Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Daily Readings for THURSDAY, October 26, 2017

God’s Chosen Servant
Daily Readings

Ezra 1:1-11
In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in order that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of King Cyrus of Persia so that he sent a herald throughout all his kingdom, and also in a written edict declared: "Thus says King Cyrus of Persia: The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of those among you who are of his people-- may their God be with them!-- are now permitted to go up to Jerusalem in Judah, and rebuild the house of the LORD, the God of Israel-- he is the God who is in Jerusalem; and let all survivors, in whatever place they reside, be assisted by the people of their place with silver and gold, with goods and with animals, besides freewill offerings for the house of God in Jerusalem." The heads of the families of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites-- everyone whose spirit God had stirred-- got ready to go up and rebuild the house of the LORD in Jerusalem. All their neighbors aided them with silver vessels, with gold, with goods, with animals, and with valuable gifts, besides all that was freely offered. King Cyrus himself brought out the vessels of the house of the LORD that Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and placed in the house of his gods. King Cyrus of Persia had them released into the charge of Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah. And this was the inventory: gold basins, thirty; silver basins, one thousand; knives, twenty-nine; gold bowls, thirty; other silver bowls, four hundred ten; other vessels, one thousand; the total of the gold and silver vessels was five thousand four hundred. All these Sheshbazzar brought up, when the exiles were brought up from Babylonia to Jerusalem.

1 Corinthians 16:1-9
Now concerning the collection for the saints: you should follow the directions I gave to the churches of Galatia. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put aside and save whatever extra you earn, so that collections need not be taken when I come. And when I arrive, I will send any whom you approve with letters to take your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me. I will visit you after passing through Macedonia-- for I intend to pass through Macedonia-- and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may send me on my way, wherever I go. I do not want to see you now just in passing, for I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

Matthew 12:15-21
When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope."


Morning Psalms

Psalm 37: Part I Noli aemulari
1   Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
2   For they shall soon wither like the grass, and like the green grass fade away.
3   Put your trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
4   Take delight in the LORD, and he shall give you your heart's desire.
5   Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, and he will bring it to pass.
6   He will make your righteousness as clear as the light and your just dealing as the noonday.
7   Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.
8   Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
9   Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
10   For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.
11   In a little while the wicked shall be no more; you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.
12   But the lowly shall possess the land; they will delight in abundance of peace.
13   The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash at them with their teeth.
14   The Lord laughs at the wicked, because he sees that their day will come.
15   The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow to strike down the poor and needy, to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
16   Their sword shall go through their own heart, and their bow shall be broken.
17   The little that the righteous has is better than great riches of the wicked.
18   For the power of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.


Evening Psalms

Psalm 37: Part II Novit Dominus
19   The LORD cares for the lives of the godly, and their inheritance shall last for ever.
20   They shall not be ashamed in bad times, and in days of famine they shall have enough.
21   As for the wicked, they shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD, like the glory of the meadows, shall vanish; they shall vanish like smoke.
22   The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous are generous in giving.
23   Those who are blessed by God shall possess the land, but those who are cursed by him shall be destroyed.
24   Our steps are directed by the LORD; he strengthens those in whose way he delights.
25   If they stumble, they shall not fall headlong, for the LORD holds them by the hand.
26   I have been young and now I am old, but never have I seen the righteous forsaken, or their children begging bread.
27   The righteous are always generous in their lending, and their children shall be a blessing.
28   Turn from evil, and do good, and dwell in the land for ever.
29   For the LORD loves justice; he does not forsake his faithful ones.
30   They shall be kept safe for ever, but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed.
31   The righteous shall possess the land and dwell in it for ever.
32   The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and their tongue speaks what is right.
33   The law of their God is in their heart, and their footsteps shall not falter.
34   The wicked spy on the righteous and seek occasion to kill them.
35   The LORD will not abandon them to their hand, nor let them be found guilty when brought to trial.
36   Wait upon the LORD and keep his way; he will raise you up to possess the land, and when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
37   I have seen the wicked in their arrogance, flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
38   I went by, and behold, they were not there; I searched for them, but they could not be found.
39   Mark those who are honest; observe the upright; for there is a future for the peaceable.
40   Transgressors shall be destroyed, one and all; the future of the wicked is cut off.
41   But the deliverance of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
42   The LORD will help them and rescue them; he will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them, because they seek refuge in him.

