Monday, August 26, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, August 26, 2019

The Daily Lectionary
MONDAY, August 26, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Psalm 10
Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
1  Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
     Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2  In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor—
     let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.

3  For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart,
     those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.
4  In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, “God will not seek it out”;
     all their thoughts are, “There is no God.”

5  Their ways prosper at all times;
     your judgments are on high, out of their sight;
     as for their foes, they scoff at them.
6  They think in their heart, “We shall not be moved;
     throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.”

7  Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
     under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.
8  They sit in ambush in the villages;
     in hiding places they murder the innocent.

   Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9    they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert;
   they lurk that they may seize the poor;
     they seize the poor and drag them off in their net.

10 They stoop, they crouch,
     and the helpless fall by their might.
11 They think in their heart, “God has forgotten,
     he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

12 Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
     do not forget the oppressed.
13 Why do the wicked renounce God,
     and say in their hearts, “You will not call us to account”?

14 But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,
     that you may take it into your hands;
   the helpless commit themselves to you;
     you have been the helper of the orphan.

15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;
     seek out their wickedness until you find none.
16 The Lord is king forever and ever;
     the nations shall perish from his land.

17 O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
     you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear
18 to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
     so that those from earth may strike terror no more.

Jeremiah 7:1-15
Jeremiah Proclaims God’s Judgment on the Nation
7:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah, you that enter these gates to worship the Lord. 3 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your doings, and let me dwell with you in this place. 4 Do not trust in these deceptive words: “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord.”

5 For if you truly amend your ways and your doings, if you truly act justly one with another, 6 if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, and the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own hurt, 7 then I will dwell with you in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your ancestors forever and ever.

8 Here you are, trusting in deceptive words to no avail. 9 Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, “We are safe!”—only to go on doing all these abominations? 11 Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your sight? You know, I too am watching, says the Lord. 12 Go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell at first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel. 13 And now, because you have done all these things, says the Lord, and when I spoke to you persistently, you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not answer, 14 therefore I will do to the house that is called by my name, in which you trust, and to the place that I gave to you and to your ancestors, just what I did to Shiloh. 15 And I will cast you out of my sight, just as I cast out all your kinsfolk, all the offspring of Ephraim.

Hebrews 3:7—4:11
Warning against Unbelief
3:7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

   “Today, if you hear his voice,
8  do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
     as on the day of testing in the wilderness,
9  where your ancestors put me to the test,
     though they had seen my works 10 for forty years.
   Therefore I was angry with that generation,
   and I said, ‘They always go astray in their hearts,
     and they have not known my ways.’
11 As in my anger I swore,
     ‘They will not enter my rest.’”

12 Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partners of Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,

   “Today, if you hear his voice,
   do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

16 Now who were they who heard and yet were rebellious? Was it not all those who left Egypt under the leadership of Moses? 17 But with whom was he angry forty years? Was it not those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, if not to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

The Rest That God Promised
4:1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2 For indeed the good news came to us just as to them; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,

   “As in my anger I swore,
   ‘They shall not enter my rest,’”

though his works were finished at the foundation of the world. 4 For in one place it speaks about the seventh day as follows, “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” 5 And again in this place it says, “They shall not enter my rest.” 6 Since therefore it remains open for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 again he sets a certain day—“today”—saying through David much later, in the words already quoted,

  “Today, if you hear his voice,
   do not harden your hearts.”

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak later about another day. 9 So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; 10 for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. 11 Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.

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.
The author of the letter to the Hebrews is addressing Christians who have been drifting from their faith in Jesus Christ. They have lost a clear understanding of the character, purpose, and activity of God towards us in Jesus, and have started trusting in other things besides the grace of God.

The Morning Prayer for MONDAY, August 26, 2019

Monday Morning Prayer

In 1920, the United States Congress ratified its nineteenth amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Galatians: “You are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Our Father Creator God, with joy and thanksgiving we celebrate that you made humans in your image, both male and female. We thank you especially today for those women in our lives through whom we have caught glimpses of your love. Amen.

