Monday, June 3, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, June 3, 2019

The Voice of God in a Great Storm
Psalm 29

The Daily Lectionary
MONDAY, June 3, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 29
The Voice of God in a Great Storm
A Psalm of David.
1  Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
     ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2  Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
     worship the Lord in holy splendor.

3  The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
     the God of glory thunders,
     the Lord, over mighty waters.
4  The voice of the Lord is powerful;
     the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

5  The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
     the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6  He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
     and Sirion like a young wild ox.

7  The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8  The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
     the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

9  The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,
     and strips the forest bare;
     and in his temple all say, “Glory!”

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
     the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
     May the Lord bless his people with peace!

Exodus 40:16-38
40:16 Moses did everything just as the Lord had commanded him. 17 In the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, the tabernacle was set up. 18 Moses set up the tabernacle; he laid its bases, and set up its frames, and put in its poles, and raised up its pillars; 19 and he spread the tent over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tent over it; as the Lord had commanded Moses. 20 He took the covenant and put it into the ark, and put the poles on the ark, and set the mercy seat above the ark; 21 and he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the curtain for screening, and screened the ark of the covenant; as the Lord had commanded Moses. 22 He put the table in the tent of meeting, on the north side of the tabernacle, outside the curtain, 23 and set the bread in order on it before the Lord; as the Lord had commanded Moses. 24 He put the lampstand in the tent of meeting, opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle, 25 and set up the lamps before the Lord; as the Lord had commanded Moses. 26 He put the golden altar in the tent of meeting before the curtain, 27 and offered fragrant incense on it; as the Lord had commanded Moses. 28 He also put in place the screen for the entrance of the tabernacle. 29 He set the altar of burnt offering at the entrance of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and offered on it the burnt offering and the grain offering as the Lord had commanded Moses. 30 He set the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it for washing, 31 with which Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet. 32 When they went into the tent of meeting, and when they approached the altar, they washed; as the Lord had commanded Moses. 33 He set up the court around the tabernacle and the altar, and put up the screen at the gate of the court. So Moses finished the work.

The Cloud and the Glory
34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 Whenever the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out on each stage of their journey; 37 but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, before the eyes of all the house of Israel at each stage of their journey.

Acts 16:35-40
16:35 When morning came, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.” 36 And the jailer reported the message to Paul, saying, “The magistrates sent word to let you go; therefore come out now and go in peace.” 37 But Paul replied, “They have beaten us in public, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and now are they going to discharge us in secret? Certainly not! Let them come and take us out themselves.” 38 The police reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens; 39 so they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city. 40 After leaving the prison they went to Lydia’s home; and when they had seen and encouraged the brothers and sisters there, they departed.

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

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The Voice of God in a Great Storm

Verse of the Day MONDAY, June 3, 2019

Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

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Un dia a la Vez - Monday, June 3, 2019

Oración por dirección

Señor, hazme conocer tus caminos; muéstrame tus sendas. Encamíname en tu verdad, ¡enséñame!
~ Salmo 25:4-5 (NVI)

Dios mío, te agradecemos este nuevo día. Gracias porque nos aumentas la bendición de un día más para vivir.

Vengo a ti reconociendo que eres Dios y que te necesitamos.

Señor, como intercesora tuya, te suplico que ayudes a cada uno de mis amigos, oyentes y a todos en general de modo que los llenes de sabiduría para que logren entender tus caminos y, por consiguiente, tu perfecta voluntad.

También te suplico que los ayudes siempre que se equivoquen y les extiendas tu misericordia las veces que sea necesaria.

Permite que la vida de cada persona que hoy lee este devocional se conmueva de tal manera que sea capaz de discernir y escuchar mejor tu voz y hacer tu voluntad. Dios mío, guarda a cada familia representada a través de este libro, a los oyentes y a todo el que lo pueda tener en sus manos.

