Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Daily Readings for SATURDAY, April 29, 2017 - 14th 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 3:19-30

Then Nebuchadnezzar was so filled with rage against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that his face was distorted. He ordered the furnace heated up seven times more than was customary, and ordered some of the strongest guards in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. So the men were bound, still wearing their tunics, their trousers, their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the furnace of blazing fire. Because the king's command was urgent and the furnace was so overheated, the raging flames killed the men who lifted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. But the three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire. Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up quickly. He said to his counselors, "Was it not three men that we threw bound into the fire?" They answered the king, "True, O king." He replied, "But I see four men unbound, walking in the middle of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the fourth has the appearance of a god." Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and said, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!" So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king's counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men; the hair of their heads was not singed, their tunics were not harmed, and not even the smell of fire came from them. Nebuchadnezzar said, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants who trusted in him. They disobeyed the king's command and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that utters blasphemy against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins; for there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way." Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from 1 John 3:11-18

For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous. Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. All who hate a brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them. We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us-- and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Luke 4:1-13

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread." Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone.'" Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, "To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours." Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'" Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, 'He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,' and 'On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.'" Jesus answered him, "It is said, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 20 Exaudiat te Dominus
1   May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble, the Name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2   Send you help from his holy place and strengthen you out of Zion;
3   Remember all your offerings and accept your burnt sacrifice;
4   Grant you your heart's desire and prosper all your plans.
5   We will shout for joy at your victory and triumph in the Name of our God; may the LORD grant all your requests.
6   Now I know that the LORD gives victory to his anointed; he will answer him out of his holy heaven, with the victorious strength of his right hand.
7   Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will call upon the Name of the LORD our God.
8   They collapse and fall down, but we will arise and stand upright.
9   O LORD, give victory to the king and answer us when we call.

Psalm 21 Domine, in virtute tua
1   The king rejoices in your strength, O LORD; how greatly he exults in your victory!
2   You have given him his heart's desire; you have not denied him the request of his lips.
3   For you meet him with blessings of prosperity, and set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
4   He asked you for life, and you gave it to him: length of days, for ever and ever.
5   His honor is great, because of your victory; splendor and majesty have you bestowed upon him.
6   For you will give him everlasting felicity and will make him glad with the joy of your presence.
7   For the king puts his trust in the LORD; because of the loving-kindness of the Most High, he will not fall.
8   Your hand will lay hold upon all your enemies; your right hand will seize all those who hate you.
9   You will make them like a fiery furnace at the time of your appearing, O LORD;
10   You will swallow them up in your wrath, and fire shall consume them.
11   You will destroy their offspring from the land and their descendants from among the peoples of the earth.
12   Though they intend evil against you and devise wicked schemes, yet they shall not prevail.
13   For you will put them to flight and aim your arrows at them.
14   Be exalted, O LORD, in your might; we will sing and praise your power.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 110 Dixit Dominus
1   The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool."
2   The LORD will send the scepter of your power out of Zion, saying, "Rule over your enemies round about you.
3   Princely state has been yours from the day of your birth; in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you, like dew from the womb of the morning."
4   The LORD has sworn and he will not recant: "You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek."
5   The Lord who is at your right hand will smite kings in the day of his wrath; he will rule over the nations.
6   He will heap high the corpses; he will smash heads over the wide earth.
7   He will drink from the brook beside the road; therefore he will lift high his head.

Psalm 116 Dilexi, quoniam
1   I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.
2   The cords of death entangled me; the grip of the grave took hold of me; I came to grief and sorrow.
3   Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: "O LORD, I pray you, save my life."
4   Gracious is the LORD and righteous; our God is full of compassion.
5   The LORD watches over the innocent; I was brought very low, and he helped me.
6   Turn again to your rest, O my soul. for the LORD has treated you well.
7   For you have rescued my life from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
8   I will walk in the presence of the LORD in the land of the living.
9   I believed, even when I said, "I have been brought very low." In my distress I said, "No one can be trusted."
10   How shall I repay the LORD for all the good things he has done for me?
11   I will lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the Name of the LORD.
12   I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
13   Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his servants.
14   O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant and the child of your handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds.
15   I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call upon the Name of the LORD.
16   I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
17   In the courts of the LORD'S house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!

