Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, April 30, 2019

Revelation 2:8-11

The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, April 30, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 122
Song of Praise and Prayer for Jerusalem
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
1  I was glad when they said to me,
     “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
2  Our feet are standing
     within your gates, O Jerusalem.

3  Jerusalem—built as a city
     that is bound firmly together.
4  To it the tribes go up,
     the tribes of the Lord,
   as was decreed for Israel,
     to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
5  For there the thrones for judgment were set up,
     the thrones of the house of David.

6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
     “May they prosper who love you.
7  Peace be within your walls,
     and security within your towers.”
8  For the sake of my relatives and friends
     I will say, “Peace be within you.”
9  For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
     I will seek your good.

Esther 8:1-17
Esther Saves the Jews
8:1 On that day King Ahasuerus gave to Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews; and Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told what he was to her. 2 Then the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. So Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

3 Then Esther spoke again to the king; she fell at his feet, weeping and pleading with him to avert the evil design of Haman the Agagite and the plot that he had devised against the Jews. 4 The king held out the golden scepter to Esther, 5 and Esther rose and stood before the king. She said, “If it pleases the king, and if I have won his favor, and if the thing seems right before the king, and I have his approval, let an order be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote giving orders to destroy the Jews who are in all the provinces of the king. 6 For how can I bear to see the calamity that is coming on my people? Or how can I bear to see the destruction of my kindred?” 7 Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and to the Jew Mordecai, “See, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows, because he plotted to lay hands on the Jews. 8 You may write as you please with regard to the Jews, in the name of the king, and seal it with the king’s ring; for an edict written in the name of the king and sealed with the king’s ring cannot be revoked.”

9 The king’s secretaries were summoned at that time, in the third month, which is the month of Sivan, on the twenty-third day; and an edict was written, according to all that Mordecai commanded, to the Jews and to the satraps and the governors and the officials of the provinces from India to Ethiopia, one hundred twenty-seven provinces, to every province in its own script and to every people in its own language, and also to the Jews in their script and their language. 10 He wrote letters in the name of King Ahasuerus, sealed them with the king’s ring, and sent them by mounted couriers riding on fast steeds bred from the royal herd. 11 By these letters the king allowed the Jews who were in every city to assemble and defend their lives, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate any armed force of any people or province that might attack them, with their children and women, and to plunder their goods 12 on a single day throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar. 13 A copy of the writ was to be issued as a decree in every province and published to all peoples, and the Jews were to be ready on that day to take revenge on their enemies. 14 So the couriers, mounted on their swift royal steeds, hurried out, urged by the king’s command. The decree was issued in the citadel of Susa.

15 Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king, wearing royal robes of blue and white, with a great golden crown and a mantle of fine linen and purple, while the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced. 16 For the Jews there was light and gladness, joy and honor. 17 In every province and in every city, wherever the king’s command and his edict came, there was gladness and joy among the Jews, a festival and a holiday. Furthermore, many of the peoples of the country professed to be Jews, because the fear of the Jews had fallen upon them.

Revelation 2:8-11
The Message to Smyrna
2:8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the first and the last, who was dead and came to life:

9 “I know your affliction and your poverty, even though you are rich. I know the slander on the part of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Whoever conquers will not be harmed by the second death.

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.

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These are the words of the first and the last, who was dead and came to life:

Verse of the Day for TUESDAY, April 30, 2019

Ephesians 4:15 (NIV) Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

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Un dia a la Vez - Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Oración para hacer su voluntad

Enséñame a hacer tu voluntad, porque tú eres mi Dios. Que tu buen Espíritu me guíe por un terreno sin obstáculos.
~ Salmo 143:10 (NVI)

Señor, en estos días me has hablado acerca de mantener mi mirada en ti, sin importar las situaciones que pueda estar viviendo.

Hoy estoy reconociendo que te he juzgado, que me he enojado contigo y te he culpado por todo lo que estoy pasando y por todo lo que viví en el pasado.

Te pido perdón y te suplico que me ayudes a hacer tu voluntad y morir a mis caprichos.

