Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Daily Readings for SUNDAY, May 14, 2017 - 5th Sunday of Easter (Cantate Sunday)


Opening Sentence

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

Introitus: Cantate Domino



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 Wisdom 7:22-8:1

for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me. There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, irresistible, beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle. For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things. For she is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her. For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness. Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets; for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom. She is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. Compared with the light she is found to be superior, for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail. She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well.

Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1  In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me!
2  Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!
3  For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me;
4  You take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge.
5  Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
15  My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16  Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love!


The Epistle Lesson

The First Reading is taken from Acts 7:55-60

But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. "Look," he said, "I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he died.

The Second Reading is taken from 1 Peter 2:2-10

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation-- if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: "See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame." To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner," and "A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

The Holy Gospel Reading

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

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him." Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

Click HERE to read today's Holy Gospel Lesson message.

The Apostle's 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, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

A Prayer for Sundays

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A Prayer for Mission

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

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia!
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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The Sermon for SUNDAY, May 14, 2017 - 5th Sunday of Easter (Cantate Sunday)


"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him." Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it. (John 14:1-14)

These words are so often read at funerals that it seems odd not to have a casket and flowers. These words are so often used to assure the family and friends of the deceased that the deceased is in a better place, a place assured from the day of their baptism. These are, indeed, words of encouragement but they are not so much about our life after death but about our life after Jesus’ death. It is about how we will live together as believers, in light of the reality that Jesus has died.

These are words meant as comfort for the disciples as they are forced to consider life without Jesus. A time that Jesus has insisted, over and over again, that they consider. Life as they know it will never be the same again. They are faced with change that they neither welcome nor for which they feel prepared.

Funeral words for us and no casket. Yet words for us to prepare us for a post-Easter life in a world that seems hostile and unwelcomed. Words for our life after Jesus’ death. How do Jesus’ words speak to us and our world? We know the same fear, the same disorientation as the disciples.

We live in a world of unprecedented change. We may be tired of hearing about it, but ‘change’ is nothing new and will not go away. In the midst of the disorientation of change we need something to give us hope, an anchor. And so we have these words, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” And “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Words are sometimes too easy and not nearly enough. We can imagine how the disciples received these words. Their lives are turned up-side-down. The glory years of teaching, healing, the crowds, are a thing of the past. The intimate times of the daybreak breakfasts at the seashore, quiet times in the garden, times with Jesus, a faint memory. The wheels have come off -- arrest and crucifixion of Jesus, death -- and now they are huddled in fear. They have no idea how to go on, how to live, what all of this can mean for their lives in the future. “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Indeed!! These words, no doubt, seemed meaningless, they are troubled. Jesus seems so far away, they feel so very much alone.

We know how the disciples must have felt. We, too, are faced with unwelcomed change. The church as we know it is struggling, we are getting older, the “good old days” seem long gone and we are tempted to huddle in fear. The words come to us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.” We are tempted to say, “It’s too late.”

We know fear and doubt. Change has gripped our world for so many years now, and not much of it has been good. We have watched towns die, schools close, hospitals down-graded, elevators torn down and churches close. We long for the “good old days”, for stability and an absence of fear. We feel lost and look for a way out of it all. We know Thomas’ wonder, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, how can we know the way.” We understand Philip who wants a road map. “Show us the Father, show us a sure sign of your presence in our lives and we may be fine.”

We want to cry out, “Lord, we’re afraid. Stop the change for a least some breathing space.” And Jesus says, “I go to prepare a place for you.” But this is not some over the horizon, “safe spot when we die” kind of place. This is a relationship with Jesus Christ that will go with us into whatever we will find in the future. Nothing that we know, except the love of God in Christ Jesus, will be secure. Change will continue, but we need not be afraid because Jesus is with us. Jesus does not promise us easy sailing, but he does promise we will not be alone. Thomas Aquinas is reported to have said, “If the primary aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in the port forever.” It is in the sailing of this life that Jesus promises to be with us.

We will need to travel light, letting go of whatever nostalgia would keep us from traveling into the future with Jesus. All that we might think will give us security, apart for Jesus, will only let us down. When jobs, health, family, wealth, politics, or whatever, let us down, all we can be sure of is that God is unchanging. This is nothing new, we have sung for years, Abide with Me,
“Change and decay in all around I see; O Thou who changest not, abide with me.”
In the midst of all that changes, Christ assures us, “you will live in the presence of God, now and forever.” Change can scare but not destroy.

