Friday, October 4, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for FRIDAY, October 4, 2019

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The Daily Lectionary
FRIDAY, October 4, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Lamentations 3:19-26
19 The thought of my affliction and my homelessness
     is wormwood and gall!
20 My soul continually thinks of it
     and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
     and therefore I have hope:

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
     his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
     great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
     “therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
     to the soul that seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
     for the salvation of the Lord.

Jeremiah 52:12-30
52:12 In the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month—which was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon—Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard who served the king of Babylon, entered Jerusalem. 13 He burned the house of the Lord, the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem; every great house he burned down. 14 All the army of the Chaldeans, who were with the captain of the guard, broke down all the walls around Jerusalem. 15 Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried into exile some of the poorest of the people and the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserters who had defected to the king of Babylon, together with the rest of the artisans. 16 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left some of the poorest people of the land to be vinedressers and tillers of the soil.

17 The pillars of bronze that were in the house of the Lord, and the stands and the bronze sea that were in the house of the Lord, the Chaldeans broke in pieces, and carried all the bronze to Babylon. 18 They took away the pots, the shovels, the snuffers, the basins, the ladles, and all the vessels of bronze used in the temple service. 19 The captain of the guard took away the small bowls also, the firepans, the basins, the pots, the lampstands, the ladles, and the bowls for libation, both those of gold and those of silver. 20 As for the two pillars, the one sea, the twelve bronze bulls that were under the sea, and the stands, which King Solomon had made for the house of the Lord, the bronze of all these vessels was beyond weighing. 21 As for the pillars, the height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, its circumference was twelve cubits; it was hollow and its thickness was four fingers. 22 Upon it was a capital of bronze; the height of the capital was five cubits; latticework and pomegranates, all of bronze, encircled the top of the capital. And the second pillar had the same, with pomegranates. 23 There were ninety-six pomegranates on the sides; all the pomegranates encircling the latticework numbered one hundred.

24 The captain of the guard took the chief priest Seraiah, the second priest Zephaniah, and the three guardians of the threshold; 25 and from the city he took an officer who had been in command of the soldiers, and seven men of the king’s council who were found in the city; the secretary of the commander of the army who mustered the people of the land; and sixty men of the people of the land who were found inside the city. 26 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon at Riblah. 27 And the king of Babylon struck them down, and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah went into exile out of its land.

28 This is the number of the people whom Nebuchadrezzar took into exile: in the seventh year, three thousand twenty-three Judeans; 29 in the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar he took into exile from Jerusalem eight hundred thirty-two persons; 30 in the twenty-third year of Nebuchadrezzar, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took into exile of the Judeans seven hundred forty-five persons; all the persons were four thousand six hundred.

Revelation 2:12-29
The Message to Pergamum
2:12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword:

13 “I know where you are living, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you are holding fast to my name, and you did not deny your faith in me even in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan lives. 14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the people of Israel, so that they would eat food sacrificed to idols and practice fornication. 15 So you also have some who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent then. If not, I will come to you soon and make war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.

The Message to Thyatira
18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze:

19 “I know your works—your love, faith, service, and patient endurance. I know that your last works are greater than the first. 20 But I have this against you: you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet and is teaching and beguiling my servants to practice fornication and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her fornication. 22 Beware, I am throwing her on a bed, and those who commit adultery with her I am throwing into great distress, unless they repent of her doings; 23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts, and I will give to each of you as your works deserve. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call ‘the deep things of Satan,’ to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden; 25 only hold fast to what you have until I come. 26 To everyone who conquers and continues to do my works to the end,

   I will give authority over the nations;
27 to rule them with an iron rod,
    as when clay pots are shattered—

28 even as I also received authority from my Father. To the one who conquers I will also give the morning star. 29 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

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
The Daily Lectionary
Lamentations 3:19-26; Jeremiah 52:12-30; Revelation 2:12-29

The Daily Prayer for FRIDAY, October 4, 2019


The Daily Prayer
for FRIDAY, October 4, 2019

Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)

Francis was born to a merchant family in the Italian city of Assisi. As a young man, he was attracted to adventure and moved by romantic tales of knights. When he himself became a knight, Francis met a leper while riding through the countryside. Overwhelmed by a divine impulse, Francis dismounted his horse, shared his coat with the leper, and kissed the man’s diseased face. Captivated by the experience, Francis began to re-imagine his life in light of the gospel, renouncing his selfish desires and his father’s wealth. A beggar for Christ’s sake, Francis inspired thousands to walk away from worldly success and join his movement of friars who sought to renew the church in their day.

