Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Daily Readings for SATURDAY, July 1, 2017

Opening Sentence

Thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, "I dwell in the high and holy place and also with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite." Isaiah 57:15

Morning Prayer
Heavenly Lord, you have brought me to the beginning of a new day. As the world is renewed fresh and clean, so I ask you to renew my heart with your strength and purpose. Forgive me the errors of yesterday and bless me to walk closer in your way today. This is the day I begin my life anew; shine through me so that every person I meet may feel your presence in my soul. Take my hand, precious Lord, for I cannot make it by myself. Through Christ I pray and live,

Confession and Forgiveness
O Holy One, we call to you and name you as eternal, ever-present, and boundless in love. Yet there are times, O God, when we fail to recognize you in the dailyness of our lives. Sometimes shame clenches tightly around our hearts, and we hide our true feelings. Sometimes fear makes us small, and we miss the chance to speak from our strength. Sometimes doubt invades our hopefulness, and we degrade our own wisdom.

Holy God, in the daily round from sunrise to sunset, remind us again of your holy presence hovering near us and in us. Free us from shame and self-doubt. Help us to see you in the moment-by-moment possibilities to live honestly, to act courageously, and to speak from our wisdom.

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from 1 Samuel 9:15-10:1
Now the day before Saul came, the LORD had revealed to Samuel: "Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be ruler over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have seen the suffering of my people, because their outcry has come to me." When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD told him, "Here is the man of whom I spoke to you. He it is who shall rule over my people." Then Saul approached Samuel inside the gate, and said, "Tell me, please, where is the house of the seer?" Samuel answered Saul, "I am the seer; go up before me to the shrine, for today you shall eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is on your mind. As for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, give no further thought to them, for they have been found. And on whom is all Israel's desire fixed, if not on you and on all your ancestral house?" Saul answered, "I am only a Benjaminite, from the least of the tribes of Israel, and my family is the humblest of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin. Why then have you spoken to me in this way?" Then Samuel took Saul and his servant-boy and brought them into the hall, and gave them a place at the head of those who had been invited, of whom there were about thirty. And Samuel said to the cook, "Bring the portion I gave you, the one I asked you to put aside." The cook took up the thigh and what went with it and set them before Saul. Samuel said, "See, what was kept is set before you. Eat; for it is set before you at the appointed time, so that you might eat with the guests." So Saul ate with Samuel that day. When they came down from the shrine into the town, a bed was spread for Saul on the roof, and he lay down to sleep. Then at the break of dawn Samuel called to Saul upon the roof, "Get up, so that I may send you on your way." Saul got up, and both he and Samuel went out into the street. As they were going down to the outskirts of the town, Samuel said to Saul, "Tell the boy to go on before us, and when he has passed on, stop here yourself for a while, that I may make known to you the word of God." Samuel took a vial of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him; he said, "The LORD has anointed you ruler over his people Israel. You shall reign over the people of the LORD and you will save them from the hand of their enemies all around. Now this shall be the sign to you that the LORD has anointed you ruler over his heritage:

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Acts 7:30-43
"Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to look, there came the voice of the Lord: 'I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look. Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have surely seen the mistreatment of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. Come now, I will send you to Egypt.' "It was this Moses whom they rejected when they said, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?' and whom God now sent as both ruler and liberator through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. He led them out, having performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years. This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, 'God will raise up a prophet for you from your own people as he raised me up.' He is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living oracles to give to us. Our ancestors were unwilling to obey him; instead, they pushed him aside, and in their hearts they turned back to Egypt, saying to Aaron, 'Make gods for us who will lead the way for us; as for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him.' At that time they made a calf, offered a sacrifice to the idol, and reveled in the works of their hands. But God turned away from them and handed them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: 'Did you offer to me slain victims and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? No; you took along the tent of Moloch, and the star of your god Rephan, the images that you made to worship; so I will remove you beyond Babylon.'

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Luke 22:39-51
He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, "Pray that you may not come into the time of trial." Then he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and prayed, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done." Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial." While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, "Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?" When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, "Lord, should we strike with the sword?" Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, "No more of this!" And he touched his ear and healed him.

