Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, June 25, 2019

One in Christ - Jew and Gentile Reconciled Through Christ

The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, June 25, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Psalm 59
Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam, when Saul ordered his house to be watched in order to kill him.
1  Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
     protect me from those who rise up against me.
2  Deliver me from those who work evil;
     from the bloodthirsty save me.

3  Even now they lie in wait for my life;
     the mighty stir up strife against me.
   For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,
4    for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.

   Rouse yourself, come to my help and see!
5    You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel.
   Awake to punish all the nations;
     spare none of those who treacherously plot evil.   Selah

6  Each evening they come back,
     howling like dogs
     and prowling about the city.
7  There they are, bellowing with their mouths,
     with sharp words on their lips—
     for “Who,” they think, “will hear us?”

8  But you laugh at them, O Lord;
     you hold all the nations in derision.
9  O my strength, I will watch for you;
     for you, O God, are my fortress.
10 My God in his steadfast love will meet me;
     my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.

11 Do not kill them, or my people may forget;
     make them totter by your power, and bring them down,
     O Lord, our shield.
12 For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
     let them be trapped in their pride.
   For the cursing and lies that they utter,
13   consume them in wrath;
     consume them until they are no more.
   Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
     that God rules over Jacob.   Selah

14 Each evening they come back,
     howling like dogs
     and prowling about the city.
15 They roam about for food,
     and growl if they do not get their fill.

16 But I will sing of your might;
     I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
   For you have been a fortress for me
     and a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 O my strength, I will sing praises to you,
     for you, O God, are my fortress,
     the God who shows me steadfast love.

2 Kings 9:14-26
Joram of Israel Killed
9:14 Thus Jehu son of Jehoshaphat son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. Joram with all Israel had been on guard at Ramoth-gilead against King Hazael of Aram; 15 but King Joram had returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds that the Arameans had inflicted on him, when he fought against King Hazael of Aram. So Jehu said, “If this is your wish, then let no one slip out of the city to go and tell the news in Jezreel.” 16 Then Jehu mounted his chariot and went to Jezreel, where Joram was lying ill. King Ahaziah of Judah had come down to visit Joram.

17 In Jezreel, the sentinel standing on the tower spied the company of Jehu arriving, and said, “I see a company.” Joram said, “Take a horseman; send him to meet them, and let him say, ‘Is it peace?’” 18 So the horseman went to meet him; he said, “Thus says the king, ‘Is it peace?’” Jehu responded, “What have you to do with peace? Fall in behind me.” The sentinel reported, saying, “The messenger reached them, but he is not coming back.” 19 Then he sent out a second horseman, who came to them and said, “Thus says the king, ‘Is it peace?’” Jehu answered, “What have you to do with peace? Fall in behind me.” 20 Again the sentinel reported, “He reached them, but he is not coming back. It looks like the driving of Jehu son of Nimshi; for he drives like a maniac.”

21 Joram said, “Get ready.” And they got his chariot ready. Then King Joram of Israel and King Ahaziah of Judah set out, each in his chariot, and went to meet Jehu; they met him at the property of Naboth the Jezreelite. 22 When Joram saw Jehu, he said, “Is it peace, Jehu?” He answered, “What peace can there be, so long as the many whoredoms and sorceries of your mother Jezebel continue?” 23 Then Joram reined about and fled, saying to Ahaziah, “Treason, Ahaziah!” 24 Jehu drew his bow with all his strength, and shot Joram between the shoulders, so that the arrow pierced his heart; and he sank in his chariot. 25 Jehu said to his aide Bidkar, “Lift him out, and throw him on the plot of ground belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite; for remember, when you and I rode side by side behind his father Ahab how the Lord uttered this oracle against him: 26 ‘For the blood of Naboth and for the blood of his children that I saw yesterday, says the Lord, I swear I will repay you on this very plot of ground.’ Now therefore lift him out and throw him on the plot of ground, in accordance with the word of the Lord.”

Ephesians 2:11-22
One in Christ
2:11 So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— 12 remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15 He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16 and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17 So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18 for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21 In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

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
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

The Morning Prayer for TUESDAY, June 25, 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.

