Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, August 20, 2019

Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.
Isaiah 66:1; Acts 7:49

The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, August 20, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Psalm 74
Plea for Help in Time of National Humiliation
A Maskil of Asaph.
1  O God, why do you cast us off forever?
     Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?
2  Remember your congregation, which you acquired long ago,
     which you redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage.
     Remember Mount Zion, where you came to dwell.
3  Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins;
     the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary.

4  Your foes have roared within your holy place;
     they set up their emblems there.
5  At the upper entrance they hacked
     the wooden trellis with axes.
6  And then, with hatchets and hammers,
     they smashed all its carved work.
7  They set your sanctuary on fire;
     they desecrated the dwelling place of your name,
     bringing it to the ground.
8  They said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”;
     they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.

9  We do not see our emblems;
     there is no longer any prophet,
     and there is no one among us who knows how long.
10 How long, O God, is the foe to scoff?
     Is the enemy to revile your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand;
     why do you keep your hand in your bosom?

12 Yet God my King is from of old,
     working salvation in the earth.
13 You divided the sea by your might;
     you broke the heads of the dragons in the waters.
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
     you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
15 You cut openings for springs and torrents;
     you dried up ever-flowing streams.
16 Yours is the day, yours also the night;
     you established the luminaries and the sun.
17 You have fixed all the bounds of the earth;
     you made summer and winter.

18 Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs,
     and an impious people reviles your name.
19 Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild animals;
     do not forget the life of your poor forever.

20 Have regard for your covenant,
     for the dark places of the land are full of the haunts of violence.
21 Do not let the downtrodden be put to shame;
     let the poor and needy praise your name.
22 Rise up, O God, plead your cause;
     remember how the impious scoff at you all day long.
23 Do not forget the clamor of your foes,
     the uproar of your adversaries that goes up continually.

Isaiah 5:24-30
Foreign Invasion Predicted
5:24 Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble,
     and as dry grass sinks down in the flame,
   so their root will become rotten,
     and their blossom go up like dust;
   for they have rejected the instruction of the Lord of hosts,
     and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

25 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
     and he stretched out his hand against them and struck them;
     the mountains quaked,
   and their corpses were like refuse
     in the streets.
   For all this his anger has not turned away,
     and his hand is stretched out still.

26 He will raise a signal for a nation far away,
     and whistle for a people at the ends of the earth;
   Here they come, swiftly, speedily!
27 None of them is weary, none stumbles,
     none slumbers or sleeps,
   not a loincloth is loose,
     not a sandal-thong broken;
28 their arrows are sharp,
     all their bows bent,
   their horses’ hoofs seem like flint,
     and their wheels like the whirlwind.
29 Their roaring is like a lion,
     like young lions they roar;
   they growl and seize their prey,
     they carry it off, and no one can rescue.
30 They will roar over it on that day,
     like the roaring of the sea.
   And if one look to the land—
     only darkness and distress;
   and the light grows dark with clouds.

Acts 7:44-53
7:44 “Our ancestors had the tent of testimony in the wilderness, as God directed when he spoke to Moses, ordering him to make it according to the pattern he had seen. 45 Our ancestors in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our ancestors. And it was there until the time of David, 46 who found favor with God and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the house of Jacob. 47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him. 48 Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands; as the prophet says,

49 ‘Heaven is my throne,
     and the earth is my footstool.
   What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord,
     or what is the place of my rest?
50 Did not my hand make all these things?’

51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you are forever opposing the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do. 52 Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, and now you have become his betrayers and murderers. 53 You are the ones that received the law as ordained by angels, and yet you have not kept it.”

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

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‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord.

The Morning Prayer for TUESDAY, August 20, 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, August 20, 2019


Psalm 16:8 (NIV) I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

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Un dia a la Vez - Tuesday, August 20, 2019


La Palabra

La hierba se seca y la flor se marchita, pero la palabra de nuestro Dios permanece para siempre.

Ayer reflexionamos acerca de las palabras que muchas veces salen de nuestra boca sin que midamos sus consecuencias. Además, aprendimos acerca de los problemas y los malentendidos que podemos ocasionar. Muchas relaciones y amistades se han dañado por un malentendido o porque prometimos hacer algo que no cumplimos.

¿Y qué me dices de los trabajos? Es posible que hayamos tenido problemas por un comentario fuera de lugar. Asimismo está el caso de los que se complacen con el chisme y se enredan en la vida de los demás sin pensar que su palabra se compromete también.

Ahora consideremos por un momento en qué situaciones nos hemos visto envuelto. Pensemos, pues, que nuestra palabra debe ser sincera, desinteresada, firme y honesta. Luego, con la ayuda de Dios, propongámonos hacer el bien y no miremos a quién.

Por eso, hoy quiero que reconozcamos juntos al único que no cambia y el único que su Palabra permanece para siempre. El único que con el poder de su Palabra creó este mundo e hizo milagros. El que nos garantiza que a través de su Palabra seremos libres y tendremos una nueva vida… ¡Dios!

