Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Daily Readings for WEDNESDAY, October 31, 2018

The Woman and the Dragon
Revelation 12:1-6

The Daily Readings
WEDNESDAY, October 31, 2018

Old Testament
Ecclesiasticus 28:14-26 (Sirach 28:14-26)
28:14 Slander has shaken many,
    and scattered them from nation to nation;
it has destroyed strong cities,
    and overturned the houses of the great.
15 Slander has driven virtuous women from their homes,
    and deprived them of the fruit of their toil.
16 Those who pay heed to slander will not find rest,
    nor will they settle down in peace.
17 The blow of a whip raises a welt,
    but a blow of the tongue crushes the bones.
18 Many have fallen by the edge of the sword,
    but not as many as have fallen because of the tongue.
19 Happy is the one who is protected from it,
    who has not been exposed to its anger,
who has not borne its yoke,
    and has not been bound with its fetters.
20 For its yoke is a yoke of iron,
    and its fetters are fetters of bronze;
21 its death is an evil death,
    and Hades is preferable to it.
22 It has no power over the godly;
    they will not be burned in its flame.
23 Those who forsake the Lord will fall into its power;
    it will burn among them and will not be put out.
It will be sent out against them like a lion;
    like a leopard it will mangle them.
24a As you fence in your property with thorns,
25b     so make a door and a bolt for your mouth.
24b As you lock up your silver and gold,
25a     so make balances and scales for your words.
26 Take care not to err with your tongue,
    and fall victim to one lying in wait.

The Epistle
Revelation 12:1-6
The Woman and the Dragon
12:1 A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth. 3 Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne; 6 and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, so that there she can be nourished for one thousand two hundred sixty days.

The Gospel
Luke 11:37-52
Jesus Denounces Pharisees and Lawyers
11:37 While he was speaking, a Pharisee invited him to dine with him; so he went in and took his place at the table. 38 The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not first wash before dinner. 39 Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40 You fools! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? 41 So give for alms those things that are within; and see, everything will be clean for you.

42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others. 43 Woe to you Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honor in the synagogues and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces. 44 Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without realizing it.”

45 One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us too.” 46 And he said, “Woe also to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them. 47 Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors killed. 48 So you are witnesses and approve of the deeds of your ancestors; for they killed them, and you build their tombs. 49 Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ 50 so that this generation may be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against this generation. 52 Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.”

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.
A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

The Morning Prayer for WEDNESDAY, October 31, 2018


Wednesday morning prayer

We thank You, Lord, for the gift of living in this nation and for blessings You shower on all its citizens. Guide us as we fulfill the duties of citizenship. Let us carry out our civic obligations with gratitude toward You and joy at the privilege of serving others through participation in community and national life. Let us see all kinds of public service - payment of taxes, efforts for local and national improvement, support for responsible political parties and noble causes - as opportunities to give You praise and to meet the needs of others. Grant us wisdom to repent of unwise decisions in the political sphere and discernment to make proper contributions to the common welfare.

May Wednesday be a dwelling day, curled up on Abba's knee. Following in the path of Christ, with His Spirit I'm set free. Let Wednesday always prompt my heart to travel home to nest. To feel the blessings of my faith to know Your peace and rest. In Jesus' name, who redeemed us by His cross.
Amen

Verse of the Day for WEDNESDAY, October 31, 2018


1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV) Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Read all of 1 Peter 5

Listen to 1 Peter 5

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Un dia a la Vez - Jesús y la limosna


Jesús y la limosna

Cuando ores, entra en tu aposento, y cerrada la puerta, ora a tu Padre que está en secreto; y tu Padre que ve en lo secreto te recompensará en público.
~ Mateo 6:6 (RVR1960)

Fíjense bien que lo que Dios nos ha exhortado durante estos últimos devocionales es a que todo lo que hagamos para Él sea en silencio, pues es un Dios de intimidad. Es evidente que le molesta la gente ruidosa y que les dicen a todos lo que diezman, lo que ofrendan y hoy, en este devocional, lo que oran.

Una vez más Jesús dice que si vas a orar, lo hagas solo, que no seas como los hipócritas que oran de pie en las sinagogas y en la calle para que los vean. ¡Cuánto le choca esto a nuestro Dios!

Ahora bien, esto no quiere decir que no podamos orar en grupo o en familia de una manera audible. Tampoco se trata de que no podamos ir a las misiones, pues a lo que Dios se refiere es a la intención de nuestro corazón.

