Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, July 9, 2019

The Riot in Ephesus

The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, July 9, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Psalm 6
Prayer for Recovery from Grave Illness
To the leader: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
1  O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
     or discipline me in your wrath.
2  Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
    O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
3  My soul also is struck with terror,
     while you, O Lord—how long?

4  Turn, O Lord, save my life;
     deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5  For in death there is no remembrance of you;
     in Sheol who can give you praise?

6  I am weary with my moaning;
     every night I flood my bed with tears;
     I drench my couch with my weeping.
7  My eyes waste away because of grief;
     they grow weak because of all my foes.

8  Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
     for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
9  The Lord has heard my supplication;
     the Lord accepts my prayer.
10  All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror;
     they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.

2 Kings 5:19b-27
Gehazi’s Greed
5:19b But when Naaman had gone from him a short distance, 20 Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, thought, “My master has let that Aramean Naaman off too lightly by not accepting from him what he offered. As the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something out of him.” 21 So Gehazi went after Naaman. When Naaman saw someone running after him, he jumped down from the chariot to meet him and said, “Is everything all right?” 22 He replied, “Yes, but my master has sent me to say, ‘Two members of a company of prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim; please give them a talent of silver and two changes of clothing.’” 23 Naaman said, “Please accept two talents.” He urged him, and tied up two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of clothing, and gave them to two of his servants, who carried them in front of Gehazi. 24 When he came to the citadel, he took the bags from them, and stored them inside; he dismissed the men, and they left.

25 He went in and stood before his master; and Elisha said to him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?” He answered, “Your servant has not gone anywhere at all.” 26 But he said to him, “Did I not go with you in spirit when someone left his chariot to meet you? Is this a time to accept money and to accept clothing, olive orchards and vineyards, sheep and oxen, and male and female slaves? 27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you, and to your descendants forever.” So he left his presence leprous, as white as snow.

Acts 19:28-41
The Riot in Ephesus (Cont.)
19:28 When they heard this, they were enraged and shouted, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29 The city was filled with the confusion; and people rushed together to the theater, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians who were Paul’s travel companions. 30 Paul wished to go into the crowd, but the disciples would not let him; 31 even some officials of the province of Asia, who were friendly to him, sent him a message urging him not to venture into the theater. 32 Meanwhile, some were shouting one thing, some another; for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had come together. 33 Some of the crowd gave instructions to Alexander, whom the Jews had pushed forward. And Alexander motioned for silence and tried to make a defense before the people. 34 But when they recognized that he was a Jew, for about two hours all of them shouted in unison, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 35 But when the town clerk had quieted the crowd, he said, “Citizens of Ephesus, who is there that does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the temple keeper of the great Artemis and of the statue that fell from heaven? 36 Since these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rash. 37 You have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers nor blasphemers of our goddess. 38 If therefore Demetrius and the artisans with him have a complaint against anyone, the courts are open, and there are proconsuls; let them bring charges there against one another. 39 If there is anything further you want to know, it must be settled in the regular assembly. 40 For we are in danger of being charged with rioting today, since there is no cause that we can give to justify this commotion.” 41 When he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.

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
For about two hours all of them shouted in unison, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”

The Morning Prayer for TUESDAY, July 9, 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.

Verse of the Day TUESDAY, July 9, 2019


Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV) Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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Un dia a la Vez - Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Semana de pacto con Dios: El corazón

Por sobre todas las cosas cuida tu corazón, porque de él mana la vida.

El corazón es el órgano más importante del cuerpo. Diría que es el motor para que tú y yo estemos vivos. Bombea sangre todo el día y trabaja de manera incansable. Aunque tiene sus funciones bien establecidas, a veces falla.

Antiguamente decía, al igual que muchos: «Hagamos lo que diga el corazón». Esto era como dejarse llevar por lo que dictara el corazón y vivir lo que nos ofreciera el mundo. Entonces, cuando empecé a conocer más de cerca al Señor y a leer su Palabra, descubrí que era todo lo contrario: No debo tomar decisiones porque lo dicte mi corazón y que no hay nada más engañoso que nuestro propio corazón. Dios quiere que busquemos sabiduría, pero no en sí del corazón, donde se mueven todas las emociones.

En varias ocasiones, el Manual de Instrucciones habla de no dejarse corromper, de no contaminarse, porque del corazón salen los malos pensamientos, los adulterios, las fornicaciones, los homicidios, solo por mencionar algunas cosas.

Por eso hoy es otra oportunidad para decirle a Dios que queremos cuidar nuestro corazón y deseamos hacer su voluntad.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
El corazón es el órgano más importante del cuerpo. Diría que es el motor para que tú y yo estemos vivos. Aunque tiene sus funciones bien establecidas, a veces falla.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Tuesday, July 9, 2019


At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.

