Friday, June 16, 2017

The Daily Readings for FRIDAY, June 16, 2017

Opening Sentence
The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. John 4:23
Confession of Sin
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen
Morning Prayer
O Lord Eternal and Creator of all things, who with your unknowable goodness called me to this life; I have no life, no light, no joy or wisdom, no strength except in you, O God. I entreat you, teach me to pray aright. Purify me from all taint of flesh and spirit. Bless this day which you give to me, your unworthy servant.

By the power of your blessing enable me, throughout this day, to speak and act to your glory with a pure spirit, with humility, patience, love, gentleness, peace, courage and wisdom. Let me be always aware of your presence. By the power of your love, grant me to hold fast to that which is good. Preserve me from every word or deed that corrupts the soul; from every impulse unpleasing in your sight and hurtful to my fellow man, my brothers and sisters.

This in Christ's name, I pray, Amen
The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Ecclesiasticus 45:6-16
He exalted Aaron, a holy man like Moses who was his brother, of the tribe of Levi. He made an everlasting covenant with him, and gave him the priesthood of the people. He blessed him with stateliness, and put a glorious robe on him. He clothed him in perfect splendor, and strengthened him with the symbols of authority, the linen undergarments, the long robe, and the ephod. And he encircled him with pomegranates, with many golden bells all around, to send forth a sound as he walked, to make their ringing heard in the temple as a reminder to his people; with the sacred vestment, of gold and violet and purple, the work of an embroiderer; with the oracle of judgment, Urim and Thummim; with twisted crimson, the work of an artisan; with precious stones engraved like seals, in a setting of gold, the work of a jeweler, to commemorate in engraved letters each of the tribes of Israel; with a gold crown upon his turban, inscribed like a seal with "Holiness," a distinction to be prized, the work of an expert, a delight to the eyes, richly adorned. Before him such beautiful things did not exist. No outsider ever put them on, but only his sons and his descendants in perpetuity. His sacrifices shall be wholly burned twice every day continually. Moses ordained him, and anointed him with holy oil; it was an everlasting covenant for him and for his descendants as long as the heavens endure, to minister to the Lord and serve as priest and bless his people in his name. He chose him out of all the living to offer sacrifice to the Lord, incense and a pleasing odor as a memorial portion, to make atonement for the people.
The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from 2 Corinthians 12:11-21
I have been a fool! You forced me to it. Indeed you should have been the ones commending me, for I am not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, signs and wonders and mighty works. How have you been worse off than the other churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong! Here I am, ready to come to you this third time. And I will not be a burden, because I do not want what is yours but you; for children ought not to lay up for their parents, but parents for their children. I will most gladly spend and be spent for you. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? Let it be assumed that I did not burden you. Nevertheless (you say) since I was crafty, I took you in by deceit. Did I take advantage of you through any of those whom I sent to you? I urged Titus to go, and sent the brother with him. Titus did not take advantage of you, did he? Did we not conduct ourselves with the same spirit? Did we not take the same steps? Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves before you? We are speaking in Christ before God. Everything we do, beloved, is for the sake of building you up. For I fear that when I come, I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish; I fear that there may perhaps be quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. I fear that when I come again, my God may humble me before you, and that I may have to mourn over many who previously sinned and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and licentiousness that they have practiced.
The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Luke 19:41-48
As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, "If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side. They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God." Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; and he said, "It is written, 'My house shall be a house of prayer' but you have made it a den of robbers." Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.
Morning Psalms