También nos enseña que no seamos repetitivos en la oración como los loros, sino tengamos una conversación natural y sincera de nuestro corazón con Él.

Aprendemos, entonces, que todo lo que hagamos en secreto, Él nos lo recompensara en público. Y aun si no se nos reconociera, es bueno hacerlo en silencio.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Fíjense bien que lo que Dios nos ha exhortado durante estos últimos devocionales es a que todo lo que hagamos para Él sea en silencio, pues es un Dios de intimidad.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - ADVANCING THE GOSPEL


ADVANCING THE GOSPEL

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.

The Apostle Paul writes these words from prison but he assures his readers that prison in no way hindered the spread of the gospel, but actually advanced it. Then he states in the following verses that he is chains only because of Christ and because of his imprisonment, others have become bolder and fearless in sharing their faith. And the gospel advances!

A Vietnamese brother, we’ll call Daniel, was led by the Lord to the minister in the north where he soon found himself in the midst of a revival. The inevitable soon happened and Daniel was sent to prison, his “training school,” for three years. He shares his experience in prison:

After my arrest I was put in solitary confinement and chained to the ground for six months. This was a very hard time for me. The cell was only 2 x 3 meters, there were no lights in the cell and I only had one bowl of rice and salt a day. A piece of bamboo was stuck between my crossed legs and chained to the ground. My hands were chained to the ground behind my back and whenever I had to go to the toilet I was offered only a plastic bag.

I felt totally deserted. I asked the Lord to take my life. It was too much for me. I prayed a lot but thankfully the Lord did not do what I asked.

One night in my prison cell, chained to the ground, I saw a vision of the Lord. He did not speak a word. He just placed his hand on me and I felt how new strength filled my body. I cried and repented before the Lord. Then I knew the Lord was saying to me that He would not allow me to leave this world defeated, that when He takes me “home” it would be victoriously. The next day the police came and took me to another cell but I could not walk. After one year I could walk again.

Today I can see why God allowed this difficult time. After three years in prison there is a church in every area where I spent time and more than 200 inmates came to know the Lord. Three other prisoners who came to know the Lord also started churches in prison.

When I was released, I found that my village church had grown to 500. I know that God has a good plan. He sent me to prison to preach the gospel and so that I may become a strong warrior for Him.

RESPONSE: Today I will pray differently for brothers and sisters in prison for their faith.

PRAYER: Help me Lord to always trust Your plan – even when it seems difficult and overwhelming.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

Girlfriends in God - Leaving Home


Leaving Home

Today’s Truth

From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live.
~ Acts 17:26 (HCSB)

Friend to Friend

Abraham, or Abram, as he was first named, was called by God to leave home…and to go. Where to, you ask? Great question. I’m sure Abram asked the very same one. The answer? “…to the land I will show you.”

Huh, so that’s it? Just leave? Follow you, Lord, with blind trust?

Yes, Abram. Just leave…and go. I will show you where to make each turn along the way, but on a “need to know” basis.

A former pastor of mine once said, “Just as it’s easier to steer a car that’s already rolling forward, it’s easier for the Lord to move a person who’s already in motion.” I guess this is as true for you and me today as it was for Abram way back then.

As Christ-followers, many of us are prone to hang back and ask God to reveal ALL the details He has in store for our future BEFORE we will commit to leaving our familiar surroundings (location of residence, job title, ministry role). But I ask you, sister, is this really trust on our part? Or is it calculated, weighed, and measured “obedience”?

In my own life’s journey, the Lord has, many times, asked me to vacate my present ministry, job role—and most recently, my state of residence—to follow Him. Early on, I admit, I was a full-fledged foot dragger…slow to obey, begging for all the details before I would step out in “faith” and go.  But as the years have gone by, Jesus has been calling me to a purer, more mature level of obedience—the kind that says, “Yes, Lord,” and obeys, rather than asking for a detailed itinerary so I can weigh out all the pros and cons of my action or inaction.

Twelve years ago, I was smack dab in the middle of co-directing Vacation Bible School at my church when the Lord told me my role as Co-Director was finished. What?! I exclaimed. “I am such a perfect fit for this position! I’ve implemented so many important changes that have improved the effectiveness of this program ten-fold!” I think He agreed with me, but nevertheless, I was to move on. “But to where?” I asked. No answer.

Five months later, the Lord called me to write books on health for the purpose of enabling His Army to age well, live long, and serve strong. After six, published books, I see His point. He had something else for me to do to advance His Kingdom.

