Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, June 11, 2019

The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, June 11, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 48
The Glory and Strength of Zion
A Song. A Psalm of the Korahites.
1  Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
     in the city of our God.
   His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation,
     is the joy of all the earth,
   Mount Zion, in the far north,
     the city of the great King.
3  Within its citadels God
     has shown himself a sure defense.

4  Then the kings assembled,
     they came on together.
5  As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
     they were in panic, they took to flight;
6  trembling took hold of them there,
     pains as of a woman in labor,
7  as when an east wind shatters
     the ships of Tarshish.
8  As we have heard, so have we seen
     in the city of the Lord of hosts,
   in the city of our God,
     which God establishes forever.   Selah

9  We ponder your steadfast love, O God,
     in the midst of your temple.
10 Your name, O God, like your praise,
     reaches to the ends of the earth.
   Your right hand is filled with victory.
11   Let Mount Zion be glad,
   let the towns of Judah rejoice
     because of your judgments.

12 Walk about Zion, go all around it,
     count its towers,
13 consider well its ramparts;
     go through its citadels,
   that you may tell the next generation
14   that this is God,
   our God forever and ever.
     He will be our guide forever.

Ezekiel 11:14-25
God Will Restore Israel
11:14 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 15 Mortal, your kinsfolk, your own kin, your fellow exiles, the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, “They have gone far from the Lord; to us this land is given for a possession.” 16 Therefore say: Thus says the Lord God: Though I removed them far away among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a little while in the countries where they have gone. 17 Therefore say: Thus says the Lord God: I will gather you from the peoples, and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. 18 When they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. 19 I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20 so that they may follow my statutes and keep my ordinances and obey them. Then they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those whose heart goes after their detestable things and their abominations, I will bring their deeds upon their own heads, says the Lord God.

22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was above them. 23 And the glory of the Lord ascended from the middle of the city, and stopped on the mountain east of the city. 24 The spirit lifted me up and brought me in a vision by the spirit of God into Chaldea, to the exiles. Then the vision that I had seen left me. 25 And I told the exiles all the things that the Lord had shown me.

1 Corinthians 2:12-16
2:12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. 13 And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.

14 Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny.

16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord
     so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.

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

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Daily Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2019, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2018 was Year B. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest on what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org
We have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.

The Morning Prayer for TUESDAY, June 11, 2019

Tuesday morning prayer

Lord, on this day I chose to put You first. Thank You that when You are at the center of our family, our lives are rich with love and goodness. Lord, be the running stream, springing up at the very heart of our household. Might we drink daily from the water of life, that our days would be filled with kindness, forgiveness, trust and love. Amen.

May this day be a gentle time
Of love and kindness shown,
To all my friends and family
A love that helps us grow.

Let Tuesday always prompt my heart
To place my life in You.
To see Your holy will be done
I give my life anew.

Prayer Before Work

Today I will remember to put you before all things.
Lord before tiredness - you are energy
Lord before stress - you are peace
Lord before need - you are the gift
Lord before decisions - you are truth
Lord before toil - you are rest.
Today I will remember to put your energy, your peace, your gift, your truth and your rest before my working day.
That I may go not in my own strength but be led by your Spirit.


Verse of the Day TUESDAY, June 11, 2019


Psalm 46:10 (NIV) He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

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Un dia a la Vez - Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Semana de meditación: ¿Tu casa es un altar de adoración?

Llegaré entonces al altar de Dios, del Dios de mi alegría y mi deleite, y allí, oh Dios, mi Dios, te alabaré al son del arpa.
~ Salmo 43:4 (NVI)

Hace unos meses, tuve la oportunidad de entrevistar a la señora Gloriana Montero, esposa de uno de los cantantes más queridos en el campo de la música cristiana y que ahora es copastor de la iglesia de Marcos Witt. En la entrevista hablamos de muchas cosas: su vida como soltera y los hechos que dieron lugar a su boda. Para los que conocen la vida de Danilo Montero, este costarricense es un adorador por excelencia. Se preocupa mucho por enseñar a buscar la presencia de Dios. Así que me llamó mucho la atención preguntarle cómo era su hogar, pues ya llevan casi dos años de casados. A lo que me respondió: «Mira, la convivencia siempre tiene algunas situaciones, pues existen diferencias».

Como es natural, Gloriana no entró en detalles. Sin embargo, me dijo que un día decidieron convertir su hogar en un «Altar de Adoración», a fin de que lo que tuvieran que pasar no empañara lo que vivirían allí para honrar a Dios. «En nuestro hogar», me dijo, «se adora constantemente y se tiene toda la libertad para orar». Sin duda, este matrimonio hace todo lo posible por darle esa ofrenda a Dios.