The Apostle Paul knew exactly what it was like to be alone, to be deserted by all who called themselves “brothers” and “sisters.” A former colleague who has done considerable travel among the persecuted says, “It is hard to believe that Christians are the largest persecuted group in the world today. But it is even more difficult to believe that this is so seldom mentioned in our gatherings and church services. More Christians know the names of their favorite actors than their fellow believers who are in prison.”

He continues, “With every trip something in my heart breaks as I hear the echoes of suffering:
  • I remember the echoes of an Egyptian mother as she shared how her young boy was stuck in a haystack because she refused to deny Jesus.
  • I remember the sounds of weeping as fellow students in Indonesia shared how Sariman, their co-student, was hacked to death.
  • I remember the cries of anguish as we walked from church to church that was burned to the ground on the island of Lombok.
  • I remember the tears of Rebecca in Iran as she showed the picture of her father who was stabbed to death for sharing the gospel.
  • I remember the voice of Pastor Daniel in Vietnam as he shared how he was chained to the ground for six months.
  • I remember the fear of Grace from Sudan as she shared how her church was attacked and her friend was shot through the head.
  • Oh, I remember the cries of Caleb in Eritrea as he shared with tears how two dear friends were executed in front of him because of their faith.
  • And I remember the tears of Joy in the southern Philippines as she shared how her fiancé was shot to death in their church in Mindanao.
  • But, most all, I remember the deafening sounds of silence every time I return home.
RESPONSE: How can I be silent today? How can I not speak on behalf of those who suffer? How can I desert those that belong to the same body that I belong to and who desperately need the encouragement of my intervention on their behalf?

PRAYER: Lord, broaden my awareness of the needs of my suffering brothers and sisters. May I not be known for my silence.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

LHM Daily Devotions - Those Things Are Gone Now


"Those Things Are Gone Now"

Jul. 9, 2019

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, I am the LORD your God. You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes. You shall follow My rules and keep My statutes and walk in them. I am the LORD your God. ... You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD."

Human sin is embarrassing sometimes, isn't it? Oh, I'm not thinking of the great sins right now: murder, torture, genocide. I'm thinking of the stupid little mean ones. God mentions some of them in today's Bible reading, and they make me squirm with embarrassment.

God says, "You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind." Who does that? Well, human beings, I'm afraid, or God wouldn't have to say it. Try this: "You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning." And why keep someone's wages from him or her overnight? The boss is apparently just doing it to be mean, knowing the worker won't be able to buy dinner without them. Not good.

"You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people." Ouch! I recognize this behavior. I've seen it in action many times. "You shall not lie to one another." If we kept this, it would shut down politics! (See Leviticus 19 for these verses.)

It's embarrassing to be a part of a humanity which needs to be told such basic rules about shameful things. And yet, we do need to be told, don't we? People do these things. God forbid, but sometimes the person doing these things—or similar ones—is me. That's what it means to be a sinner.

Against all of this nastiness, God is saying in the verses above, "That was the old life; that life is over. Lay aside what you used to do." Why? Because "I am the Lord your God," that is, because God Himself has become our Savior and our Lord. We are not the same people we used to be. Now that Jesus has died and risen for our sake, we are children of God. We have been given new hearts filled with the Holy Spirit. Our old selves are dead. We are a new creation.

So God says to us, "Be what you are! Don't be what you used to be. Don't be like the non-believers in the world around you, either. Be what the Holy Spirit is making you: people who resemble Christ." As we go on trusting in Jesus, we will have the joy of seeing the Holy Spirit's work in our lives.

THE PRAYER: Dear Father, strengthen my faith in Jesus and cause me to resemble Him more and more. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  • Do you usually "get the message" the first time you hear it?
  • Why is it the people of Israel needed things spelled out for them—over and over again?
  • As you live and practice your faith, how do you take measures to be like Jesus?

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).
Do you usually "get the message" the first time you hear it?

Devocional de la CPTLN del 09 de Julio de 2019 - Esas cosas se han ido ahora


Esas cosas se han ido ahora

09 de Julio de 2019

El Señor habló con Moisés, y le dijo: "Habla con los hijos de Israel, y diles: Yo soy el Señor su Dios. No hagan ustedes lo que hacen los egipcios, en cuyo país vivieron. Tampoco hagan lo que hacen los cananeos, a cuyo país yo los conduzco. No sigan sus estatutos. Más bien, pongan en práctica mis ordenanzas y cumplan con mis estatutos. Síganlos. Yo soy el Señor su Dios... No te vengues, ni guardes rencor contra los hijos de tu pueblo. Ama a tu prójimo como a ti mismo. Yo soy el Señor".