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Prayer of the Day for THURSDAY, October 26, 2017


Heavenly Father, make me an instrument of your grace. Weave my life together with the lives of all who confess the name of your Son, Jesus, into a holy garment to cover the world; let us be as bricks in a great lighthouse to guide the entire world to you, to your love and your forgiveness. Help us to overcome differences that come from our sinful nature, so that we may be welded together in a holy priesthood, standing as a testimony to purity, goodness, and forgiveness. Bless me and those who pray with me now, that although we cannot see or hear one another, we may be bonded in your Holy Spirit.
Amen

Verse of the Day for THURSDAY, October 26, 2017


2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - A Modern Day Miracle


A Modern Day Miracle

Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.
~ Psalms 30:2 (ESV)

Mr. and Mrs. Henson were told news, which no new parents want to hear. “I’m sorry to inform you that your baby has a condition called hydrocephalus, where she has a buildup of fluid on her brain,” the doctor grimly said. “There is obstruction, which prevents fluid drainage. If it is left untreated, it can cause brain damage and even death. We will monitor it, and if needed we will do surgery to insert a shunt to release the pressure.”

Little Rachel, just a beautiful tiny infant girl, was in trouble, but unknown to the parents, God had a plan for her life. Each month, Rachel had to go for testing, to measure the amount of fluid and pressure on her little brain. For 18 months this continued, until the fluid started causing pressure buildup. It was at this point, the doctor told them that the time for surgery had arrived.

Once inserting a shunt, patients with this condition usually need to have a shunt system in place for the rest of their lives, and it needs to be monitored for possible infections and complications. Because Rachel was so young, her parents were told that additional surgeries may be needed to insert longer tubing as she grew. This was not going to be an easy road.

Both the parents, and the grandparents, had been praying for their sweet little girl. She had also been put on several church prayer lists. They were all hoping for a healing, but not necessarily expecting one. Eighteen months had gone by, with no change in her condition, except for this additional pressure that needed to be addressed.

Just before she went into surgery, the doctor showed them the x-rays, pointing out the areas with fluid. For some strange reason the doctor said, “Do you want me to do another x-ray before we operate?” Both the parents and grandparents thought this was a strange request. The doctor admitted that it was just something they offered, but the x-rays would not show anything new. Little did he know that the Great Physician was at work. After deliberation, they agreed to one more x-ray.

When the doctor emerged to give them updated news, he spoke words that left them dumbfounded, “There is nothing wrong with this little girl.” They could not believe what they were hearing. Putting the x-rays side by side, the doctor displayed meaning to his words. The first one showed fluid. The second one, the fluid was completely gone.

Instead of surgery that day, baby Rachel went home, healed from hydrocephalus. God did indeed perform a miracle that day. Rachel’s granddad, still chokes up with tears when he tells the story. Rachel is now 22 years old. She is smart, and just earned her degree from college. She brings great joy to those who know her.

Sometimes, we think the days of miracles are gone, but this is a story to show God’s modern day miracle of healing power, still alive and well. Rachel, her parents, and her grandparents, can attest to that. Rachel does not like being in the spotlight, but a church newsletter refers to her as, “The Henson Baby Miracle.”
Dear Lord of Miracles, We thank thee for thy goodness, and mercy, which follows us, all the days of our lives. Amen

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny


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Un Dia a la Vez - Jesús y el adulterio


Jesús y el adulterio

Oísteis que fue dicho: No cometerás adulterio. Pero yo os digo que cualquiera que mira a una mujer para codiciarla, ya adulteró con ella en su corazón.
~ Mateo 5:27-28 (RV-60)

Dios es bien radical con el problema del «adulterio». Desea y ordena que seamos hombres y mujeres de una sola pareja. No acepta bajo ninguna razón tener otras relaciones aparte del cónyuge. Sabemos que este es un veneno que mata los matrimonios y que cada vez más se filtra en las iglesias.

Por lo tanto, nosotros tenemos el llamado a cuidar los hogares, a huir de la tentación, pasar tiempo de calidad con nuestra pareja y tener muchísima comunicación. La clave de todo esto es tener a Jesús en el hogar como base. Además, la oración individual y en pareja es una bendición y es la manera de cubrir nuestro hogar.

Recuerda que no vale la pena que por un momento de placer o por una aventura se arroje por la ventana el matrimonio y los hijos. Sobre todo, que tengamos que vivir las consecuencias por nuestros actos donde el juez supremo es Dios.

Aunque tanto el hombre como la mujer tienen la responsabilidad del matrimonio, Dios le va a pedir cuentas al hombre que es la cabeza del hogar. Si tiene la autoridad, tiene mayor responsabilidad ante Él.

