Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Daily Readings for WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 - 32nd Day of Easter

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

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 13:1-9

For all people who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature; and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know the one who exists, nor did they recognize the artisan while paying heed to his works; but they supposed that either fire or wind or swift air, or the circle of the stars, or turbulent water, or the luminaries of heaven were the gods that rule the world. If through delight in the beauty of these things people assumed them to be gods, let them know how much better than these is their Lord, for the author of beauty created them. And if people were amazed at their power and working, let them perceive from them how much more powerful is the one who formed them. For from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator. Yet these people are little to be blamed, for perhaps they go astray while seeking God and desiring to find him. For while they live among his works, they keep searching, and they trust in what they see, because the things that are seen are beautiful. Yet again, not even they are to be excused; for if they had the power to know so much that they could investigate the world, how did they fail to find sooner the Lord of these things?

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Romans 13:1-14

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you wish to have no fear of the authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive its approval; for it is God's servant for your good. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience. For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, busy with this very thing. Pay to all what is due them-- taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet" and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, "Love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Luke 8:16-25

"No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away." Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you." But he said to them, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it." One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side of the lake." So they put out, and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A windstorm swept down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and they were in danger. They went to him and woke him up, shouting, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, "Where is your faith?" They were afraid and amazed, and said to one another, "Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?"

Morning Psalms

Psalm 72 Deus, judicium
1   Give the King your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the King's son;
2   That he may rule your people righteously and the poor with justice.
3   That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, and the little hills bring righteousness.
4   He shall defend the needy among the people; he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.
5   He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, from one generation to another.
6   He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, like showers that water the earth.
7   In his time shall the righteous flourish; there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.
8   He shall rule from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9   His foes shall bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust.
10   The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute, and the kings of Arabia and Saba offer gifts.
11   All kings shall bow down before him, and all the nations do him service.
12   For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, and the oppressed who has no helper.
13   He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14   He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15   Long may he live! and may there be given to him gold from Arabia; may prayer be made for him always, and may they bless him all the day long.
16   May there be abundance of grain on the earth, growing thick even on the hilltops; may its fruit flourish like Lebanon, and its grain like grass upon the earth.
17   May his Name remain for ever and be established as long as the sun endures; may all the nations bless themselves in him and call him blessed.
18   Blessed be the Lord GOD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous deeds!
19   And blessed be his glorious Name for ever! and may all the earth be filled with his glory. Amen. Amen.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 119:73-80 Yodh Manus tuæ fecerunt me
73   Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.
74   Those who fear you will be glad when they see me, because I trust in your word.
75   I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76   Let your loving-kindness be my comfort, as you have promised to your servant.
77   Let your compassion come to me, that I may live, for your law is my delight.
78   Let the arrogant be put to shame, for they wrong me with lies; but I will meditate on your commandments.
79   Let those who fear you turn to me, and also those who know your decrees.
80   Let my heart be sound in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame.

Psalm 119:81-88 Kaph Defecit in salutare
81   My soul has longed for your salvation; I have put my hope in your word.
82   My eyes have failed from watching for your promise, and I say, "When will you comfort me?"
83   I have become like a leather flask in the smoke, but I have not forgotten your statutes.
84   How much longer must I wait? when will you give judgment against those who persecute me?
85   The proud have dug pits for me; they do not keep your law.
86   All your commandments are true; help me, for they persecute me with lies.
87   They had almost made an end of me on earth, but I have not forsaken your commandments.
88   In your loving-kindness, revive me, that I may keep the decrees of your mouth.

Psalm 119:89-96 Lamedh In æternum, Domine
89   O LORD, your word is everlasting; it stands firm in the heavens.
90   Your faithfulness remains from one generation to another; you established the earth, and it abides.
91   By your decree these continue to this day, for all things are your servants.
92   If my delight had not been in your law, I should have perished in my affliction.
93   I will never forget your commandments, because by them you give me life.
94   I am yours; oh, that you would save me! for I study your commandments.
95   Though the wicked lie in wait for me to destroy me, I will apply my mind to your decrees.
96   I see that all things come to an end, but your commandment has no bounds.

The Nicene Creed

  • We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. 
  • We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. 
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. 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 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

Alleluia! Christ has risen.
Christ has risen indeed. 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, May 17, 2017 - 32nd Day of Easter

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 WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 - 32nd Day of Easter

Romans 11:33 (NIV) [Doxology] Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[a] knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - The Junk Food of Life

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.