A veces el pecado es embarazoso, ¿no es cierto? No estoy pensando en los grandes pecados: asesinato, tortura, genocidio, sino en los pequeños. Dios menciona a algunos de ellos en la lectura bíblica para hoy, y me hacen retorcerme de vergüenza.

Dios dice: "No maldigas al sordo, ni pongas tropiezo delante del ciego" (Levítico 19:14). ¿Quién hace eso? Me temo que los seres humanos; si no, Dios no tendría que decirlo. Intenta esto: "No oprimas a tu prójimo. No le robes. No retengas en tu casa, hasta el día siguiente, el salario del jornalero" (vs. 13). ¿Por qué no le pagaría el salario al terminar la jornada? Por ser mezquino aun sabiendo que el trabajador no podrá comprar la cena si no lo recibe.

"No propagues chismes entre tu pueblo" (vs. 16). ¡Ay! Reconozco este comportamiento. Lo he visto en acción muchas veces. "No se mientan el uno al otro" (vs. 11). ¡Si cumpliéramos con esto, se acabaría la política!

Es vergonzoso que se nos tengan que decir estas reglas básicas de comportamiento. Y, sin embargo, necesitamos que nos las digan, porque hay quienes las hacen. Y hay veces en que quien las hace soy yo. Eso es lo que significa ser pecador.

En contraposición a toda esta maldad, Dios nos dice en los versos anteriores: "Así vivían antes; esa vida se acabó. Deja a un lado lo que solías hacer". ¿Por qué? Porque "Yo soy el Señor, tu Dios". Dios mismo se ha convertido en nuestro Salvador y nuestro Señor. No somos las mismas personas que solíamos ser. Ahora que Jesús ha muerto y resucitado por nosotros, somos hijos de Dios. Se nos ha dado un corazón nuevo lleno del Espíritu Santo. Somos una nueva creación.

Entonces Dios nos dice: "¡Sé lo que eres, no lo que solías ser! Tampoco seas como los incrédulos que te rodean. Sé lo que el Espíritu Santo está haciendo de ti: una persona semejante a Cristo ". A medida que aumenta tu confianza en Jesús, también aumentará tu alegría de ver la obra del Espíritu Santo en tu vida.

ORACIÓN: Querido Padre, aumenta mi fe en Jesús para que cada día me parezca más a Él. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
  • ¿Por qué crees que el pueblo de Israel necesitaba que Dios les explicara las cosas en detalle, una y otra vez?
  • ¿De qué manera se demuestra en tu vida que cada día te estás pareciendo más y más a Jesús?

© Copyright 2019 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Por qué crees que el pueblo de Israel necesitaba que Dios les explicara las cosas en detalle, una y otra vez?

Nuestro Pan Diario - Basta de huir


Basta de huir

Leer: Jonás 2:1-10 | La Biblia en un año: Job 38–40 Hechos 16:1-21

… Invoqué en mi angustia al Señor, y él me oyó; desde el seno del Seol clamé, y mi voz oíste (v. 2).

El 18 de julio de 1983, un capitán de la Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos desapareció en Albuquerque, Nueva México, sin dejar rastros. Después de 35 años, las autoridades lo encontraron en California. El New York Times informó que «deprimido por su trabajo», simplemente, había huido.

¡Huir durante 35 años! ¡La mitad de su vida escondiéndose! Supongo que la ansiedad y la paranoia fueron los compañeros constantes de ese hombre.

Sin embargo, debo admitir que yo también sé un poco sobre estar «huyendo». No, nunca me escapé abruptamente de algo en la vida… físicamente. Pero a veces, hay algo que Dios quiere que haga, algo que tengo que enfrentar o confesar, y no quiero hacerlo. Entonces, huyo.

El profeta Jonás es tristemente célebre por su huida literal de la tarea que Dios le había asignado de predicar en Nínive (ver Jonás 1:1-3). Pero por supuesto, no pudo huir de Dios. En los versículos 4 al 17, se nos relata sobre una tormenta, un pez que se traga a Jonás, y el arrepentimiento del profeta en el estómago de la bestia y su clamor al Señor por ayuda.

Esta notable historia de un profeta imperfecto me alienta porque a pesar de la terquedad de Jonás, Dios nunca lo abandonó, sino que respondió a su oración y lo restauró (v. 2), tal como lo hace con nosotros.
Señor, que nunca deje de clamar a ti por ayuda.
¿Has tratado de huir de algo en tu vida? ¿Cómo puedes acostumbrarte a entregarle al Señor las presiones que te agobian?

© 2019 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario
El 18 de julio de 1983, un capitán de la Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos desapareció en Albuquerque, Nueva México, sin dejar rastros. Después de 35 años, las autoridades lo encontraron en California.