Esta idea me pareció tan hermosa, que me propuse, junto con mi esposo y mis princesas, que nuestro hogar fuera también un Altar de Adoración, donde se incluyera la búsqueda de Dios, la lectura de la Palabra en familia, la oración constante los unos por los otros. Además, también nos propusimos inculcarles este estilo de vida a mis princesas.

¿Por qué no aceptas este reto y empiezas a hacer cambios con la ayuda de Dios?

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
¿Por qué no aceptas este reto y empiezas a hacer cambios con la ayuda de Dios?

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Tuesday, June 11, 2019


For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
~ Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

Jesus is our best example of dependence on the written Word of God. He quoted scripture repeatedly. When Satan tempted Him in the wilderness, for example, He quoted scripture in answer to each of Satan’s demands (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus based His teaching on the Old Testament Scriptures and referred to them frequently for historical examples. It can be said that Jesus authenticated almost every book in the Old Testament by quoting from it at least once as divine authority!

It is especially interesting to note how Jesus used the scriptures after His death and resurrection. While walking with some followers on the road to Emmaus, He began “with Moses and all the Prophets” explaining “…to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself" (Luke 24:27).

The central place scripture held for the early church is evident throughout the book of Acts. Scripture was used to explain the events of Pentecost (Acts 2:16-21), to identify Jesus as the Messiah (2:25-28), to determine their reaction to persecution (4:23-26), to state the church’s position in the face of persecution (7:1-53), to preach Christ (8:29-35), and to determine how to accept Gentile believers (15:13-21).

There are literally hundreds of examples of New Testament Christians and the writers of the epistles using the Old Testament Scriptures to prove their positions. In fact, it is so basic to sound biblical teaching that it is still common in evangelical circles today. The Bible is our true source of divine knowledge.

Outside the city of Seoul, Korea stands the memorial to the martyrs of the Korean church. Interestingly, the first picture in the gallery is of a Welshman, R. J. Thomas. We learned about him earlier as he gave his life taking the Bible into northern Korea in 1866. The nephew of a scholar became a Christian by reading a gospel portion plastered on the compound wall of the man who killed Thomas. The young man reportedly helped a Scottish missionary, John Ross, make the first translation of the New Testament into Korean in Shenyang, China a mere twenty-five years later. This led to the first group of believers in the country of Korea even before foreign missionaries arrived. The Word of God is powerful!

RESPONSE: I will treasure God’s powerful and living Word, today.

PRAYER: Thank You Lord for the power of Your Word! May it impact North Korea anew in my generation.

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, June 11, 2019


The Kindness of Intentional Blindness

Today’s Truth

Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

Friend to Friend

We were hoping for a long, slow dinner out with good friends. Instead, what we got was a mediocre meal and a rude waitress.

From the moment we walked in the door of the tiny cafe, we felt her chill. She didn’t want us standing by the door, nor did she like it when we sat in a couple vacated chairs while we waited for a table. When our table was finally ready, she seemed annoyed by the number of our children. Then, when we asked for an additional glass of water, she let us know she’d already brought enough for everyone. We must’ve misplaced it. Finally, when we discovered we’d been given a regular pizza when we’d asked for gluten-free, she made sure we knew we must’ve ordered it wrong and it was definitely not her fault.

Now, I’d love to tell you my first instinct was one of compassion and grace. Instead, I looked at this snarky young woman—young enough to be one of my own children—and I considered how a good solid smack down might do her a bit of good. She was rude, disrespectful, unkind, and not at all the example I want my youngest three children to see. Customer service was absent, not to mention basic manners and human kindness. Her behavior was unacceptable, and every part of me wanted to tell her so.

Until later that evening, when we processed what had happened and an insight by my friend doused my fire:

“Did you hear what she said when she walked away? ‘I can’t do anything right.’ She must’ve been having a hard day.”

Just that fast, my annoyance turned to empathy. I knew what it felt like to have one of those days, when everything goes wrong and I feel like nothing but a failure. Sometimes it’s easier to erect a hard shell than crumble in a million pieces. Cold indifference feels safer than sadness.

I can’t help but wonder: What would’ve happened if I’d chosen lean in and extend kindness? What would’ve happened if I’d tempered my annoyance with both curiosity and grace? While her behavior was unacceptable, there’s a chance it might also be understandable. Perhaps she’d experienced a difficulty that day I knew nothing about, or even a loss my own heart couldn’t fathom.

Annoyance does nothing to lend comfort.

But kindness speaks calm to a storm.

“Fools show their annoyance at once,” Solomon said. By all accounts, I act like a fool more than not. I’m easily annoyed, especially with those closest to me, the ones living inside the walls of my house. Some days it doesn’t take much for my adolescent children to trigger a reaction. And, in many cases, their behavior deserves parental correction. But what if I responded to insults with kindness? What if my correction of them also included authentic connection? How might my calm demeanor melt the coolness of those around me?