Psalm 69 Salvum me fac
1   Save me, O God, for the waters have risen up to my neck.
2   I am sinking in deep mire, and there is no firm ground for my feet.
3   I have come into deep waters, and the torrent washes over me.
4   I have grown weary with my crying; my throat is inflamed; my eyes have failed from looking for my God.
5   Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; my lying foes who would destroy me are mighty. Must I then give back what I never stole?
6   O God, you know my foolishness, and my faults are not hidden from you.
7   Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be disgraced because of me, O God of Israel.
8   Surely, for your sake have I suffered reproach, and shame has covered my face.
9   I have become a stranger to my own kindred, an alien to my mother's children.
10   Zeal for your house has eaten me up; the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me.
11   I humbled myself with fasting, but that was turned to my reproach.
12   I put on sack-cloth also, and became a byword among them.
13   Those who sit at the gate murmur against me, and the drunkards make songs about me.
14   But as for me, this is my prayer to you, at the time you have set, O LORD:
15   In your great mercy, O God, answer me with your unfailing help.
16   Save me from the mire; do not let me sink; let me be rescued from those who hate me and out of the deep waters.
17   Let not the torrent of waters wash over me, neither let the deep swallow me up; do not let the Pit shut its mouth upon me.
18   Answer me, O LORD, for your love is kind; in your great compassion, turn to me."
19   Hide not your face from your servant; be swift and answer me, for I am in distress.
20   Draw near to me and redeem me; because of my enemies deliver me.
21   You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; my adversaries are all in your sight."
22   Reproach has broken my heart, and it cannot be healed; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I could find no one.
23   They gave me gall to eat, and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.
24   Let the table before them be a trap and their sacred feasts a snare.
25   Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and give them continual trembling in their loins.
26   Pour out your indignation upon them, and let the fierceness of your anger overtake them.
27   Let their camp be desolate, and let there be none to dwell in their tents.
28   For they persecute him whom you have stricken and add to the pain of those whom you have pierced.
29   Lay to their charge guilt upon guilt, and let them not receive your vindication.
30   Let them be wiped out of the book of the living and not be written among the righteous.
31   As for me, I am afflicted and in pain; your help, O God, will lift me up on high.
32   I will praise the Name of God in song; I will proclaim his greatness with thanksgiving.
33   This will please the LORD more than an offering of oxen, more than bullocks with horns and hoofs.
34   The afflicted shall see and be glad; you who seek God, your heart shall live.
35   For the LORD listens to the needy, and his prisoners he does not despise.
36   Let the heavens and the earth praise him, the seas and all that moves in them;
37   For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; they shall live there and have it in possession.
38   The children of his servants will inherit it, and those who love his Name will dwell therein.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 73 Quam bonus Israel!
1   Truly, God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
2   But as for me, my feet had nearly slipped; I had almost tripped and fallen;
3   Because I envied the proud and saw the prosperity of the wicked:
4   For they suffer no pain, and their bodies are sleek and sound;
5   In the misfortunes of others they have no share; they are not afflicted as others are;
6   Therefore they wear their pride like a necklace and wrap their violence about them like a cloak.
7   Their iniquity comes from gross minds, and their hearts overflow with wicked thoughts.
8   They scoff and speak maliciously; out of their haughtiness they plan oppression.
9   They set their mouths against the heavens, and their evil speech runs through the world.
10   And so the people turn to them and find in them no fault.
11   They say, "How should God know? is there knowledge in the Most High?"
12   So then, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase their wealth.
13   In vain have I kept my heart clean, and washed my hands in innocence.
14   I have been afflicted all day long, and punished every morning.
15   Had I gone on speaking this way, I should have betrayed the generation of your children.
16   When I tried to understand these things, it was too hard for me;
17   Until I entered the sanctuary of God and discerned the end of the wicked.
18   Surely, you set them in slippery places; you cast them down in ruin.
19   Oh, how suddenly do they come to destruction, come to an end, and perish from terror!
20   Like a dream when one awakens, O Lord, when you arise you will make their image vanish.
21   When my mind became embittered, I was sorely wounded in my heart.
22   I was stupid and had no understanding; I was like a brute beast in your presence.
23   Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
24   You will guide me by your counsel, and afterwards receive me with glory.
25   Whom have I in heaven but you? and having you I desire nothing upon earth.
26   Though my flesh and my heart should waste away, God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
27   Truly, those who forsake you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful.
28   But it is good for me to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge.
29   I will speak of all your works in the gates of the city of Zion.

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
O God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength; By the might of your Spirit lift me, I pray, to your presence, where I may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
A Prayer to Live in Sympathy with Others
Blessed Lord Jesus, who wept with Mary and Martha when their brother Lazarus had died, may I ever take your love and sympathy for humanity into my heart. As Paul prayed in Romans, “May I rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” Soften my heart towards all, heavenly Lord, my enemies and my friends, my family and those who offend me. May I see the humanity of all my fellow men, rather than their sinfulness, and replace the fist of criticism with the opens arms of Christian love. By your grace, Lord Christ, I dare to ask your help in overcoming my hard heart, 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
Alleluia! Christ has risen.
Christ has risen indeed. Alleluia!

Walk with me, dear Lord, so that I may not be alone as I face this day, but always in your presence. Your joy is a lighthouse in a world often dark with sin, and I pray that I may reflect the light of your truth, to inspire others as I have been inspired. In the name of Christ, bless me this day, and all whom I may meet. Amen

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Prayer of the Day for FRIDAY, June 16, 2017

O God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength; By the might of your Spirit lift me, I pray, to your presence, where I may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Verse of the Day for FRIDAY, June 16, 2017

Psalm 103:13 (NIV) As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - Calamity

Then you may be the sons of your Father who is in heaven. His sun shines on bad people and on good people. He sends rain on those who are right with God and on those who are not right with God.
~ Matthew 5:45 (NLV)

No one on this planet is safe from calamity. Laws of nature were put into place when God created the universe. When the climate is just right, we get rain or snow. If there is an abundance of rain, there may be flooding or mud slides. If it is a season of drought the plants will die. If the barometric pressure is a certain way, we may get a gentle breeze, a strong wind or maybe even a tornado. We have gravity that holds us to the ground. So, if we jump off a cliff, we will fall.

Some of life is beautiful but some things are very ugly. The world and people were created perfect but the evil one tempted, and man did not resist. God gave us freedom to choose. Therefore, we live in a world with sin, suffering, pain and death. When we become a Christian, we are not immune to these things. We are also not immune to natural disasters. The rain falls on good people as well as evil.

