Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Daily Readings for TUESDAY, October 24, 2017

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Daily Readings for
TUESDAY, October 24, 2017

Lamentations 1:1-12
How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! How like a widow she has become, she that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the provinces has become a vassal. She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has no one to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they have become her enemies. Judah has gone into exile with suffering and hard servitude; she lives now among the nations, and finds no resting place; her pursuers have all overtaken her in the midst of her distress. The roads to Zion mourn, for no one comes to the festivals; all her gates are desolate, her priests groan; her young girls grieve, and her lot is bitter. Her foes have become the masters, her enemies prosper, because the LORD has made her suffer for the multitude of her transgressions; her children have gone away, captives before the foe. From daughter Zion has departed all her majesty. Her princes have become like stags that find no pasture; they fled without strength before the pursuer. Jerusalem remembers, in the days of her affliction and wandering, all the precious things that were hers in days of old. When her people fell into the hand of the foe, and there was no one to help her, the foe looked on mocking over her downfall. Jerusalem sinned grievously, so she has become a mockery; all who honored her despise her, for they have seen her nakedness; she herself groans, and turns her face away. Her uncleanness was in her skirts; she took no thought of her future; her downfall was appalling, with none to comfort her. "O LORD, look at my affliction, for the enemy has triumphed!" Enemies have stretched out their hands over all her precious things; she has even seen the nations invade her sanctuary, those whom you forbade to enter your congregation. All her people groan as they search for bread; they trade their treasures for food to revive their strength. Look, O LORD, and see how worthless I have become. Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow, which was brought upon me, which the LORD inflicted on the day of his fierce anger.

1 Corinthians 15:41-50
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; indeed, star differs from star in glory. So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living being" the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven. What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

Matthew 11:25-30
At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Morning Psalms
Psalm 26 Judica me, Domine
1   Give judgment for me, O LORD, for I have lived with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
2   Test me, O LORD, and try me; examine my heart and my mind.
3   For your love is before my eyes; I have walked faithfully with you.
4   I have not sat with the worthless, nor do I consort with the deceitful.
5   I have hated the company of evildoers; I will not sit down with the wicked.
6   I will wash my hands in innocence, O LORD, that I may go in procession round your altar,
7   Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
8   LORD, I love the house in which you dwell and the place where your glory abides.
9   Do not sweep me away with sinners, nor my life with those who thirst for blood,
10   Whose hands are full of evil plots, and their right hand full of bribes.
11   As for me, I will live with integrity; redeem me, O LORD, and have pity on me.
12   My foot stands on level ground; in the full assembly I will bless the LORD.

Psalm 28 Ad te, Domine
1   O LORD, I call to you; my Rock, do not be deaf to my cry; lest, if you do not hear me, I become like those who go down to the Pit.
2   Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry out to you, when I lift up my hands to your holy of holies.
3   Do not snatch me away with the wicked or with the evildoers, who speak peaceably with their neighbors, while strife is in their hearts.
4   Repay them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their actions.
5   According to the work of their hands repay them, and give them their just deserts.
6   They have no understanding of the LORD'S doings, nor of the works of his hands; therefore he will break them down and not build them up.
7   Blessed is the LORD! for he has heard the voice of my prayer.
8   The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I have been helped;
9   Therefore my heart dances for joy, and in my song will I praise him.
10   The LORD is the strength of his people, a safe refuge for his anointed.
11   Save your people and bless your inheritance; shepherd them and carry them for ever.

Evening Psalms
Psalm 36 Dixit injustus
1   There is a voice of rebellion deep in the heart of the wicked; there is no fear of God before his eyes.
2   He flatters himself in his own eyes that his hateful sin will not be found out.
3   The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has left off acting wisely and doing good.
4   He thinks up wickedness upon his bed and has set himself in no good way; he does not abhor that which is evil.
5   Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, and your faithfulness to the clouds.
6   Your righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like the great deep; you save both man and beast, O LORD.
7   How priceless is your love, O God! your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
8   They feast upon the abundance of your house; you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9   For with you is the well of life, and in your light we see light.
10   Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, and your favor to those who are true of heart.
11   Let not the foot of the proud come near me, nor the hand of the wicked push me aside.
12   See how they are fallen, those who work wickedness! they are cast down and shall not be able to rise.

