Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, July 30, 2019

The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, July 30, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Psalm 44
National Lament and Prayer for Help
To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Maskil.
1  We have heard with our ears, O God,
     our ancestors have told us,
   what deeds you performed in their days,
     in the days of old:
2  you with your own hand drove out the nations,
     but them you planted;
   you afflicted the peoples,
     but them you set free;
3  for not by their own sword did they win the land,
     nor did their own arm give them victory;
   but your right hand, and your arm,
     and the light of your countenance,
     for you delighted in them.

4  You are my King and my God;
     you command victories for Jacob.
5  Through you we push down our foes;
     through your name we tread down our assailants.
6  For not in my bow do I trust,
     nor can my sword save me.
7  But you have saved us from our foes,
     and have put to confusion those who hate us.
8  In God we have boasted continually,
     and we will give thanks to your name forever.   Selah

9  Yet you have rejected us and abased us,
     and have not gone out with our armies.
10 You made us turn back from the foe,
     and our enemies have gotten spoil.
11 You have made us like sheep for slaughter,
     and have scattered us among the nations.
12 You have sold your people for a trifle,
     demanding no high price for them.

13 You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,
     the derision and scorn of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword among the nations,
     a laughingstock among the peoples.
15 All day long my disgrace is before me,
     and shame has covered my face
16 at the words of the taunters and revilers,
     at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.

17 All this has come upon us,
     yet we have not forgotten you,
     or been false to your covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back,
     nor have our steps departed from your way,
19 yet you have broken us in the haunt of jackals,
     and covered us with deep darkness.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God,
     or spread out our hands to a strange god,
21 would not God discover this?
     For he knows the secrets of the heart.
22 Because of you we are being killed all day long,
     and accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

23 Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?
     Awake, do not cast us off forever!
24 Why do you hide your face?
     Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
25 For we sink down to the dust;
     our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up, come to our help.
     Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love.

Hosea 6:1-10
A Call to Repentance
6:1 “Come, let us return to the Lord;
     for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us;
     he has struck down, and he will bind us up.
2  After two days he will revive us;
     on the third day he will raise us up,
     that we may live before him.
3  Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord;
     his appearing is as sure as the dawn;
   he will come to us like the showers,
     like the spring rains that water the earth.”

Impenitence of Israel and Judah
4  What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?
     What shall I do with you, O Judah?
   Your love is like a morning cloud,
     like the dew that goes away early.
5  Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
     I have killed them by the words of my mouth,
     and my judgment goes forth as the light.
6  For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
     the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

7  But at Adam they transgressed the covenant;
     there they dealt faithlessly with me.
8  Gilead is a city of evildoers,
     tracked with blood.
9  As robbers lie in wait for someone,
     so the priests are banded together;
   they murder on the road to Shechem,
     they commit a monstrous crime.
10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing;
    Ephraim’s whoredom is there, Israel is defiled.

Romans 9:30—10:4
Israel’s Unbelief
9:30 What then are we to say? Gentiles, who did not strive for righteousness, have attained it, that is, righteousness through faith; 31 but Israel, who did strive for the righteousness that is based on the law, did not succeed in fulfilling that law. 32 Why not? Because they did not strive for it on the basis of faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 as it is written,

   “See, I am laying in Zion a stone that will make people
   stumble, a rock that will make them fall,
       and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

10:1 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. 2 I can testify that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. 3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

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

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The personal pursuit of righteousness is essential for every believer.

The Morning Prayer for TUESDAY, July 30, 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 for TUESDAY, July 30, 2019

Matthew 5:14, 16 (NIV) “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

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Un dia a la Vez - Tuesday, July 30, 2019


Deja de llorar

¡Levántate y resplandece, que tu luz ha llegado! ¡La gloria del Señor brilla sobre ti!

No podemos llorar toda la vida por una pérdida. Ya escuchaste que debemos vivir el luto y que el dolor es normal cuando hemos tenido una adversidad. Aun así, ten presente que ese dolor puede desaparecer con la ayuda de Dios.