So how do we live? We live as people “on the way.” Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” The way is a journey and not a destination. We are to live as people on a journey. The metaphor of “journey” has been a powerful image for all of humankind. You see it in the Bible, in literature. The “Lord of the Rings” is a journey with peril, the premise of Star Trek is to “go where no one has gone before.” All great religions of the world describe themselves as journey. Jesus says “I am the way, the truth and the life, and that is enough for our journey, our only guarantee.

We travel as a communal people, seeking to include everyone, because Jesus’ love includes everyone. We need to make room for others. Jesus is the truth because, all we can really depend on, everything that has meaning for our lives is blessed by him. Love is to motivate us. Therese of Lisieux said, “through love alone can we be pleasing to God, and my sole ambition is to acquire it.”

The “way” is not about waiting for the time we check in to our reservation in that “mansion just over the hilltop.” The “way” is about doing what Jesus had been doing in our life today, and we are assured that we will do greater things. Jesus’ ministry was a short three years or so and covered very little territory. We are able to do much more. We are to do what Jesus did: feed the hungry, welcome the lost, heal the sick, lift up the oppressed. This text is not about life after death but about life in relationship with one who died for us.

This passage is about our life here and now, seeking answers to those big questions of life:

· Will our lives make sense?

· Will there be significance to them now?

· Will they all be absurd and pointless?

· What is the meaning of it all?

· What is to be believed?

· What is it we must do now to go forward with our lives? (Grant Gallup)

Jesus does not give us a how-to manual of life ahead, but he does assure us that he will be with us, that he is the way, the truth and the life.

The American poet W.H. Auden wrote:
He is the Way.
Follow Him through the Land of Unlikeness;
You will see rare beasts, and have unique adventures.

He is the Truth.
Seek him in the Kingdom of Anxiety;
You will come to a great city that has expected your return for years.

He is the Life.
Love Him in the World of the Flesh;
And at your marriage all its occasions shall dance for joy.
“I am the Way the Truth and the Life”, Jesus says and we are invited to continue on the journey, not know what the journey may hold but only that Jesus goes with us, and that is enough.



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Prayer of the Day for SUNDAY, May 14, 2017 - 5th Sunday of Easter (Cantate Sunday)


Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Verse of the Day for SUNDAY, May 14, 2017 - 29th Day of Easter


Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV) For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

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Exploring the Parables with Cap'n Kenny - The Parable of Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood


John 6:53-59
53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

THINK ABOUT IT
This strange language could not have been taken seriously by Jesus’ audience if understood literally. The Torah and the book of Acts directly forbid the consumption of blood (see Genesis 9:4–6). But even if one reads Jesus’ words as mystical and symbolic, it’s difficult to be certain what his original audience would have understood Jesus to be saying. The allusions to the Eucharist, or communion, would have only been decipherable to a later Christian, a post-resurrection reader. Jesus’ words at the Last Supper, which are nearly identical to those here, do not appear to have been understood even by his own disciples. The radical nature of Jesus’ teachings, which were provocative and often misunderstood, is powerfully evident in this scene.

TALK ABOUT IT
Why is the Lord’s Supper important?

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny


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Un Dia a la Vez - Oración para dejar los reyes falsos


Dichoso el que pone su confianza en el Señor y no recurre a los idólatras ni a los que adoran dioses falsos.
Salmo 40:4 (NVI)

Qué maravilloso poder sellar con una oración, Dios mío, mi compromiso de entregar y desmontar reyes que había levantado y que estaban ocupando tu lugar.

Acudo a tu misericordia reconociendo que por mucho tiempo mi dios fue el dinero, mis hijos, mi trabajo, mi posición y mis pertenencias.

Hoy, Señor, destrono todas estas cosas o personas que me han alejado de ti. También te doy gracias porque me das la oportunidad de entregarlas hoy y reconocer que yo dependo de manera exclusiva de ti.

Hago hoy un pacto contigo de que nunca más volveré a poner mi mirada en personas o en cosas materiales, sino que apreciaré todo lo que me das día a día.

Hoy te declaro, Dios mío, «el Rey de mi corazón».

Cambia mi vida, Señor.

Amén y amén.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón

Standing Strong Through the Storm - THE EXAMPLE OF MOTHERS


Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

Dear Corrie ten Boom, a close friend of Brother Andrew’s in Holland, was well-known for her statement: “When God has a task to be done, he calls a man. When He has a DIFFICULT task to be done, he calls a woman!”