After all, that is precisely what God does for us. When having a hard day, He doesn’t match my rudeness and obstinance with His. Instead, He offers relationship, allowing His kindness to bring about the correction I so desperately need.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, You have offered me kindness upon kindness, even when my behavior deserved nothing but rebuke. You have extended patience, grace, compassion over and over again. Teach me to be slow with annoyance and quick with love, mirroring Your compassion with a measure of my own.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Chances are, sometime today someone will annoy you. They will do or say something that stings. And you will be tempted (and maybe even justified) to retaliate. What would happen if you committed to overlooking offenses all day today instead? How might your relationships—and your own sense of peace and happiness—be impacted as a result?

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We were hoping for a long, slow dinner out with good friends. Instead, what we got was a mediocre meal and a rude waitress.

LHM Daily Devotions - The Wisdom of God


"The Wisdom of God"

Jun. 11, 2019

Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: "To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man."

The book of Proverbs gives us a picture of wisdom as a woman who is calling people to come to her for help. She wants people to be wise, to learn the wisdom that God gives; and so she goes up in the hills, down to the crossroads, even to the city gate, trying to get people's attention.

She says, "O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense. Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right ...

"For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death" (Proverbs 8:5-6, 35-36).

Why is wisdom calling out so loudly? Why does she have to travel around everywhere instead of just staying still? The answer is simple: people don't pay attention. It doesn't matter if it's thousands of years ago or today, people are stubborn and foolish. They turn away from wisdom no matter how loudly she calls. Sometimes I think wisdom needs more than just her voice; she needs a club and a butterfly net to catch people with!

Human foolishness must be really frustrating to God. He tells us what is good and right, but do we listen? Not most of the time. We are like foolish sheep, the kind that Isaiah talks about: "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—everyone—to his own way" (Isaiah 53:6a). We do things that harm us and other people, even when we know better. Wisdom may be crying out, but she isn't getting a hearing from us!

That is why God took matters into His own hands. We would not come to Him—we would not listen—so He came to us. He came into our world as a human baby, as Jesus Christ our Savior. He grew up among us, living our life, serving the people around Him and teaching with all the wisdom of God. Like the figure of Wisdom in Proverbs, He spent His days at the crossroads and the city gates, anywhere people might listen, calling them to Himself. And then He carried out the ultimate act of God's wisdom by going freely to the cross to die for our sakes. Paul calls Him "Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men" (1 Corinthians 1:23-25).

No human being could ever have imagined the way God chose to save us—not through power, but through weakness and suffering; not through human wisdom, but through the foolishness of God stooping down to be one of us. And yet, because He did this, because He was born, suffered, died, and rose again as one of us, for our sakes—now we have everlasting life. Now we share in the divine wisdom which gives life. God's Holy Spirit dwells in us, and our lives are forever new. "Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! ... For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen" (Romans 11:33, 36).

THE PRAYER: Lord, make me wise to trust in Your Son Jesus. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  • What, in your opinion, marks a thing or concept as wise?
  • What is wisdom? How does attaining it and applying it impact our lives?
  • How is the "foolishness of God wiser than men"?

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).
What, in your opinion, marks a thing or concept as wise?

Devocional de la CPTLN del 11 de Junio de 2019 - La sabiduría de Dios


La sabiduría de Dios

11 de Junio de 2019

¿Acaso no está llamando la sabiduría? ¿Qué, no deja oír su voz la inteligencia? Se para en las colinas, junto al camino; se queda esperando en las encrucijadas. Deja oír su voz a un lado de las puertas; a la entrada misma de la ciudad exclama: "A ustedes, los hombres, los llamo; a ustedes, los hombres, dirijo mi voz."

El libro de Proverbios nos presenta a la sabiduría como a una mujer que llama a las personas a que acudan a ella en busca de ayuda. Quiere que las personas sean sabias, que aprendan la sabiduría que Dios da, y para ello sube a las colinas y va hasta las encrucijadas, para tratar de llamarles la atención.

Ella dice: "Muchachos ingenuos, ¡entiendan! Jóvenes necios, ¡recapaciten! ¡Óiganme, que lo que voy a decirles son cosas muy justas e importantes ... El que me halla, ha encontrado la vida y alcanzado el favor del Señor. El que peca contra mí, se daña a sí mismo; el que me aborrece, ama a la muerte" (Proverbios 8:5-6, 35-36).

¿Por qué habla a los gritos? ¿Por qué tiene que ir por todas partes, en vez de quedarse quieta? La respuesta es simple: las personas no le prestan atención. Ya sea hace miles de años u hoy en día, los seres humanos somos tercos e insensatos: nos apartamos de la sabiduría, no importa cuán fuerte sea su voz. A veces pienso que la sabiduría necesita algo más que su voz: ¡necesita una red para atraparnos!