Have you ever filled up on appetizers? Maybe you’ve had a meal waiting for you, but then you started snacking. Suddenly you realize you’ve lost your appetite. I do this all the time. My wife will be cooking, and I’ll start swiping a few bites of food. Before I know it, I’m eating my way around the kitchen. When she finally serves her wonderful, home-cooked meal, I’m not hungry anymore because I’ve filled up on other things while I was snacking.

We can snack on the junk food of life, as it were, and dull our spiritual appetites. They may not be bad things necessarily, but they can diminish our hunger for the Word of God.

It is not a sin to watch television, but it is a sin to watch some things on television. I will admit to you that after I have watched television for a while, I feel sort of brain-dead. Do I then have a desire to go read the Bible? No. I have diminished my spiritual appetite.

There are things we can do that keep the edge off our hunger for the things of God. For example, when I listen to praise music, it builds me up spiritually. It encourages me and even stimulates my appetite for spiritual things.

The Bible says, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify” (1 Corinthians 10:23). Or, as the J. B. Phillips New Testament says, “As I have said before, the Christian position is this: I may do anything, but everything is not useful. Yes, I may do anything but everything is not constructive.”

We want to look for the things that will increase our spiritual appetites, not for the things that will diminish them.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - Decepcionados

Bendeciré al Señor, que me aconseja; aun de noche me reprende mi conciencia. Siempre tengo presente al Señor; con él a mi derecha, nada me hará caer.
Salmo 16:7-8 (NVI)

Hace unos meses, como casi todos los días, recibí una llamada de una oyente jovencita y muy desilusionada de su pareja. Vivió con él por catorce años, pero nunca llegaron a casarse. De esa relación quedaron tres hijos, uno de once años, otro de tres y el último de dieciocho meses.

Hace más de un año, se separó de él porque descubrió que la había engañado con varias mujeres y decidió pedirle que se fuera de la casa. A raíz de esa decisión, comenzó el calvario para esta joven madre. El padre de sus hijos no la volvió ayudar económicamente y la amenaza sin cesar con quitarle a los niños. Como si fuera poco, la está tratando de manipular diciéndole que la única manera en que la ayuda es si se va a vivir donde le diga, obligándola a vivir con la ex suegra. Además, le habla mal a los niños de ella tildándola de loca.

Nuestra oyente llamó desesperada porque no quería vivir bajo amenazas. Buscaba ayuda legal ya que, al no estar casada, no sabía si tenía algún derecho, al igual que sus hijos.

Esta pudo haber sido mi historia o tu historia, pero nos deja varias moralejas.

Debemos hacer las cosas legalmente ante Dios y ante los hombres. No por las amenazas de alguien debemos bloquearnos ni aterrorizarnos. Por el contrario, debemos resaltar quiénes somos en Jesucristo.

Hoy en día, ella y sus hijos están recibiendo consejería y asesoría legal. Así que poco a poco va recuperando su autoestima.

Por favor, todo lo que hagas consúltalo con Dios y recuerda que Él es el único que no falla ni te dejará.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón

Standing Strong Through the Storm - SYNCRETISM

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…

Satan has led many quasi-religious groups to unite around a mixture of religious teachings and then brand honest Christian believers as bigots for clinging to salvation in Christ alone. An outgrowth of the postmodern era in which we live is that many people no longer believe in absolute truth. A natural extension of this lack of absolutes is the widely held view that there is good in every religion and all roads lead to heaven. Individuals can then pick and choose the elements they wish from whatever faith and mix them all together. This is true syncretism. Chuck Colson refers to its impact on our faith as “salad-bar Christianity!”

Satan is delighted when people believe and expound on his lies. He does not want anyone to know the truth and come to a personal relationship with Jesus who is the truth, the way and the life (John14:6). Jesus is the only way.

One man reportedly traveled the world to find one name for God that would be universal and bring all people together. Instantly the word love came to his mind. He later wrote, “Give God the universal name of Love and we will create a golden cord to tie together the truths of all the religions of the world.” But love is not God’s name. It is His nature. And God expressed it most fully when He sent His Son to die for our sins (John 3:16). Only when we accept Christ’s sacrifice for us will we know the love of the one true God that can bind people together.