Motherhood is often one of those difficult tasks for women. I can remember how difficult it was for my own mother in the 1950’s to raise a family with four active, hungry boys on a total budget of twenty-five dollars a week. Yet she was such an example to us of sacrifice, commitment, and faithfulness. We knew she would give everything she had for us and our father.

The Apostle Paul reminded the Thessalonian church that the apostles could have become a burden to them but instead they treated the new growing church gently, like a mother caring for her little children, willing to give everything—even their lives.

Today mothers in the persecuted church continue to reflect the example of Jesus in sacrifice, commitment and faithfulness. I think of the wife of Santiago, a dynamic church pastor in one of Colombia’s deeply troubled areas. Santiago’s life is threatened because has an intense love for God’s people, and a deeply ingrained sense of justice. His strength comes from the Lord. But his second source of strength is his wife, Deborah, who stands by him no matter what.

Recently, she opened up her heart to a small group of visitors. “I feel a profound emptiness and fear that can only be mitigated by the Lord. Although many people claim that the war here has dwindled, I cannot agree because I still see what the people here go through. Just yesterday four people were murdered in our town, two of them very close to our church.”

At that point, the tears flooding Deborah’s eyes reveal one of the deepest fears of her heart. “I beg my Lord not to take Santiago away from us, as it would be an extremely painful blow. I remember having the doors locked, believing that at any moment they would come looking for Santiago to kill him. Every time he left for church, my children also waited for someone to arrive bearing the horrible news that he had been murdered. The children beg him, ‘Daddy, please quit the church. We know that people in the area are speaking badly of you, and you know that several other pastors have been murdered.’”

Deborah continues, “God changed our plans to leave. It is not His will that we run away, and our brothers and sisters would not allow us to do so either.” Then she pleads, “I request your prayers for the Lord to heal the wounds of my heart, to remove the fear, so that I can continue fighting. But, more importantly, that I will know how to pray according to His will.” Deborah’s deep devotion to her husband and children is obvious. She is also their tower of strength.

RESPONSE: Today I will honour mother and encourage other mothers I see struggling with life’s issues.

PRAYER: Father, bless Deborah today—and others like her—with courage, strength and faithfulness.

LHM Daily Devotion - May 14, 2017 "The God Whom We Serve"

I know a young girl who worked for a publishing company.

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour



"The God Whom We Serve"

May 14, 2017

1 Peter 4:10-11 - As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies -- in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our international ministry centers to write our Sunday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.

In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour


I know a young girl who worked for a publishing company.

That doesn't make her special. What makes her unique and fascinates her colleagues is that she always seems willing to help others. Indeed, one day one of her coworkers actually managed to corner her and ask why she was so willing to lend a hand to others.

Her reply was both unusual and beautiful. She said, "God has given gifts to everyone and He commands us to serve others." Then she added it was important for her to share her gifts with others so she could please and glorify the Triune God.

This young lady was a practicing Christian who knew the Lord is pleased when believers share what they have and serve others.

Now the person who had asked the question was the first to hear the young girl's answer.

That answer had a profound effect upon that listener. She began to do some soul searching. What she found didn't please her. A bit of self-examination revealed she was not the kind of person she wanted to be. In contrast to our young lady, this individual refused to share her skills and glorified herself by demanding she be praised for everything she did.

Only after she had looked closely at herself did the Holy Spirit bring her to repentance.

Today both young ladies understand that the Lord who has given the gifts can be glorified when we use those gifts to be of assistance to others. In thanks to the Christ who offered Himself for their forgiveness and salvation, these two unique souls have come together to serve Him and others.

If they had a motto, it would be found in the book of Romans, where God's people are reminded to offer themselves as a pleasing offering to Him and help each other because as the body has many members, and not all serve the same purpose, so we have to be united as one in Christ's body and support each other (see Romans 12:3-5).

THE PRAYER: Lord, I thank You for the gifts You have given me in this life. Please let my life and attitude share the Savior with the other people around me. May they all see that, in so doing, I am trying to thank, please, and serve You. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen

Biography of Author: Today's international devotion was written by Ismara Vallejos. She is a volunteer at our Nicaragua office. In that capacity she teaches Bible study courses and presents an orientation with Project JOEL at our public schools. Vallejos has also begun to work as part of our radio team.

Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin!  Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).