La necedad humana debe ser algo realmente frustrante para Dios. Él nos dice qué es bueno y correcto, pero ¿acaso le escuchamos? Por lo general, no. Somos como las ovejas tontas de las que habla Isaías: "Todos perderemos el rumbo, como ovejas, y cada uno tomará su propio camino" (Isaías 53:6a). Hacemos cosas que nos dañan a nosotros y a otras personas, aun cuando lo sabemos. La sabiduría puede estar clamando, ¡pero no la escuchamos!

Es por ello que Dios tomó el asunto en sus manos. Como nosotros no íbamos a él, él vino a nosotros. Vino a nuestro mundo como un bebé humano en la persona de Jesucristo, nuestro Salvador. Jesús creció entre nosostros y vivió nuestra vida, sirviendo a quienes le rodeaban y enseñando con toda la sabiduría de Dios. Al igual que la figura de la sabiduría en Proverbios, él pasó sus días en las encrucijadas y las puertas de la ciudad, allí donde pudieran escucharlo, llamando a las personas a él. Y luego llevó a cabo el acto supremo de la sabiduría de Dios yendo a la cruz a morir por nosotros. Pablo lo llama "Cristo crucificado, que para los judíos es ciertamente un tropezadero, y para los no judíos una locura, pero para los llamados, tanto judíos como griegos, Cristo es poder de Dios, y sabiduría de Dios. Porque lo insensato de Dios es más sabio que los hombres, y lo débil de Dios es más fuerte que los hombres" (1 Corintios 1:23-25).

Ningún ser humano podría haber imaginado que Dios elegiría salvarnos no con poder, sino con el sufrimiento; no con la sabiduría humana, sino rebajándose para ser uno de nosotros. Y porque Jesús nació, sufrió, murió y resucitó por nosotros, ahora tenemos vida eterna y participamos de la sabiduría divina que da vida. El Espíritu Santo de Dios vive en nosotros y renueva constantemente nuestras vidas.

"¡Qué profundas son las riquezas de la sabiduría y del conocimiento de Dios! ¡Cuán incomprensibles son sus juicios, e inescrutables sus caminos! Porque ¿quién ha entendido la mente del Señor? ¿O quién ha sido su consejero? ¿O quién le dio a él primero, para que él tenga que devolverlo? Ciertamente, todas las cosas son de él, y por él, y para él. ¡A él sea la gloria por siempre! Amén" (Romanos 11:33, 36).

ORACIÓN: Señor, hazme sabio para confiar en tu Hijo Jesús. Amén.

Para reflexionar:
  • ¿Qué crees que hace que algo sea sabio?
  • ¿Qué quiere decir que "lo insensato de Dios es más sabio que los hombres"?

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.
¿Qué, en tu opinión, marca una cosa o concepto como sabio?

Nuestro Pan Diario - Dios de toda nación


Dios de toda nación

Leer: Hechos 2:1-12 | La Biblia en un año: Esdras 1–2 Juan 19:23-42

Moraban entonces en Jerusalén judíos, varones piadosos, de todas las naciones bajo el cielo (v. 5).

El exvocalista de Newsboys, Peter Furler, dice que su canción He Reigns [Él reina], pinta una vívida imagen de creyentes de todo pueblo y nación unidos para adorar a Dios. Observó que siempre que la cantaban, percibían el movimiento del Espíritu Santo entre los creyentes reunidos.

Probablemente, las multitudes que iban a Jerusalén en Pentecostés se habrían identificado con lo que dijo Furler. Cuando los discípulos fueron llenos del Espíritu Santo (Hechos 2:4), sucedieron cosas que nadie había experimentado. Como resultado, judíos de todas las naciones se desconcertaron porque cada uno oía a otros anunciar las maravillas de Dios en su propia lengua (vv. 5-6, 11). Pedro le explicó a la multitud que esto cumplía la profecía del Antiguo Testamento, donde Dios decía: «Derramaré de mi Espíritu sobre toda carne» (v. 17).

Ante esta demostración del poder de Dios, 3.000 personas se convirtieron cuando Pedro expuso el evangelio (v. 41). Después de este despegue inicial, los creyentes regresaron a su rincón del mundo, llevando la buena noticia.

Esta buena noticia sigue resonando hoy: el mensaje de Dios de esperanza para todo el mundo. Cuando alabamos juntos a Dios, su Espíritu se mueve entre nosotros, uniendo a personas de toda nación. ¡Él reina!
Querido Padre celestial, ayúdame a reflejar tu corazón para las naciones.
¿Cómo ves la imagen de Dios en otras personas? ¿Cómo puedes ver a todos los de otras naciones a través de las lentes de Jesús?

Por ro

© 2019 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario
¿Cómo ves la imagen de Dios en otras personas?