We pray for things, thinking that it is obvious to us, what God should do. Forces of nature that were put into place have their way. Sin is splattered even on the innocent children. God loves us and He wants what is best, but even His own Son bled when He was beaten. When nails were put in His hands and feet He moaned in pain. When His strength was gone and He could no longer fill His lungs with air, He died a physical death, just like us.

Now we know that because He was God, He could have gotten off that cross. He had already shown His power over the weather when He calmed the storm, and gravity when He walked on water, yet out of His love for us, He subjected Himself to the very nature He put into place. Think on that for a moment.

So why do we blame God when things go wrong? Do we think we deserved better than God Himself? When we feel like we have been dealt a bad hand, we complain and grumble. Do we realize that the drunk driver that killed our loved one was a result of sin? Do we realize that the drunk driver is a victim of the sin nature? Do we understand that the hurricane wiped out the homes of those whom we judge as good and evil people? Do we know that a virus can even effect the helpless baby?

Instead of blaming God for the bad things that happen, we need to give the broken pieces to Him. He can pick up the pieces and give us strength to endure to the end. This is way better than nothing at all, and also, through these experiences, God helps us to gain things that we didn’t even realize that we lacked. On the other end of our trials, we are better equipped than we were before the trials.

Man had two choices in the beginning. He was enticed and chose wrong. We have two choices. The first choice is, we can carry all our pain and suffering, strutting and fretting our time on the stage of life, and go to the grave miserable. The second choice is, we can load up all that pain and give it to God. We can live a life that still is mingled with pain, suffering and death, but we also have the Holy Spirit who carries our heavy load. He will comfort, guide and heal our emotional wounds. We can go to the grave with peace that even in death He will never leave us.

We are all subjected to calamity, but what we do with the result of calamity is a choice.

Dear Loving Father, I choose you! Amen

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - Sencillez de la vida (primera parte)

Porque donde esté tu tesoro, allí estará también tu corazón.
~ Mateo 6:21 (NVI)

¡Cuántas veces en el camino de la vida nos encontramos personas que se creen, como decimos popularmente, «la última Coca-Cola del desierto»! Personas que valen por lo que tienen y por los títulos que las acompañan. Personas que incluso te miran por encima del hombro.

Sin embargo, ¡qué duro es volver a encontrar a esas mismas personas que por diferentes situaciones en la vida se encuentran devastadas y sin el consuelo de Dios! El ejemplo más cercano y popular es la situación hipotecaria que vivió este país y que cambió el panorama total de muchos. Algunos se quedaron sin nada, pues perdieron casas, autos, crédito, trabajos y familias. Hoy en día, no los hemos vuelto a ver.

Quizá se sientan avergonzados porque su vida se basaba en lo material. Es evidente que eran lo que tenían y su felicidad no se cimentaba en Dios, sino en el dinero. ¡Qué lección de vida tan dura! Esto nos enseña que en este mundo no debemos aferrarnos a nada material. Que las riquezas son espectaculares mientras nuestro corazón no esté en ellas. Que Dios nos da esas riquezas, pero para que en medio de ellas seamos humildes, sencillos y generosos.

Por lo tanto, nunca debemos olvidar que Él es el que quita y pone. No nos apeguemos a lo material, pues cuando partamos de este mundo, nada podremos llevarnos. Entonces, lo que quede, se lo repartirán nuestros propios seres queridos. Vivamos con sencillez de corazón.

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - TEACH YOUR CHILDREN

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

An extraordinary life in Christ does not just depend on teachings, circumstances or comfort. In many countries in the world today there are severe restrictions and obstacles facing parents in instructing their children in the ways of the Lord. In communist countries like China and Vietnam it is officially against the law to share the gospel with anybody under the age of eighteen years, including your own children.

In the Middle East, Christian schools are non-existent and Christian children are forced to attend Muslim schools and receive instruction from the Koran and Muslim teachers. Yet, it seems as if Christian families in restricted areas are more Godly and committed to the Lord than their counterparts in the west, where opportunities abound and Christians live in abundance.

The lessons that we learn from the persecuted church are of far more value than seminars or devotionals can ever be—the lessons of true discipleship and wholesome living. Lessons that are neither theology nor speculation but teachings of life, reality and practice.

Gerhard Hamm was one of the thousands of faithful believers through whom God’s light continued to shine in the Soviet Union during the years when communism reigned there.

He grew up in the Ural Mountains where his parents farmed. But then communism arose and in 1929 the “bandits” came, as Gerhard later often called the Bolsheviks. Because his father was a Christian and of German descent, he was arrested and exiled to Siberia. The farm was confiscated.

Mother Hamm and her twenty children also moved to Siberia. For a few years, the family was together. Then Gerhard’s father was taken away from his family and never came back. None of the family knows where his grave is. All the churches were closed and atheistic propaganda was being disseminated all around.