Verse of the Day TUESDAY, June 25, 2019


Jeremiah 23:24 (NIV) Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.

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Un dia a la Vez - Tuesday, June 25, 2019


Oración por libertad personal

Si el Hijo los libera, serán ustedes verdaderamente libres.
~ Juan 8:36 (NVI)

Mi Dios, ¡qué engañado y frustrado he vivido en todos estos años, siempre esperando de alguien para ser feliz! Por mucho tiempo pensé que vivir para mi trabajo me mantendría ocupado y feliz. Sentía que si no tenía a alguien a mi lado, no podría alcanzar mis sueños.

Incluso, por mucho tiempo creí que las drogas, el alcohol y la pornografía me llenaban.

Perdón, mi Señor, porque me uní a malas compañías y me di cuenta que no les importaba mi felicidad.

Hoy quiero declarar que he encontrado mi libertad en ti. Me niego a seguir cargando toda culpabilidad y decido dejar mi vida en tus manos.

Señor, rompe todo lo que me ate a mi pasado y hazme libre en el nombre de Jesús.

Hoy decreto que tú eres todo para mí y me declaro libre.

Amén y amén.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Por mucho tiempo pensé que vivir para mi trabajo me mantendría ocupado y feliz.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Tuesday, June 25, 2019


But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
~ John 16:13 (NIV)

Johnny Li of Nexus ministry shares today the story of his “calling” by God’s Holy Spirit:

“Your son asked me to come and visit you!” As I spoke these words to the elderly man in front of me, I could see the utter surprise and even confusion in his eyes. Suddenly the man grabbed me and quickly jerked me inside the small room.

My mind began to retrace my steps and all the events that had led to this: first meeting young Brother Wang in Hong Kong after his daring escape from China; then the challenging request from my pastor to take Bibles to the family of Brother Wang in China; then the daring and dangerous expedition that led me here.

Mrs. Wang quickly excused herself and I spent the next hour bringing greetings and love from Brother Wang as well as all the other believers from our small church in Hong Kong. Curious about the sudden disappearance of Mrs. Wang I enquired where she went. “She is in the room next door praying for our safety,” Brother Wang’s father replied.

After memorable fellowship, the final words of Brother Wang Sr. pierced my heart. “You must come again,” he pleaded.

I smiled politely but in my heart I knew I would not likely return. The trip was much too risky and dangerous for my liking. Being Chinese I knew that my destiny would be prison if I were caught. “You must come again and bring more Bibles,” old Brother Wang pleaded as if he could read my troubled mind. I gave the only correct answer I could think of. “I will pray about it.”

In a daze I walked to the train station and boarded the first train home to safety. My heart was torn because this was the country responsible for arresting my mother and causing me to grow up as an orphan. I decided I would not return! Then I heard the unmistakable voice of the Holy Spirit, “Do you need a calling, Johnny?”

“Lord what do you mean,” I asked? “You have seen the need. You have heard my voice. Why do you need a ‘calling’ to respond?” I knew I had no choice. The Lord had spoken. I knew this was the way for me.

This was thirty years ago and Johnny Li has been an immense blessing in assisting the fast-growing church in China. He’s been responsible for producing the first Chinese Children’s Bible in modern Chinese and has delivered thousands of Bibles and other Christian literature into China. Today he trains Chinese missionaries committed to take the Gospel to the Muslim world.

RESPONSE: Today I will listen to the Spirit’s voice before making decisions and plans.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to listen to Your Spirit’s direction in my life since He will direct my steps.

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 25, 2019


What is True Worship?

Today’s Truth

The LORD does what is right, and He loves justice, so honest people will see His face.
~ Psalm 11:7 (NCV)

Friend to Friend

Worship is a word we often use but something we rarely experience. Oh, we say that we are going to a worship service each Sunday, but do we really encounter the living God or merely endure another weekly religious gathering? When was the last time you walked away from a worship service – changed forever – because God met you there? We misunderstand what true worship is and fail to recognize the requirements of worship.