Morning Psalms
Psalm 107:33-43 Posuit flumina
33   The LORD changed rivers into deserts, and water-springs into thirsty ground,
34   A fruitful land into salt flats, because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.
35   He changed deserts into pools of water and dry land into water-springs.
36   He settled the hungry there, and they founded a city to dwell in.
37   They sowed fields, and planted vineyards, and brought in a fruitful harvest.
38   He blessed them, so that they increased greatly; he did not let their herds decrease.
39   Yet when they were diminished and brought low, through stress of adversity and sorrow,
40   (He pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes)
41   He lifted up the poor out of misery and multiplied their families like flocks of sheep.
42   The upright will see this and rejoice, but all wickedness will shut its mouth.
43   Whoever is wise will ponder these things, and consider well the mercies of the LORD.

Psalm 108 Paratum cor meum
1   My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and make melody.
2   Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp; I myself will waken the dawn.
3   I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD; I will sing praises to you among the nations.
4   For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
5   Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, and your glory over all the earth.
6   So that those who are dear to you may be delivered, save with your right hand and answer me.
7   God spoke from his holy place and said, "I will exult and parcel out Shechem; I will divide the valley of Succoth.
8   Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my scepter.
9   Moab is my washbasin, on Edom I throw down my sandal to claim it, and over Philistia will I shout in triumph."
10   Who will lead me into the strong city? who will bring me into Edom?
11   Have you not cast us off, O God? you no longer go out, O God, with our armies.
12   Grant us your help against the enemy, for vain is the help of man.
13   With God we will do valiant deeds, and he shall tread our enemies under foot.

Evening Psalms
Psalm 33 Exultate, justi
1   Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous; it is good for the just to sing praises.
2   Praise the LORD with the harp; play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.
3   Sing for him a new song; sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
4   For the word of the LORD is right, and all his works are sure.
5   He loves righteousness and justice; the loving-kindness of the LORD fills the whole earth.
6   By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, by the breath of his mouth all the heavenly hosts.
7   He gathers up the waters of the ocean as in a water-skin and stores up the depths of the sea.
8   Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all who dwell in the world stand in awe of him.
9   For he spoke, and it came to pass; he commanded, and it stood fast.
10   The LORD brings the will of the nations to naught; he thwarts the designs of the peoples.
11   But the LORD'S will stands fast for ever, and the designs of his heart from age to age.
12   Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD! happy the people he has chosen to be his own!
13   The LORD looks down from heaven, and beholds all the people in the world.
14   From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze on all who dwell on the earth.
15   He fashions all the hearts of them and understands all their works.
16   There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army; a strong man is not delivered by his great strength.
17   The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; for all its strength it cannot save.
18   Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him, on those who wait upon his love,
19   To pluck their lives from death, and to feed them in time of famine.
20   Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
21   Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, for in his holy Name we put our trust.
22   Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, as we have put our trust in you.

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
Oh Lord God, Father Almighty who created me and everything I see and enjoy, blessed and beautiful Jesus, love of my heart, bounteous Holy Spirit of God who is so kind as to be with me and comfort me whenever I ask, I thank you for all that I am and all that I have had in my life. Thy will be done, my God. I ask only that you let me know your will for me, for I am often confused or conflicted, and I seek your guidance. Knowing your will for me, let me be anxious for nothing. And I pray for the strength, the power and the energy, to accomplish your purpose. All glory be to you, one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who was before time and will be forever,

A Prayer for Those Who Pray
Be merciful, O Lord, to those who have entrusted me, an unworthy sinner, to pray for them. Be merciful, O Lord, to all who ask Thy help. O Lord, make this day a day of Thy mercy; give to each according to their petition. Be the Shepherd of the lost, the Guide of Light of unbelievers, the Teacher of the unwise, the Father of orphans, the Helper of the oppressed, the Healer of the sick, the Comforter of the dying, and lead us all to the desired end -- to Thee, our refuge and blessed repose.

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.

Cristy Lane - One Day At A Time

Alleluia! Christ has risen.
Christ has risen indeed. Alleluia!

O Sovereign and almighty Lord, bless all your people, and all your flock. Give your peace, your help, and your love unto us your servants, the sheep of your fold, that we may be united in the bond of peace and love, one body and one spirit, in one hope of our calling, in your divine and boundless love.
~ From the Liturgy of Mark, 2d Century A.D.