As a young boy Gerhard lost his father, his security, his home and his freedom—all because of the name of Jesus. Hunger and cold were his daily lot, an obvious reason for a young teenager to resent God and His commands. But despite the difficulties, ridicule and persecution, Mother Hamm prayed every day with her children, and they read the Bible together.

When Gerhard Hamm died in 1999 at the age of 76, he left a legacy of faithful children behind. All of his children and their spouses were devoted Christians. His grandchildren have all committed their lives to the Lord. All of Gerhard’s nineteen brothers and sisters and their spouses and children followed the footsteps of Jesus and many are still involved in various ministries reaching all corners of the globe. 

RESPONSE: Today I will take seriously the challenge of teaching, training and discipling my children or young people with whom I have close relationship.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to live a life of self-sacrifice so young people will see You and want to follow.

Men of the Bible - Elijah


His name means: "Yahweh Is My God"

His work: Elijah was a prophet active in Israel in the middle of the ninth century BC. His primary work was to combat Baal worship and restore the worship of the true God of Israel.
His character: Like Moses, who stood against the false gods of Egypt and the oppression of Pharaoh, Elijah was a prophet who stood against the worship of Baal at great risk to himself. To do so meant defying Ahab and Jezebel, Israel's royal couple, and trusting God to take care of him when his life was threatened by famine and violence.
His sorrow: Though Elijah was not the only true prophet left in Israel, he appears to have thought he was, perhaps because the rest of the prophets were silent and in hiding. Exhausted after his battle with the false prophets of Baal and his narrow escape from Queen Jezebel, he became so despondent that he prayed God would take his life. Instead, the Lord sent an angel to strengthen him.
His triumph: Elijah was a miracle-working prophet, whose powerful prayer life and whose persistence in speaking God's word helped preserve the faith of God's people during a time of religious persecution.
Key Scriptures: 1 Kings 17-19

A Look at the Man

"How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him." Elijah's no-nonsense challenge seems all the more powerful, all the more compelling nearly three thousand years later because of the witness of his life.

Persecuted for speaking the truth, hunted by powerful enemies, he was a man with the unenviable task of speaking truth to those who held the truth in contempt. His enemies had not only embraced a lie but were forcing it on others. At times the task seemed too heavy to bear. But just when he thought he could not possibly go on, God supplied whatever he needed—rest, food, strength, hope. Elijah never lacked the grace to remain faithful to God. His dedication was unwavering.

It's tempting to think of the prophets as superhuman figures, fanatics who relished delivering one thundering pronouncement after another. But preserving the truth in a time of darkness is the costliest of ventures. It would have taken tremendous moral, emotional, and physical strength to stand against the king and queen, their prophets, and all the rank and file who had embraced their false gods. But strength wouldn't have been enough. Such a task also would have required love—love for God and for the people who had strayed so far from him. Love is what must have kept Elijah on the path God had chosen for him.

Elijah's strong words still strike a chord today. They remind us to stop wavering between two opinions, to stop hedging our bets and straddling the line when it comes to living out our faith in a world that is so often hostile to faith. They remind us that if the Lord truly is God, then we must follow him. And following him means loving him with all our hearts.

Reflect On: 1 Kings 18:41–46; 19:1–8
Praise God: For hearing our prayers.
Offer Thanks: For the way God has answered your prayers in the past.
Confess: Any tendency to believe your prayers won’t make a difference.
Ask God: To show you how to pray for the things he has promised.

Today's reading is a brief excerpt from Men of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Men in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Robert Wolgemuth (Zondervan). © 2010 by Ann Spangler. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Enjoy the complete book by purchasing your own copy at the Bible Gateway Store. The book's title must be included when sharing the above content on social media. Coming this fall: watch for Wicked Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler.

Girlfriends in God - June 16, 2017

Protect Your Sabbath Rest

Today’s Truth

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Friend to Friend

In today’s rush-rush world, do you ever wonder if the Lord’s ideas about the Sabbath are still viable?

For half of my adult life I lived as if this 4th commandment was as antiquated as the parchment on which it was written. Pressured by the demands of the upcoming week, I would use part of “my” Sabbath day to get a head start by food shopping, throwing in a load of clothes, finishing a house project, or working in the yard.

One day the Holy Spirit confronted me. He revealed to me that my misuse of the Sabbath was actually a sign of mistrust on my part. If I was honest, I had to agree with Him. My actions proved I wasn’t trusting God to empower me to get everything done in the upcoming week without me stealing part of His Sabbath day for my purposes.

After that albeit uncomfortable revelation, I decided to begin trusting God with my whole week, beginning with the newly honored Sabbath day—and guess what? Instead of becoming hopelessly behind in my tasks by the week’s end (as I had assumed), my other six days actually proved to be far more productive than normal. Undergirded with a day of Sabbath rest, I found new creative energy and I warded off burn out and illness, even under the weight of a heavy schedule!

