Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, November 5, 2019


The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, November 5, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

(The righteous will surround me)
Prayer for Deliverance from Persecutors
A Maskil of David. When he was in the cave. A Prayer.
1  With my voice I cry to the Lord;
     with my voice I make supplication to the Lord.
2  I pour out my complaint before him;
     I tell my trouble before him.
3  When my spirit is faint,
     you know my way.

   In the path where I walk
     they have hidden a trap for me.
4  Look on my right hand and see—
     there is no one who takes notice of me;
   no refuge remains to me;
     no one cares for me.

5  I cry to you, O Lord;
     I say, “You are my refuge,
     my portion in the land of the living.”
6  Give heed to my cry,
     for I am brought very low.

   Save me from my persecutors,
     for they are too strong for me.
7  Bring me out of prison,
     so that I may give thanks to your name.
   The righteous will surround me,
     for you will deal bountifully with me.

(A prophet prays)
3:1 A prayer of the prophet Habakkuk according to Shigionoth.

The Prophet’s Prayer
2  O Lord, I have heard of your renown,
     and I stand in awe, O Lord, of your work.
   In our own time revive it;
     in our own time make it known;
     in wrath may you remember mercy.
3  God came from Teman,
     the Holy One from Mount Paran.   Selah
   His glory covered the heavens,
     and the earth was full of his praise.
4  The brightness was like the sun;
     rays came forth from his hand,
     where his power lay hidden.
5  Before him went pestilence,
     and plague followed close behind.
6  He stopped and shook the earth;
     he looked and made the nations tremble.
   The eternal mountains were shattered;
     along his ancient pathways
     the everlasting hills sank low.
7  I saw the tents of Cushan under affliction;
     the tent-curtains of the land of Midian trembled.
8    Was your wrath against the rivers, O Lord?
     Or your anger against the rivers,
     or your rage against the sea,
   when you drove your horses,
     your chariots to victory?
9  You brandished your naked bow,
     sated were the arrows at your command.   Selah
     You split the earth with rivers.
10 The mountains saw you, and writhed;
     a torrent of water swept by;
   the deep gave forth its voice.
     The sun raised high its hands;
11 the moon stood still in its exalted place,
     at the light of your arrows speeding by,
     at the gleam of your flashing spear.
12 In fury you trod the earth,
     in anger you trampled nations.
13 You came forth to save your people,
     to save your anointed.
   You crushed the head of the wicked house,
     laying it bare from foundation to roof.   Selah
14 You pierced with their own arrows the head of his
     who came like a whirlwind to scatter us,
     gloating as if ready to devour the poor who were in
15 You trampled the sea with your horses,
     churning the mighty waters.

16 I hear, and I tremble within;
     my lips quiver at the sound.
   Rottenness enters into my bones,
     and my steps tremble beneath me.
   I wait quietly for the day of calamity
     to come upon the people who attack us.

(Warning against sinners)
Judgment on False Teachers
5 Now I desire to remind you, though you are fully informed, that the Lord, who once for all saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great day. 7 Likewise, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

8 Yet in the same way these dreamers also defile the flesh, reject authority, and slander the glorious ones. 9 But when the archangel Michael contended with the devil and disputed about the body of Moses, he did not dare to bring a condemnation of slander against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these people slander whatever they do not understand, and they are destroyed by those things that, like irrational animals, they know by instinct. 11 Woe to them! For they go the way of Cain, and abandon themselves to Balaam’s error for the sake of gain, and perish in Korah’s rebellion. 12 These are blemishes on your love-feasts, while they feast with you without fear, feeding themselves. They are waterless clouds carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the deepest darkness has been reserved forever.

14 It was also about these that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “See, the Lord is coming with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all, and to convict everyone of all the deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These are grumblers and malcontents; they indulge their own lusts; they are bombastic in speech, flattering people to their own advantage.

Warnings and Exhortations
17 But you, beloved, must remember the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 for they said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, indulging their own ungodly lusts.” 19 It is these worldly people, devoid of the Spirit, who are causing divisions. 20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; 21 keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

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
Psalm 142; Habakkuk 3:1-16; Jude 5-21

The Daily Prayer for TUESDAY, November 5, 2019

The Daily Prayer
TUESDAY, November 5, 2019

Desert father Anthony of Egypt (251–356) said, “I no longer fear God, but I love him.”