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Hoy quiero que reconozcamos juntos al único que no cambia y el único que su Palabra permanece para siempre.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Tuesday, August 20, 2019


“But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

Alice Yuan continues her testimony we began yesterday:

“The second trial came from the Communist party. Every day for nineteen years, I had to report to the police station, where for six hours, they put pressure on me. They said that I would never see my husband again, that I should divorce him and that I should give up my faith. With God’s help I kept going. Praying with my eyes closed, I endured the interrogations every day.

“The third trial consisted of the hard work. After I had been pressured by the security police for six hours, I still had to work for eight hours to earn a living. I had to push handcarts filled with building materials. The carts were much too heavy. I was completely exhausted and was already tired before I started. In the winter, it was even worse. Sometimes I had to shovel cement up onto a floor above my head. The work was dirty, hard and cold, but I achieved my quota. The others were surprised and wondered where I got the energy from.

“The fourth trial had to do with my natural desires. I was thirty-nine-years-old when my husband was taken away. The authorities put me under pressure to marry someone else. All my papers would be changed, so that I could start a new life without all the difficulties. I was offered money and clothing. God loved me so much that He gave me the strength to resist all these temptations. When I prayed to God, He gave me everything I needed, and even more than that.

“My favorite text is Psalm 68:6, God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing.”

It is a miracle that her husband, Allen Yuan, got out of the labor camp alive. In December 1979, he was released after twenty-one years and eight months. He was then sixty-five years old, thin but still healthy. At an age when many people are enjoying retirement, Allan again took up his vocation as a pastor. He died on August 16th 2005 at the age of ninety-one. Alice joined him in heaven in early August 2010 to hear her own “Well done!”

RESPONSE: I resolve to persevere, with faith in a good God, through all the trials that come my way.

PRAYER: Lord, may all Your children experiencing severe persecution today be filled with faith and refuse to shrink back. Help me to emulate these great examples of faithful perseverance.

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 - August 20, 2019 - Survivors



Aug. 20, 2019

(God says) "For I know their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see My glory, and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard My fame or seen My glory. And they shall declare My glory among the nations."

This is a strange Bible passage to me. It sounds like a pretty straightforward prophecy of the beginning of the Christian church that first Pentecost. You can see it too, can't you? God says, "the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues," which is a verbal echo of I-don't-know-how-many Pentecost passages. He goes on: "And they shall come and shall see My glory, and I will set a sign among them"—and what would that sign be but the cross and resurrection of the Lord Jesus? No wonder "they shall declare My glory among the nations"!

And yet there is one word that throws me—the word "survivors." God says, "From those who see my glory I will send survivors to the nations." Wait a minute. Isn't seeing God's glory a wonderful, joyful thing? Isn't it a lifegiving blessing, something we then go out to share with everyone else around us? Why refer to the people who see God's glory and share it as "survivors"? Is this some sort of war—some kind of disaster?

Well, yes, apparently. Seeing God's glory forces a reaction. Either we see Jesus' love and self-giving sacrifice and respond with love and joy of our own—or we don't. Nobody yawns their way past Calvary. Nobody comes face-to-face with the Creator of everything now dying on a cross and says, "Oh yes, I think that's mildly interesting." Jesus forces a reaction. And that reaction may be joy and love—or it may be terrified rejection.

If you are listening to this, you are probably among the "survivors" of such an encounter. You were brought to the cross, either through Baptism or Christian witness, and the Holy Spirit planted faith in your heart. You belong to Jesus, and you "declare His glory" through your words and your life.

But what of those who did not survive? It's not over for them. You, and everyone who trusts in Jesus, are sent to tell people the message of God's forgiveness and everlasting life. That includes the people who have previously rejected Him. God is patient—His love may chase a person lifelong to bring him to faith in Jesus. God will gladly use you to love those people, to care for them, and to reach out to them with the Good News—over and over and over again. Because His goal is that all of us survive—no, better than that! His goal is that we should all be His children, sharing the joyful, everlasting life Jesus gave us through His resurrection.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, use me the way that You know is best to bring other people to trust in You. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  • How did you come to faith in Jesus?
  • Is it ever difficult for you to handle life with Jesus as both your Savior and your Lord? How and why?
  • How do you share the Good News of Jesus with other people?

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).
How did you come to faith in Jesus?

Devocional de la CPTLN del 20 de Agosto de 2019 - Sobrevivientes



20 de Agosto de 2019

Yo sé bien lo que hacen y lo que piensan. Pero ha llegado el tiempo de juntar a todas las naciones y lenguas, y ellas vendrán y verán mi gloria. Yo pondré una señal entre ellos, y a los que sobrevivan los enviaré a las naciones. Los mandaré a Tarsis, Fut y Lud (naciones expertas en el manejo del arco); a Tubal y Javán, y a las costas lejanas que nunca supieron de mí ni vieron mi gloria. Ellos darán a conocer mi gloria entre las naciones.