Busca a tu pareja, reconcíliate con ella y arregla tus cuentas con Dios.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón

Standing Strong Through the Storm - THOUGH NONE GO WITH ME


THOUGH NONE GO WITH ME

"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law - a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'

In the early morning of July 20, 1992 handicapped Pakistani Christian, Tahir Iqbal, died a martyr’s death at age thirty-two in prison. He was charged with slander of the prophet Mohammed and desecration of the Koran. His death occurred under mysterious circumstances. According to fellow-prisoners Tahir vomited blood before he died which could point to poisoning or another form of violence. His stepmother declared, “Allah never forgives those who blaspheme against his holy prophet. Tahir received what he deserved.”

When Tahir Iqbal, a direct descendant of the prophet Mohammad, became ill and paralyzed from his waist down as a young adult, his family abandoned him. It would be a foretaste of things to come. Christians befriended him and he gave his heart and life to Jesus.

Tahir was quite bold about his new found faith and this stirred up the anger of the imam at the mosque. The imam started a slander campaign against Tahir, which resulted in a Police rescue on December 7, 1990 when a crowd of Muslim extremists were out to murder him.

In order to protect Tahir he was transferred to the prison. He would never leave it. Tahir was under continuous pressure to return to Islam. “They want me to say that I was forced to change my beliefs, that it was because of money, or for a good job, or to get a wife. They must know that I only changed my faith because I did find the Truth.”

His most famous statement when threatened with death was, “I’ll kiss that rope but I’ll never deny my faith.”

When his pastor was notified of his death, he went to the prison. It turned out that Tahir’s stepmother had already arrived to claim the body. Members of the church inquired the next day and to their shock they were informed that Tahir had been buried already. His stepmother had received and taken the body without a post-mortem. In less than 36 hours after his death Tahir received an Islamic burial ceremony performed by the same Muslim cleric who had demanded the death penalty.

Now he praises his Savior in heavenly glory, where all tears have been wiped away.

RESPONSE: Today I reaffirm my commitment to follow Jesus even if none go with me.

PRAYER: Lord, be with my brothers and sisters suffering unjustly in Pakistan today under the blasphemy law.

NIV Devotions for Men - TV Dinner or Pot Pie?


TV Dinner or Pot Pie? 

Psalm 96:1–13
Recommended Reading: 2 Chronicles 16:9; Psalm 37:5; Jeremiah 2:12–13; Matthew 22:37–40

When was the last time you ate a frozen TV dinner? If you’re old enough, you may remember those early meals that were sold in an aluminum tray and marketed by the Swanson® company in the mid-1950s. If you’ve had one lately, you’re probably well aware that this idea has been adapted for the microwave. Separate compartments house different components of the entrée, and after a few minutes these “nuked” delicacies are ready to savor—from corn to chicken to a brownie for dessert. Delicious! Or so some folks say.

The frozen dinner is an appropriate image for guys—and not just because it keeps us from having to cook. Men often try to compartmentalize their lives—much like a frozen dinner. As most men are wired to think in a linear fashion, this kind of separation usually works nicely: The job goes in one compartment of the tray. Put the family in another. Friends and extended family in another. And sometimes God is relegated to the dessert compartment—the smallest one in the tray that gets attention only for an hour or so on Sunday.

But another idea surfaced around the same time as the TV dinner, one that we could look at as a new representation for our lives as men. The “pot pie” is a more realistic image for life. Inside the flaky crust is a (typically scalding) combination of food groups—it’s nearly impossible to separate the different parts of the pie from each other.

Consider the point to this culinary conversation: Life doesn’t fit into neat compartments. The psalmist illustrates this in his writing when he charges the sum of God’s creation to praise God. The earth, sea, land, stars, trees, forests, fields—everything! All of creation rejoices because of God’s deeds, his splendor and majesty, his strength and glory.

Now, let’s flip that around. Consider your life—every aspect of it. Does it all belong to God? Does it all praise God?

Chances are you’re going to say no. That’s okay, because today is a new day! Maybe you struggle to believe that God cares about your finances, the challenges you face at work or your struggles with sin. But he does! Life works best when you stop making God an add-on to your days—something to consider once a week before moving on. He longs to be brought into the discussion, to permeate every aspect of your life. Like sauce in a pot pie, once you allow him to cover every aspect of your life you’ll discover a richer and more satisfying daily experience.

To Take Away
  • In what areas of life are you experiencing specific problems right now?
  • Are you struggling with any areas that you’re hiding from God right now? Why?
  • What would it look like for God to help you with these issues? Take the time to talk to God and ask him for his help.