Verse of the Day for MONDAY, August 26, 2019

Romans 12:4-5 (NIV) For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

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Un dia a la Vez - Monday, August 26, 2019

El desorden y la suciedad (segunda parte)

Sé ejemplo de los creyentes en palabra, conducta, amor, espíritu, fe y pureza.

Ayer aprendimos de dos grandes enemigos en la vida que nos pueden estar restando bendiciones: el desorden y la suciedad.

A lo mejor la casa donde vives es, como dicen, una tasita de té que brilla de limpieza, pero tu vida por dentro está desordenada y sucia. Así que debes comprender que hay que hacer cambios. Estos cambios no suceden de la noche a la mañana y llevarán su tiempo. Sin embargo, una vez que lo entiendas, puedes tomar cartas en el asunto.

El orden empieza por ti mismo siendo limpio, pulcro y agradable para tu esposa, tus hijos y los que te rodean, y también en la manera de mantener tu casa. Entonces, quizá la pregunta que te hagas sea esta: «¿Cómo puedo cambiar?». La respuesta es que con Dios todo es posible.

Pídele a Dios que te ayude a ser ordenado. Desecha lo que ya no usas. No acumules basura, ni desperdicios en la cocina debido a la pereza. Que tu baño, tu ropa, y hasta tu auto, muestren a Cristo. Además, ten presente que lo que les modeles a tus hijos será lo que seguirán como ejemplo. Si te ven descuidado y abandonado, es muy probable que hagan lo mismo.

Hoy el Señor te da la oportunidad de cambiar, de echar fuera el desorden y la suciedad y de cortar esas ataduras. Como resultado, serás capaz de prepararte para el orden y la limpieza de tu vida.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Ayer aprendimos de dos grandes enemigos en la vida que nos pueden estar restando bendiciones: el desorden y la suciedad.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Monday, August 26, 2019

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
~ Luke 9:62 (NIV)

One of the blessings of teaching Standing Strong Through the Storm (SSTS) is the opportunity to meet special people in ministry who, though unassuming at first glance, have experienced deep riches in relationship with Jesus. Such a person I met in a jungle camp seminar in central Sri Lanka.

His English name was Samuel and he was a seasoned church planter. From Samuel I learned that church planting in a Buddhist country is no easier than anywhere else religious intolerance raises its head. I always thought Buddhism was a pacifist religion and philosophically it is. But try and plant a church in a dominant Buddhist community and you will see something different.

One day Samuel began to share with me about his ministry. He had been dedicated to the Buddhist temple as a young child by his mother just like his biblical namesake. As a young monk he was impressed by the witness of a Christian youth who led him to faith in Christ. He left temple life and felt called to be a Christian church planter. With his wife and two small children he moved to a new community and began to share Jesus. The villagers stoned his residence and when he would not desist, they burned it down.

He moved to another community and was attacked physically with severe wounds. In the next location the villagers schemed against him and his family. They cut the main posts of his home and worship center. At night they tied rope to the posts and pulled them out while the family was asleep. He knew God was with him. Two large structural beams fell down parallel to where the children were sleeping and neither of them was touched.

He continued on and I finally interrupted with the question, “How many times did this happen and you had to move on?”

Samuel smiled and answered, “Thirteen times!”

Of course, in my western way of thinking I asked, “How could you continue on and persevere through so many attacks?”

He replied, “It’s like the song we sang this morning at the SSTS seminar, I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back!” And he quickly went on to say with a bigger smile, “Last month twenty-five people in my new community were baptized and I currently have another twenty-five in a baptismal preparation class.”

Jesus gives strength to carry on and not turn back.

RESPONSE: Today I resolve to not allow petty challenges dampen my commitment to follow Jesus.

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for Samuel’s testimony of Your faithfulness. Help me never to turn back from following and serving You.