Psalm 39 Dixi, Custodiam
1   I said, "I will keep watch upon my ways, so that I do not offend with my tongue.
2   I will put a muzzle on my mouth while the wicked are in my presence."
3   So I held my tongue and said nothing; I refrained from rash words; but my pain became unbearable.
4   My heart was hot within me; while I pondered, the fire burst into flame; I spoke out with my tongue:
5   LORD, let me know my end and the number of my days, so that I may know how short my life is.
6   You have given me a mere handful of days, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight; truly, even those who stand erect are but a puff of wind.
7   We walk about like a shadow, and in vain we are in turmoil; we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them.
8   And now, what is my hope? O Lord, my hope is in you.
9   Deliver me from all my transgressions and do not make me the taunt of the fool.
10   I fell silent and did not open my mouth, for surely it was you that did it.
11   Take your affliction from me; I am worn down by the blows of your hand.
12   With rebukes for sin you punish us; like a moth you eat away all that is dear to us; truly, everyone is but a puff of wind.
13   Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears.
14   For I am but a sojourner with you, a wayfarer, as all my forebears were.
15   Turn your gaze from me, that I may be glad again, before I go my way and am no more.

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Prayer of the Day for TUESDAY, October 24, 2017

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.

Verse of the Day for TUESDAY, October 24, 2017

Proverbs 9:10 (NIV) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - From Your Story to His Story

From Your Story to His Story

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, "and was not found, because God had taken him"; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
~ Hebrews 11:5 (NKJV)

Enoch was one of two men named in the Bible who never saw death. The Bible tells us that Enoch walked with God (see Genesis 5:22, 24). But it also tells us that he was a witness for God (see Hebrews 11:5).

Enoch had a testimony. And every Christian has a testimony, a reputation. It may be a good one. It may be a bad one. It may be a mediocre one. But we all have a testimony. And before we can effectively witness for God, we must first walk with God.

I think if your life is filled with Jesus Christ, then sharing the gospel will come pretty easily. It is not something you will have to psych yourself into doing. Rather, it is something you will simply find yourself doing because the Lord is so good to you.

When you are walking with the Lord as you ought to be, you will find that permeating your life and influencing you in the way you live, in the decisions you make, in the friends you choose, and in the things you say. And people will pay you the ultimate compliment when they say, “I have been watching you. There’s something different about you. What makes you tick? Why are you the way that you are?”

Then you can say, “Let me tell you about my relationship with Jesus Christ.” Instead of preaching at people, tell them your story. And as you tell them what happened to you, you can build a bridge from your story to His story. You can start by sharing what happened to you. Then tell them about the greatest story ever told: Jesus was born, lived the perfect life, died on the cross, and rose again from the dead.

You have a story to tell.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Before we can effectively witness for God, we must first walk with God.

Un Dia a la Vez - Jesús y la ley

Jesús y la ley

Les aseguro que mientras existan el cielo y la tierra, ni una letra ni una tilde de la ley desaparecerán hasta que todo se haya cumplido.
~ Mateo 5:18 (NVI)

Me gusta mucho que fuera el mismo Dios el que estableciera la ley y que dijera que la hizo para que no se quebrantara. Algo que Dios rechaza es la forma en que algunos fariseos, como se narra en la Biblia, cumplían la ley, pues lo hacían con fingimientos o la desobedecían en su interior. Dios dice que su Palabra se cumplirá en su totalidad. También dice que debemos cumplir la ley y enseñarla, para que de ese modo nos consideren grandes «en el reino de los cielos» (Mateo 5:19). Por eso, no tratemos de hacer una nueva ley para nuestra conveniencia.

Es lamentable que hoy en día haya muchas personas que cambien la Palabra de Dios a su manera y vivan en total desorden y desobediencia. Los cristianos debemos ser diferentes porque Dios estableció la ley de este mundo para que se obedezca:
  • La manutención de los hijos: Es la ley de Dios y del hombre.
  • No se toma mientras se maneja: Es la ley de Dios y del hombre.
  • Se multa a quien no use el cinturón de seguridad: Es la ley de Dios y del hombre.
Todas estas cosas son algunas de las leyes establecidas que no cumple un gran por ciento de la humanidad.

La ecuación es sencilla: Obediencia=Bendición.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón

Standing Strong Through the Storm - A DISCIPLE’S LOVE


"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.”
~ Luke 14:26 (NIV)

A Christian medical doctor in China shares his experience when he refused to bow down or "kowtow" to an image of Mao because of his love for Jesus. After severe beatings did not succeed in influencing him, the authorities resorted to a more subtle strategy by getting his whole family to stand around him and weep. Here is the story in his own words:

I had seven children as well as my wife all surrounding me and weeping. Crying bitterly, my wife said to me, “If you don't kowtow you will surely die and then what will we do?” For three days they stood around me weeping until my wife’s eyes were dreadfully swollen. “After you have died, what will happen to these children? Please, for the sake of your family, just kowtow.” They cried and cried. I really did not know what to do. I felt that I had no more strength so I prayed, “Lord I have no strength left, what must I do?”