Today’s Scripture tells us that after God spent six days creating the world, He paused on the seventh day to rest. Did the Lord Almighty need to pause to put His feet up? I doubt that was the case. Instead I believe the Lord was modeling a behavior He wanted us to follow. He purposed himself to pause on that day and consider the work He had completed—stating that what He had accomplished “was good.” The Lord enjoyed reflecting on a job (or week) well done. When was the last time you set aside a day to do just that?

You and I have been engineered with bodies that require adequate sleep, rest, and even recreation in order to function optimally and to feel well. Setting the Sabbath apart from the busyness of the rest of the week breeds physical, mental, and emotional health by allowing us the opportunity to reflect, recreate, and recharge.

So if you are experiencing burn out, lacking creativity, or struggling with frequent illnesses, perhaps you’ve been leaving the gift of the Sabbath Day unopened as I did for far too many years.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord of the Sabbath, forgive us for falling short of Your will and for disobeying Your command to honor the Sabbath day and to keep it holy. Please quicken our hearts to be Jesus followers in every way and on every day of the week. We exist to bring You praise.
In Your precious and Holy Name we pray,

Now It's Your Turn

So here is my challenge for you this week—trust Jesus. Accept the gift of the Sabbath the Lord has given you. Spend time with God, enjoying His presence, His creation, reflecting on the productivity of the past week, and getting recharged for the upcoming week. I trust you’ll find that your Heavenly Father had your best interest in mind when He commanded the observance of the Sabbath. 

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LHM Daily Devotion - June 16, 2017 "D-Day"

The anniversary went by without much in the way of hoopla or hoorays.

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour


June 16, 2017

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The anniversary went by without much in the way of hoopla or hoorays.

That's not the way it was 73 years ago on June 6. When the Allies landed in Normandy, it was a very big deal indeed. Although the term "D-Day" is a generic military term for the day any project is to be launched, the European invasion was so big, it has taken the name as its own.

Of course, there are those in my generation -- and younger -- who wonder just how big was this offensive? Well, I can tell you

a. it was the biggest sea-launched invasion in the history of the world;
b. it had 156,000 Allied military playing a part in the invasion;
c. it included solders from Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New      Zealand, Norway, and Poland;
d. it ended up with 10,000 Allied soldiers being killed, captured, or missing;
e. it was also a great turning point in the war; it was the beginning of the end.

Sadly, about 850 veterans of World War II are dying every day. That has led some to guestimate that the last of those who participated in the War will probably pass away around 2038. Maybe that helps explain why the anniversary celebrating Europe's deliverance went by without much in the way of hoopla or hoorays.

Having said that, let me add that there is another D-Day the lost need to remember.

Understand this ancient D-Day was not marked by great movements of troops and planned coordination between various branches of the military. No, this D-day involved only one Individual.

But there's more.

Although the statisticians estimated there would be many casualties in the 20th-century D-Day, they also promised most men involved would survive. That was not the case 2,000 years ago when Jesus, God's Son, was born to take our place under the Law, and carry our sins to His cross.

The mortality rate for that ancient D-Day was 100 percent. It had always been 100 percent.

And there is one more difference between the two D-Days. If you go to the beaches of Normandy, you will see the graves of those who gave their lives. To a person, they are all there. But if you go to Jerusalem, look as long and as thoroughly as you wish, you will never find the place where Jesus Christ is entombed.

He is not there because He has risen. This is God's truth, which we dare never forget.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, may I always remember those who have given their lives so I might be delivered from earthly tyranny. May I always rejoice in the forgiveness and salvation the Christ has won for me in His life, death, and resurrection. In His Name I pray. Amen

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CPTLN Devocional de 16 de Junio de 2017

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16 de Junio 2017

Pero el cobrador de impuestos, desde lejos, no se atrevía siquiera a levantar los ojos al cielo, sino que se golpeaba el pecho y decía: "Dios mío, ten misericordia de mí, porque soy un pecador."
~ Lucas 18:13 (RVC)

Mientras perseguían a un venado, uno de los cazadores se cayó en el pozo de una mina abandonada. Dada la profundidad del pozo, sus compañeros no podían rescatarlo, y como estaba herido, él tampoco podía salir por sus propios medios. Lo que le salvó la vida fue que tenían un teléfono celular con el cual pudieron pedir ayuda a la patrulla de rescate.

Nosotros también necesitamos ser rescatados. A veces es nuestro cuerpo, pero siempre, y especialmente, es nuestra vida espiritual. La buena noticia es que hay ayuda, consuelo, y salvación para todo el que lo busque, sin importar su raza, su clase, o su condición. "Porque todo el que invoque el nombre del Señor será salvo" (Romanos 10:13). Cuán simples, pero a la vez cuán profundas son estas palabras.

La historia de Pedro que encontramos en el Evangelio de Mateo 14:25-33 es una clara ilustración del poder salvador de Dios. Cuando Pedro iba caminando sobre el agua hacia Jesús, se asustó por el viento y comenzó a hundirse. Entonces gritó: "¡Señor, sálvame!" Al oír estas palabras, Jesús inmediatamente extendió su mano y lo rescató.