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

Women of the Bible - Monday, August 26, 2019


Her name means: "Completion"

Her character: Though a married woman, she carried on numerous love affairs, crediting her lovers for the gifts her husband had given her.
Her sorrow: To have become the symbol of spiritual adultery—a picture of Israel's unfaithfulness to God.
Her joy: That her husband continued to love her despite her unfaithfulness.
Key Scriptures: Hosea 1-3

Her Story

The man stood at the door, craning his neck and peering through the half-light. His limbs felt stiff and cold, despite the desert heat that still warmed the narrow street. Other than a stray dog curled in a knot against the wall of a neighboring house, he saw nothing. It was too late for a woman to be walking the streets alone. But, then, she wouldn't be alone, would she?

He didn't want to go inside yet, to listen to the absence of her chatter, to lie down on the empty bed. By noon tomorrow, the news of her betrayal would fill every gossip-hungry soul in town like swill in a pig's belly. Hosea, the man who would steer the nation with his prophecies, couldn't even control his own wife.

He felt grief and fury like a storm breaking inside him. He had meant to guard his heart; he had never intended to give himself so completely. His pain was the worse for loving her so well. For Gomer had squandered his gifts, mocked his tenderness, and allowed herself to be seduced by other lovers.

Hadn't God warned him and instructed him to "go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the Lord"? He had named his children "Jezreel" (God Scatters), "Lo-Ruhamah" (Not Loved), and "Lo-Ammi" (Not My People). Each successive child measured the growing rift between husband and wife. Hosea wondered whether he had even fathered the last two.

The word of the Lord that had filled Hosea's mouth now troubled his soul, rushing back with appalling force. So this was how God felt about his own people—bitterly betrayed, cut to the heart, disgusted, outraged. His tender love, his every gift meant nothing to a people enamored with Canaanite gods. Israel's leading men were the worst whores of all—virtuosos when it came to playing the harlot, cheating the poor and imploring idols to bless them with peace and riches.

But peace was elusive. Six kings had ruled the northern kingdom during a period of just twenty-five years. Four were murdered by their successors and one was captured in battle. All the while, Assyria perched like a vulture at its borders.

If only Israel would learn its lesson and turn back to the Lord before it was too late—if only Gomer would turn back. Hosea wanted to shout in her face, shake her awake to her sin. Enough of patience. Enough of tenderness. She had ignored his threats, shrugging them off as so many flies on a donkey. What choice had he now? He would strip and shame her, punishing her unfaithfulness.

In the midst of his bitter grief, he heard the voice of God, strong and clear: "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods."

So Hosea took back the wife he couldn't stop loving. And the word of the Lord transformed Lo-Ruhamah into Ruhamah (Loved) and Lo-Ammi into Ammi (My People).

The story of Gomer and Hosea portrays God's jealousy for his people. For the first time, a prophet dared to speak of God as husband and Israel as his bride. But this is a tangled love story, one in which God's heart is repeatedly broken. Despite his pleas, regardless of his threats, Israel would not turn back to him until after the northern kingdom was destroyed by Assyria a few years later.

Still, the knit-together lives of Hosea and Gomer were a living reminder to the Israelites of both God's judgment and his love. Hosea's beautiful words still move us as we think about the church today, about our own unfaithfulness and God's forgiveness: "I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth."

No longer Lo-Ruhamah, we are Ruhamah (Loved), and no longer Lo-Ammi but Ammi (My People). For our Maker has become our Husband, the one who hates our sin but loves us still.

Her Promise

A tempestuous marriage. A wife who will not remain faithful to the husband who loves her. A husband who not only remains faithful, but loving. Children whose paternity is in doubt. All these are the elements not of a soap opera but of a wonderful picture of God's love and faithfulness to his often unloving and unfaithful people. The promises portrayed in the life of Gomer apply not only to the people of Israel but to the people of today. God loves us and remains faithful to us. Even when we abandon him and turn away, he waits with arms open. He only asks our repentance and his blessings will again overflow.