Psalm 117 Laudate Dominum
1   Praise the LORD, all you nations; laud him, all you peoples.
2   For his loving-kindness toward us is great, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. Hallelujah!

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

Everlasting God, you so kindled the flame of holy love in the heart of blessed Catherine of Siena, as she meditated on the passion of your Son our Savior, that she devoted her life to the poor and the sick, and to the peace and unity of the Church: Grant that we also may share in the mystery of Christ's death, and rejoice in the revelation of his glory; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

A Prayer for Saturdays

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; 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 SATURDAY, April 29, 2017 - 14th Day of Easter

Everlasting God, you so kindled the flame of holy love in the heart of blessed Catherine of Siena, as she meditated on the passion of your Son our Savior, that she devoted her life to the poor and the sick, and to the peace and unity of the Church: Grant that we also may share in the mystery of Christ's death, and rejoice in the revelation of his glory; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Verse of the Day - April 29, 2017 - 14th Day of Easter

Job 19:25 (NIV) I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Three Questions Every Christian Should Be Asking"

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1 Corinthians 6:12 (NKJV)

I heard a caller on a Christian radio station say, “I just became a Christian. I was wondering what Christians do for fun?” I love how candid that new believer was.

That’s a great question to ask, because there are a lot of gray areas we may encounter as Christians. Here are three questions—three litmus tests, as it were—that we can apply to those so-called gray areas of life.

First, does it build you up spiritually? Will it promote growth in Christian character? Or, to put it another way, will it discourage growth in Christian character? Anything that would tear you down spiritually, anything that would tear you away from the people of God or dull your hunger for the Word of God, anything that would keep you from Christian fellowship or take the edge off your desire for prayer or appetite for Bible study, and anything that would make this world more attractive should be avoided at all costs.

Second, does it bring you under its power? It could be alcohol. It could be television. It could be music. It could be possessions. It could be something else that is more important to us than God. So many things can bring us under their power. It is freedom to say, “I don’t need that stuff. I don’t want that stuff. I don’t want to do those things.”

Third, do you have an uneasy conscience about it? The Bible says, “For whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23b). Do you have an uneasy conscience about it? Don’t try to rationalize it; just don’t do it.

We want to avoid the things that will hurt us spiritually, because not only are there things that will build us up spiritually, but there are also things that will tear us down.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - Promesas sin cumplir

¡Sé fuerte y valiente! ¡No tengas miedo ni te desanimes! [...] ¡pon manos a la obra, y que el Señor te acompañe!
1 Crónicas 22:13, 16, NVI

Ya falta un día para que se acabe este cuarto mes del año y te está preocupando que muchas de las cosas que prometiste cambiar en el inicio del año aún no las puedes cumplir.

En este día, te motivo a que no te des por vencido. Un hábito no se cambia de la noche a la mañana, ni tampoco dejar de hacer algo que sabemos que no es la voluntad de Dios. A decir verdad, nos cuesta muchísimo cumplirlo.

Por lo tanto, nuestra oración diaria debe ser pedirle a Dios que nos permita desarrollar el dominio propio y estoy segura que, con el favor de Jesús, lo lograremos.

No te desanimes, Dios te ama y te ayudará a cumplir tus promesas.

Repítete: «Yo puedo, yo lo haré, yo lo lograré. Lo que me propongo, eso haré».

De ese modo, estoy segura que lograremos cumplir nuestras promesas.

¡Ánimo, aún nos faltan ocho meses para hacerlo!

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón


"...It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws.”

Here is another of five ways God uses problems and persecution in your life: God uses problems and persecution to CORRECT you.

Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It is likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something—health, money, a relationship—by losing it.