No permitas que nos desviemos ni a la derecha ni a la izquierda. Ayúdanos a permanecer en ti.
Amén y amén.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Dios mío, te agradecemos este nuevo día. Gracias porque nos aumentas la bendición de un día más para vivir.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Monday, June 3, 2019

But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.

The Apostle Paul was always focused on opportunity. Yet he was a realist who knew the opposition he faced from the enemy of our souls. He expresses here an interest in visiting the Corinthian Church for a significant period of time. But it would not be until after Pentecost because of great open doors for effective work in spite of much opposition. In doing kingdom work we should always expect opposition but that should not blind us to the great opportunities.

A young pastor in the southern Philippines who attended a Standing Strong Through the Storm (SSTS) seminar, shares his personal experiences with this principle:

“The SSTS taught me a lot of things. First, it taught me to stand firm in the Lord during tough times. Second, it taught me to establish my relationship with God and not to focus on difficulties. Third, it taught me to lead my whole family to serve and obey God even though hardship and persecution come. And also it taught me to continue on with the ministry, even if others abandon us.

“My wife and I were newlyweds and fresh graduates of a Bible school when God called us to start a work among the Muslims. We were afraid of them and did not know how to minister to them. Open Doors gave us books on how to love the Muslims. In one community we started literacy classes among the children.

“But the more we grew in our desire to obey God, the more our faith was tested. In 2004, I was diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer. But my sickness did not stop the Lord in accomplishing His purpose for our lives. In 2008, He led us to permanently settle in a place where most Christians dared not go. As we obeyed God, we experienced His great power—that same year, my doctor told me that I was cancer free!

“The Lord also paved the way for us to reach one Muslim tribe through an adult literacy project. We built relationships with our students and eventually shared the gospel with them. We seized every opportunity to help them with their needs, more so with their relationship with Jesus Christ.

“I would say that the biggest test of our faith was not when I got sick, but when our sending church abandoned us and cut our support. I felt alone, but God sustained me and my family.

“The Lord is continuously opening more opportunities for us to minister to our Muslim brothers. Right now, with Open Doors’ help, we are holding literacy classes among the three Muslim tribes in our area. We are also distributing the JESUS film when there is any opportunity to do so.”

RESPONSE: Today I will not allow opposition to blind me to the opportunities of service God provides.

PRAYER: Lord, give me strength to walk through open doors of effective work in the face of opposes.

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 - Monday, June 3, 2019

Tamar, Daughter of King David

Her name means: "Date Tree" or "Palm Tree"

Her character: Tamar shared her father's, David's, good looks. Young and innocent, she was naive to the danger that threatened from her own family.
Her sorrow: That her half brother saw her only as an object for his lust, destroying her future as a result, and that her father, the king, did nothing to protect her.
Key Scriptures: 2 Samuel 13:1-22

Her Story

David's daughter Tamar was a knockout. No doubt she was destined for a marriage that would strengthen the king's political alliances. Though not under lock and key, she probably lived a rather protected life. But all the precautions in the world couldn't save her from the danger that threatened from David's inner circle.

Amnon was David's heir. As the king's eldest son, he was used to getting his way. But lately he'd grown despondent. Something was bothering him, chasing away his sleep, gnawing at his heart.

One day, Jonadab, Amnon's cousin, asked him: "Why do you, the king's son, look so haggard morning after morning? Won't you tell me?"

Amnon confided in his friend, saying, "I'm in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister."

"Go to bed and pretend to be ill," Jonadab shrewdly advised. "When your father comes to see you, say to him, 'I would like my sister Tamar to come and give me something to eat. Let her prepare the food in my sight, so I may eat from her hand.' "

So David, concerned for his son, unwittingly sent his daughter into a trap that would ruin her life.

After Tamar had prepared a meal for Amnon, he asked her to enter his bedroom and feed him. But as soon as Tamar did, he grabbed her, begging, "Come to bed with me, my sister."