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Prayer of the Day for SATURDAY, July 1, 2017

Oh Lord God, Father Almighty who created me and everything I see and enjoy, blessed and beautiful Jesus, love of my heart, bounteous Holy Spirit of God who is so kind as to be with me and comfort me whenever I ask, I thank you for all that I am and all that I have had in my life. Thy will be done, my God. I ask only that you let me know your will for me, for I am often confused or conflicted, and I seek your guidance. Knowing your will for me, let me be anxious for nothing. And I pray for the strength, the power and the energy, to accomplish your purpose. All glory be to you, one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who was before time and will be forever,

Verse of the Day for SATURDAY, July 1, 2017

Romans 12:3 (NIV) [Humble Service in the Body of Christ] For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - The Greatest Motive for Sharing the Gospel

It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
~ Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV)

One of the most frequent complaints against the church has been about hellfire-and-brimstone preachers. “I don’t like that kind of preaching,” people say.

But my question is where are these preachers? When is the last time you heard a hellfire-and-brimstone preacher? I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen one of them on television, much less heard a mention of Hell. I see messages preached on how to be successful and how to prosper. But we have to tell the whole truth.

We have to look at this topic biblically, not emotionally, and remember that life comes to an end for everyone. One thing is clear: We all will die and enter the afterlife. Ecclesiastes 3:1–2 tells us, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die.”

Jesus spent more time talking about Hell than anyone else. Of the forty parables He told, more than half of them relate to God’s eternal judgment of sinners. That is because Hell is a real place for real people. J. I. Packer said, “An endless hell can no more be removed from the New Testament than an endless heaven can be.”

Our greatest motive for getting out there to share the gospel should be so people won’t go to Hell. That is the bottom line. If we tell people they will have fulfillment, peace, and joy if they believe in Jesus, that is true. But frankly, those are fringe benefits. The greatest aspect of the gospel, which means “good news,” is that we don’t have to go to Hell. Instead, we can go to Heaven.

If you know people who aren’t Christians, then they are headed to Hell. The question is what are you doing to reach them?

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - Seamos instrumentos

Todo lo que te viniere a la mano para hacer, hazlo según tus fuerzas.

Me tomé la tarea de investigar lo que es un instrumento musical y llegué a esta conclusión: Un instrumento musical es un conjunto de piezas que se disponen en un todo de manera que un intérprete logre producir sonidos musicales. Si lo analizamos, es posible que de cualquier objeto se pueda obtener sonidos. Sin embargo, para que sea musical, el sonido que produce debe combinar la melodía, el ritmo y la armonía.

Dejando este análisis a un lado, quiero hacer un paralelo a lo que nosotros podemos ser en las manos de Dios. La Palabra nos enseña que a todos se nos han dado dones y talentos. Muchas veces ni sabemos que los tenemos. Así que un día alguien nos los descubre o nosotros mismos nos damos cuenta que ciertas cosas que hacemos nos salen bien y le gustan a la gente.

Si un instrumento musical es un conjunto de piezas que se combinan para producir sonidos melódicos, rítmicos y armónicos, tú y yo tenemos esa combinación perfecta para poner en acción el don que puso Dios en nosotros.

Además, si a diferencia de que en principio cualquier cosa que produzca sonido puede ser un instrumento, te recuerdo que tú no eres cualquier cosa, sino que eres un hijo de Dios creado a su imagen y semejanza.

Valórate y pídele al Señor que te revele cuál es ese talento y empieza a desarrollarlo ya.

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - MYSTERY

He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ…
~ Ephesians 1:9 (NIV)

Human beings always want to know “why?” and “why not now?” But it’s precisely because we are human we cannot know. That’s why mystery is so important to understand. The entire book of Job is all about the “why” of suffering and in the end God invites Job to see a bigger picture than even his suffering.

Creation is a mistake if all you see is your suffering. But if you lift your eyes wider and let your gaze roam over the whole universe with God, you can also see that creation has even more beauty and grace.

So we are to value mystery because it enables us to feel God’s love…love that was fully revealed in Christ.

Sometimes we get to see “why?” and “why not now?” (one of the good aspects of growing older). Often we don’t because we are the players of life in the universe, not the playwright.