Presently, my obedience challenge is to relocate from New York to Virginia. In order to “Go,” I must leave home—which includes the house I raised my children in, my physical therapy practice, my college teaching position, my church family, and my friends—many of whom I’ve known and loved for over 20 years!

But this I know from looking back: my future, when placed in the Lord’s hands, always accomplishes what’s best for His Kingdom and for myself as his daughter. With every act of obedience on my part, I grow, and as I do, I’m always amazed at what the Lord can accomplish with my small offering.

Really, friends, isn’t this what we all long for? To witness the Lord at work in and through us? To be directed and used by God to accomplish His will on earth?

The Lord has great plans for us—things for us to do, places for us to live, people for us to impact. Praise God, we do not need to figure it all out from point A. We simply need to respond in obedience to the next thing the Lord is prompting us to do.

Let’s Pray

My Lord and my God, be my vision when I cannot see past today. Call me out to the great unknown where you are already at work. Give me the privilege of working alongside you, my Master. I will leave, and I will go, where and when you ask me to. I promise.
In your Mighty Name, Jesus, I pray,
Amen.

Now It's Your Turn

What or where have you been feeling led by the Lord to leave? How long have you been hearing, yet resisting? What are your hesitations? Talk this over with Jesus and commit to Him your willingness to release what you know and to grab hold of what He knows is best.

More from the Girlfriends

Sleep Well Again (Harvest House Publishers) is one of Lisa’s six books in her Restoring Your Temple® health resource collection. Lisa Morrone, PT is a physical therapist, professor, author of six books, radio guest and event speaker who encourages people to “Get Healthy for Heaven’s Sake.” Visit Lisa’s website for more information and to sign up to receive her informative “Monday Morning Health Tips!” Her books are available on Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or wherever books are sold.

Seeking God?
Click HERE to find out more about how to have a personal
relationship with Jesus Christ.

Girlfriends in God

http://girlfriendsingod.com/events/
Abraham, or Abram, as he was first named, was called by God to leave home…and to go.

LHM Daily Devotions - Welcomed as Sons and Daughters

https://www.lhm.org/dailydevotions/default.asp?date=20181031

"Welcomed as Sons and Daughters"

Oct. 31, 2018

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.
~ 1 John 3:1-2 (ESV)

What a wonderful passage of Scripture to consider on this Reformation Day!

See how the Father loves us, it says. Look at the kind of love He has shown -- the paternal patience, the gentle prodding to faith, the complete preoccupation with our well-being. He shows us the heartfelt embrace of love that a parent has for his son or daughter. That is the love God has for us.

And that we should be called His children -- not the lost orphans we once were, not the rebellious haters who despised both self and others -- but His children. This gift of eternal kinship is ours through the faith we have in our Lord and Savior Jesus. He's the One who found us as lost sheep, who searched for us like a lost coin, who welcomes home the problem child -- even when that child squandered everything.

And the reason why the world doesn't know us? How could it? We're aliens in a strange land. We're not the world's kind anymore. We're new creations being shaped by the same hand the world nailed to the cross. If we were like we were, we'd be recognizable to the world and greeted with open arms. But we're not; "we are God's children now."

And yet we're becoming something more. We're being molded daily into His image -- refined to be like Him, to speak like Him, to forgive like Him and, most definitely, to love like Him. We are like those early believers in Antioch who were taught by Paul and Barnabas and who, likewise, were transformed by God. So much so, that outsiders saw them as distinct and gave them a name: "Christians" or little Christs. (See Acts 11:19-26.)

And finally, the passages says, one day -- and not very long from now -- "we shall see Him as He is."

Can we possibly imagine what that Day will be like -- when we see Him as He is? No doubt we will thank God for His grace and mercy. We will praise Him for the wondrous gift of His Son whose defeat of death made all of heaven possible. We might even go up to the Father -- can you picture it -- and sit on His lap.

After all, we are His children.

THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, we are Your children, for that's what You call us. Washed in Jesus' blood, You take us to Your side. We love and thank You for this. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

This Daily Devotion was written by Paul Schreiber. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
What a wonderful passage of Scripture to consider on this ...

Devocional del CPTLN de 31 de Octubre de 2018 - Oremos por las autoridades


ALIMENTO DIARIO

Oremos por las autoridades

31 de Octubre de 2018

Ante todo, exhorto a que se hagan rogativas, oraciones, peticiones y acciones de gracias por todos los hombres; por los reyes y por todos los que ocupan altos puestos, para que vivamos con tranquilidad y reposo, y en toda piedad y honestidad. Porque esto es bueno y agradable delante de Dios nuestro Salvador.