John 17 clearly teaches that He does not desire to have His church in the comforts of a problem-free society. He desires for His church to be faithful in the midst of trials and testing.

During a recent visit to Indonesia, some co-workers had the joy of participating in an Open Doors Standing Strong Through the Storm (SSTS) seminar held in an area of intense conflict. The constant presence of armed soldiers outside the building confirmed that this seminar was far more than just a theology course—this was reality! More than seven hundred churches were already burned to the ground and the church was facing a severe onslaught.

On the second day of teaching, one pastor suddenly jumped up and with all his heart cried out: “My brother, please don’t teach us just to survive, teach us to be faithful.”

In understanding God’s purposes for the church it is vital to understand His requirements for us to remain faithful within these purposes. Faithfulness is not a request it is the duty of every believer. “Teach us to be faithful in the midst of our circumstances” should be a far greater priority in our prayers than that of making our society a safer place. Perseverance is far more important than transformation or preservation.

William Barclay said the following about praying for our circumstances. “When we pray for ourselves and others, we should not ask for the release from any task or situation, but strength to complete it and endure it. Prayer should be for power and seldom for release: not release but conquest must be the keynote of the church.” 

RESPONSE: God is at work in my life—even when I do not recognize it or understand it. It is much easier and more profitable when I cooperate with Him. This is the way to victory!

PRAYER: Lord, teach us to be faithful in the midst of our circumstances.

NIV Devotions for Couples - Affirmation Experiment

Matthew 7:1–5

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1–2

Years ago graduate students at an Ivy League college conducted an experiment. First they observed undergraduates until they found one of the most unkempt, most socially inept women on campus.

Then they drew up a schedule; each would spend a month getting close to the woman. They would “happen” to bump into her between classes. They would show up in line behind her in the dining hall. They would call her for lecture notes or assignment reminders. Moreover, when each was “on duty,” he would compliment the woman, expressing delight in her voice, her talents, her insights, her clothes.

The first student performed well. In spite of his misgivings, he began to speak to the woman, finding ways to affirm her. By the end of the month he found his task less onerous as the young woman started to respond. She smiled occasionally, combed her hair more often, and paid more attention to how she dressed.

The second graduate student took the experiment a step further. He asked the undergrad out on an official date and spent the month showering her with gifts and compliments.

By the third month there was a new glow about the young woman, and the third researcher enjoyed her company more than he cared to admit. When the graduate students got together to share their experiences and laugh at the “progress” of their victim, the third student had to force chuckles through self-conscious embarrassment.

The fourth member of the group never got the chance to lavish attention on the young woman because by then she was engaged to the man assigned to her during the third month. What started as a cruel and belittling pastime for the students turned into a love story.

None of us would want such a trick played on us. Yet there is something instructive about its outcome. As Jesus noted, when we spend our days looking at others with critical eyes, we find ourselves more in a laboratory than in a relationship. But when we begin to respect and affirm others as men and women made in the image of God, we move back into the relational warmth of family.

The implications are obvious for marriage. People who live closely with one another are bound to chip away at each other’s rough edges. We become experts in analysis and faultfinding, but we don’t gain much by that besides divisiveness and pain.

Jesus’ warning not to judge others doesn’t mean we should be blind to the faults of our mates. But it reminds us to be caring more than critical, compassionate more than judgmental. Just as Christ lavishes grace upon us, we can extend loving grace to each other, rejoicing as we together blossom and grow beautiful in each other’s eyes.

Wayne Brouwer

Let’s Talk
  • In what areas are we critical of each other? What brings out words of judgment in our relationship? How has this affected who we are together?
  • When has our relationship blossomed with warmth? What kinds of things did we say to one another during those times?
  • How can we bring out the best in each other? What practices will help accomplish that?

LHM Daily Devotion - April 29, 2017 "Last Requests"

The doctors at Denmark's Aarhus University Hospital had told...

