Friday, May 31, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for FRIDAY, May 31, 2019

Revelation 22:6

The Daily Lectionary
FRIDAY, May 31, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 97
The Glory of God’s Reign
1  The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;
     let the many coastlands be glad!
2  Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
     righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3  Fire goes before him,
     and consumes his adversaries on every side.
4  His lightnings light up the world;
     the earth sees and trembles.
5  The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
     before the Lord of all the earth.

6  The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
     and all the peoples behold his glory.
7  All worshipers of images are put to shame,
     those who make their boast in worthless idols;
     all gods bow down before him.
8  Zion hears and is glad,
     and the towns of Judah rejoice,
     because of your judgments, O God.
9  For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
     you are exalted far above all gods.

10 The Lord loves those who hate evil;
     he guards the lives of his faithful;
     he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light dawns for the righteous,
     and joy for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
     and give thanks to his holy name!

Exodus 33:12-17
Moses’ Intercession
33:12 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ 13 Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” 14 He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. 16 For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.”

17 The Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.”

Revelation 22:6-9
22:6 And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true, for the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

7 “See, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

Epilogue and Benediction
8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me; 9 but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your comrades the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God!”

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

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“These words are trustworthy and true, for the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

Verse of the Day FRIDAY, May 31, 2019

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NIV) For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

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Un dia a la Vez - Friday, May 31, 2019

Semana de celebración: La oración

Ustedes me invocarán, y vendrán a suplicarme, y yo los escucharé. Me buscarán y me encontrarán, cuando me busquen de todo corazón.

La oración no debe ser la repetición como loritos de las palabras que nos han enseñado. La oración va más allá, pues es un principio de vida. Es un recurso que nos dejó Dios a fin de interceder por los demás. Es una comunicación directa con Él.

En el momento de la oración debemos abrir nuestro corazón al Padre que está ahí pendiente de lo que estamos orando. Por eso, la oración no es una técnica, aunque debemos aprender a orar y ser precisos en la manera de orar. Es decir, debemos ser específicos cuando le estemos pidiendo algo a Dios.

La oración por las necesidades de los demás trae también tremendos beneficios. En el Manual de Instrucciones, Dios dice que cuando nos preocupamos por los problemas de los demás, Él se preocupa por los nuestros.

La oración es milagrosa. Además, la oración debe servir de protección. Por eso es tan importante cubrir con oración a nuestros hijos, cónyuges y hasta el trabajo y los compañeros. La oración es tan poderosa que Dios nos manda a orar hasta por nuestros enemigos.

La Palabra también nos dice que debemos orar sin cesar. Si no estás acostumbrado a hacerlo, no te preocupes. Empieza poco a poco cuando estés a solas con Dios. Habla con Él y hazlo todos los días hasta que llegue el momento en que, aun cuando estés es la calle, te encuentres en comunicación permanente con tu Padre.

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La oración no debe ser la repetición como loritos de las palabras que nos han enseñado. La oración va más allá, pues es un principio de vida. Es un recurso que nos dejó Dios a fin de interceder por los demás. Es una comunicación directa con Él.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Friday, May 31, 2019

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

A young woman went to her mother and told her how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see?” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked. “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity—boiling water—but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. After being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength? Or are you an egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Do you have a fluid spirit, but after a loved-one’s death, a relationship breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have you become hardened and stiff? Does your shell look the same, but on the inside you are bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or are you like a coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If I am like the bean, when things are at their worst, I get better and change the situation around me through Christ-likeness.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity?

RESPONSE: Christians are like carrots, eggs or coffee beans. They don’t know how strong their response is until they get into hot water. Which are you?

PRAYER: Lord, help me realize that every experience You gives me, every person You put in my path, is the perfect preparation only You can see.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?

Men of the Bible - Friday, May 31, 2019


His name means: "Father Is Peace"

His work: David's third son, Absalom, was a brilliant military and political strategist.
His character: Absalom's remarkable assets of good looks and diplomacy became great liabilities, leading to his untimely death.
His sorrow: When Absalom's sister was raped by his oldest half brother, Absalom began a life of anger, rebellion, and revenge.
His triumph: For a time, Absalom was successful in gathering support against his father's reign.
Key Scriptures: 2 Samuel 13-15

A Look at the Man

Absalom was a very special young man. Brimming with gifts and natural abilities, he was a natural-born leader. People were drawn toward him.

But Absalom was also a vicious conniver. Throughout his life, his bitter heart became a caldron of hatred and death.

Growing up in the palace of the king of Israel may not have been as delight as some in the kingdom may have envisioned. Absalom's father's sinfulness and the confusion of living in a home with David's multiple wives and a houseful of half siblings would likely have created untold chaos. Imagine this...