La vida física de Pedro fue rescatada esa noche por Jesús. Su vida espiritual, en cambio, fue redimida a través de su fe en el sacrificio que Jesucristo hizo por nosotros para rescatarnos de nuestros pecados y muerte eterna.

Todos tenemos un problema que es mucho más grave que caernos en un pozo. Nuestro problema es el pecado. Un problema del cual nada ni nadie nos puede salvar... excepto nuestro salvador Jesucristo. Acudamos a él para recibir su perdón.

ORACIÓN: Querido Señor, todopoderoso Dios, gracias por darnos tu Palabra. Reconozco que soy pecador y que necesito tu salvación. Perdóname en el nombre de Jesucristo. Amén

Biografía del autor: Esta devoción fue escrita por Nguyen Huu Dung un voluntario en la oficina de Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones en Vietnam.

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Our Daily Bread - Made Alive

You were dead in your transgressions and sins. Ephesians 2:1

As a young man, my dad was traveling with a group of friends to an out-of-town sporting event when the tires of their car slipped on the rain-soaked roads. They had an accident—a bad accident. One of his friends was paralyzed and another was killed. My dad was declared dead and taken to the morgue. His shocked and grief-stricken parents came to identify him. But my dad revived from what turned out to be a deep coma. Their mourning turned to joy.

In Ephesians 2, the apostle Paul reminds us that apart from Christ we are “dead in [our] transgressions and sins” (v. 1). But because of His great love for us, “God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions” (vv. 4–5). Through Christ we have been brought from death to life.

So in every sense, we all owe our life to the Father in heaven. Through His great love, He has made it possible for those of us who were dead in sin to have life and purpose through His Son.

Thank You, Father, for love that conquers sin, life that conquers death, and grace that has conquered my heart. May my life be a sweet aroma of praise to You.

We owed a debt we could not pay, but Jesus paid the debt He did not owe.

Ministérios Pão Diário - Primeiro o óbvio
A Bíblia em um ano: Neemias 4–6, Atos 2:22-47

…Assim como o Senhor vos perdoou, assim também perdoai vós. v.13

Quando Bill Husted compareceu a sua quadragésima reunião com colegas de escola, havia duas reuniões de ex-alunos no mesmo prédio naquele dia, e ele estava na sala errada.

Husted escrevia sobre tecnologia para um jornal, e usava essa experiência para ilustrar uma de suas afirmações sobre a resolução de problemas de informática: Observe primeiro o óbvio. Antes de trocar a placa de som, assegure-se de que o controle de volume não esteja baixo. Se o modem não estiver funcionando, verifique se está conectado.

“Observar primeiro o óbvio” pode ser um bom princípio para acabar também com os problemas espirituais. A carta aos Colossenses 3:12-17 enumera uma dúzia de qualidades espirituais que são evidências de uma alma saudável. Dentre elas se destacam: a compaixão, bondade, humildade, mansidão, paciência, perdão, amor e gratidão.

Antes de criticar nossa igreja ou outros grupos cristãos, devemos pedir que o Senhor nos revele os nossos próprios defeitos. Antes de desligar os fios dos relacionamentos, devemos observar se a paciência e o perdão estão conectados em nosso coração.

É bom olhar para o nosso interior — verificar primeiro o óbvio — mesmo quando acharmos que todos os nossos problemas são causados pelos outros.

O amor cristão é paciente com as falhas dos outros.

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Làm Cho Sống
Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Nê-hê-mi 4-6; Công vụ 2:22-47

Anh em đã chết vì những vi phạm và tội lỗi của mình. Ê-phê-sô 2:1

Lúc trẻ, khi bố tôi cùng một nhóm bạn đi dự một sự kiện thể thao ngoài thị trấn thì xe họ bị trượt bánh trên đường mưa. Họ đã gặp tai nạn — một tai nạn nghiêm trọng. Một người bạn của bố bị liệt và một người khác tử vong. Bố tôi được tuyên bố là đã chết và được đưa đến nhà xác. Bố mẹ của bố vô cùng sốc và đau buồn, họ đến đó để nhận dạng con mình. Nhưng bố tôi đã tỉnh lại và hóa ra đó chỉ là một cơn hôn mê sâu. Sự than khóc của họ đổi thành vui mừng.

Trong Ê-phê-sô chương 2, sứ đồ Phao-lô nhắc nhở chúng ta rằng nếu không có Đấng Christ thì chúng ta đang “chết vì những vi phạm và tội lỗi của mình” (c. 1). Nhưng bởi tình yêu vĩ đại của Ngài dành cho chúng ta, “Đức Chúa Trời, là Đấng giàu lòng thương xót,… nên ngay khi chúng ta đã chết vì những vi phạm thì Ngài khiến chúng ta cùng sống với Đấng Christ” (c. 4-5). Nhờ Đấng Christ, chúng ta được đem từ sự chết đến sự sống.