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

"Last Requests"

April 29, 2017

1 John 4:19 - We love because He first loved us.

The doctors at Denmark's Aarhus University Hospital had told Carsten Flemming Hansen that he had a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Then they told the 75-year-old Hansen that he was too sick to have surgery.

Translating the doctor's words so everybody can understand -- those MDs were telling Hansen he had days, maybe hours, to live. The news got Hansen thinking. He asked himself, "Do I have a last wish? Is there something I want to do with the time left to me?" Eventually, Hansen came up with an answer to his question. He told his nurse, Rikke Kvist, "I wish I could have one last cigarette and a glass of wine."

Now to you and me, that may sound like a frivolous last request. No matter how nurse Kvist might have felt personally, she decided to try and fulfill her patient's wish. That meant she had to petition the hospital for an exemption to their ironclad "no smoking" policy.

The hospital officials agreed when Nurse Kvist said she could wheel Hansen and his bed out to the hospital balcony. A few days later the hospital released a touching photo of Hansen, surrounded by his family, enjoying his smoke and a glass of white wine, as the sun set.

Now, Mr. Hansen's request might not be yours. It certainly isn't mine.

That being said, the story got me wondering: if the physicians told me my time on this earth was extremely limited, what would I do? What would be my last request? Would it be something as simple as a glass of wine and a sunset? Would it be the kind of wish that called for months of planning and a small fortune to make a reality?

Seriously, take a moment and ask yourself what would you do if you were limited to 24 hours?

Did you ever think of the requests Jesus made in His last 24-hour-period with His disciples? There are a number of things He requested:

1. He told His disciples they ought to serve others.
2. He asked them to stay awake with Him in the Garden.
3. He prayed that if it were possible the "cup of suffering" might be taken away from Him. (It was a wish followed by another wish, namely, that the Lord's "will be done.")
4. From the cross, He asked His Father to forgive the sins of those who put Him there.
5. He asked John to take care of His mother.

You will note that very few of Jesus' requests centered on Himself. Most of them were concerned with the physical and spiritual future of those He was leaving behind. From the mouth of anyone else, it would be a surprising list.

Coming from the Savior -- whose entire life was spent saving a lost and sinful world -- it is not a shock. It's the kind of thing our heaven-sent Redeemer would do.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for Your thinking of sinners, I give thanks. For living Your life to save those sinners, I praise Your Name. For making me a saved soul, I shall always be in Your debt. May I acknowledge that debt in serving You every day of my life. In Your Name. Amen

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Our Daily Bread - When Morning Comes

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

It was very late when we stopped for the night at a country inn outside of Munich. We were delighted to see that our cozy room had a balcony, although an oppressive fog made it impossible to see into the darkness. But when the sun rose a few hours later, the haze began to fade. Then we could see what had been grimly shrouded the night before—a completely idyllic scene—peaceful and lush green meadow, sheep grazing with tiny tinkling bells about their necks, and big white clouds in the sky that looked exactly like more sheep—huge, fluffy sheep!

Sometimes life can get clouded over by a heavy fog of despair. Our situation may look so dark that we begin to lose hope. But just as the sun burns away a fog, our faith in God can burn away the haze of doubt. Hebrews 11 defines faith as “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (v. 1). The passage goes on to remind us of the faith of Noah, who was “warned about things not yet seen,” yet obeyed God (v. 7). And Abraham who went where God directed—even though he didn’t know where that would be (v. 8).

Though we have not seen Him and cannot always feel His presence, God is always present and will help us through our darkest nights.

Father, thank You for Your promise to walk with us through all of life. In moments of doubt, help us to have the confidence You are in control and we can trust You.