Christine Mallouhi in her excellent book, Waging Peace on Islam, makes this significant conclusion:

The victorious and triumphant Christian life does not conjure up pictures of suffering and death and feelings of abandonment. But this was all part of God's victory in Christ. If this was the path the Master trod why should it be any different for the servants? Jesus cried out "why?" and "where are you?" to God when circumstances were crushing him. God is always greater than our understanding of him and there will always be mystery about him that causes us to fall down in awe and worship. This mystery, which we want to tidily categorise, keeps causing struggles in our life. Every time we get God tidied up like a ball of rubber bands, another end bursts out and the struggle begins over again, until we learn to live in faith with untidy ends. If everything is clear then faith is irrelevant. We are not called to solve the mystery, but enter it.[1]

RESPONSE: Today I will value mystery because it enables me to feel God’s love.

PRAYER: Thank You Lord that though the world around us if full of suffering, it is more full of beauty and grace. Help me to trust You and value mystery.

1. Christine Mallouhi, Waging Peace on Islam (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2000), p.52.

NIV Devotions for Couples - Coming Clean With Each Other

Romans 8:1–17

Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again.

When Sheryl and Gary got engaged, they sat down and had some pretty frank conversations with one another. They discussed their families and their past relationships, trying to identify the ways their childhoods and dating histories might impinge on their present and future together.

What they didn’t discuss—at least not adequately—was their financial history. In particular, Gary didn’t tell his fiancée that, six years before, he had gotten into massive credit card debt. Gary figured he had dealt with the problem so it was behind him. Why bring up something that wasn’t an issue anymore?

Of course, any time we find ourselves thinking along those lines, something more is going on. If the incident in question was truly in the past, we would feel OK sharing it. Failing to bring up credit card debt, porn use or an affair means the shame of it hasn’t really left us but is still choking us as we try to keep it secret. Over time we become captive to our fears of being found out.

Gary managed to keep his financial past hidden from Sheryl for a few years, though he now says that, in hindsight, he can see that his inability to talk about money with Sheryl caused him to dodge conversations that were important for their financial future. Eventually, Gary had to talk about money and ’fess up to his past money mistakes and his deception when he and Sheryl tried to buy a house and were turned down for a loan because of Gary’s bad credit rating.

It was hard, of course, to have those conversations. “It was much harder than if I’d told Sheryl about my credit card debt years before,” Gary said. “Then we could have strategized together. And then I wouldn’t have had to deal with both Sheryl’s distress that we were having a hard time getting a mortgage and her even greater distress that I had, in effect, lied to her by not telling her the whole truth.”

It can be hard—even terrifying—to reveal a long-buried secret to your spouse. You worry he’ll be furious, that he’ll judge you, that he’ll be hurt. Indeed, your spouse might be hurt. She might be angry. She might be stunned. But put yourself in your spouse’s shoes; if he was keeping something from you, you would want him to come clean, not only so that you could be in the know, but so that he could be freed from the chains of shame and secrecy.

Romans 8:14–15 tells us that we are no longer slaves to fear. As children of God, we live in the light of full disclosure, sure of forgiveness, pardon and restoration—in our relationship with God and with each other.

Lauren Winner

Let’s Talk
  • Is there a not-so-big issue one of us is keeping from the other? What is preventing full disclosure?
  • Does envisioning God as truly present in our conversations make it easier to imagine starting a hard conversation with each other about that secret?
  • Look back to the hard conversations we’ve had with each other. What have been the fruits of those discussions?

LHM Daily Devotion - July 1, 2017 "Doggy Doors"

Ask around and the experts will tell you about the greatest fights...

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

"Doggy Doors"

July 1, 2017

But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
~ James 1:14-15 (ESV)

Ask around and the experts will tell you about the greatest fights in history. In the top 10, most would likely list the "Thrilla in Manila" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Others would mention the 1952 battle between Rocky Marciano and Jersey Joe Walcott. That battle was won by Marciano who finished his career undefeated.

Truly, those were epic contests, but they were mere skirmishes when compared to the 2016 battle waged by "Boone the boxer." Before I go further, allow me to share that Boone the boxer is a dog owned by the Scott Gray family of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Dog or no, right before Halloween last year, Boone got himself into a prime-time fight. And if you're wondering how this battle began, I can tell you: the Gray's house has a dog door to make Boone's comings and goings more convenient.

Unfortunately, that dog door can be used by other animals -- other animals like skunks, for example.

The Grays were not at home the night an uninvited skunk came in through the doggy door. A few hours later when the family returned, Boone and the skunk were still at it. Mr. Gray managed to corner the skunk in a bedroom and have it removed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Experts were called in to tell how the Grays might restore their home to pre-fight conditions.