Absalom had a sister, Tamar, by his mother, Maacah. His half brother and David's oldest son, Amnon, was in love with her and tried to seduce her. Because she resisted, he set a trap for her. Pretending to be sick, Amnon asked David to order Tamar to tend to her half brother, which he did. But when Tamar brought food to Amnon, he pled with her to sleep with him. When she resisted, he raped her.

When word came to Absalom that his sister had been violated, he hated Amnon but said nothing to him. For two years Absalom seethed, plotting his revenge against his half brother. When the trap was set, Absalom had Amnon murdered.

Absalom did not see his father for three years. And instead of seeking out Absalom and confronting him with his treachery, David "longed to go to Absalom." What Absalom needed was a father who loved him enough to deal strictly with his violence. What Absalom got was a tentative father who was unwilling to jeopardize his son's affection. And what David got in exchange for his fear was a son who hated him for his powerlessness—a son who secretly resolved to overthrow him.

Suffering from the guilt of his own sinfulness, David was unwilling to hand Absalom any semblance of justice. For three years Absalom plotted his father's demise. And like an unsheltered man unwilling to acknowledge a gathering storm, David refused to see the dark clouds in his son's eyes.

Absalom was a man overflowing with potential. If only he had channeled those talents wisely! If only his father had helped him. But because he had neither the self-control nor the parental control to reign in his resentment and acrimony, Absalom died violently.

And David was forced to spend the rest of his life dealing with the agonizing "if onlys." If only I had not sinned with Bathsheba, bringing all of this treachery to my family. If only I had loved my children enough to discipline them.

When the Cushite reported to David that Absalom was dead, he was shaken. "O my son Absalom! My son Absalom!"

The tragic story of Absalom ends with one final "if only" from the king. "If only I had died instead of you," David wailed uncontrollably. "O Absalom, my son, my son!"

Reflect On: 2 Samuel 15:1–12
Praise God: For acting with both justice and mercy.
Offer Thanks: For the ways God has disciplined you.
Confess: Any tendency to blame others for problems and difficulties you have brought on yourself.
Ask God: To treat you not as your sins deserve but according to his mercy.

Today's reading is a brief excerpt from Men of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Men in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Robert Wolgemuth (Zondervan). © 2010 by Ann Spangler. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Enjoy the complete book by purchasing your own copy at the Bible Gateway Store. The book's title must be included when sharing the above content on social media.
David's third son, Absalom, was a brilliant military and political strategist.

Girlfriends in God - Friday, May 31, 2019

Warrior Not Worrier

Today’s truth

Can any of you add a cubit to his height by worrying? If then you’re not able to do even a little thing, why worry about the rest? Consider how the wildflowers grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! If that’s how God clothes the grass, which is in the field today and is thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more will He do for you—you of little faith? Don’t keep striving for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be provided for you.
~ Luke 12:25-31 (HCSB)

Friend to Friend

I saw the slogan “Warrior Not Worrier” on a T-Shirt recently and it hit me. It hit me so much so that I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. I tend to be the worrier. Sometimes worry grabs hold of me and I don’t even know it. I worry about finances and relationships and my purpose and the future. It’s not intentional.

I happen to be a first born who grew up like an only child. So, I have tendencies of both. I am a planner. I am all about the details. I like to be in control. I like to know what is coming next. I like things done my way, in my timing.

It’s a lot, right? And for some reason God like things done His way, in His timing. Imagine that…the Creator of the Universe knows better than I do. But how often do I forget that? How often do you forget that?

In my anxiety and need to know all the outcomes, I am missing out on a sweet work that God wants to accomplish within me.

These verses in Luke blow me away every time I read them. I often forget that God is a good Father who has my best in mind. I am all too occupied with what situations look like in the natural rather than through His perspective. His heart for us is to remember His goodness and His love toward us. As we remember that, we lean into His presence and find rest there.

In that rest we, find peace and faith and trust. We step into our true identities as the beloved daughters of God. We step into the fullness of His power. We become warriors who fight the good fight and allow His past faithfulness to build our present faith.

It breaks His heart to watch us strive and worry and fear because He didn’t give us that spirit. He gave us a spirit of power and love and a sound mind. We may not know all that the future holds, but we know who holds our future.

It’s that simple. It’s not always easy, but as we continue to seek the Lord and His Kingdom, He increases our faith. As we set our gaze on the giver of every perfect gift, He opens the floodgates of Heaven with every blessing and provision.

Then, we become living examples of God’s goodness, grace and love to a lost and hopeless world around us.