While praying before a crucifix in the dilapidated chapel of San Damiano, Francis of Assisi heard a voice speak to him: “Francis, repair my church, which has fallen into disrepair, as you can see.”

Lord, your church is such that when one member of the body fails, the whole body suffers. Help us encourage one another in faith so that working together we might become a unified body that goes forth into the world to proclaim good news. Amen.

Verse of the Day for FRIDAY, October 4, 2019

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Proverbs 27:1 (NIV) Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

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Un dia a la Vez - Viernes 04 de Octubre de 2019

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Poder transformador de la Palabra

La palabra de Dios es viva y poderosa, y más cortante que cualquier espada de dos filos.
~ Hebreos 4:12 (NVI)

A manera de testimonio te puedo dar fe de que no soy ni la mitad de lo que fui antes de conocer la Palabra de Dios.

Como a muchos, me gusta decir que la Biblia es el Manual de Instrucciones porque eso es en realidad: Un manual que te muestra con hechos que la Palabra de Dios tiene mucho poder para sanar, liberar y transformar.

Una vez que hablamos de la Palabra, la leemos o la enseñamos, no volverá vacía. Por eso se compara con una espada de dos filos, pues corta y transforma.

Cada día podemos acudir a esta guía y nos mostrará cómo cambiar esas esferas de la vida que necesitan la intervención de Dios, al igual que lo fue con grandes hombres y mujeres de la Biblia.

Otra cosa que debemos tener muy presente es que la Palabra de Dios nunca pierde poder ni vigencia. En fin, todo pasará, pero la Palabra no pasará.

Confíale tu vida a Dios y pon en sus manos todo lo que necesite cambio.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
A manera de testimonio te puedo dar fe de que no soy ni la mitad de lo que fui antes de conocer la Palabra de Dios.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Friday, October 4, 2019

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PEACEMAKING IS VERY PRACTICAL

Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
~ James 3:18 (NIV)

Jesus instruction to His followers to be peacemakers is not as easily practiced in some areas of the world as we in the west might think. Tribal differences can cause deep divides.

In April 2011, Open Doors sponsored a Christian youth camp in the southern Philippines bringing together 115 youths, mostly believers from Muslim background (MBB’s) from four different Muslim tribal groups. The goal of this camp was to show the youths that Jesus is the ultimate source of peace. When we have Him in our hearts, then, we can have peace within ourselves, with others and with our environment.

Every activity of the camp was also designed to foster awareness and appreciation of each other’s tribal identity. Short drama presentations every night gave the youths a chance to tell their story. Bringing these ethnic groups to a point of understanding and acceptance was the crucial part of the camp. During Bible sessions, facilitators combined their lectures with tasks that encouraged campers to express their thoughts and feelings. They described their idea of peace, distinguished between peaceful and conflicting situations, and discovered their biblical responsibility as peacemakers taking after Christ’s example.

While peacemaking starts with one’s self, it does not end there. It must affect other people’s lives. And so, the campers did community service in three neighboring areas during the camp. But the true litmus test for a peacemaker is when a conflict breaks out. The camp was on its homestretch when two campers from different tribes got tangled in a fight during the morning assembly. It was about to turn violent, until other youths stepped in. The two youths were brought to the camp director. Everyone was clearly upset as they streamed into the classrooms for the day’s round of Bible sessions.

They were in for a surprise. An Open Doors co-worker shared, “The fight was staged. We wanted the campers to have an opportunity to apply what they had been learning so far. During the Bible session, we processed what happened. They realized that it brought out their biases and impatience; that some of their responses were condemning. They wanted to be a peacemaker, but they had yet to learn how to sow peace in times of conflict. It is a lifestyle.”

It was an important lesson for the youths to learn, especially for those who lived in conflict areas. After the session, many campers approached the two volunteer actors and asked their forgiveness for judging and condemning them.

Then, the youths were given some time to write down their commitments to becoming a peacemaker. One fifteen-year-old said, “It’ll be hard becoming a peacemaker, but I will try my best…The pastor taught us that becoming a peacemaker like Jesus comes with suffering. I must be prepared for that too.”

RESPONSE: Today I will take practical steps in being a peacemaker for Jesus wherever I am.

PRAYER: Pray for young tribal Christians who struggle with Christ-like actions and responses in conflict situations.