¿Ha escuchado hablar del Grupo de Oración Presidencial? Si bien no está organizado ni por el gobierno, ni por el presidente actual o un presidente pasado, es un ministerio nacional que se ha propuesto organizar oraciones por el Presidente de los Estados Unidos y otras autoridades.

En muchas formas esta es una idea buena, poderosa y, como dice la Escritura para la devoción de hoy, 'agradable a Dios'.

El presidente del mencionado Grupo ha dicho que están atravesando por problemas económicos, dado que algunos de sus miembros no están contentos con la forma en que está yendo el gobierno.

En una carta solicitando fondos, escribe: "Unos miembros nos dicen que están desanimados y decepcionados, y algunos han admitido que han dejado de orar por el Presidente y por nuestra nación." Luego agrega que, para continuar con su ministerio, para el mes que viene necesitan reunir $96,000 dólares.

Lo más probable es que nosotros no necesitemos que una organización nos diga que oremos por nuestras autoridades, porque nuestro Señor ya nos lo ha dicho. Las Escrituras nos dice que, a través de su vida, Jesús siempre mostró respeto por quienes estaban en autoridad.

Así lo hizo cuando fue llevado a juicio, y a pesar de las mentiras que dijeron acerca de él y de los cargos falsos que levantaron en su contra. Jesús respetó su autoridad aun cuando ellos pidieron su muerte y lo enviaron a la cruz.

Honrar a las autoridades. Eso es lo que los cristianos debemos hacer en todo momento... siempre y cuando esas autoridades no traten de interponerse en la obligación que tenemos de dar testimonio de nuestro Redentor.

Es por ello que, más allá de lo que usted piense de su gobierno, le invito a que ore por sus autoridades, porque 'eso es bueno y agradable a Dios nuestro Salvador'.

ORACIÓN: Señor Dios, te pido por todas las personas que están en puestos de autoridad, todo hombre y mujer a quien has elevado a posiciones de honor e influencia. Dales la fuerza y la sabiduría necesarias para que hagan lo que es correcto delante de tus ojos, para que así sus pueblos sean bendecidos y puedan llevar una vida de gratitud a ti. En el nombre de Jesús. Amén.

© Copyright 2018 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Ha escuchado hablar del Grupo de Oración Presidencial?

Ministérios Pão Diário - Nunca se acaba


Nunca se acaba

Leia: 1 Pedro 1:3-9 | A Bíblia em um ano: Jeremias 22–23; Tito 1

…[Deus] nos regenerou […] para uma herança incorruptível… vv.3,4


Quando perguntei a uma amiga que estava perto de aposentar-se o que ela mais temia quanto à sua próxima etapa de vida, ela disse: “Quero ter a certeza de não ficar sem dinheiro.” No dia seguinte, ao conversar com meu conselheiro financeiro, ele me aconselhou sobre como eu poderia evitar ficar sem dinheiro. De fato, todos nós queremos ter a segurança de saber que teremos os recursos de que necessitaremos durante o restante de nossa vida.

Nenhum plano financeiro é capaz de proporcionar uma garantia absoluta de segurança terrena. Mas há um plano que se estende muito além desta vida e adentra indefinidamente no futuro. O apóstolo Pedro o descreve assim: “…o Deus e Pai de nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, […] segundo a sua muita misericórdia, nos regenerou para uma viva esperança, mediante a ressurreição de Jesus Cristo dentre os mortos, para uma herança incorruptível, sem mácula, imarcescível…” (1 Pedro 1:3,4).

Quando depositamos nossa fé em Jesus para perdoar os nossos pecados, recebemos uma herança eterna por meio do poder de Deus. Por causa dessa herança, viveremos eternamente e nunca nos faltará o que necessitamos.

Planejar-se para a aposentadoria é uma boa ideia, se pudermos fazê-lo. No entanto, mais importante do que isso é ter a herança eterna que jamais se esgota — e essa só está disponível mediante a fé em Jesus Cristo.

A promessa do céu é a nossa esperança eterna.