Let’s Pray

Father, thank You for being good and kind to us. You are loving and faithful beyond all reason. Thank You for the gift of faith. Thank You for reminding us that You are our provider and it is Your delight to do so. You call us beloved. You shower peace in our hearts and rest to our souls. May we seek You above all the cares of this world. May we tune every other voice out in order to hear Your whisper. We thank You for the work You’re doing even when we don’t understand or can’t see it. May our lives trust You at all times, in every way.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Do you tend to be more of a worrier or a warrior? In what ways is your faith built up? How has God reminded you of His promise to provide?

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LHM Daily Devotions - Bearing Fruit and Full of Sap

"Bearing Fruit and Full of Sap"

May 31, 2019

The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

The Word of God speaks much about palm trees. Psalm 92:12 says the righteous shall flourish like a palm tree. During the Feast of Tabernacles, the children of Israel were to live in shelters made of palm branches.

Jericho was known as the "city of palm trees," according to Deuteronomy 34:3. In the New Testament, when Jesus was making His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the people took palm branches, went forth to meet Him and cried, "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" (John 12:13b). Palm leaves are an emblem of victory.

Most other trees have a bark under which the sap flows, and they grow up by an increase just under the bark. This could typify "surface" Christians. Their lives are only bark deep, so they are deeply affected by outside circumstances, persecutions, and trials. However, the coconut palm has its life hidden in the center. God has created it to draw its life up through the center of its trunk. This is a beautiful picture of Christians who have Jesus at the center of their lives. Their lives are hidden in God, not dependent on outward circumstances.

The coconut palm is a constant fruit-bearer. It bears fruit every month, and always has at its top both fruit in every stage of development and fresh blossoms.

As Paul says, by God's presence the fruit of the Spirit is nurtured in our lives, too: "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Galatians 5:22b-23a).

The Lord also wants us to be fruitful spiritually, bringing the increase of God's Spirit by witnessing to others what Jesus has done in our lives and directing them to the saving knowledge of our Lord.

The coconut palm has attractive beauty. It has no limbs, but long, graceful leaves that stretch out from the top with beauty and grace unmatched by other trees. As we abide in Christ under God's holy guidance and spend time in His presence, something happens within us. We are being changed. People see in us more and more of the beauty and radiance of our Lord.

The coconut palm has long life. A palm tree that is 100 years old will still yield beautiful foliage and as fine a fruit as in its younger years. So also God wants His children to live full and satisfying lives for His glory.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, make us flourish like the palm tree, bearing spiritual fruit, reflecting the image of Christ, and living with purpose through all of our days. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.

From The Lutheran Layman, June 1979 issue, "Living as 'Palm Tree' Christians," by Frances Hurst. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
During the Feast of Tabernacles, the children of Israel were to live in shelters made of palm branches.

Devocional de la CPTLN del 31 de Mayo de 2019 - Dando fruto


Dando fruto

31 de Mayo de 2019

Los justos florecerán como las palmeras; crecerán como los cedros del Líbano. Serán plantados en la casa del Señor, y florecerán en los atrios de nuestro Dios. Aun en su vejez darán frutos y se mantendrán sanos y vigorosos para anunciar que el Señor es mi fortaleza, y que él es recto y en él no hay injusticia.

La Palabra de Dios habla mucho de las palmeras. El Salmo 92:12 dice que los justos florecerán como una palmera. Durante la Fiesta de los Tabernáculos, los hijos de Israel debían vivir en refugios hechos de ramas de palmeras.

Según Deuteronomio 34:3, Jericó era conocida como la "ciudad de las palmeras". En el Nuevo Testamento, cuando Jesús estaba haciendo su entrada triunfal en Jerusalén, la gente tomó ramas de palmas, salió a su encuentro y gritó: "¡Hosanna! ¡Bendito el que viene en el nombre del Señor, el Rey de Israel!" (Juan 12:13b). Las hojas de palmas son un emblema de la victoria.

La mayoría de los otros árboles tienen una corteza bajo la cual fluye la savia, y crecen por un aumento justo debajo de la corteza. Esto podría tipificar a los cristianos "superficiales". Sus vidas son solo profundas como la corteza, por lo que se ven vulnerables a las circunstancias externas, persecuciones y juicios. Sin embargo, la palma de coco tiene la vida escondida en el centro. Dios la ha creado para sacar la vida a través del centro de su tronco. Esta es una hermosa imagen de los cristianos que tienen a Jesús en el centro de sus vidas. Sus vidas están escondidas en Dios, no dependen de las circunstancias externas.

La palma de coco es una portadora constante de fruta. Produce frutos todos los meses y siempre tiene en su cima tanto frutos en cada etapa de desarrollo como flores frescas.

Por la presencia de Dios, el fruto del Espíritu también se nutre de nuestras vidas: "amor, gozo, paz, paciencia, amabilidad, bondad, fidelidad, gentileza, dominio propio" (Gálatas 5:22b-23a).