También te pido que me ayudes a andar en tus caminos y a hacer tu voluntad para mi vida.

Límpiame y purifica mi mente, Jesús.

Enséñame a entender que tú has estado en cada adversidad, aunque no te haya visto.

Quiero confiar en ti y serte fiel.

Amén y amén.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Señor, en estos días me has hablado acerca de mantener mi mirada en ti, sin importar las situaciones que pueda estar viviendo.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Tuesday, April 30, 2019



"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
~ Genesis 50:20 (NIV)

Here is another of five ways God uses problems and persecution in your life: God uses problems and persecution to PROTECT you.

A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem—but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management’s actions were eventually discovered.

Eritrean Christian singer, Helen Berhane, testifies that God helped her at every turn during her almost three years of imprisonment in the infamous shipping containers. She saw God repeatedly turn evil plans into good:

One day they [the guards] brought two girls to my container. Their names were Rahel and Elsa. They were both in the army before they were arrested. They were supposed to spy on me and report back, because the authorities could not understand how, despite their treatment of me, I was still defiant. However, things backfired because the girls really liked me. Very soon we had become good friends and they even told me, “We were supposed to spy on you. But we like you, and so we won’t!”

…Since the girls were not spying as they had been told to, Rahel was released, but they left Elsa in the container with me for a while. Rahel left all her spare clothes for me. This was a blessing, as for a long time I had not been allowed any more clothes, even when the old ones were worn out. I felt that this was God’s provision for me, like the ravens he sent to Elijah. It was my experience that no matter what hardship I was in, God always sent someone to help me. So, although these girls were sent to spy on me, God used them to bless me.[1] (emphasis mine)

RESPONSE: God is at work in my life—even when I do not recognize it or understand it. It is much easier and more profitable when I cooperate with Him. This is the way to victory!

PRAYER: God help me to trust You to bring good from the challenges, difficulties and persecutions I might be subjected to today.

1. Helen Berhane, The Song of the Nightingale (Colorado Springs: Authentic Media, 2009), pp. 57-58.

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 - Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Who Me? I Did Nothing Wrong

Todays Truth

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are -- yet He did not sin.
~ Hebrews 4:15 (NIV)

Friend to Friend

"I didn't mean it that way."

"You misunderstood me."

"You've got things wrong."

For a long time, I've endlessly defended myself to my husband.

Why? Because I hate being exposed. I hate the fact I'm trying really hard to be a great wife and yet, I get distracted when my husband shares important things. I hate that I want to be a good mom, but I feel pushed-over when my kids ask me for something more than five times. I hate that I accidentally tell my husband what to do when I know he has a plan he’s thought through.

I make mistakes. Then, I hate myself for it.

Like Eve, it is much easier to hide than to admit the truth. It is much easier to cover my actions with all the reasons I didn't mean to do what I just did. It is much easier to deny than to have to fess up to being -- imperfect.

I feel a lot of shame about how I act. I want to be better than I am. Seeing that I am not that good hurts sometimes.

One day when I was in a small group prayer setting, a friend turned to me and said, "Kelly, your prayers are just as powerful when you sound weak as when you sound strong."

Something in her words hit a nerve in me. Weakness, need, and longing are not things God detests. They don't make me any less Christian than the next girl.

Jesus is able to empathize with weakness.

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are -- yet He did not sin." (Hebrews 4:15, NIV)

Jesus understands. He had feelings. He walked hard roads. He felt hurt. He never sinned.

Jesus can handle our truth. He will also bring about the truth we need as we run to Him. He has our way out of any difficult thing we may face. With this, we can run to His throne of mercy in our time of need, without embarrassment or fear. Jesus is always only a heart-cry away. He wants to help us, to lead us, to guide us and to equip us. He is "merciful and faithful" (Heb. 2:17).

Knowing this, will help me to:

1. Fess up to my truth.
2. More easily say, “I am sorry.”
3. Ask God for help to change.
4. Consider new ways of acting.
5. Accept grace in my time of need.