Faith is the radar that sees through the fog. Corrie ten Boom

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Khi Bình Minh Ló Dạng
Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: 1 Các Vua 6-7; Lu-ca 20:27-47

Đức tin là sự xác quyết về những điều mình đang hi vọng, là bằng chứng của những điều mình chẳng xem thấy. Hê-bơ-rơ 11:1

Khi chúng tôi dừng lại để nghỉ đêm tại một nhà nghỉ ở miền quê ngoài thành phố Munich thì trời đã rất khuya rồi. Chúng tôi rất vui khi thấy căn phòng ấm cúng của mình có ban công, mặc dù màn sương dày đặc khiến chúng tôi không nhìn thấy gì trong đêm. Nhưng vài tiếng sau đó khi mặt trời mọc, sương mù bắt đầu tan dần. Khi đó, chúng tôi có thể thấy những gì mà đêm hôm trước bị che khuất bởi màn sương dày đặc—một cảnh tượng hết sức bình dị—một đồng cỏ xanh mướt, thanh bình, những con cừu nhởn nhơ gặm cỏ với những cái chuông nhỏ xíu kêu leng keng trên cổ, và những đám mây trắng trôi bồng bềnh trên bầu trời trông hệt như những con cừu, những con cừu khổng lồ với bộ lông tơ mềm mại!

Đôi khi cuộc sống âm u, mờ mịt bởi những đám sương mù tuyệt vọng vây bủa. Hoàn cảnh của chúng ta dường như đen tối đến mức chúng ta bắt đầu mất hy vọng. Nhưng như mặt trời xua tan đi màn sương mờ, đức tin nơi Chúa của chúng ta có thể xua tan đi đám mây ngờ vực. Hê-bơ-rơ 11 định nghĩa đức tin là “sự xác quyết về những điều mình đang hi vọng, là bằng chứng của những điều mình chẳng xem thấy” (c.1). Phân đoạn này tiếp tục nhắc chúng ta về đức tin của Nô-ê, người “được Chúa cảnh báo về những việc chưa thấy”, nhưng ông vẫn vâng lời Chúa (c.7). Và Áp-ra-ham là người đã đi đến nơi Chúa chỉ—ngay cả khi ông không biết đó là đâu (c.8).

Mặc dù chúng ta không thấy Chúa và không phải lúc nào cũng cảm nhận được sự hiện diện của Ngài, nhưng Chúa luôn hiện diện và sẽ vùa giúp chúng ta qua những đêm dài tăm tối nhất.

Lạy Cha, cảm ơn Ngài đã hứa đi cùng với chúng con suốt cả cuộc đời. Trong những giờ khắc nghi ngờ bủa vây, xin giúp chúng con tin rằng Ngài đang tể trị và chúng con có thể tin cậy Ngài.

Đức tin là chiếc máy ra-đa giúp ta nhìn xuyên qua sương mù.

Nuestro Pan Diario - Cuando llega la mañana
La Biblia en un año: 1 Reyes 6–7; Lucas 20:27-47

Es, pues, la fe la certeza de lo que se espera, la convicción de lo que no se ve (v. 1).

Era tarde cuando paramos a pasar la noche en una hostería a las afueras de Múnich. Nuestra cómoda habitación tenía balcón, aunque una densa niebla no nos permitía ver en la oscuridad. Pero, cuando salió el sol, la neblina empezó a desaparecer. Entonces, pudimos ver lo que había estado lúgubremente escondido la noche anterior: una pradera tranquila e idílica de un verde exuberante, ovejas pastando con campanillas en sus cuellos, y grandes nubes blancas en el cielo, que parecían más ovejas… ¡ovejas mullidas y gigantes!

A veces, la vida puede enturbiarse en una densa niebla de desesperación. Nuestra situación puede parecer tan oscura que empezamos a perder la esperanza. Pero, así como el sol levanta la neblina, nuestra fe en Dios puede disipar la niebla de la duda. Hebreos 11 define la fe como «la certeza de lo que se espera, la convicción de lo que no se ve» (v. 1). Luego, el pasaje nos recuerda la fe de Noé, que «fue advertido por Dios acerca de cosas que aún no se veían», y aun así, obedeció (v. 7). También habla de Abraham, quien fue donde Dios le indicó, aunque no sabía adónde iba (v. 8).