© 2018 Ministérios Pão Diário
Quando perguntei a uma amiga que estava perto de aposentar-se o que ela mais temia quanto à sua próxima etapa de vida, ela disse ...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Daily Readings for TUESDAY, October 30, 2018

The Seventh Trumpet
Revelation 11:14-19

The Daily Readings
TUESDAY, October 30, 2018

Old Testament
Ecclesiasticus 24:1-12 (Sirach 24:1-12)
The Praise of Wisdom
24:1 Wisdom praises herself,
    and tells of her glory in the midst of her people.
2 In the assembly of the Most High she opens her mouth,
    and in the presence of his hosts she tells of her glory:
3 “I came forth from the mouth of the Most High,
    and covered the earth like a mist.
4 I dwelt in the highest heavens,
    and my throne was in a pillar of cloud.
5 Alone I compassed the vault of heaven
    and traversed the depths of the abyss.
6 Over waves of the sea, over all the earth,
    and over every people and nation I have held sway.
7 Among all these I sought a resting place;
    in whose territory should I abide?

8 “Then the Creator of all things gave me a command,
    and my Creator chose the place for my tent.
He said, ‘Make your dwelling in Jacob,
    and in Israel receive your inheritance.’
9 Before the ages, in the beginning, he created me,
    and for all the ages I shall not cease to be.
10 In the holy tent I ministered before him,
    and so I was established in Zion.
11 Thus in the beloved city he gave me a resting place,
    and in Jerusalem was my domain.
12 I took root in an honored people,
    in the portion of the Lord, his heritage.

The Epistle
Revelation 11:14-19
11:14 The second woe has passed. The third woe is coming very soon.

The Seventh Trumpet
15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord
    and of his Messiah,
and he will reign forever and ever.”

16 Then the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 singing,

“We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty,
    who are and who were,
for you have taken your great power
    and begun to reign.
18 The nations raged,
    but your wrath has come,
    and the time for judging the dead,
for rewarding your servants, the prophets
    and saints and all who fear your name,
    both small and great,
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.

The Gospel
Luke 11:27-36
True Blessedness
11:27 While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” 28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”

The Sign of Jonah
29 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. 31 The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! 32 The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!

The Light of the Body
33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. 36 If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet [...] there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.

The Morning Prayer for TUESDAY, October 30, 2018


Tuesday morning prayer

Lord, on this day I chose to put You first. Thank You that when You are at the center of our family, our lives are rich with love and goodness. Lord, be the running stream, springing up at the very heart of our household. Might we drink daily from the water of life, that our days would be filled with kindness, forgiveness, trust and love.

May this day be a gentle time of love and kindness shown, to all my friends and family a love that helps us grow.

Let Tuesday always prompt my heart to place my life in You. To see Your holy will be done I give my life anew.
Amen

Verse of the Day for TUESDAY, October 30, 2018


Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

Read all of Ephesians 2

Listen to Ephesians 2

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Un dia a la Vez - Jesús y la limosna


Jesús y la limosna

Que sea tu limosna en secreto; y tu Padre que ve en lo secreto te recompensará en público.
~ Mateo 6:4 (RV-60)

En este día veremos principios que Dios dejó establecidos a fin de que se cumplan al pie de la letra. Y juntos vamos a pedirle a nuestro Jesús que nos ilumine y nos permita entender, con palabras muy sencillas, lo que nos dejó en la Biblia. Lo que es más importante, una vez que los entendamos, que seamos capaces de aplicarlos para tener una vida en victoria.

La limosna o la ofrenda, como se le conoce en otras partes, debe ser algo que se entregue con mucha prudencia y no de una manera ruidosa y llamativa, pues Jesús mismo llama hipócritas a quienes lo hacen así. En realidad, esta clase de persona es la que se hace pasar por piadosa sin serlo. Por eso recuerda que la ofrenda es algo entre tú y Dios.

Tampoco llamemos la atención con nuestros actos de humanidad, porque lo que hacemos es como para Dios y no para los hombres. Nadie necesita saber lo que haces por los demás y menos en cuestión de dinero.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
En este día veremos principios que Dios dejó establecidos a fin de que se cumplan al pie de la letra.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - WALKING BY FAITH


WALKING BY FAITH

For we live by faith, not by sight.

Brother Wei from South-east Asia tells his story to a staff member of Open Doors. He is too shy to look at him directly. While he is speaking, he keeps his eyes lowered.

I'm forty-one years old and I'm a simple rice farmer. Twenty years ago, I became a Christian and in the past years, I've been in prison thirteen times because of my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The last time I was in a notorious prison, surrounded by a moat. In order to torment the prisoners, we were given rice mixed with sand. There were no toilets - we just had to find a spot somewhere.