A few years ago, an inter-faith group of 10,000 people met at the Vatican in Rome. The group included the Pope, the Dalai Lama and Muslim Imam W. D. Mohammed. An outspoken Hindu woman was quoted as saying, “It was refreshing to note that the idea that all religions have universal truths, and are merely different paths to the same goal was accepted as a given from the outset by all delegates without a single dissenting voice.”

The same delegates also endorsed a general condemnation of “aggressive” proselytizing. This is the prevailing thinking of our day and age. Satan will do all he can to cause this thinking to even invade the church and individual Christian thinking and action.

The end result of syncretism in free societies will be anti-conversion laws and a prohibition of Christian witnessing. The euphemism for this law will probably be called “religious freedom.”

RESPONSE: Today I will guard carefully against the deceptions of Satan leading to syncretism.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to fix my eyes on You and Your Word today so that I will not stumble.

Girlfriends in God - Way Too Busy

by Mary Southerland

Today’s Truth

And He said unto them, ‘Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while’ (Mark 6:31, KJV).

Friend to Friend

It seems we always have a helicopter landing in our house! Have you ever been nearby when a helicopter lands? Everything is in total chaos. The air from the rotors knocks everything in its path off its feet – mainly you. Everything around you is loud and unsettled. It is a rush – and a panic attack all rolled up into one. I’m not a fan. And yet I bring this situation on myself.

My husband says that being married to me is a lot like living on a helicopter-landing pad. I am always on the move and always have a plan. I have to admit that I tend to equate busyness with productivity – a statement that is not always true.

Busyness is the enemy of our soul and will destroy our peace and our relationship with God. And yet most of us lead hurried lives. We cram more into our days than will fit. We mean to take breaks and get some quiet time with God – but we often let that get squeezed out.

There is an antidote to busyness in Scripture. It is the simple idea of getting daily time to be with God - daily time just to be with Him - daily time to be quiet - daily time to listen for His voice above all others.

How do we pull that off? Here is a challenge for you. Spend 15 minutes a day for one month getting alone with God. Find a chair, a quiet place. Do three things in that time. Your time with God needs three practices.

Stopping. Psalm 46:10 tells us “Be still and know that I am God.” I need a few minutes each day to stop and be still! I know that – just like you know that. But if we do not schedule it, and practice it, it will not happen.

We were not made to run non-stop 24 hours a day. We were made to stop and be still and know God. We cannot know God fully on the run. We have to stop. We have to be still.

Centering. Psalm 37:7 commands us to “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Our posture while we are having this quiet time with God needs to be that of waiting. Waiting for Him to speak. Waiting for Him to show up. Waiting for Him to set the agenda.

The Quakers of old practiced a concept called “centering down” or “spinning off.” They discovered that when they got still to spend time with God, their thoughts would race to random thoughts such as errands to run, work to be done, etc. So they would capture that thought, make a plan to deal with it later, and spin it off. (I keep a pad and pencil handy to jot down whatever random thought pops up.) They would then turn their mind back toward centering down and being still.

Silencing. In Isaiah 41:1 God tells us to “Listen in silence before me.” Dan’s dad taught him a great truth as a child. “The one who knows the most in the conversation should do most of the talking; the one who knows the least in the conversation should do most of the listening.” Wow! My prayer life does not follow that truth! Does yours? I tend to make God a list of the things I need Him to do – and especially the ones that I need Him to do ASAP! I tend to do all the talking in my prayer time. I rarely take the time to just listen.

The purpose of this daily time with God is not Bible study. It is not about prayer where I give God my list. It is not about meditation or memorization of the Scriptures. It is simply time to be with God. It is time to stop, to center, and to silence your heart and mind before the Almighty.

God will speak – when we meet Him every day. God will show up – when we slow down each day. God wants time with us, and will reveal Himself to us, when we meet Him on a daily basis.

Try it for a month – and get ready for God to show up!

Let’s Pray

Father, I need to hear from You. Today, I make the commitment to start having a daily quiet time. I will listen for Your voice above all of the other voices in my life. Lord, teach me how to center my life on You and help me obey what I hear You say.
In Jesus’ name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Choose a time and a place to have your daily quiet time with God. Consider it holy ground, a place where you spend time with your God. Every time you see that place during the course of your day, thank God for the fact that you can come to Him in a one-on-one conversation.