On the third day, the Lord’s word [Luke 14:26] came, Hallelujah! There is no word of the Lord that is without power. The Lord through His Word filled me with the life and power of God. I said to my wife, “Stop crying. It’s no use your crying. I am the Lord’s disciple. For the Lord’s sake I am ready to die!”

Then the day came when the authorities called me and said, “You had better consider your situation carefully. If you want to live, you must kowtow otherwise it will mean certain death for you. Tonight we will make you eat the “steel bean” (bullet). You will be executed! This is your very last opportunity!” And so he sent me back to think it over.

There was, however, no need for me to think it over. I was ready for the bullet. But the night passed without my being called. Next day I saw that outside folk were running hither and thither and I wondered whatever had happened to cause such alarm. Later I was to learn that immediately after I had left the office, black swellings appeared on the prison warden’s legs and it was frightfully painful. Because he was the chief, all the doctors in the hospital were rushed to his side to give him aid. But within twenty-four hours he was dead.

The doctor was later released from prison and returned to his family and medical practice.

RESPONSE: I recommit myself to the Lord. My love for Him will be even more than my love for family.

PRAYER: Lord, help to prove my love for You above all others regardless of the circumstances.

Girlfriends in God - It’s Not About Me

It’s Not About Me

Today’s Truth

“Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens”
~ Psalm 148:13 (NIV)

Friend to Friend

Some of my Girlfriends in God are not going to like this devotion. I’m not even sure I do. But I’m going to put it out there anyhow. During the month of February, I write devotions on marriage. It is the month of love, and marriages certainly are in shambles all around the world. Each February, I am flooded with e-mails: some are appreciative for the reminders on how to love their husbands; some are filled with hurt because they are in their own struggling marriage, and some are broken-hearted because of shattered dreams. These women are so thankful for the balm of God’s truth in a very tender area of their lives.

But I also receive e-mails from women who are not married, who do not like the attention to marriage at all. They are flat out angry and frustrated because the devotions do not pertain to them. “Don’t you know that all of your readers are not married?”

“Oh honey child,” as my grandmother would say.

I’ve seen the same attitude in church. “I didn’t like that sermon.” “I didn’t like the singing today.” “I couldn’t relate to that teaching.” And on and on we go.

You know what I’ve discovered…it’s not about me. It is all about God. If the pastor is preaching on a topic that is not my struggle, I pray that God will open my eyes to new truths that I’ve never seen. If he is talking about losing a loved one, I pray for those who have lost a loved one recently…even though that might not be my struggle at that particular time. Is the teaching on raising young children? I have a grown son, so I pray for those who are raising the next generation.

One Sunday, I was singing in church. Barely singing, I might add. It was a dry old hymn and I just wasn’t into it. Then I looked at an older woman a few seats down and she had tears trickling down her wrinkled cheeks. She was moved to tears by that old hymn and was taken to the throne room of grace.

“Oh Father,” I prayed. “Please forgive me. This is not about me. It’s not about what I like or don’t like. It is all about You. Truth is truth. Worship is worship. Help my focus be on You and You alone. It’s not about me.

Here’s a truth I want you to underline, memorize and ponderize (I know that is not a real word, but it should be.) Say it out loud: As long as I think the world is all about me, the angrier  and tired-er I will be. The more I realize it is all about God, the happier and freer I will be. (I know tireder is not a word either. I’m just feeling feisty today :)).
Listen to how David focused on God during worship:
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:5-8
So let’s commit to remember together…it’s not about me. It’s all about God.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, please forgive me when I make everything all about me. It’s all about You! I praise You! I thank You! I worship You!
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Here is a fun exercise. Go back and pick out one of your favorite chapters in the Bible. Now, focus on the verses that you DID NOT underline.

Here is a wonderful Psalm to use for your extended prayer time today. Open your Bible to Psalm 136 and pray that prayer of praise with David. Don’t skip over the repeated refrains…His love endures forever! He repeats it for a reason. David meant it. God wants you to get it!

More from the Girlfriends

Did you know that God went to great lengths to set women free! When Jesus came to earth, women were hidden in the shadows of society and treated as property rather than people. But Jesus came to change all that! I invite you to take a look at a video about my book, How Jesus Broke the Rules to Set Your Free and discover some news truths you may not have ever considered before! Women’s Bible study groups all around the country are delving into this study this fall. When it comes to what Jesus did for you on the cross, it IS all about you!