What the experts said was this: get rid of your clothes; toss your furniture; tear the sheet rock off its studs, and begin over. The insurance company agreed that doing those things would be the way for the Gray family to proceed. Oh, the insurance company also said something else, something like "While we feel sorry for you, and deeply regret what has happened to your home, you should know your homeowner's policy does not cover your domicile for damages done by skunks that gained entrance through a doggy door left open."

As this devotion is written, the Grays have shelled out $70,000 and they estimate they will spend another $50,000 before they are done reclaiming their home.

Now there ought to be a devotional point to this sad story -- and there is. The point is we need to watch what comes into the homes of our hearts.

James talks about the process of how a sin begins in a simple way. It all starts when a heart which ought to be owned by the Lord has been built with a doggy door. It doesn't take too long before an unchristian temptation saunters in. Left unchecked, that desire will grow and become a sin which, as James says, "brings forth death."

Now, unlike the Gray family, we do have good news for those who find their hearts have been befouled by sin. We have a Savior who can, for people of faith, remove that sin and set things straight. Scripture is clear: if we confess our sins, the Lord wall forgive us our sins. But, the Bible tells us God's people are smart if they don't leave open a doggy door for sin, in the first place.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, grant me the faith and the wisdom to stop sin before it starts. Keep my heart dedicated to giving thanks for the Savior who has done all to win my forgiveness and salvation. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen

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Our Daily Bread - Cleaning House

Rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 1 Peter 2:1

Recently, I switched rooms in the home I rent. This took longer than expected, because I didn’t want to simply transfer my (extensive) mess to a new room; I wanted a completely fresh and uncluttered start. After hours and hours of cleaning and sorting, bags of stuff sat by the front door to be thrown away, donated, or recycled. But at the end of this exhausting process was a beautiful room I was excited to spend time in.

My housecleaning project gave me a fresh perspective when reading 1 Peter 2:1, as paraphrased in The Message: “So, clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy, and hurtful talk.” Interestingly, it’s after a joyful confession of their new life in Christ (1:1–12) that Peter urges them to throw away destructive habits (1:13–2:3). When our walk with the Lord feels cluttered and our love for others feels strained, this shouldn’t cause us to question our salvation. We don’t change our lives to be saved, but because we are (1:23).

As real as our new life in Christ is, bad habits learned do not disappear overnight. So, on a daily basis, we need to “clean house,” throwing away all that prevents us from fully loving others (1:22) and growing (2:2). Then, in that new, clean space, we can experience the wonder of being freshly built (v. 5) by Christ’s power and life.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the new life You are building in us through our Lord Jesus. Help us to daily turn to You for cleansing and renewal.

Every day we can reject destructive habits and experience new life in Jesus.

Ministérios Pão Diário - Corredeiras
A Bíblia em um ano: Jó 20–21, Atos 10:24-48

Minha primeira experiência de rafting estava sendo bem divertida, até que ouvi o rugir das corredeiras à frente. Surgiu a incerteza, o medo e a insegurança, tudo ao mesmo tempo. Passar pelas corredeiras foi uma experiência emocionante, cheia de tensão e ansiedade! De repente tudo acabou. O guia, sentado na parte de trás do bote, tinha nos ajudado a atravessar aquele trecho. E eu então me senti seguro — pelo menos até as próximas corredeiras.

As transições na vida são como as corredeiras. As inevitáveis passagens de uma estação da vida à outra: da vida acadêmica à profissional, de solteiro para casado, da ativa à aposentadoria, do casamento à viuvez — todas são marcadas por incerteza e insegurança.

Em uma das transições mais significativas registradas na história do Antigo Testamento, Salomão assumiu o trono de seu pai, Davi. Estou certo de que ele estava cheio de incerteza em relação ao futuro. Qual fora o conselho de seu pai? “…Sê forte e corajoso e faze a obra […] o Senhor Deus, meu Deus, há de ser contigo…” (1 Crônicas 28.20).

Cada um de nós tem a sua parte de transições difíceis na vida. Mas com Deus ao seu lado, você não está só. Fixe os seus olhos naquele que navega com você pelas águas turbulentas. Ele já ajudou muitos outros a passarem por elas. À frente estão as águas tranquilas.

Deus o guiará pelas turbulentas mudanças que ocorrem em sua vida.