Girlfriends in God - Believing God in the Storm


Believing God in the Storm

Today’s Truth

God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.
~ 2 Timothy 1:7 (NCV)

Friend to Friend

We all battle fear. Fear constantly tries to elbow faith aside, hoping to derail God's plan and purpose in our lives. Fear keeps many of us from dreaming God-sized dreams, persuading us to settle for safety and comfort instead of riding the waves of possibilities. When faith yanks our hideous fears out of the darkness and into the light, we can see them for what they really are – powerless.

Faith is a three-letter word.

Faith says "yes" to peace and “no” to fear.

It may be one tiny step or one puny choice.

It may be a whispered prayer or a desperate cry.

But God always honors the choice to walk straight ahead through fear. Fear trains us to anticipate the worst while faith teaches us to expect the best – even when that “best” looks a lot different than we thought it would.

I have always hated wearing glasses. They get lost, slide down my nose, are always dirty, constantly have to be adjusted, and are a major nuisance. During a routine eye exam, I informed the doctor that I needed contacts instead of glasses. He did not look hopeful.

“Mary, you have a couple of problems that might make contacts difficult for you to wear.” Since I didn’t hear the word “impossible,” I still wanted those contacts.

The doctor continued, “You not only have astigmatism, but your vision needs to be corrected for both distance and close vision.” I am a little slow, I guess. So … why would contacts be a problem?

Seeing the confusion on my face, he explained that I would have to wear a contact in my left eye that allowed me to see up close and a different strength contact in the right eye for distance.

“We would essentially be tricking the brain and going against the way it was created,” he said. “Your brain will be confused for several months. You will step off curbs that are not there, or reach for something only to knock it over. At first, you will only be able to read for short periods because your eyes will be at war over which one gets to do the job. When your brain is finally retrained, the confusion will fade, and your vision will improve greatly.” I assured the doctor that both my brain and I were up for the task.

I got my contacts. The first few months were just as frustrating as the doctor said they would be. But the confusion did fade … and I was eventually thrilled with my improved vision and retrained brain.

The apostle Paul understood that training the mind is not only a physical possibility, but also a vital spiritual principle when fear attacks.

We fight with weapons that are different from those the world uses. Our weapons have power from God that can destroy the enemy's strong places. We destroy people's arguments and every proud thing that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, ICB).

In their darkest hour, waves crashing around them, trapped on a small fishing boat, the disciples were terrified. In fact, their fear blinded them to the reality of Jesus coming to them in the midst of that storm. I love the simple but powerful response of Jesus to their fearful cries when He said, "Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid."

The message was stunning in its simplicity. When He is with us, we do not have to be afraid. We usually get that part. But what Jesus also said was that His very presence brought courage into the mix – an audacious choice to discount the fearful circumstances simply because He was there.

Jesus did not rebuke His disciples in their fear.

He didn’t turn away from them because their faith was weak.

I probably would have. After all, they had seen Jesus perform miracles.

Water turned into wine.

Thousands fed with five loaves of bread and two small fish.

Men, women, and children healed.

And still they were afraid. Still they doubted. I can relate, can’t you?

Jesus “quickly” assured them of His comforting presence and His available power. Evidently, Peter was the only one who really believed Jesus. How do I know? True faith generates action. Peter was the only one willing to get out of the boat and walk through his fear. I am fairly certain Peter was just as terrified as the other disciples – but Peter chose to take Jesus at His word. When he took that first step, Peter’s fear was swallowed up in faith.

What kind of storm are you facing? Don’t wait until you understand the storm. Don’t rely on your own strength. Choose right now to believe and see what God does.

Let’s Pray

Father, please forgive me when I give in to fear and worry instead of stepping out in faith and believing You. Help me learn how to capture my thoughts and train them to focus on You. I want to become a woman who trusts You – no matter what. My faith is small, but I now choose to place it in You.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What trial are you facing today?

What step do you need to take to face that trial with faith instead of fear?

What is keeping you from taking that step?

Let it go … step through your fear, and trust God.

I would love to hear about that step of faith! Email me your story or post it on my Facebook page.

More from the Girlfriends

Mary’s E-Book, 10-Day Trust Adventure, is now available! What does it mean to trust God? What would your life look like if you were walking by faith and trusting God with your whole heart? The 10-Day Trust Adventure addresses every decision you make in every area of your life - including your past and future, your family and friendships, your finances and work - and how to make those decisions as you step out in faith and really trust God. Check it out! And be sure to connect with Mary on Facebook or through email.

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LHM Daily Devotion - October 26, 2017 "A Very Present Help"

If they stop to think about it, the first verse of Psalm 46 should have...
Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour



"A Very Present Help"

October 26, 2017

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
~ Psalm 46:1-3 (ESV)

If they stop to think about it, the first verse of Psalm 46 should have special meaning for Jan and John Pascoe. Let me explain.