This devotional is drawn from Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda. Used with permission.
Though a married woman, she carried on numerous love affairs, crediting her lovers for the gifts her husband had given her.

LHM Daily Devotions - August 26, 2019 - Humble Trust

"Humble Trust"

Aug. 26, 2019

O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.
~ Psalm 131 (ESV)

The disciples asked Jesus a question that was of great interest to them, a subject about which they often argued among themselves: "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" (Matthew 18:1b) It was a topic that Jesus had discussed with His disciples on more than one occasion. This time the Lord presented His lesson in a different way. He called a child to Himself and told His self-important followers, "Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3-4).

We do not know the disciples' response to the lesson. Since, on the night Jesus was betrayed, they would once again argue among themselves as to which of them was the greatest, they likely had not yet fully grasped the concept of humility (and, if we are honest, we must admit that it is a difficult concept for all of us). We do not know what the child thought of the lesson, but Psalm 131 could be that child's prayer because it is the prayer of every humble child of God. It is not a request (or a demand!) for greatness, but a prayer of contentment and peace.

We may be tempted at times to reach too high as we try to see beyond the veil of majesty that hides our Heavenly Father's wisdom from our human reason. So in repentant humility we pray, "My eyes are not raised too high." Knowing that God's ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts, we do not concern ourselves with "things too great and marvelous" for our limited understanding.

This psalm for God's children is a humble prayer of trust in our Father. Our wisdom, and all of the world's wisdom, fails and falls before Christ crucified, who is "the power of God and the wisdom of God" (1 Corinthians 1:24b). To save us, God chose to act in the weakness and humility of a baby in a manger, in an innocent victim nailed to a cross. In humble trust, we acknowledge His wisdom, the profound wisdom of our salvation, wisdom that the world deems foolish. By faith we know better. We repent of our foolish attempts to seek greatness in the Kingdom. In humble trust we rest in the forgiveness and loving care of our Heavenly Father and, in so doing, our souls are calmed and quieted.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, forgive us when we reach too high and try to judge Your will according to our human reason. Teach us to humbly trust Your wisdom in all things. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  • Does your idea of self-importance ever get in the way of your service to others?
  • Do you purposefully seek out quiet times to be with God in thought or meditation?
  • How do you explain to others the unique way that God has chosen to save us?

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Carol Geisler. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Does your idea of self-importance ever get in the way of your service to others?

Devocional de la CPTLN del 26 de Agosto de 2019 - Confianza humilde


Confianza humilde

26 de Agosto de 2019

Señor, mi corazón no es vanidoso, ni son altaneros mis ojos; no busco realizar grandes proezas, ni hazañas que excedan a mis fuerzas. Me porto con mesura y en sosiego, como un niño recién amamantado; ¡soy como un niño recién amamantado que está en brazos de su madre! Israel, ¡confía en el Señor desde ahora y para siempre!
~ Salmo 131 (RVC)

Los discípulos le hicieron a Jesús una pregunta sobre un tema que a menudo discutían entre ellos y que Jesús ya había discutido con ellos en más de una ocasión: "¿Quién es el más grande en el reino de los cielos?" (Mateo 18:1b). Esta vez, el Señor presentó su lección de una manera diferente. Llamó a un niño y les dijo a sus vanidosos seguidores: "De cierto les digo, que si ustedes no cambian y se vuelven como niños, no entrarán en el reino de los cielos. Así que, cualquiera que se humilla como este niño es el mayor en el reino de los cielos" (Mateo 18:3-4).

No sabemos la respuesta de los discípulos a la lección. Dado que en la noche en que Jesús fue traicionado volverían a discutir entre ellos cuál de ellos era el más grande, lo más probable es que aún no habían comprendido completamente el concepto de humildad (y, si somos honestos, debemos admitir que es un concepto difícil para todos nosotros). Tampoco sabemos lo que pensó el niño de la lección, pero el Salmo 131 bien podría ser su oración, porque es la oración de todo hijo humilde de Dios. No es un pedido (¡o una demanda!) de grandeza, sino una oración de satisfacción y paz.