When God is my greatest defense, I no longer need to tirelessly defend myself.

Lets Pray

Father, I am so grateful for grace. Thank You for the price Jesus paid.
In Jesus’ Name.

Now Its Your Turn

Where do you tend to defend yourself? Deny? Rationalize? Excuse? Evaluate, why do you do it?

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For a long time, I've endlessly defended myself to my husband.

LHM Daily Devotions - Simple Obedience


"Simple Obedience"

Apr. 30, 2019

Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord." And the Lord said to him, "Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight." But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to Your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your Name." But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine to carry My Name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My Name." So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened.
~ Acts 9:10-19 (ESV)

I really like Ananias. He's such an ordinary Christian to get pulled into the spotlight for a short time. Imagine it—here is Ananias going about his ordinary life, perhaps a little worried because he's heard that Saul is coming to town to arrest Christians. And then God tells him to go visit Saul and heal him! It must have been like being told to go and lay hands on a hungry lion. Ananias is taken aback, and he says so. "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done ...." Are You sure You've got the right man in mind? Are You sure You want to send me?

But God confirms it. "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine ... I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My Name." So Ananias stops arguing. He gets up, goes to the address God has been so practical as to give him and, sure enough, there's Saul. Ananias doesn't hold back. He lays his hands on Saul and even calls him "brother"! And God uses his obedience to heal Saul's blindness immediately.

Ananias had a small role, but look at what a difference his obedience made! He was there when it counted—afraid, no doubt, but still there. And God blessed that.

Very few of us will ever be famous—certainly not as famous as Saul, who later became the apostle Paul. We are like Ananias instead. And that's okay. Because known or unknown, all Christians live with the real, everlasting life that Jesus has earned for us through His suffering, death, and resurrection from the dead. Our eyes are on Jesus. He is the One we love and care about, and it's His opinion of us that matters. And when we have the honor of serving Him, whether in a big way or a small way—how wonderful is that?

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to keep focused on loving and serving You. Amen.

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Kari Vo. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
I really like Ananias. He's such an ordinary Christian to get pulled into the spotlight for a short time.

Devocional de la CPTLN del 30 de Abril de 2019 - Obediencia simple


Obediencia simple

30 de Abril de 2019

En Damasco había un discípulo llamado Ananías, que había tenido una visión en la que el Señor lo llamaba por su nombre. Ananías había respondido: "Aquí me tienes, Señor." El Señor le dijo: "Levántate y ve a la calle llamada 'Derecha'; allí, en la casa de Judas, busca a un hombre llamado Saulo, que es de Tarso y está orando. Saulo ha tenido una visión, en la que vio que un varón llamado Ananías entraba y le imponía las manos, con lo que le hacía recobrar la vista." Ananías respondió: "Pero, Señor, he sabido que este hombre ha tratado muy mal a tus santos en Jerusalén. También sé que los principales sacerdotes le han dado autoridad para aprehender a todos los que invocan tu nombre." Y el Señor le dijo: "Ve allá, porque él es para mí un instrumento escogido. Él va a llevar mi nombre a las naciones, a los reyes y a los hijos de Israel. Yo le voy a mostrar todo lo que tiene que sufrir por causa de mi nombre." Ananías fue y, una vez dentro de la casa, le impuso las manos y le dijo: "Hermano Saulo, el Señor Jesús, que se te apareció en el camino por donde venías, me ha enviado para que recobres la vista y seas lleno del Espíritu Santo." Al momento, de los ojos de Saulo cayó algo que parecían escamas, y éste recibió la vista. Luego que se levantó, fue bautizado; y después de comer recobró las fuerzas y durante algunos días se quedó con los discípulos que estaban en Damasco.