Hoy les hablo a los que después de cierto tiempo aún siguen llorando esa pérdida, pues es tiempo de que digan: «¡Me levantaré y resplandeceré!».

Al igual que la Palabra nos recuerda que hay tiempo de sembrar y tiempo de recoger lo sembrado, también nos dice en Eclesiastés que hay «un tiempo para llorar, y un tiempo para reír» (3:4).

No se trata de que olvides que murió tu hijo, que te abandonó tu cónyuge, ni que le fallaste a Dios. Nunca se nos olvida, pero Dios en su infinito amor nos restaura de tal manera que nos quita el dolor y nos sana cada herida.

Por eso no te puedes quedar llorando. Tus lágrimas no cambiarán lo sucedido. Y el hecho de que dejaras de llorar por tu fracaso no significa que ya no te importe. Todo lo contrario, se debe aprender del dolor.

No obstante, si sigues llorando, no te recuperarás. ¡Dale la oportunidad a Dios de recuperarte!

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
No podemos llorar toda la vida por una pérdida.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Tuesday, July 30, 2019


Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
~ Matthew 6:12 (NIV)

Corrie ten Boom often thought back over the horrors of Ravensbruck prison camp and realized that it was hard to find forgiveness in her heart—the true Christian attitude for the former Nazis that would reveal through her the Spirit’s goodness. Where was love, acceptance, and forgiveness in a horror camp where allegedly more than 95,000 women died? How could she ever forget the horrible cruelty of the guards and the smoke constantly coming from the chimney of the crematorium?

A few years later, Corrie was speaking in a church in Munich, and when the meeting was over she saw one of the cruelest male guards of Ravensbruck coming to speak to her. He had his hand outstretched. “I have become a Christian,” he explained. “I know that God has forgiven me for the cruel things I did, but I would like to hear it from your lips as well. Fraulein, will you forgive me?”

Conflict raged in Corrie’s heart. The good Spirit of God urged her to forgive. The spirit of bitterness and coldness urged her to turn away. “Jesus, help me. I can lift my hand. I can do that much.” As their hands met it was as if warmth and healing broke forth with tears and joy. “I forgive you, brother, with all my heart.” Later Corrie testified that “it was the power of the Holy Spirit” who had poured the love of God into her heart that day.

Philip Yancey gives a pragmatic reason why we must forgive that seems very foundational: forgiveness alone can stop the cycle of blame, pain as well as vengeance and violence. The meaning of the New Testament word “forgiveness,” he says, is literally “to release, to hurl away, to free yourself.” The only way to break the chain or cycle of hurtfulness is to stop and ask forgiveness. This allows a relationship to start over and begin anew. The Russian writer, Solzhenitsyn, believed this forgiveness is what truly makes us different from animals. Only humans can perform that most unnatural act of forgiveness that transcends the relentless law of nature.

The only thing harder than forgiveness is the alternative. A teacher once told each of her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to school. For every person they refused to forgive in their life's experience, they chose a potato, wrote on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag. They were then told to carry this bag with them everywhere for one week, putting it beside their bed at night, on the car seat when driving, next to their desk at work. The hassle of lugging this around with them made it clear what a weight they were carrying spiritually, and how they had to pay attention to it all the time to not forget and keep leaving it in embarrassing places…Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person, and it clearly is for ourselves as well!

RESPONSE: Today I will give myself the gift of forgiveness. Is there someone I need to forgive?

PRAYER: Father, I pray today for the power of Your Holy Spirit to enable me to release any cycles of hurtfulness in my life by forgiving others.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
Where was love, acceptance, and forgiveness in a horror camp where allegedly more than 95,000 women died?

LHM Daily Devotions - July 30, 2019 "Vanity or Meaning?"


"Vanity or Meaning?"