Vì vậy, theo ý nghĩa nào đó, tất cả chúng ta đều nợ Cha Thiên Thượng sự sống của mình. Nhờ tình yêu vĩ đại của Ngài, Ngài đã khiến chúng ta, những người đã chết trong tội lỗi, có thể sống và sống có mục đích qua Con Ngài.

Cảm ơn Cha vì tình yêu của Ngài đã chiến thắng tội lỗi, sự sống của Ngài đã chiến thắng sự chết và ân điển của Ngài đã chinh phục tấm lòng con. Nguyện đời sống con là hương thơm ngọt ngào tôn vinh Ngài.

Chúng ta mắc một món nợ không thể trả, còn Chúa Jêsus đã trả món nợ không phải của Ngài.

Nuestro Pan Diario - De muerte a vida

La Biblia en un año: Nehemías 4–6; Hechos 2:22-47

… estabais muertos en vuestros delitos y pecados (v. 1).

Cuando era joven, mi papá estaba viajando con un grupo de amigos a un evento deportivo en otra ciudad, cuando los neumáticos del auto se deslizaron en la ruta empapada por la lluvia. Tuvieron un accidente grave; uno de sus amigos quedó paralizado y otro murió. A mi papá lo declararon muerto y lo llevaron a la morgue. Sus padres, conmocionados y afligidos, fueron a identificarlo. Sin embargo, mi papá revivió de lo que resultó ser un coma profundo. Su lamento se transformó en alegría.

En Efesios 2, el apóstol Pablo nos recuerda que, lejos de Cristo, estamos «muertos en [nuestros] delitos y pecados» (v. 1). Pero, debido a su gran amor por nosotros, «Dios, que es rico en misericordia, […] aun estando nosotros muertos en pecados, nos dio vida juntamente con Cristo» (vv. 4-5). A través de Cristo, pasamos de muerte a vida.

Así que, en cierto sentido, le debemos nuestra vida al Padre en el cielo. Su gran amor hizo posible que todos los que estábamos muertos en pecado tuviéramos vida y un propósito a través de su Hijo.

Gracias, Padre, por el amor que vence el pecado, por la vida que derrota la muerte y por la gracia que ha conquistado mi corazón. Que mi vida pueda desprender un perfume agradable de alabanza para ti.

Teníamos una deuda que no podíamos saldar; Jesús pagó la deuda que Él no debía.

Unser Täglich Brot - Lebendig gemacht

Auch ihr wart tot durch eure Übertretungen und Sünden. Epheser 2,1

Als junger Mann war mein Vater einmal mit ein paar Freunden unterwegs zu einer Sportveranstaltung, als sie mit dem Auto auf regennasser Straße ins Schleudern kamen. Sie hatten einen Unfall—einen schweren Unfall. Einer seiner Freunde kam ums Leben, der andere war danach querschnittsgelähmt. Mein Vater wurde für tot erklärt und ins Leichenschauhaus gebracht. Seine erschütterten Eltern wurden herbeigerufen, um ihn zu identifizieren. Aber mein Vater erwachte aus dem tiefen Koma und aus Trauer wurde Freude.

In Epheser 2 erinnert der Apostel Paulus uns daran, dass wir ohne Christus „tot durch [unsre] Übertretungen und Sünden“ sind (V.1). Aber wegen seiner großen Liebe hat Gott, „der reich ist an Barmherzigkeit . . . auch uns, die wir tot waren in den Sünden, mit Christus lebendig gemacht“ (V.4-5). Durch Jesus sind wir vom Tod ins Leben gebracht worden.

Wir alle verdanken unser Leben in gewissem Sinne unserem Vater im Himmel. In seiner großen Liebe hat er es möglich gemacht, dass wir, die wir aufgrund unserer Sünde tot waren, durch seinen Sohn nun Leben und ein Ziel haben.

Danke, Vater, für die Liebe, die die Sünde besiegt, für das Leben, das den Tod überwindet, und die Barmherzigkeit, mit der du mein Herz gewonnen hast. Ich will dich mit meinem ganzen Leben preisen.

Wir häufen Schulden an, die wir nicht zahlen können. Jesus zahlte die Schulden, die er nicht angehäuft hatte.

Notre Pain Quotidien - Rempli de joie
Lisez : Jean 15.9‑16
survol de la Bible: JEAN 1.19‑34

Je vous ai dit ces choses, afin que ma joie soit en vous, et que votre joie soit parfaite (V. 11).

Dans son livre classique Orthodoxie, G. K. Chesterton a écrit : « [Les enfants] veulent que les choses se répètent et ne changent pas. Ils disent toujours : “Fais-le encore !” ; et l’adulte le fait encore, jusqu’à ce qu’il soit presque mort. Car les adultes ne sont pas assez vigoureux pour exulter dans la monotonie. Dieu, lui, est peut-être assez vigoureux pour exulter dans la monotonie. Il est possible que Dieu chaque matin dise au soleil : “Fais-le encore !”, et chaque soir à la lune : “Fais-le encore !” Ce n’est peut-être pas une nécessité automatique qui fait semblables toutes les marguerites ; c’est peut-être que Dieu fait chaque marguerite séparément, sans être jamais fatigué de les faire. »

Chesteron saisit bien cette vérité : Notre Dieu est rempli de joie ; il est enjoué même. Il doit l’être, avec toutes les choses fascinantes, amusantes et égayantes qu’il a créées ! Il ne fait aucun doute que notre Dieu semble chérir les choses ordinaires quoique belles. Toutefois, dans sa créativité, l’ordinaire est extraordinaire. Dieu continue de nous enchanter avec le panorama de sa création. De plus, Dieu le Père, le Fils et le Saint-Esprit prennent part à cet amour et à cette joie ensemble.