El Señor quiere que seamos fructíferos espiritualmente, trayendo el aumento del Espíritu de Dios al dar testimonio a otros de lo que Jesús ha hecho en nuestras vidas y dirigirlos al conocimiento salvador de nuestro Señor.

La palma de coco tiene una belleza atractiva. No tiene extremidades, sino hojas largas y gráciles que se extienden desde la parte superior con la belleza y la gracia que otros árboles no pueden igualar. Al permanecer en Cristo bajo la sagrada guía de Dios y pasar tiempo en su presencia, algo sucede dentro de nosotros. Estamos siendo cambiados y más de la belleza y el resplandor de nuestro Señor se verá en nosotros.

La palma de coco tiene larga vida. Una palmera que tiene 100 años todavía dará un hermoso follaje y una fruta tan fina como en sus años más jóvenes. Así como la palma de coco tiene una larga vida, Dios quiere que sus hijos vivan vidas plenas y satisfactorias para su gloria.

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, enséñanos a ser como la maravillosa palma de coco: dando fruto espiritual, reflejando la imagen de Cristo y viviendo con propósito durante todos nuestros días. En el Nombre de Jesús. Amén.

De The Lutheran Layman, edición de junio de 1979, "Vivir como cristianos de la 'Palmera'", por Frances Hurst. © Copyright 2019 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
Durante la Fiesta de los Tabernáculos, los hijos de Israel debían vivir en refugios hechos de ramas de palmeras.

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Ở Đây Vì Bạn

Ở Đây Vì Bạn

Đọc: Phục Truyền 15:7-11 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: II Sử ký 13-14; Giăng 12:1-26

Tôi truyền dặn anh em rằng: “Hãy mở rộng bàn tay giúp đỡ người túng thiếu, nghèo khó trong xứ anh em.” Phục Truyền 15:11

Cũng như ở các thành phố khác trên thế giới, tại vùng ngoại ô Pa-ri, người ta đến trợ giúp những người vô gia cư trong cộng đồng. Quần áo được bọc trong những túi chống nước và treo trên hàng rào để người sống trên đường phố có thể đến lấy theo nhu cầu. Những chiếc túi được dán nhãn: “Đây không phải là đồ bị thất lạc; nhưng dành tặng bạn nếu bạn thấy lạnh.” Nỗ lực này không chỉ đem đến sự ấm áp cho những người vô gia cư mà còn dạy cộng đồng về tầm quan trọng của việc giúp đỡ những người thiếu thốn xung quanh họ.

Kinh Thánh nhấn mạnh đến tầm quan trọng của việc quan tâm đến người nghèo, dạy chúng ta “sè tay mình ra” với họ (Phục. 15:11). Chúng ta dễ bị cám dỗ ngoảnh mặt đi trước cảnh ngộ của người nghèo, giữ chặt những gì mình có thay vì chia sẻ. Nhưng Chúa khích lệ chúng ta nhận biết rằng luôn có những người nghèo xung quanh mình và do đó chúng ta phải chia sẻ rời rộng với họ, chứ không phải bằng “tấm lòng miễn cưỡng” (c.10). Chúa Jêsus nói rằng qua việc ban cho người nghèo, chúng ta nhận lãnh của báu lâu bền trên thiên đàng (Lu. 12:33).

Có lẽ không ai nhìn biết sự rời rộng của chúng ta, ngoài Chúa. Nhưng khi ban cho cách rời rộng, chúng ta không chỉ đáp ứng nhu cầu của người xung quanh mà còn kinh nghiệm sự vui mừng mà Chúa dành cho mình khi chu cấp cho người khác. Xin Chúa mở mắt chúng ta và ban cho chúng ta đôi tay rộng mở để đáp ứng nhu cầu của những người mà Ngài đặt để xung quanh mình.
Bạn có đang nắm chặt những gì mình có không? Nếu có, vì sao? Hôm nay bạn có thể đáp ứng nhu cầu nào?
Việc chia sẻ rời rộng bày tỏ lòng tin vào sự chu cấp đầy yêu thương và thành tín của Chúa.

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Cũng như ở các thành phố khác trên thế giới, tại vùng ngoại ô Pa-ri, người ta đến trợ giúp những người vô gia cư trong cộng đồng. Quần áo được bọc trong những túi chống nước và treo trên hàng rào để người sống trên đường phố có thể đến lấy theo nhu cầu. Những chiếc túi được dán nhãn: “Đây không phải là đồ bị thất lạc; nhưng dành tặng bạn nếu bạn thấy lạnh.” Nỗ lực này không chỉ đem đến sự ấm áp cho những người vô gia cư mà còn dạy cộng đồng về tầm quan trọng của việc giúp đỡ những người thiếu thốn xung quanh họ.