Realmente me gusta Ananías. Es un cristiano común y corriente llamado a escena por solo un momento. Imagínalo: allí está Ananías, en la rutina diaria, quizás un poco preocupado porque ha escuchado que Saulo está llegando a la ciudad para arrestar a los cristianos. ¡Y de pronto Dios le dice que vaya a visitar a Saulo y lo sane! Debe haber sido como que le dijeran que fuera y pusiera las manos sobre un león hambriento. Sorprendido, Ananías dice: "Pero, Señor, he sabido que este hombre ha tratado muy mal a tus santos en Jerusalén...", ¿estás seguro que tienes en mente al hombre correcto? ¿Estás seguro que quieres enviarme a mí?

Y Dios lo confirma: "Ve allá, porque él es para mí un instrumento escogido... Yo le voy a mostrar todo lo que tiene que sufrir por causa de mi nombre." Entonces Ananías deja de discutir. Se levanta, se dirige a la dirección que Dios tan claramente le indica y, efectivamente, allí está Saulo. Ananías no se detiene. ¡Pone sus manos sobre Saulo e incluso lo llama "hermano"! Y Dios usa su obediencia para sanar de inmediato la ceguera de Saulo.

Que yo sepa, nunca volvemos a escuchar algo más sobre Ananías. Pero, ¡mira qué diferencia hizo su obediencia! Estuvo disponible cuando hizo falta; temeroso, sin duda, pero estuvo. Y Dios bendijo eso.

Muy pocos de nosotros seremos famosos; ciertamente no tan famosos como Saulo, quien más tarde llegó a ser el apóstol Pablo. Más bien somos como Ananías. Y eso está bien. Porque, conocidos o desconocidos, todos los cristianos vivimos la vida real y eterna que Jesús ganó para nosotros a través de su sufrimiento, muerte y resurrección de entre los muertos. Nuestros ojos están en Jesús. A él es el a quien amamos y a quien nos dedicamos, y lo que importa es su opinión sobre nosotros. ¿No es maravilloso cuando tenemos el honor de servirle, ya sea de manera grande o pequeña?

ORACIÓN: Querido Señor, ayúdame a concentrarme en amarte y servirte solo a ti. 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.
Realmente me gusta Ananías. Es un cristiano común y corriente llamado a escena por solo un momento.

Nuestro Pan Diario - De santos y pecadores


De santos y pecadores

Leer: Lucas 22:54-62 | La Biblia en un año: 1 Reyes 8–9 Lucas 21:1-19

Le dijo [Jesús] la tercera vez: Simón, hijo de Jonás, ¿me amas? Pedro […] respondió: Señor, tú lo sabes todo; tú sabes que te amo… (Juan 21:17).

Antes de seguir los pasos de Juan el Bautista de vivir en el desierto, María de Egipto (c 344-421 d.C.) pasó su juventud en placeres ilícitos. En el clímax de su sórdida carrera, viajó a Jerusalén para tratar de corromper a los peregrinos, pero allí sintió la profunda convicción de su pecado, y después, vivió en arrepentimiento y soledad en el desierto. Su transformación radical ilustra la magnitud de la gracia de Dios y el poder restaurador de la cruz de Cristo.

Pedro, el discípulo, negó a Jesús tres veces. Horas antes, había declarado su disposición a morir por Él (Lucas 22:33), por lo que tomar conciencia de su fracaso fue un golpe aplastante (vv. 61-62). Después de la resurrección de Jesús, Pedro estaba pescando cuando el Señor apareció y le dio a su discípulo una oportunidad de declararle su amor tres veces; una por cada negación (Juan 21:1-3). Luego, le encargó que se ocupara de su pueblo (vv. 15-17). El resultado de esta asombrosa demostración de gracia fue que Pedro desempeñara un papel clave en la edificación de la iglesia. Y al final, entregó su vida por Cristo.

Nuestras biografías podrían empezar con una lista de fracasos y derrotas, pero la gracia de Dios siempre ofrece un final distinto, ya que Él nos redime y nos transforma.
¿Cómo puedes mostrar la gracia de Dios a los demás?
La gracia de Dios nos transforma de pecadores en santos.

Por Roo

© 2019 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario
Antes de seguir los pasos de Juan el Bautista de vivir en el desierto, María de Egipto pasó su juventud en placeres ilícitos.