Jul. 30, 2019

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. ... I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. ... I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will come after me, and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. So I turned about and gave my heart up to despair over all the toil of my labors under the sun, because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.

In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon the king turns his great wisdom to considering human life "under the sun"—in the world we experience every day. He is looking for some sort of meaning in life—some value to all the things that people do. But Solomon is disappointed. No matter what people do, eventually they must die, and all their hard work goes for nothing. Someone else enjoys the fruit of their labor, and they themselves have nothing. He calls this vanity—meaninglessness—chasing the wind.

Solomon has a point, doesn't he? We see examples of chasing the wind every day. Someone spends years developing a business, only to see it all vanish during a recession. Someone else dedicates his life to caring for his family—only to lose his wife and children to a horrible accident. A young person goes to school for twenty years, graduates and starts looking for work—only to realize there's nothing out there that will pay the bills. Even the happiest life ends in death, and the universe itself will have an end.

This leads Solomon to despair. "Vanity of vanities!" he says. "Total meaninglessness!" Under the sun, nothing lasts forever; nothing is eternally worthwhile; nothing makes a difference. Solomon has no good answer for this.

But God does. Against the basic meaninglessness of human life, God sets Jesus Christ. Jesus comes into our world "under the sun" as a conquering King and Savior. He breaks the cycle of meaninglessness and calls us into God's kingdom. He even breaks the power of death for us through His own death and resurrection.

Now we have a future to look forward to. As Paul puts it, "If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. ... For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. ... Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father ... For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death" (see 1 Corinthians 15:19-26).

THE PRAYER: Father, help me to hold fast to hope in Jesus Christ Your Son. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  • Is there anything good that comes from a pre-occupation with self?
  • Did Solomon's wisdom lead him to sense life as an ultimate futility?
  • We live in a culture that places a lot of weight on "self." How do you keep from thinking of yourself as the center of the universe?

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).
Is there anything good that comes from a pre-occupation with self?

Devocional de la CPTLN del 30 de Julio de 2019 - Vanidad vs. sabiduría


Vanidad vs. sabiduría

30 de Julio de 2019

¡Vanidad de vanidades! ¡Vanidad de vanidades! ¡Todo es vanidad!--Palabras del Predicador... Yo soy el Predicador, y reiné sobre Israel en Jerusalén. Me entregué de corazón a investigar y a estudiar minuciosamente todo lo que se hace bajo el cielo. Este penoso trabajo nos lo ha dado Dios, para que nos ocupemos de él. Por lo tanto, escudriñé todo lo que se hace bajo el sol, y pude darme cuenta de que todo es vanidad y aflicción de espíritu... Aborrecí también el haber trabajado tanto bajo el sol, pues todo lo que hice tendré que dejárselo a otro que vendrá después de mí. ¿Y cómo saber si será sabio o necio el que se quedará con todos mis trabajos y afanes, a los que tanto trabajo y sabiduría dediqué bajo el sol? ¡También esto es vanidad! El desánimo volvió a dominar mi corazón al ver todos mis afanes y trabajos, a los que tanta sabiduría dediqué bajo el sol: ¿Tener que dedicar sabiduría, conocimientos y rectitud, para luego dejarle el fruto de su trabajo a quien nunca se lo ganó? ¡Eso también es vanidad, y un mal muy grande! ¿Qué saca uno de tanto trabajar y fatigarse y afanarse bajo el sol? ¡Todo el tiempo es de dolores, trabajos y molestias! ¡Ni siquiera de noche encuentra uno reposo! ¡Y esto es también vanidad!

En el libro de Eclesiastés, Salomón convierte su gran sabiduría en considerar la vida humana "bajo el sol", en la vida todos los días, buscándole significado y valor a las cosas que hacemos. Pero se decepciona. No importa lo que hagamos, eventualmente morimos y el fruto de todo el arduo trabajo será disfrutado por otro. A esto lo llama de vanidad.