Lord, if we are to be afraid of anything, let it be the fear of not committing ourselves fully to you. Let us fear that the day will pass without our having lightened the load of another. Let us fear that someone will come looking for you and find only us. Amen.

Verse of the Day for TUESDAY, November 5, 2019


Romans 13:6 (NIV)
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 
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Un dia a la Vez - Martes 5 de Noviembre de 2019


El afán y la ansiedad

Busquen primeramente el reino de Dios y su justicia, y todas estas cosas les serán añadidas.
Mateo 6:33 (NVI)

El problema del afán y la ansiedad ha estado muy de moda en los últimos meses. Hace algún tiempo, Estados Unidos, país donde resido por más de veintidós años, tuvo una de las peores crisis financieras del país. Fueron días y meses en los que solo se escuchaba decir a la gente: «Estamos muy mal. La crisis es terrible. Las cosas empeoran cada vez más». Lo mismo se escuchaba en las noticias de la radio, la televisión y la prensa. Era, como digo yo, un bombardeo de cosas negativas que llegaban a diario a nuestra mente.

Sin embargo, recuerdo que nosotros en la radio y en la iglesia contrarrestábamos esto.

¿Por qué? Porque Dios en su Palabra es muy claro, pero actuamos como si no le creyéramos.

Por ejemplo, Él dijo: «En el mundo tendréis aflicción; pero confiad, yo he vencido al mundo» (Juan 16:33, rv-60).

Además, en el pasaje de Mateo 6:25-34 se nos aclara todo el tiempo su interés por nuestro bienestar. Desearía que hicieras la excepción y leyeras el capítulo completo, pues vale la pena. Al hacerlo, quizá logres entender cómo piensa y actúa Dios, no tengas ansiedad y aprendas a descansar en Él.

Dios nos ama, pero necesita que nuestra confianza esté puesta en Él. Nuestra labor como sus hijos es la de tomar cada una de sus promesas para nosotros. Entonces, cuando se presenten las tormentas de la vida, comprenderemos que no estamos solos. Y aunque no veamos la mano de Dios, nos percataremos que Él está ahí para ayudarnos.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
El problema del afán y la ansiedad ha estado muy de moda en los últimos meses.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Tuesday, November 5, 2019


That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

My wife and I live in Nova Scotia in the summer time. Not far from our cottage is the museum, church and statue of Evangeline in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia commemorating the Acadian expulsion of 1755—a black mark in Canadian history.

When the British conquered Port Royal in 1710 after being ceded Acadia (Nova Scotia) under the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht, they found themselves up against a French speaking people who had developed a strong sense of independence against British and French rule. The Acadians initially refused to recognize British rule, wanting to keep their religious freedom and not wanting to be obliged to bears arms in the event of war. These conditions were accepted only in 1730 and, at that point, the Acadians were recognized as neutral subjects within the colony.

But in September of 1755, Charles Lawrence, the appointed governor of Nova Scotia, gathered the Acadians in the St. Charles Church in Grand Pre in order to read the declaration that they must relinquish their possessions to the British Crown and that they would be deported for their unwillingness to swear allegiance to the King of England. Unaware of what awaited them in the church, many Acadians were taken prisoner and deported to American colonies, France, and England, and several thousand died from drowning, misery, illness and starvation during the long ocean voyages. Families were separated and shipped out in different directions. Their farms and homes were burned so they would have nothing to return to.

Longfellow immortalized the tragic story with his epic poem about a mythical young girl, Evangeline, cruelly separated from her fiancé, Gabriel. They were reunited at his death bed.

Many other countries and cultures have sad memories of expulsions. One is ongoing today in Chiapas, the southernmost state of Mexico. More than 35,000 indigenous evangelical Christians have been expelled from their communities just because they are evangelicals and no longer taking part in their community’s religious practices and rituals. They live in refugee-like camps.

One of those is Pascuala who was asleep when the community leaders came to burn her home. She woke up in time to warn her family. Fortunately one brother and sister were not there but the four children in the home were macheted, shot or burned to death as they tried to flee. Pascuala herself was shot and raped. She survived by feigning death. Weak and bleeding, she walked many hours to a hospital where her life was saved. But she says, “Since that time my desire is to help the people who are persecuted for Jesus because I feel their pain. I got in touch with Open Doors; they encouraged me to keep going with love. With their help I was able to get some supplies of embroidery thread for crafts to help other women…If God allowed me to live through my persecution, it is for one reason—to proclaim His name.”