Our Daily Bread - Scattering Seeds

https://odb.org/2017/05/14/scattering-seeds/


The seed falling on good soil . . . produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Matthew 13:23

I received a wonderful email from a woman who wrote, “Your mom was my first-grade teacher at Putnam City in 1958. She was a great teacher and very kind, but strict! She made us learn the 23rd Psalm and say it in front of the class, and I was horrified. But it was the only contact I had with the Bible until 1997 when I became a Christian. And the memories of Mrs. McCasland came flooding back as I re-read it.”

Jesus told a large crowd a parable about the farmer who sowed his seed that fell on different types of ground—a hard path, rocky ground, clumps of thorns, and good soil (Matt. 13:1–9). While some seeds never grew, “the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it” and “produces a crop yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown” (v. 23).

During the twenty years my mother taught first grade in public schools, along with reading, writing, and arithmetic she scattered seeds of kindness and the message of God’s love.

Her former student’s email concluded, “I have had other influences in my Christian walk later in life, of course. But my heart always returns to [Psalm 23] and [your mom's] gentle nature.”

A seed of God’s love sown today may produce a remarkable harvest.

Lord, today I want my life to sow good seeds in those around me. Help me to give out what You have put into me.

We sow the seed—God produces the harvest.


Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Gieo Giống

https://vietnamese-odb.org/2017/05/14/gieo-giong/
Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: 2 Các vua 19–21; Giăng 4:1–30


Còn hạt giống gieo trên đất tốt... có kết quả: một thành một trăm, một thành sáu chục, một thành ba chục. Ma-thi-ơ 13:23

Có lần tôi nhận được một bức thư điện tử tuyệt vời từ một phụ nữ. Cô viết như sau: “Mẹ của anh trước đây là giáo viên lớp Một của tôi tại thành phố Putnam vào năm 1958. Bà là một giáo viên rất tuyệt và tử tế, nhưng nghiêm khắc! Bà bắt chúng tôi học thuộc Thi Thiên 23 và đọc trước lớp, lúc đó tôi rất sợ. Nhưng đó là lần duy nhất tôi tiếp xúc với Kinh Thánh cho đến khi tôi tin Chúa vào năm 1997. Tất cả những ký ức về bà McCasland đã ùa về khi tôi đọc lại bài Thi Thiên đó.”

Chúa Jêsus kể cho đoàn dân đông nghe ẩn dụ về một nông dân đi gieo giống và hạt giống rơi trên những phần đất khác nhau — trên đường đi, trên đất đá, giữa bụi gai và trên đất tốt (Mat. 13:1–9). Trong khi một số hạt giống không thể lớn lên được, thì “hạt giống gieo trên đất tốt là người nghe, hiểu đạo” lại “có kết quả: một thành một trăm, một thành sáu chục, một thành ba chục” (c. 23).

Trong suốt hai mươi năm mẹ tôi dạy lớp Một tại các trường công lập, song song với việc dạy đọc, viết và làm toán thì bà còn gieo những hạt giống nhân ái và sứ điệp về tình yêu thương của Đức Chúa Trời.

Bức thư từ học trò cũ của bà đã khép lại như sau: “Tất nhiên, sau này còn có những người khác cũng đã góp phần nâng đỡ đời sống đức tin của tôi. Nhưng tấm lòng của tôi luôn nhớ về Thi Thiên 23 và tấm lòng dịu dàng của mẹ anh.”

Những hạt giống tình yêu của Chúa được gieo ra hôm nay sẽ đem lại một mùa gặt lớn.

Lạy Chúa, con ao ước đời sống con sẽ gieo ra những hạt giống tốt cho người xung quanh. Xin giúp con gieo ra những gì Ngài đã gieo trồng trong con.

Chúng ta gieo giống — còn Chúa làm nên mùa gặt.


Nuestro Pan Diario - Esparcir semillas

https://nuestropandiario.org/2017/05/esparcir-semillas/
La Biblia en un año: 2 Reyes 19–21; Juan 4:1-30

Mas el que fue sembrado en buena tierra […] da fruto; y produce a ciento, a sesenta, y a treinta por uno (v. 23).

Recibí un maravilloso email de una mujer que escribió: «Tu mamá fue mi maestra de primer grado en 1958. Nos hizo aprender el Salmo 23 y recitarlo frente a la clase, y a mí me aterraba hacerlo. Sin embargo, fue el único contacto que tuve con la Biblia hasta 1997, cuando me entregué a Cristo. Entonces, los recuerdos de la Sra. McCasland volvieron como un torrente al releer el Salmo».