A veces podemos sentirnos tentados a tratar de ver más allá del velo de majestad que oculta la sabiduría de nuestro Padre Celestial de nuestra razón humana. Entonces, en humildad arrepentida oramos: "ni son altaneros mis ojos", sabiendo que los caminos de Dios no son nuestros caminos y que sus pensamientos no son nuestros pensamientos.

Para los hijos de Dios, este salmo es una humilde oración de confianza en nuestro Padre. Nuestra sabiduría, y toda la sabiduría del mundo, falla y cae ante Cristo crucificado quien es "es poder de Dios, y sabiduría de Dios" (1 Corintios 1:24b). Para salvarnos, Dios eligió actuar en la debilidad y humildad de un bebé en un pesebre, en una víctima inocente clavada en una cruz. Con humilde confianza reconocemos su sabiduría, la sabiduría que el mundo considera tontería. Por fe lo sabemos mejor. Nos arrepentimos de nuestros tontos intentos de buscar la grandeza en el Reino. Con humilde confianza descansamos en el perdón y el cuidado amoroso de nuestro Padre Celestial y, al hacerlo, nuestras almas se portan con mesura.

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, perdónanos cuando caemos en altanera tentación de juzgar tu voluntad de acuerdo con nuestra razón humana. Enséñanos a confiar humildemente en tu sabiduría en todas las cosas. Amén.

Dra. Carol Geisler

Para reflexionar:
  • ¿Crees que tu vanidad se interpone en tu servicio a los demás?
  • ¿Buscas momentos tranquilos para estar con Dios en pensamiento o meditación?

© Copyright 2019 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Crees que tu vanidad se interpone en tu servicio a los demás?

Notre Pain Quotidien - Un nouveau début

Un nouveau début

Il aura encore compassion de nous, il mettra sous ses pieds nos iniquités ; tu jetteras au fond de la mer tous leurs péchés. V. 19

Chez le marchand de vélos d’occasion près de notre quartier, des bénévoles reconstruisent des vélos mis à la casse pour en faire don à des enfants défavorisés. Le fondateur de cet atelier, Ernie Clark, en fait don aussi à des adultes démunis, y compris des sans-abri, des handicapés et des anciens combattants qui ont du mal à reprendre la vie civile. Non seulement ces vélos leur offrent une autre chance, mais parfois aussi un nouveau début. Un certain vétéran a utilisé son nouveau vélo pour se rendre à une entrevue d’embauche.

Un nouveau début peut transformer la vie d’une personne, surtout quand il provient de Dieu. Le prophète Michée fait l’éloge d’une telle grâce durant une période où – à son grand désarroi – pots de vin, fraudes et autres péchés détestables gangrènent la nation d’Israël : « l’homme de bien a disparu du pays, et il n’y a plus de juste parmi les hommes » (MI 7.2).

Michée sait que Dieu châtiera le mal avec justice, mais qu’étant Amour, il accordera un nouveau départ aux repentis. Mû par cet amour qui ennoblit, Michée lui demande : « Quel Dieu est semblable à toi, qui pardonnes l’iniquité, qui oublies les péchés du reste de ton héritage ? » (V. 18).

Nous pouvons nous aussi nous réjouir de ce que Dieu ne renonce pas à nous à cause de nos péchés si nous implorons son pardon. Michée a raison de déclarer ceci au sujet de Dieu : « Il aura encore compassion de nous, il mettra sous ses pieds nos iniquités ; tu jetteras au fond de la mer tous [nos] péchés » (V. 19).

Père céleste, merci de nous accorder de nouveaux départs par ta grâce.

© 2019 Ministères NPQ
Chez le marchand de vélos d’occasion près de notre quartier, des bénévoles reconstruisent des vélos mis à la casse pour en faire don à des enfants défavorisés.