Este es un pasaje bíblico diferente. Suena como una profecía bastante directa del comienzo de la iglesia cristiana ese primer Pentecostés. Dios dice: "Pero ha llegado el tiempo de juntar a todas las naciones y lenguas", que es un eco verbal de muchos pasajes de Pentecostés. Y continúa: "y ellas vendrán y verán mi gloria. Yo pondré una señal entre ellos, y a los que sobrevivan los enviaré a las naciones"

Hay una palabra que me desconcierta: es la palabra "sobrevivan". Dios dice: "Yo pondré una señal entre ellos, y a los que sobrevivan los enviaré a las naciones". Pero, ¿acaso el ver la gloria de Dios no es algo maravilloso y alegre? ¿No es una bendición que da vida, algo que luego compartimos con todos los que nos rodean? ¿Por qué, entonces, se refiere a las personas que ven la gloria de Dios y la comparten como "sobrevivientes"? ¿Es esto algún tipo de guerra, algún tipo de desastre?

Pareciera que sí. Es que el ver la gloria de Dios provoca una reacción. O vemos el sacrificio de amor y entrega de Jesús y respondemos con amor y alegría propia, o no lo hacemos. Nadie bosteza al ver la cruz del Calvario. Nadie se encuentra cara a cara con el Creador de todo colgando en la cruz, y dice: "Ah, sí, creo que es interesante". Jesús provoca una reacción, ya sea de gozo y amor o de rechazo y terror.

Si estás leyendo esto, probablemente estés entre los que "sobrevivan" tal encuentro. En algún momento, ya sea a través del bautismo o del testimonio cristiano, fuiste llevado a la cruz y el Espíritu Santo plantó la fe en tu corazón. Perteneces a Jesús, y "declaras su gloria" con tus palabras y acciones.

Pero, ¿qué de quienes no sobrevivieron? Todos los que confiamos en Jesús somos enviados a compartir con los demás el mensaje del perdón y la vida eterna de Dios. Esto incluye a quienes lo han rechazado previamente. Dios es paciente: su amor puede perseguir a una persona de por vida para llevarla a la fe en Jesús. Dios con gusto te usará para amar a esas personas, para cuidarlas y para compartir las Buenas Nuevas con ellas, una y otra y otra vez. Porque su objetivo es que todos sobrevivamos, ¡no, mejor que eso! Su objetivo es que todos seamos sus hijos, compartiendo la vida gozosa y eterna que Jesús obtuvo para nosotros con su sacrifico y resurrección.

ORACIÓN: Querido Señor, úsame en la forma que tú sabes es la mejor para hacer que otras personas confíen en ti. En Jesús. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
  • ¿Cómo llegaste a la fe en Jesús?
  • ¿De qué manera compartes el perdón y la vida eterna de Jesús con otras personas?

© Copyright 2019 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Cómo llegaste a la fe en Jesús?

Nuestro Pan Diario - Tocado por la gracia


Tocado por la gracia

Leer: Lucas 6:27-36 | La Biblia en un año: Salmos 105–106 1 Corintios 3

Amad a vuestros enemigos, haced bien a los que os aborrecen (v. 27).

En la novela de Leif Enger, Paz cual un río, Jeremiah Land es un padre soltero de tres hijos que trabaja de conserje en una escuela. También es un hombre de una fe profunda —y a veces milagrosa— que es probada con frecuencia.

Chester Holden, un hombre malvado y con una enfermedad en la piel, es el superintendente de la escuela. A pesar de que la ética laboral de Jeremiah es excelente, Holden quiere que se vaya. Un día, frente a todos los alumnos, lo acusa de borracho y lo despide. La escena es humillante.

¿Cómo reacciona Jeremiah? Podía amenazarlo con acciones legales por despedirlo injustamente o acusarlo, o aceptar la injusticia e irse. ¿Qué harías tú?

Jesús dice: «Amad a vuestros enemigos, haced bien a los que os aborrecen; bendecid a los que os maldicen, y orad por los que os calumnian» (Lucas 6:27-28). Estas exigentes palabras no se refieren a justificar el mal ni a impedir que se haga justicia, sino que nos invitan a imitar a Dios (v. 36) al preguntarnos: ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mi enemigo a convertirse en todo lo que Dios quiere que sea?

Jeremiah mira a Holden por un instante, y luego, extiende la mano y le toca el rostro. Holden retrocede a la defensiva, y después se palpa la mejilla asombrado… la escara en su piel había sanado.

Un enemigo tocado por la gracia.
Señor, ayúdame a acercar a mis enemigos a ti.
¿Cuál sería tu primera reacción en la situación de Jeremías? ¿Cómo puedes ayudar a alguien difícil a reconocer los propósitos de Dios?

© 2019 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario
En la novela de Leif Enger, Paz cual un río, Jeremiah Land es un padre soltero de tres hijos que trabaja de conserje en una escuela.