Jesús le contó a una gran multitud una parábola sobre un agricultor que sembró semillas que cayeron en distintos tipos de suelos: un suelo duro, uno rocoso, uno espinoso y uno fértil (Mateo 13:1-9). Aunque algunas semillas nunca crecieron, «el que fue sembrado en buena tierra, éste es el que oye y entiende la palabra, […] y produce a ciento, a sesenta, y a treinta por uno» (v. 23).

En los 20 años que mi madre enseñó en escuelas públicas, junto con la lectura, la escritura y la aritmética, desparramó semillas de bondad y el mensaje del amor de Dios.

El email de su antigua alumna terminaba así: «Por supuesto, he tenido otras influencias posteriores en mi andar cristiano, pero mi corazón siempre vuelve al [Salmo 23] y a la dulzura de [tu mamá]».

Una semilla del amor de Dios que se planta hoy puede producir una impresionante cosecha.

Señor, hoy quiero que mi vida siembre buenas semillas en los que me rodean.

Nosotros sembramos; Dios produce la cosecha.


Unser Täglich Brot - Samen ausstreuen

https://unsertaeglichbrot.org/2017/05/14/samen-ausstreuen/
Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 2.Könige 19–21; Johannes 4,1-30


Bei dem aber auf gutes Land gesät ist, das ist, der . . . Frucht bringt. Matthäus 13,23

Vor kurzem habe ich eine wunderbare E-Mail bekommen. Eine Frau schrieb: „Ihre Mutter war 1958 in der Grundschule meine Lehrerin. Sie war eine gute Lehrerin und sehr nett, aber streng! Sie ließ uns Psalm 23 lernen und vor der Klasse aufsagen. Ich fand das schrecklich. Aber es war mein einziger Kontakt mit der Bibel bis 1997, als ich Christ wurde. Als ich den Psalm wieder las, kamen die Erinnerungen an Frau McCasland sofort zurück.“

Jesus erzählte einer großen Menge ein Gleichnis von einem Bauern, der seinen Samen ausstreute. Er fiel auf den unterschiedlichsten Boden—auf harte Wege, felsigen Boden, unter Dornen und auf gutes Land (Matth. 13,1-9). Während manche Samen gar nicht aufgingen, sagt Jesus: „Bei dem aber auf gutes Land gesät ist, das ist, der das Wort hört und versteht und dann auch Frucht bringt; und der eine trägt hundertfach, der andere sechzigfach, der dritte dreißigfach“ (V.23).

In den zwanzig Jahren, in denen meine Mutter unterrichtet hat, hat sie den Samen von Gottes Liebe ausgestreut.

Ihre ehemalige Schülerin schloss: „Natürlich habe ich später noch andere Christen kennengelernt. Aber ich denke immer noch gern an Psalm 23 und die nette Art Ihrer Mutter zurück.“

Der Same, den wir heute ausstreuen, kann reiche Frucht bringen.

Herr, lass mein Leben heute in den Menschen, denen ich begegne, guten Samen legen. Hilf mir, das weiterzugeben, was du in mich hineingelegt hast.

Wir säen den Samen—Gott lässt ihn wachsen.


Notre Pain Quotidien - Semer des graines

https://www.ministeresnpq.org/2017/05/14/semer-des-graines/
Lisez : Matthieu 13.1‑9
La Bible en un an : 2 ROIS 19 – 21 et JEAN 4.1‑30

Celui qui a reçu la semence dans la bonne terre […] porte du fruit, et un grain en donne cent, un autre soixante, et un autre trente. V. 23

J’ai reçu un merveilleux courriel d’une femme qui m’écrivait : « Votre mère était ma maîtresse de première année à Putnam City, en 1958. Elle était excellente et très gentille, mais stricte ! Elle nous a fait apprendre le Psaume 23 et le réciter devant la classe, ce qui m’a terrifiée. Reste que c’est le seul contact que j’ai eu avec la Bible jusqu’en 1997, lorsque je suis devenue chrétienne. Or, le souvenir de Mme. McCasland m’est alors revenu en force au cours de la lecture de ce psaume. »

Jésus a raconté devant une grande foule la parabole d’un semeur dont les semences étaient tombées dans différents types de sols : le long du chemin, un endroit pierreux, parmi les épines et dans la bonne terre (MT 13.1‑9). Bien que certaines semences n’aient jamais germé, « [celui] qui a reçu la semence dans la bonne terre, c’est celui qui entend la parole et la comprend ; il porte du fruit, et un grain en donne cent, un autre soixante, un autre trente » (V. 23).