A preacher, out for a walk, noticed a group of boys standing around a small stray dog. “What are you doing, boys?” he asked. “Telling lies,” one young man explained. “The one who tells the biggest lie gets the dog.” The minister was shocked and said, “Why, when I was your age, I never even thought about telling a lie.” The boys looked at each other and their faces fell in disappointment. Finally, one young man shrugged and said, “I guess he wins the dog.”

To worship God is to see Him - truly and honestly. No, we cannot actually see His face, but we can understand who He is, recognize His power, and acknowledge His sovereignty. True worship takes place in an honest heart.

Honesty is a rapidly disappearing attribute. Truth is hedged and masked. Integrity is compromised. “Mom isn’t here” our children say when we want to avoid the caller. We silently pocket the incorrectly counted change received in the drive-through lane. Untruths we label as “small white lies” punctuate our character until authenticity is forfeited. A life of integrity demands honesty. So does worship.

Worship is all about seeking the face of God. We cannot truly seek Him until we are willing to come before Him in absolute abandonment, completely and totally honest before Him.

In the gospel of Luke, we find a woman who came to dinner at the home of Simon Peter. This woman came for one reason alone - she had heard that Jesus would be there. It was common knowledge that she was a prostitute with a terrible reputation. Everyone at the party - including Simon, the host - knew exactly who she was and what she had done. Simon would never have allowed, much less invited this kind of woman to enter his home. However, it was common knowledge that when a Rabbi was invited to someone’s house, others could stop by and listen to the conversation. A desperate woman, she came knowing that everyone at the party would recognize and judge her.  But her desire to meet Jesus was greater than her pride.

She came openly - hiding nothing. She came just like she was, a sinful woman. In other words, as my daughter would say, she was the “real deal.” No pretense. No hypocrisy. Just authenticity. She came with an honest heart and Jesus met her at that point of brutal honesty. As a matter of fact, He was waiting for her to come. He is waiting for us to come as well. The fact is that we will never experience the full power of true worship until we are ready to honestly confront and deal with the sin in our lives. An honest heart pleases God and is invited to worship Him.

Let’s Pray

Father, I confess that I do not truly understand what it means to worship You in the way that You desire, but I want to worship You. I want to come into your presence with complete honesty and transparency. My heart desire is to sit at Your feet. I lay down my pride and arrogance, confessing that without You, I am nothing. I praise You and love You, Father. Teach me how to truly worship You.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn
  • Examine your life in the light of honesty.
  • Come before Him wrapped in that spiritual honesty.
  • Know that He always responds to an honest heart.
  • Refuse to fall back into old habits that would corrupt your newfound authenticity.
Ask yourself the following questions:
  • What sin(s) have I been hiding and refusing to face?
  • What action(s) will it take for me to deal with those sins honestly?
  • How does sin affect my ability to worship God?
  • Define honesty. Does your definition line up with God’s?
More from the Girlfriends

I don’t know about you, but I am so tired of lugging my collection of masks around. I am no longer willing to waste energy trying to be someone God did not create me to be. I really do want to be “the real deal.” Let’s pray for each other to become a woman that pleases God.

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We misunderstand what true worship is and fail to recognize the requirements of worship.

LHM Daily Devotions - A Low Whisper


"A Low Whisper"

Jun. 25, 2019

And behold, the Word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" He said, "I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, thrown down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away." And He said, "Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

I love the story of Elijah—not the story of the great miracle on Mt. Carmel, but what happened afterward. You remember that Elijah had called down fire from heaven in front of the whole nation; he defeated the priests of Baal and made it clear who the real God was. But that victory lasted only hours. A day or two later, Elijah was running from the queen who wanted to execute him. Nothing was left of his victory except ashes.

Elijah was in despair. He said, "It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers" (1 Kings 19:4b).

But God did not forget Elijah. Look at how tenderly He cared for him! It started with simple physical care: food and water brought by an angel as Elijah slept under a tree.

Then Elijah traveled to Mt. Horeb, 40 days away. It would have been quiet on that trip: no one to frighten him, bother him, or even ask him questions. He would have had time to think, time to pray, time just to breathe.

