaping, blind-man-seeing, loaves-and-fishes-multiplying, thriving faith.

Moses was stuck in the muck and mire of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy. He allowed his past failure to stand in the way of his future success. His measuring stick had gotten him stuck as he saw others as more qualified, sanctified, and fortified to do anything meaningful for God. He had lost his confidence and God was about to show him how to get it back. But this isn’t just Moses’ problem; it is a potential problem for you and me as well.

Did you notice that before God told Moses what He was going to do, He reminded Moses who He was? “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”

Then Moses replied, “Yeah, I got that, I know who You are, but who am I?”

That question is one of the most important you will ever ask. Your answer will affect the way to you look at life, tackle your troubles, and frame your circumstances. The answer to that question will determine your destiny. It can give you the confidence to accomplish your calling or take away your courage to even begin. If you don’t answer that question with the truth of God, the devil will answer it for you with his bag of lies.

What do you think ran through Moses’ mind when God said, “Now go, I am sending you to the Pharaoh?” I imagine his life flashed before his eyes and he saw all the ways he had disappointed people in his past, not to mention the way he had disappointed himself.

You’ve got to be kidding! I am a murderer! I am a coward! I am a dirty rotten scoundrel! I am a wanted man! I am so messed up, used up, and fed up! No. No. No. You’ve made a mistake. You’ve got it all wrong. You’ve got the wrong man for the job.

How many times have I reacted similarly to Moses? Perhaps you have too. As soon as God reveals what He has planned for you to do, the devil reminds you of your past failures and missteps. And I’m not talking about just the mistakes you made before you came to Christ, but also the ones you’ve made since you came to Christ. The times you did not flee from temptation but walked right into it, did not hold your tongue but lashed out in anger, did not wait on God but rushed in to take matters in you own hands. Those are the ones the enemy really likes to throw in your face.

And we ask the questions:

Who am I that I should go to the Pharaoh?
Who am I that I should write a book?
Who am I that I should start a business?
Who am I that I should start a ministry?
Who am I that I should be a teacher?
Who am I that I should help orphans overseas?

And God replies, “You are who I say you are.”

So here’s your question for today...will you believe Him?

Let’s Pray

Lord, so many times I’m like Moses. I sense you calling me to do something wonderful, something risky, something beyond my ability. And then I say, “Who am I that I could...?” Lord, help me to believe that I am who You say that I am, and that I can do what You say I can do. Help my unbelief, my shaky knees, and my weak hands. For I know that my weakness is made perfect in Your strength.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

What is one time when you sensed God calling you but you ignored the call because you didn’t feel qualified?

What is one time when you sensed God calling you and you move forward in faith even though you didn’t feel qualified?

I’d love to hear your answers. You can email me at

More from the Girlfriends’s devotion was taken from my new book, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: Let Go, Move Forward. Live Bold. On the outside, many of us are well-put-together churchgoers with trendy shoes, beautiful families, and wide, white smiles. On the inside, we’re little girls hesitating at the edge of the playground, wishing we could join in, but feeling something’s not quite right. We don’t know how to truly take hold of the “life to the full” that Jesus offers us. So we settle for a life that’s . . . less.

But a mediocre, mundane faith is not your destiny! In Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, I reveal the most common reasons we get stuck in our Christian faith. I show you how to break free of all that holds you back, move forward with all that God promises, and live the adventurous faith of bold believing. It’s time to leave behind feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy that hold you hostage and take hold of the mountain-moving faith God intends. You were meant for more…take hold of God’s trust and thrive!

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LHM Daily Devotion - April 26, 2017 "Done It All"

By now, all of us have seen the videos of a passenger being dragged...

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

 "Done It All "

April 26, 2017

1 John 2:2 - He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

By now, all of us have seen the videos of a passenger being dragged off of a United Airlines' flight. We have heard the comedians joke about it, and we have listened to the excuses, the explanations, and the apologies coming from various official and unofficial sources. We have heard promises of an in-depth investigation and commitments that such a thing will never happen again.

By now, that story from a few weeks ago is old news.

Even so, forgive me for bringing the matter to your attention one more time. More specifically, I would like to reference a note United Airlines' President Oscar Munoz wrote to his employees. Part of that message said his agents "were left with no choice but to call Chicago Aviation Security Officers to assist in removing the customer from the flight."