Aunque no lo vemos y a veces no podemos sentir su presencia, Dios está siempre presente y nos ayudará a atravesar nuestras noches más oscuras.

Padre, gracias por tu promesa de caminar con nosotros toda la vida.

«La fe es el radar que penetra en la neblina y nos guía». Corrie ten Boom

Unser Täglich Brot - Wenn der Morgen kommt
Bibel In Einem Jahr: 1.Könige 6–7; Lukas 20,27-47

Es ist aber der Glaube eine feste Zuversicht auf das, was man hofft, und ein Nichtzweifeln an dem, was man nicht sieht. Hebräer 11,1

Es war schon spät, als wir vor dem Landgasthof außerhalb von München ankamen. Unser gemütliches Zimmer hatte sogar einen Balkon. Aber draußen herrschte dichter Nebel, sodass man in der Dunkelheit nichts sehen konnte. Doch als ein paar Stunden später die Sonne aufging, löste der Nebel sich auf und wir konnten sehen, was uns am Abend verborgen geblieben war—eine absolut idyllische Szenerie. Friedliche, üppig grüne Weiden, Schafe mit Glöckchen um den Hals, die darauf grasten, und dicke weiße Wolken am Himmel, die aussahen wie noch mehr Schafe—riesige, flauschige Schafe!

Manchmal legen sich Wolken über unser Leben wie ein dicker Nebel. Die Umstände mögen so finster erscheinen, dass wir beginnen, die Hoffnung zu verlieren. Aber so wie die Sonne den Nebel vertreibt, kann Gott den Nebel unserer Zweifel auflösen. Hebräer 11 definiert Glaube als „eine feste Zuversicht auf das, was man hofft, und ein Nichtzweifeln an dem, was man nicht sieht“ (V.1). Weiter erinnert uns der Abschnitt an den Glauben von Noah, der „ein göttliches Wort empfing über das, was man noch nicht sah“, und Gott dennoch gehorchte (V.7). Und an Abraham, der dahin ging, wo Gott es wollte—auch wenn er nicht wusste, wo das sein sollte (V.8).

Auch wenn wir ihn nicht sehen und nicht immer seine Nähe spüren, ist Gott immer da und hilft uns auch durch die dunkelste Nacht.

Vater, hab Dank für dein Versprechen, unser ganzes Leben lang mit uns zu gehen. Wenn Zweifel kommen, hilf uns, dir zu vertrauen.

Glaube ist der Radar, der durch den Nebel sieht. Corrie ten Boom

Notre Pain Quotidien - Quand le jour se lève
Lisez : Hébreux 11.1‑8
La Bible en un an : 1 ROIS 6 – 7 et LUC 20.27‑47

Or la foi est une ferme assurance des choses qu'on espère, une démonstration de celles qu'on ne voit pas. V.1

Très tard en soirée, nous nous sommes arrêtés dans une auberge de Munich pour y passer la nuit. Nous étions ravis de voir que notre petite chambre était munie d’un balcon, même si un épais brouillard nous voilait complètement la vue. Par contre, lorsque le soleil s’est levé quelques heures plus tard, cette nappe a commencé à se dissiper. Et nous avons pu alors voir ce qui la veille avait été enveloppé de ténèbres : une scène des plus idylliques composée d’un pré paisible et verdoyant, de moutons en train de brouter avec de minuscules clochettes tintant à leur cou et d’énormes nuages blancs dans le ciel qui ressemblaient étrangement eux aussi à des moutons, d’immenses moutons floconneux !

Il arrive parfois qu’un épais brouillard de désespoir voile notre vie et que notre situation semble sombre au point de nous faire perdre espoir. Comme le soleil dissipe le brouillard, notre foi en Dieu dissipe toutefois la brume du doute. Hébreux 11 définit la foi comme « une ferme assurance des choses qu’on espère, une démonstration de celles qu’on ne voit pas » (V. 1). Dans la suite, ce passage nous rappelle la foi de Noé, qui a été « divinement averti des choses qu’on ne voyait pas encore » (V. 7). Et Abraham a suivi la direction de Dieu – même s’il ignorait où cela le mènerait (V. 8).