I was arrested because I believed in Jesus and because I was active as a preacher. The punishment for this "crime" was two and a half years in prison, but I could be released sooner if I renounced my faith.

The guards constantly tried to force me to deny my faith. I was to sign a form which stated that I had "voluntarily renounced my faith" and that I would "no longer attend meetings." I was bound hand and foot and beaten, but I refused to deny my faith. My fellow prisoners mocked me and swore at me. They called me the "Jesus man." I wasn't allowed a Bible, and if I was caught praying, I was beaten.

After my release, as a result of the abuse I was no longer able to walk fast or to run. Sometimes I could no longer find the words to describe something.

Once I was back in our village, I heard that we had to leave because we hadn't been granted permission to go on living there. We were not allocated any land to work, the children were no longer allowed to go to school and the hospital was no longer willing to help us. Then we left and went to another district, where we had to start over again.

When the Open Doors worker asked him how he had been able to endure all this persecution, Brother Wei said, “I don't trust in what eyes can see, but I’ve put my trust in the Eternal, the Lord Jesus.”

RESPONSE: Today I will persevere through the challenges that come my way with faith in the Eternal God.

PRAYER: Pray that all Christians being persecuted today will respond with this strong faith!

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

Girlfriends in God - We Need Each Other


We Need Each Other

Today’s Truth

“…and each member belongs to all the others.”
~ Romans 12:5b (NIV)

Friend to Friend

A certain expert guide lived in the deserts of Arabia. He was known for his tracking skills and the fact that he never lost his way. The secret of his success could be found in the fact that he carried with him a homing pigeon that had a very fine cord attached to one of its legs. When he had doubts as to which path to take, he threw the bird into the air. The pigeon quickly strained at the cord to fly in the direction of home, leading the guide accurately to his goal. Because of this unique practice, the man was known as "The Dove Man."

We always need connections to those who will point us in the right direction. We will take the wrong path or make a wrong turn and there will be times when we have no idea which way to go or how to get home. We must then turn to God and to those who hold us accountable.

Accountability is often seen as confining, a relationship straight jacket that limits freedom of expression and hinders those who “march to the beat of a different drummer.” Actually, the opposite is true. Accountability frees us to grow and change and is an important part of every relationship.

When I married into the Southerland family, I didn’t know that tent camping was part of the deal. I might have reconsidered (just kidding). I decided that I could learn to camp and maybe even enjoy it. My first trip to Lake Greeson in the foothills of the Ozarks was quite an experience. It did not take me long to learn the daily routine.

Each morning, Dan’s mom would prepare a huge breakfast, after which, the kids did dishes while Mom changed into her swim suit, donned her sun glasses, grabbed a towel and headed for the lake. On the shore, she would grab an inner tube, position her towel in just the right spot over the tube, turn around and sit down. She would then float blissfully for hours. There was a slight problem with this plan. Lake Greeson had a current that would carry Mom down the lake, around the bend and into the path of ski boats. Several times a day, someone would have to swim after her and pull her back to the safety of the shore, where she would profusely thank them and go right back to floating.

Someone finally came up with a great idea – a rope. We grabbed a ski rope, tied one end to mom’s inner tube and the other end to a wooden stake driven securely into the ground. She could then float until the rope ran out and someone “reeled her in.”

What a perfect picture of accountability – giving someone who loves you the permission to “reel you in” when they see you headed in a dangerous direction. When we willingly make ourselves accountable to others, we are creating a hedge of protection that ultimately yields boundaries, parameters or behavioral lines that should not be crossed.

Honestly, most of us have experienced very little accountability in life because at the heart of being accountable to someone is the willingness to be submissive to them. We have abused the concept of submission. It was never intended to be demeaning and does not involve slavery in any form. Submission is protection and an intentional willingness to consider first the desires and wishes of another before our own. Submission is harnessed strength, a controlled strength that is born out of obedience to God’s command.  “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21).

Jesus submitted Himself to the will of His father. He willingly laid down His desires and dreams, His plans and hopes in total submission. Out of that total surrender came the most powerful life ever lived. When we willingly submit ourselves to God and choose to make ourselves accountable to others, we will experience a freedom and power we have never known before.