Once Elijah made it to the mountain, God spoke to him. But He didn't do it in a booming, scary voice. Instead, Elijah heard the sound of a low whisper—something that a broken, despairing human being could face. "What are you doing here?" God asked. God knew, of course, but Elijah needed a chance to say what was on his heart.

And then God gave him encouragement and help. He provided him with an assistant, Elisha, and He told Elijah that there were still 7,000 faithful believers in Israel, "all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him" (1 Kings 19:18b).

There are times when we need this kind of mercy from God—times when we ourselves feel worn down, even broken. We have reached the end of our strength, and God knows this. He deals gently with us at such a time. "For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust" (Psalm 103:14).

God's gentleness is not surprising when we remember how He chose to come into the world to save us—not as a great and powerful hero, but as a newborn baby. And though He had and has all power, He refused to use it except to show mercy to people: healing the sick, feeding the hungry, raising the dead. Even on the cross He triumphed through weakness, destroying evil through His own death, and giving us life through His resurrection. As David said, "You have given me the shield of Your salvation, and Your right hand supported me, and Your gentleness made me great" (Psalm 18:35).

THE PRAYER: Lord, show me Your gentleness and mercy when I am weak. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  • Can you recall a time of achievement or victory in your life that was short-lived? Why was that so?
  • Can you think of instances in Scripture when God spoke/revealed Himself in quiet things?
  • What are your favorite private times with God?

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).
Can you recall a time of achievement or victory in your life that was short-lived?

Devocional de la CPTLN del 25 de Junio de 2019 - Un silbido apacible y delicado


Un silbido apacible y delicado

25 de Junio de 2019

Buscó una cueva donde pasar la noche, y allí el Señor le dijo: «¿Qué haces aquí, Elías?» Y Elías respondió: «Es muy grande mi amor por ti, Señor, Dios de los ejércitos. Los israelitas se han olvidado de tu pacto, han destruido tus altares, han matado a tus profetas, ¡y sólo quedo yo! Pero me andan buscando para quitarme la vida.» Entonces el Señor le dijo: «Sal de tu cueva y espérame en el monte, delante de mí.» Elías pudo sentir que el Señor estaba pasando, porque se desató un viento poderoso que a su paso desgajaba los montes y partía las rocas. Pero el Señor no estaba en el huracán. Tras el viento vino un terremoto. Pero el Señor no estaba en el terremoto. Tras el terremoto vino un fuego. Pero el Señor tampoco estaba en el fuego. Luego vino un silvo apacible y delicado, y cuando Elías lo percibió, se cubrió el rostro con su manto y se quedó a la entrada de la cueva; entonces escuchó una voz que le preguntaba: «¿Qué haces aquí, Elías?»

Me encanta la historia de Elías, no la historia del gran milagro en el monte Carmel, pero lo que pasó después. Elías había pedido que cayera fuego del cielo frente a toda la nación (2 Reyes 1:10); derrotó a los sacerdotes de Baal y había dejado en claro quién era el verdadero Dios. Pero esa victoria duró solo unas horas. Uno o dos días después, Elías estaba huyendo de la reina que quería ejecutarlo. De su victoria solo quedaron cenizas.

Tan desesperado estaba Elías, que dijo: "Señor, ¡ya no puedo más! ¡Quítame la vida, pues no soy mejor que mis antepasados!" (1 Reyes 19:4b). Pero Dios no se había olvidado de Elías. Veamos cómo lo cuidó. Comenzó con un simple cuidado físico: comida y agua traídas por un ángel mientras Elías dormía debajo de un árbol. Entonces Elías viajó al monte Horeb, a 40 días de distancia. El viaje fue tranquilo: nadie lo asustó, lo molestó o le hizo preguntas. Tuvo tiempo para pensar, para orar, para respirar.

Cuando llegó a la montaña Dios le habló, pero no lo hizo con una voz resonante y aterradora. En cambio, Elías escuchó un silbido apacible y delicado, algo que un ser humano quebrantado y desesperado podía aguantar. "¿Qué estás haciendo aquí?", preguntó Dios. Por supuesto que Dios lo sabía, pero Elías necesitaba una oportunidad para decir lo que había en su corazón.