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Dọn Dẹp Nhà Cửa
Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Gióp 20-21; Công vụ 10:24-48

Vậy, anh em hãy từ bỏ mọi điều độc ác, xảo trá, đạo đức giả, ghen tị và mọi chuyện vu cáo. I Phi-e-rơ 2:1

Mới đây, tôi chuyển sang ở phòng khác trong căn hộ tôi thuê. Việc này lâu hơn dự kiến vì tôi không muốn chuyển đống đồ lộn xộn (to lớn) của mình sang căn phòng mới. Tôi muốn có một khởi đầu hoàn toàn mới mẻ và một chỗ ở gọn gàng. Sau nhiều giờ dọn dẹp và phân loại, ngoài cửa phòng chất đầy các túi đồ cần bỏ đi, túi đồ tặng hoặc tái chế. Dù vậy, kết thúc quá trình mệt mỏi này là một căn phòng xinh xắn và tôi rất thích sống trong căn phòng đó.

Chuyện dọn dẹp nhà cửa này đã giúp tôi có một góc nhìn tươi mới khi đọc I Phi-e-rơ 2:1: “Vậy, hãy dọn dẹp nhà cửa! Hãy quét sạch điều độc ác và giả vờ, ghen tị và chuyện gây hại.” (Bản dịch The Message) Điều thú vị là sau lời công bố đầy vui mừng về đời sống mới của tín hữu trong Đấng Christ (1:1-12) thì Phi-e-rơ thúc giục họ vứt bỏ những thói quen gây hư hoại (1:13-2:3). Nếu đời sống theo Chúa của chúng ta bị trục trặc và tình yêu của chúng ta dành cho người khác trở nên gượng ép, thì đừng để những điều đó làm chúng ta nghi ngờ sự cứu rỗi của mình. Chúng ta không thay đổi đời sống mình để được cứu, mà vì chúng ta vốn đã được cứu (1:23).

Khi tin Đấng Christ, chúng ta có một đời sống mới, nhưng những thói quen xấu không biến mất sau một đêm. Vì vậy, mỗi ngày chúng ta cần “dọn dep nhà cửa”, vứt bỏ mọi thứ ngăn cản chúng ta thật lòng yêu thương người khác (1:22) và tăng trưởng (2:2). Để rồi, trong không gian tươi mới và sạch sẽ đó, chúng ta có thể trải nghiệm sự kỳ diệu của việc được dựng nên mới (c. 5) bằng quyền năng và sự sống của Đấng Christ.

Lạy Cha Thiên Thượng, cảm ơn Cha vì qua Cứu Chúa Jêsus, Ngài đang dựng nên trong con một đời sống mới. Cầu xin Chúa thanh tẩy và đổi mới chúng con từng ngày.

Mỗi ngày chúng ta có thể loại bỏ những thói quen gây hư hoại và kinh nghiệm đời sống mới trong Chúa Jêsus.

Nuestro Pan Diario - Limpiar la casa
La Biblia en un año: Job 20–21; Hechos 10:24-48

Desechando, pues, toda malicia, todo engaño, hipocresía, envidias, y todas las detracciones… (2:1).
Hace poco, cambié de habitación en casa. Me llevó más tiempo de lo que esperaba, porque no solo quería transferir mi desorden; deseaba empezar de cero. Después de horas de limpiar y clasificar —un proceso agotador—, tenía una hermosa habitación donde me entusiasmaba estar.

Mi proyecto me dio una perspectiva renovada de 1 Pedro 2:1: «Entonces, ¡limpien la casa! Descarten por completo la malicia y el fingimiento, la envidia y las palabras hirientes» (The Message, trad. libre). Es interesante que, después de celebrar su nueva fe en Cristo (1:1-12), Pedro animara a los creyentes a desechar hábitos destructivos (1:13–2:3). Cuando nuestro caminar con el Señor parece desordenado y hay tensión en nuestro amor por los demás, esto no debe llevarnos a cuestionar nuestra salvación. No cambiamos nuestras vidas para ser salvos, sino porque ya lo somos (1:23).

Los malos hábitos no desaparecen de la noche a la mañana. Así que, a diario, necesitamos «limpiar la casa» y desechar cualquier cosa que evite que amemos plenamente a los demás (1:22) y que crezcamos (2:2). Entonces, en ese espacio nuevo y limpio, podemos experimentar la maravilla de ser edificados y renovados (v. 5) por el poder y la vida de Cristo.