At the risk of seeming to be picky, that statement's not quite right.

Not  every  avenue of getting people off the flight voluntarily had been fully explored. Yes, the airline's agents had offered everyone $400 if they would travel later. When that didn't work, the agents raised the incentive to $800. Again, there were no takers.

And that's where the offers stopped. You know how the rest of the nasty story goes.

But here's the thing: the agents had another choice. They could have raised the offer to $1,000! If that offer had fallen on deaf ears, United's representatives could have gone all the way up to $1,350. Now I might turn down $400 to give up my seat; I might even turn down $800, but $1,350 is a different matter entirely.

Now, nobody can ever prove that someone might have accepted the larger sum. Nobody can say what  would have  happened, but it would have been worth a try.

It would have been good to do all that could have been done.

Now I don't want to be overly judgmental here. I've looked at my life and I have to confess I haven't always done all that could have been done. I could have given to others more; I could have prayed harder; I could have volunteered more; I could have shown greater patience.

When it comes to doing all that can be done, I'm a failure -- and you probably are, too.

In fact, the only Person I can think of who did all that could be done was our Savior.

More than that, Jesus did all that could be done, all of the time. Think about it: when Jesus went to the cross, He was carrying every sin committed by every person who has ever lived. There were no exceptions. Not one. That is why, when He said, "It is finished!" It really was.

His third-day resurrection from the dead says Jesus had been successful in doing all that could be done. And because that is so, all who believe on Him are forgiven and given life eternal.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks for a Savor who has done absolutely everything necessary for my salvation. May I do all I can to live a life that always honors Him. In His Name, I pray. Amen

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CPTLN Devocional de 26 de Abril de 2017

Alimento Diario

Otra preocupación

26 de Abril 2017

Así que, no se preocupen por el día de mañana, porque el día de mañana traerá sus propias preocupaciones. ¡Ya bastante tiene cada día con su propio mal! Mateo 6:34

Si usted es una de esas personas que se preocupa con facilidad, hace un tiempo los astrónomos descubrieron algo más para agregar a su lista de preocupaciones: el Asteroide 1999 RQ36, que tiene una posibilidad en 1400 de chocar contra la tierra.

Si así sucede, podría causar mucho daño. Si cayera en el océano crearía olas inmensas, y si cayera en la tierra haría un gran desastre.

Si esta noticia le ha causado preocupación, déjeme hacerle otra pregunta. ¿Le ayudaría en algo si le dijera que esta "posible" colisión no habrá de suceder hasta dentro de unos 160 años? ¿Sería distinto si le dijera que la humanidad tiene solamente 70 años para cambiar el rumbo de ese asteroide?

Me imagino que la mayoría de ustedes estarán pensando: "Hay muchas otras cosas que me preocupan y que son más importantes que un asteroide que quizás vaya a chocar con la tierra mucho tiempo después de que me haya ido con Jesús".

Y es cierto. Casi todos tenemos cosas más importantes que nos preocupan. Usted sabe cuáles son esas cosas que le preocupan desde que se despierta en la mañana hasta que se va a dormir por la noche, esas que le irritan el estómago, le ponen de mal humor, o le producen dolores de cabeza.

Por eso es que quiero recordarle lo que dijo el Salvador: "no se angustien por mañana". Aclaremos que Jesús nunca dijo que el mañana va a estar libre de problemas y preocupaciones. Lo que Jesús dijo fue que él va a escuchar nuestras preocupaciones, y juntos las vamos a superar.

Sea cual sea la preocupación que tenga, Jesús le puede ayudar a superarla.

ORACIÓN: Señor Jesús, reconozco que hay cosas que me preocupan. Te doy gracias por estar dispuesto a escuchar mis temores y a ayudarme a superarlos. Enséñame a confiar cada vez más en ti. En tu nombre. Amén

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Our Daily Bread - Someone to Touch

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. Luke 5:13

Commuters on a Canadian Metro train witnessed a heart-moving conclusion to a tense moment. They watched as a 70-year old woman gently reached out and offered her hand to a young man whose loud voice and disturbing words were scaring other passengers. The lady’s kindness calmed the man who sank to the floor of the train with tears in his eyes. He said, “Thanks, Grandma,” stood up, and walked away. The woman later admitted to being afraid. But she said, “I’m a mother and he needed someone to touch.” While better judgment might have given her reason to keep her distance, she took a risk of love.

