Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Daily Readings for THURSDAY, February 1, 2018

The Words of Eternal Life
John 6:60-71

Daily Readings

Genesis 23:1-20
Sarah lived one hundred twenty-seven years; this was the length of Sarah's life. And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. Abraham rose up from beside his dead, and said to the Hittites, "I am a stranger and an alien residing among you; give me property among you for a burying place, so that I may bury my dead out of my sight." The Hittites answered Abraham, "Hear us, my lord; you are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our burial places; none of us will withhold from you any burial ground for burying your dead." Abraham rose and bowed to the Hittites, the people of the land. He said to them, "If you are willing that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me Ephron son of Zohar, so that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he owns; it is at the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me in your presence as a possession for a burying place." Now Ephron was sitting among the Hittites; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the Hittites, of all who went in at the gate of his city, "No, my lord, hear me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it; in the presence of my people I give it to you; bury your dead." Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land. He said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, "If you only will listen to me! I will give the price of the field; accept it from me, so that I may bury my dead there." Ephron answered Abraham, "My lord, listen to me; a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver-- what is that between you and me? Bury your dead." Abraham agreed with Ephron; and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants. So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre, the field with the cave that was in it and all the trees that were in the field, throughout its whole area, passed to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the Hittites, in the presence of all who went in at the gate of his city. After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. The field and the cave that is in it passed from the Hittites into Abraham's possession as a burying place.
Hebrews 11:32-12:2
And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets-- who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented-- of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
John 6:60-71
When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?" But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, "Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, "For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father." Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?" Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God." Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve? Yet one of you is a devil." He was speaking of Judas son of Simon Iscariot, for he, though one of the twelve, was going to betray him.
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Prayer of the Day for THURSDAY, February 1, 2018

Father, make our love grow each day. May those we encounter see Jesus through us. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Verse of the Day for THURSDAY, February 1, 2018

John 13:34 (NIV) [Jesus said] “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

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Morning Devotions with Chaplain Kenny - The New Commandment

The New Commandment

[Jesus said] “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”.
~ John 13:34 (NIV)

John 13, not only tells us about the love that should occupy our heart for one another, but shows us what that love looks like. 1 Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter in the Bible, but in my opinion John 13 is another love chapter, as Jesus demonstrates to us, love in action. This was a lesson not only for the disciples, but for us.

The book of John makes it very clear from the beginning to the end, that Jesus was in God, and God was in Him. The same God who created the world, was manifested in flesh through Jesus Christ. This is a very important point to this message.

His act of love in this chapter of John, was the washing of the feet of His disciples. The main character in this scene, besides Jesus, was Simon Peter who had quite a dialog with Jesus, but I want us to look at another disciple. I want us to look at Judas Iscariot. At the beginning of this chapter we learn that Satan had already planted a seed in the heart of Judas, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew this, and mentioned several times, that one of them would betray Him.

Now think on this, Jesus took off His robe, put a towel around His waist, knelt down on the floor, and washed the dirty, stinky feet of His disciples. He humbled himself as a servant. When He got to Judas, He did not look up to him with disdain, or pass him by, but instead, God in the flesh, humbly washed Judas’ feet with care. He wiped his feet dry using His towel around His waist, with love in His heart. He might have even looked into Judas’ eyes, and conveyed His compassion knowing the pain that Judas would bear after his betrayal. You see, He always loved the man whom He created. His opponent was not Judas, it was Satan.

In verse 11 Jesus said, “not every one was clean.” In verse 18 He said, “He who shared my bread has turned against me.” Now the third time Jesus mentioned this in verse 21, He was very troubled, and He said, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.” Jesus knew all along who it was.

Jesus dipped the bread and handed it to Judas, to reveal the one He had indicated as the betrayer. Jesus words were, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” Jesus was not talking to Judas. He was speaking to Satan, who had taken full control of Judas. Jesus still loved the man, Judas. His enemy was always Satan.

