Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, November 26, 2019


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

(God’s faithfulness endures forever)
Universal Call to Worship
1  Praise the Lord, all you nations!
     Extol him, all you peoples!
2  For great is his steadfast love toward us,
     and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
   Praise the Lord!

(You shall be my people)
18 Thus says the Lord:
   I am going to restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob,
     and have compassion on his dwellings;
   the city shall be rebuilt upon its mound,
     and the citadel set on its rightful site.
19 Out of them shall come thanksgiving,
     and the sound of merrymakers.
   I will make them many, and they shall not be few;
     I will make them honored, and they shall not be
20 Their children shall be as of old,
     their congregation shall be established before me;
     and I will punish all who oppress them.
21 Their prince shall be one of their own,
     their ruler shall come from their midst;
   I will bring him near, and he shall approach me,
     for who would otherwise dare to approach me?
         says the Lord.
22 And you shall be my people,
     and I will be your God.

23 Look, the storm of the Lord!
     Wrath has gone forth,
   a whirling tempest;
     it will burst upon the head of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back
     until he has executed and accomplished
     the intents of his mind.
   In the latter days you will understand this.

(Surely I am coming soon)
Epilogue and Benediction
22:8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me; 9 but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your comrades the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God!”

10 And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. 11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”

12 “See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16 “It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
   And let everyone who hears say, “Come.”
   And let everyone who is thirsty come.
   Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book; 19 if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

20 The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

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 for TUESDAY, November 26, 2019
Psalm 117; Jeremiah 30:18-24; Revelation 22:8-21

The Daily Prayer for TUESDAY, November 26, 2019

The Daily Prayer
TUESDAY, November 26, 2019

Sojourner Truth (c. 1797 — November 26, 1883)

Sojourner Truth, named Isabella by her master, escaped from slavery to freedom in 1826 and worked for several years as a domestic in New York City. But when she heard a call to travel, going “up and down the land, showing the people their sins and being a sign unto them,” Isabella changed her name and became an itinerant evangelist for the causes of abolition and women’s rights. In 1864, she traveled to Washington, D.C., to encourage Abraham Lincoln in his struggle against the Confederacy, staying on to minister to the ex-slaves who had gathered in refugee camps. She was still there on December 12, 1865, when Congress ratified its thirteenth amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States.

Sojourner Truth said, “What we give the poor, we lend to the Lord.”

Lord, please make it so that we would rather choose death than partake in evils against humanity. Make it so that we would rather risk our reputation and security than deny your call to work for freedom for the oppressed. Amen.

Verse of the Day for TUESDAY, November 26, 2019


Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,
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Un dia a la Vez - Martes 26 de Noviembre de 2019


Preocupación por la edad

Los que confían en el Señor renovarán sus fuerzas; volarán como las águilas: correrán y no se fatigarán, caminarán y no se cansarán.
Isaías 40:31 (NVI)

¿Sabías que muchos de los planes de los seres humanos se desechan sin siquiera intentar realizarlos y, a menudo, es por la edad?

Mientras escribía este libro, recordé infinidades de dichos que desde pequeña escuchaba en casa y en la escuela. Por ejemplo, «loro viejo no aprende a hablar», o «ya está muy viejo para estudiar», o «ya pasaron los años y no hice lo que quería».

En semanas anteriores hablábamos de que todo tiene su tiempo, como dice la Biblia. Con todo, en ninguna parte menciona que después de ciertos años ya no puedes servir al Señor, ni que por tu edad el amor ya no es para ti. Por lo tanto, si tienes enterrados tus sueños, Dios quiere resucitarlos en este día, de modo que la preocupación por los años no sea el pretexto para dejar de vivirlos.

Una de mis oraciones es que Dios me conceda la linda oportunidad de estar siempre activa. No quisiera dejar nunca la radio, porque desde allí puedo llegar a ustedes y hablarles de lo que me da Dios.

El más hermoso ejemplo de vitalidad lo tengo en mi madre que ha sido muy disciplinada en el ejercicio y el deporte. A pesar de su edad, trabaja en el Ministerio Casa sobre la Roca, en Bogotá, Colombia, y hoy es, además, un instrumento de Dios en el deporte. Admiro su disciplina, su fuerza, su entrega y su servicio a los demás.

Recuerda, los años jamás deben impedirte realizar tus sueños. Dios te quiere demostrar que nunca es tarde y que tu tiempo no es el suyo.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
¿Sabías que muchos de los planes de los seres humanos se desechan sin siquiera intentar realizarlos y, a menudo, es por la edad?

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Tuesday, November 26, 2019


I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
Revelation 3:18 (NIV)

Radical Christianity is a life-style, not just a mindset; radical Christianity is concerned with conquering, not cowering; with sacrifice, not superficiality; with victory, not verbiage; with scoring, not slumming; with penetration, not pandering. Radical Christianity is in first gear, neutral is nonexistent; radical Christianity is courageous but never constrictive constraining or cautious! Radical Christianity moves mountains; crosses Red Seas; pulls down walls; builds walls; walks on water; raises the dead; calms storms; feeds 5000 and walks through closed doors.