Y luego Dios le dio aliento y ayuda: le dio a Eliseo para que lo asistiera, y le dijo a Elías que todavía había 7.000 creyentes fieles en Israel, "siete mil israelitas que nunca se arrodillaron ante Baal, ni jamás besaron su estatua" (1 Reyes 19:18b).

Hay momentos en que necesitamos esa clase de misericordia de Dios, momentos en los que nos sentimos agotados, incluso quebrantados; hemos llegado al final de nuestras fuerzas. Dios nos trata con delicadeza: "Pues él sabe de qué estamos hechos; ¡él bien sabe que estamos hecho de polvo!" (Salmo 103:14).

La delicadeza de Dios no es de sorprendernos, especialmente cuando recordamos cómo eligió venir al mundo para salvarnos: no como un héroe poderoso, sino como un bebé recién nacido. Y, si bien tenía y tiene todo el poder, se negó a usarlo excepto para mostrar misericordia a las personas: curar a los enfermos, alimentar a los hambrientos, resucitar a los muertos. Incluso en la cruz triunfó a través de la debilidad, destruyendo el mal con su propia muerte y dándonos vida a través de su resurrección. Como dijo David: "Tú me diste el escudo de tu salvación, me sostuviste con tu mano derecha, y con tu bondad me engrandeciste" (Salmo 18:35).

ORACIÓN: Señor, muéstrame tu delicadeza y misericordia cuando estoy débil. Amén.

Para reflexionar:
  • ¿En qué momentos en las Escrituras Dios habló o se reveló a través de cosas apacibles?
  • ¿Cuáles son tus momentos privados favoritos con Dios?

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.
¿En qué momentos en las Escrituras Dios habló o se reveló a través de cosas apacibles?

Nuestro Pan Diario - Hoguera de vanidad


Hoguera de vanidad

Leer: Mateo 5:21-30 | La Biblia en un año: Job 3–4 Hechos 7:44-60

Crea en mí, oh Dios, un corazón limpio… (Salmo 51:10).

En febrero de 1497, el monje Girolama Savonarola encendió una hoguera. Él y sus seguidores habían recolectado durante meses elementos que pensaban que podían tentar a las personas a pecar o a descuidar sus deberes religiosos: obras de arte, cosméticos, instrumentos y vestidos. Aquel día, quemaron miles de artículos de vanidad en una plaza pública. A este suceso se lo llegó a conocer como la Hoguera de las Vanidades.

Savonarola quizá haya encontrado inspiración para estas acciones extremas en algunas declaraciones impactantes del Sermón del Monte. «Si tu ojo derecho te es ocasión de caer, sácalo, y échalo de ti», dijo Jesús. «Y si tu mano derecha te es ocasión de caer, córtala, y échala de ti» (Mateo 5:29-30). Pero si interpretamos literalmente las palabras de Jesús, nos perdemos el sentido del mensaje. Todo el sermón es una lección sobre ir más allá de la superficie para concentrarnos en el estado del corazón.

La Hoguera de las Vanidades hizo un gran espectáculo al destruir cosas materiales, pero lo más probable es que el corazón de sus dueños no haya cambiado. Solo Dios puede cambiar el corazón. Por eso, el salmista oró: «Crea en mí, oh Dios, un corazón limpio» (Salmo 51:10). Nuestro corazón es lo que importa.

Señor, quiero entregar las vanidades de mi vida al fuego purificador del Espíritu Santo.

¿Qué comportamientos o distracciones están en tu lista de «vanidades»? ¿Cómo tratas de «manejarlas»?

Por ro

© 2019 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario
En febrero de 1497, el monje Girolama Savonarola encendió una hoguera. Él y sus seguidores habían recolectado durante meses elementos que pensaban que podían tentar a las personas a pecar o a descuidar sus deberes religiosos: obras de arte, cosméticos, instrumentos y vestidos. Aquel día, quemaron miles de artículos de vanidad en una plaza pública. A este suceso se lo llegó a conocer como la Hoguera de las Vanidades.