We probably all know someone, who is controlled by Satan. Could we have loved like Jesus, and humbled ourselves before the very person who is plotting against us? We do not need to subject ourselves to the abuse of a person who is controlled by Satan, but we need to love and pray for that person, from a distance, if mental and physical safety is a personal concern. We need to always remember; who is the real enemy?

Jesus said in John 12:31, “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.” The enemy, Satan, was defeated by Jesus with His death and resurrection. Jesus said, “I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” Jesus was lifted high on that cross, so If (ALL) men will be at the feet of Jesus, do you think Judas will be there also? Satan’s end is sealed with defeat on the final day of judgement. In the meantime, he is still at work, seeking whom he may devour. Those who are in Christ are seeking those we can free from Satan’s bondage. We hold the key to God’s love and abundant life.
Father, make our love grow each day. May those we encounter see Jesus through us. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
In Jesus,
Chaplain Kenny

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Un dia a la Vez - ¿En quién puedes descansar?

¿En quién puedes descansar?

El Señor [...] restaura a los abatidos y cubre con vendas sus heridas.
~ Salmo 147:2-3 (NVI)

Dios mío, levanto una oración pidiéndote una porción mayor de fe y de esperanza para mi vida. Te quiero confesar que muchas veces he querido rendirme, pero cuando miro a mi alrededor y veo a mis hijos, mi familia y todo lo que has hecho por mí, entiendo que lo que necesito aprender es a descansar en ti.

Señor, enséñame a confiar en ti y a buscarte con todo mi corazón.

Permite, Padre santo, que crea en cada una de esas promesas maravillosas que me has dejado en tu Palabra y esperar por ellas.

Sé, mi Dios, que tú restauras al abatido y con tu amor cubrirás las heridas de tus hijos.

Anímame en este día y ayúdame a colocar mi mirada de manera exclusiva en ti y no en las circunstancias que estoy viviendo.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón

Standing Strong Through the Storm - SATAN’S TACTIC OF GOSSIP


He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
~ 1 John 3:8 (NIV)

China’s house church leaders representing more than ten million members met some years ago for a conference to discuss the main problems facing their churches. They ranked their top three problems, and came up with strategies to solve them. At the top of the list was gossip. Leader after leader told stories of how their ministries had been compromised by this subtle sin. One house church leader from Henan Province shared the following experience:

“I went into an area to lead Bible studies for coworkers and they wouldn’t let me into the house where we were to hold the seminar. I asked them through the closed door what the problem was, but they wouldn’t tell me. They just told me to go away. It was winter and I went a little ways outside the town, knowing I must start a fire to sleep beside or I would freeze to death. I wondered what on earth could have made those brothers and sisters turn me away on such a cold night without a word of explanation.

“But a brother took pity on me and brought me secretly to his home. I eventually pried the truth out of him. The leaders in the area had received an anonymous letter denouncing me as a ‘lover of many women.’ Try as hard as I might, I could not get them to listen to me or let me see the letter. Later in another part of the country, I learned the letter had been sent by a brother I had disciplined for moral laxity, and he had sent it out of spite.

“I went to him and he repented. He sent another letter, but because the first one was unsigned, they didn’t believe him. Both of us offered to go there, but we weren’t welcomed. The testimony of the church was ruined. I still have to explain myself wherever I go. It’s a victory for the devil.

“I went with the offending brother out to the countryside and told him to pluck a chicken. We walked along while he did; the wind blew the feathers far over the fields. When he was finished, he asked, ‘What now?’ I told him, ‘Pick up every feather, and put it back on the chicken.’ He said, ‘That’s impossible.’ I replied, ‘You are right. It is impossible, just as the damage your words have done cannot be repaired.’ ”

The house church leaders pledged to be more loving, and to hold more face-to-face meetings with each other to minimize the sin of gossip in the future. 

RESPONSE: Today I will thwart Satan’s temptations to offend others by committing the sin of gossip.