"Don't, my brother!" she said to him. "Don't force me. Such a thing should not be done in Israel! Don't do this wicked thing. What about me? Where could I get rid of my disgrace? And what about you? You would be like one of the wicked fools in Israel. Please speak to the king; he will not keep me from being married to you." But despite her pleas, Amnon forced himself on her.

As soon as the storm of his passion died down, Amnon's infatuation turned to hatred. He threw Tamar out of his house, bolting the door against her, as though she, not he, were the guilty one. Desolate, the young girl tore her robes, throwing ashes on her head and weeping loudly as she wandered the streets. When her brother Absalom found her, he hushed her, saying, "Be quiet now, my sister, he is your brother. Don't take this thing to heart." But Absalom himself took it to heart, hating his half brother Amnon for what he had done.

Though David was furious when he heard the news, he did nothing to punish Amnon. Did he favor his son over his daughter, thinking her hurt a small matter? Or had his moral authority been so compromised by his lust for Bathsheba that he simply could not bring himself to confront his eldest son? Whatever the case, Absalom did not share his father's hesitation. Instead, he bided his time, waiting for an opportunity for vengeance. Two years later he murdered Amnon.

First rape, then murder. David's household was devastated not by barbarians outside the gate but by those inside his own family. After Amnon's death, David must have been haunted by Nathan's earlier prophecy after David's own adultery with Bathsheba: "Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house…. Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you" (2 Samuel 12:10-11). The father's lust was mirrored by the son's; the father's violence, by one son's murder of the other.

Tamar, unprotected by her father, betrayed by her own brother, lived in Absalom's house, a desolate woman, without the possibility of marriage or children because she was no longer a virgin. Thus a chain of sin wove its way through David's family, enslaving the innocent along with the guilty.

Her Promise

The horrifying facts of Tamar's experience—not only the rape itself but the effect it had on her future and her emotional well-being—are not too far from the experiences of many women today. Statistics reveal a staggering number of women who have been violated by family members when they were very young. The effects of those experiences can haunt a woman's existence, influencing her relationships with her husband, with male and female friends, and with her children. Help is available to those who seek it, but the ultimate hope and help can only be found in the love and acceptance God so willingly offers. His forgiving spirit can help recovery begin. His comforting spirit can bring a soothing balm to the hurt of the past. His constant presence can bring healing for the loneliness and detachment many feel.

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.
David's daughter Tamar was a knockout. No doubt she was destined for a marriage.

Girlfriends in God - Monday, June 3, 2019

Distracted by The Voices

Today’s Truth

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.
~ Isaiah 50:4 (NIV)

Friend to Friend

I’ve heard it said, “If you don't know your purpose, you will be distracted by the voices.” The same principle applies to the purpose of our words. The Bible has a lot to say about the ways we should use our words.

To ENCOURAGE - “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)

To WORSHIP - “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.” (Psalm 103:1-5)

“May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.” (Psalm 119:171-172)

To TEACH - “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” (Proverbs 31:26)

To PROTECT - “Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.” (Proverbs 21:23)

To CONNECT - “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:6)

To CALM - “Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.” (Proverbs 26:20)

“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.” (Titus 3:1)

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.” (Proverbs 15:1)

A tongue that is led by the flesh falls easily into speaking destruction, corruption, or gossip. A tongue that takes its cues from the leading of the Holy Spirit does not. Period.

The prophet Isaiah recognized the importance of his words. “The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.”(Isaiah 50:4) I read this and begin to ask God for a well-instructed tongue.

Recognizing his personal limitations but God’s limitlessness, Isaiah also wrote this, “Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” (Isaiah 50:7)

Oh, how I wish I had this perfected. But I don't. My words still put me to shame sometimes. It is only by the grace of God that I can speak in ways that honor God. Because like Isaiah, He helps me.