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LHM Daily Devotion - October 24, 2017 "Too Close for Comfort"

All of us can remember the news reports which accompanied the...
Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

"Too Close for Comfort"

October 24, 2017

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

All of us can remember the news reports which accompanied the hurricanes which have brought devastation to parts of the U.S. Maybe you remember the videos that were broadcast as 125-miles-per-hour Hurricane Irma approached Key West. Amongst my recollections were
• hearing Governor Rick Scott go public with an eloquent plea during which he said, "I'm asking you to get out ... I'm asking every resident of the southern Florida Keys to leave and go to safety and do it right now. Do not wait";

• I remember the palm trees flopping and falling down, signs being ripped from storefronts and flying down the street like deadly Frisbees;

• all of us saw the rows of shingles being peeled off one house after another;

• the endless lines of evacuating cars being tied up in a state-long traffic jam.
The scenes I remember most were those showing people gathering along the beaches to take selfies. There was the fellow who took a photo before he entered the water with his surfboard. Then there was the man who was bowled over by a wave as he took his defiant photo on the sand. Of course, there was the fellow leaning into the wind at a 45-degree angle ... one hand stretched out to get his selfie.

When I first saw those people, I thought those folks are playing with fire; they're tempting fate. Then I remembered all the times that I had, when the community's tornado sirens were blaring, gone outside to see if I could spot the churning funnel cloud. If those hurricane folks had played with fire, so had I.

If you think about it, people do much the same thing with sin.

For example, I can remember my 13- and 14-year-old young adults in confirmation, asking, "Pastor, how far can a couple go on a date before they're committing a sin?" That was the wrong question. And it's not just the young folks who play with danger. How many of us when we're adding deductions to our taxes ask, "I wonder if I can get away with this or that?" And if you're still feeling smug and secure, answer this: when you drive on the highway, do you set your speed by the posted signs or by how fast you think you can go before you might get a ticket?

Yes, humanity flirts with sin. And that is not what the Lord wants from anybody. He wants the people of the world to avoid sin because their lives will be better off without ringing up all those transgressions. He wants believers to avoid sin because by doing so they glorify the Savior and make a good witness to their neighbor. He wants us to avoid sin because, after we have seen the Savior's life, suffering, death, and resurrection, we will want to do all we can to thank and praise the One who gave His life, so we might have life.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, give us the common sense, and a solid sense of rightness, so we might give sin a wide berth as we live our lives thanking You for forgiveness, life, and salvation. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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CPTLN Devocional de 24 de Octubre de 2017

Alimento Diario

Una vida recta

24 de Octubre 2017

Porque no hago el bien que quiero, sino el mal que no quiero.
~ Romanos 7:19 (RVC)

El domingo pasado tuve la oportunidad de asistir a una iglesia que contaba con un intérprete para personas sordas.

Debo confesar que pasé más tiempo observando al intérprete, que oyendo el sermón. Era realmente fascinante.

Después del servicio, le pregunté al intérprete: "¿Me puede enseñar el signo que significa 'verdad'?" Con una sonrisa, el intérprete movió horizontalmente su dedo, en una línea recta. Pensé que no era difícil, así que le pregunté: "Y, ¿cómo es 'mentira'?". Esta vez, sin sonreír, el intérprete hizo un zigzag con el dedo.

Más claro imposible: 'verdad' es una línea recta, 'mentira' es un zigzag.

Me pregunto: si el intérprete tuviera que resumir nuestras vidas con un signo, ¿utilizaría una línea recta, o un zigzag?

Al igual que lo que dice San Pablo en el texto para hoy, la mayor parte del pueblo de Dios está tratando de vivir una vida recta. Pero desafortunadamente, y también al igual que San Pablo, en nuestras vidas hay muchos más zigzags de los que quisiéramos.

Entonces, ¿cómo podemos hacer las cosas rectas? Ciertamente, esa clase de transformación no ocurre por nuestra propia razón o esfuerzo. Si pudiéramos corregirnos a nosotros mismos, el mundo sería un lugar perfecto y no tendríamos que cerrar con llave nuestras casas cuando salimos.

Pero lamentablemente no es así. Muchos han tratado, pero ninguno ha tenido éxito. Si nuestras vidas van a ser enmendadas, y si vamos a ser perdonados, sólo será con la intervención y a través de la sustitución del Salvador. Su vida, un regalo de salvación para nosotros, puede cambiar lo que somos, lo que hacemos, lo que decimos y cómo vivimos.

Pidámosle al Señor que haga recta nuestra vida en Jesús.

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, dame la fuerza necesaria para desechar el pecado, y ayúdame a vivir una vida de testimonio en la transformación que viene sólo a través de la salvación ganada por el sacrificio de tu Hijo Jesucristo. En su nombre. Amén.

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