PRAYER: Lord, enable me to stand strong today in the face of all that Satan tries to throw at me.

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

NIV Devotions for Men - Storms of Life

Storms of Life

Matthew 8:23–27
Recommended Reading: Psalm 27:1–14; Isaiah 41:10–11; Matthew 6:31–34; 14:30–31

Billy Tyne, a down-on-his-luck captain of a sword-fishing boat, set out with his crew in October, 1991, for one last try at a big catch. However, when a unique confluence of weather conditions combined in the North Atlantic to form what meteorologists later called “The Perfect Storm,” Tyne and the rest of the crew of the Andrea Gail perished.

According to locals, weather over the Sea of Galilee in Israel can be equally unpredictable. A squall can rise up at a moment’s notice, hitting with such a fury that fishermen in the area must be quick on their feet and ready for anything. At least four of Jesus’ disciples—Peter, Andrew, James and John—made their living as fishermen. Certainly they knew of Galilee’s infamous storms. Yet as Jesus slept in the ship’s bow, even these seasoned sailors panicked when the storm rose. After waking Jesus from his slumber, they pleaded, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25). Imagine a storm so intense that even hardened fishermen cowered in fear.

Jesus responded with a rebuke: “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:26). As the disciples faced the greatest storm Galilee had ever thrown at them, Jesus expected them to trust him first. And then he calmed the storm.

Life often seems to rise up against us when we least expect it. A dark spot shows up on an X-ray. A pink slip lands on our desk at work. A quarterly report reveals a serious downturn in revenues. Suddenly our deepest fears rise to the surface. So we look to the sky and plead, “Lord, save us!” And Jesus responds, “Don’t be afraid. Trust me first.”

The next time the turbulence of life’s trials blows into your life, remember what Jesus asks. Trust him first, no matter how overwhelming the storm appears.

To Take Away
  • What storms in life do you find most difficult to face?
  • Why do most of us struggle with trusting God first?
  • When you’ve trusted God during difficult times, what has resulted? How can those experiences help you place your trust in him during the next trial you face?

LHM Devotion - February 1, 2018 "God's Truth"

Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"God's Truth"

Feb. 1, 2018

(Jesus said) "Your Word is truth." ~ John 17:17 (ESV)

On June 20, 1940, the French surrendered to Nazi, Germany.

People in Canada and the U.S. saw the newsreel of the event at which the German leader broke into a little dance of joy. The clip, which was played again and again in the movie houses, made people furious that the dictator could be so petty.

There is only one problem: the dance never happened.

What did happen was this: John Grierson was serving as the director of the Canadian Information and Propaganda departments. He manufactured the clip after he noticed Hitler raised his leg rather high up while stepping backwards. Grierson realized he could loop those film frames and make it look like Hitler was doing a little jig of joy. Grierson succeeded in his propaganda; nobody guessed they had been fooled, and hatred against the Nazis increased.

Over the years, photos and films have been doctored for all kinds of purposes.

Back when I was proprietor of "The Baloney Shop," a doctored photo of yours truly showed up in one of our video reports. People at Lutheran Hour headquarters report nobody was tricked into thinking I had been appointed to the Supreme Court.

Because I failed at fooling people, doesn't mean photo doctoring doesn't work. It does. Advertisers redo their models to make them look younger, slimmer, prettier, etc. Photos on magazine covers are doctored to emphasize positives or negatives, depending on what they feel will sell the most.

According to CVS Health Corp, that causes a problem.

The problem is people believe the doctored advertising photos, which is not good. Numerous health studies have shown that these unrealistic body images promoted by the fashion, health, and beauty industries lead to low self-esteem and low self-confidence among women.

In short, these ladies get discouraged because they're trying to copy someone: someone who doesn't exist. To do their part against the practice, CVS say it will no longer "digitally alter or change a person's shape, size, proportion, skin or eye color or enhance or alter lines, wrinkles or other individual characteristics."