More from the Girlfriends

Mary’s husband, Dan, has written a book, Chair Time, in which he shares his personal story of learning to listen to God. It is a simple story of a simple man learning a life changing truth. God wants to speak to us! He will … if we get in the chair!

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LHM Daily Devotion - May 17, 2017 "A Little Good, a Little Bad "

If you list the things in the universe that are completely good all...

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

"A Little Good, a Little Bad"

May 17, 2017

Isaiah 1:18 - Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

If you list the things in the universe that are completely good all of the time, the list is going to be a short one: God.

Because of sin everything else around us has a fair number of bad qualities. Would you like an example? I hope so, because if you don't, this devotion is going to be a short one. The example I place before you is a simple one: the larvae of wax moths. Yes, it's true: the larvae of wax moths.

The bad quality about wax moths has been known for a long time: wax moth larvae like to eat beeswax.

That may not seem to be a bad thing to you, but to a beekeeper and to honeybees it can be incredibly frustrating. I think there can be nothing so disheartening for the busy, little bee than to return to a ruined hive, which has been used as a lunch smorgasbord for a crew of ravenous wax moth larvae.

That's the bad thing about wax moth larvae. Here's the good: apparently, they like to eat plastic.

Yes, plastic, you know, the non-biodegradable stuff that fills up the bellies of whales and starves them to death; the environmentally unfriendly stuff that gets wrapped around, and eats into, the flippers of turtles; the stuff which has transformed giant areas of the earth's oceans into garbage dumps.

Right now studies are being done to find out if the wax moth larvae get any real nourishment out of consuming plastic. Tests are being run to see if it would be possible to place hoards of the voracious, little beasties onto heavily contaminated sites, so they might help purify the planet.

If that happens, the lowly wax moth larvae may find his status -- and star -- have risen considerably.

Yes, everything in life has some bad in it, and that's totally bad news for us. You see, a partially good person doesn't get into the kingdom of heaven. One sin, even the smallest of sins, is enough to besmirch our souls and make us unfit to be in the presence of the Holy Lord. And you should know our transgressions are far more numerous than one, single, itty-bitty indiscretion.

All of this explains why we need the transforming power of the Savior. Washed in His blood, our scarlet sins are made as white as snow; our dark transgressions are completely and totally removed from our souls.

In the eyes of God -- and those are really the only eyes that count -- we have been made clean enough to stand before the just Judge and have Him -- because of His Son's work -- declare us righteous and ready to enter His eternal presence.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, truly sin had corrupted me absolutely and thoroughly. There was nothing good inside me. Accept my thanks for transforming me, for cleansing and saving me. May I sing Your praises always. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen

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CPTLN Devocional de 17 de Mayo de 2017

Alimento Diario

Todos son uno

17 de Mayo 2017

Ya no hay judío ni griego; no hay esclavo ni libre; no hay varón ni mujer, sino que todos ustedes son uno en Cristo Jesús. Gálatas 3:28

La primera vez que escuché hablar del valle de Swat en Pakistán, fue cuando vi una noticia que decía que unos militantes del Talibán habían prohibido que las niñas fueran a la escuela. Debido a esa orden, que fue transmitida en una radio FM ilegal, las escuelas públicas han estado cerradas y 300 escuelas privadas que habían estado cerradas por las vacaciones de invierno, probablemente no volverán a resumir las clases.

Otra cosa más: en Mingora, la ciudad principal de Swat, a las mujeres no se les permite ir al mercado. A toda mujer que se le ocurra ir al mercado de compras le espera la muerte. Debido a esto, la mayoría de los negocios están cerrados porque ya casi no hay ventas.

Esto no pasa en todos los países islámicos. En Arabia Saudita, por ejemplo, más de la mitad de los estudiantes universitarios son mujeres. Aun cuando las mujeres son estrictamente segregadas, igual pueden recibir una educación.

Pero de cualquier forma, sea como sea que se lo mire, el cristianismo es diferente. Y es diferente porque Jesús es diferente. El Salvador entró a este mundo para buscar y salvar al perdido, tanto hombre como mujer. Vino a sanar al enfermo, tanto hombre como mujer. Y cuando cargó sobre sí mismo los pecados de la humanidad, lo hizo tanto por los hombres como por las mujeres.

Como dijo San Pablo, 'somos uno en Cristo Jesús, y herederos según la promesa de Dios'.

Es reconfortante saber que tenemos un Salvador que el único criterio que usa para la redención es el reconocimiento de nuestra culpa y dependencia en su sacrificio, sufrimiento, muerte y resurrección.