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

Men of the Bible - Friday, October 4, 2019

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Matthew

His name means: "Gift of Yahweh"

His work: Matthew was a tax collector who was awarded by Herod Antipas a contract to extract tariffs from his own people.
His character: A successful businessman whose encounter with Jesus profoundly changed his life and vocation forever.
His sorrow: Alienation, first from his own people because of his profession and then from religious leaders because of his vocation.
His triumph: A carefully organized, accurate, and convincing apologetic for the veracity of Jesus Christ as the Messiah.

Key Scriptures: Matthew 9

A Look at the Man

Matthew was good at making money. But there was a downside to getting rich as a tax collector in Palestine: People hated you for it. It made it hard to have any friends besides tax collectors or other ne'er-do-wells. He had learned to ignore the looks, to pretend he didn't hear the epithets—to conclude that these were the necessary costs of doing business.

Tax collectors were answerable to no one. There were no regulations to guide their procedures. Whatever they could extract from the people—over and above what the authorities required—was theirs to keep. It wasn't that Matthew didn't care about people, it was just that he cared more about his own prosperity. No wonder he was hated.

Matthew knew this when he chose his profession. In fact, in his writing, Matthew grouped tax collectors with prostitutes in social rank. But he was willing to pay this price for financial success.

But in spite of his choice of occupation and his pleasure with its material benefits, everything changed the day Jesus invited Matthew to be one of his disciples. And the wisdom of following the Master was confirmed in Matthew's heart the night Jesus won the affection of his friends.

Matthew knew that his decision was one he could never withdraw. He had set his life on a new course that could not be changed. Unlike the other disciples who had temporarily left their fishing nets—and could return to them at a later time—he knew it would be difficult for him to go back to his tax collecting. But Matthew was not halfhearted about his decisions. He had paid a heavy price among his countrymen when he chose tax collecting; now he would be asked to do the same in following Jesus.

Imagine how Matthew's transformation became a confirmation of the power and the authenticity of the Messiah's message. "Have you seen Matthew recently?" Jews would say to each other in the marketplace. "Something has happened to him."

Matthew was swept away with Jesus the man, the messenger, the Messiah. His gospel includes more references to Old Testament prophecy than any other. This truly was the one the prophets had foretold. And his thorough coverage of Jesus' most important sermon reminds us that Matthew was awed by the power of the Savior's words.

Very little is recorded in the Gospels as to Matthew's specific activities. Except for his invitation for Jesus to join him and his friends for dinner, we read of no conversation or dialogue. But this does not diminish Matthew's prominence during the days of Jesus' ministry on earth. For nothing speaks more profoundly than the testimony of a changed life—especially one that makes waves in the marketplace.

Reflect On: Matthew 9:9–13
Praise God: For his transforming power.
Offer Thanks: For the impact that the message of Jesus Christ has on those who are willing to believe and follow the Messiah.
Confess: An unwillingness to turn from our drive for economic success and to submit to the Spirit’s direction—to resist being inconvenienced by the call of the Savior.
Ask God: To come to your workplace—your tax-collector’s booth. Ask him to repeat the same words he spoke to Matthew, and ask him to give you the courage to respond as Matthew did.

Today's reading is a brief excerpt from Men of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Men in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Robert Wolgemuth (Zondervan). © 2010 by Ann Spangler. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Enjoy the complete book by purchasing your own copy at the Bible Gateway Store. The book's title must be included when sharing the above content on social media.
Matthew was good at making money. But there was a downside to getting rich as a tax collector.

LHM Daily Devotions - October 4, 2019 - Like-Minded Mission

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"Like-Minded Mission"

Oct. 4, 2019

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

That's Paul's prayer for us, and it's one he prayed for the Philippians. The apostle often prayed for the unity of all believers to whom he ministered in the cities and towns of the ancient world. Yes, be "of the same mind," he said, be like-minded in a world too often at odds.

That's the harsh reality: our world is really quite divided. This planet in truth is fractured. You wouldn't notice the divisions and the separation if you orbited this globe from hundreds of miles up in space. No, you'd see the grandeur of God's excellent creation.

But we've done plenty of damage here. We've divided His world. We've separated ourselves from one another, setting ourselves at odds by our disobedience to His Word and will. Adam and Eve plunged us into disarray by their deliberate rejection of God's command. And now we all follow suit.

We share in that rebellion. We contribute to the disorder. We live in the harsh reality of sin—sin we've inherited and sin we commit. We disagree with one another; our wills clash; we demand our way, and insist on the paths we've laid out for ourselves. But we don't simply sin against one another; we sin against God. The harsh reality is we are divided. We're fractured. We're no longer simpatico: "one mind."