Let’s Pray

Father, I come to You today, submitting myself to You. Thank You for the protection, direction, and power that comes from that submission. Forgive me when I have stood silent while someone I loved made dangerous decisions. Give me the courage to confront in love. Give me the wisdom to receive correction and to be accountable to others. Thank You for Your love that never condemns but always stands ready to keep me from making mistakes. And when I do fall, thank You for being there to pick me up and walk with me.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Proverbs 27:6 “Faithful are wounds of a friend.”  What does this verse mean to you? How does this verse relate to accountability?

Name two people in your life to whom you are accountable.

Are they willing to tell you the truth instead of what you want to hear?

Are they godly people who will constantly point you to Christ?

Who is accountable to you?

Are you willing to step between that person and the wrong choices?

Can you confront in love for the sole purpose of restoration?

More from the Girlfriends

Do you need help with your relationships – especially the tough ones? Get Mary’s book, Sandpaper People, to learn eleven practical steps you can take to improve your relationships.

Be sure to check out the FREE MP3s on Mary’s website and connect with Mary through E-mail, Twitter, Instagram, Shopify, or on Facebook.

Seeking God?
Click HERE to find out more about how to have a personal
relationship with Jesus Christ.

Girlfriends in God


http://girlfriendsingod.com/events/
A certain expert guide lived in the deserts of ...

LHM Daily Devotions - Party!

https://www.lhm.org/dailydevotions/default.asp?date=20181030

"Party!"

Oct. 30, 2018

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"

Have you ever heard anyone say, "Heaven is going to be boring. I think I'd rather be in hell with all the interesting people"? Certainly, there are plenty of popular songs and cartoons that imply that heaven is boring. And if we're honest, many of us Christians harbor a fear that they might be right -- probably because of passages like this one from Revelation. We have a mental picture of people standing around all day in white robes, taking part in one of those seemingly endless Sunday services when nothing seems to click and all we can think about is grabbing some lunch.

And yet -- most of us have had experiences where the outside appearance looked very different from the way it felt on the inside, as we lived it. When I was a teenager, it was then common to call one's boyfriend or girlfriend on the phone after school. The first five minutes of the call were fairly normal. But soon, we would stop talking. Silence would descend, and we would just enjoy being together, saying a word or two every few minutes, maybe. The rest of the time was silence.

My mother would come in the room and wonder what in the world was going on. "You've been on that phone for nearly an hour already. Why aren't you talking? Aren't you bored to death?" She probably thought I needed my head examined. It looked like sheer boredom. But that wasn't how it felt to a teenager in love.

Being in God's presence is a little like that, only much, much better. The people dressed in white around God's throne aren't bored: they're celebrating, they're ecstatic. The white robes are their party clothes, what you'd wear to a victory celebration. The same is true of the palm branches, though in modern terms we would think of flags or sparklers. And the people are so happy they're shouting. They wouldn't want to be anywhere else but there. This is Jesus' victory celebration, and all the people who love Him are there to share in it. It is the party to end all parties.

However the descriptions of heaven strike you now, there is no need to be afraid you'll be bored. You won't. God is no fool. The God who made you and redeemed you knows you very well. You were made for His presence, to rejoice in His love. And we all will do that together, celebrating and enjoying the One who loved us so much He saved us through His death and resurrection.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me know the real joy that You give to those who love You. Amen.

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Kari Vo. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Have you ever heard anyone say, "Heaven is going to be boring"?

Devocional del CPTLN de 30 de Octubre de 2018 - No se cansen


ALIMENTO DIARIO

No se cansen

30 de Octubre de 2018

Y ustedes, hermanos, no se cansen de hacer el bien.

Jarrette Schule es dueño de unas tierras en el estado de Texas. Cuando estaba cortando algunos árboles en su casi remota propiedad, encontró algo que parecía un misil de guerra.

Al leer la inscripción en el artefacto, que decía: "Lanzador y Misil Teledirigido Terrestre", comprobó que así era. Lo que había encontrado era un misil de ataque Dragón, la clase de misil que al ser disparado a un tanque enemigo, hace que el tanque se deshaga en pedacitos.

Como todo buen ciudadano, Jarrette trató de devolver el misil a las autoridades. Ahí es cuando su historia se puso interesante.

Jarrette llamó al FBI, pero ellos no lo quisieron. Llamó al Departamento de Seguridad del Estado, pero tampoco lo quisieron. Llamó al comisario del condado y a todas las agencias y autoridades que se le ocurrieron, pero nadie lo quería. Habló con la policía militar de Houston, pero no tenían autoridad en dicha zona. Nadie quería tener nada que ver con el misil.