When 65-year-old Jan and her 70-year-old husband, John, went to bed in their mountain home overlooking Santa Rosa, California, nothing was amiss. Everything they had heard about the wildfires said the blaze was 11 miles away. A call from their concerned daughter had them agree: tomorrow morning they would consider evacuation.

When they woke up at midnight there was a bright red glow all around them.

They made their break for an escape, but found the road was impassable. They had to turn around. Back at their home they evaluated all possibilities. The only real chance for survival they saw was their neighbor's unheated swimming pool. Laboriously they made it to the side of the pool.

With burning ash and embers all around them, Jan wanted to jump in right away. John said, "Wait."

When the neighbor's house caught fire, it got hot; when the trees around the pool lit up, it was unbearable. Finally, the railroad ties which served as steps to the pool ignited. Together Jan and John went into the murky water. And there they stayed for the next six hours.

They heard explosions; they watched the neighbor's house burn. It all seemed to last forever.

In the morning John and Jan got out of the pool. Their clothes had blown away; their hair was blackened by soot; their house with a lifetime's worth of possessions was gone. Jan's cell phone, which had been set down at poolside, had melted -- but they were alive.

That murky, mucky pool had been their only refuge. That heaven-sent body of brackish water had been a very present help in time of trouble. It would not have been their first choice; it would not have made their list, but it served and saved the lives of Jan and John.

Now the reason I have gone to such lengths to tell you their story is simple. This world is a sinful place, and wildfires can sweep down upon us when we are not expecting them. It is then that we need to remember that the Lord who gave His Son to rescue us from the world's arch-enemies has not forgotten you. He, Himself, may be your refuge and strength.

Or He may send a neighbor's cold, dirty pool to do the job. Either way, He who loves you so completely can be counted on to be there. And because He is there, you need not fear, even though the earth gives way, even though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, even though the ocean's waters roar and foam, even though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

Even then, you need not fear. The Lord is your refuge and strength.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, grant that we may, especially at the most difficult times of life, trust in Your love. Send the Holy Spirit to quiet our minds and hearts and turn our eyes to the living Savior who promised to be with us always. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.

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CPTLN Devocional de 26 de Octubre de 2017 - ¿Están todos felices?


Alimento Diario

¿Están todos felices?

26 de Octubre 2017

Yo me alegro con los que me dicen: "Vamos a la casa del Señor".
~ Salmo 122:1 (RVC)

Entre los años 1930 y 1940 había una banda musical cuyo líder era famoso por preguntar a la audiencia desde el escenario: "¿Están todos felices?"

En aquellos años, casi todos en la multitud respondían: "¡Sí!"

Me pregunto si hoy la respuesta sería la misma. ¿Qué cree usted? Si antes de dar comienzo al sermón, el pastor le preguntara a la congregación: "¿Están todos felices?", ¿cómo le responderían?

Hace un tiempo, dos universidades publicaron los resultados de un estudio en el que encontraron que las mujeres cristianas son más infelices ahora, ya que los domingos, en lugar de ir a la iglesia, pueden ir de compras.

Según este estudio, esto se debe a que estas señoras no participan de grupos religiosos, como lo hacian las mujeres de antes.

¿Son correctas las conclusiones y cifras de estas instituciones?

Quizás sí, o quizás no. Aún así, tengo total seguridad que la mayoría de las personas es feliz cuando van a la casa del Señor. Por supuesto que hay excepciones... como el adolescente que estuvo de parranda... o la persona que tuvo que trabajar toda la noche.

Pero la mayoría de las personas están alegres de estar en la presencia del Cristo, quien entregó su vida para que ellos puedan tener vida. La mayoría de la gente que conozco da gracias porque sus pecados son perdonados. La mayoría disfruta el compartir tiempo con otros que creen en el Redentor así como ellos. La mayoría disfruta al llevar sus ofrendas al altar, porque saben que el Espíritu Santo hará uso de ese dinero para lograr mucho bien.

Es por ello que me uno al Salmista, quien dice: "Yo me alegro cuando me dicen: 'Vamos a la casa del SEÑOR'".

ORACIÓN: Padre de gracia, hay muchas cosas que pueden separarnos. Para algunos ir de compras el domingo está primero en la lista. Aunque tú no tienes nada en contra de ir de compras... sí tienes problemas con las prioridades equivocadas. Por esa razón te pido que nos ayudes a poner nuestras prioridades en orden. En el nombre de Jesús. Amén.

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