ORACIÓN: Señor Jesús, soy pecador, pero aun así tú me amas. Gracias por darme lo que no merezco. Ayúdame a recordarlo cada día de mi vida para así servirte con alegría. En tu nombre. Amén

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Our Daily Bread - Living With Lions

He is the living God and He endures forever. Daniel 6:26

When I visited a museum in Chicago, I saw one of the original Striding Lions of Babylon. It was a large mural-type image of a winged lion with a ferocious expression. Symbolizing Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of love and war, the lion was an example of 120 similar lions that would have lined a Babylonian pathway during the years of 604–562 bc.

Historians say that after the Babylonians defeated Jerusalem, the Hebrew captives would have seen these lions during their time in Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom. Historians also say it’s likely that some of the Israelites would have believed Ishtar had defeated the God of Israel.

Daniel, one of the Hebrew captives, did not share the doubts that might have troubled some of his fellow Israelites. His view of God and his commitment to God stayed steady. He prayed three times a day—with his windows open—even when he knew it would mean entering a den of lions. After God rescued Daniel from the hungry animals, King Darius said, “[Daniel’s God] is the living God and he endures forever . . . . He rescues and he saves” (Dan. 6:26–27). Daniel’s faithfulness allowed him to influence Babylonian leaders.

Staying faithful to God despite pressure and discouragement can inspire other people to give Him glory.

Dear God, give me the strength to continue to trust in You when I am discouraged. Help me to experience Your never-ending love and stay close to Your side.

Faithfulness to God inspires others.

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Sống Với Sư Tử
Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: 1 Sử ký 1–3; Giăng 5:25–47

Ngài là Đức Chúa Trời hằng sống và tồn tại đời đời. Đa-ni-ên 6:26

Khi tôi đi thăm viện bảo tàng tại Chicago, tôi có dịp nhìn thấy những con sư tử dũng mãnh của Ba-by-lôn. Có một bức bích họa lớn vẽ một con sư tử có cánh với dáng vẻ rất dữ tợn. Nó đại diện cho thần Ishtar, nữ thần tình yêu và chiến tranh của người Ba-by-lôn, con sư tử đó là hình mẫu của 120 con sư tử tương tự khác được đặt trên một con đường ở Ba-by-lôn trong những năm 604–562 TC.

Các sử gia cho rằng sau khi người Ba-by-lôn chiếm được thành Giê-ru-sa-lem, những người Hê-bơ-rơ bị bắt làm phu tù đã nhìn thấy những con sư tử này trong thời gian họ ở tại vương quốc của vua Nê-bu-cát-nết-sa. Các sử gia còn cho rằng có thể một số người Y-sơ-ra-ên tin rằng thần Ishtar đã đánh bại Đức Chúa Trời của họ.

Đa-ni-ên là một trong những người Hê-bơ-rơ bị bắt làm phu tù, ông không nghi ngờ Đức Chúa Trời như một số người Y-sơ-ra-ên khác. Suy nghĩ của ông về Chúa không đổi và ông vẫn vững vàng tin cậy Chúa. Ông cầu nguyện một ngày ba lần cách công khai, ngay cả khi biết rằng điều đó đồng nghĩa với việc bị ném vào hang sư tử. Sau khi Chúa giải cứu Đa-ni-ên khỏi sư tử đói, vua Đa-ri-út đã nói rằng: “[Đức Chúa Trời của Đa-ni-ên] là Đức Chúa Trời hằng sống và tồn tại đời đời… Ngài cứu rỗi và giải thoát” (Đa. 6:26–27). Lòng trung tín của Đa-ni-ên đã khiến ông ảnh hưởng trên cả những người lãnh đạo Ba-by-lôn.

Trung tín với Chúa ngay trong những áp lực và ngã lòng có thể khiến người khác ca ngợi danh vinh hiển của Ngài.

Lạy Chúa, xin thêm sức cho con để tiếp tục tin cậy Ngài trong những lúc ngã lòng. Xin giúp con kinh nghiệm tình yêu thương đời đời của Ngài và luôn gần bên Ngài.

Cuộc đời trung tín với Chúa sẽ truyền cảm hứng cho người khác.

Nuestro Pan Diario - En medio de leones
La Biblia en un año: 1 Crónicas 1–3; Juan 5:25-47

… él es el Dios viviente y permanece por todos los siglos… (v. 26).