In contrast to the propaganda people and the advertisers of the world, we have the honesty of our Lord. He doesn't sweet talk us by minimizing our sins, and He doesn't diminish the punishment that will come on those with unforgiven transgressions. From start to finish, the Lord's Word is truth. It is truthful about the bad news we just mentioned, and it is truthful about the good news which comes to us in the Savior.

Thank the Lord He is truthful about the Christ. By Jesus' sacrifice, we are washed and forgiven of our sins. Through the work of Jesus, we are granted an eternal home which knows no sorrow, sadness, or tears. And that is the truth.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, in a world where the truth is told as long as it is convenient, we give thanks for Your truth, which shows us our sins and how You wish to cleanse us of them. Grant that unbelievers may see and be drawn to You and the truth of Your Word. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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Devocional del CPTLN de 01 de Febrero de 2018"Confesión"



1 de Febrero de 2018

Si confesamos nuestros pecados, él es fiel y justo para perdonar nuestros pecados y limpiarnos de toda maldad.
~ 1 Juan 1:9 (RVC)

Hay ciertas confesiones que salen del corazón... confesiones como la del Rey David... confesiones como la del publicano de la parábola... confesiones como la de San Pablo.

Y hay otra clase de confesiones que están basadas en una necesidad. Confesiones como, por ejemplo, las que hicieron dos ladrones en Alemania.

Estos dos hombres lograron entran en un edificio, donde habían planeado ir a uno de los pisos más altos para cometer su robo.

Poco después de haber entrado, el departamento de policía recibió una llamada. La persona que llamó, dijo: "Esto les va a sonar realmente tonto, pero mi amigo y yo entramos a un edificio para robar, y nos quedamos estancados en el ascensor".

Al llegar, la policía se encontró con que uno de los ladrones se había lastimado una mano tratando de abrir el elevador -antes de llamar a la policía y confesar su delito.

No hace falta estudiar en un seminario para saber qué clase de confesión quiere el Señor de su pueblo... El Señor no quiere que su pueblo haga como si todo estuviera bien. Si todo está bien, no necesitan un Salvador. Y si no necesitan un Salvador, el sufrimiento y la muerte de Jesús fueron en vano.

Es por ello que el Salmo 51:17 nos llama a confesar cuando dice: "El sacrificio que te agrada es un espíritu quebrantado; tú, oh Dios, no desprecias al corazón quebrantado y arrepentido".

El Señor quiere que oremos: "Señor, ten misericordia de mí, pues soy pecador". Él quiere que reconozcamos la magnitud de su misericordia y el costo de su gracia.

ORACIÓN: Señor Dios, muchas son las cosas que he hecho mal. De algunas soy consciente, de otras no. Pero tú las conoces todas, y por todas ellas Jesucristo murió. Me arrepiento del mal que hago, y me alegro y te doy gracias por el perdón que tú me das. 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.

Хлеб наш насущный - Национальное достояние

Национальное достояние

Читать сейчас: Матфея 21:12-16
Библия за год: Исход 27-28; Матфея 21:1-22
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Осанна Сыну Давидову! Благословен Грядущий во имя Господне!

Рекламная служба отредактировала фотографию знаменитой мраморной скульптуры Микеланджело. Библейский герой Давид изображен не с пращой, висящей через плечо, а с винтовкой. Итальянские власти и устроители выставки выразили протест, посчитав сделанное кощунством. «Это то же самое, что пройтись по скульптуре молотком», – сказал официальный представитель.

В Иерусалиме I в. имя Давида, пастушка-псалмопевца и воина-царя, связывалось с самыми дорогими воспоминаниями и величайшими надеждами. Пророки предсказали, что потомок Давида победит врагов Израиля. Поэтому столетия спустя, когда люди приветствовали «Сына Давидова» (Мф. 21:6-9), они ожидали, что Он возглавит восстание и свергнет римскую власть. Но вместо этого Иисус выгнал из храма торговцев и опрокинул столы меновщиков. Он хотел сделать дом Своего Отца домом молитвы для всех народов. Священники и старейшины пришли в ярость. Это был не тот Мессия, Сын Давида, которого они ждали. Поэтому, не сознавая, что делают, они вложили в руки римских палачей молоток, чтобы прибить ко кресту руки и ноги славы Израиля.