RESPONSE: I will thank God for my challenges because they enable me to overcome and be strong.

PRAYER: Pray for those still dealing with pain, separation and loss from community expulsions.

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 - November 5, 2019 - A Gentle Miracle


"A Gentle Miracle"

Nov. 5, 2019

Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, "I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned." When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am." Then He said, "Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." And He said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Exodus 3:1-6 (ESV)

The story of Moses and the burning bush comforts me, because it is such a gentle miracle. It is not at all the way I would imagine God introducing Himself to the future leader of His people! No, I would expect thunder and lightning—clouds and fire—in fact, something a lot more like Mount Sinai, later in Moses' story. But that isn't what God chooses for His first meeting with Moses.

He chooses a bush. Not a tree, not some majestic cedar or graceful palm tree. No, He picks an ordinary bush, and then He sets it on fire. But it's not a roaring fire either—no volcano of heat, no showers of sparks. It sounds very much like the bush was just quietly burning, all by itself in the corner of Moses' vision somewhere, and it took Moses a while to really notice it; it was so quiet.

Then, even after he noticed it, he didn't feel a need to look more closely until he realized it wasn't burning up and disappearing like a normal bush would. In fact, it looks like Moses' first thoughts could be summed up as "Hey, that's weird. I think I'll wander over and have a closer look." Only then does God call his name and introduce Himself.

If you think about it, this is very similar to what God does for us in Jesus, isn't it? He comes into our world not as a great king or warrior, not as a superhero—but as a tiny human baby. Who could be afraid of a baby? You would have to look very carefully to see the fire of deity burning away inside that human Child! But there He was, nonetheless—introducing Himself to us, the people He came to save.

There is one clear difference, though, between God's introduction to Moses and His introduction to us as God-come-in-the-flesh, Jesus Christ. To Moses God said, "Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." But to us God says, "Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest ... Let the little children come to Me ... I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst ... All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never cast out" (see Matthew 11:28, 19:14; John 6:35, 37).

In Jesus Christ God has come near to us; He has suffered, died, and risen from the dead—all for us. We need not be afraid. He is gentle and merciful with us, and He has made us His own.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, draw me close to You. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  • Are you afraid of fire? Why or why not?
  • Are you ever afraid of God? Why or why not?
  • What helps you know you can trust God even though He is so great and powerful?

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).
Are you afraid of fire?

CPTLN devocional del 05 de Noviembre de 2019 - Un milagro gentil


Un milagro gentil

05 de Noviembre de 2019

Moisés cuidaba las ovejas de Jetro, su suegro, que era sacerdote de Madián, y un día llevó las ovejas a través del desierto y llegó hasta Horeb, el monte de Dios. Allí, el ángel del Señor se le apareció en medio de una zarza envuelta en fuego. Moisés miró, y vio que la zarza ardía en el fuego, pero no se consumía. Entonces dijo: «Voy a ir y ver esta grande visión, por qué es que la zarza no se quema.» El Señor vio que Moisés iba a ver la zarza, así que desde la zarza lo llamó y le dijo: «¡Moisés, Moisés!» Y él respondió: «Aquí estoy.» El Señor le dijo: «No te acerques. Quítate el calzado de tus pies, porque el lugar donde ahora estás es tierra santa.» Y también dijo: «Yo soy el Dios de tu padre. Soy el Dios de Abrahán, el Dios de Isaac y el Dios de Jacob.» Entonces Moisés cubrió su rostro, porque tuvo miedo de mirar a Dios.
Éxodo 3:1-6 (RVC)

La historia de Moisés y la zarza ardiente me consuela, porque es un milagro muy gentil. ¡Esa no es la forma en que me imaginé que Dios se le presentaría al futuro líder de su pueblo! Yo esperaba truenos y relámpagos, nubes y fuego; de hecho, esperaba algo muy parecido a lo que pasó más adelante en el Monte Sinaí, en la historia de Moisés.

Pero eso no fue lo que Dios eligió para su primer encuentro con Moisés. Él eligió un arbusto. No un árbol, no un cedro majestuoso o una elegante palmera. No, escogió un arbusto ordinario, y luego le prendió fuego. Pero tampoco era un fuego rugiente: no producía un calor sofocante, ni una lluvia de chispas. Parecía que el arbusto se iba quemando silenciosamente en un rincón a la vista de Moisés, y que a Moisés le tomó un tiempo notarlo; todo estaba en silencio.