Jesus understands such compassion. He didn’t side with the fears of unnerved onlookers when a desperate man, full of leprosy, showed up begging to be healed. Neither was He helpless as other religious leaders were—men who could only have condemned the man for bringing his leprosy into the village (Lev. 13:45–46). Instead, Jesus reached out to someone who probably hadn’t been touched by anyone for years, and healed him.

Thankfully, for that man and for us, Jesus came to offer what no law could ever offer—the touch of His hand and heart.

Father in heaven, please help us to see ourselves and one another in that desperate man—and in the merciful eyes of Your Son who reached out and touched him.

No one is too troubled or unclean to be touched by Jesus.

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Chạm Đến Ai Đó
Đọc: Lu-ca 5:12-16 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: 2 Sa-mu-ên 23-24; Lu-ca 19:1-27

Đức Chúa Jêsus giơ tay chạm đến người ấy. Lu-ca 5:13

Những hành khách trên chuyến tàu điện ở Canada đã chứng kiến một kết cục đầy cảm động của một khoảnh khắc căng thẳng. Họ thấy một bà cụ 70 tuổi nhẹ nhàng đưa tay ra đề nghị giúp một chàng thanh niên mà tiếng la lối và những lời khó nghe của anh ta làm cho các hành khách khác sợ sệt. Sự tử tế của bà cụ đã làm chàng thanh niên đang ngã dưới sàn tàu bình tĩnh lại với đôi mắt ươn ướt. Chàng ta nói: “Cảm ơn bà,” rồi đứng dậy và bước đi. Sau đó, bà cụ thú nhận rằng bà cũng thấy sợ. Nhưng bà nói: “Tôi là một người mẹ và tôi biết cậu ấy cần có ai đó chạm đến.” Dù nếu suy xét kỹ càng hơn, bà sẽ có lý do để tránh xa cậu ấy, nhưng bà đã chọn mạo hiểm vì tình thương.

Chúa Jêsus thấu hiểu sự cảm thương đó. Ngài không ủng hộ nỗi sợ của những người nhút nhát khi đứng nhìn người đàn ông vô vọng, mình mẩy đầy phong hủi, đến xin Ngài chữa lành. Ngài cũng không bất lực như những lãnh đạo tôn giáo—những người chỉ có thể chỉ trích người đàn ông đó vì mang phong hủi vào làng (Lê. 13:45-46). Trái lại, Chúa Jêsus đã đưa tay rờ người mà có lẽ nhiều năm rồi không được ai đụng đến, và chữa lành cho ông.

Tạ ơn Chúa, Chúa Jêsus đã đến để ban cho người đàn ông đó và chúng ta điều mà luật pháp không bao giờ có thể ban cho—sự rờ chạm của bàn tay và trái tim.

Lạy Cha Thiên Thượng, xin giúp chúng con thấy chính mình và người khác trong người đàn ông tuyệt vọng đó—bằng ánh mắt thương xót của Con Ngài, Đấng đã chạm đến ông.

Chúa Jêsus có thể chạm đến những con người ô uế nhất và buông tuồng nhất.

Nuestro Pan Diario - Alguien a quién tocar
Leer: Lucas 5:12-16 | La Biblia en un año: 2 Samuel 23–24; Lucas 19:1-27

Entonces, extendiendo él la mano, [Jesús] le tocó… (v. 13).

Los pasajeros de un tren subterráneo presenciaron una emocionante conclusión a un momento de tensión. Con dulzura, una mujer de 70 años le ofreció la mano a un joven cuya voz fuerte y palabras perturbadoras estaban asustando a los demás pasajeros. La bondad de la mujer calmó al hombre, quien se arrodilló en el tren, conmovido. Le dijo: «Gracias, abuela», se levantó y se fue. Más adelante, la mujer admitió que tuvo miedo. Pero afirmó: «Yo soy madre, y él necesitaba alguien a quién tocar». Aunque el sentido común le habría indicado que mantuviera distancia, ella se arriesgó por amor.