Finalmente, el pedido de Jarrette fue a parar a un investigador criminal del Ejército quien, con un equipo de desactivación de la Base de la Fuerza Aérea de Lackland, recogió el misil que, para entonces, estaba sobre la mesa del comedor de Jarrette.

Lo que me impresionó cuando leí la historia de Jarrette, fue lo difícil que fue para él hacer lo correcto. Conozco muchas personas que se hubieran dado por vencido y se habrían deshecho del misil en el primer basurero que encontraran, y también conozco a más de uno que con gusto lo hubiera guardado para usar en la próxima celebración del Día de la Independencia.

Pero Jarrette no se cansó de tratar de hacer lo correcto, y nosotros tampoco debemos cansarnos. Eso es lo que San Pablo le dijo a la iglesia en Tesalónica. Después de todo, tenemos un Salvador que, a pesar de ser odiado, burlado, malinterpretado y rechazado, dio su vida para comprar nuestro perdón y ganar nuestra salvación.

Jesús no se cansó de hacer lo correcto. Es un ejemplo que todos debemos seguir.

ORACIÓN: Querido Señor, te doy gracias porque tengo un Salvador que se mantuvo firme en su misión de salvarme. Ayúdame para que, con la ayuda del Espíritu Santo, yo también pueda demostrar mi fe haciendo lo correcto, y ser así un testigo fiel de mi Salvador. En su nombre. Amén.

© Copyright 2018 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
Jarrette Schule es dueño de unas tierras en el estado de Texas. Cuando estaba cortando algunos árboles en su casi remota propiedad, encontró algo que parecía un misil de guerra.

Nuestro Pan Diario - Aceptar los desacuerdos

https://nuestropandiario.org/2018/10/aceptar-los-desacuerdos/

Aceptar los desacuerdos

Leer: Romanos 14:1-13 | La Biblia en un año: Jeremías 20–21 2 Timoteo 4

Así que, sigamos lo que contribuye a la paz y a la mutua edificación (v. 19).

Recuerdo escuchar a mi padre hablar sobre lo difícil que era alejarse de argumentos interminables sobre las diferentes interpretaciones de la Biblia. Pero también, relataba lo bueno que era cuando ambas partes estaban de acuerdo en aceptar los desacuerdos.

Pero ¿es realmente posible dejar de lado diferencias irreconciliables cuando parecen estar en juego tantas cosas? Esta es una de las preguntas que el apóstol Pablo responde en su carta a los romanos. Al escribirles a lectores atrapados en conflictos sociales, políticos y religiosos, les sugiere maneras de encontrar puntos en común, aun bajo condiciones sumamente polarizadas (14:5-6).

Según Pablo, la forma de estar de acuerdo al no estar de acuerdo es recordar que todos daremos cuenta ante el Señor, no solo de nuestras opiniones, sino también de la forma de tratarnos unos a otros en nuestras diferencias (v. 10).

Situaciones conflictivas pueden convertirse en ocasiones para recordar que hay cosas más importantes que nuestras propias ideas; incluso más importantes que nuestras interpretaciones de la Biblia. Todos daremos cuenta de si nos amamos unos a otros —incluso a nuestros enemigos— como Cristo nos amó.

Como decía mi padre, estemos de acuerdo en no estar de acuerdo, pero hagámoslo con amor y respeto.
Señor, danos paciencia y amabilidad con los que piensan distinto.
Podemos estar de acuerdo o no… pero con amor.


© 2018 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario
Recuerdo escuchar a mi padre hablar sobre lo difícil que era alejarse de argumentos interminables sobre las diferentes interpretaciones de la Biblia.

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Daily Readings for MONDAY, October 29, 2018

John 15:18

The Daily Readings
MONDAY, October 29, 2018

Old Testament
Deuteronomy 32:1-4
32:1 Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak;
    let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
2 May my teaching drop like the rain,
    my speech condense like the dew;
like gentle rain on grass,
    like showers on new growth.
3 For I will proclaim the name of the Lord;
    ascribe greatness to our God!

4 The Rock, his work is perfect,
    and all his ways are just.
A faithful God, without deceit,
    just and upright is he;

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

The Epistle
Ephesians 2:13-22
2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15 He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16 and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17 So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18 for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21 In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

The Gospel
John 15:17-27
15:17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

The World’s Hatred
18 “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘Servants are not greater than their master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. 21 But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not have sin. But now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 It was to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without a cause.’

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27 You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission. The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.
Jesus said, “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you.