It suffers regularly; soars often; sweats daily; saturates everything and spreads everywhere. Radical Christianity calls sin black, hell hot, hypocrisy evil, Satan a liar and judgment sure. It doesn’t back down, sit down or stay down. Radical Christianity doesn't depend on the strokes of others to keep it going. It doesn’t acquiesce in the face of loud opposition, fold under pressure, wince under criticism, tarnish under time, die under duress, fade under technology nor rot under moisture. It doesn’t rust, retreat, renounce, reconsider, return or renege.

Radical Christianity always lifts up Christ; knocks down barriers; marches over objections; overwhelms pessimism; gobbles up cynicism; and tramples down skepticism.

Radical Christianity gives lavishly; prays relentlessly; claims abundantly; works feverishly; preaches powerfully; serves lovingly; perseveres patiently and believes expectantly! Radical Christianity dares to challenge the prevailing standard to make it God’s. It never plays to the grandstands; nor waters down its position; nor adjusts its principles, but rather is a thermostat that controls its surroundings, never a thermometer that merely adjusts to them. It is never big, popular, stylish, convenient, in vogue or in-step with the world. Its adherents are few; its sound clear; its philosophy unpopular and its rewards great. Its disciples aren’t rewarded by this world but are those to whom Christ will say, “Well done!”[1]

A congregation of believers was worshiping in a Sunday service in Peru and a squad of heavily armed Shining Path rebels came rushing in. “We’ve heard that this group is committed to God. How many of you are willing to die for your faith? Raise your hands,” he commanded.

Fearing they would be slaughtered, most of the congregation remained still. But a small number of believers tentatively raised their hands. The others were released and the commander said, “Those of you who raised your hands, stop worrying. We’re not going to kill you. We just wanted to see who in the congregation believed enough in their faith that they were willing to die for it. That’s the kind of radical commitment we’re looking for.”

RESPONSE: Today I commit to being a radical Christian and give everything I am and have to Jesus.

PRAYER: Pray for Christians in conflict areas who must regularly put their lives on the line.

1. Bob Moorehead, Words Aptly Spoken (Kirkland, WA: Overlake Christian Press, 1995), p. 17.

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 26, 2019 - The Highest of All Mountains


"The Highest of All Mountains"

Nov. 26, 2019

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD.
Isaiah 2:1-5 (ESV)

The city of Jerusalem is built in the middle of several mountains—hills, really, we could call them, at least in comparison with mountains like the Rockies or the Sierra Madre. They are not particularly tall. For example, we have the Mount of Olives (2,710 ft./826 m. above sea level); Mount Moriah (2,428 ft./740 m.); Mount Scopus (2,710 ft. / 826 m.); and so forth. This is clearly not flat land, but it seems like a real stretch to say, "the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains." And it's even odder to talk about all the people of the world flowing to that mountain, since we all know things flow downhill!

Of course, Isaiah is speaking symbolically. And yet the real things he is describing are even more incredible, even less likely to happen—at least as far as human opinion goes. He says that people from around the world will seek out Israel's God, that they will listen to Him and obey Him. He even says there will be no more war.

How can these things be true? Jesus Himself tells us, when He is talking to His disciples just before His death. He says, "Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself." The Gospel writer John explains that Jesus said this "to show by what kind of death He was going to die" (John 12:31-33).

What Jesus said came true. He was indeed lifted up—nailed to a cross, lifted up on a small hill called Golgotha outside the gates of Jerusalem. Israel's God willingly chose to suffer and die for His people—and not just for the people of Israel, but for all the people of the world, including you and me. By his suffering and death, He destroyed the power that sin, death, and the devil held over the whole human race. And by His resurrection He brought to us everlasting life, a free gift to everyone who trusts in Him, everyone who will take this gift from His hands.

We have lived to see Jesus' words come true, haven't we? Over the past 2,000 years, Jesus has drawn all people to Himself. He continues to draw us to Himself in faith today. And the people of the world are flowing to Him—people from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and even your own neighborhoods. The hill of His cross has become the highest, and the Word of the Lord has gone out to bring life to the whole world. Thanks be to God for His wonderful miracle!

THE PRAYER: Lord, please bring many more people to faith in You from around the world, and use me as You see best so that people will come to trust in You. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  • What is the highest mountain you have visited? Did you climb it?
  • When is another time you have seen God take something small and make it great?
  • How could you help a friend find out about Jesus' love?

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).
What is the highest mountain you have visited? Did you climb it?