Jesús entiende esta clase de compasión. No actuó como los nerviosos y atemorizados espectadores cuando un hombre desesperado, cubierto de lepra, apareció y rogó que lo sanara. Además, Él podía hacer algo por este hombre, a diferencia de los otros líderes religiosos, hombres que habrían condenado al leproso por traer su enfermedad al pueblo (Levítico 13:45–46). En cambio, Jesús se acercó a alguien que probablemente nadie había tocado en años, y lo sanó.

Afortunadamente, para ese hombre y para nosotros, Jesús vino a ofrecer lo que ninguna ley podría dar: el toque de su mano y su corazón.

Padre, ayúdanos a vernos y a ver a los demás en ese hombre desesperado, y en tu Hijo, que extendió su mano y lo tocó.

Nadie está demasiado atribulado o impuro como para recibir el toque de Jesús.

Unser Täglich Brot - Berührungen
Lesen: Lukas 5,12-16 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 2.Samuel 23–24; Lukas 19,1-27

Und er streckte die Hand aus und rührte ihn an. Lukas 5,13

Pendler in einer Metro in Kanada konnten miterleben, wie eine angespannte Situation eine herzerwärmende Wendung erfuhr. Ein junger Mann belästigte die Passagiere mit lauter Stimme und üblen Beschimpfungen, als eine etwa siebzigjährige Frau ihre Hand ausstreckte und ihn sacht berührte. Die freundliche Geste brachte ihn umgehend zur Ruhe. Er sank auf den Boden und brach in Tränen aus. „Danke, Oma“, stieß er hervor, erhob sich und ging davon. Die Frau gab später zu, dass sie Angst gehabt habe. „Aber“, so sagte sie, „ich bin Mutter und er brauchte eine Berührung.“ Auch wenn die Vernunft wohl geraten hätte, lieber Abstand zu halten, ging die Liebe ein Risiko ein.

Jesus versteht solches Mitgefühl. Er schlug sich nicht auf die Seite der entnervten Zuschauer, als ein verzweifelter, vom Aussatz entstellter Mann, zu ihm kam und um Heilung bat. Und er war auch nicht hilflos wie die anderen Priester—Männer, die den Mann nur dafür verurteilen konnten, dass er den Aussatz ins Dorf brachte (3.Mose 13,45-46). Stattdessen streckte Jesus einem die Hand entgegen, den vermutlich seit Jahren niemand mehr berührt hatte, und machte ihn gesund.

Zum Glück für diesen Mann und uns kam Jesus, um uns zu bieten, was kein Gesetz je bieten kann—er lässt sein Herz anrühren und berührt uns mit seiner Hand.

Vater im Himmel, hilf uns, uns selbst und andere in diesem verzweifelten Mann zu erkennen—und in den barmherzigen Augen deines Sohnes, der die Hand ausgestreckt und ihn berührt hat.

Niemand ist so böse oder schmutzig, dass Jesus ihn nicht anrühren könnte.

Notre Pain Quotidien - Qu’est‑ce qui dure toujours ?
Lisez : Psaume 102.26‑29

La Bible en un an : 1 SAMUEL 4 – 6 et LUC 9.1‑17

Mais toi, tu restes le même, et tes années de finiront point. V.28

Un ami ayant traversé de nombreuses difficultés dernièrement a écrit : « En me remémorant les quatre derniers trimestres en tant qu’étudiant, force m’est de constater que beaucoup de choses se sont produites. […] C’est affolant, vraiment affolant. Rien ne dure toujours. »

En effet, tant de choses peuvent arriver en deux ans – un changement de carrière, une nouvelle amitié, une maladie, un décès. Qu’elle soit bonne ou mauvaise, une expérience transformatrice de la vie peut nous guetter au tournant ! C’est juste que nous l’ignorons. Quel merveilleux réconfort, alors, de savoir que notre Père bienveillant ne change jamais !

Le psalmiste a dit : « Mais toi, tu restes le même, et tes années ne finiront point » (PS 102.27). Cette vérité aux implications immenses signifie que Dieu conserve toujours son amour, sa justice et sa sagesse. Comme le professeur de la Bible Arthur W. Pink le dit si bien : « Quels qu’aient pu être les attributs de Dieu avant la création de l’univers, ce sont encore précisément les mêmes aujourd’hui et qui demeureront pour l’éternité. »

Jacques a écrit : « Toute grâce excellente et tout don parfait descendent d’en haut, du Père des lumières, chez lequel il n’y a ni changement ni ombre de variation » (JA 1.17). En toute situation, nous pouvons toujours avoir l’assurance que notre Dieu si bon restera toujours fidèle à lui‑même. Il est la source même de tout ce qui est bon et tout ce qu’il fait est bon.

