Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for THURSDAY, February 28, 2019

Adam and Christ
Romans 5:12—6:2

The Daily Lectionary
THURSDAY, February 28, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
Thanksgiving for Vindication
A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath Day.
1  It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
     to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2  to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
     and your faithfulness by night,
3  to the music of the lute and the harp,
     to the melody of the lyre.
4  For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
     at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
     and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
     they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 In old age they still produce fruit;
     they are always green and full of sap,
15 showing that the Lord is upright;
     he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Proverbs 13:1-12
1  A wise child loves discipline,
     but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
2  From the fruit of their words good persons eat good things,
     but the desire of the treacherous is for wrongdoing.
3  Those who guard their mouths preserve their lives;
     those who open wide their lips come to ruin.
4  The appetite of the lazy craves, and gets nothing,
     while the appetite of the diligent is richly supplied.
5  The righteous hate falsehood,
     but the wicked act shamefully and disgracefully.
6  Righteousness guards one whose way is upright,
     but sin overthrows the wicked.
7  Some pretend to be rich, yet have nothing;
     others pretend to be poor, yet have great wealth.
8  Wealth is a ransom for a person’s life,
     but the poor get no threats.
9  The light of the righteous rejoices,
     but the lamp of the wicked goes out.
10 By insolence the heedless make strife,
     but wisdom is with those who take advice.
11 Wealth hastily gotten will dwindle,
     but those who gather little by little will increase it.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
     but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

Romans 5:12—6:2
Adam and Christ
5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned— 13 sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. 14 Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.

15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. 16 And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. 17 If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

18 Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. 19 For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 But law came in, with the result that the trespass multiplied; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Dying and Rising with Christ
6:1 What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it?

Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.

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 Daily Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2019, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2018 was Year B. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest on what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned.

Verse of the Day for THURSDAY, February 28, 2019


2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

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Un dia a la Vez - Dios me hizo libre


Dios me hizo libre

Y conocerán la verdad, y la verdad los hará libres.
~ Juan 8:32 (NVI)

Necesitamos conocer los pensamientos de Dios, así aprendemos muchas cosas.

Hace unos cuantos años, antes de entregar mi vida por completo a Jesús, sentía muchos vacíos y necesitaba la libertad de Dios. Cuando te hablo de libertad, me refiero a que mi mente estuvo cautiva por varios años con pensamientos tristes o con desánimos en algunas ocasiones.

Debido a que fui madre soltera casi toda mi vida, aprendí a ser independiente. Tanto fue así, que no contaba siquiera con Dios. De modo que tuve que experimentar muchas situaciones que me hicieron madurar, sobre todo en Cristo.

Durante mucho tiempo viví atada a mi pasado y a mis fracasos, y no le daba la oportunidad a Dios. Entonces, al fin comprendí un día que Él es el único que da la paz que nadie es capaz de dar desde el punto de vista humano. Empecé a experimentar que Él era el que me suplía para todas mis necesidades y, además, veía su fidelidad de una manera sorprendente. Así que decidí creerle. Decidí empezar a ver las promesas que hay en la Biblia para mi vida y fue cuando en verdad Dios me hizo libre.

Quedé libre de culpas, libre de soledad, libre de envidias, libre de celos y pude declarar que vivía absolutamente feliz sola con mis hijas.

Experiméntalo tú también y te sentirás libre hoy de toda amargura del pasado. Si estás solo con tus hijos o solo en este país, piensa que Dios está contigo en todo momento. Vive feliz con lo que tienes, con los que hasta ahora te ha tocado vivir. Deja de renegar y empieza a ser agradecido.

¡Se libre!

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Necesitamos conocer los pensamientos de Dios, así aprendemos muchas cosas.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - SUFFERING BRINGS A GREATER HARVEST OF SOULS


SUFFERING BRINGS A GREATER HARVEST OF SOULS

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria…Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
~ Acts 8:1, 4 (NIV)

Again and again we see that in many countries, right before persecution comes, the church grows rapidly. This happened in northern Korea one hundred years ago just before the Japanese occupation and persecution.

It is helpful to remember this theme from the book of Acts: persecution does not necessarily cause church growth but church growth appears to cause persecution!

Church leaders among the many house church networks in China (the fastest growing church in the world) repeatedly share that suffering for Jesus often brings about a greater harvest of souls.

Sariman was a young student preparing himself to serve the Lord among the thirty million Sundanese of Indonesia, the largest unreached people group in the world. During a violent attack on the Bible school, Sariman was killed and many other students were wounded. Sariman bravely assisted his friends although he could have saved himself. Before his death he was tortured and other students testified how Sariman was slaughtered. He was hit with a bar of wood and iron, then hacked, stabbed and his mouth was cut from the left cheek to the right cheek.

Upon hearing yet another testimony of martyrdom, many questions arise. “Why this tragedy, Lord? How long will you allow this to continue? This is such a terrible loss for this wonderful ministry. What is the sense in all of this?”

Then the dean of the Bible school completes the testimony and indirectly answers our questions: “The victory in this tragedy is that only ten days after the murder of Sariman we had ten new applicants to study at the Bible school. Today, six months after the incident, we have ninety-eight new students who are willing to go where Sariman would have gone. The blood of the martyrs is indeed seed.”

Paul clearly warns the Church in Galatia (Galatians 5:1) to stand firm in the midst of freedom. Freedom is not a time to relax. Freedom often creates a new kind of slavery. There is a price tag attached to freedom and we need to count the cost. It is time to open our hearts to the valuable lessons that we can learn from those that follow Christ in restricted countries—even to their death.

RESPONSE: Today I will accept the biblical teaching and the many church growth examples that suffering often brings about a greater harvest of souls.

PRAYER: Lord, we pray today for Your fast-growing suffering churches around the world. May they be encouraged as they see many more souls added to Your kingdom.

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

NIV Devotionals for Men - The Highly Effective Christian


The Highly Effective Christian

Luke 19:11–27
Recommended Reading: Exodus 4:10–12; Isaiah 6:8; Ezekiel 2:1–7; 1 Corinthians 12:4–31

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen Covey recommends the following mental exercise: Imagine that you’ve died and that four people representing different aspects of your life speak at your funeral: a relative, a fellow church member, a business colleague and someone else from your community. What would each one honestly say about your life?

While it’s not easy to imagine others testifying to the effectiveness of our lives in the context of a funeral, this exercise does provide some much needed perspective. There’s nothing like the end of a life to get others to consider the course of their days. Take a few minutes to seriously think about what these individuals might say about you to a gathered crowd.

Now take a few moments to imagine what Jesus would say about your Christian life to this point. What does he think about your faith? What does he think about your accomplishments for his kingdom? Would he describe you as someone growing closer to him each day?

Jesus told a story about three servants in order to illustrate that God expects each of us to be faithful with what he has given us. Of course, any number of fears might hinder us from using the gifts God gives us: fear of failure, fear of ridicule, fear of God’s disapproval, to name a few biggies. Failure to invest represents the most serious potential shortfall of all. Only when we use our faith does it stand a chance of growing. If we don’t exercise it, it becomes stagnant and lifeless. Can you think of anyone whose faith looks like that?

Let’s look ahead ten years and repeat the mental exercise. If you spend the next ten years investing your faith and wholeheartedly using the gifts God gives you to serve him, what would a relative, a fellow church member, a business colleague and someone else from your community be likely to say at your funeral? What would Jesus say?

To Take Away
  • What gifts and opportunities has God provided that you can use for him?
  • Be honest with yourself. How have you done at living a life of faith in God?
  • What aspects of your life have you been withholding from God? What steps can you take to invest these areas in faithful service to him?
What gifts and opportunities has God provided that you can use for him?

Girlfriends in God - What’s Up With That, God?


What’s Up With That, God?

Today’s Truth

All this has happened to us, but we have not forgotten you or betrayed your covenant.
~ Psalm 44:17 (CSB)

Friend to Friend

Not gonna lie, sometimes life gets really hard. At times our battles are an intense, invisible boxing match, and the enemy seems to not only make contact on every upper cut but also win every round. There are seasons when we feel defeated, wounded, abandoned, vulnerable, frustrated and forgotten. The psalmists felt this way sometimes too.

“You make us a joke among the nations,
a laughingstock among the peoples.
My disgrace is before me all day long,
and shame has covered my face,
because of the taunts of the scorner and reviler,
because of the enemy and avenger.
All this has happened to us,
but we have not forgotten you
or betrayed your covenant.
Our hearts have not turned back;
our steps have not strayed from your path.”

The Sons of Korah wrote Psalm 44 from a hard place, to say the least. They’d gone round after round and felt beat up. They wanted to know why God was allowing their enemies to crush them in light of the fact that they were actually faithful and obedient to Him. Essentially shrugging their shoulders to heaven and saying, What’s up with that, God? We’re Your people - fully committed to You - aware of Your power and love, grateful for the ways You’ve knocked our enemies out in the past. C’mon, now! Can we get a little help down here?

Let’s be honest here, sometimes it can feel like God is sleeping. Snoozing off as we scream for help. It can seem like He’s casual about our suffering. As if He’s talking to someone more important at the boxing match, clueless as to the bruises that ache and the bleeding cuts that sting.

But just because it FEELS this way doesn’t make it true.

You know it. I know it. The psalmists knew it.

God is always faithful, always able to step in and stop the swinging and always loving… even if He chooses to allow the fight to go on.

Why though?

Why does He sometimes allow such brutal seasons?

Why does He allow His own children to go through hardship and experience loss?

I don't know for sure, but perhaps to grow our faith and deepen our awareness of how much we truly need Him.

I take heart, confident in this: when life hits hard and knocks me down, I’m better positioned for battle as my knees hit the ground.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, I’m grateful for Your unfailing love that stands fixed between me and every attack, wound and blow that comes my way. You know the secrets of my heart and the struggles that hit hard. You are the source of victory I’m desperate for. I’m exhausted from the battle, Lord. Please rise up in my defense, remember and renew me.
I ask this in the Name of Jesus… the Name that has full authority to push back every enemy and trample every foe.
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Colossians 4:2. What three directives did Paul give to the church?

What are a few ways you could implement these directives today to inform any areas of your heart that are discouraged? Grab your journal and write a prayer response, or tell me on Instagram or on the wall of my blog.

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Not gonna lie, sometimes life gets really hard. At times our battles are an intense, invisible boxing match, and the enemy seems to not only make contact on every upper cut but also win every round.

LHM Daily Devotions - Jesus Alone

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"Jesus Alone"

Feb. 28, 2019

And behold, two men were talking with Him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory ... And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!" And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.

Did you have heroes when you were a child? I'm talking about people you looked up to—people whose posters you had on the wall, whom you dressed up as on Halloween. The closest I got to this was with the original Star Trek characters, especially Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. I watched the show, read fan fiction about them, and worked hard on perfecting my Vulcan hand greeting. And I was delighted when "Mr. Scott" came to visit our bookstore to sign autographs!

It was a little like that for Peter and James and John, the day they went up on the mountain and saw Jesus in all His glory. With Him were two Old Testament heroes, Moses and Elijah. Jesus' disciples had known about those heroes all their lives. Moses was the lawgiver, the great leader who followed God's Word and brought out the Israelites from slavery to a new, free land. Elijah was the prophet of the Lord, who called Israel back from their faithless idolatry through an unforgettable face-off with the worshippers of Baal. How awed Jesus' disciples must have been to see these men face to face!

But Moses and Elijah weren't paying attention to the starstruck three. They were far too busy talking with Jesus Himself, speaking about His death, which was about to happen in Jerusalem. And when their conversation was finished, they were about to go away, when Peter struck in. "I know!" he said. "Let's make some tents for all three of you. Then you can stay here with us. No need to go away!"

But that wasn't God's plan at all. A cloud covered the mountain, and the disciples were scared as they entered it. And then a voice came: "This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!" And when the cloud had passed, there was Jesus alone. The lesser stars were gone. The Son remained.

I don't think we're that different from Peter, James, and John. We too live in a world where various people compete for our attention—politicians, actors and musicians, internet "influencers," and even people who seem to be famous for nothing more than being famous. It is easy to get caught up in watching them, in paying attention to them, in listening to what they say.

But God says to us, "No. Jesus is My Son. Listen to Him." There is no other like Him; there is no one besides Him. He is the Savior who laid down His life to make us God's children. He is the Son of God who rose from the dead victorious—who will also raise us from the dead on the great day when He returns.

So, let us listen to Him.

THE PRAYER: Dear Father, keep my eyes on Your Son Jesus, my Savior. 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).
Did you have heroes when you were a child? I'm talking about people you looked up to—people whose posters you had on the wall, whom you dressed up as on Halloween.

Devocional de la CPTLN del 28 de Febrero de 2019 - Solo Jesús


ALIMENTO DIARIO

Solo Jesús

28 de Febrero de 2019

Aparecieron entonces dos hombres, y conversaban con él. Eran Moisés y Elías, que rodeados de gloria hablaban de la partida de Jesús... Entonces, desde la nube se oyó una voz que decía: «Éste es mi Hijo amado. ¡Escúchenlo!» Cuando la voz cesó, Jesús se encontraba solo.

¿Recuerdas haber tenido héroes cuando eras niño? Me refiero a personas a quienes admirabas, de quienes tenías fotografías pegadas en la pared, como quienes te disfrazabas en Halloween. En mi caso, fueron los personajes de Star Trek, especialmente el Capitán Kirk y el Sr. Spock. Miré todos los programas, leí todas las historias sobre ellos y practiqué interminables horas para perfeccionar mi saludo de Vulcano. Y me quedé encantada cuando "Mr. Scott" vino a visitar nuestra librería y firmó autógrafos.

El día que Pedro, Santiago y Juan subieron a la montaña y vieron a Jesús en toda su gloria, fue un poco así: con él estaban Moisés y Elías, dos héroes del Antiguo Testamento. Los discípulos de Jesús habían conocido a esos héroes toda su vida. Moisés había sido el legislador, el gran líder que había seguido la Palabra de Dios y sacado a los israelitas de la esclavitud en Egipto a una tierra nueva y libre. Elías era el profeta del Señor que había llamado a Israel de su infiel idolatría a través de un enfrentamiento inolvidable con los adoradores de Baal. ¡Cuánto se habrán asombrado los discípulos de Jesús al ver a esos hombres cara a cara!

Pero Moisés y Elías no les estaban prestando atención. Estaban demasiado ocupados hablando con Jesús, hablando de su muerte, que estaba a punto de ocurrir en Jerusalén. Y cuando terminaron la conversación y estaban a punto de irse, fue cuando Peter dijo: "¡Ya lo sé! Vamos a armar unas carpas para ustedes tres, así se pueden quedar aquí con nosotros. ¡No hay necesidad de que se vayan!"

Pero ese no era en absoluto el plan de Dios. Una nube cubrió la montaña. Los discípulos se asustaron. Y luego se oyó una voz: "Éste es mi Hijo amado. ¡Escúchenlo!" Y cuando la nube pasó, Jesús estaba solo. Las estrellas menores se habían ido. El Hijo había permanecido.

No somos tan diferentes de Pedro, Santiago y Juan. Nosotros también vivimos en un mundo donde muchos compiten por nuestra atención: políticos, actores y músicos, los medios sociales e incluso personas que parecen ser famosas nada más que por ser famosas. Es fácil quedar atrapados observándolos, prestándoles atención, escuchando lo que dicen.

Pero Dios nos dice: "No. Jesús es mi hijo. Escúchenlo a él." No hay otro como él, ni nadie además de él. Él es el salvador que dio su vida para hacernos hijos de Dios. Él es el Hijo de Dios que resucitó de la muerte victorioso, quien también nos resucitará de la muerte en el gran día, cuando regrese. Escuchémoslo.

ORACIÓN: Querido Padre, ayúdame a mantener mi mirada en tu Hijo Jesús, mi salvador. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

© Copyright 2019 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Recuerdas haber tenido héroes cuando eras niño? Me refiero a personas a quienes admirabas, de quienes tenías fotografías pegadas en la pared, como quienes te disfrazabas en Halloween.

Хлеб наш насущный - Отличная новость!

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Отличная новость!

Читать сейчас: Псалом 50:3-9 | Библия за год: Числа 20-22; Марка 7:1-13

Помилуй меня, Боже, по великой милости Твоей. — Псалом 50:3

Статья в местной газете была короткой, но светлой. После участия в программе по укреплению семейных отношений группе заключенных устроили открытую встречу с семьями. Некоторые не видели своих детей годами. Вместо того чтобы общаться через стеклянную панель, они могли обнять дорогих людей, подержать их за руки. Слезы текли из их глаз, раны на сердце начинали затягиваться.

Для большинства читателей это была просто статья. Но для семей, которые участвовали в программе, это было событие с большой буквы. Во многих из них начался процесс прощения и восстановления.

Прощение грехов и примирение с Богом стало возможным для нас благодаря Его Сыну. И это намного больше, чем просто часть христианского учения. Жертва Иисуса Христа – это удивительная и прекрасная новость не только для мира, но и лично для меня и вас.

Когда нас мучает вина за сделанное в прошлом, нужно всеми силами ухватиться за эту новость. Истина о бесконечной Божьей милости должна стать нашим личным сокровищем. Иисус умер за нас, и поэтому мы можем прийти к Отцу омытыми и чистыми, «белее снега» (Пс. 50:9). Понимая, что недостойны милости, мы можем прибегнуть к единственной надежде – Божьей великой милости и множеству Его щедрот (ст. 3).
Небесный Отец, я прошу прощения, что часто принимал Твою милость и любовь как должное. Благодарю Тебя за удивительный дар и привилегию, которых я не заслужил, но которые Ты даришь мне по благодати.
Прощение – не просто хорошая новость. Это изумительная и личная новость!

автор: Лесли Ко

© 2019 Хлеб Наш Насущный
Статья в местной газете была короткой, но светлой. После участия в программе по укреплению семейных отношений группе заключенных устроили открытую встречу с семьями.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, February 27, 2019

Some Sayings of Jesus
Luke 17:1-4

The Daily Lectionary
WEDNESDAY, February 27, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 38
A Penitent Sufferer’s Plea for Healing
A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering.
1  O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
     or discipline me in your wrath.
2  For your arrows have sunk into me,
     and your hand has come down on me.

3  There is no soundness in my flesh
     because of your indignation;
   there is no health in my bones
     because of my sin.
4  For my iniquities have gone over my head;
     they weigh like a burden too heavy for me.

5  My wounds grow foul and fester
     because of my foolishness;
6  I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
     all day long I go around mourning.
7  For my loins are filled with burning,
     and there is no soundness in my flesh.
8  I am utterly spent and crushed;
     I groan because of the tumult of my heart.

9  O Lord, all my longing is known to you;
     my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart throbs, my strength fails me;
     as for the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
11 My friends and companions stand aloof from my affliction,
     and my neighbors stand far off.

12 Those who seek my life lay their snares;
     those who seek to hurt me speak of ruin,
     and meditate treachery all day long.

13 But I am like the deaf, I do not hear;
     like the mute, who cannot speak.
14 Truly, I am like one who does not hear,
     and in whose mouth is no retort.

15 But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait;
     it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
16 For I pray, “Only do not let them rejoice over me,
     those who boast against me when my foot slips.”

17 For I am ready to fall,
     and my pain is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
     I am sorry for my sin.
19 Those who are my foes without cause are mighty,
     and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
20 Those who render me evil for good
     are my adversaries because I follow after good.

21 Do not forsake me, O Lord;
     O my God, do not be far from me;
22 make haste to help me,
     O Lord, my salvation.

Leviticus 5:1-13
5:1 When any of you sin in that you have heard a public adjuration to testify and—though able to testify as one who has seen or learned of the matter—do not speak up, you are subject to punishment. 2 Or when any of you touch any unclean thing—whether the carcass of an unclean beast or the carcass of unclean livestock or the carcass of an unclean swarming thing—and are unaware of it, you have become unclean, and are guilty. 3 Or when you touch human uncleanness—any uncleanness by which one can become unclean—and are unaware of it, when you come to know it, you shall be guilty. 4 Or when any of you utter aloud a rash oath for a bad or a good purpose, whatever people utter in an oath, and are unaware of it, when you come to know it, you shall in any of these be guilty. 5 When you realize your guilt in any of these, you shall confess the sin that you have committed. 6 And you shall bring to the Lord, as your penalty for the sin that you have committed, a female from the flock, a sheep or a goat, as a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for your sin.

7 But if you cannot afford a sheep, you shall bring to the Lord, as your penalty for the sin that you have committed, two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. 8 You shall bring them to the priest, who shall offer first the one for the sin offering, wringing its head at the nape without severing it. 9 He shall sprinkle some of the blood of the sin offering on the side of the altar, while the rest of the blood shall be drained out at the base of the altar; it is a sin offering. 10 And the second he shall offer for a burnt offering according to the regulation. Thus the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for the sin that you have committed, and you shall be forgiven.

11 But if you cannot afford two turtledoves or two pigeons, you shall bring as your offering for the sin that you have committed one-tenth of an ephah of choice flour for a sin offering; you shall not put oil on it or lay frankincense on it, for it is a sin offering. 12 You shall bring it to the priest, and the priest shall scoop up a handful of it as its memorial portion, and turn this into smoke on the altar, with the offerings by fire to the Lord; it is a sin offering. 13 Thus the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for whichever of these sins you have committed, and you shall be forgiven. Like the grain offering, the rest shall be for the priest.

Luke 17:1-4
Some Sayings of Jesus
17:1 Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! 2 It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3 Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. 4 And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.”

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It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble.

Verse of the Day for WEDNESDAY, February 27, 2019


1 John 3:18 (NIV) Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

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Un dia a la Vez - ¿Libertad o felicidad?


¿Libertad o felicidad?

El Señor es mi roca, mi amparo, mi libertador.
~ 2 Samuel 22:2 (NVI)

La libertad no necesariamente te hace feliz. Muchos de ustedes no tienen una autoridad a la que le deban respeto. Quizá seas una mujer o un hombre que lleva muchos años de soledad y han aprendido a sentirse «libres».

Cuando llevamos mucho tiempo solos, tal vez viviendo con nuestros hijos pero ya con una vida resuelta, nos cuesta cambiar ese patrón: Llegar a la hora que quieras, hacer las cosas de tu casa cuando puedas, sin una presión encima, o estás cansado y decidiste comer fuera o no comer. Nos acostumbramos a ese tipo de rutina. No estoy diciendo que esto sea malo ni bueno. Solo quiero llegar al punto en que «ese estilo de vida» cambia de forma radical.

Te casas o decides vivir con unas amigas. Entonces, dejarás de ser el dueño de tu tiempo, tus gustos, tus caprichos y tu libertad. Ahora debes honrar, respetar, cuidar y pensar que ya no estás solo. No te preocupes, no eres un ser extraño. Estás atravesando un tiempo de ajuste. Todo cambio incomoda y a todos nos pasa lo mismo.

Quiero que sepan, en especial a los que están en esa oración perpetua de que Dios les envíe un cónyuge, que sus vidas nunca más volverán a ser iguales. El matrimonio, sobre todo para los que nos casamos después de cierta edad, es toda una aventura.

Te confieso que pasan por la mente muchas cosas cuando nos estamos acoplando y muchas veces, por no decir todas, nos toca morir a nosotros mismos y pensar en la felicidad de nuestra pareja. Sin embargo, te digo que no solo el matrimonio te hace feliz cuando aprendes a tener a Dios como base, también la oración te dará la sabiduría.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
La libertad no necesariamente te hace feliz. Muchos de ustedes no tienen una autoridad a la que le deban respeto. Quizá seas una mujer o un hombre que lleva muchos años de soledad y han aprendido a sentirse «libres».

Standing Strong Through the Storm - SUFFERING ACCOMPLISHES UNKNOWN PURPOSES


SUFFERING ACCOMPLISHES UNKNOWN PURPOSES

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

The Bible makes it clear that Christians will suffer. Some pastors have the idea that teaching this fact will drive away new believers. Note that when Paul traveled throughout Asia Minor, he told the new believers; “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). He was preparing them for the future as well as explaining their present situation. We should prepare for the same. Paul showed us an example of this when he prayed three times for the removal of his “thorn in the flesh.” Then he saw that it was God’s will for him, and he accepted it. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

When suffering Christians are not sure they are in the will of God they will be unsure if their suffering is really God’s will. However, our great God “works for the good of those who love him...” (Romans 8:28). If we consciously submit to His will, He will give His divine direction. Our suffering and persecution can be placed in His hands by an act of our will. No believer needs to suffer alone and in doubt. Commit it all to the Lord (Proverbs 16:3).

As a young Muslim boy, twelve years of age, Abdul, experienced a tragedy that would change his life forever. Abdul drowned and was dead for more than an hour.

During his death he had a vision of angels coming to fetch him and then bringing him to a closed door. A man met him at the door and asked him where he was going. Abdul answered that he was on his way to heaven. The man answered that he would not be allowed in because Abdul still had a lot of work to do on earth. He woke up on his bed to find a pastor praying for him.

This happened twenty years ago and ever since, Abdul’s life has been changed. Even though Abdul only completed fifth grade in school, he is currently the pastor of a small church in a very poor village on the island of Mindanao in the Philippine Islands.

In his own words Abdul says, “I don’t understand God’s purposes in my suffering, but I now know the Lord.”

Abdul has a ministry in healing and is a source of great encouragement in his village.

RESPONSE: Today I will accept that suffering accomplishes purposes unknown to us now.

PRAYER: Pray for Christians who are suffering today and cannot accept this as God’s will. Praise God that someday we will understand all things fully.

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 - When You Need Someone to Cheer You On


When You Need Someone to Cheer You On

Today’s Truth

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

Friend to Friend

My son was fast, and he ran with a fast crowd. As a matter of fact, his entire track team was pretty fast! In the ninth grade, Steven participated in the conference track meet, running the 1600 meters. (That’s four times around the big circle.) I was so proud of him as he ran like a gazelle around the first lap, about six feet behind the first-place participant.

But at some point during the beginning of the second lap, we saw an unidentified flying object soar over Steven’s head.

“What was that?” my husband asked.

“I think it was his shoe!”

All the fans were laughing and pointing as they noticed Steven’s left running shoe fly in the air and land on the grassy field. But amazingly, Steven kept running and never missed a beat. With one shoe off and one shoe on, he continued around the track. The atmosphere of the race lit with excitement, and the focus seemed to change. It became less about who would win and more about if shoeless Steven would make it to the finish line. All curious eyes were now on one lean runner. Would he stop? Would he slow down? Would his sock stay on?

His teammates began to run around the track, cheering him on. “Come on, Steven! Don’t give up! Don’t slow down! Keep going!”

Surprisingly, at the urging of his teammates, Steven sped up. By the third lap, he had passed the first-place runner by several paces. But then, predictably, his sock started to work its way down the ankle and the toe was flopping like a loose sole of a worn old shoe. Undaunted, Steven ran on, sock flopping.

When Steven crossed the finish line in first place, the crowd erupted in applause and laughter. He had broken his personal best running time!

The Bible tells us, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV). The NLT version calls them a “great crowd of witnesses.” The Message calls them “pioneers” and “veterans” who call us to “strip down, start running—never quit!”

That cloud of witnesses this verse speaks of is all the men and women of the faith listed in Hebrews 11. If we could hear those that have gone before us, we would hear them cheering us on. “Don’t stop Mary, Kristen, Bethany, Keisha. Keep going! Don’t quit!” That’s what they’re cheering for you today.

Not only that, but you and I can be part of the great crowd of witnesses that cheer on our brothers and sisters in Christ right here and now. All through our lives, we’ll notice friends, or “fellow runners” who have lost more than a shoe—they’ve lost their hopes, their dreams, and their will to finish the race. What can we do? We can cheer them on by offering a timely word of encouragement and running alongside them shouting, “Come on, friend! Don’t give up! Don’t slow down! Keep going! Keep your eyes on Jesus!”

Who knows, that friend may do more than simply finish the race. She may even take first place!

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Lord, thank You for the cloud of witnesses that cheer me on. Help me to feel their encouragement. And Lord, help me to be an encourager to those in my world.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What did Paul tell Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:7? Who did he have to cheer him on?

One of the best ways to feel encouraged is to encourage someone else. Take time today to send an email or text, write a card, or place a phone call to someone who needs encouragement.

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My son was fast, and he ran with a fast crowd. As a matter of fact, his entire track team was pretty fast! In the ninth grade, Steven participated in the conference track meet, running the 1600 meters.

LHM Daily Devotions - Faithful in All the Nitty Gritty Details

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"Faithful in All the Nitty Gritty Details"

Feb. 27, 2019

Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God's house as a Son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.
~ Hebrews 3:1-6 (ESV)

Have you ever had an experience with someone who was very good at what they did? Most everyone who owns a home has, at one time or another, needed to get some work done on it. Let's say the roof leaks during heavy rains or there's some irritating draft from a breach that defies detection. As you contact a repair man, you're asking yourself, "I wonder how good this company is and what's this going to cost me?"

What a pleasant surprise it is when the issue gets fixed for the projected estimate (maybe even a little less than the estimate), and the work holds up. When that happens, I am both relieved and thankful that the repairman knew his job and did his homework. He was faithful in the nitty gritty of his craft.

I thought about this after reading this passage about Moses in the book of Hebrews. Here's Moses, this imposing figure from the Old Testament, whose life is extraordinary in every way imaginable. From his plucked-from-the-jaws-of-death beginnings along the Nile to his privileged status in Egyptian society—and all the events thereafter: the burning bush, the plagues of Egypt, the Sinai wanderings, and the Ten Commandments—Moses had ample opportunity to let it all go to his head. He could have shunned the voice of God; he could've tried to parlay his position of leadership into one where he took the reins, establishing a kingdom in his name, and forgetting the God who called him.

But not so with Moses. The writer to the Hebrews tells us, "Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later." Through it all, Moses was faithful. As a leader? Sure. As a wise and savvy manager of people and resources? No doubt about it. But he's remembered as a servant, and in this role, he was entrusted with God's whole house (see Numbers 12:7-8).

Being faithful to God's call, Moses pointed to the Christ of centuries later. And while Christ is certainly God's Servant, He is foremost God's Son. The author of Hebrews says it beautifully: "He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the Word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the Name He has inherited is more excellent than theirs" (Hebrews 3-4).

That's the Jesus we trust—to whom Moses pointed: Moses, the faithful steward of God's house.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, make us faithful servants of Your Son. 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).
Have you ever had an experience with someone who was very good at what they did?

Devocional de la CPTLN del 27 de Febrero de 2019 - Fiel hasta en los detalles más pequeños


ALIMENTO DIARIO

Fiel hasta en los detalles más pequeños

27 de Febrero de 2019

Por lo tanto, hermanos santos, que tienen parte del llamamiento celestial, consideren a Cristo Jesús, el apóstol y sumo sacerdote de la fe que profesamos. Él es fiel al que lo constituyó, como lo fue también Moisés en toda la casa de Dios. Pero a Jesús se le ha concedido más honor que a Moisés, así como al que hace una casa se le rinde más honor que a la casa misma. Porque toda casa es hecha por alguien, pero el que hizo todas las cosas es Dios. Como siervo, Moisés fue fiel en toda la casa de Dios, para dar testimonio de lo que se iba a decir. Cristo, en cambio, como hijo es fiel sobre su casa, que somos nosotros, si mantenemos la confianza firme hasta el fin y nos gloriamos en la esperanza.
~ Hebreos 3:1-6 (RVC)

La mayoría de las personas que tienen una casa en algún momento necesitan hacer algún arreglo: una gotera en el techo luego de una lluvia fuerte o una pérdida de agua. Cuando se busca a quién llamar para reparar el daño, la pregunta que surge es: "¿Será que esta empresa es buena? ¿Cuánto me va a costar?"

¡Qué alivio sentimos cuando el arreglo termina siendo hecho bien y sin costar demasiado! Cuando eso sucede, nos sentimos aliviados y agradecidos por que el técnico de reparaciones supiera lo que estaba haciendo y lo hiciera bien. En otras palabras, porque fuera fiel a su oficio o a su vocación.

Pensé en esto después de leer este pasaje sobre Moisés en el libro de Hebreos. Moisés, esa imponente figura del Antiguo Testamento cuya vida es extraordinaria en todos los aspectos imaginables. Desde sus inicios, cuando fue rescatado de la muerte a orillas del Nilo hasta su estatus privilegiado en la sociedad egipcia, y todos los sucesos posteriores: la zarza ardiente, las plagas y el éxodo, su deambular por el Sinaí y los Diez Mandamientos, Moisés tuvo amplias oportunidades para dejar que todo se le subiera a la cabeza. Bien pudo haber evitado la voz de Dios; pudo haber usado su posición de liderazgo para tomar las riendas y establecer un reino en su nombre, olvidando al Dios que lo llamó.

Pero no fue así con Moisés. "Pero con mi siervo Moisés, que es fiel en toda mi casa, no lo hago así, sino que con él hablo cara a cara." A través de todo, Moisés fue fiel. ¿Como líder? Por supuesto. ¿Como un administrador sabio y experto de personas y recursos? Sin ninguna duda. Pero se lo recuerda como un siervo y, en este rol, se le confió toda la casa de Dios (Números 12:7-8).

Siendo fiel al llamado de Dios, Moisés señaló al Cristo de siglos por venir. Y mientras que Cristo es ciertamente el Siervo de Dios es antes que nada, el Hijo de Dios. El autor de Hebreos lo dice bellamente: "Él es el resplandor de la gloria de Dios. Es la imagen misma de lo que Dios es. Él es quien sustenta todas las cosas con la palabra de su poder. Después de llevar a cabo la purificación de nuestros pecados por medio de sí mismo, se sentó a la derecha de la Majestad, en las alturas, y ha llegado a ser superior a los ángeles, pues ha recibido un nombre más sublime que el de ellos" (Hebreos 1:3-4).

Ese es el Jesús en quien confiamos, Aquél a quien Moisés, el fiel siervo de la casa de Dios, señaló.

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, haznos siervos fieles de tu Hijo. Amén.

Paul Schreiber

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Ministérios Pão Diário - Anel da invisibilidade


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Anel da invisibilidade



Pois todo aquele que pratica o mal aborrece a luz… v.20


O filósofo grego Platão (427–348 a.C.) encontrou uma forma imaginativa para fazer a luz brilhar no lado obscuro do coração humano. Ele contou a história de um pastor que inocentemente descobriu um anel de ouro que tinha sido escondido no fundo da Terra. Certo dia, um grande terremoto abriu uma antiga fenda na montanha, revelando o anel para o pastor. Por acaso, ele também descobriu que o anel tinha a capacidade mágica de permitir ao seu usuário tornar-se invisível quando quisesse. Pensando sobre invisibilidade, Platão fez esta pergunta: Se as pessoas não tivessem que se preocupar em serem pegos e punidos, eles resistiriam a fazer algo errado?

No evangelho de João, encontramos Jesus, levando essa ideia em outra direção. Jesus, o Bom Pastor, fala dos corações que se abrigam na escuridão para esconder o que estão fazendo (João 3:19,20). Ele não está chamando a atenção para o nosso desejo de encobrir para nos condenar, mas para nos oferecer a salvação por meio dele (v.17). Sendo o pastor do nosso coração, Ele traz o pior de nossa natureza humana à luz para nos mostrar o quanto Deus nos ama (v.16).

Deus em Sua misericórdia nos convida a nos afastarmos da escuridão e a segui-lo à luz.

Quando a luz de Cristo é revelada, 
a escuridão do pecado recua.


© 2019 Ministérios Pão Diário
O filósofo grego Platão (427–348 a.C.) encontrou uma forma imaginativa para fazer a luz brilhar no lado obscuro do coração humano. Ele contou a história de um pastor que inocentemente descobriu um anel de ouro que tinha sido escondido no fundo da Terra.