Cuando visité un museo en Chicago, vi uno de los Leones Andantes originales de Babilonia. Era un relieve mural inmenso de un león alado con una expresión feroz. Como símbolo de Istar, la diosa babilonia del amor y la guerra, este era uno de 120 leones similares que enmarcaban una vía procesional durante 604-562 a.C.

Los historiadores afirman que, después de que los babilonios conquistaron Jerusalén, los cautivos hebreos habrían visto estos leones durante el reinado de Nabucodonosor. Además, es probable que algunos hayan creído que Istar había vencido al Dios de Israel.

Daniel, uno de los esclavos hebreos, no compartía estos interrogantes que tal vez hayan afligido a algunos israelitas. Su visión y su compromiso con Dios permanecieron firmes. Oraba tres veces al día, con la ventana abierta, incluso cuando sabía que esto lo llevaría al foso de los leones. Después de que Dios rescató a Daniel de los hambrientos animales, el rey Darío exclamó: «[El Dios de Daniel] es el Dios viviente y permanece por todos los siglos […]. Él salva y libra» (Daniel 6:26-27). La fidelidad de Daniel le permitió influenciar a los líderes babilonios.

Permanecer fiel a Dios a pesar de la presión y el desánimo puede inspirar a otros a glorificarlo.

Señor, dame fuerzas para seguir confiando en ti cuando me sienta desanimado.

La fidelidad a Dios inspira a otros.

Unser Täglich Brot - Mit den Löwen leben
Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 1.Chronik 1–3; Johannes 5,25-47

Er ist der lebendige Gott, der ewig bleibt. Daniel 6,27

Beim Besuch eines Museums in Chicago konnte ich ein Original der „Löwen von Babylon“ sehen. Es handelt sich um ein großes Wandbild eines geflügelten Löwen mit grimmigem Gesichtsausdruck. Der Löwe symbolisiert Ischtar, die babylonische Göttin der Liebe und des Kriegs, und ist eine von 120 ähnlichen Darstellungen, die in den Jahren 604-562 v. Chr. eine Prozessionsstraße in Babylon schmückten.

Historiker sagen, nach der Eroberung Jerusalems durch die Babylonier und während der Regierungszeit Nebukadnezars hätten die Gefangenen aus Israel diese Löwen sicher gesehen. Sie sagen auch, manche von ihnen hätten vermutlich geglaubt, Ischtar habe den Gott Israels besiegt.

Daniel, einer dieser hebräischen Gefangenen, teilte die Zweifel seiner Landsleute nicht. Seine Hingabe an Gott blieb fest. Er betete drei Mal am Tag—bei offenem Fenster—obwohl er wusste, dass ihn das in die Löwengrube bringen konnte. Nachdem Gott ihn von den hungrigen Tieren gerettet hatte, sagte König Darius, der Gott Daniels „ist der lebendige Gott, der ewig bleibt . . . Er ist ein Retter und Nothelfer“ (Dan. 6,27-28). Daniels Treue zu Gott schenkte ihm Einfluss auf Babylons Herrscher.

Wenn wir Gott auch unter Druck und bei Enttäuschungen treu bleiben, kann das andere Menschen dazu bringen, ihm die Ehre zu geben.

Lieber Gott, gib mir die Kraft, dir auch dann noch zu vertrauen, wenn ich mutlos bin. Lass mich deine nie endende Liebe erfahren und in deiner Nähe bleiben.

Treue zu Gott kann andere ermutigen.

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - Vivre parmi les lions
Lisez : Daniel 6.19‑28
La Bible en un an : 1 CHRONIQUES 1 – 3 et JEAN 5.25‑47

Car il est le Dieu vivant, et il subsiste éternellement. V. 26

Durant la visite d’un musée de Chicago, j’ai vu l’original de l’un des « lions de la porte d’Ishtar », provenant de la Babylone de l’Antiquité. Il s’agissait d’une grande murale illustrant un lion ailé à l’expression féroce. Symbolisant Ishtar, la déesse babylonienne de l’amour et de la guerre, ce lion faisait partie d’une série de 120 lions décorant les murs de la Voie processionnelle à Babylone entre 604 et 562 av. J.‑C.