CPTLN devocional del 26 de Noviembre de 2019 - La montaña más alta


La montaña más alta

26 de Noviembre de 2019

Visión de Isaías hijo de Amoz acerca de Judá y de Jerusalén: En los últimos días el monte de la casa del Señor será confirmado como cabeza de los montes; será exaltado por encima de las alturas, y hacia él correrán todas las naciones. Muchos pueblos vendrán y dirán: «¡Vengan, subamos al monte del Señor, a la casa del Dios de Jacob! Él nos guiará por sus caminos, y nosotros iremos por sus sendas. Porque la enseñanza saldrá de Sión; de Jerusalén saldrá la palabra del Señor. Él juzgará entre las naciones, y dictará sentencia a muchos pueblos. Y ellos convertirán sus espadas en rejas de arado, y sus lanzas en hoces. Ninguna nación levantará la espada contra otra nación, ni se entrenarán más para hacer la guerra.» Vengan ustedes, los de la casa de Jacob; caminemos a la luz del Señor.
Isaías 2:1-5 (RVC)

La ciudad de Jerusalén está construida en medio de varias montañas: podríamos llamarlas colinas, al menos en comparación con las montañas como las Rocosas o la Sierra Madre. No son particularmente altas. Por ejemplo, el monte de los Olivos está a 2.710 pies / 826 m. sobre el nivel del mar; el monte Moriah está a 2,428 pies / 740 m., etcétera. Claramente, no es una tierra plana, pero parece exagerado decir: "el monte de la casa del Señor será confirmado como cabeza de los montes; será exaltado por encima de las alturas". Y es aún más extraño hablar de todas las personas del mundo corriendo hacia esa montaña.

Pero Isaías está hablando simbólicamente. Y, sin embargo, las cosas reales que está describiendo son aún más increíbles y menos probable que sucedan en la opinión humana. Él dice que la gente de todo el mundo buscará al Dios de Israel, que lo escucharán y lo obedecerán. Incluso dice que no habrá más guerra.

¿Cómo pueden ser ciertas estas cosas? Pues Jesús mismo las dice cuando habla con sus discípulos justo antes de su muerte: "Ahora es el juicio de este mundo; ahora será expulsado el príncipe de este mundo. Y cuando yo sea levantado de la tierra, atraeré a todos a mí mismo". El escritor del Evangelio de Juan explica que Jesús dijo esto para anunciar "de qué muerte iba a morir" (Juan 12:31-33).

Lo que Jesús dijo se hizo realidad. Ciertamente fue clavado en una cruz y levantado en una pequeña colina llamada Gólgota fuera de las puertas de Jerusalén. El Dios de Israel eligió voluntariamente sufrir y morir por su pueblo; y no solo por el pueblo de Israel, sino por todos los pueblos del mundo, incluidos tú y yo. Con su sufrimiento y muerte destruyó el poder que el pecado, la muerte y el diablo tenían sobre toda la raza humana. Y con su resurrección nos trajo la vida eterna, un regalo gratis para todos los que confían en Él, todos los que reciben este regalo de sus manos.

Hemos visto que las palabras de Jesús se hacen realidad. En los últimos 2.000 años Jesús ha atraído a la gente hacia sí mismo y continúa atrayéndonos a Él en fe hoy. Y la gente del mundo está corriendo hacia Él: personas de África, Asia, Europa, América e incluso de tu vecindario. La colina de su cruz se ha convertido en la más alta, y la Palabra del Señor ha salido para dar vida al mundo entero. ¡Gracias a Dios por su maravilloso milagro!

ORACIÓN: Señor, trae a muchas más personas a la fe en ti y úsame como mejor veas para que la gente confíe en ti. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
  • ¿Cuál es la montaña más alta que has visitado? ¿La subiste?
  • ¿Cómo podrías ayudar a un amigo a descubrir el amor de Jesús?

© Copyright 2019 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Cuál es la montaña más alta que has visitado?

Nuestro Pan Diario - Él puede


Él puede

La escritura de hoy: 2 Pedro 3:14-18
La Biblia en un año: Ezequiel 27–29; 1 Pedro 3

Antes bien, creced en la gracia y el conocimiento de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo… (v. 18).

El pastor Watson Jones recuerda cuando aprendía a andar en bicicleta. Su padre caminaba a su lado, cuando el pequeño vio a unas niñas sentadas en un porche. «¡Papá, ¡ya puedo andar!», dijo. Pero no. Era tarde cuando se dio cuenta de que no había aprendido a andar sin que su padre lo sostuviera. No había crecido tanto como pensaba.

Nuestro Padre celestial anhela que crezcamos y alcancemos «plena madurez, hasta la medida de la estatura de la plenitud de Cristo» (Efesios 4:13 rva2015). Pero la madurez espiritual es diferente a la física. Los padres crían a sus hijos para que lleguen a ser independientes y no los necesiten más. Nuestro Padre Dios nos cría para que dependamos de Él cada día más.

Pedro comienza su carta prometiendo «gracia y paz […] en el conocimiento de Dios y de nuestro Señor Jesús», y concluye exhortándonos a crecer en esa misma «gracia y el conocimiento de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo» (2 Pedro 1:2; 3:18). Los creyentes maduros nunca dejan de necesitar a Cristo.

Watson advierte: «Algunos intentamos quitar las manos de Jesús del manubrio de nuestras vidas», como si no necesitáramos que nos sostengan, nos levanten y nos abracen cuando tambaleamos. La madurez nunca supera nuestra dependencia de Cristo.

Reflexiona y ora
Señor, gracias por caminar a mi lado mientras madura mi relación contigo.
¿En qué sientes que dependes de Cristo? ¿De qué manera es una señal de madurez?

© 2019 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario
Algunos intentamos quitar las manos de Jesús del manubrio de nuestras vidas.