Until Jesus saves us. Until Jesus seeks and finds and rescues us from our self-imposed brokenness.

Jesus was on a singular mission—one He accepted when the time had fully come and "who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men" (Philippians 2:6-7).

The Son of God did not refuse to leave the glory of heaven: the glory He shared with the Father and the Spirit from eternity. No, He did not disdain us. He didn't say, "No!" to the Father's will or to entering this world of hostility and separation and cruelty and sin. He said, "Yes!"

He said, "Yes!"

"And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross" (Philippians 2:8).

And when His work of saving us was finished, the Father raised His Son from the dead, magnifying Him in eternal glory. "Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the Name that is above every name, so that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:9-11).

Are you longing for a home, a fellowship of believers who will welcome you and support you and serve you? Listen now as the Holy Spirit invites you to come to worship, to hear God's Word, to receive His forgiveness.

The invitation is always open.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, empower Your church as a like-minded community, serving others in divided world. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  • Do you find the world to be disjointed, fractured, or do you think life as we know it is just the normal state of affairs for mankind?
  • Why would unity and fellowship be important issues for the apostle Paul? What were some of the things he had to deal with that caused discord in his day?
  • Do you suggest your church to others as a place where they will find a welcoming attitude and a spirit of fellowship? Why or why not?

From a message written by Rev. Ken Wagener for Lutheran Hour Ministries. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Do you find the world to be disjointed, fractured, or do you think life as we know it is just the normal state of affairs for mankind?

CPTLN devocional del 04 de Octubre de 2019 - Misión: tener 'un mismo parecer'


ALIMENTO DIARIO

Misión: tener 'un mismo parecer'

04 de Octubre de 2019

Por tanto, si hay alguna consolación en Cristo, si algún consuelo de amor, si alguna comunión del Espíritu, si algún afecto entrañable, si alguna misericordia, completen mi gozo sintiendo lo mismo, teniendo el mismo amor, unánimes, sintiendo una misma cosa.
Filipenses 2:1-2 (RVC)

Esa es la oración de Pablo por nosotros, que también la oró por los filipenses. El apóstol a men udo oraba por la unidad de todos los creyentes a quienes ministraba en las ciudades y pueblos del mundo antiguo. Por ello dijo "sintiendo lo mismo", teniendo un mismo parecer, ideas afines en un mundo que muy a menudo está en desacuerdo.

Porque esa es la dura realidad: nuestro mundo está bastante dividido. Este planeta está fracturado. Las divisiones y la separación no se notan cuando se orbita el globo desde cientos de millas en el espacio. Desde allí solo se ve la grandeza de la excelente creación de Dios.

Pero el daño que hemos hecho aquí es mucho. Hemos dividido Su mundo. Por nuestra desobediencia a su Palabra y voluntad nos hemos separado unos de otros, poniéndonos en desacuerdo. Por su rechazo deliberado del mandato de Dios, Adán y Eva nos sumieron en el caos. Y ahora todos hacemos lo mismo.

Compartimos esa rebelión. Contribuimos al desorden. Vivimos en la dura realidad del pecado: el pecado que heredamos y el que cometemos cuando no estamos de acuerdo con los demás, cuando nuestras voluntades chocan, cuando exigimos que las cosas se hagan a nuestra manera e insistimos en hacer lo que queremos. Pero no solo pecamos unos contra otros: pecamos contra Dios. Ya no tenemos "un mismo parecer".

Hasta que Jesús nos salva. Hasta que Jesús nos busca, nos encuentra y nos rescata de nuestro quebrantamiento autoimpuesto.

Jesús tuvo una misión específica que aceptó en el momento justo cuando "siendo en forma de Dios, no estimó el ser igual a Dios como cosa a que aferrarse, sino que se despojó a sí mismo y tomó forma de siervo, y se hizo semejante a los hombres" (Filipenses 2:6-7).

El Hijo de Dios no se negó a dejar la gloria del cielo: la gloria que compartió con el Padre y el Espíritu desde la eternidad. No, no nos desdeñó. No dijo que "¡no!" a la voluntad del Padre ni a entrar en este mundo de hostilidad, separación, crueldad y pecado. ¡Él dijo que sí!"

"Y estando en la condición de hombre, se humilló a sí mismo y se hizo obediente hasta la muerte, y muerte de cruz" (Filipenses 2:8).