Selon les historiens, les Hébreux que les Babyloniens ont capturés après avoir détruit Jérusalem auraient vu ces lions durant leur séjour dans le royaume de Nébucadnetsar. Les historiens sont également d’avis que certains des Israélites ont probablement cru qu’Ishtar avait vaincu le Dieu d’Israël.

Daniel, l’un de ces captifs hébreux, ne partageait toutefois pas les doutes susceptibles d’avoir troublé certains de ses contemporains israélites. Sa perception de Dieu et son engagement envers lui sont restés fermes. Il priait trois fois par jour – avec sa fenêtre ouverte – même en sachant que cela lui coûterait d’être jeté dans la fosse aux lions. Après que Dieu l’a arraché aux animaux affamés, le roi Darius a déclaré : « [Le Dieu de Daniel] est le Dieu vivant, et il subsiste éternellement » (DA 6.26,27). La fidélité de Daniel lui a permis d’influencer les autorités babyloniennes.

Rester fidèle à Dieu en dépit des pressions et du découragement peut en amener d’autres à lui rendre gloire.

La fidélité envers Dieu inspire autrui.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Серед левів
Читати: Даниїла 6:19-29

Він Бог Живий і існує повіки. — Даниїла 6:26

Коли я відвідала один музей у Чикаго, то побачила оригінальну фреску “крокуючого вавилонського лева”. Лев на цьому настінному малюнку мав крила і надзвичайно лютий вираз обличчя. Символізуючи Іштар – вавилонську богиню любові та війни, – цей лев був одним із 120 схожих левів, що були розташовані уздовж вавилонської дороги у 604–562 роках до Р.Х.
Історики кажуть, що після захоплення вавилонянами Єрусалиму єврейські бранці бачили цих левів (в період царювання Навуходоносора). Вони припускають, що, можливо, деякі зневірені ізраїльтяни вірили, що Іштар таки перемогла Бога Ізраїлева.

Серед єврейських полонених був і Даниїл, хто не розділяв цих поглядів (що з’явились у деяких його співвітчизників). Він залишався твердим у своїх поглядах на Бога, у своїй відданості Йому. Тому він тричі на день молився – навіть при відкритих вікнах, хоча знав, що за це може потрапити до лев’ячої ями. Коли ж Бог врятував Даниїла від цих голодних хижаків, цар Дарій сказав: “Він Бог Живий і існує повіки… Він рятує та визволяє” (Дан. 6:26-27). Завдяки своїй вірності Богу, Даниїл зміг впливати на вавилонських самодержців.

Якщо ми залишатимемося вірними Богу, незважаючи на будь-який тиск або розчарування, то зможемо надихати інших віддавати Йому славу.

Дорогий Боже, дай мені сили не втрачати довіри до Тебе в часи смутку й розчарувань. Допоможи відчувати Твою нескінченну любов і триматись Тебе.

Наша вірність Богу надихає інших.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Среди львов
Читать сейчас: Даниил 6:19-28

Он есть Бог живой и сущий вовеки. — Даниил 6:26

Посетив археологический музей в Чикаго, я увидела шагающего вавилонского льва, большую резную статую крылатого зверя со свирепым выражением на морде. Символ Иштар, вавилонской богини любви и войны, лев был одним из ста двадцати таких же чудовищ, стоявших в ряд вдоль дороги, ведущей в Вавилон в 604–562 гг. до Р.Х.

Историки утверждают, что после разрушения Иерусалима вавилонянами еврейские пленники видели этих львов, живя в царстве Навуходоносора. По мнению тех же историков, некоторые иудеи могли верить, что Иштар победила Бога Израилева. Таковы были распространенные в те времена убеждения.

Даниил, один из еврейских пленников, не разделял этого мнения. Его взгляд на Бога и посвященность Всевышнему оставались неизменно твердыми. Он молился три раза в день с открытыми окнами, хотя и знал, что за это может быть брошен в львиный ров. Когда Бог спас Даниила от голодных зверей, царь Дарий сказал: «[Бог Даниила] есть Бог живой и сущий вовеки... Он избавляет и спасает» (Дан. 6:26-27). Верность Даниила позволила ему оказывать значительное влияние на правителей Вавилона.

Наша верность Богу вопреки противостоянию и давлению может побудить других людей воздать Ему славу.

Боже, даруй мне силу уповать на Тебя во время разочарования. Помоги помнить о Твоей неизменной любви и быть ближе к Тебе.

Наша верность Богу вдохновляет других.