Иисус не сопротивлялся. Он позволил распять Себя на позорном кресте. Только после воскресения стало ясно, что Сын Давидов победил Своих врагов любовью. Теперь Он посылает нас распространять Его Слово по всему миру.
Небесный Отец, с этим трудно согласиться, но это правда. Мы привязываемся к пустому и любим бесполезное. Дай нам наполниться Твоей любовью.
Иисус показывает, что Бог прекраснее всех наших ожиданий.

автор: Мартин де Гаан

© 2018 Хлеб Наш Насущный

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Girlfriends in God - What Do When You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’?

What Do When You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’?

Today’s Truth

“I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first”.

Friend to Friend

What do you do when you’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’? Maybe you truly adored your husband in the beginning, but now you can’t remember why. Maybe you honestly admired his finer qualities, but now you can’t remember what they were. Maybe you appreciated his wonderful attributes, but now you take them for granted. What do you do now?

Here’s a statistic you might find interesting. According to an analysis of the National Survey of Families and Households, 86 percent of unhappily married people who stick it out find that, five years later, their marriages are happier. In fact, nearly 60 percent of those who rated their marriage as unhappy and who stayed married rated their same marriage “very happy” or “quite happy” when re-interviewed five years later. In comparison, those who divorced and remarried divorced again at a rate of 60 percent.

Starting over may very well be the answer to your marriage problems—as long as it’s with the same man!

In the book of Revelation, God had this to say to the church at Ephesus: “I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first” (Revelation 2:4). Ephesus was one of the most loving churches in the New Testament, and yet somewhere along the way they lost that initial thrill of knowing Christ. Their love for each other and for God had grown cold.

Perhaps you are a woman who has forgotten the thrill you felt when you first met your husband—the spine-tingling chills when he walked into a room, the heart-skipping flutter when he called on the phone, the tender wooing when you saw his name in your email in-box, the electricity of sexual desire stirred with a kiss. Between taking out the garbage, paying the bills, running the carpool, mowing the lawn, disciplining the kids, and folding the laundry, something got lost. We can get so busy taking care of life that we forget to take care of love.

How do you get that lovin’ feelin’ back? God gave the church two simple steps, and I believe we can apply them to marriage as well. “Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first” (Revelation 2:5)

Remember how it was in the beginning.

Return and do the things you did at first.

Remember what drew you to your husband in the first place? Remember the things you did at first? How you tried to please him, capture his heart, and win his affection? That may have been 50 pounds less and a full head of hair ago, but that young man who longed to be adored, admired, and appreciated still lives within his heart. Let him know he does.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, I’ll admit that sometimes I get so busy taking care of life, that I neglect to take care of love. Help me to keep my marriage a priority above all other earthy relationships. Help me to remember all that I loved about my husband in the early years and take steps to keep my marriage strong.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Make a list of firsts in your relationship: first date, first kiss, first dance, and first time you met each other’s parents.

Ask your husband what he remembers most about your wedding day and your honeymoon.

Look at your wedding photo album together and talk about what first attracted you to each other.

These might not seem like very “spiritual” devotional applications, but when you consider that your marriage is meant to glorify God, then I think God would heartily say…it is.

More from the Girlfriends

Today’s devotion was adapted from my book, A 14-Day Romance Challenge: Reigniting Passion in Your MarriageClick here for a fun video sure to make you smile! I’m offering a special Valentine’s Marriage Bundle with discounts on four of my favorite marriage resources from February 1-16, so click on over! Let’s make 2018 a year to strengthen our marriages and pray for our men.

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