Bien que nous ne l’ayons pas encore vu et que nous ne puissions pas toujours sentir sa présence, Dieu est toujours là et nous aidera à traverser nos heures les plus sombres.

La foi est le radar qui perce le brouillard.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Коли настає ранок
Читати: Євреїв 11:1-8
Біблія за рік: 1 Царів 6−7 ; Луки 20:27-47

А віра − то підстава сподіваного, доказ небаченого. — Євреїв 11:1

Вже було дуже пізно, коли ми зупинились на ніч в маленькому сільському готелі неподалік від Мюнхена. Нам сподобалось, що в затишному номері був балкон, хоча надворі нічого не було видно через темряву й густий туман. Але коли за кілька годин почало сходити сонце, туман почав розсіюватись. Ми побачили те, що було сховане від наших очей під саваном ночі. Цілковито ідилічна картина: мирні пасовиська з зеленою соковитою травою, отари овець, що паслися з маленькими дзвониками на шиях, великі білі хмари на небі, що виглядали немов ті ж самі вівці – величезні пухнасті вівці!

Інколи життя може окутувати нас густим туманом відчаю. Темрява проблем може бути такою непроглядною, що ми ладні втратити надію. Але як тільки сонце проганяє морок, наша віра в Бога розсіює туман сумнівів. У Посланні до євреїв віра визначається як “підстава сподіваного, доказ небаченого” (Євр. 11:1). Далі автор нагадує нам про віру Ноя, хто отримав попередження про те, “чого ще не бачив” (Євр. 11:7). І про віру Авраама, хто пішов за вказівкою Бога в інші краї, “не відаючи, куди йде” (Євр. 11:8).

Хоча ми не бачимо Бога й не завжди відчуваємо Його присутність, Він завжди поруч з нами і допомагає проходити крізь найчорніші дні.

Отче, дякуємо Тобі за обітницю йти поруч протягом всього нашого життя. Допоможи в моменти сумнівів не втрачати віру, що Ти все контролюєш, – і довіряти Тобі.

“Віра – то радар, що бачить крізь туман”. — Корі Тен Бум

Хлеб наш насущный - Наступление утра

Читать сейчас: Евреям 11:1-8
Библия за год: 3 Царств 6-7; Луки 20:27-47 

Вера же есть осуществление ожидаемого и уверенность в невидимом. — Евреям 11:1

Было совсем поздно, когда мы остановились на ночлег в деревенской гостинице недалеко от Мюнхена. В ней была уютная комната с балконом, хотя густой туман не давал возможности полюбоваться далью. Зато когда взошло солнце, туман начал рассеиваться. Мы увидели совершенно идиллическую картину: мирный, цветущий луг, овцы, позвякивающие колокольчиками на шеях, и большие белые облака на небе, тоже похожие на овец, огромных и пушистых.

Порой жизнь окутывается густым туманом уныния. Наше положение может казаться таким мрачным, что не остается никакой надежды. Но как солнце рассеивает туман, вера может прогнать прочь сомнения. Автор Послания к евреям определяет веру как «осуществление ожидаемого и уверенность в невидимом» (Евр. 11:1). Дальше текст напоминает читателям о вере Ноя, который, «получив откровение о том, что еще не было видимо», повиновался Богу (Евр. 11:7). А еще об Аврааме, который пошел, не зная куда, всецело доверившись Божьему водительству (Евр. 11:8).

Хотя мы не видим Бога и не всегда ощущаем Его присутствие, Он всегда рядом и поможет пройти через самые темные ночи.

Отче, благодарим Тебя за обетование быть с нами во все дни до скончания века. В минуты отчаяния помоги нам иметь уверенность, что Ты управляешь всем, и мы можем положиться на Тебя.

«Вера – это радар, проникающий сквозь туман». — Корри тен Бум