Dans Romains 14.17, Paul a écrit : « Car le royaume de Dieu, ce n’est pas le manger et le boire, mais la justice, la paix et la joie, par le Saint-Esprit. » Et dans 15.13 il a déclaré : « Que le Dieu de l’espérance vous remplisse de toute joie et de toute paix dans la foi, pour que vous abondiez en espérance. » La joie est une caractéristique de la vie dans le royaume rendue possible grâce à l’Esprit quand nous croyons en Dieu.

Jésus a dit : « Si vous gardez mes commandements, vous demeurerez dans mon amour […] Je vous ai dit ces choses, afin que ma joie soit en vous, et que votre joie soit parfaite » (JN 15.10,11). Même dans ce qui est ordinaire et monotone nous pouvons trouver la joie que Dieu dégage.

Lisez 1 Pierre 1.6‑8 et examinez ce que l’apôtre Paul dit au sujet de la joie qui découle des épreuves de la vie.

Qu’est-ce qui devrait changer dans votre vie de sorte que vous puissiez connaître la joie du royaume ? Comment pouvez-vous puiser davantage dans la joie de Dieu ?

Хліб Наш Насущній - Повернення до життя
Читати: Ефесян 2:1-10
Біблія за рік: Неемії 4–6 ; Дії 2:22-47

І вас, що мертві були через ваші провини й гріхи… оживив. — Ефесян 2:1, 5

Коли мій татко був ще юнаком, сталося, що коли він з компанією друзів їхав за місто на якийсь спортивний захід, їхню машину занесло через мокре дорожнє покриття. Сталася аварія… жахлива аварія. Один із друзів татка загинув миттєво, а інший залишився паралізованим. Самого ж мого татка лікар визнав мертвим і його відправили до моргу. Але коли шоковані, вбиті горем батьки мого татка прийшли у морг для ідентифікації тіла, він раптом прийшов до тями. Як з’ясувалося, він лише перебував у глибокій комі. Того ранку смуток обернувся у радість.

У Посланні до ефесян апостол Павло нагадує нам, що без Христа ми були “мертві через свої провини й гріхи” (Еф. 2:1). Але Бог, Який багатий на милосердя, через Свою превелику любов, що нею Він нас полюбив, “нас, що мертві були через прогріхи, оживив разом із Христом” (Еф. 2:5). В Христі ми перейшли із смерті в життя.

Отже, всі ми зобов’язані своїм життям Небесному Отцю. Завдяки Його любові стало можливим, щоб ті з нас, хто колись були мертвими у своїх гріхах, тепер мали через Божого Сина сенс життя і жили вічно з Ним.

Дякую Тобі, Отче, за Твою любов, що перемогла гріх; за життя, що перемогло смерть; і за благодать, що підкорила моє серце. Нехай моє життя буде приємними пахощами для Тебе!

Ми мали борг, який неспроможні були сплатити, а Христос сплатив його.

Хлеб наш насущный - Возвращение к жизни
Читать сейчас: Ефесянам 2:1-10
Библия за год: Неемия 4-6; Деяния 2:22-47

Вас, мертвых по преступлениям и грехам вашим... оживотворил... — Ефесянам 2:1, 5

В молодости мой отец отправился с друзьями на загородное спортивное мероприятие. Перед этим прошел дождь, и водитель автомобиля не справился с управлением. Они попали в аварию… страшную аварию. Один из его друзей остался парализованным, другой погиб. Отца сочли мертвым и отправили в морг. Потрясенные родители приехали опознать тело. Но папа очнулся от глубокой комы и выжил. Скорбь превратилась в радость.

В Послании к ефесянам Павел напоминает, что без Христа мы мертвы и потеряны (Еф. 2:1). Но «Бог, богатый милостью, по Своей великой любви… нас, мертвых по преступлениям, оживотворил со Христом» (Еф. 2:4-5). Благодаря Спасителю умершие вернулись к жизни.

Поэтому мы все обязаны жизнью Небесному Отцу. По Своей великой любви Он сделал возможным то, чтобы мертвые во грехах обрели жизнь и смысл в Его Сыне.

Благодарю Тебя, Отче, за любовь, которая побеждает грех, и благодать, которая покорила мое сердце. Пусть моя жизнь станет приятным благоуханием хвалы Твоему имени.

Мы были в неоплатном долгу, но за нас заплатил Христос.

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