E incluso después de notarlo, Moisés no sintió la necesidad de mirar más de cerca hasta que se dio cuenta de que no se estaba quemando ni deshaciendo como un arbusto normal. De hecho, parece que sus primeros pensamientos fueron: "Esto es raro. Voy a mirar más de cerca". Y entonces Dios lo llama y se presenta.

Esto es muy similar a lo que Dios hace por nosotros en Jesús, ¿no crees? Él viene a nuestro mundo no como un gran rey o guerrero o como un superhéroe, sino como un pequeño bebé. ¿Quién podría tenerle miedo a un bebé? ¡Había que mirar con mucho cuidado para ver el fuego de la deidad ardiendo dentro de ese bebé! Pero allí estaba, presentándosenos a nosotros, los seres humanos a quienes vino a salvar.

Sin embargo, hay una clara diferencia entre la forma en que Dios se le presentó a Moisés y la forma en que Dios se nos presenta a nosotros. A Moisés Dios le dijo: "No te acerques; quítate las sandalias de los pies, porque el lugar en el que estás parado es tierra santa". Pero a nosotros Dios nos dice: "Vengan a mí todos ustedes, los agotados de tanto trabajar, que yo los haré descansar ... Dejen que los niños se acerquen a mí ... Yo soy el pan de vida. El que a mí viene, nunca tendrá hambre; y el que en mí cree, no tendrá sed jamás ... Todo lo que el Padre me da, vendrá a mí; y al que a mí viene, no lo echo fuera" (ver Mateo 11:28, 19:14; Juan 6:35, 37). En Jesucristo, Dios se ha acercado a nosotros, ha sufrido, muerto y resucitado de la muerte, todo por nosotros. No debemos tenerle miedo. Él es gentil y misericordioso con nosotros, y nos ha hecho suyos.

ORACIÓN: Querido Señor, acércame a ti. En el nombre de Jesús. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
  • ¿Le tienes miedo al fuego? ¿Por qué sí o por qué no?
  • ¿Alguna vez le has tenido miedo a Dios? ¿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.
¿Le tienes miedo al fuego?

Nuestro Pan Diario - Haz lo que se te presente


Haz lo que se te presente

La escritura de hoy: Juan 14:15-21
La Biblia en un año: Jeremías 34–36; Hebreos 2

Si me amáis, guardad mis mandamientos (v. 15).

¿Cuándo fue la última vez que te sentiste impulsado a ayudar a alguien, pero pasó el momento y no hiciste nada? En The 10-Second Rule [La regla de los 10 segundos], Clare De Graaf sugiere que los impulsos diarios pueden ser una forma en que Dios no llama a profundizar nuestro andar con Él; a una vida de obediencia impulsada por el amor al Señor. El libro alienta a «hacer lo que se te presente y estés razonablemente seguro de que Jesús quiere que hagas», y a hacerlo de inmediato, «antes de que cambies de idea».

Jesús dice: «Si me amáis, guardad mis mandamientos» (Juan 14:15). Tal vez pensemos: Yo lo amo, pero ¿cómo puedo estar seguro de su voluntad y seguirla? En su sabiduría, el Señor proveyó lo necesario para entender mejor y seguir las verdades bíblicas. Una vez, dijo: «Y yo rogaré al Padre, y os dará otro Consolador, para que esté con vosotros para siempre: el Espíritu de verdad» (vv. 16-17). Por la obra del Espíritu, que está con y en nosotros, podemos aprender a obedecer a Dios y guardar sus mandamientos (v. 15), respondiendo a los impulsos que experimentamos durante el día (v. 17).

Tanto en las cosas grandes como en las pequeñas, el Espíritu nos motiva a hacer confiadamente por fe aquello que honrará a Dios y revelará nuestro amor a Él y a los demás (v. 21).

Reflexiona y ora
¿Cómo puedes obedecer más a Dios diariamente?
El Espíritu Santo provee lo que necesitamos para obedecer a Cristo y seguirlo.

© 2019 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario
¿Cuándo fue la última vez que te sentiste impulsado a ayudar a alguien, pero pasó el momento y no hiciste nada?