Padre celestial, ayúdanos a acudir a ti para limpiarnos y renovarnos.

Rechacemos los hábitos destructivos y experimentemos la nueva vida en Jesús.

Por mb

© 2017 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Hausputz

So legt nun ab alle Bosheit und allen Betrug und Heuchelei und Neid und alle üble Nachrede. 1.Petrus 2,1

Vor kurzem habe ich in der Wohnung ein paar Zimmer umgeräumt. Das dauerte länger, als erwartet, denn ich wollte nicht einfach mein Durcheinander in einen anderen Raum verlegen, sondern dort ganz neu und ohne Altlasten beginnen. Ich putzte und sortierte stundenlang und vor dem Haus stapelten sich Säcke mit Dingen, die weggeworfen, weitergegeben oder recycelt werden sollten. Schließlich aber hatte ich ein schönes Zimmer, in dem ich mich gern aufhalten werde.

Und auf einmal verstand ich den Text in 1.Petrus 2,1 viel besser. In einer neueren Übersetzung heißt es dort: „Macht Hausputz! Kehrt Bosheit und Angeberei, Neid und negatives Reden aus.“ Interessanterweise ist es ein frohes Bekenntnis zum neuen Leben in Christus (1,1-12), das Petrus veranlasst, zum Ablegen schädlicher Gewohnheiten aufzurufen (1,13–2,3). Wenn die Nachfolge schwierig und die Liebe zum Nächsten anstrengend zu sein scheint, sollten wir nicht gleich an unserer Erlösung zweifeln. Wir ändern unser Leben nicht, um gerettet zu werden, sondern weil wir gerettet sind (1,23).

Schlechte Gewohnheiten verschwinden nicht über Nacht. Deshalb sollten wir täglich „Hausputz“ halten und alles hinauswerfen, was uns daran hindert, andere von Herzen zu lieben (1,22) und im Glauben zu wachsen (2,2). Dann können wir erleben, wie es ist, durch Jesu Kraft und Leben auferbaut zu werden (V.5).

Himmlischer Vater, hab Dank für das neue Leben, das du durch unseren Herrn Jesus in uns baust. Mach uns bereit, uns täglich von dir reinigen und erneuern zu lassen.

Jeden Tag können wir in Jesus neues Leben erfahren und schlechte Gewohnheiten ablegen.

Notre Pain Quotidien - Le ménage de la maison
Lisez : 1 Pierre 1.22 – 2.5
La Bible en un an : JOB 20 – 21 et ACTES 10.24‑48

Rejetant donc toute méchanceté et toute ruse, la dissimulation, l'envie, et toute médisance. 1 Pierre 2.1

Dernièrement, j’ai changé de chambre dans la maison que je loue. J’y ai consacré plus de temps que prévu, car je refusais de simplement transférer mon désordre (considérable) dans une nouvelle chambre. Je tenais à repartir à neuf. Après avoir passé plusieurs heures à faire du ménage et du triage, j’ai déposé près de ma porte d’entrée des sacs remplis de choses destinées aux ordures ou au recyclage. Au terme de ce long processus épuisant, je me suis retrouvée dans une belle pièce où j’étais heureuse de passer du temps.

Mon projet de ménage m’a procuré une nouvelle perspective d’une autre forme de ménage, que préconise 1 Pierre 2.1 : « Rejetant toute méchanceté et toute ruse, la dissimulation, l’envie, et toute médisance ». Fait intéressant : c’est après avoir confessé avec joie leur nouvelle vie en Christ (1.1‑12) que Pierre a poussé ses lecteurs à renoncer à des habitudes destructrices (1.13 – 2.3). Lorsque notre marche avec le Seigneur nous semble chancelante et qu’il ne nous vient pas facilement d’aimer autrui, cela ne devrait pas nous faire douter de notre salut. Nous ne modifions pas notre vie dans le but d’être sauvés, mais bien plutôt parce que nous sommes sauvés (1.23).

Aussi vraie soit notre nouvelle vie en Christ, nos mauvaises habitudes ne disparaîtront pas du jour au lendemain. Nous devons chaque jour « faire du ménage », nous défaire de tout ce qui nous empêche d’aimer sincèrement (1.22) et de grandir (2.2). Nous pourrons ainsi jouir de notre nouvelle vie réordonnée par la puissance de Christ (V. 5).