Y cuando terminó su obra de salvarnos, el Padre levantó a su Hijo de la muerte, magnificándolo en gloria eterna. "Por lo cual Dios también lo exaltó hasta lo sumo, y le dio un nombre que es sobre todo nombre, para que en el nombre de Jesús se doble toda rodilla de los que están en los cielos, y en la tierra, y debajo de la tierra; y toda lengua confiese que Jesucristo es el Señor, para gloria de Dios el Padre" (Filipenses 2:9-11).

¿Anhelas un hogar, una comunidad de creyentes que te acoja, te apoye y te sirva? Escucha al Espíritu Santo, quien te invita a ir a la iglesia a adorar, a escuchar la Palabra de Dios, a recibir su perdón.

La invitación siempre está abierta.

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, capacita a tu iglesia para que sea una comunidad de un mismo sentir y parecer, sirviendo en un mundo dividido. En el nombre de Jesús oramos. Amén.

Rev. Ken Wagener

Para reflexionar:
  • ¿Por qué crees que la unidad y el compañerismo eran importantes para el apóstol Pablo? ¿Con qué cosas tuvo que lidiar que causaban discordia?
  • ¿Les presentas tu iglesia a tus amigos como un lugar donde serán bienvenidos? ¿Por qué sí o por qué no?

© 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 la unidad y el compañerismo eran importantes para el apóstol Pablo?

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Đấng Dẹp Yên Cơn Bão

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Đấng Dẹp Yên Cơn Bão

Đọc: Ma-thi-ơ 14:23-33 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Ê-sai 20-22; Ê-phê-sô 6

Nhưng Đức Chúa Jêsus liền phán với họ: “Hãy yên lòng, Ta đây, đừng sợ!” Ma-thi-ơ 14:27

Jim chia sẻ với tôi về những nan đề anh đang gặp phải với nhóm làm việc: chia rẽ, thái độ phán xét và hiểu lầm. Sau một giờ đồng hồ kiên nhẫn lắng nghe những điều anh bận tâm, tôi đề nghị: “Chúng ta hãy hỏi xem Chúa Jêsus muốn chúng ta làm gì trong hoàn cảnh này”. Chúng tôi ngồi yên lặng trong vòng năm phút. Sau đó, điều kỳ diệu đã xảy ra. Sự bình an của Chúa bao phủ chúng tôi như một tấm chăn. Chúng tôi thấy bình an hơn khi kinh nghiệm sự hiện diện và hướng dẫn của Ngài và cảm thấy vững lòng để đối diện với khó khăn.

Phi-e-rơ, một môn đồ của Chúa Jêsus đã cần đến sự hiện diện yên ủi của Ngài. Một đêm nọ, khi ông và các môn đồ khác đang chèo thuyền qua biển Ga-li-lê thì có cơn bão lớn nổi lên. Và thình lình, Chúa Jêsus hiện ra, đi bộ trên mặt nước! Các môn đồ vô cùng kinh ngạc. Ngài trấn an họ: “Hãy yên lòng, Ta đây, đừng sợ!” (Mat. 14:27). Phi-e-rơ vội xin Chúa Jêsus cho ông bước đi như Ngài. Ông bước ra khỏi thuyền và đến với Chúa. Nhưng ông liền mất tập trung khi nhận biết những nguy hiểm và biết mình đang làm điều mà con người không thể. Và ông bắt đầu chìm xuống. Ông kêu lên: “Chúa ơi, xin cứu con!” và Chúa Jêsus đã đưa tay kéo ông lên (c.30-31).

Giống như Phi-e-rơ, chúng ta hãy học biết rằng Chúa Jêsus, Con Đức Chúa Trời, luôn ở cùng chúng ta dù trong cơn bão của cuộc đời!
Hôm nay, bạn đang đối diện với cơn bão nào của cuộc đời? Bạn sẽ làm gì để chuyển sự tập chú của mình từ cơn bão sang Đấng có thể dẹp yên cơn bão?
Lạy Chúa Jêsus, cảm tạ Ngài vì Ngài có sức mạnh và uy quyền để dẹp yên mọi cơn bão trong cuộc đời chúng con. Xin giúp chúng con tin cậy nơi Ngài.


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Jim chia sẻ với tôi về những nan đề anh đang gặp phải với nhóm làm việc: chia rẽ, thái độ phán xét và hiểu lầm. Sau một giờ đồng hồ kiên nhẫn lắng nghe những điều anh bận tâm, tôi đề nghị: “Chúng ta hãy hỏi xem Chúa Jêsus muốn chúng ta làm gì trong hoàn cảnh này”.