Au cours des vingt années où ma mère a enseigné à des enfants de première année du primaire, elle a semé en eux la bonté et le message d’amour de Dieu en même temps qu’elle leur enseignait à lire, à écrire et à compter.

Ce courriel se terminait ainsi : « J’ai bénéficié d’autres influences plus tard dans ma marche chrétienne, bien entendu, mais mon coeur est toujours retourné au [Psaume 23] et à la douce nature de [votre mère]. »

L’amour de Dieu semé aujourd’hui peut produire une récolte remarquable.

Nous semons, et Dieu produit la récolte.


Хліб Наш Насущній - Посіяні зернятка

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Читати: Матвія 13:1-9
Біблія за рік: 2 Царів 19−21 ; Івана 4:1-30


А посіяне в добрій землі… плід він приносить, і дає один у сто раз, другий у шістдесят, а той утридцятеро. — Матвія 13:23

Якось я отримав електронною поштою приємного листа від однієї жінки. “Ваша мама у 1958 році була вчителькою першого класу в одній із шкіл міста Оклахома. Вона була чудовим викладачем – дуже добрим і водночас вимогливим! Вона давала нам завдання вчити напам’ять Псалом 22 і потім декламувати його перед усім класом. Я дуже боялась це робити. Але це було єдине моє знайомство з Біблією аж до 1997 року, коли я стала християнкою. І кожен раз, коли я читаю цей Псалом, згадую місіс Маккасланд”.

Ісус розповів притчу про сіяча, що сіяв зерна. Вони потрапляли у різні місця – при дорозі, на каміння, в зарості тернів і на родючий ґрунт (Мт. 13:1-9). Хоча деякі зернятка й не дали плоду, але були ті зерна, що вродили “у сто раз, другий у шістдесят, а той утридцятеро”. Вони символізують тих, хто “слухають слово і розуміють” (Мт. 13:23).

Протягом 20 років моя мати навчала першокласників у державних школах. Крім викладання читання, письма та математики, вона сіяла також зернятка доброти й послання Божої любові.

В кінці листа колишня учениця написала: “Звісно, багато інших людей мали вплив на моє християнське життя, але моє серце завжди звертається до Псалма 22 і згадує вашу ласкаву матір”.

Зерно Божої любові може й сьогодні принести чудовий плід.


Господи, бажаю сьогодні сіяти добре зерно в житті людей, що навколо мене. Допоможи віддавати іншим те, що Ти вклав у мене.

Ми сіємо, а Бог зрощує.


© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Семена

https://russian-odb.org/2017/05/14/%d1%81%d0%b5%d0%bc%d0%b5%d0%bd%d0%b0/
Читать сейчас: Матфея 13:1-9
Библия за год: 4 Царств 19-21; Иоанна 4:1-30


Посеянное же на доброй земле... приносит плод во сто крат, иной в шестьдесят, а иной в тридцать. — Матфея 13:23

Я получил удивительное электронное письмо от женщины, которая писала: «Ваша мама была моей первой учительницей в 1958 г. Очень добрая, прекрасная женщина. Но однажды она задала нам трудное задание: выучить Псалом 22 и рассказать его перед классом. Я была в ужасе! Однако это был мой единственный контакт с Библией до 1997 г., когда я стала христианкой. И каждый раз, перечитывая этот Псалом, я вспоминаю миссис Маккасланд».

Иисус рассказал собравшемуся народу притчу о сеятеле, который посеял семена в разных местах: при дороге, на камне, среди терний и на доброй земле (Мф. 13:1-9). Хотя некоторые семена так и не взошли, сеяние не было напрасным. Божья истина достигла «слышащего слово и разумеющего», и такие люди принесли добрый плод покаяния, веры и праведной жизни.

В течение двадцати лет моя мать учила первоклашек. Вместе с умением читать, писать и считать она передала им семена доброты и, самое главное, истины о Божьей любви.

Письмо ее бывшей ученицы завершалось словами: «Впоследствии в моей жизни было много важных и полезных встреч. Но мое сердце всегда возвращается к Псалму 22 и доброму сердцу вашей мамы».

Семя Божьей любви, посеянное сегодня, может произвести благословенную жатву.

Господи, я хочу сеять добрые семена в окружающих людях. Помоги мне отдавать им то, что Ты посеял во мне.

Мы сеем семена, Бог производит урожай.


© 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный