Monday, March 25, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, March 25, 2019

The Righteous Judgment of God
Romans 2:1-11

The Daily Lectionary
MONDAY, March 25, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 39
Prayer for Wisdom and Forgiveness
To the leader: to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
1  I said, “I will guard my ways
     that I may not sin with my tongue;
   I will keep a muzzle on my mouth
     as long as the wicked are in my presence.”
2  I was silent and still;
     I held my peace to no avail;
   my distress grew worse,
3    my heart became hot within me.
   While I mused, the fire burned;
     then I spoke with my tongue:

4  “Lord, let me know my end,
     and what is the measure of my days;
     let me know how fleeting my life is.
5  You have made my days a few handbreadths,
     and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight.
   Surely everyone stands as a mere breath.    Selah
6    Surely everyone goes about like a shadow.
   Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
     they heap up, and do not know who will gather.

7  “And now, O Lord, what do I wait for?
     My hope is in you.
8  Deliver me from all my transgressions.
     Do not make me the scorn of the fool.
9  I am silent; I do not open my mouth,
    for it is you who have done it.
10 Remove your stroke from me;
     I am worn down by the blows of your hand.

11 “You chastise mortals
     in punishment for sin,
   consuming like a moth what is dear to them;
     surely everyone is a mere breath.    Selah

12 “Hear my prayer, O Lord,
     and give ear to my cry;
     do not hold your peace at my tears.
   For I am your passing guest,
     an alien, like all my forebears.
13 Turn your gaze away from me, that I may smile again,
     before I depart and am no more.”

Jeremiah 11:1-17
Israel and Judah Have Broken the Covenant
11:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 3 You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Cursed be anyone who does not heed the words of this covenant, 4 which I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron-smelter, saying, Listen to my voice, and do all that I command you. So shall you be my people, and I will be your God, 5 that I may perform the oath that I swore to your ancestors, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day. Then I answered, “So be it, Lord.”

6 And the Lord said to me: Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: Hear the words of this covenant and do them. 7 For I solemnly warned your ancestors when I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, warning them persistently, even to this day, saying, Obey my voice. 8 Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but everyone walked in the stubbornness of an evil will. So I brought upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did not.

9 And the Lord said to me: Conspiracy exists among the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 10 They have turned back to the iniquities of their ancestors of old, who refused to heed my words; they have gone after other gods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken the covenant that I made with their ancestors. 11 Therefore, thus says the Lord, assuredly I am going to bring disaster upon them that they cannot escape; though they cry out to me, I will not listen to them. 12 Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to whom they make offerings, but they will never save them in the time of their trouble. 13 For your gods have become as many as your towns, O Judah; and as many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars to shame you have set up, altars to make offerings to Baal.

14 As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer on their behalf, for I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their trouble. 15 What right has my beloved in my house, when she has done vile deeds? Can vows and sacrificial flesh avert your doom? Can you then exult? 16 The Lord once called you, “A green olive tree, fair with goodly fruit”; but with the roar of a great tempest he will set fire to it, and its branches will be consumed. 17 The Lord of hosts, who planted you, has pronounced evil against you, because of the evil that the house of Israel and the house of Judah have done, provoking me to anger by making offerings to Baal.

Romans 2:1-11
The Righteous Judgment of God
2:1 Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. 2 You say, “We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth.” 3 Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 For he will repay according to each one’s deeds: 7 to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 while for those who are self-seeking and who obey not the truth but wickedness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be anguish and distress for everyone who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.

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.
Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself...

Verse of the Day for MONDAY, March 25, 2019

1 John 1:9 (NIV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

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Un dia a la Vez - Oración por madurez espiritual

Oración por madurez espiritual

No juzguen a nadie, para que nadie los juzgue a ustedes. Porque tal como juzguen se les juzgará.
~ Mateo 7:1-2 (NVI)

¡Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos! Acudo a ti porque me he dado cuenta que con mis palabras y con mis comentarios muchas veces he ofendido y herido a otros.

Dios mío, deseo ser una persona más espiritual sin caer en el fanatismo. Guíame a fin de que, cuando vea o escuche cosas que no me gustan o no me parezcan bien, no sea quien levante ni una palabra en contra de nadie.

Si me has perdonado y me has aceptado como soy, ¿quién soy yo para juzgar a los demás?

Te pido que me des la oportunidad de cambiar y poder ser sabio y prudente.

Enséñame a medir las consecuencias de mis palabras y pon en mí misericordia por los demás. También ayúdame a comprender que cuando señalo a alguien, hay otros cuatro dedos señalándome a mí.

Te amo y te necesito.

Amén y amén.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
¡Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos! Acudo a ti porque me he dado cuenta que con mis palabras y con mis comentarios muchas veces he ofendido y herido a otros...

Standing Strong Through the Storm - ANGELIC STRENGTHENING: THE GARDEN


An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.
~ Luke 22:43 (NIV)

Today’s devotional comes from a Chinese house church pastor who was arrested and held for three weeks just prior to this talk. He says his experience was going with Christ to the Garden and to the Cross. Today he explains The Garden:

My arrest was totally unexpected. There was no warning. I was teaching a seminar in one of our church groups in northeast China, when in the middle of the afternoon, six policemen burst in and the next thing I knew I was punched in the stomach and lying on the floor. One of the policemen put his foot hard on my neck and I couldn’t move. I was then allowed to get up. Someone rammed me in the kidneys with a baton and I fell again, gasping from the pain. The pain was sharp and severe all the way to the police station, and I couldn’t take anything but the shallowest breaths. It turned out my digestion was ruined for months.

Although it was unexpected, there was a strange way in which I had been prepared for it. The night before, I was praying at midnight for the seminar. I had a list of all the participants, and was praying for each one. The more I prayed, the more discouraged I became. These men and women were too young, or too uneducated, or too wounded. I just felt that they were not good enough to be leaders in our movement. I slumped and sighed and felt very depressed. Also, I was having a bad stomach ache. For weeks my stomach was sore and nausea had been my constant companion.

Then all of a sudden I felt a depression on the sofa, like someone had entered the room and sat down beside me. I opened my eyes. There was no one there, but the depression on the sofa remained. Then I felt a large hand on my back. It was hot and pressed into my lower spine, straightening me up. I felt strong again and my nausea disappeared. Then a soft voice said, “I am strengthening you for the fight. Do not worry about these young people. I am the strength of God, sent by Jesus to look after them and you. I will help you because He loves you.”

That was an angel. I am convinced of that. Just as the Scripture says of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength” (Luke 22:43), so it was for me. Angels appear to give us strength. And so all the time I was being taken to the police station in a cramped van, I was repeating the words of the angel to me, “I will help you because He loves you.”

So I want to make this clear to you all. Whenever you face the challenge of suffering for Christ, you will be angelically strengthened beforehand. You need to keep praying, because that’s when the angel comes. But if you pray, you will be ready, because an angel will be there to strengthen you to bear anything.

RESPONSE: Today I will continue to pray and trust God for His angelic strengthening.

PRAYER: Thank You, God, for Your angelic host who come to strengthen in our greatest point of need.

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

Women of the Bible - Deborah


Her name means: "Honey Bee"

Her character: Her vision of the world was shaped not by the political situation of her day but by her relationship with God. Though women in the ancient world did not usually become political leaders, Deborah was just the leader Israel needed—a prophetess who heard God and believed him and whose courage aroused the people, enabling them to throw off foreign oppression.
Her sorrow: That her people had sunk into despair because of their idolatry, forgetting God's promises and the faith of their ancestors.
Her joy: That God turned the enemy's strength on its head, bestowing power to the weak and blessing the land with peace for forty years.
Key Scriptures: Judges 4-5

Her Story

Jericho, gateway to Canaan, had lain in ruins for two hundred years. From there, the Israelites had swept across the country like a storm of locusts, devouring everything in their path. But the native peoples had somehow managed to survive, and like well-rooted weeds, their idolatry spread until it began to strangle Israel's faith.

Rahab and Joshua were the palest of memories now, and the slaves-turned-warriors were once again underdogs, oppressed for twenty years by a coalition of Canaanite rulers, whose chief warrior was Sisera. His nine hundred iron-plated chariots terrified the ill-armed Israelite people, threatening to sweep over them with invincible force. Small wonder no one challenged him.

Sisera must have felt smugly secure, especially since Israel was now led by a woman. But his military calculations failed to account for one key variable: the strategic power of that woman's faith. Deborah was a prophetess who held court under a palm tree several miles northwest of Jericho. Though much of Israel was divided and dispirited, she refused to lose heart. How could she forget God's faithfulness, living so close to ruined Jericho?

She summoned Barak, a Hebrew from the north, and told him plainly: "The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: 'Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead the way to Mount Tabor. I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.' "

But, like every other man of Israel, Barak was terrified of Sisera, and he refused to comply unless one condition was met: Deborah must accompany him in battle. She would be his talisman in the fight. "Very well," she replied, "I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will hand Sisera over to a woman."

Hearing of the plot, Sisera led his troops and chariots to the Kishon Wadi, a dry riverbed, determined to crush the uprising. But his very strength turned against him as rain swelled the valley to floodtide. Suddenly, nine hundred iron chariots became a huge liability. No matter how furiously the soldiers flogged their horses, urging them onward, oozing mud held them. They became easy targets for Barak's troops sweeping down from Mount Tabor, putting every man but Sisera to the sword.

Once again, God had heard his people's cries and had sent a deliverer—this time a woman whose faith stilled the nattering voices of doubt and timidity so that the people could hear the one Voice that mattered. On their day of victory, Deborah and Barak sang this song:

When the princes in Israel take the lead,
when the people willingly offer themselves—
praise the Lord!
Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers!
I will sing to the Lord, I will sing;
I will make music to the Lord, the God of Israel….
Village life in Israel ceased,
ceased until I, Deborah, arose,
arose a mother in Israel. - Judges 5:2-3, 7

Indeed, a mother in Israel had arisen, a woman whose strong faith gave birth to hope and freedom and a peace that lasted forty years. Never again would the Canaanites join forces against Israel. Like an ancient Joan of Arc, Deborah arose and called the people to battle, leading them out of idolatry and restoring their dignity as God's chosen ones.

Her Promise

Godly Deborah has been an encouragement to women throughout the centuries. When women feel confined or mistreated, when they are unsure of what is right or which way to proceed, when they are entering unknown territory, when they feel overlooked or ignored—they gain stability and help from remembering Deborah. Whatever Deborah had is available to you today. Her wisdom is discovered in the Scriptures. Her confidence in God is found in a relationship with him. Her bravery is achievable when you put your trust in God and his promises. Her inner strength and calm leadership are characteristic of confidence not in herself but in her God. All Deborah offered to Israel she offers to you as an example of a woman willing to be used by God.

This devotional is drawn from Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda. Used with permission.
Her name means: "Honey Bee"

Girlfriends in God - The New You is Still Possible

The New You is Still Possible

Today’s Truth

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Friend to Friend

Have you ever noticed how often we make such great plans, but then life gets in the way?

We start off determined to lose weight, get fit, overcome our character flaws, take new career risks, invest deeper in relationships, and get organized. But before we make enough strides for our vision to become our normal, we’re hit with reality.

We get sick.

Something breaks.

We run out of steam.

Hello, normal. Goodbye, vision.

So what should we do when our great big plans fizzle into little failures?

Well, it might sound cliché, but it’s at that very moment we need to not give up! Instead, we need to wipe our brow from the feeling of defeat and get our mind back into gear. 

The change we crave begins with our thought life, because that is what dictates our actions.

If we live by what we feel, we’ll give in to our weaknesses and the onslaught of temptations, especially when we’re feeling emotionally or physically weary. But if we choose to take captive our thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5) and line them up with the truth (Romans 12:2), we position ourselves to make a choice that is in line with God’s best for our lives.

So, rather than grabbing that half-pint of peanut-butter fudge ice cream and curling up on the couch, grab your Bible and journal and get your thoughts out on paper before God to pinpoint the lies the enemy is sowing into your thinking. Tell God what you’re feeling. Tell Him what was going on in your mind when you made that choice you regret. Tell Him what you want to see change. And then, sit there for a bit and ask the Lord to speak to you. Ask Him to lead you deep into His Word, His truth, His heart. Invite Him in the intensity of your defeat to show you the path to victory.

With that new vision from the Lord, move forward one baby step at a time. 

Change is possible for YOU over the long haul.

It's a series of overnights strung together, not just one week or one month that matters. It took years to see His love-saturated truth change me from me an angry woman to one that no longer loses her cool. It took years of submitting to God’s ways to see my marriage transform from strife to joy. It took decades of just thinking about my health before God led me in the path of breaking me free from a sugar addiction.

So instead of giving up, move deeper into your devotion to God by steeper yourself more in the Word.

Nothing happens overnight. So don't give up, sister. Change is possible.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, forgive me for giving in to temptation and all too easily believing the enemy’s lies. Help me pay attention to my thought life so that I may live according to the truth. Show me how my weaknesses are simply an invitation for You to work in a greater way. Make me brave and bold in the pursuit of living out Your best by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in me.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

How is your thought life impacting your actions? What would it look like for every thought to line up with the Truth?

More from the Girlfriends

Elisa Pulliam is a coach, author, podcaster, and speaker passionate about helping women savor life every day and cultivate a meaningful legacy. She is the founder of More to Be, a ministry devoted to helping women experience a fresh encounter with God and His Word so they may live transformed and impact this world with kingdom hope. She is the author of Meet the New You, in which she shares her transformation journey with practical steps to help you move towards God’s best for your life. Elisa is also the founder of It Is Well, where she helps women simplify the transition into wellness by cultivating a whole food and toxin-free lifestyle for themselves and their families. She is enjoying the adventure of being married to Stephen for 22 years and raising their brood of teenagers together. Connect with Elisa at and

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LHM Daily Devotions - GLORY AND SHAME


Mar. 25, 2019

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

What an embarrassing story! A young man tried to follow Jesus when He was arrested in Gethsemane, but the crowd seized on him, grabbed his clothing, and he escaped by running away completely naked. (See Mark 14:51-52.)

Who was this young man? What do we know about him? Not a whole lot, though we can guess at a few particulars. Some think this was Mark the Gospel writer himself, telling what happened to him the night Jesus was arrested. Since Mark is the only one who writes down this event, it makes sense that it might be his personal story.

Clearly, the young man was a follower of Jesus, though he wasn't one of the twelve disciples. He was out in the garden of Gethsemane, which suggests he tagged along with the disciples when they left the house where they celebrated Passover. Perhaps he was a son of that family. He clearly had some courage, to try to follow the arrest squad—though when they grabbed him, he lost his nerve and fled.

But in the end, what do we truly know of him but his most glorious—and inglorious—moment? Glorious because he loved Jesus and attempted to follow Him, even when his own life was at risk; inglorious because he lost his nerve and fled naked. That one moment sums up all we really know about him—his love, his glory, and his shame—all rolled into one.

But it's like that for us, too, isn't it? We love Jesus; we attempt to follow Him; and all too often, what we're trying to do ends up as a total fiasco. Our good intentions don't survive the actual doing of them. We may even find ourselves running away embarrassed, covered in shame.

Fortunately for us, we have a Savior who won't leave us covered in shame. He comes to us and clothes us in His own righteousness. We don't have to be embarrassed about our failures. They are taken away, covered by His own holiness. We are forgiven, healed, washed, clothed. "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:27). He covers us in Himself. Thanks be to God.

THE PRAYER: Thank You, Father, that You take all of me, glorious and shameful together. Cover me in the grace of Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • Do you have a funny embarrassing story about yourself you're willing to tell?
  • If you are willing, tell about a time when you tried to do good and it backfired.
  • When have you seen God bring a blessing out of an inglorious moment?

Lenten Devotions were 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).
Do you have a funny embarrassing story about yourself you're willing to tell?

Devocional de la CPTLN del 25 de Marzo de 2019 - Gloria y vergüenza


Gloria y vergüenza

25 de Marzo de 2019

Porque todos ustedes, los que han sido bautizados en Cristo, están revestidos de Cristo.
~ Gálatas 3:27 (RVC)

¡Qué historia bochornosa! Cuando Jesús fue arrestado en Getsemaní, lo seguía un joven cubierto sólo con una sábana. La multitud lo aprehendió, pero él soltó la sábana y escapó completamente desnudo.

¿Quién era ese joven? ¿Qué sabemos de él? No mucho, aunque podemos adivinar algunos detalles. Algunos piensan que era Marcos, el escritor del Evangelio, contando lo que le sucedió la noche en que arrestaron a Jesús. Ya que Marcos es el único que describe este evento, tiene sentido que pueda ser su historia personal.

Claramente, el joven era un seguidor de Jesús, aunque no uno de los doce discípulos. Él estaba en el jardín de Getsemaní, lo que sugiere que se unió a los discípulos cuando salieron de la casa donde celebraban la Pascua. Tal vez era un hijo de esa familia. Claramente tenía coraje como para seguir al escuadrón de arresto, aunque cuando lo agarraron perdió el valor y huyó.

Pero, en definitiva, no sabemos de él más que su momento más glorioso y más sin gloria. Glorioso, porque amaba a Jesús e intentaba seguirlo, incluso cuando su propia vida estaba en riesgo. Sin gloria, porque perdió el valor y huyó desnudo. Ese momento resume todo lo que realmente sabemos sobre él: su amor, su gloria y su vergüenza, todo en uno.

Lo mismo es con nosotros, ¿no es cierto? Amamos a Jesús, intentamos seguirlo, pero con demasiada frecuencia lo que tratamos de hacer termina como un fiasco total. Nuestras buenas intenciones no sobreviven. Hasta podemos encontrarnos huyendo abochornados, cubiertos de vergüenza.

Afortunadamente para nosotros, tenemos un Salvador que nos viste con su propia justicia y cubre nuestros fracasos con su propia santidad. Él nos perdona, nos sana, nos lava, nos viste. "Porque todos ustedes, los que han sido bautizados en Cristo, están revestidos de Cristo" (Gálatas 3:27).

ORACIÓN: Gracias, Padre, por tomar de mí tanto lo glorioso como lo vergonzoso. Cúbreme en la gracia de tu hijo Jesucristo. Amén.

  • ¿Alguna vez has tratado de hacer algo bueno y has fracasado?
  • ¿Has visto a Dios convertir en bendición un momento sin gloria?

© Copyright 2019 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Alguna vez has tratado de hacer algo bueno y has fracasado?

Notre Pain Quotidien - La bénédiction s’en vient

La bénédiction s’en vient

La Bible en un an : Josué 19 – 21 ; Luc 2.25-52

Ne nous lassons pas de faire le bien ; car nous moissonnerons au temps convenable, si nous ne nous relâchons pas. V. 9

Une amie et moi sommes allées faire une marche avec ses petits-enfants. Chargée de la poussette, elle m’a fait remarquer que ses pas étaient gaspillés, car son podomètre ne les comptait pas du fait qu’elle ne balançait pas les bras. Je lui ai alors rappelé que ces pas contribuaient néanmoins à sa santé physique. « Ouais », m’a-t-elle répondu en riant. « Mais je veux vraiment cette étoile or électronique ! »

Je la comprends. Il est décourageant d’œuvrer à une chose sans en obtenir de résultats immédiats, reste que les récompenses ne sont pas toujours instantanées ni visibles.

Il nous est facile d’avoir l’impression que nos bonnes actions ne servent à rien, pas même à aider un ami ou à user de bonté envers un inconnu. Paul a toutefois expliqué ceci : « Ce qu’un homme aura semé, il le moissonnera aussi » (GA 6.7) et : « Ne nous lassons pas de faire le bien ; car nous moissonnerons au temps convenable » (V. 9). Nous ne pouvons gagner notre salut par nos bonnes œuvres, et ce passage ne nous indique pas si cela se produira ici-bas ou au ciel, mais nous pouvons avoir l’assurance de récolter des bénédictions au moment voulu.

Il est difficile de faire le bien, surtout si nous ne voyons ou ne savons pas ce que sera « notre récolte ». Reste que, comme mon amie a amélioré son état physique en marchant, il vaut la peine de continuer de faire le bien, car la bénédiction s’en vient !

Les récompenses ne sont pas toutes instantanées ou visibles

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 Il est décourageant d’œuvrer à une chose sans en obtenir de résultats immédiats, reste que les récompenses ne sont pas toujours instantanées ni visibles...