Préférons la vie nouvelle en Jésus à nos habitudes destructrices.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Домашнє прибирання
Біблія за рік: Йова 20−21 ; Дії 10:24-48

Отож, відкладіть усяку злобу, і всякий підступ, і лицемірство, і заздрість, і всякі обмови. — 1 Петра 2:1

Нещодавно я переселилась в іншу квартиру. Це забрало набагато більше часу, ніж я думала. Потрібно було не лише перенести речі, але й позбавитись всього зайвого. Після багатьох годин сортування біля входу до будинку стояли пакети з непотрібними речами, щоб потім їх комусь подарувати або відправити на утилізацію. Я дуже втомилась, але нагородою стала чудова затишна кімната.

Таке домашнє прибирання допомогло мені дещо по-новому глянути на текст з 1 Петра 2:1. В одному переказі цей текст звучить так: “Отже, приберіть у домі! Підметіть старанно, щоб не було злоби, заздрості й шкідливих балачок”. Цікаво, що саме після радісного проголошення нового життя у Христі апостол Петро спонукає віруючих позбавитись усіх поганих звичок (1 Петр. 1:13–2:3). Якщо, слідуючи за Ісусом, ми відчуваємо, що стало важко любити інших, це не повинно ставити під сумнів наше спасіння. Ми не для того змінюємося, щоб спастись, але змінюємося тому, що вже спасенні (1 Петр. 1:23).

Хоча нове життя у Христі – то справді реальність, наші погані звички не зникнуть протягом однієї ночі. Маємо щоденно “прибирати хатинку”, викидаючи все те, що заважає нам любити інших (1 Петр. 1:22) і зростати духовно (1 Петр. 2:2). Потім у прибраній кімнаті серця ми пізнаємо чудо внутрішнього преображення Христовою силою.

Небесний Отче, дякуємо Тобі за нове життя, яке Ти зрощуєш в нас через Господа Ісуса Христа. Допоможи щодня звертатись до Тебе за очищенням та відновленням.

Маємо можливість щодня, відкидаючи погані звички, пізнавати нове життя в Ісусі.

Хлеб наш насущный - Уборка в доме
Читать сейчас: 1 Петра 1:22–2:5
Библия за год: Иов 20-21; Деяния 10:24-48

[Отложите] всякую злобу, и всякое коварство, и лицемерие, и зависть, и всякое злословие. — 1 Петра 2:1

Недавно я решила переселиться в другую комнату. Это заняло больше времени, чем ожидалось, потому что мне не хотелось просто перенести старый беспорядок в новое место. Я решила начать все с чистого листа. После нескольких утомительных часов уборки и сортировки вещей у входной двери выстроился ряд пакетов с ненужным барахлом. Что-то еще можно было отдать на благотворительность, а остальное – выбросить в мусорный контейнер. Зато в конце я получила красивую комнату, в которой приятно жить.

Это скромное домашнее мероприятие помогло мне по-новому взглянуть на текст 1 Петра 2:1. Свободный пересказ «Весть» передает его следующим образом: «Приберитесь в доме! Вычистите из него злобу, коварство, лицемерие, зависть и злословие». Интересно, что после радостного провозглашения новой жизни во Христе (1 Пет. 1:1-12) Петр побуждает читателей выбросить прочь разрушительные привычки (1 Пет. 1:13–2:3). Когда наша жизнь с Богом затрудняется, а первая любовь угасает, это не затрагивает вопрос спасения. Мы меняем жизнь не для того, чтобы спастись, но делаем это потому, что спасены (1 Пет. 1:23).

Мы получаем новую жизнь во Христе, однако плохие привычки не исчезают мгновенно. Поэтому нам ежедневно нужно «прибираться в доме», выбрасывая все, что мешает любить друг друга (1 Пет. 1:22) и возрастать в вере (1 Пет. 2:2). В новом, убранном пространстве мы участвуем в чуде нового творения (1 Пет. 2:5) силой Христа.

Небесный Отец, благодарим Тебя за новую жизнь, Которую Ты творишь в нас через Господа Иисуса Христа. Помоги нам ежедневно обращаться к Тебе за очищением и обновлением.

Мы призваны каждый день жить новой жизнью во Христе.