Salomón tiene razón, ¿no es cierto? Lo vemos todos los días. Alguien invierte años en un negocio que de golpe desaparece durante una recesión. O dedica su vida a cuidar de su familia, para perderla en un horrible accidente. Un joven estudia durante veinte años y se encuentra con que no hay sueldo que alcance para pagar las cuentas. Incluso la vida más feliz termina con la muerte. Esto lleva a Salomón a la desesperación: "¡Vanidad de vanidades!", dice, "¡Todo es vanidad!". Nada dura para siempre, nada vale la pena; Salomón no tiene una buena respuesta para todo esto.

Pero Dios sí. Ante la falta de sentido de la vida humana Dios envía a Jesucristo, quien viene a nuestro mundo como Rey y Salvador y nos llama al reino de Dios. Con su muerte y resurrección, Jesús destruye el poder de la muerte. Ahora tenemos un futuro que esperar. Como dice Pablo: "Si nuestra esperanza en Cristo fuera únicamente para esta vida, seríamos los más desdichados de todos los hombres; pero el hecho es que Cristo ha resucitado de entre los muertos, como primicias de los que murieron... Pues así como en Adán todos mueren, también en Cristo todos serán vivificados. Pero cada uno en su debido orden: en primer lugar, Cristo; y después, cuando Cristo venga, los que son de él. Entonces vendrá el fin, cuando él entregue el reino al Dios y Padre... Porque es necesario que él reine hasta que haya puesto a todos sus enemigos debajo de sus pies, y el último enemigo que será destruido es la muerte." (ver 1 Corintios 15:19-26).

ORACIÓN: Padre, ayúdame a retener la esperanza en Jesucristo, tu Hijo. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
  • La mayoría de nosotros tendemos a preocuparnos. ¿Qué crees que logras con preocuparte?
  • ¿Cómo puedes hacer para ocuparte en vez de preocuparte?

© Copyright 2019 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
La mayoría de nosotros tendemos a preocuparnos. ¿Qué crees que logras con preocuparte?

Nuestro Pan Diario - Listo para ser restaurado


Listo para ser restaurado

Leer: Salmo 85 | La Biblia en un año: Salmos 51–53 Romanos 2

¿No volverás a darnos vida, para que tu pueblo se regocije en ti? (v. 6).

Mientras servía en el ejército en Alemania, me compré un Volkswagen Beetle 1969 nuevo. ¡Era hermoso! El verde oscuro del exterior complementaba el cuero marrón del interior. Pero con los años, comenzaron a suceder cosas, incluido un accidente que arruinó el estribo y destruyó una de las puertas. Con más imaginación, podría haber pensado: «¡Mi auto clásico era un candidato perfecto para una restauración!». Y con más dinero, podría haberlo arreglado… pero nada de eso ocurrió.

Felizmente, el Dios de visión perfecta y recursos ilimitados no se rinde tan fácil con personas maltrechas y quebrantadas. El Salmo 85 describe a candidatos perfectos para ser restaurados y al Dios que es capaz de restaurarlos. Probablemente, alude a los israelitas después de 70 años de haber regresado del exilio. Al mirar atrás, ellos podían ver el favor y el perdón de Dios (vv. 1-3), y fueron motivados a pedirle ayuda (vv. 4-7) y esperar cosas buenas de su parte (vv. 8-13).

¿Quién no se siente ocasionalmente maltrecho, herido o quebrantado? Y a veces, se debe a algo que hicimos. Pero como el Señor es el Dios del perdón y la restauración, los que acuden a Él en humildad siempre tienen esperanza. Con los brazos abiertos, da la bienvenida a todos los que se vuelven a Él, y allí están seguros.
Señor, ayúdame a ver dónde necesito restauración.
¿Hay señales en tu vida que indiquen que necesitas una restauración? ¿Cómo respondes ante el Dios de la restauración?

© 2019 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario
Mientras servía en el ejército en Alemania, me compré un Volkswagen Beetle 1969 nuevo. ¡Era hermoso!