Contrairement à tout le reste, Dieu ne change jamais.

Celui qui soutient l’univers ne vous abandonnera pas.

© 2017 Ministères NPQ

Хліб Наш Насущній - Щоб хтось торкнувся
Читати: Луки 5:12-16

А Він руку простяг, доторкнувся до нього й сказав: “Хочу, − будь чистий!” — Луки 5:13

Комп’ютери в канадському метро зафіксували зворушливий момент, яким завершився напружений інцидент. На моніторах було видно, як 70-річна бабуся підійшла й ніжно торкнулась молодого парубка, гучні й загрозливі слова якого сполошили й перелякали інших пасажирів. Ласкавість цієї жінки вгасила агресивні емоції хлопця. Він сів на підлогу у вагоні зі сльозами на очах. “Дякую, бабусю”, – сказав він. Потім підвівся й пішов геть. Ця жінка пізніше зізналась, що теж була налякана. Але вона сказала: “Я – мати. А він потребував, щоб хтось до нього доторкнувся”.

Ісусу Христу не був чужий такий спосіб виявлення співчуття. Він не шарахнувся з юрбою переляканих людей, коли раптово з’явився прокажений чоловік із відчайдушним проханням про зцілення. Не був Він і серед релігійних лідерів, що безсилі були чимось допомогти бідоласі, а могли лише засудити його за те, що він, нечистий і небезпечно хворий, зважився зайти у селище (Лев. 13:45-46). Ісус натомість простягнув руку, торкнувся цієї людини – якої напевно ніхто не торкався протягом багатьох років – і зцілив її.

Дякувати Богу, Ісус прийшов запропонувати нам (як і цьому прокаженому) те, що закон неспроможний дати, – ласкавий дотик руки й серця Бога.

Небесний Отче, допоможи нам бачити себе й інших тими, хто має відчайдушну потребу в Тобі, – як той прокажений. Щоб Твій Син міг торкнутись нас Своєю ласкою.

Не буває настільки нечистих і обтяжених гріхом людей, щоб Ісус не міг їх торкнутись.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Кто бы прикоснулся
Читать сейчас: Луки 5:12-16 | Библия за год: 2 Царств 23-24; Луки 19:1-27

[Иисус] простер руку [и] прикоснулся к нему... — Луки 5:13

Работники метро в Канаде стали свидетелями трогательной развязки случая нарушения общественного порядка. Какой-то молодой человек прямо в вагоне принялся громко кричать и пугать пассажиров. В ответ на это семидесятилетняя старушка подошла и ласково положила руку ему на плечо. От этого жеста «дебошир» вдруг опустился на пол со слезами на глазах. Потом сказал: «Спасибо, бабушка», встал и вышел. Позже старушка призналась, что боялась, как и все остальные, но при этом сказала: «Я мать, а ему нужно было, чтобы кто-то к нему прикоснулся». Хотя, вероятно, разумнее было бы держаться подальше, она пожалела молодого человека и решила рискнуть.

Иисусу Христу знакомо такое сострадание. Он не отстранился вместе с обеспокоенной толпой, когда к Нему приблизился отчаявшийся прокаженный, прося исцеления. Не был Он и беспомощен, подобно религиозным учителям, которые могли только осудить несчастного, что тот принес проказу в селение (Лев. 13:45-46). Вместо этого Иисус простер руку, коснулся того, кого, вероятно, никто не касался уже многие годы, и исцелил его.

К счастью для этого человека и для нас, Господь пришел, чтобы даровать то, чего не мог дать никакой закон, – прикосновение Божьей доброй руки и любящего сердца.

Отче Небесный, помоги нам видеть себя и друг друга в этом несчастном прокаженном и даруй нам милостивое отношение Твоего Сына, Который простер руку и коснулся Его.

Иисус желает прикоснуться к самым нечистым душам.