Without God’s intervention my sparky emotions can become a destructive force just looking for a place to happen. Especially with my family. But, thankfully, God helps me when I call to Him. And when I go off track, God convicts me… reminds me that I am His… that His Spirit is within me, and that His plan for me is greater. And He forgives. (Thank you, Jesus!)

I am challenged and changed by the love of Christ.

My words should be too.

Scripture points us to speak in ways that honor Christ, reflect His grace, echo His love, build others up and make much of Him. Paul encouraged the believers in Ephesus to, “…walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” (Ephesians 4:1) Today let’s determine to TALK in a way worthy of our calling.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Please help me choose my words wisely today. Instruct my tongue. Lead me to build others up and to worship You continually. Keep me from causing harm to others.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Now It’s Your Turn

Consider Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” What one practical thing can you do today to move your tongue and heart in this direction? Share your “one thing” on the wall of my blog.

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If you don't know your purpose, you will be distracted by the voices.

LHM Daily Devotions - Remembering a Reputation

"Remembering a Reputation"

Jun. 3, 2019

Psalm 143:10-11 - Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God! Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground! For Your Name's sake, O LORD, preserve my life! In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!

"The enemy ... has crushed my life to the ground," cries the psalmist. Perhaps you have, at times, felt the same. The psalmist sits in darkness with a fainting spirit and a heart appalled (see Psalm 143:3-4). It is not a good place to be. Yet often enough we find ourselves in that very place, crushed by the unavoidable circumstances of life, suffering from grief and loss, or from our own shame and guilt. Where do we go? Where do we turn?

The psalmist has the answer: "I will remember the days of old." He is not evoking fond memories about "the good old days," some of which may actually have been good, others, not so much. The psalmist is not remembering what he did in the past, but what God did in those days of old. He very likely remembers the work of God's hands in the beauty of creation and His mighty works as He set Israel free from slavery and claimed them as His chosen, holy people. The psalmist surely remembers the work of God as He settled His people in the Promised Land.

When we are crushed, with fainting spirits and hearts appalled, we are led by the Spirit through God's Word to join the psalmist and remember the days of old. We remember the days when God Himself came among us in human flesh, born in Bethlehem. Jesus our Lord walked on earth, taking up His path to the cross. He died and rose up from death to save us, to set us free from slavery to sin, death, and the devil. We remember the mighty work of God yet to come, when He will settle us in our eternal promised land.

Until then, we pray that God would lead us according to His will and teach us through His holy Word. We pray that in our often weak and stumbling ways the Spirit would lead us on level ground and deliver us from evil.

We remember, too, that there is a reputation at stake here. It is not our reputation, but the Name of our God. For the sake of His holy Name, according to His righteous judgment, He will once again do what He did in days of old, that He will forgive and save us. We trust Him, for He always remembers—and keeps—His promises.

THE PRAYER: Almighty God, we remember Your mighty works in days of old. Teach us to do Your will and let Your good Spirit lead us. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  • Have you ever done something that hurt someone else's reputation?
  • How can remembering what God has done for us calm and steady our lives?
  • How is Jesus' good Name esteemed and lifted up in your life?

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Carol Geisler. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Have you ever done something that hurt someone else's reputation?

Devocional de la CPTLN del 03 de Junio de 2019 - Recordando una reputación


Recordando una reputación

03 de Junio de 2019

Tú eres mi Dios; enséñame a hacer tu voluntad, y que tu buen espíritu me guíe por caminos rectos. Señor, por tu nombre, vivifícame; por tu justicia, líbrame de la angustia.

"Mi enemigo... ha puesto mi vida por los suelos", clama el salmista, y vive en las tinieblas con el espíritu deprimido y el corazón deshecho (ver Salmo 143:3-4). Quizás alguna vez hayas sentido lo mismo. No es un buen lugar para estar, pero a menudo nos encontramos allí aplastados por las circunstancias de la vida, sufriendo por el dolor y la pérdida, o por nuestra propia vergüenza y culpa. ¿A dónde vamos? ¿A quién le pedimos ayuda?

El salmista tiene la respuesta: "Cuando evoco los días de antaño...". Pero no está evocando recuerdos entrañables de los tiempos de antes, algunos de los cuales pueden haber sido buenos, ni recordando lo que él hizo en el pasado, sino lo que Dios hizo en aquellos días de antaño. Es muy probable que evoque la obra de Dios en la belleza de la creación y sus obras poderosas cuando liberó a Israel de la esclavitud y lo llamó como su pueblo elegido. Y seguramente recuerda la obra de Dios cuando estableció a su pueblo en la Tierra Prometida.

Cuando nos sentimos aplastados, con el espíritu deprimido y el corazón deshecho, el Espíritu nos guía a través de la Palabra de Dios para que, junto con el salmista, recordemos los días en que Dios mismo vino entre nosotros en carne humana, naciendo en Belén. Jesús, nuestro Señor, recorrió la tierra en su camino hacia la cruz y murió y resucitó para salvarnos, liberándonos para siempre de la esclavitud del pecado, la muerte y el diablo. Recordamos la gran obra de Dios que aún está por venir, cuando nos establecerá en nuestra tierra prometida eterna.

Hasta entonces, oramos para que Dios nos guíe de acuerdo con su voluntad y nos enseñe a través de su Palabra santa. Oramos para que, a través de nuestras debilidades y tropiezos, el Espíritu nos guíe por senderos llanos y nos libere del mal.

Recordamos también que aquí hay una reputación en juego. No es nuestra reputación, sino el Nombre de nuestro Dios. Por el bien de su santo Nombre, y de acuerdo con su juicio justo, una vez más hará lo que hizo en los días de antaño, perdonándonos y salvándonos. Confiamos en él porque él siempre recuerda y cumple sus promesas.

ORACIÓN: Dios todopoderoso, recordamos tus obras poderosas en los días de antaño. Enséñanos a hacer tu voluntad y permite que tu buen Espíritu nos guíe. Amén.

Dra. Carol Geisler. © 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 hecho algo que lastima la reputación de alguien más?

Notre Pain Quotidien - Les veilles de la nuit

Les veilles de la nuit

Lisez : Psaume 63.1-9

Lorsque je pense à toi sur ma couche, je médite sur toi pendant les veilles de la nuit. V. 7

Durant mes études universitaires, je passais mes étés à travailler dans un ranch-hôtel des montagnes du Colorado d’une beauté à couper le souffle. Le personnel se répartissait « les veilles de nuit » obligatoires – afin de protéger les clients durant leur sommeil contre un éventuel feu de forêt. Or, cette tâche qui m’est apparue de prime abord épuisante et ingrate est devenue pour moi une occasion unique de m’arrêter, de réfléchir et de trouver une consolation dans la majestueuse présence de Dieu.

Le roi David a cherché Dieu avec assiduité en ayant très soif de sa présence (PS 63.2), même couché durant « les veilles de la nuit » (V. 7). Ce psaume indique clairement que David était troublé. Il se peut que les paroles qu’il contient reflètent la profonde tristesse que lui causait la rébellion de son fils Absalom. La nuit est néanmoins devenue pour David l’occasion de trouver aide et restauration « à l’ombre de [ses] ailes » (V. 8), à savoir en la puissance et la présence de Dieu.

Peut-être vivez-vous une crise ou des difficultés. Vos veilles sont tout sauf réconfortantes ; votre propre « Absalom » vous accable ; votre fardeau familial, professionnel ou financier ne vous accorde aucun répit. Si c’est le cas, profitez de vos instants d’insomnie pour crier et vous cramponner à Dieu, en le laissant vous soutenir de sa droite (V. 9).

Les promesses de Dieu nous encouragent lorsque des défis nous tiennent éveillés la nuit.

© 2019 Ministères NPQ
Les promesses de Dieu nous encouragent lorsque des défis nous tiennent éveillés la nuit.